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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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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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brentk56

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -6%

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber color with a creamy ecru head that leaves some spots of lace

Smell: Bready malts with some earthy hop elements

Taste: Bready, up front, with a developing sour apple flavor that is, in part, from the bitter, earthy hops; after the swallow, the earthy elements tend to dominate, although there is also a metallic bite in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Some of the bitter and metallic flavors are a little off-putting and limit my enjoyment of this beer

06-25-2009 17:03:18 | More by brentk56
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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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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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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

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

A: The beer is a light reddish amber color with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, tea, some fruit and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is malty and a little sweet with flavors of tea, caramel and a little fruit. A mild hops presence comes in and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not very filling, good representation of style, this is a good beer to keep drinking consistently for an evening or to drink with a nice meal.

07-26-2007 02:45:46 | More by TheManiacalOne
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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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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%

A cloudy dark burnt red color. The head is a light beige that quickly dies.

Sweet and rich aroma from the sugary crystal malt.

Surprising hop up front; the crystal malt sweetness creates a counter balance. The aftertaste is predominately hop with some slightly bitter burnt malts. The beer is ful bodied and carbonated well.

Not my style, but I enjoy the richness of the malt. It's almost like an unsweetened caramel.

03-07-2004 03:10:26 | More by smcolw
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4/5  rDev +5%

03-04-2014 03:36:59 | More by MarkyMOD
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

Pours a clear dark copper in color sporting a nice 2" head. Mild lacing develops. The aroma is straight caramel. The flavor is a solid red ale as caramel, mild floral hops, and a hint of pepper makes your tastebuds happy.

Medium bodied beer. The mouthfeel is smooth with a light crispness at the start. The finish is slightly crisp, and caramel ride the tongue for a few seconds after swallowing. Great drinkability. Very enjoyable beer.

08-14-2005 19:48:37 | More by Gavage
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kojevergas

Texas

3.4/5  rDev -10.8%

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a N'ice Chouffe beerflute in low altitude Los Angeles, California, in me gaff. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a four finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and good retention. Colour is a semitransparent auburn. Pleasant and inviting.

Sm: Roasted barley, some light amber hops, and perhaps some spices. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Cream, light subtle roasted barley, amber hops, pleasant light toasted malt, tea like flavours, and a touch of caramel (particularly on the finish). Balanced and enjoyable. Very pleasant. Enjoyable. I like it.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not too thick or too thin. Generally suits the flavours of the body.

Dr: A very drinkable red ale with no bold flavours or any unique characteristics. Quite pleasant; a great session beer (by Irish standards). I'd like to try it on draught at a pub. The toasted malt in particular is quite nice.

01-22-2012 01:04:45 | More by kojevergas
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.1/5  rDev -18.6%

Pours with a two-finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Hoppy nose. Starts as a mix of malt and hops but finishes hoppy with a hoppy aftertaste. The brewer says "5 different malts and 3 hop varietals, carefully blended, results in a perfect balance". But the hops dominate. $1.35 for a 12 oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

02-08-2005 23:34:50 | More by jdhilt
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%

Last 12ozer from a six pack obtained last fall at Tully's in Wells, ME, fridged since then.

Poured into a pint glass, nice inch head formed, which slowly dissipated. Malt presence is obvious from the opening of the bottle, if you have a nose. Excellent taste balance of hops and grain, deep red hue makes this what a red ale should be. Highly recommended...

01-19-2004 22:52:27 | More by ppoitras
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%

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

12-24-2010 17:10:01 | More by smakawhat
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rab53

Washington

3/5  rDev -21.3%

12-01-2011 04:57:15 | More by rab53
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

Nice mohagony color to this one. A little bit of chill haze. A small light brwon head forms on the top. Some weak caramel malts on the nose and not much else. The caramel maltiness on the palate is complimented nicely with some floral and citric hop tones. A lingering bitterness creates a nice effect and some dryness. The mouthfeel is quite pleasant with the body checking in arournd medium full. Pretty good beer.

Thanks JohnnyP.

11-05-2003 03:15:27 | More by Bighuge
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Gusler

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

The beer gushes from the 12-ounce brown bottle a slightly beclouded copper color with the head portly in size and frothy in texture, the color a light tan with the resultant lace a fine covering upon the glass. Nose is dominated by the sweet malt, crisp and clean to the senses, start is slightly sweet, a decent malt profile with the top light to medium in feel. Finish is pertinently acidic with the hops mild and pleasant in their spiciness, the aftertaste quite dry and long lasting a drinkable beer.

08-31-2004 15:54:06 | More by Gusler
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, vibrant, amber coloring with a thin, filmy, clingy, white head. Aromas of roast caramel and nut sweetness, with hints of smoke. Flavors are richly sweet and roasty, with caramel and sugary notes. Smooth, light bodied with a tangy sweet aftertaste. Clean, lingering finish, with floral and sugary notes left behind.

07-27-2013 19:53:14 | More by GarthDanielson
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harpus

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

03-28-2013 18:35:49 | More by harpus
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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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GraduatedCashew

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

09-23-2013 17:27:14 | More by GraduatedCashew
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Durge

Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev -6%

Ran into this at Jameson's Tavern in Freeport, ME. It had a light clear copper color with very little white head that disappeared leaving no discernable lacing. The aroma is cider malt mash and light grass hops. The flavor is lemony hopped malt with lots of caramel cardboard. Lightly carbonated, medium bodied, a bit limp in feel. Fairly drinkable but not great enough to warrant more than a couple I think.

04-25-2010 16:28:52 | More by Durge
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francisweizen

Alaska

4/5  rDev +5%

a super strong flavored, different, and interesting red ale here! This beer pours a dark red colour with a nice head on it. It has aromas of strong caramel and chocolate malts as well as some earthy hops in the background. This beer tastes like a stronger than red ale. It has many roasted flavors and it is very heavy on the malts. This reminds me of a bock or a stout more than it reminds me of a red ale. The mouthfeel is very full, but not too full and the drinkability is good as well.. A very good red ale here from Casco Bay. I'm beginning to really like maine beers after trying some Casco Bay and Gearys stuff!
Cheers!,
F.

03-24-2003 12:34:41 | More by francisweizen
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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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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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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

My first Rip... Has a lovely, dark-copper color; almost orange. The head thins down quickly to a very thin, fine layer, with acceptable lacework. I note a healthy amount of floral hoppiness in the nose. Good body, and a decent, almost-creamy smoothness on the tongue. There's a good, pleasurable mix of malty sweetness and flavoring hops here. Though not outstanding by any means, it's a nicely quaffable bier for this style.

overall: 4.05
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4

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11-05-2002 15:13:11 | More by Bierman9
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Casco Bay Riptide Red Ale from Casco Bay Brewing Co.
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