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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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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +31.2%

12-02-2011 18:03:55 | More by Rochefort10nh
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MaineBeerMan

Maine

4.72/5  rDev +23.9%

Nice red/amber color with a good head that dropped off quickly but left some really nice lace. Great flowery hop aroma with a bit of sweet malt. Smooth creamy mouthfeel with medium-low carbonation. Flavor is nice, rich toasty malt, not really sweet, not darkly bitter with just enough citrusy hop flavor to make it work. Another great tasting easy drinking beer from the Pine Tree State.

10-18-2002 19:32:57 | More by MaineBeerMan
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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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auxiliary

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Same here the label was hard to read, I think it says 06/20/06 stamped on the side. Nice amber red color to it. Lots of head when I poured it in a glass. I enjoyed this beer for a Red Ale. First beer that I have tried from this company located in Maine.

12-31-2006 23:29:19 | More by auxiliary
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bigbeerfan

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

03-01-2012 04:06:39 | More by bigbeerfan
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GoodOmens1986

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

02-27-2012 17:50:45 | More by GoodOmens1986
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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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GreatPondBrewer

California

4.47/5  rDev +17.3%

This beer was awesome. And at $4.20 for a six pack how could I not buy it? It poured a thick, foggy, orange-red with a really off white head. The smell was very fruity and reminded me of peaches, which was very pleasing to the nose. The taste was just a little bitter with a nice mellow malt flavor, and a nice citrus undertone. I really like this beer! Maine is a lucky state.

02-09-2003 13:05:51 | More by GreatPondBrewer
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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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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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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +16.3%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a full transparent amber color with visible resplendent carbonation rising from the bottom. A modest beige head slowly fades to a ring.

Smell: Bready, earthy malt, with a bouquet of floral hops on top.

Taste: Starts out with a dry amber malt backbone, with some earthy notes as well. Light nutty and caramel (but not sweet) character as well. Finishes with a dry English hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Clean, dry, and smooth. It actually feels like it is easy to drink. Full, crisp carbonation. Very slightly astringent.

Drinkability: I was pleasantly surprised by this; a great Irish red.

12-26-2010 20:12:42 | More by KickInTheChalice
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +15%

This is one very tasty well balanced red ale. The beer pours a clear dark copper color with some orange and yellow hues around the edges. A malty aroma with hints of nuts and chocolate floats above the surface. The frothy ivory head dissolves to a thick ring around the surface leaving some sheeting on top of the beer. Lots of lace sticks to the glass in spots and net patterns as the beer empties.

The flavor is a well balanced combination of malt and hops. Each sip of this medium bodied beer starts hoppy with some hints of pine. Malt and pistaccio nut flavors move in for the finish. A dry palate with flavors of nuts remain behind.

This is a great tasting well balanced red ale that I'd like to find on tap soon.

07-17-2004 22:41:08 | More by WanderingFool
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erosier

Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%

Pours a deep reddish brown color with a thick tan colored head that laces the glass all the way down. The smell is of nice roasted malts, and layered with a hoppy bitterness and a sweet fruity smell. It tastes of deep roasted malts as a nice base layered with an excellent sweet fruity taste, perhaps of apples but the bottle says peaches, then finished with a nice citrisy hop bitterness. It has a really nice crisp mouthfeel and an excellent drinkability. Definately worth a try if you can find it.

02-24-2008 20:16:02 | More by erosier
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Jarod

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%

This beer poured into the glass amber in color with a slight red highlight. It was slightly opaque and fairly well carbonated. The head that was produced was a medium beige/tan color that was thick and creamy, some chunky parts mixed in the foam, and seemed to last fairly well. The lace that it produced stared off as sticky sheets then slid right into a decent lace that was sparse in some areas and chunky in others. The aromas that came from the glass were strong at points and slight in others. I nosed floral hops, sweet malts, chocolate, citrus, fruit, roasted malt, coconut, nuts and some bread. Surprisingly complex and diverse aromas from this beer. The tastes that flowed over my tongue were of bitter hops, flowers, roasted malt, bitter chocolate, creamy chocolate, earth tones, biscuits, and a slight alcohol warmth at the end, and it left a slight hop flavor in the aftertaste. It was medium to full bodied. The warmer this beer got, the more the flavors and aromas increased. A good beer and very drinkable, I would get again.

05-01-2003 07:17:49 | More by Jarod
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Greenlabel

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%

This product tastes like what I would expect a quality Irish Red Ale to taste. Pours a bright red with a nice creamy head. The initial taste seems to emphasize the malt characteristics of the product while the finish places more emphasis on the hops. Smooth mouthfeel and pleasant and lingering aftertaste. I would expect that this might become Casco Bay's flagship product despite the brewery's highly acclaimed (and justifiably so) Pilsener. Wish it were available in NH.

05-16-2003 18:16:43 | More by Greenlabel
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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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

Orangutan orange with a healthy reddish glow, just as it should be for the style. The cap is an attractive shade of pale golden caramel and fills half the glass after an aggressive pour. It has a nicely firm, sticky texture and is leaving a copious amount of lace in ripped sheets.

The nose is classic Irish red and is a corker. It's equal parts toasted-earthy malty and fruity-herbal hoppy. There's plenty of power; something that one doesn't run into very often in beer of this style. I'd like to know the specifics of the malt and hop bills, but all the brewery will say is that '5 different malts and 3 hop varietals' have been used.

Riptide Red Ale is good beer (make that 'very good beer'), largely because it's chock full of ingredients; especially hops. In fact, it might be one of the best Irish reds that I've had yet. The malt backbone is firmly caramel-like and toasted nutty with a lucious sweetness that stops short of being too sweet.

It's impossible to tell what hops have been used, but I'm guessing that English varieties are dominant. Riptide has that herbal, tea leaf-like flavor and bitterness that I usually associate with hops from that country. East Kent Goldings are in there, I'll bet. Sweetness and bitterness play off one another beautifully. I could drink this stuff by the growler.

The mouthfeel is medium-full for the style thanks to all the malt. It's supremely smooth and soft without being the least bit sticky or heavy. In short, it's a near perfect match for the flavor profile and is a boon to drinkability.

Casco Bay Riptide Red Ale has to be classified as a pleasant surprise. I had no idea what to expect from this brewery or this beer. What I got was a delicious Irish red that favors the bold end of the style spectrum rather than the wimpy one. Thanks to jrdegriselles for the opportunity.

01-12-2007 14:02:06 | More by BuckeyeNation
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berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +12.3%

Poured with a very small, off-white head. Body is mostly clear with a trace of haziness, and a dark amber color. Good aroma... average maltiness present, some caramel, and light yeast. Great on the palate: smooth, medium-body with a creamy texture; soft carbonation. Progresses well to the terrific flavor: caramel and malt, nice and creamy, with a medium-duration finish. The beer does not look like anything special, but it's easiest one of the best Irish Reds I've tasted... could drink this all day for sure.

06-22-2009 21:42:02 | More by berley31
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Wildman

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +12.3%

The beer arrived with a dark reddish amber color with a small off white head which left some nice lace. It had a nice aroma of malt and hops. The flavor was of malt, hops, caramel and some spices. Slightly tangy, yet slightly bitter as well, finish. A very enjoyable beer.

07-18-2002 19:12:29 | More by Wildman
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev +12.3%

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a medium ruby red color with three fingers of off-white head. There is lots of lacing left on the glass. The smell is very balanced with lots of sweet maltiness and a great dose of hops. Very pleasant. The taste is malty at first and fairly sweet. A little bit of tart cherry tones down the sweetness in the middle. The finish is nice and hoppy. The mouthfeel is very thick and smooth for a red ale. The drinkability is great. I was really impressed by this beer!

12-28-2004 03:35:07 | More by SheepNutz
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +12.3%

Out of a bottle this beer was a nice mahogany color with great clarity. The head was a thin skim of khaki foam that did not retain well. The lacing was equally un-impressive. The aroma was a good blend of a semi-sweet, lightly fruity malt, hints of roasted malt and some hop bitterness. The flavors were at first a flash of sweetness that then became more roasted malt before going into a pleasant bitterness, hints of wood and a long roasted malt finish. Yum! The body was medium, the carbonation perfect and the mouthfeel quite good for the style. A very enjoyable beer and it would be top-class if only it looked a little better.

01-07-2009 22:40:19 | More by thekevlarkid
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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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Cavanaghty

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

03-03-2014 21:30:14 | More by Budlum
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Casco Bay Riptide Red Ale from Casco Bay Brewing Co.
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