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

Ruedrich's Red Seal AleRuedrich's Red Seal Ale
BA SCORE
3.9/5
2,088 Ratings
Ruedrich's Red Seal AleRuedrich's Red Seal Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 06-16-1998

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,646
Reviews:
1,012
Ratings:
2,088
pDev:
11.79%
Bros Score:
4.4
 
 
Wants:
101
Gots:
219
Trade:
0
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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

Photo of TeachChefs
4.59/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cunning_stunt
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RXUYDC
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of J10Jordan
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dertyd
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

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

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

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

I remember liking this beer when I had it this past spring; I didn't know what to expect in a red ale, but the malt base was good, and I believe it had a little more character than an standard ale.

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

To be sung to the tune of "Kiss From a Rose":

♫There used to be a sweetness missing from inside of me,
You became the taste and the flavor I need,
And beer remained a drink that's delight not a swill
When I consume, my smile blooms,
Your scent on my nose and the color you glow can't compare...

Red ale, I do pour you with a thrill at the end of the day.
Ooh, the more I drink of you the better I feel, yeah.
When your sweet smell fills the room,
Your taste lifts the gloom on the day.

(Oh it's beer, yes it's beer, oh red ale...)


While I'm no musician, some styles of beer just make me want to sing. Red ales are one of those styles... so when I saw Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Company, I knew I had to give it a whirl. The beer has a non-presumptive label: "Water, Malted Barley, Hops, Yeast, & That's All." And I can't argue with that. It doesn't do anything fancy, which admittedly leaves with a bit less of an embodied taste than other creative and distinct reds. It's glory comes when you pour it in a pint glass: you know on the nose exactly what you're drinking.

I personally like my reds with a bit more creative zest, but there's nothing wrong with the traditional style this early 90s red ale exudes.

Best food to drink this with: Watermelon with a pinch of salt to bring out the flavor.
When to drink this: On a hot day, tending to your rose garden, when a pils just won't cut it.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 kisses from a rose.

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Photo of bongobeer
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Skrumpy
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I remember drinking this beer in the 90s when I lived in NorCal. Glad I picked one up to rediscover. Light copper color, clear, an orange cream head that has excellent retention and sheet lacing. The aroma is orange, caramel malt, and herbs. The flavor has a bit of the herbal notes as well. Along with some malt and a bitter/grassy hops in the aftertaste. Medium body, dry finish, and very clean. Excellent beer overall.

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Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 2,088 ratings
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