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Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Ruedrich's Red Seal AleRuedrich's Red Seal Ale
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Ruedrich's Red Seal AleRuedrich's Red Seal Ale

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 06-16-1998

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Photo of outdoorbrewer
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale has a nice aroma of light grain followed by a moderately hoppy scent of grapefruit citrus/pine
Pours to a large off-white head w/ex lacing and lasting longevity
Sparkling clear golden-orange brew with medium body, lively carbonation and a creamy texture
The flavor is light on the malt thus depending more on the bitterness finishing for a long duration
Try this beer
This is a great beer

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Photo of shadow1961
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

North Coast Brewing's Red Seal Ale pours a big fat head over a
cloudy amber brew. The nose is ale yeast and spicy hops. The flavor
is round malt propped up with sharp herbal hops, with a lingering, grassy
hop finish. Mouthfeel is crisp but fairly full. It's a bit overhopped for a simple
American Pale Ale- this one is a lot closer to what I think of as an American
IPA. That's not a bad thing if you're a real hophead, but it could be problematic
if it's the Sierra Nevada and Summit American Pale Ales you're used to. It's
your basic big hoppy west coast ale. Not bad at all.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

pours a solid orangy amber, good head, beautiful lacing!

fruity hop aroma at first, with hint of malt. more piney aromas come forth as it warms up.

flavor of hops is more resiny, good bitterness, solid malt background plays a supporting role with a hearty cereal-like taste, maybe even some of the roasted character comes out, especially on an exhale before swallowing.

nice and crisp carbonation, although slightly rougher on the finish.

pleasant bitterness lingers on the tongue

easy to drink, probably about to have another :)

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Photo of Vancer
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chill hazed amber / copper pours from the 12ozer bottle. Very nice topping of ivory, rivers of lace running around my pilsner Bitburger glass.

Good amount of woody resinous sneeks up the nose, and the taste is a solid amber ale of the previous. This baby slides down the gullet with remarkable ease, a real summer session drinker.

North Coast again puts out a solid and “rich” (for an APA) drinking beer. You can’t go wrong with them, wish all the styles were readily available here.

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Photo of udubdawg
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great beer that I turned to often...and just this summer it has finally made it to Wichita.
The pour is amber/copper, with excellent clarity and lacing from the off-white head. It smells fresh and sweet with caramel and citrusy/floral hops - More than enough for an amber, just short for a pale ale. The taste is very good, again full of caramel with a nice yeasty, bready full smooth body. Rich and full of flavor. Hops show themselves as grapefruit in the finish and combine well with the crisp carbonation. Extremely drinkable, and I can't think of an occasion when a Red Seal wouldn't seem like a damn near perfect beer.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A two finger khaki head tops this strawberry-bronze and slightly hazy brew. The head settles at a tight cap and leaves a lot of tan lace on the glass on it's way down. A swirl brings back a nice thick finger.

S - A really hoppy pine and grapefruit citrus aroma greets the nose right of the bat, and sweet rhubarb and orange juice comes later. Nice thick biscuity malts support the fruity and fresh hop notes. Really nice!

T - Wow. This is just about the definition of balance between citrusy and zesty pine resin hops and sweet fruity and biscuity malt. This is a really sweet beer, but the hop bitterness keeps that in check. This one is really juicy, fresh, balanced, and well made.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a fresh, juicy, thirst quenching aspect. The finish is dry and full of north western pine needle hop goodness.

D - One of the best session beers ever IMO. It's simple, but elegant, hoppy, and well made. It's not going to blow your mind with complexity or off the wall insane flavors, but that's not really what APAs are about anyway. This is one of the top "grab a sixer to take to my buddy's backyard BBQ" beers!

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured an orange/brownish color with a thick, rocky, retentive head. The aroma is malty and caramel with hops noticeable in the background. The taste is malty with a nice hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and suits the beer well. Overall, this is well balanced pale ale with the bitterness noticeable, but not overpowering – definitely worth trying if you like a hop flavor that isn’t overpowering.

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Photo of dfried
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Caramelly amber in color, large frothy of white head that left some good lacing. The aroma is full of hops, floral and citrusy, oranges, grapefruit, even some peaches, and some underlying musty notes. Creamy sweet malt body, almost candy like. The taste is quite citrusy too, oranges and grapefruits again and a bit lemony, but there are a lot of perfumy floral notes as well, with a piney resinous bitter edge. Sweet pale malt is also a bit caramelly, and provides some balance, but this beer is still pretty heavily weighted to the hops. Tangy, spicy bitter edge to the mouthfeel, but very non-offensive.

Overall: a very well done American PA. While still citrusy like most APAs, the hop profile is well rounded with other hop flavors. The malt does just enough balancing to make this one a great session beer.

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Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Goodbar in Buffalo.

Pours a clear copper/reddish tinge, thin white head forms, leaves some decent lacing, solid ring, looks okay. Smell is sweet carame, pine/citrus, lots of floral, very nice and balanced, great APA aroma. Taste is similar, nice maltiness at first, then floral and pine hits, citrus in the finish, smooth flavour, balanced bitterness, quite nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, very smooth and refreshing. A solid APA.

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Photo of bhodgson0739
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice deep amber color with decent head that clears pretty quickly. Nice lacing.

S - Subtle malt with spicy hop overtones. Hint of floral.

T - Slightly nutty up front with balanced hops. Nice bitterness. Not exceptional, but pretty good.

M - Strong carbonation. Medium body. Carbonation almost a bit too zingy for me... I'd rather it be a bit thicker.

D - A decent ale. I like deep, complex beers, and this has hints of that but stays light. Would probably drink again.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 1/2" head that subsides fairly quickly. Respectable amount of lacing through the session: fairly distinct lace lines down the inside of the glass from each place I took a swig.
S: Sweet fruits (not necessarly citrus) with a faint intermingling of hops.
T: Hop bitterness right up front, that dissipates as soon as it was there.
M: Great mouth feel, quite light and smooth for an APA.
D: Quite drinkable. Not the best pale ale I have ever had, but then again, I have had some fantastic ones. I picked up a 6 pack of this, and I look forward to the other 5 bottles I still have yet to drink. I drink a lot of midwest APAs (Alpha King, Founders, etc..). The west coast interpretation is definitely different, yet still great. Complexities abound, yet still drinkable. Love this brewery.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice strong aroma, malty with hoppy overtone. Color is a nice dark orangy amber with a thick white head. Flavor has a nice balance of malt and hops, leaning towards hoppy, with a smoky hint and some good bitterness. Lively and zingy in the mouth, this is a pleasant ale to drink - fine by itself, or at a party, or with supper.

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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think this is an example of your standard, tasty American craft brew. Lots of great qualities, but not quite amazing. It's has a nice balance of malt profile with hops and bitterness, all the while been overall tasty and quite drinkable. It's a pretty red color with a little lacing. The aroma gives away the flavor with its fruity citrus and roasted caramel malt. There's a nice lingering bitterness, that I think is just right. It lingers, but not unpleasantly. A well made beer, worthy of a good session with friends.

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Photo of longarm
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This always seems to be a forgotten favorite of mine. I see it in the store, and somehow often just pass over it even though it's always left a great impression. I seem to recall having it once served as a cask-style ale that was absolutely delicious. Let's see if it continues to impress.

It pours a cloudy amber brew with nice head retention and tight, long-lasting and tiny bubbles. Aroma is a mix of floral notes and major dose of pine. There's a little hit of cotton candy in the background as well. The piney hops dominate the flavor, but a snappy finish makes it's hard to gripe too much. Exceptionally well balanced. It envelops, semi-dry but not remotely watered down. In spite of the bold hops, it drinks with amazing ease. Certainly a steady companion to have on hand for nearly any occasion.

Side note: I paired this with sweet bell pepper chicken sausages from Trader Joe's and a stout mustard from Sierra Nevada for a delightful lunch. The Red Seal easily stood-up to the sausages and mustard without overwhelming. It did an excellent job scrubbing the palate after each tasty morsel as well. (Incidentally, these guys have a great website too.)

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Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a tan, two-finger head. It left some lace.

S - It smelled of malt, hops and some pine.

T - It tasted very malty. The hops were subtle and understated. There was a woody/oaky taste, too.

M - It was crisp and dry. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - A good APA. A nice balance of hops and malt.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lots of carbonation through a hazy light orange color. Very large pillowy head to start. Looks very inviting. Hardly any lace.

Nice sweet ale smell. Very estery. Has a malt smell that permeates. A tiny hint of caramel with flowery notes. Hops are very mild. A tiny bit musty after it warms up, dropping the smell 0.5 points.

Tastes like an English ale with a layer of sweetness on top. Very flowery and sweet. Yeast comes out as it warms. Hops also emerge a bit. Bitter aftertaste.

A bit thin, but good. Somewhat dry. Thickens as it warms up, but stays dry. It's a good ale. Dry, bitter, malty, sweet. English ale with a little something extra.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served on-tap, this was a clear light reddish-amber in the glass with appropriate head/lacing. some sweet malts in the nose, a little caramel/toffee and a hint of american hops. also some fruity aromas. this has a bit of sweetness but is still somewhat crisp from the moderate hop bitterness. light/medium mouthfeel. finish does not linger that long. a very drinkable offering, one you could have a few of.

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Photo of PhiloPsych
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Newport Beach Brewing Company. It had a nice dark copper color. The thin, bubbly head, disappeared after I took my first drink. The taste was a nice mix of toasty malt and bitter, slightly spicy hops. The finish was clean. This is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of sheikyerbouti
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Garnet color, pours a nice lacey head. Excellent, notable aroma, probably Cascades. Medium to full mouthfeel with a well balanced hop bite to malt flavor ratio. For me, this is a good session beer, I would compare this to Sierra Nevada's Pale, with less bite and more flavor.

I would definitely buy it again.

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Photo of JohnW
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap - appears almost mahogany, deep bronze and hint of red, though the head did not last much at all. Aroma nothing special, though does hint of the malt rather than the hops, and from the smell would suggest to it being a bit thin. The taste is much better than expected from the aroma, with light/medium body, slightly sweetish and malty to start, but the citrus and bitterness of the hops comes through and lasts well in the back of the mouth. After several mouthfulls the bitterness of the hops predominates, but remains fairly smooth and not overdone. I enjoyed this beer, and it might come closer the traditional English "Bitter" beer taste and texture than any other US beer on tap that I have had so far. If you enjoy a fairly light texture and bitter hoppy beer - but not "in your face" then this is a good beer and easy to drink too.

JohnW (while in Tampa FL May 2007)
B'ham UK

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.12/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Fizzy beige low level head sits atop a mild amber copper body.

S: Eggos, soap, strawberries and coins.

T: Beings with malty red fruits, hints of raspberries, watermelon, cooked strawberries and blood orange. Really biscuity which then turns to an over the top soapiness that is quite unappealing. Finishes with a metallic bitterness and lingering red apple with a slight caramel aspect.

M: Medium body and fuzzy.

D: This beer tastes nothing like remember it. What a disappointment. I’ll need to try this again in the future to make sure the keg or lines weren’t dirty.

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Photo of shamrock7
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale pours dark amber in color with a fresh white foamy head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is a combination of hops and pine. It has a nice flavor with hints of malt, hops and citrus. It goes down smoothly and the combination of flavors should satisfy a wide range of beer drinkers. The aftertaste stays with you for a little bit, but in this case it’s a good thing. Overall a very satisfying APA.

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Photo of argock
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a 16oz pint glass

A: Pleasing red with short off-white head with decent retention and lacing

S: Caramel and malt with mild fruitiness and plenty of piney hops

T: Toasted malt is strongest but there is a generous amount of hop bite to add crispness

M: Medium-bodied, good amber-red aftertaste, a bit overcarbonated

D: A really nice red ale on-tap with plenty of flavor but not overwhelming.

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Photo of beveritt
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. The label shows, surprise, a red seal. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with just shy of 1 inch of big bubbled of white foam. This settles slowly to a thin layer or foam and a decent amount of Belgian lacing. The beer itslef is a light copper in color with hints of orange. Perfectly clear.

Smell: Resinous pine hops smell with a slightly sweet caramel aroma.

Taste: Piney and spicy hops with a medium bitter finish. Some butterscotch caramel flavors.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. A little on the thin side.

Drinkability: Overall, a nice beer with a good hop aroma and flavor.

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Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazed amber with a thin white head that recedes, but re-appears with gentle swirling.

The smell is citric and piney. Carmelized bread is in the back.

The taste is of citrus and pine and resin balanced by sweet caramelish malt. Bitter with a rounding sweetness in the finish.

The feel is buttery smooth in a medium body. Taste lingers.

A tasty West Coast APA - flavorful, smooth and well-balanced.

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Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 2,095 ratings
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