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Zephyr - Rising Tide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
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202 Ratings
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Ratings: 202
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 4
Gots: 21 | 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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Photo of Holland
3.1/5  rDev -16%
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.

Holland, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of beer2day
3.1/5  rDev -16%
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.

beer2day, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of fastestmanalive
3.12/5  rDev -15.4%

fastestmanalive, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of Teleweizen2
3.21/5  rDev -13%
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.

Teleweizen2, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of ccurrid
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

ccurrid, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of geoffpm
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

geoffpm, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of jayiz
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

jayiz, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of newcastledave
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

newcastledave, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of mklisz
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

mklisz, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of mdube0378
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

mdube0378, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of mattmarka1
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

mattmarka1, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of firedwarftj
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

firedwarftj, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of Scarflower
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Scarflower, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of shehateme
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

shehateme, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

djrn2, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of IPAFrEaK888
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

IPAFrEaK888, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of NHbeerfishing
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

NHbeerfishing, May 18, 2013
Photo of Mojua
3.32/5  rDev -10%

Mojua, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of JMScowcroft
3.34/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

JMScowcroft, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of Brad007
3.39/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Brad007, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.43/5  rDev -7%
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.

VelvetExtract, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Janeinma, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of WeymouthMike
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

WeymouthMike, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of PressFastF0rward
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

PressFastF0rward, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of ehammond1
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

ehammond1, Dec 27, 2012
Zephyr from Rising Tide Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.