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Ursa Minor - Rising Tide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 6
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rising Tide Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Dark as squid ink and moody as the sea, Ursa Minor is our take on a winter wheat beer. Starting with a German wheat-beer yeast and a base of malted wheat, we added a blend of dark crystal and roasted malts to create a wheat stout. Redolent of dark fruit, weizen yeast esters, and roasted barley, Ursa Minor is perfect for an icy winter’s eve.

(Beer added by: dciBA on 12-18-2010)
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womencantsail

California

1.83/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks for sharing, Dan.

The pour is dark brown, almost black, with a khaki head. The nose on this is just awful. Burnt plastic, chemical solvents, rubber, and maybe even some smoke. Blech. The flavor is no better. Still lots of burnt plastic notes, rubber, acidity, and some roast and smoke. Terrible.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 18:07:54 | More by womencantsail
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pperez38

California

2/5  rDev -48.3%

12-09-2011 06:27:26 | More by pperez38
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whartontallboy

New York

2.25/5  rDev -41.9%

04-21-2012 20:18:19 | More by whartontallboy
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t0rin0

California

2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

12-17-2012 03:33:59 | More by t0rin0
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

06-04-2013 16:34:08 | More by ygtbsm94
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rderedin

Maine

2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

03-23-2013 20:15:35 | More by rderedin
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bostonryan

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -22.5%

11-19-2013 00:27:33 | More by bostonryan
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark dark brown with fizzy cola like head, gone quickly with little retention. Scent is a blend of dark roasted and charred grain along with tangy wheat, notes of chocolate and coffee with a light metallic twang. Taste follows suit, the tangy wheat and charred grain combine with a thin medium body and present more "meh" than "yay". Only the second wheat based stout i've had (haandbryggeriet dark force being the other), but neither has really stuck out as bringing the best each style can offer.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 14:53:05 | More by rfgetz
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TrojanRB

California

3.25/5  rDev -16%

12-25-2013 01:30:42 | More by TrojanRB
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pisano

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -16%

05-05-2014 13:22:55 | More by pisano
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smcnulty1981

Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev -16%

08-28-2012 05:36:47 | More by smcnulty1981
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603beerlovah

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -16%

03-28-2013 15:13:14 | More by 603beerlovah
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -16%

03-24-2013 02:54:24 | More by Satchboogie
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seeswo

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Cam. Thanks man.

Pours a very dark brown with a slight, way off-white head. The nose is roasted malts and not a whole lot else. Pretty low key. The taste is just slightly off of what a lot of imperial stouts bring to the table. That dry roastiness is replaced with a dry wheatiness, which is both slightly odd and yet., it works. That said, those represent the entirety of the dimensions of this beer. The mouthfeel is fine, maybe slightly high carbonation with a good body. Overall, it is a bit forgettable in spite of being a beer defined by something I've never heard before (Weizen stout).

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 22:39:56 | More by seeswo
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: black in color, opaque, 1/4 creamy head, medium-highcarbonation

Smell: cocoa, dark chocolate, and light wheat

Taste: cocoa, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and light wheat

Mouthfeel: medium body for the style, medium carbonation, sweet with rich bitterness

Overall:Solid, but not spectacular stout. I was searching for a wheaty taste in this one and found it to be minimal. Not a bad beer, but not one i would rush to get again.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 14:54:15 | More by tigg924
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

02-06-2013 22:34:40 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

06-07-2013 17:21:40 | More by jaasen64
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oline73

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours black as night with over a finger of foamy tan head. The head sticks around pretty nicely.

Smell: Rather sweet but light. I'm getting some dark fruit and a hint of molasses. There is also a slightly fruity note in the mix.

Taste: Like a sweet stout, but a bit lighter. There is a cocoa like roasty note, but there is a bready sweet malt note that shows up as well. I'm getting a lot of dark fruit and come molasses. The finish is sweet and slightly roasty.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with a ton of carbonation. The finish is slightly dry.

Overall: This is a very interesting beer. Reminded me a bit of a roasty oktoberfest. I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 03:00:32 | More by oline73
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Brad007

Vermont

3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black with a thin brown head into my glass. The title is perplexing. What exactly is a weizen stout? Come to think of it, this isn't a stout at all.

Cocoa and sweet, sweet clove greet the nose. It's like a demented milk stout in my opinion. Complex.

Cocoa, roasted coffee, clove and wheat sum up the flavors. Very reminiscent of a brown ale as well but with weizen yeast. It's not viscous like an ordinary stout though.

Lingering cocoa and clove flavors punctuate the mouthfeel. Very mellow. Easy to enjoy.

It's certainly not a kristalweizen or a weizenbock for sure. Similar to the beer I reviewed before this in the way that it's an experimental take on combining two styles.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 05:43:39 | More by Brad007
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. Gigantic massive head that looks nice and creamy with a good tan color. The body is perfectly black.

Nice dry and roasted smell. There is a hint of maple and chocolate in the nose.

The taste starts out nice and malty. The roasted coffee-like flavors are most dominant. The malt sweetness is very subtle and does well to round out the bitterness just a touch, but overall I would call this on the drier side.

Nice medium body with a crisp carbonation.

Very delicious and highly drinkable stout. Perfect for a cool evening.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 01:12:59 | More by andrewinski1
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dasenebler

Maine

3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bomber, no date to be found.

Pours a moderately thick and inky black. Head is fizzy and short-lived, with only a thin ring retaining.

Nose definitely has some Weissbier ester characteristics, along with dark malts and alcohol.

Flavor is very roasty and malty, firmly putting this beer in the category of Stout. Fruitiness of yeast complements the tangy component of the roast. Very chocolatey as it warms. Well balanced bitterness aids drinkability, though the alcohol is pretty apparent. Given how this poured I thought it would be thicker on the palate, but it's actually medium-bodied. Carbonation is messed-up. Starts out fizzy but dissipates really fast. Rising Tide is SO inconsistent in this department.

Fermenting a wheat stout with a top-fermenting German Weizen yeast is a very interesting, if dangerous, concept for a hybrid beer. But Rising Tide does an admirable job with it. Drinkable, innovative beer here.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 22:56:58 | More by dasenebler
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mike for this buzzed tick... Pours a dark brown, almost black. The head is medium brown, pretty good retention and lacing... The aroma is truly a weizen stout, the front has banana and dark fruits with some bitter coffee on the back... The taste isn't as successful as its confusing and mouthfeel is too carbonated. Chocolate, coffee, and banana should work, but doesn't entirely.

This is certainly decent and something new, but I wouldn't push for this trend quite yet.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 20:12:29 | More by jrallen34
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

02-02-2014 19:16:46 | More by Janeinma
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Hairrrrrrrr

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

02-07-2013 03:35:15 | More by Hairrrrrrrr
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

04-19-2013 15:13:08 | More by acurtis
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Ursa Minor from Rising Tide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.