Zephyr - Rising Tide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 252
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 8
Gots: 35 | 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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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 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 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 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 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 Brad007
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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 VelvetExtract
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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 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 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 Holland
3.04/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Photo of Florida9
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Lighter shade of yellow. Maybe a hint of orange. Forms a moderate sized fluffy white head. Excellent retention. Lots of lacing.

S: Aroma isn't strong, but it is pleasant. Hop forward. Mostly citrus, orange. A little grapefruit and light sweetness.

T: Taste is also pleasant. Simple and clean. Light pale malt backbone. Mild sweetness. Lots of citrus, especially orange. Mandarin and orange blossom. Quick finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium in body. Medium carbonation. Moderate bitterness.

O: A very nice go-to IPA. Pleasantly flavorful, but not overwhelming.

Photo of Boto
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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!

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 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 Flounder57
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a solid golden orange color with a fingers worth of puffy, slightly off-white head

S: Hops are the stand-out here, with a slightly citrusy, fruity, and grassy presence. Malt has just enough presence to give it a slightly sweet caramel note

T: Follows the nose, with a great balance between the malt and hops. Hops are still at the front, but the malts make themselves known. Alcohol is very well hidden, and simply adds some more fruity notes to the hops

M: Medium bodied with a soft, moderate carbonation. Makes this beer very easy to drink

O: Wow, what a solid new beer from the guys over at Rising Tide. Amazingly balanced, yet will more than please the average hop-head. Definitely of the east-coast style of IPA, as pine isn't even in the picture with the hops. The cascade, centennial, and calypso hops really do wonders for this beer. Great job, guys!!

Photo of cjgiant
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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.

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 Omnium
3.59/5  rDev -3%
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.

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 beer2day
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
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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