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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 RochefortChris
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DeanAmbrose
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a clear plastic cup at an outdoor beach cafe. Amber in appearance with a nice head of foam. Aroma was of faint pine, freshly cut grass. The taste was amazing. Citrus with just the right amount of hop balance. Finish was crisp and refreshing. Overall a well crafted beer and solid B grade wise. Canned version would be perfect for a day out on the boat.

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Photo of rarigney
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was a dark hazy amber to orange color that had a one finger white foamy head that died within about a minute. The lacing - wow - nice show as there’s a nice super thick clingy white foaminess that clung nicely even after several sips were taken. The smell had a decent amount of caramel malts that came across in a fairly roasty sort of way and then a decent spicy yet bitter hops delicately come into play as the beer warms. The taste is slightly spicy yet sweet but still allows a decent bitterness to tell me that this beer is no joke. The aftertaste has a long sweet caramel spicy flavoring, probably one of the best aftertastes I’ve ever had in any American Red Ale or APA (whatever style this one really is). The finishes bitter and has a nice kick on the tongue just as it leaves. On the palate, this one does a decent job of pummeling my tongue, but still does not overdo it. I say this one sits about a medium in body and still has a decent sessionable quality running about it. Overall, American Amber/Red Ale or American Pale Ale, I’m not exactly sure the intentions of North Coast on what they wanted to do for this, but hey, I would definitely have this again and would love to have it again with a peppercorn encrusted New York strip steak.

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Photo of Bombelsky
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, deep amber. 2 fingers frothy, long persisitng head. Excelent lacing.

Moderate high aroma of floarl/earthy hops, some notes of berries. Moderate malty toffee notes.

Moderate caramel flavor, moderate-high flavor of hops, moderate bitterness

Medium body. Average carbonation, watery, dry finish

Very balanced very tasty

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Photo of D1noB
3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Malty, citrus, and hoppy front that ends in a slightly earthy finish.

Taste Rating in Words: Swimming in the beautiful blue ocean and getting just that little bit of salt water in your mouth., It's still enjoyable but it could have been dream worthy.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25


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Photo of Budlum
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sjrider
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brolo75
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a copper red color with a vanilla colored full, creamy head, lots of lacing and carbonation, looks good.

A: Lots of aroma, floral, citrus, slight pine notes, heavy caramel and light toffee malt notes, bready, lots of hops.

T: Floral, herbal hop notes, moderate amount of bitterness with lemon, toffee, caramel, touch of honey in the finish.

M: Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation and a long dry finish.

O: A solid offering, good balance of hops and malts, light, very drinkable, definitely going to revisit this one during the summer.

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Photo of akolb
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ahypercube
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this delicious brew once again, and now I shall review it. I don't usually prefer beers of this low ABV variety, but this one is quite exceptional. Procured in a six pack from my local Vons--they had hidden them away from the refrigerated section with the specialty beers. Poured one into a pint glass...

L: Copper-red amber and completely transparent, it produced ample bone-white, soapy head that left delicate and plentiful lacing. Distinguished and attractive bottle art as well.

S: Fruity notes of strawberry, raspberry, plum and black cherry mingle with molasses and a nutty whole wheat cracker background. Clearly malt-forward, but still a little hoppy.

T: Delicious; a little tangy, a tad peppery. A distinct undertone of toasted walnut is splashed over with black cherry, faint raspberry and strawberry that gets quickly caramelized, feeding into orange peel, pine, and a grassy hop flavor that matures into toasted sourdough bread, yeast and basil. That walnut, which is prevalent to the finish gets also caramelized and finishes in black tea. Overall it reminds me of pizza.

F: Thin, and a little watery, but that's to be expected from such a mellow, sessionable brew. Crushable as hell, I'm definitely tempted to drink these too quickly.

O: Exemplary red ale. Perfect for introducing babes to craft beer.

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Photo of Blackop555
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours copper. Thick, short, off-white head Fades quickly.

Smells malt, Citrus, herbal, earthy.

Taste Citrus and Piney, bready malt and earthy hints. Finish is dry with a bitter linger of pine. Lighter medium body and fizzy medium carbonation.

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Photo of Genx
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AJmon13
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Aoyoc
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattD93
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of bwood06
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a clear, although slightly hazy (chill haze?), reddish tinted golden hue with nitro carbonation that cascades and a creamy, white head that dissipates ultra slowly (as do typical nitro heads). 4/5 The aroma is an equal mouth sweet, fruity, and hoppy with caramel and tropical fruits (mainly papaya and mango) leading the way. There is very light graininess, with the malt focus being more on the caramel here. 3.5/5 The flavor profile really follows the aroma nicely with caramel, white bread, tropical fruit (mainly just mango here) and herbal hops being the main players. The flavor does not really change as it warms. The bitterness is moderate and lingers for a bit after swallowing. 3.75/5 This is an ultra smooth (as a nitro beer should be) beer with a medium body and a light dryness that lingers after swallowing. 4/5 This beer may actually be better, based on reviews and ratings here, if I did not have it as a nitro beer. This is a well crafted beer with a good balance to it, but it feels like there is more flavor that is being left on the table. 3.75/5

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Photo of Duff27
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sabtos
2.34/5  rDev -40%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Brilliant, clear deep gold with a large dense off-white head leaving cobweb lace.

Floral and herbal hops dominate the nose, nearing perfume, almost soap territory. There's a little stale honey and caramel, but that soap just kills it all.

Taste is deep savory caramel, toast, cracker and pine.

Moderate body, fizzy, frothy, and pretty dry. Kind of meh.

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Photo of Jeff137
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SirDirtJoe
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Furley80
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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