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Casco Bay Riptide Red Ale - Casco Bay Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

154 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.12%
Wants: 22
Gots: 4 | 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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schoolcb

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%

Friend of mine passed this one along from the beer-of-the-month club. Poured a rich amber with ruby highlights. Small tan head that persisted. Bready maltiness in the nose with a hint of hops. Caramel malt sweetness but balanced more toward woody/grassy hop flavored bitterness. Medium mouthfeel. Finishes dry with the hop flavor carrying through in the aftertaste.

10-12-2009 17:29:47 | More by schoolcb
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oberon

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

05-23-2003 12:00:14 | More by oberon
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MadScientist

New York

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

04-06-2012 01:46:50 | More by MadScientist
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ArrogantDeadGuy

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +16.8%

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.

03-12-2012 21:16:19 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

08-29-2006 11:36:09 | More by lordofthewiens
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Todd

Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +16.8%

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.

12-31-2000 00:00:01 | More by Todd
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

07-26-2004 18:12:01 | More by merlin48
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

06-16-2004 01:52:46 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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Cavanaghty

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

04-26-2012 22:54:30 | More by Cavanaghty
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

11-14-2011 17:07:01 | More by bpfrush
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

09-23-2013 00:13:18 | More by stereosforgeeks
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CoalPorter

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5%

02-07-2012 16:22:41 | More by CoalPorter
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caddybuyer

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

10-19-2008 00:09:33 | More by caddybuyer
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jmz62565

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

08-25-2006 00:09:48 | More by jmz62565
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BennyL1

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

05-21-2011 02:50:51 | More by BennyL1
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +20.7%

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.

03-27-2014 01:59:22 | More by tjsdomer2
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +17.3%

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.

04-08-2003 18:31:22 | More by NeroFiddled
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ElGordo

Oregon

3.85/5  rDev +1%

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.

02-18-2004 05:17:37 | More by ElGordo
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

04-19-2013 21:24:42 | More by Damian74Shensky
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Hessian257

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5%

02-27-2012 02:18:30 | More by Hessian257
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

05-25-2011 13:23:18 | More by Alieniloquium
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ianrca19

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

10-10-2007 21:56:59 | More by ianrca19
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Matt73

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

05-20-2014 20:05:43 | More by Matt73
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edchicma

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

04-24-2008 00:43:45 | More by edchicma
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gva

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

03-23-2012 09:01:41 | More by gva
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Casco Bay Riptide Red Ale from Casco Bay Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.