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Ursa Minor - Rising Tide Brewing Company

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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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t0rin0

California

2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

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

Vermont

4/5  rDev +3.4%

10-29-2012 14:08:50 | More by dunix
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Envelopes

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

10-26-2012 14:59:42 | More by Envelopes
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

10-25-2012 21:36:33 | More by kaelingirl
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mbs11

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

10-07-2012 19:50:30 | More by mbs11
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

09-29-2012 05:41:49 | More by NilocRellim
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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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beef13

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

06-18-2012 18:22:14 | More by beef13
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hlaus

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-16-2012 01:07:38 | More by hlaus
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark, opaque, brown-to-black coloring with no head whatsoever. Aromas are roasted and coffee bitter, with a subtle fruit sweetness hidden throughout. Flavors are dark and bitter initially, and starts out like a standard stout, but it quickly lightens up, both in flavor and in body. A roasty grain backbone supports some dark fruit sweetness of cherry and grape. Smooth bodied but remaining light, the beer has a roasty, slightly smoked aftertaste leading to a clean, smooth, and slightly bitter finish. Decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 01:08:56 | More by GarthDanielson
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

06-03-2012 17:33:31 | More by PEIhop
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Bilco

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

06-02-2012 21:22:37 | More by Bilco
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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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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.4%

03-27-2012 08:38:35 | More by Texasfan549
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

03-14-2012 02:18:14 | More by kjkinsey
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rusty3335

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

02-08-2012 00:18:56 | More by rusty3335
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BierBliss

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

Aroma: wheat aroma

Appearance: pours black, no head, minor lacing that does not stick

Flavor: chocolate, slight coffee, wheat hints

Mouthfeel: crisp, little carbonation

Overall: not a blend I would expect, it got better as it warmed but not too bad overall

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 23:04:58 | More by BierBliss
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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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smakawhat

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter glass. Much thanks to ToasterChef!

Off the pour a cocoa brown head barely forms and disappears leaving a small collar. Body color is dark brown walnut, some red hues, a little see through just a bit.

A very malty but also hoppy nose. Some bitter hop but also some real noticeable licorice senses. Sweet molasses to brown sugar as well, almost syrupy but not too sweet. Very grainy sweet, interesting.

Light bodied almost cocoa cola like palate. Mild cola nut tasting in the mid palate, some mild sweetness. Slightly tingly on the tongue but doesn't distract from the flavors. Some wet viscosity, but also some coating thickness. A sort of malty gaseous aftertaste and feeling. Some mild lingering roast, and feeling of light cigarette tobacco after some sipping.

Overall it's quite a unique stout, fun and enjoyable. It's not exactly drawing me in much though, but no complaints about drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 23:52:04 | More by smakawhat
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bishopdc0

Maine

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-08-2012 23:41:30 | More by bishopdc0
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ale207

Maine

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-08-2012 15:21:57 | More by ale207
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Faina

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-05-2012 03:34:57 | More by Faina
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InebriatedJoker

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-03-2012 01:11:18 | More by InebriatedJoker
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billab914

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a pint glass. It poured black in color with a thin tan head barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma shows a good amount of chocolaty and roasty malt flavors to it. The wheat malts really come out in it as well and give it a bit of a sweeter, bready like presence.

The taste shows more of a chocolaty, cocoa flavor to it up front. Towards the finish more of the wheat malts start to come out and linger into the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a bit of a creamy, silky feel to it. Overall it was a pretty tasty and interesting beer. It had some very nice stout flavors to it and had a bit of a twist to it with the wheat malts. Very enjoyable beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 02:14:57 | More by billab914
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I haven't done a review in over a year but this beer almost demanded it. It is rare anymore when I am really surprised by a beer but this one is really flying under the radar.

Pours like liquid gold, totally black body and a beautiful two finger thick rich milk chocolate brown head. All the looks of a big bold stout.

Smell is soft and rich, but more like a Scottish ale with the dominant malt tones. Subtle and slightly musky sweet on the nose.

Taste is not what I expected but is truely wonderful. Rich, creamy and overall very mellow for a stout. Malt is well balanced and prickly sweet on the tongue. This almost comes off more like a porter or black ale, but in all the right ways. So smooth and almost sessionable for a 6.7% stout. Mouthfeel is just perfect. I really could drink this brew by the growler full.

I am a hardcore stout fan and don't mind at all that this stout is a bit soft. It is absolutely delicious!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 21:15:03 | More by SPLITGRIN
Ursa Minor from Rising Tide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.