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

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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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Photo of ChrisClark
4.69/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Red seal ale is my gold standard ale. I cannot find its equal or better and ive been looking for two years. This ale is in my opinion the embodiment of full body, smooth finish. This is a beer i keep on hand. Thank you North Coast for creating this legendary ale.

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

Tasted at the America on Tap day-fest in Wilmington Aug 15th. Someone said it was only 4% alcohol but turns out it's over 5, but still def. a session beer. Flavor is unique, I guess because of the amber/red ale combo idea. Going to look for this! Later, JK didn't like as much as before.

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Photo of arizcards
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a single in late June from TW Arrowhead for $1.79. No visible bottling date.

Beer poured dark amber with a nice off white head that dissipated fairly quickly.

Nose is a wonderful fresh citrus.

Taste has a nice caramel malt backbone generously hopped with citrus tinged hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth.

Overall this is an excellent representation of a session amber IPA. Definitely will do this again!

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was copper red in color with a little white head.
The smell had a light citrus over top of light caramel/nutty tones.
The taste took those flavors and added a sweet graininess to it. Light caramel aftertaste and a light sweet finish.
The mouthfeel sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs light allowing the caramel/nuttiness to be the substance rolling over my tongue.
Overall, its a decent Amber/Red ale. I could see myself having again.

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Photo of J30wang
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wafts intensely of honey! Not a sweet beer, but honey is the dominating character here. Perfect late-night pal on a warm evening outdoors. Bitterness from the hops is very refreshing, but satisfying from the malt. Overall just lots of honey. Solid beer with medium head and lacing, but beautiful semi-milky amber yellow color w/ a brownish pinch. Recommend!

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear reddish amber color with off-white head. Caramel malts, spices, and some piney grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with spiciness and maltiness.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 fl.oz. bottle. 2014.7 bottled, so about one year old now. Pours into tulip.
A: little head. Clear copper in color.
S: medium to light sweet grain. A touch of grapefruit. Unfortunately hops are almost absent.
T: medium caramel/bitter. Slightly grapefruit. Hops character is somewhat more than smells.
M: light to medium bodied. High carbonation. Very crisp.
O: Not as great as reviews. Probably it had passed its best serving date. I'd expect a bit more hoppy, as the label described.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Brilliantly clear amber, rich, clingy 1” off-white foam collar
S: Touch of hop and malt with the hop aroma more in the background. The malt aromas have a slight touch of roast.
T: Moderate hops, a little grapefruit, no diacetyl, moderate toasty flavors in the malt. Balance is slightly to the hop bitterness. Bitterness lingers into the finish and aftertaste.
F: Moderate body and moderate carbonation.
O: Very easy to drink. Would shine with just a little more complexity.

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Photo of milwaukee512
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an awesome hoppy red beer. One step below Founder's Red's Rye, but several steps above most red/IPA beers. I've seen this one around for a while, and wish I'd tried it sooner.

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Photo of Edmond-Bird
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Amber color with soft but noticeable carbonation. Smell is clean with faint fruitiness, bread, and subtle hop aroma. Taste is very balanced with malt up front and a nice amount of hop kick at the end. Notes of baked bread, almost like pumpernickle or rye, and a bit of sourness. Full mouthfeel with zesty carbonation. Overall, very balanced and tasty.

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Photo of stompilator
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper, opaque red, thin, billowy head.

S - Sweet grain, slight, almost rye-esque spice.

T - Crunchy, bread-y, slightly roasty malt notes and woodsy, crisp hops marry very well and sort of blend into a fresh, earthy brew.

M - Medium body, with slightly active carbonation.

O - Goes down oh so easily, extremely balanced interplay of elements.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Due to a candida yeast overgrowth in my GI tract, I have been unable to drink beer or ingest more than 100g of carbohydrates for the last couple weeks. The goal is a month, but a beer here and there isn't supposed to hurt it too bad. So tonight, I sacrifice the Red Seal Ale.

Appearance : Pours a fluffy off-white popcorn colored head with 2 fingers of height and lots of lacing as it recedes gracefully down the straight walls of the pint glass. The body is a pilsner rich golden color with a slight bend towards amber, and is 90% transparent.

Aroma : Fresh hop flower out front, with an oily presence and buttered biscuits. Fruit rinds, unbuttered popcorn and carnauba wax further enhance the body and presence of the beer.

Flavor : Great piney hop bite with a thunder clap of roasted malts flooding in to balance the beer. A nutty richness leaves residue, and sweet caramel malts can be tasted faintly. The spiciness of the hop is something to be contended with. I like it, a lot. Left behind is a dry resolve with bitter pine tingling.

Mouthfeel : Oily, residual, mild creaminess, ending dry and scorched.

Overall : This is actually a Red IPA, not an "Amber Ale". Someone marked it wrong. In that regard it's great. I'd have it again, and I have five more to indulge in before the best by date is expired. Two thumbs up!

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; reddish amber; 1 finger off white head that receded slowly to a wispy cap; OK lacing;

S: biscuit, toffee, earthy hops; nicely balanced;

T: also well balanced; toffee, floral, and a little caramel from start to finish; light to moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish; smooth;

O: easy to drink; flavor wasn't all that complex; I liked that there was more bittering hops than in most ambers;

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Photo of ordybill
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a pint glass at "The Bucket Trade" in Chester, VA.
Aroma- Has a good mix of malt, hops and pine.
Appearance- Reddish copper colored beer with a fairly large off-white colored head.
Taste- A very nice malt / hop with caramel note flavor.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with heavy carbonation with a slightly oily texture.
Overall- A pretty good American Amber / Red Ale, I would drink this again if I come across it.

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Photo of chris_lo
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a reddish copper with an off white cream head and a lasting lace. The aroma gives off a really light sweet malt smell slightly overpowered by a medium citrus, piney, and slight earthy aroma. the taste is super well balanced between malt and slight citrus hope flavor with a light medium body and lasting dry finish.

Almost as good, or comparable to Red Rocket!

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Photo of SFNC
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours sunset orange with a eggshell one finger head. Lots and lots of little bubbles defying gravity. The smell is mild, bready, lite hops, overall nothing earthshaking. The taste is of bread, herbal hops and malt. It reminds me of a well hopped Wee Heavy. Prretty good, I'd have another.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

-Overall looks good, great foamy head
-light hop smell bright, and a light sweetness
-a good red ale but leans a little bland compared to most i have drank
-tastes watery and a little over carbonated but apart from that a smooth bubbly feel

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Photo of troobie
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

5.4% ABV and 42 IBU's. Sampled from a six pack purchased in Eureka, California.

A: Two-and-then-some finger head from a strong pour. Eventually reduces to a patchy tan head with a ring. Lacing is strong. Significant amount of fine particles that look to be almost in suspension. The particles will accumulate on the bottom of the glass if given enough time. Attractive red hued copper color.

S: Floral and spicy hops, some pine and berries, caramel, toasted malts, and vanilla. Balanced, complex, and inviting.

T: Sweet maltiness up front with caramel and red berries. Hop spiciness transitions to hop bitterness with mild pine flavor. There is too much hop bitterness and it pulls the focus away from the outstanding flavors this beer has. Earthiness in the finish. It's worth noting that Red Seal leaves the taste of red raspberries along with that raspberry tartness on your palate.

M: I don't often think there is too much carbonation, but this is approaching my limit. A strong pour still leaves tongue-stinging carbonation. Slick on the palate in a way that begs you to drink more. Creamy. There is tea-like drying after swallowing.

O: This is one of those times I'm glad I picked out a beer other than the one I was intending to buy. Too hoppy to call this refreshing, but certainly sessionable. This beer with half the IBU's would be off the charts. Why force the bitterness in there North Coast? Flavors are amazing in this one.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.67/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

There is some zesty orange and bready malt in the aroma. Pours a very clear, deep amber body with a rocky, off-white head. Nicely hopped but not too bitter; the malt rounds out the hop flavors and bitterness without stepping into the spotlight. The hops are spicy and fairly citrus-like; they provide a good bite alongside the judicious carbonation. The carbonation is lightly prickly and the body is moderately full; there is just a little acidity from the hops.

This hits the spot like nobody's business. The malt provides a good softening background for the reasonably intense hops, which are pleasantly bitter and citrusy.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Finally getting around to trying this one from North Coast Brewing, acquired a single bottle as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a coppery reddish-orange with some fine sediment visible and about a finger of creamy off-white head. Leaves good strands of sticky lacing behind. Looks very good.

S - The aroma is simple, yet pleasant and refined. Bready & malty, with a dry herbal / grassy hop presence to balance it out. Lightly spicy.

T - Taste follows the nose - bready & malty, grassy, herbal, & lightly floral, with a perfect amount of hop bitterness.

M - The feel is smooth, crisp, clean, and very easy drinking.

Overall, I would call it a classic example of what a red ale should be, definitely a staple for the style and brewery, and it is definitely a beer I will be getting more of.

North Coast Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale -----4/5.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I first rated this beer over a year ago, now deciding to revisit it. To my surprise, all five attributes are the same as they were in 2014. In that timeframe I've began to dislike some brews and grew to appreciate others but my love for this ale remains constant.

The look is great, its a nice, darker amber. Light still shoots through it, looks fantastic. Head is a nice touch, too.

Smells like a stronger ale but the malts shine through. Sweet. Almost piney I think. Like a camping.

My post-taste experience exceeded my pre-taste expectations which wasn't that surprising given the favorable sight and scent combination.

Mouthfeel is on point overall a go-to when options are wither unknown or undesirable.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of hops, grapefruit and stale bready malt. Body is medium and crisp. Grassy, herbal hops, caramel malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. Taste was improved as beer warmed up. Overall it is a good brew

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Photo of buzzarooski
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

LOOK: Classic Hazy Copper Red Ale with Big 1 Inch Foamy Beige Head that last through-out, Excellent Lacing that Completely Coats the Glass

SMELL: Hops, Carmel, Citrus, Grains and Barley are All in the mix

TASTE: Very Smooth and Creamy Mild Bodied Ale with an Excellent Blend of Bready Malt and Grains, has a very Faint Bitterness that lingers.

FEEL: Creamy, Minimal Carbonation, Pallet Faintly Dry after the Swallow

OVERALL: LOVED the Classic Look and Enjoyed the Taste....Might have benefitted from a bit more of a Hoppy Aroma and an increase in Carbonation.....But All-In-All I ENJOYED it!

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Photo of JDbudget87
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just happened across this is at a local shop. Was in the mood to try something new and took a flier on this. Bought a sixer and had a hard time stopping after I poured and drank the first one.

Pours a nice foamy, amber color and left a good lacing on my shaker glass after I finished drinking. Definitely going to include this into my rotation.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber to copper color; it isn't very reddish. The head is a finger high and a shade or two away from white. Retention is average for the style, but what head is there has a lush creaminess to it. (3.5)

Smell: To my nose, the overall effect here is more English than American; a combination of toasted caramel and floral yet vaguely earthy hop notes help give it that notion. Cascade is present yet subtle. Nothing TOO special, but it seems balanced and delicate. (3.5)

Taste: It opens up with a gentle caramel sweetness, while the end has (whodathunkit?) a gentle Cascade-esque hoppiness. I swear I taste a bit of gourd character redolent of a pumpkin ale; this would be pretty nice in the fall-time (OH WAIT, IT IS FALL-TIME; yeah, this beer is working nicely) Only flaw is that it's slightly mundane, but that's a fairly big one in fairness. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: It's drier and less stodgy than most amber/reds, which tend to linger obstructively on the palate. There is a touch of sweetness throughout, but nothing to kill the experience. Carbonation is average for the style - in fact, it helps to give the feel a decent creaminess. (3.5)

Overall: A good everyday drinker, this one. It has a crispness/dryness to it that puts it closer to a "standard" pale ale than a red ale. This would be a great beer to pair with food, too. (3.5)

3.39/5: Pretty could do far worse for the style

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Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 2,066 ratings.
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