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Ishmael - Rising Tide Brewing Company

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162 Ratings
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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 2
Gots: 24 | 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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Photo of Ian_B
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Damian
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a pint glass
Thanks to Jess and David for giving us this beer as part of a mixed six-pack.

The nearly crystal clear, amber-mahogany liquid was topped by an inch tall, tight and foamy, eggshell colored crown that fell to a clingy collar. Streaky lacing coated the glass and lasted throughout the session.

Biscuity malts dominated the aroma. Rich and robust. Slightly bready and doughy. Just a touch sweet. Subtle caramel malt notes were detectible. All in all, not super complex but quite pleasant.

The flavor profile was very hop forward for the style. Bitter and earthy. Some bready malts appeared on the front end before the herbal, leafy hops took over. The hops crescendoed in the dry, pithy, lingering finish. Quite bitter. With time, the bready and caramel malts came forward, mellowing out the bitterness a touch.

The mouthfeel was somewhat disappointing. A spritzy, aggressive carbonation seemed a bit distracting initially, but the carbonation soon settled down and liquid turned soft and creamy. Medium bodied for the style. Eventually, the carbonation decreased so much that the liquid almost felt a bit flat.

Ishmael is a decent attempt at an American twist on a German-style altbier. However, the earthy hops were rather overdone for my liking. Perhaps I need to try a fresher bottle to see if the hops contribute more than just bitterness.

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3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Klister
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TTTBeer
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emptyglassagain
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lefty_P_Hand
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Glenney67
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HamdenHector
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: slight haze; amber/copper colored; 1 finger off white head that receded slowly to a thin cap; very little lacing;

S: toffee, nutty;

T: caramel and toffee up front; switches over to an odd chocolately amaretto flavor at mid-palate; finish is slightly sweet; never really got any hop character;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: looked and smelled great; flavor was unbalanced and not really to my liking;

Photo of irishevans
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of JAFoley
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

A - Clear copper body with bubbly off-white head. Not very good retention or lacing.

S - Slight maltiness as you'd expect with a red.

T - Some citrus hop along with doughy sweet malts.

M - Medium/light body with moderate/high carbonation. Slick with no stickiness.

O - This makes for a really drinkable copper ale. The flavors aren't too complex, but they're enjoyable and the body light enough to throw back a few.

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3.6/5  rDev -2.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.64/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Cheld
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.08/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.68/5  rDev -0.5%

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 jharmon
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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Ishmael from Rising Tide Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.