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Zephyr - Rising Tide Brewing Company

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175 Ratings
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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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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jrmurph


1/5  rDev -72.8%

07-22-2014 02:24:43 | More by jrmurph
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cstowell21

Maine

1/5  rDev -72.8%

01-27-2014 22:55:04 | More by cstowell21
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dasenebler

Maine

2.48/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Rising Tide Zephyr
8/17/12
22oz, no date

Clear and dark amber, nice head and solid retention. Darker than I like to see in an IPA, but I'll roll with it. (3.5)

Aroma emphasizes the fruitiness of the hops, with notes of melon, pear and apple. There are signs of a stressed fermentation (Esters) in the nose though, and a touch of Diacetyl. (3)

Very bitter, a bit boozy. Grassy, slightly fruity hop flavor. Full bodied and heavy on the malt for an IPA, with notes of dark toast and bread. The flavor profile does not scream IPA to me. It does not have much resinous hop character, pine or citrus. Unbalanced bitterness starts to wear on the palate. Messy. The carbonation is just about perfect, and the mouthfeel is weighty but not overbearing. (2, 4)

Overall I'm not impressed with this new offering from Rising Tide. Kind of homebrew-like and not as well thought-out/executed as their other beers. Ishmael and Atlantis are outstanding beers, but everything else they brew is hit or miss. I'll look for Zephyr on-tap in Portland to see if it's any better than this bottle. (2.5)

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 01:16:52 | More by dasenebler
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Dillonius


2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

06-23-2014 15:51:59 | More by Dillonius
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chippo33

Vermont

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

02-05-2013 01:34:12 | More by chippo33
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ComRock12

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

09-12-2012 21:49:47 | More by ComRock12
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

11-10-2012 02:57:37 | More by steve8robin
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

11-25-2013 05:27:23 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. There is a great orange-copper color with a bit of haze. There is a nice off-white head with great retention.

The aroma has some melon and graham cracker malt. I guess I get MAYBE a note of citrus.

The taste morphs bitter hop character and some mildly sweet malt with a touch of bubblegum. The hop flavoring is mild; barely leaving an oily pine flavor towards the finish. The bitterness is strong throughout.

This is medium bodied with nice crisp carbonation. I am disappointed with this one for sure. I liked other Rising Tide brews, but this is no better than a common six-pack offering at at least twice the price. Bummer.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 03:32:52 | More by andrewinski1
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -18.3%

02-13-2013 02:35:08 | More by acurtis
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Bdel34

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.3%

08-17-2012 17:53:42 | More by Bdel34
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largadeer

California

3/5  rDev -18.3%

11-25-2013 04:10:58 | More by largadeer
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bostonryan

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -18.3%

05-26-2013 20:16:25 | More by bostonryan
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GuitarIPA

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -18.3%

02-06-2014 01:04:43 | More by GuitarIPA
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KarlosT

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -18.3%
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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Mike_Lepley


3/5  rDev -18.3%

05-22-2014 01:23:44 | More by Mike_Lepley
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stunna

Maine

3/5  rDev -18.3%

09-07-2012 02:16:07 | More by stunna
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TheRuss9585

Vermont

3/5  rDev -18.3%

06-10-2013 17:37:53 | More by TheRuss9585
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rab53

Washington

3/5  rDev -18.3%

09-04-2012 03:14:40 | More by rab53
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Holland

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: cloudy orange to light amber color with good head and very impressive retention.

S: sweet, malty, and some citrus hop character

T: sweet countered with bitter hops along with some pretty flavorful hops. Citrus with some grassy character stays with you on the tongue for a while. Has a weird, kind of metallic or medicinal smell.

M: very well carbonated with a medium body gives this a nice refreshing feel.

O: though its parts seem solid, there is something a little off about this beer. The smell gives away a little, but I can't tell what's going on. $7 or something like that for a bomber at Whole Foods in Portland, ME.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 22:45:58 | More by Holland
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beer2day

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the Liquor Locker in SW Harbor.

Pours dark gold, nearly copper. Massive, towering, thick unforced darker cream head. Chunky lace and excellent head retention. Swirling torrent of medium sized bubbles.

Nose is malt and pine. More malt than pine. Sweetbread comes into the mix and really overshadows any hop presence.

Taste follows the nose with more malt than pine here too. Just not much flavor, then a light kick of spice, pepper, and a hint of pine. Some slight floral notes at the beginning, but fleeting.

Feel is creamy and thicker than expected. Probably stands up well in colder weather.

I've had several IPA's like this in the NE. Just not my thing.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 01:43:39 | More by beer2day
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Teleweizen2

New Jersey

3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
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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ccurrid

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

06-13-2014 03:32:17 | More by ccurrid
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geoffpm

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
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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jayiz

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

06-06-2014 21:08:52 | More by jayiz
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Zephyr from Rising Tide Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.