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Riptide - BrewDog

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311 Ratings

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Ratings: 311
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 16
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of Chelsea1905
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark in colour with a nice khaki style head.

minimal lacing but enough to make you feel like you've drank enough to appreciate it

Smells like molases amd dark malt

medium mouthfeel that leads to a nice mouthfeel

High in ABV so not the best to drink lots of!

Chelsea1905, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of bluejacket74
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22.4 ounce bottle, batch 1, best before 3/3/2009. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch tan head that went away quickly. Not much lacing either. It smells like roasted malt, chocolate, smoke, coffee and some dark fruit. The taste is pretty much like the aroma, although the bitter coffee taste is stronger than it is noticable in the aroma. The roasted, charred and burnt malt is strong tasting, too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it has good carbonation but also seems a bit thin to me. Drinkability is good, it is smooth and not hard to drink at all. Overall it's a pretty decent stout, but there's other stouts that I like more at a cheaper price.

bluejacket74, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
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.

DoubleJ, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of DousedInStout
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.

DousedInStout, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of Zorro
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.

Zorro, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of tpd975
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased several months ago from Liquid Solutions.

A: Pours a dark black hue with tones of amber showing thru. Tall creamy tan head with nice legs.

S: Very earthy, smokey, peaty with notes of coffee.

T: Wow the earth comes through. Peat, Peat, and more peat. Subtle coffee and chocolate with notes of green hops.

M: Medium in body, rather bold. The earth is very forward.

D: Okay, tasty, but not the most drinkable of beers.

tpd975, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of Jablonski
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nonic.

A: It pours black, but it turns into a clear ruby when held to light; there is a large head and great lacing.

S: It's not very complex, and a bit weak for an imperial stout; smells of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. I can best describe it as a stronger smelling Guinness Draught.

T: I'm surprised that this is an imperial stout, as it tastes mild. The roasted malts are most apparent in the taste, but they are not overpowering; it is a decently balanced beer with a small bitterness shock after it is on the palate for a couple of seconds. I enjoy the taste, but it does not seem representative of the style.

M: The carbonation is nice, but the beer is a bit thin. Seems almost like water was added.

D: Decently drinkable. It goes down smooth with no after taste. I'll buy this beer again for the right price.

Jablonski, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of philipquarles
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a fluffy tan head that dissipates rather quickly to leave a spotty film and decent lacing. Very dark roasted malt aromas with quite a bit of coffee and some hints of cherry. Bitter notes hit the nose toward the end. Huge roasty, slightly smoky taste with a some dark, bitter cocoa. Lighter feel for the style. Nice, straightforward stout.

philipquarles, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, thanks Ralph!

Pours a hazed dark brown, pretty opaque, thin light tan head forms, drops to a thin ring and leaves some spots on the glasss, looks nice. Smell is good, pretty intensely malty, some caramel/toffee, demerara, spice, roast, bit of chocolate, very malty bastard. Taste is similar, malty as hell, sweet and caramelized, biscuit/toast, raisins, some sweet fruit, chocolate, roast, very dry biscuity finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, very smooth. Really nice malty stout, thanks Ralph!

Viggo, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of scruffwhor
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.

scruffwhor, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just OK stout from this brewery which makes some great barrel aged stuff. The stout is quaffable, its not offensive, but there is no complexity,nor bold flavours.With so many good double stouts out there, why waste your bucks on this premium priced import. A bit above average mouthfeel and black colour with a moderate head.

Sammy, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

More devil's food cake black than German chocolate cake brown. However, sunlight is easily seen on the opposite side of the glass, which is inexcusable in an 8.0% stout. The bubbly crown is the color of wet sand and looks decent enough. Wonderful looking lace almost makes up for the lack of opacity in the beer.

The nose is musty and dusty. Other than that, this BrewDog offering smells like a classic double stout... that is somewhat lacking in power and personality. Warming results in an olfactory tanginess reminiscent of an Imperial milk stout, if there is such a beast.

Rip Tide is too light to be a member in good standing of the stated style. There's nothing whatsoever going on that could be considered double or Imperial. It's still a flavorful little stout that is crying for more depth and breadth. Perhaps a wider variety of dark malts is the answer. More total malt should come first, however.

Along the bottom of the label are the words 'twisted merciless stout'. The twist might refer to the fruitiness of what tastes like American C-hops. Ain't no way this sucker is merciless. The flavor profile consists of grapefruit zest-flecked chocolate fudge cake covered with caramel icing. Maybe a hint of light molasses as well.

The mouthfeel score is probably too generous. If one chooses to ignore the stated style and the ABV, however, it earns the 3.5 fairly easily. Laid back carbonation is a help rather than a hindrance.

BrewDog Rip Tide is a better beer than the final score would indicate. Problem is, it's a middleweight attempting to slug it out in a ring full of heavyweights. Even though I'm enjoying it for what is, I hope this isn't the base beer for the Scotch whisky-aged offerings from this brewery.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear black color ale with a small foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted coffee is pleasant enough. Taste is a mix between some roasted coffee and lightly bitter malt. Body is a bit thin and carbonation is also low but alcohol was not discernable. I would have appreciated this beer even more with some black chocolate notes and some additional complexity.

Phyl21ca, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of hopdog
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Batch 001 BB 03/03/09.

Poured a dark brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, coffee, and a littel earthy. Tastes of chocolate, coffee, molasses, roast, a lighter earthiness, and some caramel.

Notes from: 7/1/08

hopdog, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of merlin48
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber pours somewhat thinner than expected. Still, sits nicely opaque in the snifter. Not a lot of lacing noted, just a few wisps.

Aroma opens with distinct red apple skins. Hints of dark fruits underneath, along with expected dark roasty notes of coffee and bitter chocolate.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy on the medium body.

Taste is fruity, with red apple notes and a substantial dark fruit presence of prunes and figs. Dark roast is subtle, but there are enough hints of coffee and dark chocolate to let you know it's a stout. Grassy hops serve up most of the bitterness. Malt presence is a bit grainy, but adds a nice touch.

I almost rated this a 4.5 for drinkability, but the fruity sweetness becomes tiring as the bottle finishes. Still, not a bad effort.

merlin48, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of illidurit
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle. Poured into a pint glass. Pours very dark brown, but clearly not black. Very poor head formation, hardly even a film forms atop the beer before it starts dissolving into a halo. Aromas of gooey brownie mix and graham crackers, but not very strong. Flavor starts out with dark chocolate, then melds into an ashy coffee roastiness. The bitterness of the roast combines with a nice herbal hop bitterness to make a long lasting finish. Unfortunately, everything is on the thin side. Low carbonation, light body, a constant struggle to really smell and taste it. Considering the absurd price tag, I don't think I'm going to be buying from this brewery again anytime soon.

illidurit, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, with a tan ring of bubbles for a head. Rich coffee and chocolate, roasted oats, and toffee. More sweet than bitter in the taste. Chocolate and coffe a prevalent, as is the roasty grain and malt, some smoke, caramel, and dark fruit. I liked how the beer avoided the soy sauce taste that can pop up with other Imperials. Excellent.

magictrokini, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of ccrida
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

660ml bottle (batch 2, best before 7/7/09) poured into my St Feuillien goblet, Rip Tide is pitch black with a light tan head that leaves very heavy, bubbly lace that is exceptionally pretty, with medium sized bubbles, long lasting skim and thick collar.

Smell is very rich, sweet and tangy. Loads of caramel, vanilla and and chocolate. Whoa, the first snift was too much, and I wondered what I was in for. As it warms, more buttery diacetyl comes out.

Taste is also very rich, sweet, spicy, but there is some roundness to it, with a firm, bitter finish. There is also a sharp fruitiness that lingers in the aftertaste, blackcherry, light roast. An aggressively hopped, extra heavy export stout.

Mouthfeel is thick and sticky, on the smoother side, but heavy.

Drinkability is pretty good, tasty but extremely rich and aggressive. I like them sweeter, but even as Brewdog's better priced offerings, it's not something I'll be drinking regularly. After having their whiskey cask IPA and being disappointed, this one has me temped to give the whiskey stout's a try...

ccrida, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle - 1 Pint, 6.4 Fluid Ounces. The cap opened without any hiss. It was put on fairly well though, so I'm not sure if the very moderate carbonation of the beer is correct or not. It's at about 1.7 volumes. Very smooth. But is it right? I had trouble building a head over the opaque black body, but it still left some very thin but nice lacing about the glass, and then sheets of very tiny spots of lace after that.

The aroma offers a combination of dark fruits and coffee with a bit of woody and leafy character that may or may not be at least partly due to hops. - ? -

In the mouth it's velvety smooth and slickly medium-full bodied.

The flavor delivers a bit of anise upfront, backed by some mild dark fruitiness (plum/prune, grape skin), then followed by some tarry fig and spent espresso grounds. A blurry but very solid bitterness runs through it. Notes of scorched brown sugar and caramel appear, and there's an underlying smoky edge to it. More leafy, grassy and herbal hops appear, and it's dry and clinging in the finish with just a drip of sugary almost-burnt caramel left to round it out. The 8% alcohol by volume is very well cloaked.

Overall, I personally find it to be kind of an assault on the tastebuds. It's a heavyweight fighter. Slam Slam Slam. And I like that! But it doesn't quite have the finesse of a feather-weight, or the endurance of a middle-weight. On the other hand, it's not really overdone. An Imperial pint won't leave your palate unconscious, but it may leave you dizzy. Or perhaps punch drunk. It's kind of like a limited show. There's a certain amount of depth to it, but it lacks complexity in the long-haul.

Still, it's surprisingly English and Scottish at the same time, and that alone warrants a taste. Or two. Give it a shot and see.

NeroFiddled, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of BretSikkink
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Super dark color, probably black, but the low light I'm in wouldn't accentuate highlights. Large, frothy bubbles don't do a lot for me - not bad for high abv and style, but definitely not among the best.

Aromas of coffee and anise, with some herbal hops, a hint of tobacco and smoke. Definitely like to see a little more potentcy here.

Lots of roasted flavor, slightly sweet on the tongue, bitter up front and towards the end, with a chicory flavored finish. Strong hopping, plenty of hard water character as well.

Smooth, medium full mouthfeel does the job. A little high in the carbonation department, but any less runs the risk of letting the astringency run wild. I can see where an older bottle might come across as heavily oxidized - definitely try to drink this fresh: mine had a 12/12/09 stamp.

Picked up on a whim; I was excited about the Scottish origins and I love me a good stout. I was crestfallen when I saw the scores and reviews, but I'm definitely in the middle here - it's better than the average score here, but it's not great.

BretSikkink, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of Crosling
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.

Crosling, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of charlatan
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours from 330 ml bottle (why can't we have 500ml bottles, eh?) with very thin head. Obviously very dark but with a lovely ruby red hue when I hold it up to the light. Entertaining bluster on the label.

Smells of cherry and chocolate, rather like the organic dark chocolate one can buy from Tesco. I don't detect coffee in the nose which is a definite plus for me.

The carbonation seems to come in infinitesimally small bubbles and despite the rather cloying sweetness it feels a tad watery for such a strong beer after the bubbles give way. That said it has very pleasant chocolate flavour with maybe a hint of toffee. The cherry in the nose is not apparent but there is a smokiness to the malt which becomes more apparent as it warms.

This isn't particularly filling or overpowering despite the alcohol content so you could say it is too drinkable!

charlatan, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of Stephen63
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Alluringly dark, head fizzled out quite quickly.

S - Almost cheese like aroma at start. Burnt carbon with hints of chocolate and dark fruits. Quite unusual.

T - Intense hops but with an underlying sweetness, very rich.

M - Very smmoth and almost syrup-like. Excellent carbonation.

D - Pretty decent for a stout though too intense and potent for a second.

Seen their beers on the shelves for a while but not "bitten". Definitely an interesting beer, they certainly have fairly aggressive marketing. Probably worth trying their other beers. Not that relevant, but not too keen on their modern labels. Trying to attract a younger market?

Stephen63, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The name and the similarly-themed poem on the label make for interesting and entertaining packaging...

This beer pours a very dark, inky black, with slight brown edges when held to the light. The light brown head is fairly sparse, and takes some time to settle, leaving a bit of lacing. The smell is roasted malt, with bitter chocolate and coffee notes, and is quite enticing. The taste is of bitter chocolate malt, but nice and smooth, the carbonation barely noticeable. I served this about 15 minutes after taking it out of the fridge, and the warmer texture made this very easy to drink, the elevated alcohol only evidenced by the warm sensation in my belly, not on the way down. Nice that the attitude on the packaging is backed up by a very decent, and actually 'merciful' stout inside.

biboergosum, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of Bananaman
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, this is a bit of a dissapointment. Rip Tide from BrewDog is a nice Imperial Stout, but it doesn't live up to its own commercial description.

Looks great! The bottle is really cool, as always from BrewDog. And the beer in the glass is dark, almost black with red tones.

Smells decent, not very powerful smell here though. Some rosted notes and some coffee, weak smell anyway.

Taste is better than the smell, lots of dark fruits with some really bitter rosted notes. Some dark chocolate in there too.

All and all, a good Imperial Stout.

Bananaman, Oct 15, 2008
Riptide from BrewDog
82 out of 100 based on 311 ratings.