Zephyr - Rising Tide Brewing Company
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4.18/5 rDev +13.3%
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.
12-04-2012 03:53:23 | More by smakawhat
3.58/5 rDev -3%
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.
11-23-2012 03:02:14 | More by deltatauhobbit
3.95/5 rDev +7%
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.
11-11-2012 21:40:41 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.6/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
10-29-2012 01:05:03 | More by Flounder57
3.25/5 rDev -11.9%
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.
10-05-2012 19:13:06 | More by geoffpm
3.43/5 rDev -7%
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.
10-02-2012 23:45:47 | More by VelvetExtract
3/5 rDev -18.7%
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
09-23-2012 14:41:07 | More by KarlosT
3.6/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
09-22-2012 20:08:47 | More by smcolw
4.48/5 rDev +21.4%
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.
09-17-2012 23:33:02 | More by lordofthewiens
4.33/5 rDev +17.3%
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.
09-16-2012 02:50:26 | More by GuyIncognito
4.1/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
09-13-2012 23:21:54 | More by donkeyrunner
3.1/5 rDev -16%
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.
09-12-2012 22:45:58 | More by Holland
3.1/5 rDev -16%
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.
09-12-2012 01:43:39 | More by beer2day
Zephyr from Rising Tide Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.