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Ishmael - Rising Tide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 2
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
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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Reviews by jlindros:
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3.9/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

03-10-2011 01:21:40 | More by jlindros
More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

09-27-2010 00:30:54 | More by lordofthewiens
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3.9/5  rDev +5.4%

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

02-16-2011 12:42:51 | More by bishopdc0
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

08-25-2013 13:09:07 | More by tigg924
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

02-02-2014 19:15:55 | More by Janeinma
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4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

06-27-2014 19:59:05 | More by PressFastF0rward
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

05-11-2013 23:27:58 | More by acurtis
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2.65/5  rDev -28.4%

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.

02-01-2011 01:54:48 | More by mdaschaf
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

06-04-2012 17:34:21 | More by Larrydoherty
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

11-01-2012 21:53:50 | More by snowmaggedon
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

12-07-2013 22:55:28 | More by mjstacker
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

11-07-2013 00:19:34 | More by ChrisL24481
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

12-23-2013 16:02:46 | More by Denzo
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New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +18.4%

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.

11-27-2010 23:42:05 | More by KTCamm
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

10-11-2013 01:16:04 | More by garrisonp
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

06-16-2013 23:36:27 | More by dvmin98
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Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

10-31-2012 19:03:46 | More by Craftonly23121
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New Hampshire

3.36/5  rDev -9.2%

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.

11-11-2013 22:24:05 | More by puboflyons
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

07-16-2014 01:12:12 | More by DJoe
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Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

06-27-2012 02:57:11 | More by Psychmusic
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

03-20-2014 22:31:11 | More by WhitmansNiece
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

08-29-2013 01:54:29 | More by nebula1999
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3.65/5  rDev -1.4%

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

10-10-2011 01:59:18 | More by Doshkin
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3.8/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

11-29-2010 01:59:41 | More by EgadBananas
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3.88/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

01-06-2012 21:12:01 | More by smakawhat
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Ishmael from Rising Tide Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.