Calcutta Cutter - Rising Tide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 236
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 18
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rising Tide Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Jason on 04-26-2013

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Reviews by poolemhore:
Photo of poolemhore
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - slightly hazy dark amber to light brown, white foamy head with lots of lacing

S - fruity citrus with hints of vanilla, very much like a creamsicle, as the drink warms the smell changes to vanilla and toffee, I love how this smells

T - sweet, malty, vanilla with a toffee finish; hops are subdued and muddled in with all the other flavors

M - velvety, wet and slightly carbonated; good for the style

O - well balanced, definitely nailed the style, not too thick and not unfresh seeming

More User Reviews:
Photo of Guess2814
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thought it would be better.. Not to bad.. Piney taste.. Grapefruit hint of taste.. Could be an acquired taste?

Photo of SomethingClever
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into 8 oz water glass. Bottle date of 02/02/15

A: good clarity light amber use color with a soapy viscous looking small head

S: lots of bready and crackery malts upfront with some light citrus smells on the end

T: wow very light and juicy chasing the fruit flavors though they are here there but gone mango, melon, sweet oranges

M: Nice fuller bodied DIPA you know what you drank and some of the crackery fruit after tastes are great

O: Wow....I thought maybe because of the nose I got an end of it's rope DIPA but the taste still explodes this one fresh must have been mindbending. Well done Rising Tide, if you see it check the bottle date which I didn't think they did and then buy it if it's even 2 months old because damn it's good.

Photo of mjstacker
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours a perfect copper color that you can almost see through, minimal haze.

The smell is fantastic, juniper and evergreen. Very fragrant and enjoyable.

The taste is near-prfect for me as a moderate hop-lover. Clean and dry, mildly fruity with lots of "Pine" (I think people mis-construe Pine with Juniper, so i'll say Pine but i mean Juniper).

The mouthfeel is good but as a fan of carbonation I could stand it to be a bit more bubbly.

Overall, I think this is a fantastic Extra IPA, I've had a few of their other beers and think this is the best by-far. Seems to be less available then their others but absolutely worth looking for. Cheers.

Photo of Reds76
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Excellent DIPA. IPA's and DIPA's need to have dank and/or crisp hop aroma and this one certainly does. Nice citrus flavor with a clean, slightly piney finish. A bit strong on the alcohol but not overpowering. The malt aspect is like a good referee in football - it provides a stable background without affecting the outcome in an adverse way - the hops shine! Medium body and carbonation that make it surprisingly drinkable. Excellent beer overall and a staple in my fridge.

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Chilling with Calcutta Cutter like Satyajit Ray cruising down the Ganges and Raul is feelin' it.

Fairly potent, fairly bitter, the hops lie there nicely like Cleopatra on a hammock... Yet overall, what is most noticeable is that the thang is just clean and smooth.

So, unlike a bar of Irish Spring that leaves you dry and chalky; this dang sucker is smooth, sexy, and leaves you prime time for grime time.


Photo of GurgglyBurgglers
5/5  rDev +17.9%


Photo of ColdOneKev
4/5  rDev -5.7%

A - Hazy, straw-gold body, thin off-white head. Medium lacing.

S - Hops on hops. Lemon, dank, peppery spice. No detectable malt.

T - Peppery, lemon, spice. Cut by some lightly sweet malt. Slight warming, phenols, alcohol to be expected given the ABV.

M - Medium body, medium to low carb. Smooth feel. Slightly drying.

O - An excellent DIPA. Up there with the best of them. I could imagine going back to this one again and again.

Photo of Etan
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%

12oz sent by Valdieu. Thanks!

A: Pours a murky slightly dark gold orange with a nice off-white head. Nice lookin' beer.

S: Big citrus in the nose. Sticky grapefruit, sweet orange peel, juicy.

T: Pineapple juice, light leafy pith, slight earthiness behind, tangerine.

M: Medium-bodied with light carb.

O: Really nice DIPA. Juicy and a good strength.

Photo of papat444
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle, batch 237.8B, born 12.02.14.

Hazy banana orange colored body, tight head with spidery lacing. Juicy peach hops in aroma, hop fruit in taste, very juicy as well. Luscious resiny bitterness, love this one.

Photo of cbutova
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A wee bit underwhelmed by the Zephyr but this one is a bit fresher and stronger. Born on 02-03-15.

A- Stubby twelve ounce bottle releases a pale amber brew with the very slightest bit of haze to it. The cap is white and rises to just about two fingers with thick frothy texture. Good retention and long drizzled lines of lace down the glass.

S- Strong hops jump out of the tulip with a theme of citrus, stone and tropical fruits and some floral piney tones. Just a bit of malts and yeast bread but cleaner than most 9%+ IPAs. Oranges, tangerine, apricot and resin come to mind.

T- Pine resin picks up some steam here but doesn't take over, it just becomes more integral in the hop balance. Bittersweet orange pith and juice, lemon oil, floral, herbal, slight grassy, mango and some spice.

MF- Medium to thick overall consistency with a padding of creamy texture and slight chewiness. High level of carbonation promotes the fresh hop flavors with a moderately bitter finish.

Good to great all around. The 9% ABV is a non-factor besides perhaps adding a bit of a bite to the whole experience. Creaminess on the palate with fresh orange and pine hops bringing the bitter edge.

Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an interesting beer, thanks to Tim for getting this for me in Maine.

Pours a rich creamy 1 finger head that has some bubbles that start to pop quickly, but fades at a med pace, leaves wafts of small lacing but less than I expected, very hazy reddish orange slight copper carrot colored.

NOse starts quite nice, a big hop aroma, nice citrus, light tropical fruit, bit spicy and chewy hop, hint of pine, etc. Some guava, hint of passion fruit, some orange and rind, the sweet malts bring an orange marmalade character, little tangerine and mild candy hops. Malts are strong too, big sweet malts start to take over as the hops become normalized to my nose, candy malts with light caramel, toasty reddish malts, light syrupy, little biscuit, etc, and the sweet malts carry with a mild yeast aroma, some esters, typical Rising Tide yeast characteristics, and some warming booze with all that. Hops then turn a little earthy, herbal, spicy and vegetal, with some slight cooked oil, for a somewhat unpleasant finish.

Taste starts with the malts this time, a nice candy malt character, toasty reddish malts with some caramel, little toffee even, syrupy flavors, again candied characters that lead into citrus hops for again a little orange marmalade like character. Fairly sweet overall, not overly sweet, little warming booze and some esters, hint of phenols and again typical heavy Rising Tide beer style yeast. Then finally hops, fairly bitter but not overly, not a huge hop flavor profile but enough. Spicy chewy hops lead off but not too big on either, into a mild herbal and vegetal like hop character, a cooked hop oil flavor too like the nose had. Citrus in there, not a ton, and not a lot of fruit either, although there is a generic fruit character like those blended fruit cocktail cups with syrup. A little zest in there, and just a hint of a tropical style fruit. Hops seem mostly overpowered by the malts here. Finish is drier but not a ton, little sticky, little sweet, more candy malts and warming booze, as well as long spicy chewy earthy hops lingering with plenty of bitterness.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, nice carb, some warming booze, spicy bitter hop mouth feel and a little oil too.

Overall not bad, nose starts nice but ends less so, taste profile isn't bad but the hops are drowned out by the malts but plenty of bitterness, a big beer overall with lots of hops and malts blended, but maybe a bit too malty overall as the hops can't shine through as well as they should.

Photo of smcolw
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moderate head but it lasts a very long time. Settles in a rocky fashion. Lumpy lace on the glass. Hazy with dark gold color.

Strong grapefruit rind aroma. Plenty of alcohol nose. No noticeable malt. The smell lingers long into the tasting.

Good pale malt start, but it becomes completely overwhelmed by the strong bitter hop bomb. Long lingering bitter aftertaste. Full bodied but with an elevated carbonation level. There is a definitive presence of alcohol. A typical DIPA.

Photo of c-man
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An IPA with a nice balance - strong on the hops and strong on the citrus pine. Definitely hoppy on the finish, but not too much. Has a very good feel, too. As Maine IPAs go, very close to Lunch, and needs to get more press,

Photo of creepinjeeper
4.75/5  rDev +12%

12 oz. Bottle poured into a Solemn Oath snifter.

A - Cloudy, amber in appearance. Head settled into a nice "simmer" of froth.

S - Hops and more hops. Some lemon, black pepper and dankness of hops.

T - Citrus, black pepper, a little hint of malt to balance, little bit of alcohol in the finish.

M - Nice body and carbonation.

O - Enjoyed this immensely.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.05/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pour is hazed copper with a good bit of white head and some large bubbles leaving a thick lace. Nose is heavy citrus, light oxidation, and some stale biscuit like malt. Taste has some biscuity malt up front, sweet caramel and sweet malts, citrusy hops and a hint of resin. Thicker syrupy body with strong carbonation and a grainy finish. A bit sweet and hops may be fading, 2 months old I believe.

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Rising Tide Brewing Company - Calcutta Cutter, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a hazy pale caramel amber with a huge foamy head. Exceptional lacing, some of the best lacing I have ever seen.

Smell - Aroma is a touch of sweet caramel malts with a juicy citrus hop out in front. Yum. Touch of spice.

Taste - Rich with a good malt level and the piney hops get to come and play after. Finishes almost like seasoning spice but in a good way. Tasty and unique.

Mouthfeel - Heavy-medium bodied with low carbonation. Rich and smooth, lil sticky. Malt warm but not hot. Great drinkability.

Overall - Wondering if perhaps they used Nelson Sauvin hops as one of the hops here, I thought I could taste those and they are pretty unique tasting. This brew is tasty and unique, I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend.

Photo of Dufmandinga
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice heavy hitting imperial with deep flavors but finishes a little sharp and the smoothness is not there. Malts come through in this one. Not overly hoppy

Photo of mr-jj
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Purchased in Maine on my recent vacation and brought back in my luggage. No date on the bottle.

Appearance was clear copper with a rich head. A very nice looking beer.

Smell was citrusy and grassy hops. Just the way I like it!

Tastes of grapefruit and tangerine with a bit of alcohol. Nice bitter finish.

Mouthfeel was medium with some of the drying hop resins.

Overall, a really good DIPA. This is the first beer I've had from Rising Tide (and the first time I had heard of them) and I'm very impressed with this offering. Hope I get to try more from them in the future.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 163
Born 09.04.13.
Consumed 09.09.13

A: Pours a golden orange color with 2 fingers of head that lasts for a good long while and leaves sticky patches of lacing as it recedes

S: Lots and lots of hops. A nice balance of pine and citrus dominate with a hint of earth. Malts are there, but tucked away behind the wall of hops. Alcohol is also well hidden

T: Much more balanced than the nose. Starts off with a good bit of pine, citrus, and earth accompanied by a lightly sweet malt backbone and a touch of alcohol. Bitterness builds throughout and lingers long into the finish. Finishes with a light sweetness to go along with the bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick and lightly oily

O: If you want a hop bomb, look no further. Bursting with aromatic hops especially, it's a real butt-kicker. The taste is very well balanced and is quite high in hop bitterness. It might even still be a little green at only 5 days old. Definitely pick some up

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours very hazy. A turbid peach juice hue. Shorter head leaves long stains of lacing along the glass.

S-Well hopped but perhaps the most enticing part of the aroma is the sweet, muffin/dough maltiness. The hops smell a bit sweet as well. Usually when I really pick up a bunch of sweetness in the nose of a DIPA, I am concerned but this one leves me more intrigued than anything. Hops are lightly piney with more stressed notes of nectarine, pineapple and candied citrus.

T-The flavor starts out sweet like the nose. Sweet doughy and muffiny maltiness. Then the hops kick in. Spicy and bitter hops. Decidedly less exotically fruity in it hoppiness than the nose initially suggested. It's a bit peachy and pineappley. There is obviously a solid amount of citrus too but it doesn't rush over the tongue like the best do. It's big and pretty fun and blatantly balanced.

M-A bit resinous. Chewy and full; the malt definitely gives this beer a cushy feel. Moderate to high bitterness. Light booze.

O/D-A rather unique DIPA that was balanced. I liked it a lot more than most very balanced DIPAs. It gets better as it warms too. Rising Tide has some interesting brews. This one may be their best; I may need to look into trying more from them. Really reminds me of an imperialized Lunch by Maine Beer but less hop forward.

Photo of CLEmark
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to ChrisL24481 for this one. Good beer from a good trader.

Serving type: bottle

A - Hazy golden/amber. Pencil thin head with nice lacing.

S - Hop/flower nose when in the bottle. More resin and malt out of the glass

T - Nice balance of hops and malts, with hops winning out up front and malts winning in the back. A bit of a bitter hop mixed with roasted malt aftertaste. Even a bit sweet resin or citrus notes in the front. Very well balanced.

M - perfect carbonation for my taste. Smooth and refreshing.

O - Smell the bottle right when you open this up and get blown away by the hops. This was my first beer from Rising Tide and I am impressed. This was just about perfect for me with the weather warming up. Overall, well balanced and very drinkable. if it was available by me, I'd drink it often.

Photo of greymalkin
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It says I have to justify my rating with a review that is mysteriously marked as optional. That's why I'm typing something in this box. Congratulations.

Photo of stonermouse
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured into a Sam Adams glass. Pour is slightly hazy, with a yellow/gold body and sticky lacing.

Aroma is a potent mix of melon topped with spicy herbs, which somehow works beautifully. The pour fills the room with this unique smell.

The flavor is a serious punch in the kisser, holy smokes. Super dry and bitter, marked by dandilion, onion, and sticky oils. Crazy hop profile that I've never experienced before. And while it's a little too oniony for my taste, I am wowed by the clean whallop of flavor.

Finish is sticky hop goodness, not as oniony as the flavor.

This is a spectacular brew. Even though I'm not a huge fan of this hop profile, the flavors here are so potent without being offensive that I can't help but be impressed.

Photo of snaotheus
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Batch 914C. Born 09.04.14. Traveled here by suitcase with a friend.

Pours hazy white-golden with a smallish pale head that fades very slowly, supported by a steady stream of slow carbonation. Smell is awesome. I just keep smelling it, without coming up with words. Juicy, citrus, and floral are the best I can summon.

Taste is nice, more on the lemon side of citrus zest, strong bitter lemon rind finish, floral and honey sweetness, a little orange juice sweetness.

Mouthfeel is dry and thirst inducing. This is a very good beer.

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