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Ishmael - Rising Tide Brewing Company

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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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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

MoreThanWine, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of meehandennis
4/5  rDev +7.5%

meehandennis, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of mattparsons
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

mattparsons, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of KarlosT
3/5  rDev -19.4%
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

KarlosT, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of outdoor7or24
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

outdoor7or24, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of polishkaz
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

polishkaz, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of raythealeman
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

raythealeman, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of ComRock12
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

ComRock12, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of abrodsky
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

abrodsky, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of mbs11
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

mbs11, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of stunna
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

stunna, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +7.5%

kaelingirl, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of BigLittleHokis
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

BigLittleHokis, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

donkeyrunner, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of beef13
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

beef13, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of Psychmusic
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Psychmusic, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of Larrydoherty
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Larrydoherty, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

GarthDanielson, May 31, 2012
Photo of erlenmeyer
4/5  rDev +7.5%

erlenmeyer, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of BeerKangaroo
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
Photo of smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

smakawhat, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of EagleRare
4/5  rDev +7.5%

EagleRare, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of MaineMike
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

MaineMike, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
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
Photo of rab53
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

rab53, Dec 02, 2011
Ishmael from Rising Tide Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.