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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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CheapBeerBuzz

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

11-25-2013 14:01:09 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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ehammond1


3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 04:59:44 | More by ehammond1
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Florida9

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2014 23:47:07 | More by Florida9
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

01-16-2014 00:44:40 | More by mattmarka1
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

08-01-2013 21:07:19 | More by ZEB89
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Boto

Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 21:58:12 | More by Boto
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petermethot

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

07-18-2013 22:16:28 | More by petermethot
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bigred89

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

09-07-2013 02:47:00 | More by bigred89
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WDJersey

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

02-24-2013 03:02:54 | More by WDJersey
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 23:21:54 | More by donkeyrunner
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9%

08-25-2012 23:26:08 | More by kaelingirl
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

11-17-2012 01:40:01 | More by ElGallo
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 03:02:14 | More by deltatauhobbit
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 03:59:00 | More by BEERMILER12
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.6/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 01:05:03 | More by Flounder57
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bostonryan

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -18.3%

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

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

01-21-2014 23:45:32 | More by mklisz
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campfirebrew

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

05-04-2013 22:52:18 | More by campfirebrew
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polishkaz

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

09-20-2012 02:24:52 | More by polishkaz
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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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AnitaBrewski

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-24-2013 04:59:28 | More by AnitaBrewski
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Resuin

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-16-2014 23:12:55 | More by Resuin
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 22:49:48 | More by Etan
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Bilco

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

09-17-2012 20:21:19 | More by Bilco
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 23:29:00 | More by Omnium
Zephyr from Rising Tide Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.