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

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Added by kbub6f on 06-16-1998

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Photo of gordavidson
3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Ever so slightly hazy and amber/ orange in color. A thick, craggy white head forms but settles to a thin sheet, but leaves some good lacing.

S- Grassy and citrus hops. Very crisp and clean smelling.

T- Grassy and ctirusy. Almost overly clean. It's a little odd, it reminds me a little bit of a Mr. Beer homebrew kit I once used- as much as I hate to say it.

M- A little too thin and metallic for my tastes.

D- I found myself enjoying this less and less the more I drank of it. Not bad... just not my favorite for the style.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a cloudy, bubbly amber color, this one has big-ass carbonation and it supports a sticky, bubbly and rather creamy head.

The aroma is mostly a citric-hop scent with very little malt detected. As the brew warms to room temp the aroma improves and becomes a bit fruity.

It's interesting that I sampled this right before I sampled some of my big, dark IPA homebrew that I just bottled and I couldn't believe how similar it was, not that my brew was sooo good that it rivled this, but more to the point, The Red seal ale is suprisingly home-brew-esque in most ways, especially flavor. It's pretty simple with mostly a herbal-citric hop flavor that mutates to a semi-bitter nutty and rather acidic bite. Very subtle malts ( I though my brew was a bit maltier) try to support a delicate balance.

The feel is pretty light, with a big carbonated bite. Perhaps a bit too much.

I think "not bad" fits.

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Photo of thisisbigrob
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Poured a hazy tan-orange with a finger of head that settled into a thin dense layer of foam with amazing lacing.

S: The smell is the highlight of this beer. You can definitely tell this is an American Pale Ale from the strong citrus/floral hops.

T: All the hops you'd expect from the smell. Not a lot of sweetness. On the bold end of the spectrum of beers that call themselves APAs.

M: Nothing special, carbonation is a little too strong with a prickly feeling on the tongue.

D: Amazing smell and great taste but I think I'd get bored trying to drink a whole six-pack in a night.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy red-orange color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into thin lacing. The aroma is of citrus, and grapefruit with a hint of caramel. The taste is of very well balanced, but with enough hops to make it very interesting. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a fantastic APA. It is endlessly sessionable with enough character to remain interesting. I would certainly drink this again.

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Photo of jayfarley3
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from a 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass, pours a golden caramel color with a nice frothy white head. smells of sweet caramel malts and piney hops. tastes of caramel malts and has a nice bitter hop finish and just a tad of sweetness, this is a very tasty beer. mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with medium carbonation. this beer is very drinkable, i would reccomend this to anybody.

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Photo of pwoods
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz. single brown bottle from Party Source poured into a pint. No dating on bottle.

A: After an aggressive pour, I get 2 full fingers of off white, slightly rocky head. Poured a semi transparent amber-orange... like a clearer and darker IPA. Decent retention most of the way and with surprisingly good lacing.

S: Hops come in the form of fresh flowers. Malts are on par with the hops and add a bread/oat balance to things.

T/M: Taste is very well balanced. Higher malts than expected but the hops are still very much there, leaving on fresh crispness and nearly no bitterness. Body is just above medium and lower carbonation helps add to the creaminess.

D: Taste is on the subtle side but it's definitely not tasteless... controlled would be a good way to describe it. This would make a great introduction brew and an excellent session beer.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.22/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

North Coast Brewing Company makes one of my favorite pilsners (Scrimshaw), so I decided to give one of their other beers a test run.

It poured an amber with about a finger-head that didn't last for long. The smell reminded me very much of malts with just a little bit of citrus sweetness, flowers, and yeast. The taste is very robust with the malts being very present and the hops only appearing to me as a little bitterness towards the end with a fairly dry finish that leaves an aftetaste that I didn't find to be entirely pleasant. The carbonation in it was interesting and different, since the bubbles seemed to be quite a bit smaller than normal that provided a different mouthfeel than I expected. The drinkablity is pretty standard, but it seems to be sitting a little heavier in me than most ales. This was an interesting beer to try, but I can't imagine picking it up again. I have a feeling this is a good beer that just isn't for me.

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Photo of eberkman
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a gorgeous, clear copper with a rich, frothy light-tan head that lasted the duration leaving a thick lattice of lacing on the glass. The smell was primarily floral and citrus hops. The taste was dominated by a caramely, citrusy sweetness at the front end giving way to a heavy dose of piney hops at the back end. The mouthfeel was less crisp and refreshing than I'd hoped -- actually quite sticky more than anything else. As far as drinkability, it's certainly enjoyable thought not quite sessionable. Lots of malty sweetness and lots of hops, but for some reason the balance doesn't seem quite there.

More like a mild version of a West Coast IPA than a pale ale if you ask me, but overall certainly a quality ale.

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Photo of Jonte
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange/pale red color and a fluffy off-white colored head. Good lacing.

The smell is sweet, caramel, floral and citrusfruit.

Taste is grape, pine, caramel, fruit drops, some notes of flowers and bread. Bittersweet finish.

Creamy and smooth mouthfeel but still a bit thin. Nice american pale ale.

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Photo of woemad
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.49. No freshness date, and no hint as to who/what the hell Ruedrich is/was. The seal? Someone who works at North Coast, or some bizarre and best-not-explored combination of the two?

Poured a hazy copper color into a Bristol's Mass Transit Ale pint glass (thanks again Connie-you rock!). The beer took on a more orange hue when held up directly to light. A tight, white 1-inch head was perched atop the beer, and dropped after several minutes, leaving sheets of lace behind.

The most dominant characteristic that jumped out at me when I smelled this was a piney hoppiness. It's not a huge, IPA-ish hoppiness (well, maybe surpassing a UK IPA nose), but it's definitely the most noticeable scent. There are also some more herbal notes, and a mild, caramel sweetness.

Like the smell, the taste of this beer is piney. Less assertive, herbal hop notes then join in. At the swallow, there is a pleasing dryness that is matched by a mild caramel taste. FIrst new pale ale I've had with some character in a while!

Medium bodied, with a mouthfeel that is prickly and mildly oily.

I'm curious how many unwary customers buy this thinking they are getting a red/amber ale, and wind up with a hoppy pale ale! Personally, I'd rather have a hoppy pale ale any day of the week. I would definitely drink this again, as it's both a satisfying pale ale and also would be a decent stand-in for an IPA if the selection is lackluster or none are available.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.01/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I WOULD like to say "what happened to this beer", but I can already tell you, and I am shocked. This was one of my favorite session beers, but guess what, take away my malt syrup, and you'll lose me as a customer. This beer about a year ago, was terrific. It is now dummied down and I am disappointed, especially coming from North Coast. You can taste most of the same flavor, but without the same bite to it. Very watery, still has some malt to it, oh, and isn't nearly as hoppy. Sorry, guys, you lost me on this one. Please leave Old Rasputin and Pranqster, as is!

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Photo of beergynt
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint... Clear reddish copper hue with a lasting off-white head that left little licks of lacing here and there... Smell was mainly hops; piney and a little grassy, a hint of orange/citrus. The solid malt backbone also made an appearance in the nose, but is much more noticeable when tasting... First sensation upon drinking this beer is the sweetness of caramelly malt spreading over the tongue. This nice malt base is quickly followed by a strong hop finish; grassy and citrusy at once, and very complimentary to the malt... Mouthfeel begins smooth then becomes a little rough and almost harsh at the end, though not uncomfortably so... A very drinkable a refreshing beer; nice for rapid consumption on a hot day!

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Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love this beer. We really have waaaay too few beers to satisfy hop heads in Alabama. The ABV limit keeps out 100% of double/imperial IPAs, and even quite a few "normal" IPAs. The best hoppy beer we had in state was Sweetwater IPA, recently pulled because the ABC was tipped off that it's 6.5%.

Anyway, this beer is a hoppy refuge around here. It's hoppier than any English IPA, and even hoppier than Flying Dog Snake Dog and probably a couple other IPAs in state.

It's not straightforward Cascade like your typical SNPA. This one has a little more going on, and also runs a little more caramel sweet.


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Photo of DoubleJ
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was expecting a red ale from what the label read, but I shall not be dissapointed that I got a pale ale instead. On to the beer:

Pours perfectly into my pint glass a yellowish-orange with the recommended two-finger head. Aroma is a bit piney upfront, malt dextrin then takes over. Taste has mild esters and a touch of caramel, making way for a piney and grapefruit note from the hops. It starts to become more hoppy than malty before bready flavors pop up in the back and stick in the aftertaste. No flaws here, it passes the test.

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Photo of Floydster
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle purchased individually from Trader Joe's in Redlands

Pour was a nice golden color with a 1/4 inch white head that faded almost immediately

Smell was not overpowering, but still nice and malty

Taste was nice and the hops stood out once it warmed

Could drink a lot of these because it is a lighter beer and the taste is not too much

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large off white head, good lacing and stick. Clear, light side of orange.

Grainy aroma with some decent hop additions. Mostly citrics that reappear in the flavor - grapefruit especially.

Good mouthfeel with nice carbonation, finish is solidly bitter without sacrificing any drinkability. Just a very nice West Coast style pale ale.

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Photo of outdoorbrewer
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
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 -9.5%
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 +12.6%
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 +6.2%
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 +11.3%
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 +9.3%
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%
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 +11.3%
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 +2.8%
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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Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 2,111 ratings