Zephyr - Rising Tide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 7
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rising Tide Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BEERMILER12 on 08-11-2012

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.
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Ratings: 247 | Reviews: 48
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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

on tap it has a bright golden look, honey colored and clear, with an inch or so of soft white head as pure as can be. the aroma is orchard fruit and juicy hops, while the grain character seems minimal. the taste is similar, although the barley malt adds some faint toasted bread notes, pine nutty almost too, but the hops may contribute to that some. less citrus and a whole lot more apple and peary as I sip on it. bitterness is only average, which lends to drinkability. I was wanting this one to be a little more distinct, more unique to itself, but it gets lost in the crowd a little I think, fails to stand out despite being of utmost quality. cascade hops just seem a little played out right now, no matter how good the recipe.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a hazy copper color with a fluffy, off-white head. There was a little bit of lace.

Sweet caramel malt aroma, then citrus. Interesting to me, there was a bit of a pear aroma.

Mostly grapefruit taste. Also a lot of caramel. The pear aroma translated well in the taste, and there was even a bit of apple.

Pretty cool, hoppy and sweet. More caramel than I would have expected, but very pleasant and enjoyable.

Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle

Hazed medium apricot amber, looser light khaki head. Nice looking very fine bubble lacing left behind.

Grassy and citric hop nose.

Citrus with lots of lime and oranges. Mixed fruits with some more grassyness. Malty underbelly. Dry and hopped up finish. More then respectable IPA

Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of ehammond1
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of geoffpm
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of GuyIncognito
4.37/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is like walking through a pine forest, chewing spearmint gum (in a good way). It is a way over the hop, piney IPA. I like beers like that, but it is a little gimicky. This is a completely one sided, hoppy IPA, but I don't know if I would drink it often. I really enjoyed it, and I'm glad I tried it, but it is a little pricey. Whenever my taste buds want to go to the North woods, I'll get a Zephyr, but I don't know how often that will be.

Photo of puboflyons
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle dated 11.13.14. Sampled on February 13, 2015.

I like unfiltered beers that look unfiltered and this one does. The pour is a real milky, cloudy looking pale yellow leading up to a big, long-lasting foamy white head.

The aroma is more toward the grassy and floral side with a touch of toasted malts out back.

Medium body.

Like the aroma, I get a full grassy and floral hop character with just enough toasted biscuit to balance it out. But the emphasis is on the hops.

Photo of smakawhat
4.18/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of Grahamdbrown82
4.44/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent dry hopping smell and taste is great.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of mountdew1
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an over sized wine glass. Color was a darker golden amber, with a dirty white 1/4 inch head. Fair amount of carbonation rising up as well. Aroma was a fruity citrus, lemon or grapefruit with just a hint of pine. Flavor was hoppy pine up front, but mellowed to a tangy sweet. Ok in the mouth, a bit thin, and head a bit over bubbly. Overall, not bad. A nice well balanced IPA. Not too weak, and not to overpowering.

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Slight haze with a 2 finger plus fluffy white head. Fades slowly. Heavy lacing.
S - Not too much here. Some pine resin, caramel sweetness.
T - Much better. Pine resin, spiciness, caramel, toffee balance it out. I get some heat from the back end which is surprising for a 7.5% brew.
M - Medium body, medium carb. Some slick oiliness.
O - A good IPA. One I was waiting to try until I found it fresh. This one is only about a month old. Worth it, but a little underwhelming.

Photo of Etan
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of DmouthCaliBrewz
3.67/5  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.

Photo of JOSHRINARD
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nice look good feel and terrific taste

Photo of illpass78
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pint on draft at b. good in Portland, Maine.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy light amber with a big white head that sticks around a long time. Lots of lacing on way down.

Aroma: Smells of apples, pine, lemon and some crisp herbal character.

Taste: Nice, hoppy IPA. Flavors of green apple and pine are up front. Some grassy character, too. Decent malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat spicy, but easy on the palate for a fairly well-hopped IPA. It's not a bomb, but it's certainly a sturdy IPA, and the texture reflects that.

Overall: Well-executed IPA from a pretty great brewery. Solid member of their portfolio.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy and rusty orange Zephyr kinda looks like a Rogenbier. Layer of foam on top like a blanket of bone marrow colored lichen.

Odd aroma for an IPA Zephyr features pears and caramel covered granny smith apple. The usual citrus spice is there too but the pear and apple really make the aroma stand out as something fresh, air and different.

Citrus and green apple hops over rich caramel. I usually don't like lots of caramel in my IPAs but in Zephyr it work. Mouthfeel is nice and resin-y. Despite plenty of hop flavor and resin it's not a very bitter beer.

My first encounter with Calypso hops. Is that where the pear and apple are coming from? Good stuff.

Photo of cbutova
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle recently picked up on a trip to Boston. Dated 12/14/15.

A- Stubby 12oz reveals a somewhat cloudy pale golden-yellow brew into my tulip. A large white head just under two fingers rises with a foamy, creamy texture. Stellar retention on that cap and a large ring drops ample sheets and drizzled lacing.

S- Citrus, both the zest and the juice, comes to mind right off the top for me. Oranges lead to grapefruits and some lemon peel hints. Floral, herbal and light malty hints seem to pale in comparison to the fruits.

T- Hops lead the way as in the aroma and once again it is citrus that is in the forefront. I am instantly reminded of peeling an orange or clementine with the fresh zesty bitterness that comes with that. Grapefruit, slight resinous pine, grassy and floral notes make way for pale cracked grains, apple, a medium Crystal malt sweetness and some yeast bread.

MF- Right around medium bodied which helps support the 7.2% ABV. It lands on the palate with a foamy consistency and a moderate bitterness in the finish.

Between the fresh citrus flavors and the 7.2% ABV it packs some punch. By no means malty but grains are used in a good manner here to balance some of the bitterness and hop notes. Some fruity esters sneak in from the yeast and don't do anything for me but it is still solid.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of KarlosT
3/5  rDev -18.9%
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

Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From the bomber into a pint glass:

A: beautiful golden copper colored body that yields a two finger foamy white head that lasts for at least a good two minutes. The body is too hazy for any carbonation to be seen rising and has some spider web lacing speckling the sides of the glass.

S: good complexity of hops and malts, some sweet, some bitter, and some spicy. Some light pine and citrus comes in as the beer warms.

T: peppery yet piney sort of flavor that to me is pretty good.

M: not watery nor is it sharp, a perfect feel on the tongue, pretty sessionable.

O: I was not expecting this IPA to be this good, but yes I would definitely have this again.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of Chico1985
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a Julio's mix-a-six, it's been a while since I've been able to say that. 12 oz stubby bottle reads Batch 312, Born on... February something 2015.

A - Pale orange color with a bit of haze. Big white foam on the initial pour settles to a solid half-finger, good lacing left as well.

S - Herbal, grapefruit, more general citrus coming through with time, caramel malt.

T - Lots of resiny pine and grapefruit, some grassy orange and floral, malt is toned down here and leaning a little more towards biscuity.

M - Highish bitterness but well-balanced by the malt. Pretty good body with medium carbonation and perhaps a touch of alcohol heat.

O - Not the most flashy IPA in today's market but pretty good.

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Zephyr from Rising Tide Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.