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Zephyr - Rising Tide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
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137 Ratings
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.39%


Brewed by:
Rising Tide Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Heady like the sweet breath of Zephyrus, our India pale ale is redolent of citrus, apples, and pears, balanced by a touch of caramel. We use malted barley grown by local farmers and add a special blend of Cascade, Centennial, and Calypso hops to create this juicy, hoppy ale.

(Beer added by: BEERMILER12 on 08-11-2012)
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Batch 175. Bottled 11.04.2013

(4.0) A: Hazy copper with a tall and creamy eggshell-white foam head. Long lasting retention with patches of lacing.

(3.75) S: Pine, citrus fruits (notably grapefruit), hints of peppermint, toffee, faint nutty elements, and buttered bread. Mellow aroma that’s probably lighter than other IPA’s but well rounded regardless.

(3.75) T: Buttered bread, light citrus fruits, orchard fruits, toffee, and hints of nuts. Nicely balanced with a robust malt backbone and ample bitter hops. Bitter throughout but with a clean finish with very little in lingering qualities that I can notice. Very easy drinking.

(4.0) M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Pleasantly creamy and slick.

(3.75) D: This is a well balanced IPA that is loaded with both malt and hops but finds a way not to overpower the flavour profile - Very good.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 01:28:55 | More by Digimaika2
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jjboesen

Maryland

3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I first stumbled onto this little gem of a brewery during my recent trip to Portland. This tasty little IPA is unfiltered and bottle-conditioned; powered with the succulent goodness of Cascade, Centennial and Calypso hops, Zephyr is a faint breeze of hoppiness that tickles your palate. It opens in a massive billowing foam that settles in time - a loooong time. The body is a semi-translucent amber, clear and void of carbonation bubbles. The nose detects subtle whiffs (or zephry) of apple and pear. while the palate is flecked with semi-sweet mottles of grass and pine. There is a minor bitterness at the fade. The mouthfeel is a bit crisp, the body rather light.

A wonderful session from Maine's premier beer city. Sorry Biddeford.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 02:26:32 | More by jjboesen
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Boto

Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber: This one pours a clear, slightly orangish amber color. There was a couple of inches of a frothy off-white head on mine. It left a bit of lacing. The aroma was a touch light, but still good. Not overpowering with the hops. Some citrus and a hint of apple. Fair amount of malts also, but no sweetness. The taste is good. Fair amount of hop bite, but not overly done like so many of them try and do now. Good malt body, but no residual sweetness. Pine and citrus flavors. I like this one!

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 21:58:12 | More by Boto
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Rising Tide Brewing Company - Zephyr, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours super cloudy caramel amber with a massive soapy head that hands around. Some splotchy lacing.

Smell - Sweet caramel malts with zesty pear/apple mixed in, citrus hops but the citrus is on the sweet side, not what I'd call stellar.

Taste - Rich and malty before the citrus comes in. The citrus was almost like apple cider, ends faint floral and pine. Good but not tasting true to the style so treating it as it should be treated.

Mouthfeel - Rests a little throat warm malty boozy and sticky. Heavy-medium bodied with high carbonation. OK drinkability.

Overall - This is not a great AIPA but it's not a drain pour. I can drink pretty much anything. It is simply not well done for the style and only slightly above average overall. There is way too much malt, not enough of the right kind of hops, and too much of the wrong kind (biased, I know). Pass, though this might make for a good intro AIPA for newcomers or those unfamiliar with the style, until they move on to greener pastures.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 18:30:32 | More by JMScowcroft
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber > Mason Pint

A - Cloudy orange gold two fingers of fluffy off white head, medium lacing.
S - Pine, grapefruit, caramel malt, blah blah typical AIPA.
T - Hops are diminished in taste, has a burnt toast, caramel and biscuit flavor, slightly floral, lots of hop resin.
M - Sticky and somewhat of a soapy bitterness.
O - This one was a huge let down from Rising Tide. Its just not coming together.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 23:29:00 | More by Omnium
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JAFoley

New Hampshire

3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale yellow, pure white head, fairly dense. Nice retention and lacing

S - Citrus, apple, and somewhat malty

T - Floral and citrus hops upfront, decently bitter, deep caramel malts but also a cloying sweetness in the aftertaste. No strong presence of alcohol.

M - Medium body, high carbonation but with nice fine bubbles that makes for clean finish. The beer is syrupy and sticks to the tongue.

O - This is good but could be much better. The cloying sweetness and slight apple taste along with the sticky mouthfeel are detractions for me. Also not digging the 6.99 price tag on the tall boy. Probably won't be trying this again, but won't mind trying a double IPA if it hits the shelf.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 01:09:28 | More by JAFoley
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Teleweizen2

New Jersey

3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rising tide zephyr

A - pours a hazy amber which starts as a dark red up top but slowly gets lighter with more hints of yellow toward the bottom. An impressively thick head of foam bubbles up quickly. Saying it is mousse-like would be an understatement. Great retention as well.

S - the aroma is muted. Notes of grapefruit, lemon zest and pine blend with a sweet caramel malt profile.

T - strong malt profile. Notes of gooey caramel and nutty flavors. Intense hop bitterness cuts through with notes of bitter orange peel. The fruity notes enter mid palate with flavors of oranges, white peaches, and lemon pith. Finish is fairly clean with just a tinge of bitterness.

M - medium verging on full bodied. High creamy scrubbing bubbles.

O - a nice east coast ipa. While not my favorite interoperation of the style it was still a pleasant drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 02:54:17 | More by Teleweizen2
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Hendry

Vermont

3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second go round with Rising Tide, the Daymark was not my speed so I gave Zephyr a shot.

Burnished copper pour,frothy 3 finger ecru head, below average lacing.

Hops are struggling to break through the malt in the nose, yet the malt doesn't have that butterscotch sweetness (locally grown malt is supposed to be a selling point). Mild whiff of grapefruit beneath the mighty malt.

Taste starts out an interesting malty flavor which isn't necessarily sweet, and in the final swallow, a tinge of grapefruit bitterness takes over leaving a relatively pleasant, albeit one note flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium, slight grain,nicely carbonated.

This is a solid IPA but not overly interesting or complex.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 01:29:37 | More by Hendry
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Pour Farm New Bedford--served into a pint glass

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, moderate carbonation, brown-orange in color, clear

Smell: citrus hops and light toasted malt

Taste: light toasted malt, bread, pineapple, and light grapefruit at the end

Mouthfeel: sweet with a dry bitter middle and end, light body, medium carbonation

Overall: A solid citrusy sipper. I enjoyed this one, would get it again, but there are others in the style I would get first.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2013 18:16:47 | More by tigg924
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DmouthCaliBrewz

New Hampshire

3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle stamped "120BORN 021113"...I take that to mean 2/11/13?

A: Poured into a tulip with a large frothy thick head that receded to about 2cm with heavy lacing and a thick fluffy consistensy. Nice.

S: I get some slight herbal and floral notes, and a subtle hint of juicy fruit.

T: Medium bitterness hits you first, but then it withdraws to showcase some of the nice fruity components of the hops. Peach and mango shine through, and then come the citrus and pine (thanks MR. Cascade) that we all expect. Astringent bitterness on the end with a slight caramel sweetness from the malt. Going back, I start to definitely notice a subtle chemical aftertaste, and some slight oxidation. Hmmm. didn't notice it till I was halfway through the glass.

M: Definitely on the thicker side for what is labeled as a single IPA. Almost like a lost style these days...interesting to think about. Fluffy carbonation doesn't bite until the very end. Fizzes up a tad more than I would like at the end.

O: I really enjoyed this, despite the subtle hints of oxidation I started to get towards the end. This was pleasant as hell to drink, and going from heady to resin to this, the fact that I say that should hold at least a little weight. Would drink again for sure, but not seek out.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 00:50:43 | More by DmouthCaliBrewz
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy medium golden color with a huge cream colored head that takes forever to recede. A solid shot of citrus and pine resin aroma with a faint hint of bready caramel deep underneath along with a fleeting ethanol aroma. The flavor is bready and malty with and earthy pine resinous flavor. Light bit of yeast and a hint of ethanol round out the flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. Decent brew, but could use a hint more body, a bit less yeastiness and less alcohol presence to be world class.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 01:15:51 | More by johnnnniee
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours maple-tinged burnt orange with a very large, thick off-white head.

S: Perfumy esters, light mint, sweet clementine and pineapple, caramel.

T: The taste brings plenty of herbal bitterness, restrained citrus, plenty of caramel and cracker malt, slight tobacco, a bit buttery.

M: Light-bodied and creamy.

O: Although I don't mind drinking this, the taste is a bit too malt-forward, and there's a smoke-like flavor from one of the hops used that doesn't do it for me. Still, let it warm up a bit and it's decent.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 22:49:48 | More by Etan
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, bottled on 2/11/13. Pours a dark orange, with a one inch off white head, that has excellent retention and leaves patches of lace. Smell is apricot, caramel, grapefruit, pine, cut grass, and a little bready. Taste is all of that with citrus being mixed with caramel, and grapefruit in the finish. Body is medium large, plenty of life, a touch dry in the finish, and easy drinking. Very solid IPA and stands out as different than most.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 21:59:28 | More by SawDog505
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Shiredave

New York

3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

A Christmas gift that has been in the fridge - the only beer in my fridge for well over a month. Yea - beer just doesnt thrill like it used to. They all taste the same and sadly, this one is no different.
It's an IPA - that uses "C" hops. How original ! ok - calypso hops are a new one for me - but evidently a "C" hop is a "C" hop 'cuz I dont detect any "new" hop flavors or aromas.

Please see any of thousands of IPA reviews here for the flavor profile of this one. Smells hoppy - has some malt sweetness in the nose, which teases you into thinking it may have some body, but despite no pasturization and bottle conditioning, it just tatses like hops in water. Aftertaste is unpleasantly bitter, but not awful. I have 16+ oz left to go on this one... now i remember why I dont bother buying beer any more. I'm completely bored by it all.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 02:04:21 | More by Shiredave
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Brad007

Vermont

3.39/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy orange amber color with a thick white head. Kudos for such a great presentation!

It's heavy on the pine resin with just a mellow hint of mango behind. All that is kind of obscured by alcohol heat.

There's more of a citrus kick here, especially that of mango and grapefruit. It has to be the Calypso hops, which I've never heard of until now.

Lingering mango, grapefruit and even apple (?) at the back of the throat. Finishes with a hearty belch.

Decent. Not an imperial but certainly borders on it with the taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 01:54:18 | More by Brad007
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ehammond1


3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, mkabull!

Clear, very dark orange, with an amber hue, and a large, persistent off-white, large-bubbled head that leaves messy, irregular, spiderwebs of sticky, chunky lace down the glass. Gorgeous IPA.

Sweet caramel and pine combine in the aroma, along with just a hint of a citrus character, but it's very mild. Appropriate, but it doesn't stick up to SoCal IPA's I've grown used to.

The flavor follows the aroma, with a fairly high level of earthy bitterness, even for the style, along with pine, and floral notes. Very drinkable, but not a particularly pungent or exciting IPA. Nice.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Good, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 04:59:44 | More by ehammond1
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a 22 oz bottle , poured into a duvel glass

A: pours a murky brown with a vague hint of amber, massive soapy looking slightly brown head, seemed like a reasonable pour to me, but I guess it may have been a bit aggressive... Have to wait a while for the head to recede... But as a slight plus it did leave some very nice lacing.

S: first impression is that this smells flowery and soapy to me. There are some nice light tropical fruit and citrusy hop notes in there as well.

T: there is alot of caramel malt to the backbone here, really Kind of throws off the hop balance IMO, the tropical fruit is there but a bit subdued, and again I get that soapyness that is really throwing this whole brew off for me... And I know it's not the glass, I already drank a beer from this glass , then rinsed it with warm water myself before pouring this one.

M: not a bad mouthfeel, on the heavy side of medium body with nice creamy carbonation. A touch of lingering citrus hops.

O: not a great beer, there was a few things that kinda threw me off on this one... Not a bad brew either, i can just think of better ipa's, particuarly for the price.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 02:26:31 | More by PeterIngemi
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my Dogfish style Ale glass. Thanks Toasterchef!

A real nice chestnut amber, giving to tangerine orange bottom and edges. Dark golden brown amber, real nice. Head is creamy off white, very thin bubbles lots of retention and lace ringing the glass inviting.

Bouquet hits a mint hop profile. Woo ha! Wintergreen spruce pine hop also with some sweet malts too. I like this angle.

Delicious palate fills with refreshing aromatics and toothpaste clean like sensations. Wintergreen blast, peppermint and a light caramel sweetness mixing with good clean hop bitter. Fruit angle comes a little but it's so mint forward and lingering. This tastes like a breath mint. Mint mint mint.. there I said it. Palate is juicy and a nice coating for the middle roof top of the mouth. After some warmth there's even some biscuity like quality.

Overall it's a neat IPA, I really like this one, this is a perfect winter IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 03:53:23 | More by smakawhat
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber orange color with a good sized head, rather frothy and sticks around for awhile, decent lacing.

Smell has a fair amount of citrus pine, huge load of caramel malt to balance it out, maybe too much.

Taste starts out with a resiny pine flavor which is soon melded with a caramel backing, active yet soft carbonation, fairly sticky for an IPA, decent bitterness in the aftertaste although maybe a touch too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 03:02:14 | More by deltatauhobbit
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a dark amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grassy hops, caramelized malts and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of hops bitterness. Then some breadiness from a hearty malt character comes in followed by a mild but complementary caramel & citrus sweetness creating a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, although there are several other beers in the style that are better, this is a solid beer worth drinking for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 21:40:41 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle was poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: The beer is a copper amber color with some clarity and lots of bubbles coming up through the glass. It poured a frothy one finger head that has reduced to half the size. There was some lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: bready and caramel malts followed by tangerine and grapefruit citrus heaven.

Taste: Lots of citrus, spiciness, some pine, lingering bitterness, bready and caramel malts too.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium to high carbonation, medium bodied, a little bitterness, and easy to drink.

Overall: A nice IPA from Portland, ME. Good to see an east coast brewery dabble with west coast styles. Alcohol is hidden well and there has a nice citrus and spicy taste to it too.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 01:05:03 | More by Flounder57
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geoffpm

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am always happy to find a new local hoppy beer.

Served in a Duvel tulip from a Bomber at cellar temp.

Appearance - caramel colored with half inch beige head. Certainly darker than I expected.

Smell/Nose - Totally devoid of the piney/ tropical fruit that I prefer

Taste - Much better than I expected, Good malty overtones with strong bitterness at the end.

I have to admit that I am a West coast IPA fan. My Favs are Pliny, Heady, Lagunitas Sucks, and ODell.
This beer is far from this type. Not an English style or the newly designated East coast style either.

Not my fav IPA this fall but worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 19:13:06 | More by geoffpm
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a well-shined orange hue. Barely any head at all. Leaves more lacing than expected.

S-Smell is very mild. About a 4 out of 10 in terms of IPA intensity. I am picking up baby notes of flowers and tangerines. Cracker malt. Aside from that, this brew is quite silent.

T-The flavor is an upgrade in both intensity and overall enjoyment. This beer stresses candied citrus. Maybe a bit of apricots. Malt reminds me of stale Animal Cracker. Candied oranges for days. Not much complexity.

M-Medium bodied. Not resinous. Mild to moderate bitterness and dryness. Smooth carbonation. A lick of alcohol.

O/D-The nose was weak. The flavor has enough muscle but the hops were not able to express themselves. Not a huge fan. One-sided flavor. Failed to keep me interested. Just a snoozer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2012 23:45:47 | More by VelvetExtract
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KarlosT

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -18%
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 14:41:07 | More by KarlosT
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rocky head with plenty of sweeping lace. The liquid is cloudy with and orange hued amber color.

The malt base is on the sweet side. Mild hop nose--flowery.

Starts with a soft, not-so-sweet malt. The hop stays in the background until the swallow, then its all bitterness but without overwhelming. Long lasting aftertaste. Accurate body and carbonation.

Overall, a decent IPA without any extreme aspects. Nothing complex about this one, but that's okay.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 20:08:47 | More by smcolw
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Zephyr from Rising Tide Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.