Casco Bay Riptide Red Ale - Casco Bay Brewing Co.

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Casco Bay Riptide Red AleCasco Bay Riptide Red Ale

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183 Ratings

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Ratings: 183
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 29
Gots: 20 | 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:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 12-31-2000

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.
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Ratings: 183 | Reviews: 110
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Todd
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Freshness date.

Appearance: Rich amber/red with a frothy white head that quickly dissipates into a thin ringed lace. No real head retention going on.

Smell: Floral hop nose, mild malt sweetness and soft bread notes. Clean.

Taste: Full-bodied, smooth, rich malt profile. Creamy mouthfeel. Rounded malt sweetness with toasted malt flavours, touch of caramel. Some hidden roasted flavours in the background. Hops are a bit rind-like (grapefruit) and herbal providing nice balance and complexity with a bit of twang. Finishes with a touch of grain dryness.

Notes: Absolutely delicious! One of my favourite Casco brews! A regular in our Dad's fridge in York Harbor, ME. I can drink this one all-day long ... shame I can't get it in MA.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had never heard of this beer but when I was at the Springhouse Drafting Room I saw this and decided to give a try,and Iam glad I did.Poured a deep copper/red color with minimal head,smell was roasty and somewhat fruity.Taste was very roasted and a little chocolaty with some fruity flavors also comin thru,I think that this is the way a true "red" should taste but many cant live up to the style.This one sure did live up to the style,maybe one of the best if not the best I have had,really well done.

Photo of MadScientist
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance : reddish copper and very clear with a tan head of compact bubbles with some

smell: moderate malt aroma with notes of caramel and toasted bread. there is slight floral hop aroma. No Diacetyl

taste rich, clean malt flavors of toasted bread a hint of caramel with a nice balance of medium bitterness. Finishes with a flavors of roasted grains. No discernible hops flavors but defiantly some bitterness. No esters. Medium dry finish.

mouthfeel: medium-light body with medium carbonation.

overall: A malt focused beer with a nice dry finish. An easy to drink, food friendly beer. It has the caramel flavor but lacks the initial sweetness for the style which just fine by me but sort of forces me to hold back on a point there.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderfully heady pour into a 14oz. pilsner glass. Nice hazy ruddy red color. Subdued sweet malt nose with a little hop nuance to get the nose hairs to stand up. Nice hop character up front and on the finish with malt sweetness balance the bitterness. Dry finish. Sturdy mouth feel, I would say this is the poster child for medium bodied. Not fizzy and very smooth. Overall this is a wonderfully easy drinking red ale whose flavors are an easy all season sell.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 ounce bottle with best before 10/22/06 stamped on the label (I think, the date was difficult to read). This class of beers always look beautiful to me, and this was no exception. Red /garnet in color, with a nice medium head. Malty aroma, with a hint of sweetness. Breadlike taste, with some tang to it. An enjoyable beer.

Photo of merlin48
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap for $2.50 a pint, at $3 Dewey's in Portland, on 7/20/04. The body was a clear, mahogany color with some garnet hues around the edges. Skimpy head, but plenty of patchy lace.

Aroma was restrained, with caramel malt and some hops.

Mouthfeel was unexceptional, and light to medium bodied.

Taste was well balanced, and quite good. Nice caramel malt flavor worked well with the hops selection. A bit of tart, fruity, sourness in the finish that evoked a Flanders Red.

Certainly, one of the most drinkable ales I encountered on the Maine coast. Very well done.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bright and snazzy clear copper in color with a thick and long-lasting off-white head. Nice lacing of the glass. Aromas are surprisingly hoppy (always a nice thing for this hop-head). There's a mixture of floral and grassy hops mixed in with some brown sugar sweetness. Flavor, too, was hoppy. Nice dose of malty sweetness keeps this one in check. What was most interesting with this was the pronounced chocolate flavor that came in at the end. Not too over-malted and that is a great thing. Very smooth mouthfeel and aftertaste is a dollop of chocolate on your tongue. Quite tasty and one that I'd seek out again.

Photo of caddybuyer
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Freshness date not punched.

A-Nice deep red/amber clear color with a white head that sticks around for a bit. Nice looking lacing.

S-clean malt, and perhaps a bit of caramel sweetness

T-Creamy, malty and with some hops in the mix to balance it all out. This beer reminds me of fall, it has an earthy, mildly spicey taste...very nice and smooth.

M-Again, well balanced, medium body, and overall nice mouthfeel.

D-Very, very, drinkable. This is one seems like it will hold up in the long haul without letting you down. I wish I had picked up a few cases of this on my way back from Maine.

Photo of jmz62565
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark rich amber with a giant tan foamy head. A really beautiful beer. The smell is a nice sweet malt, floral, and maybe vanilla? aroma. The taste is rich and creamy with a nutty, sweet malt, and a vanilla or cinnamon aftertaste. The m/f is light and well balanced making this a truely quality beer.

Photo of BennyL1
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served into a standard pint glass. Best before June 2011 on the label, not the freshest but I'll still give it a go.

Riptide comes out deep mahogany with hints of red when held up to the light. A very generous fingers worth of creamy ivory head that gradually falls back into the beer. Some nice lacing along the glass.

Nose is full of caramel malt with a touch of floral hop aroma. Considering its drink by date is almost here this one has some nice scents in the nose.

What a very tasty Irish red. Caramel and nutty flavors with a nice hop bite to round it out. Very well balanced. Rich flavors throughout the drink

Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation prickles the tongue.

I was happily surprised by this beer. I could enjoy this one with a good meal or around the campfire straight from the bottle. If you're looking for a good Irish Red, this one comes highly recommended.

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.6/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not my first, and certainly not my last... A slightly hazy, deep amber body is capped by a frothy ivory head that drops shortly to a creamy collar and light surface foam. It holds well and leaves some thin, transient lace throughout the pint. Bold floral hops welcome you; and a sweet, biscuity maltiness becomes apparent with a little more nosing around. It's medium/full body combines with a fine and moderate carbonation to leave it creamy and smooth in the mouth. The flavor is rich without being overbearing. It's biscuity and gently caramelish malt provides a perfect counterbalance to its vibrant citrusy and mildly resinous hop flavor. A solid bitterness anchors it without distracting. It finishes with some dry maltiness and a ghost of its hop flavor before fading into a lingering, mild bitterness. Refreshing and fulfilling! A clean, exceptionally well-balanced, and highly drinkable beer! Very nicely done and well worth trying.

Photo of ElGordo
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Showed up in the February BOTM shipment. Pours a beautiful deep red with a smallish creamy head. Aroma of deep roasted malt and a bit of yeast. Wonderful taste - sweet malt, lightly fruity, with a bitter, slightly smoky finish. Dryness of the hops lingers in the aftertaste. Nice body - rich, slightly creamy. A great example of a red ale.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to BennyL1 for this.

Appearance - Not-quite-mahogany brown that looks slightly red until you hold it up to the light, at which point it looks quite red. Tan head is quickly gone with very little lacing. Just a little ring around the meniscus.

Smell - Nutty malty aromas. Not sweet, but a tad caramely. Very little hop aroma. Eh, smells like a red ale.

Taste - Nutty malts first and foremost. Not a lot going on. Just the same as the smell. It's not a bad flavor, it's just not much flavor.

Mouthfeel - Not as thin as I expected, which is nice. Even if there isn't much flavor, there's some body to remind you that you're drinking something. Goes down easy, that's for sure.

Overall - I finished this before I knew it, so I guess it can't be bad. I just barely noticed I was drinking a beer. I'm just not one for red ales, but it wasn't bad.

Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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 ianrca19
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Great Lost Bear in Portland, Maine.

Pours a fiery red-orange. Sugary sweet aroma. Very nicely balanced caramelly with strong hints of roasted grain, just how I like my red ales! Thick and smooth, but with an interesting smoky finish. Excellent. I hope I stumble upon this one in my neck of the woods sometime.

Photo of edchicma
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber with a nice half-inch head..some lacing. Smell is light malt with grassy elements. Nice malty, floral taste..a hint of roses? A bit different from the usual red ale. Mouthfeel is dry and refreshing. Drinkability is good, with a medium mouthfeel.

Photo of TAMU99
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

While the ambiance of the harbor at Camden, Maine is very nice, this beer stands up all on its own.
Excellent beer. Certainly my favorite red.

Pours a georgeous ruby reddish brown. Has a thick head that lingers and drops a nice lace down the glass.

Not really a noticable smell though a very thin malt comes out.

Taste - WOW. Since "beery" is an adjective here, this is it. A rich, smooth balanced taster. Imagine the complexity of a porter with the clarity of a pilsner. There is a beautiful smooth finish with pleasantly fruity aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Velvety, not bitter

Drinkable - hell yeah. This one is just about perfect. I could do this all day.

The RipTide Red is a spectacular example of what a red should be, a definite must if you ever are near Maine.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent amber, cherry and gold color. Small ring of white head deposits minimla lace to the pint.
Aroma of caramel with slightly roasted note and some residual resin and floral hop bitterings.
Flavor has a solid caramel base with a soemhwat gritty burnt note.
Mouthfeel is sweet to start with a littel bit of alcohol note on the finish and a strong sharp but short dose of bittering.
Solid to style, solid taste and transitions, good drinking beer.
Thanks to brewguru.

Photo of charlesw
2.42/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a nice mahogany with a thin, creamy head that is very rapidly gone. It gives off a very pleasant earthy aroma with a touch of malt to it.
Which leads to the taste... Obviously, there's this malt business... Heavy on the caramel with maybe a hint of roasted malt. We noted a slight (off-style) citrus aftertaste to it.
In the mouth it was thin and quite bubbly (odd - what could cause that?).

I do find it kind of interesting that it gets such high marks with BA's. In order to reconfirm my feelings on the beer, we redid the taste tests that we'd previously performed on local reds. In side-by-side tests this one gets very soundly trounced. In a direct comparison (with Brand B red ale) it is weak, thin, citrusy and overly carbonated.
That said, if it is the only beer that you are drinking in one session, it should go over well enough. I did make the mistake of drinking about 1/3 of a bottle and then taking a swig of (Brand B red ale) before finishing my own. Initially after (Brand B red ale) it tasted like, well, nothing, but gradually the flavors came back in as I drank more and it came to taste like an off batch of red...

Photo of u2carew
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A) Pours with a 2 finger head. Amber to ruby in color. Thin bubbly lacing.
S) Toffee and caramel - a very pronounced sweet aroma. Hint of alcohol.
T) Bland up front, then everything shows up at the end. Nutty finish. Some malty sweetness in the middle. Some hop bitter bite. Decently balanced with the malt.
M) Medium body. Touch of dryness. Not much happening in the mouth.
D) As stated before a good balance between the malt and hops. I'd drink another.

Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent looking beer of a dark red copper, with clear consistency. Good lacing with a nice two finger size head of light tan bubbles.

A smell that at first seems somewhat vegetative, and then sweet cream. Then surprisingly... coconut? Are you kidding me? Is this for real? Where did that come from?

Taste is a very cream with a saison sour quality, mostly wet with a great hop finish and cream. Intense aromatics of lightly baked bread, but no chew or biscuit like qualities. Quite fascinating and very unique, really enjoy it.

Would easily have this beer again no problem

Photo of larsee01
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A--12 oz bottle poured into glass chalice. Reddish brown. Clear. Mildly carbonated. Pretty weak head with light lacing.

S--Nice roasted caramel malt. Sweet with balancing yeasty sour and very mild floral hop kiss.

T--A little bit more powerful here. Prominent hop bitter followed by almost coffee-like roasted taste. Finishes bready like sourdough. No malty sweetness like in scent...maybe could have used just a thouch of that for well-rounded complexity.

M--Rather light-bodied and nondescript.

D--Yeah, it's drinkable, but not overly refreshing nor challenging/rewarding.

Photo of wedge
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep red fading to amber in color with a small creamy, bubbly head. Solid, balanced aroma of sweetened bready malts, floral hops, and toffee. The flavor is suprisingly bold - all kinds of malty goodness: biscuity, sweet, and caramely blended with more floral and herbal hops. Full and slick in the mouth with a semi-dry finish.

Maybe a little too heavy to drink in large quantities but still, I've been meaning to try this for a while and I'm glad I did. Full-flavored, well-balanced, and one of the best I've had within the style.

Photo of LPorter33
3.04/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased single bottle in Millnocket, ME.

Smells was hoppy with floral undertones. Taste was rather below average which disappointed me since I thought there'd be more here. There was a certain element of the yeast I believe that didn't settle well with my palate.I can't really recommend this beer, but it wasn't awful.

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Casco Bay Riptide Red Ale from Casco Bay Brewing Co.
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