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Riptide - BrewDog

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82
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308 Ratings
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Ratings: 308
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 15
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MAB on 03-18-2008)
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Davidpgibbons

Illinois

1.88/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured into a snifter, no head no carb. Smells light chocolate, mollasses, figs and dried fruit maybe raisons.
Taste is horrible, lacking abv maybe but turns out skunky and flavorless. One of the worst stouts i have had. No lacing gives this stout a dead head, overall dont buy this beer for a 12 dollar bottle it sucks, im starting to think less of brew dog being the second batch of this i have tried i think it sucks. Would never buy again, dosnt hold, dosnt taste and overall is not what a craft stout should end up as. Ive brewed better stouts in my novice days.... If you see this, dont waste your money!

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 21:07:59 | More by Davidpgibbons
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Khazadum

Illinois

2/5  rDev -44.9%

01-22-2012 02:12:01 | More by Khazadum
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northaustin

Texas

2.03/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

poured into pint glass. a thick black with almost no head.

alchohol is not very well hidden, but subtle roasted malts can still be found after some searching

aroma is minimal and most of wht comes through is harsh alchohol

mouthfeel was a bit sticky and flat with almost no taste lingering. im going to try another bottle to make sure i didnt get a bad one

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 00:38:19 | More by northaustin
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nlmartin

Ohio

2.13/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer was served in an imperial pint glass lightly chilled.

Appearance: This is kind of a personal prejudice on my part. I like my stout so that there is no or little ruby opaqueness to light. I like my stouts blacker than black. The beer pours the color of coke with ruby opaqueness to light. I can almost see through the beers glass to light. The head was a light tan color and quickly resolved to a ring of foam.

Smell: The beers aroma is musty dark fruit and lightly roasted coffee. The beers aroma doesnt announce itself with the authority I have come to crave in my Double Stouts. In short I am not wowed.

Taste: Again I am underwhelmed. Very light roasted flavors. The suggestion of cocoa is there but not how I want it to be. Honestly if you are going to brew an Imperial Stout go big or stay home. This is a total let down.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beers mouthfeel is light. The carbonation is low. Honestly it doesnt matter this beer is out of whack as far as I am concerned. Alcohol is present in the mouth and is not really welcome. I wanted to like this beer. I love the style of Double Stout. I dont love this beer. The bottle states this is a twisted merciless stout. This is most definately not the Ming the merciless of stouts. Go big or go home. Brew Dog should have stayed home with this offering. Frankly this beer bored the piss out of me.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 09:29:39 | More by nlmartin
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GregSVT

Texas

2.23/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

22oz bomber into a snifter - 2008 Vintage

A: Pours light brown but dark black in the glass with no head and a tiny ring around the glass.

S: The nose doesn't have much besides a little cocoa, coffee, and dark fruit.

T: The taste is dark fruit and a bit of chocolate with a hop flavor in the background. There's a bit of a metallic taste as well which detracts from the taste a bit.

M: Awful. No carbonation at all It's flat which I have a feeling is why the flavor is not so great. Not sure if the age has something to do with this but I doubt that's the case.

O: Not impressed with this one and I don't plan to try it again. Reading some other reviews this is about the norm for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 00:21:23 | More by GregSVT
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.28/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The 5th and last beer of my BrewDog reviewing evening. This brown 33ml bottle was poured into my huge 'Judas' glass and had 3 months life left according to the label.

Very dark, almost jet black to the naked eye, no head sat on top, just a thin collar that clung to the glass.

Rip Tide smells of the sea, unclean, dirty and in need of some filtering before use. A little liquorice was also present along with some toasted malts.

Liquorice, coffee and toffee in equal amounts appear in the taste. It however lacks body and the creamy richness I would expect from a really sound Stout.

Loses out because of its low viscosity. Not very impressed at all.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 20:47:15 | More by BlackHaddock
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Crosling

Colorado

2.38/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark brown with ruby edges. Frothy, bubbly head of light tan cream. Malt accented nose lacks depth and describable character, with some medicinal character and some dark malt (cocoa and smoke.) Flavor is very stale and dull. Very poor balance, oxidized and tough to drink. I really wish Brewdog would consider a much beefier beer for their Paradox.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 03:33:44 | More by Crosling
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

2.42/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Dispensed into a pint glass from the 22.4oz bottle with a date of 09/09/09. I am not sure if that is a "bottled on" or "consume by" but I can imagine either would matter considering the beer style.

This one looks just like a Coke when poured into the glass. The same, cola like color with a small, wafty head. Not too impressive.

Aroma is sweet and like some kind of bread pudding. Quite a lot of licorice in the nose. Alcoholic and fruity and sweet. None of the stout characteristics, i.e. roasty, grainy, coffee.

Sickly sweet flavor and quite hard to drink. Sticky on the tongue. Blech! I was excited about this one but what a let down. I will struggle to finish my bottle. I would never purchase this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 23:14:07 | More by SaCkErZ9
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.5/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark ruby in colour with a large, brown head with a few bubble holes dotted around the sides & at the top. The head is quite foamy & lasts well.

Smells of a mixture of dried summer fruits & raisins along with roasted malts & hints of coffee.

Hints of dried fruit to begin with although the dominate taste is the strong coffee flavour that definitely sticks around as an aftertaste. There is also roasted barely in there as well. The flavours are a little strong for my taste however.

Rather smooth with light carbonation, I would say this one was medium bodied although slightly watery. Not what I expected at all.

The 8% abv is well hidden in both the smell & taste although the overwhelming coffee taste was too much for me to enjoy this one.

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Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 12:20:22 | More by flyingpig
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bamadog

Kentucky

2.53/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to my buddy Ross for sharing this the other night. Review is from notes taken on 7/31/2010 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour is darkest brown/near black; starts with a 1/2 finger tan head that fades quickly to a thin wisp and uneven ring around the surface; body is opaque, but you can still seel some relatively strong looking carbonation holding to and bubbling near the sides; faint webs and loose oily spots of lacing are left hanging around.

Smell: Not nearly as robust or strong as I like in a stout; smell is a little metallic/coppery; an earthy roastiness and a thin bittersweet chocolate and bit of a burnt sugar scent.

Taste: Misses the mark by quite a distance for what's supposed to be an imperial stout -- definite coppery metalic presence with an earthy roastiness; bit of that burnt sugar presence; overall the flavors are very thin and watery.

Mouthfeel: Body is thin and watery; carbonation, whise present visually, comes across as flat; a dry film is left on the roof of the mouth.

Drinkability: I'm really glad I didn't pay for this. With this being my first offering from Brewdog, I'm certainly not really looking forward to trying anything else... unless of course someone else is buying.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 20:48:35 | More by bamadog
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armock

New York

2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle from Specs Smith St in Houston, TX

A - Poured a black color with no head or lace

S - Is of roasted malt with a good bit of coffee

T - Like the nose the flavor is dominated by coffee

M - This beer has a thin watery body with light carbonation to it

O - This was a very disappointing beer from pour to finish the flavor was even average at best to me its not worth the money or time spent with this one don't bother

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 17:37:45 | More by armock
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DoubleJ

California

2.73/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Friday night... sports on the tube, a freshly cooked pizza, and a 22.6 ounce bottle of Rip Tide. On to the beer:

Doesn't form much of a head initially. It forms decently, but falls to a patchy thin one. Color is cola brown with reddish hues showing at the bottom of the glass. Surprisingly, there is a lot of stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma...a little booze, rubber, faint chocolate liqueur. The taste brings up my overall impression of this beer. Although it's a bit boozy and thinnish in the mouth, it has a solid flavor. Ethanol, roasted grain, charcoal, smoke, bitter chocolate...but it's quite smokey, charred, and boozy.

This beer was a mixed bag. There was some good, and there were some aspects which could be improved. If the ethanol-like alcohol is controlled better, then this might be a good stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 04:10:06 | More by DoubleJ
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BlackSpark

Portugal

2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

05-25-2013 23:08:38 | More by BlackSpark
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sennin

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

02-28-2013 17:57:35 | More by sennin
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mostpoetsdo

Rhode Island

2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Very dark brown, however pours with no head, looks dull.

S: Some burnt notes of malt and coffee, does not smell desirable.

T: Pretty much some burnt chocolate and malt. Dark fruit popping up, but just tastes pretty bad.

M: Man, perhaps the worst part. Practically flat, the carbonation is so low. This one is hard to put down.

D: Nearly undrinkable. Spend your money on a good impy stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 15:55:17 | More by mostpoetsdo
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scruffwhor

Illinois

2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

One pint six point four ounce bottle. Like all the BrewDog artwork.

No head or foam and just some quickly bubbliness right after the pour only. Slightly oily looking dark dark brownie brown to black. Charcoal, dark roasted to burnt malts imbue a faint smoldering campfire with roasted marshmellows and pungent black coffee smell. Thin creamy coffee taste to start. his moves to a rosted, then burnt malt reminding me of burnt oatmeal. This paate is a light oil with thin flavors, minus the burnt grain appeal. I was pretty disapponted with the outcome of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 06:13:20 | More by scruffwhor
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kingcrowing

Vermont

2.83/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle poured into a DFH signature glass, says best by 09/09/09.

Pours a dark slightly watery black with a pretty crappy head. Lots of of soapy like bubbles that starts to fade quickly with no much lacing at all. Nose is roasty and yeasty with some chocolate and dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is real disappointing for an imperial stout. It's light and watery with a very light finish. It's pretty roasty and a bit smokey. Very light carbonation. it isn't bad but it's hardly anything to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 21:10:25 | More by kingcrowing
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AndrewNations

Louisiana

2.83/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Nice Dark Brown with shades of Orange. No insane darkness or anything like other styles of this beer. Few Bubbles, No head and no lacing.

S - Some faint notes of chocolate and smoke, maybe a bit of sweet caramel.

T - a lot of different things going on but nothing overpowers the other. Sweet Leathery taste along with some smoke. Not sure of the yeast but I might be ale Belgian as I get some of the nose and the taste. The dry finish also leads me to thing its a Belgian ale yeast.

M - thin

D - Given the mouth feel and taste this is fairly drinkable. Given its viscosity I can drink a couple of these whereas something thicker, I could not.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 19:15:41 | More by AndrewNations
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PBoegel

New York

2.83/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle into a Brooklyn Beer Snifter. Freshness was July 2010.

The beer pours black and was fairly apparently under carbonated. Poured with some more vigor and could muster a brown head, with little to no retention, but soapy bubbles.

The aromas were mainly chocolate and some roast, no hop aroma, not a lot of complexity. Nothing off putting though, just very melllow, and I would say the lack of apparent carbonation could lead to some of the flatness of character.

Some roasted barley and ashen character in the flavor upfront, followed by some milk chocolate and faint notes of vanilla. Fairly astringent in the finish, even for a stout. The bitterness was lower than expected for an 8% stout. Some flat cola-esque sweetness and iced coffee character.

Somewhat thin, under carbonated and lacking in complexity. Overall very disappointing. I think a lot of the flaw in this beer is the really dramatic lack of carbonation and how that impacts the aroma and flavor profiles.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 16:29:18 | More by PBoegel
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cassanoj

Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. Not pitch black, decent head. Pretty good lacing.

The nose is of dark fruits. Also, a little bit of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt. So far, so good.

Tastes...watered down. Needs more malt, man! Where is the complexity, where is the WHAM!? i come to expect from my most favorite stouts? This beer does not do it for me, plain and simple.

Mouthfeel is decent, a bit of carbonation gives this beer a bit of uumph, but it isn't enough to make up for a taste reminiscent of watered down pretzels.

Was hesitant to pay 8.75 for a bottle of this. Now, I know to trust my gut.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 13:59:49 | More by cassanoj
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DousedInStout

Washington

2.83/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Wow, was initially excited to try this beer - but it let me down hard. Poured a dark, ruby color - not much head nor carbonation. The nose was sweet, roasty and had some fig-like esters. The alcohol comes out a little in the nose. The taste is incredibly thin and watery - not much flavor. It kind of tastes like an undercarbonated cola, sweet and syrupy. The finish lingers, somewhat medicinal and roasted. Calling this a "stout" is an empty promise, and I hope this brewery makes some adjustments to their malt bill.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 00:58:26 | More by DousedInStout
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AnonymousNick

Wisconsin

2.83/5  rDev -22%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Light-colored for this style, and I knew I shouldn't treat it like a normal imperial stout as soon as I poured it.

The aromas and flavors are cocoa, coffee, dried fruit, etc. and it's actually quite complex.

It's just too bad it comes off as way too thin and watery. Like another reviewer said, it's like a double version of Guinness, which could work if it had quite a bit more carbonation. This could be an interesting dry-ish stout, but the flatness makes it taste sweeter than it should.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 06:17:57 | More by AnonymousNick
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Zorro

California

2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear dark brown colored beer with next to no head.

Smell is bread and a little patent malt and faint black currant. Chocolate is present as is hay, not a very aromatic beer at all.

The taste starts out coffee and vanilla and oak. Chocolate flavor and astringent it really dries out the mouth. Strong bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is dry mouth.

Frankly, this beer sucks. Don't bother with this one get Rasputin or Stone RIS instead. This is a REALLY good example of a beer not being good just cause it came from far away.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 23:38:55 | More by Zorro
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kirkpjr

Alabama

2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.
Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip.

A: Very thin pour. Dark but some light comes through. Minimal head. No lacing, nothing at all. Nothing I would picture as a "twisted merciless stout."

S: Sweet malt. Something unpleasant here - smells like a wet dog. A little boozy. Very unimpressive.

T: Chocolate, roasted malts. It really is hard to enjoy the taste with that smell hitting your nose.

M: Very low carbonation. For looking so thin, it coats the mouth more than expected.

D: What a disappointment. Picked this beer up in FL to enjoy here, but I don't know how I'm going to finish it.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 02:16:00 | More by kirkpjr
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Brewdog Rip Tide coming out of a bottle bought at Rochester's own Beers of the World and poured into a cheap hotel glass in Buffalo.

Appearance: Dark raisin-brown color, very opaque. No head, no lacing, almost no carbonation. Only the slightest of bubbles. Pours like an old wine. Not as expected.

Smell: Smoky all around. Comes through like a fireplace after Grandma left it on all night and the firefighters had to hose it down with some very cold and slightly stinky municipal water. It also smells like raw chicken and dirty cutting board after fabricating some low-quality poultry in the god-forsaken kitchen of some faraway regional brewpub. Aromas of cheap Sysco bacon and/or hotel-cooked Canadian bacon offered (for an outrageous extra fee) as part of their overpriced and boring breakfast. The smell is definitely unique, but not in a good way.

Taste: Incredibly thin, then some smoke and more meaty bacon. Maybe a hint of bitter coffee. Boring. Disappointing.

Mouthfeel: Very thin and watery overall, almost no carbonation. No booze fire either. Am I reviewing wine?? A slight tad of bitterness at the end.

Drinkability: Alright. I mean, it drinks OK, but I'm getting tired of Brewdog's cool-looking brews that are actually blah. This stout might be "twisted", but it is far from "merciless", except for the outrageous bacon taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 04:58:41 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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Riptide from BrewDog
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