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Ursa Minor - Rising Tide Brewing Company

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143 Ratings
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 7
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Rising Tide Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dciBA on 12-18-2010

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.
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Ratings: 143 | Reviews: 53
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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Ursa Minor from Rising Tide Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.