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Ishmael - Rising Tide Brewing Company


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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.08%

Brewed by:
Rising Tide Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ishmael is our richly-flavored American copper ale. This American interpretation of the altbiers of Düsseldorf is brewed with continental Munich malt, American-grown hops, and a clean-fermenting ale yeast to produce a slightly sweet and malty beer balanced by a firm bitterness.

(Beer added by: sogrady on 09-15-2010)
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Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked Batch 131-Born March 2013. Sampled on November 11, 2013.

It has a slight foggy amber brown pour with a long lasting cream colored head. The head is light and delicate.

The aroma is malty and roasted. There is a hint of earthy hops but they do not jump out at you. A mild sweetness too.

The body is medium and smooth.

A good roasted malt character highlights the taste experience with a mellower but somewhat earthy hop finish. This is not a spectacular beer but it is easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 22:24:05 | More by puboflyons
Photo of beergoot


3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle info: Batch 167; born September 2013. Labeled as a copper ale but also said to be an "American interpretation of a Dusseldorf altbier".

The body appeared dark amber in color and sporting a thin, off-white head. Rich, grainy nose with nuts and caramel tones. Soft malt flavors with some spicy hop notes. Medium bodied, clean and dry.

A decent take on German altbier. Smooths out nicely with every ongoing sip. Nice balance between malt grains and bop bitterness. Nice, light malt sweetness overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 22:34:43 | More by beergoot
Photo of Taylor1989

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap In a pint glass at Murphy's taproom,Manchester

A: copper brown colored body with tan head

S: mild malts and hops, bread/biscuit yeast comes through.

T: much like in the smell. I'm getting the bready yeast and a Carmel malt

M: medium,, light harshness on the tongue, no aftertaste or finish

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2013 12:36:37 | More by Taylor1989
Photo of tigg924


3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: tan in color, 1/3 inch head, high carbonation, clear

Smell: English toasted malt and caramel

Taste: English toasted malt and caramel

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, medium body, sweet with slight bitterness

Overall: A solid and above average English tasting altbier. I would pick this up again, but there are better in the style ad from the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 13:09:07 | More by tigg924
Photo of Boto


3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber: This one pours a slightly hazy, coppery color. There was a very small off-white head on it. It has a nice nose. Malty and nutty notes are most prevalent. Some earthy hops and a few lurking fruits. The taste is good. A bit bitter, with an underlying sweetness: a good balance. Caramel malts, nuttiness, a hint of roasted malts. A pretty solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 20:51:05 | More by Boto
Photo of BEERMILER12


3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a chill-hazed copper color with a fingers worth of off-white head

S: A hefty dose of malts along with some earthy hops. Pretty simple

T: Borders on sweet from the malts, along with an earthy fruitiness from the hop and yeast combination. Finishes with a light bitterness. Again, pretty simple

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice, simple American version of an Alt. Nothing crazy or out of this world, but the amount of hops add a nice dimension to the style. Pretty solid for $5.99 a bomber

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 22:59:08 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of PeterIngemi


3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a 22oz bottle poured into a duvel glass.

A: pours a hazy brown with a touch of amber, little to no head to speak of more of a slightly tanned film, some small spots of lacing.

S: smells a bit grassy and skunky, light toasty grain and a hint of caramel, not a very pungent nose. Smells kinda like a skunky copper ale.

T: not much improvement from the nose, I get toasted malt, hint of cAramel, touch of grassy and bitter hops... And a Lil skunk....

M: on the light side of medium. Crisp medium carbonation, and a touch of dry lingering bitterness.

O: a pretty average brew here, not a horrible one, but not a great one either.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 00:36:55 | More by PeterIngemi
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium brown with orange tinge. A little haze, and a decent head at first. Pint sat for a while and I happily see a remainder skim of foam.

Mild toasted malt and caramel nose. What is there is pleasant, but not alot going on here.

Altbier 101. Any caramel is up front early and disappears early. Toasted malt, brown bread crust, turning to dried bitter maltiness. Bitter/hops are nondescript, with clean bitterness coming through. Beer works thru the palate in stages, with a finish that is lightly bitter and lightly malty. Flavor almost disappears/clears too quick.

Thinner bodied, a bit watery, but there is a slight tingle at the end.

Overall, very decent. Not sure how many of these I'd want to have in a row, but I enjoyed the big bomber. Decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 00:21:13 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of smcolw


4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid, but modest head. Retreats slowly leaving some spots on the glass. Near brown color with a mild chill haze.

Dry caramel aroma with a mild floral hop. Light earthiness with a touch of deeply roasted malt.

A well-balanced beer with a dry malt start that is accentuated by the white pepper hop flavor. Reasonable body with an equally neutral carbonation. The swallow has elements of a brown ale with an elevated level of hop.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 19:40:32 | More by smcolw
Photo of MoreThanWine


3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured only a 1/2" head, opaque Naples yellow in color, but it had decent lifespan. The body in masstone lookes like iced tea, held to the light is more of a Raw Sienna yellow, and in either case I wouldn't really describe it as copper. It smells nicely of malt and caramel. Taste mirrors the smell and the munich malt really comes through along with a bitter hops reminding me a little of British though they're American. Medium finish. Nice enough beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 12:58:28 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of KarlosT


3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer at the Amesbury Beer Festival on Sep 22 2012.

Most of the beers were served from bottles into small 3oz plastic pixie cups.

Although I took notes on the 20+ different beers that I tried, it is difficult to remember all of the details associated with each beer. My apologies to readers of these notes. However, I did pay attention to my overall scores, and noted what I thought were unique positives and negatives w/ each beer.

Note that for me:
< 2.5 = probably would not finish the beer
3.0 = drinkable beer, but likely would not buy again or look for
>3.5 = will try to buy again in the future

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 14:40:08 | More by KarlosT
Photo of donkeyrunner


3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper with a bubbly beige head. Few lacey dabs left by a gibbous moon shaped drift of retention.

Earthy aroma. Smells like sticks and dirt and trail running minus the lemon lime Gatorade and coconut sunscreen. Earthy overtone mixes in with golden gummi bears and caramel drizzle on toast.

Very clean up front with a strong rustic leather and mineral fade.

Not my favorite style but I've been so impressed with Rising Tide I'll try anything they put out. Good but still not my thing.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 14:30:06 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a hazy, opaque, dull copper coloring with a thin, white, filmy coating along the surface. Aromas of roasted caramel and sugar sweetness, as well as some nutty highlights. Flavors are light, with a caramel and toffee sweet blend riding a smooth, light body. Roasty highlights, with some subtle spicing of fenugreek and nutmeg. The aftertaste is light and short-lived, with a touch of caramel sweetness and roasty notes. Smooth, clean, quick finish. Solid brew...safe beer to lure people into the world of craft with.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 01:08:15 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of BeerKangaroo


4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pint glass (later tested in a stange, nothing changed):

A: copper brown colored body with a small tan lumpy head, speckled lacing

S: mild malts and hops, light cooked apples, bread/biscuit

T: sweet through the previously mentioned flavors

M: medium, sessionable, light harshness on the tongue, no aftertaste or finish

O: this is good for the style and good for me

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 23:31:19 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of smakawhat


3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic pint glass, with much thanks to ToasterChef!

An off white three finger head With a real nice copper body, hues throughout going from chestnut red to orange and all. Looks typical unfiltered style not ridiculously cloudy, I really like this color and head combination, very nice.

Very light dark doughy malts, nice for an Alt, but kind of hidden. Simple sense of chewy-ness, liking this nicely.

A very hop forward altbier for sure. Hop bitter noticeable taking away from much of the malt backbone. Nice dough action a bit mixing in to give just a bread like dark taste. Mouthfeel is a little wet though. Aftertaste lingers with some light chocolate, it seems t get better though as you consume it towards the end.

Still quite drinkable overall, interesting take, not exactly falling in love here, but enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 21:12:01 | More by smakawhat
Photo of MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber purchased at Trader Joe's in Portland, ME. Pours a hazy amber-red body with a good sturdy inch of khaki-colored head. Smells malty, with caramel, chocolate, fruity, nut. Malt dominates the flavor too. Nut, dark chocolate, caramel, and bread all contend to be in front. Medium to full in body with ample carbonation. Awesome. A really solid alt. Tasty and quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 03:22:43 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of BobZ


4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Copper brown, with a 2” head that recedes to a nice cap, good lacing.

Smell: Mild hoppiness with a slight bit of malt. Subdued aroma.

Taste: Balance is the first thing that comes to mind, a bit of piney/floral hops and a bready malt sweetness. Well executed, a pleasant beer. Not going to ”blow you away” but very enjoyable none the less. As an Altbier, I’d say they hit the mark very well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, pleasant, very drinkable.

Overall: A solid offering from a very good “up and coming” brewery. I’d peg this one as a great lunch time beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 20:47:19 | More by BobZ
Photo of rudzud


3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at a trader joes in Portland, ME on during a beerventure for Ghoulschip. Poured into a duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear light copper hue with a biiiig frothy 3 finger head that slumps to a nice creamy blanket and leave very good side lacing.

S - Rather deviod of aromas. What smells are there smell old and dank.

T - Taste though, clearly not similar to the nose. Nice sweet malts, roasty, a little smokey. Just barely metallic. Some very light bitterness, very well balanced.

M - Sweetish and slightly metallic this has some nice carbonation. Rather inviting.

O - Overall this was a nice beer from Rising Tide. Not my favourite one, but, a good beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 03:01:50 | More by rudzud
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

amber in color with copious amounts of carbonation bubbling up toward the surface throughout. Nice white head on top, maybe an inch and a half before settling down to coat the inside of the glass for a minute. Interesting aroma, mix of grains, light bready malts, and a touch of a grassy, herbal hoppiness. Nothing crazy here but nicely balanced. Same could be said for the flavor, nice pale taste, light bready notes balancing a herbal sort of hop. Lightly sweet with a decent amount of carbonation, this one could go down like water.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 02:14:06 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Doshkin


3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - copper. quite translucent until the sediment at the bottom is added (my choice). big head and lots of pretty retention.

s - not much to smell here. very little hops and malts. reminds me of a Sam Adams Boston Lager

t - mild malt and hop characteristics. minor sweetess and bitterness. balanced all around and quite enjoyable.

m - i thought that the frothy, bubbly mouthfeel fit the medium body of the beer pretty well. ya, it would be hard to chug, but we like to enjoy our beer anyway, so that's not really a concern.

o - again, kinda reminded me of the well-balanced approach brought by a Boston Lager. obviously it is a different style of beer, but i'm just using the Boston as comparison since it is an enjoyable, sessionable beer. i won't get this beer again because it didn't stand out too much, but i did definitely enjoyed it and i'm glad i got it

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 01:59:18 | More by Doshkin
Photo of stonermouse


3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Holy carbonation! Tough to pour this one. The head on this one stuck around at about a half inch for a good hour. Nice lacing. Copper color, as advertised.

Smell is generic, but a little too much like a day-old empty beer bottle to be remarkable. Has some malty sweetness, with a hint of a bottle redemption center. Meh.

Taste is decent, and a little unexpected. The flavors were much, much better the warmer this got. Fresh out of the fridge, it was metallic and a little dry. As it warms, it turns roasty, with a hint of smokey malt. There's a a bit of melon fruitiness, with some hop backing. Overall, decently complex.

Mouthfeel is OK, but there is just a ton of carbonation. It seems like the savory, roasted flavors would shine a bit more with a bit less bubbly.

Overall, this is a fairly nuanced, yet accessible brew. Decent.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 02:30:10 | More by stonermouse
Photo of dasenebler


3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber, no date to be found.

Pours a hazy copper with a massive head due to overcarbonation. Kind of tough to pour. Great clumpy lacing, and, of course, retention.

The aroma is clean and bready-malty, with some spicy hops.

Really big malt flavor, though a bit too much for a classic Altbier, not that this beer is trying to be that. Lots of toasted bread crusts, with a very restrained sweetness. Hop flavor and bitterness are spot-on for the style: firmly bitter and earthy. Mouthfeel is somewhat overcarbonated, and persists almost to the end of the bottle.

Second bottle from RT that has been overcarbonated and a bitch to pour. Oh well. Flavor's great though. Lots of potential for this new Portland brewer.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 22:32:03 | More by dasenebler
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great Lost Bear, once again.

Murky dark orange, light brown. Some floaties. Looks rich and chalk full of goodness.

Strong malt aroma. Some apple and orchard fruits. Sweet. Some delicate spice comes and goes.

This is close to being a malt bomb, but dries out nicely on the end. The caramel and fruit flavors dance around. I get some wet, new leather in the back. Smoke? Nah, can't be. The feel is lighter than it looks like it would be. Prickly on the end. Actually went well with the Tuna Melt

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2011 21:33:19 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of srandycarter


3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark amber, nice near white head, slow to leave. Some lace apparent.

S - Very malty, overall. Don't discern much else.

T - Deep clean malt, deftly bittered.

M - Nice mix. Good balance and carb. Medium to light body

D - At this ABV and light flavors, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 01:37:53 | More by srandycarter
Photo of silentjay


3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a brown copper with a large off-white head that quickly recedes, yet laces very well.

leathery aroma with caramel, raisin, some toasted malts, some earthy and tea-like hops behind that.

a bit metallic and grainy, with some toasted malts and tea-like hops.

medium bodied with a nice, fluffy carbonation

a bit off-flavored. kinda hard to describe. its still pretty good, just my least favorite of the three Rising Tide beers I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 04:11:06 | More by silentjay
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