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Casco Bay Riptide Red Ale - Casco Bay Brewing Co.

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very good

170 Ratings

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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 22
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Casco Bay Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our flagship, this Irish-Style Red Ale proudly won a gold medal at the 2000 World Beer Cup. A combination of 5 different malts and 3 hop varietals, carefully blended, results in a perfect balance. Full-flavored and medium-bodied, the Riptide Red provides surprising complexity for such an easy-drinking brew.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 12-31-2000)
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Photo of Bikeboy1
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tchun
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of silverking
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of ejohnson654
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of BigJace21
4.88/5  rDev +28.1%

Photo of ONUMello
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Orange with a red tint and a one-finger head that slowly settles
S: Malty, toffee and a hint of hops
T: Lots of malts. Some caramel/toffee, a bit of floral/tropical fruit from the hops
M: Medium-bodied, a bit sweet
O: This fits the Irish Red Ale description but IMO this would be better with a bit less sweetnes

Photo of goast8127
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Golden32
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of PorterLambic
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich, copper color, clear with a nice off-white head two fingers high. Dissipation is at a reasonable rate and a goodly amount of scattered lacing remains.
Smell is a bit weak though notes of roasted malt, nuts, green fruits (light), grain. Decently balanced.
Taste has a better presence with the same basic notes as the smell, roasted malt, nuts, grain. The balance is a tick better, too.
Medium-light body, lightish carbonation. Dry finish, heck, dry middle, dry beginning, even. Not harsh, but dry. Relatively easy to drink.

Photo of tazzman
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Oldlogin
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Pours an amzing clear reddish color with a nice head and a fair amount of carbonation that feels great on the palate. I get a touch of bread and dried fruit on the nose. Carbonation is definately the dominant trait at first mouthfeel. The bitterness of some hops is very present and I get a touch of nutty earthiness as it drinks. Overall, a great refresher for a hot day !!!

Photo of Segelstrom
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of RyanByorick
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of steelersrbrun
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of Sellen
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of illpass78
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby with a minimal white head that doesn't stick around. Minimal lacing.

Aromas: I get dark fruits, caramel, malt and biscuit.

Taste: Those dark fruits - raisins, prunes, dates - are forward, and the caramel is right there. Tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: Light enough to be sessionable but sturdy enough that it's not wimpy.

Overall: Nice red ale. The taste is sophisticated enough that it's not boring. Should be a crowd pleaser for "we need a lot of good beer that's not expensive or weird" type events.

Photo of Donkster46
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of dannyfayy
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of Belittle
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Matt73
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Mleblanc25
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of maDUECEgunner
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Excellent ruby red hue with notes of amber and orange in the light. Slow, heavy carbonation that is moderate in volume.

Smell: Incredible smell. Initial bite of peppermint followed by smoky whispers of tobacco. Licorice, prunes, and cherries make up the mortar.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Smoky rye with a hint of cherry. There's almost a scotch-like character to the flavor in the finish. Very sophisticated and unexpected for an Irish Ale. Mouthfeel is very lager-like with clean carbonation, but it is by no means flat.

Overall Drinkability: Slainté to this one.

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Casco Bay Riptide Red Ale from Casco Bay Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.