Zephyr - Rising Tide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 256
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 8
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
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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 Chico1985
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (709 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
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. (426 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of Etan
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. (548 characters)

Photo of beer2day
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
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. (670 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, bottled on 2/11/13. Pours a dark orange, with a one inch off white head, that has excellent retention and leaves patches of lace. Smell is apricot, caramel, grapefruit, pine, cut grass, and a little bready. Taste is all of that with citrus being mixed with caramel, and grapefruit in the finish. Body is medium large, plenty of life, a touch dry in the finish, and easy drinking. Very solid IPA and stands out as different than most. (466 characters)

Photo of dasenebler
2.51/5  rDev -31.6%
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) (1,081 characters)

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (476 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (1,079 characters)

Photo of ToasterChef
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rising Tide held their Grand Opening Party at their new location today, and one of the big draws was growler fills of their new IPA: Zephyr. Since being filled earlier today, this growler has been in a cooler with ice packs and my fridge.

The beer looks slightly hazy. It has the color of tarnished copper. The head is small and colored tan. I don't remember it being this hazy when I had a sample pour straight from the tap at the brewery, and it had a bigger head with bigger bubbles, but such is nature of a growler pour.

The beer has a really appealing hop aroma. It's a strange mix of spicy, sweet, and bitter. There is an effervescence that reminds me of ginger. The hops don't come across as oily; I'd classify the aroma as earthy.

The flavor is full of sharp bitterness. It's grassy and pepper. The finish is full of whole peppercorns! Big bitter flavors linger on for a long time.

The beer isn't sticky, but does leave a good amount of coating. It has a touch of sugar, but mostly bitter hops.

This is another fine beer from Rising Tide. I think I enjoyed it more while I was at the brewery earlier today, but from the growler, it is still a good example of the style and another great local beer. If you are in the Portland area, you should seek this one out. (1,274 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
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. (654 characters)

Photo of mountdew1
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an over sized wine glass. Color was a darker golden amber, with a dirty white 1/4 inch head. Fair amount of carbonation rising up as well. Aroma was a fruity citrus, lemon or grapefruit with just a hint of pine. Flavor was hoppy pine up front, but mellowed to a tangy sweet. Ok in the mouth, a bit thin, and head a bit over bubbly. Overall, not bad. A nice well balanced IPA. Not too weak, and not to overpowering. (426 characters)

Photo of jjboesen
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (736 characters)

Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From the bomber into a pint glass:

A: beautiful golden copper colored body that yields a two finger foamy white head that lasts for at least a good two minutes. The body is too hazy for any carbonation to be seen rising and has some spider web lacing speckling the sides of the glass.

S: good complexity of hops and malts, some sweet, some bitter, and some spicy. Some light pine and citrus comes in as the beer warms.

T: peppery yet piney sort of flavor that to me is pretty good.

M: not watery nor is it sharp, a perfect feel on the tongue, pretty sessionable.

O: I was not expecting this IPA to be this good, but yes I would definitely have this again. (660 characters)

Photo of Digimaika2
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Batch 175. Bottled 11.04.2013

(4.0) A: Hazy copper with a tall and creamy eggshell-white foam head. Long lasting retention with patches of lacing.

(3.75) S: Pine, citrus fruits (notably grapefruit), hints of peppermint, toffee, faint nutty elements, and buttered bread. Mellow aroma that’s probably lighter than other IPA’s but well rounded regardless.

(3.75) T: Buttered bread, light citrus fruits, orchard fruits, toffee, and hints of nuts. Nicely balanced with a robust malt backbone and ample bitter hops. Bitter throughout but with a clean finish with very little in lingering qualities that I can notice. Very easy drinking.

(4.0) M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Pleasantly creamy and slick.

(3.75) D: This is a well balanced IPA that is loaded with both malt and hops but finds a way not to overpower the flavour profile - Very good. (863 characters)

Photo of Teleweizen2
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. (847 characters)

Photo of Hendry
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second go round with Rising Tide, the Daymark was not my speed so I gave Zephyr a shot.

Burnished copper pour,frothy 3 finger ecru head, below average lacing.

Hops are struggling to break through the malt in the nose, yet the malt doesn't have that butterscotch sweetness (locally grown malt is supposed to be a selling point). Mild whiff of grapefruit beneath the mighty malt.

Taste starts out an interesting malty flavor which isn't necessarily sweet, and in the final swallow, a tinge of grapefruit bitterness takes over leaving a relatively pleasant, albeit one note flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium, slight grain,nicely carbonated.

This is a solid IPA but not overly interesting or complex. (698 characters)

Photo of PeterIngemi
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (1,142 characters)

Photo of illpass78
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pint on draft at b. good in Portland, Maine.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy light amber with a big white head that sticks around a long time. Lots of lacing on way down.

Aroma: Smells of apples, pine, lemon and some crisp herbal character.

Taste: Nice, hoppy IPA. Flavors of green apple and pine are up front. Some grassy character, too. Decent malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat spicy, but easy on the palate for a fairly well-hopped IPA. It's not a bomb, but it's certainly a sturdy IPA, and the texture reflects that.

Overall: Well-executed IPA from a pretty great brewery. Solid member of their portfolio. (619 characters)

Photo of Shiredave
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (843 characters)

Photo of JAFoley
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale yellow, pure white head, fairly dense. Nice retention and lacing

S - Citrus, apple, and somewhat malty

T - Floral and citrus hops upfront, decently bitter, deep caramel malts but also a cloying sweetness in the aftertaste. No strong presence of alcohol.

M - Medium body, high carbonation but with nice fine bubbles that makes for clean finish. The beer is syrupy and sticks to the tongue.

O - This is good but could be much better. The cloying sweetness and slight apple taste along with the sticky mouthfeel are detractions for me. Also not digging the 6.99 price tag on the tall boy. Probably won't be trying this again, but won't mind trying a double IPA if it hits the shelf. (694 characters)

Photo of GuyIncognito
4.37/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is like walking through a pine forest, chewing spearmint gum (in a good way). It is a way over the hop, piney IPA. I like beers like that, but it is a little gimicky. This is a completely one sided, hoppy IPA, but I don't know if I would drink it often. I really enjoyed it, and I'm glad I tried it, but it is a little pricey. Whenever my taste buds want to go to the North woods, I'll get a Zephyr, but I don't know how often that will be. (450 characters)

Photo of KarlosT
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 (624 characters)

Photo of DmouthCaliBrewz
3.67/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,273 characters)

Photo of geoffpm
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (616 characters)

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Zephyr from Rising Tide Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.