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Ishmael - Rising Tide Brewing Company

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136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 2
Gots: 20 | 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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4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

KTCamm, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of sogrady
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

sogrady, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of girltuesday
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

girltuesday, Sep 16, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

MrHurmateeowish, Dec 04, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark copper/light brown in color. Forms a fluffy tannish colored head that reduces down to a stable surface coating. Good lacing.

S: Strong aroma of citrus hops followed by bold caramel malts and a bit of yeast.

T: A good dose of caramel malt that is nicely balanced by the strong flavor of citrusy hops and a slight fruity twang. Moderate bitterness. Surprisingly clean tasting considering how malty this beer is.

M: Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Rather crisp and clean.

D: A surprisingly good beer, with a lighter body than expected, making for easier drinking.

Florida9, Feb 12, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at RSVP in Maine
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a rich, clear copper color with a two finger of khaki colored head. Head recedes at a moderate pace and leaves minor wisps of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is extremely muted - barely even present.. what is there is mild, mild earthy hops and a bit of grain and malt.

T: Taste far supercedes the nose. Rich, but mild caramel and toffee fill the forefront of the flavoring here. Middle is filled with a nice pale malt flavoring. Finish is grassy, earthy hops and an aftertaste that reminds me of sunflower kernals.

M: Lighter side of medium body, low to moderate carbonation, clean body with a touch of an oily finish.

D: Goes down very easily, mild kick, not too filling, very good representation of style. This is a really solid beer. It's the first altbier that I enjoyed as opposed to simply appreciate that it met the style.

Jayli, Nov 23, 2010
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4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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

BeerKangaroo, Jan 06, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
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!

twelvsies, Sep 18, 2010
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4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

lordofthewiens, Sep 27, 2010
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4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

dciBA, Nov 26, 2010
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Ishmael from Rising Tide Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.