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Ishmael - Rising Tide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
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120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 2
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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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billab914

Virginia

4/5  rDev +8.7%

01-28-2013 12:58:58 | More by billab914
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
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
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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
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AndrewDeci

Maine

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

11-10-2012 01:27:02 | More by AndrewDeci
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snowmaggedon

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

11-01-2012 21:53:50 | More by snowmaggedon
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Craftonly23121

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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

Vermont

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

10-29-2012 14:09:12 | More by dunix
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.7%
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
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Envelopes

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

10-26-2012 14:59:46 | More by Envelopes
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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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
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meehandennis

Maine

4/5  rDev +8.7%

10-12-2012 00:55:32 | More by meehandennis
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mattparsons

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

10-11-2012 07:08:19 | More by mattparsons
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KarlosT

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -18.5%
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
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outdoor7or24

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

09-18-2012 01:41:40 | More by outdoor7or24
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polishkaz

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

09-17-2012 04:31:01 | More by polishkaz
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raythealeman

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

09-15-2012 23:54:01 | More by raythealeman
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ComRock12

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

09-12-2012 21:50:22 | More by ComRock12
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abrodsky

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

09-04-2012 01:06:56 | More by abrodsky
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mbs11

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

09-04-2012 00:28:14 | More by mbs11
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stunna

Maine

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

08-29-2012 03:23:27 | More by stunna
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.7%

08-26-2012 18:17:34 | More by kaelingirl
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BigLittleHokis

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

08-17-2012 00:35:22 | More by BigLittleHokis
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.78/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 14:30:06 | More by donkeyrunner
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beef13

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

07-03-2012 00:42:03 | More by beef13
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Psychmusic

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

06-27-2012 02:57:11 | More by Psychmusic
Ishmael from Rising Tide Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.