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Ishmael - Rising Tide Brewing Company

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165 Ratings
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 2
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Rising Tide Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: sogrady on 09-15-2010

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.
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Ratings: 165 | Reviews: 52
Reviews by BEERMILER12:
Photo of BEERMILER12
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
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

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this last week at Tully's; I got the last bottle on the shelf. This was a pretty nice debut beer.
It was a dark amber color with a small tan head. Plenty of lace.
Mostly a caramel aroma, some floral elements, and a whiff of tobacco.
The taste followed the aroma: caramel, late hops, and a hint of tobacco.
This was a smooth, easy-drinking beer.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on draft at a local irish pub in the Old Port.

Dark dark amber colot cant see thru at all thick white head remains on the glass and laces well

The smell is of roasted and caremel malts, like a traditional english ale slightly different then my expectation of an alt but I like the smells

Tastes like a homebrew very fresh and smooth with crystal and roasted malts through out. To finish not a lot of body or carbonation leaves a dry roasted flavor

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.

Photo of mdaschaf
2.64/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Review from notes 11/20/10.

A: Pours brown, with no head and no lacing. Looks like it might be flat. No lacing to speak of either.

S: Toasted malts, a little bit of coffee and caramel.

T: Similar to the nose, very toasted and bready. No detectable hops.

M/D: Extremely thin with no carbonation. The taste is ok, but the body was a huge let down. When I bought the bottle the store had just gotten them in, the owner took it out of the case and sold me the first bottle, so it wasn't sitting long. Hopefully I will get to give this one another shot.

Photo of KTCamm
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber purchased at Carl's Meat Market in Portsmouth NH. Pint glass pour.

Dark copper brown - 1/2 inch foam settles out to a light surface cap. Laces.

Powerfully malty smell.

Rich malty taste, light hop mixed in. Some toffee taste. Perfectly balacned carbonation.

Extremely drinkable, rich wonderful taste. Fantastic.

Photo of puboflyons
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of Doshkin
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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

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

Muddy copper in color, with a light white finger of head. Laces a little bit.

Smell is a little muddled, but theres some slight fruity sweetness, and hints of citrus hops. Theres some breadiness too.

Taste is nice, with a fair yeasty characteristic, citrus sweet hops, and a bit of nutty, malt sweetness.

Feel is light in body, light carbonation and lingering creaminess.

Solid drinkability.

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of GurgglyBurgglers
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Drank straight from the bottle while walking to the drug store to buy trash bags. Beer has this bizarre mineral taste I can't place. Burton water salts? Heard that a large portion of Munich malt may contribute this flavor too. Would prob taste better paired with food. On it's own a little weak, but not bad for walking around the hood on a mission. Bet it'd be real good in chili or used to steam sausages.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.26/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of the newest microbrewery's in Maine, currently only a 90 gallon systems. Can't get much fresher than this, bottles hit the shelves a few days ago at Bootlegger's as part of a pre-release.

22oz bottle with live yeast.

Pours a dark amber color with a large fluffy off-white head, fades at a very slow rate and leaves a cap on top, and good amount of lacing along the glass as it empties.

Smell is primarily caramel malt with a light fruitiness hidden in the aroma.

Taste has an incredibly creamy mouthfeel thanks to the soft carbonation and the fluffy head, the flavor is pretty much all caramel malt with a slight bitterness in the aftertaste, there isn't much of a hop presence but there's enough to balance things out.

Overall, a great beer from a new brewery. I'll keep my eyes open for more of their stuff, could have another MBC on our hands.

Photo of sogrady
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Technically the Ishmael is an American Copper brewed in the Altbier style rather than a traditional alt, but try it and you'll see why it just does not belong in BA's Amber / Red category.

The server at the Great Lost Bear - which got into the limited pre-release distribution - called it a "Copper with a Porter sentiment" and that's not too far off, I think. Poured out of a bomber into a standard pint glass, the body of the ale was a hazy copper, and topped with a perfect two finger head. It's got a strong malt component to it with a hint of honey and chocolate, offset by an assortment of hops that collectively balance it with bitterness and clean the back with a bit of pine. Sweetness is present, but never cloying.

It's a nice balance of hops and malt, as an alt should be, and just as smooth. If all you're looking for is a clean drinking, sessionable copper for the Fall season, this is your beer. But for those that look for more out of what they're drinking, this hybrid ale will provide you with enough complexity to keep you interested.

I'm a fan.

As for availability, the bartender informed us that regular distribution of Ishmael begins October 1, so keep an eye out.

Photo of Casey10
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I liked this it is a nice easy beer and it is exciting to have yet another brewery here in Maine.

A - Copper red with a thin head some lacing.

S - Smell of sort of grapes and some kind of grains/nuttyness.

T - The taste is like the smell sort of coppery tasting not bad.

M - Creamy sorta kind of a dry feel here.

D - Not bad but perhaps not my cup of tea either. Not sure if I would have another but it is worth a try and may try again if offered.

Photo of dciBA
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice solid copper color. Thin off white head fades quickly to nothing. Small amount of lacing as the level drops in my Stoudts Brewing Company stange.

Smell is very light, with some toasted malt and a hint of mild coffee. Taste is similar to smell with smooth toasted malt the predominate flavor. The coffee is gone replaced by a nice caramel flavor.

Medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation. This one finishes clean with the flavor lingering on the palate just long enough. A nice solid offering from maine's other nano brewery. I'll finish this bomber with ease, making it one of the more drinkable beers I've had.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of twelvsies
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Caught this out of the corner of my eye while getting groceries today at Whole Foods. What's this? A new Maine brewery? Sold!

Pours a somewhat cloudy copper, hazy and a creamy head. Not a lot going on in the way of aroma - some toasty malt character and some dusty hops. Luckily the flavor is more hearty than hinted at by the nose. Nice maltiness to this beer - soft and bready, touch of caramel, fresh grain flavor. The hops are subtly playing their part, adding a nice fresh herbal finish. Well rounded and balanced, not particularly "showy", but very tasty. I like the mild sweetness. And it's got a great texture - really soft and smooth down the gullet and a supreme session beer.

Interesting choice for a debut beer - not particularly a lot of personality, but a really nice mellow flavor and really a pretty tasty beer. Reminds me of a mild or something. Will definitely keep an eye out for other beers from these guys. Goodluck to them, and cheers!

Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nabbed this at RSVP in Portland on my Maine excursion.

Light creamy 1 finger head fades at a medium pace with a touch of lacing over semi clear copper reddish brown color.

Nose has some light toasty brown malts, little caramel malts, nice copper malty aroma, with some light earthy hops, light floral and earthy hop addition.

Taste starts with a crisp ale flavor, some toasty brown malts and a nice copper malt sweetness, light caramel, light sweet syrupy flavor, toasty malts, combined with more of a light earthy and slight grassy hop, semi bitter, not heavy, pretty much sessionable. Finishes a little more bitter, just starting to get astringent and a salty minerality taste, dry finish, with a bit of sweet malts on the finish.

Mouth is med bodied with decent carbonation.

Drink is decent, the slight salty minerality on the finish as well as slight astringent flavors take away a bit from the drinkability, but with a nice dry finish and smooth taste, it's almost sessionable.

Photo of jdhilt
2.87/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a khaki, four-finger head that fades slowly leaving a very good lace. Cloudy amber/red color, with some yeast left in bottle. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Indistinguishable nose. Flavor is a bready, barely sweet caramel with the hops coming in late. Lingering bitter aftertaste. $6.75 for a 22oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Photo of girltuesday
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was also one of the lucky few that got a early release of Rising Tide's first beer, Ishmael, at the GLB. Although Ishmael is classified here as an Altbier (and I think that's the correct designation), it's also a copper. Coppers usually don't do much for me. I generally prefer hoppy pales, IPAs, doubles, and triples. But I wanted to try the early release from this much-buzzed about brewery. I mean, come on: who wouldn't be excited to try a brew from a company whose motto is "beer first?"

My curiosity happily got the better of me. Ishmael is a fantastic, complexly smooth blend of malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness. It's got a great, clean aftertaste, which can be difficult to achieve with some sweet/bitter brews. My only regret was stopping into the Bear quickly to try the beer. I think Ishmael's complexities will be all the more apparent when paired with food. I wish I'd had time to linger with Ishmael over dinner.

According to RTB's website (and other reviewers here), the official launch is not until October 1st. The Bear is likely now sold out of the pre-release but we stumbled across a few bottles at Bootleggers in Topsham, ME. Not sure if there are any left but if your curiosity gets the better of you (and it should!) call Bootleggers (or RSVP in Portland) for availability. You won't be disappointed.

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.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ishmael pours a clear, dark copper color with a small, frothy head on top. As the foam dissolves the sides get coated in a sheet of lace. Several streams of small bubbles rise to the surface.

The aroma is rather faint. Hints of ripe fruit, grassy hops with caramel malt and bready yeast mixed in. I think I smell chocolate, but I could be imagining that.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft, somewhat dry, with an effervescent fizz. The flavor is very malty. It begins with caramel and toasted malt plus some bready yeast. In the middle some light fruit notes appear. It finishes mildly bitter with a touch of grassy hops. Once gone the caramel malt flavor lingers on the palate.

A tasty beer that's easy to drink. A nice session beer.

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

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Ishmael from Rising Tide Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.