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Zephyr - Rising Tide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 275
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 31.79%
Wants: 10
Gots: 44 | FT: 1
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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Photo of dasenebler
2.51/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Rising Tide Zephyr
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)

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Photo of andrewinski1
2.98/5  rDev -19%
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.

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Photo of KarlosT
3/5  rDev -18.5%
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

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Photo of Holland
3.04/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

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Photo of beer2day
3.11/5  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.

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Photo of geoffpm
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.36/5  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.

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Photo of Brad007
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, honey gold coloring with a steady flow of carbonation throughout the body, and a fluffy, low profile, bubbly, off-white head. Aromas of lemon grass, subtle caramel, pine tassels, and subtle grapefruit. Flavors are tart and sweet forward, with notes of grapefruit, lemon, apple, and grassy hops notes on a caramel backbone. Roasted characteristics, with a solid blend of tart and bitterness throughout. The body is smooth and light, with a grassy, pine tassel, and peppery hops character in the aftertaste, balancing with some tropical fruit notes. The finish is light, slightly effervesced, and surprisingly smooth.

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Photo of Etan
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Really nice look, translucent, yellow with a pale brown hue, nice sustaining head, excellent lacing. I get a light orange smell that grows as the beer warms, as well as some Juniper. I also was getting some rotting wood smell early that I couldn't get later.

The taste starts with a little grapefruit, but that juniper-piney-balsam taste grabs hold early and does not let go of me. The taste actually turn back to grapefruit a bit, but it combines with the pine in a way that I personally don't enjoy. This seems more in the vein of a west coast IPA. The body is decent, just light of medium.

Overall, this beer doesn't do it for me, too much bitterness that doesn't balance even itself very well. If you like a piney IPA, this might work for you.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of Omnium
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of Shiredave
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.66/5  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.

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Photo of jjboesen
3.66/5  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.

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Photo of DmouthCaliBrewz
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Zephyr from Rising Tide Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.