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

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 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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Photo of Duster72
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber with a one finger head and moderate lacing. Aroma is sweet malts and citrus hops. Taste is pleasant blend of grapefruit and sweet malts with very little to no bitterness. Very creamy and smooth and super drinkable. Great light APA that makes you want to grab another.

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Photo of beeragent
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer pours a deep amber, forming a 3 fingers worth of head, and leaving light spots of lace on the glass. The aroma is strongly of sweet hops. Not really complex. If there's anything else there, its completely covered by the hops. The taste is smooth hoppy citrus flavor. None of the harsh aftertaste associated with other pale ales. Medium mouthfeel. Yet another great beer from North Coast. A very smooth, easy to drink pale ale, full of flavor.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is heavy with caramelized malt & citrus sweetness along with some hops.

T: The taste starts out slightly sweet with flavors of citrus & caramel establishing the malt character early. A light and pale hops bitterness quickly follows and although it gets a little bit stronger as the beer starts to warms, it’s still kind of subdued. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, decent kick, good representation of style, I could drink quite a few of these, but personally I would prefer a little stronger of a hops presence. Nonetheless, this is a good beer.

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Photo of oelergud
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown translucent but cloudy body with a rough creamy tan head with an orange tint. Decent retention and abit of lace.
Unusual scent, slightly sweet and honey. Very malty with abit of spice.
Malty taste, sweet and almost toffee like. Aftertaste lasts long and is well balanced with a hint of seltzer.
Medium body and abit of a dry finish.
Good drinkability.


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Photo of atigerlife
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an orange/reddish color with a small white head.

Aroma of hops, sweet honey, and malts.

Taste is sweet, malts and a hops backbone. Quite crisp and nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel has a medium body and is dry and cleansing.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer. I was suprised and very impressed. Quite complex but nicely balanced. A good session brew. Looking forward to having another.

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

I've avoided this beer partly because I thought it was a red ale, not one of my favorite styles. Anyway, I finally realized it was an APA and gave it a try.

A: Deep amber with pretty impressive head

S: Classic APA, clean piney hop aroma dominates

T: Has a wonderfully creamy hoppiness (if it can be called that) that's full of those delicious American hop flavors, again notably pine and citrus.

M: Creamy yet finishes very dry

D: Oh yeah, an underrated APA, one of the best I've tried. Stacks up nicely to SNPA, the benchmark of this style.

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Photo of Redwood21
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a nice golden brown color, the head is thick and offwhite. I couldnt detect a strong aroma, but nothing unpleasant either. The taste really suprised me. This is a very clean hoppy mildly sweet ale. Not dry or too bitter, just an all around good tasting beer. This is a very drinkable beer and one that is worth trying.

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Photo of ericj551
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Red Seal Ale pours a hazy copper with a sticky head. Aroma is sweet, fruity malts, as well as a slight citrus hop aroma. The taste is delicious, a great balance. There is a slight caramel malt flavor followed up by a light citrusy and maybe slightly metalic bitterness. The finish is dry with an almost berry like flavor. This is a really solid beer from North Coast, a great session beer.

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Photo of Gatch
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Filled a growler at Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, AZ. The red color of this beer really comes out in a growler, which is pretty cool, but lightens up as it goes into a pint glass and becomes more of a golden-orange.
A - Golden-orange w/ a bubbly, foamy off-white head.
S - Vibrant fruits come out in the nose first, followed by subtle hops & sweet malt.
T - The ripe summer fruits and hops come together so well, with a smooth, sweet malty finish and a nice bitterness. The carbonation is perfect, creating the right crispness without having too much pop in the mouth. A nice change from overly hoppy Pale Ales.
M - The sweet malt and subtle hops stick to the mouth and coat it with a fresh feeling and the carbonation isn't overbearing at all.
D - Are you kidding? I would drink the whole growler tonight if I didn't want to save some for another time. I know North Coasts' flagship brew is Old Rasputin, but this beer is the most drinkable and well-rounded beer in their lineup. I'm glad I have a growler of Red Seal, b/c this is now one of my favorite Pale Ales.

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Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 72.7% out of 100 with 2,086 ratings
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