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Casco Bay Riptide Red Ale - Casco Bay Brewing Co.

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157 Ratings

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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 21
Gots: 5 | 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 deltatauhobbit
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

Pours an amber with lots of head which that leaves a good lacing.

Smell is malty with hints of citrus and hops, dash of caramel.

Taste was fairly well balanced between the caramel malt and the hops and citrus, bit buttery but not too much, a pretty good red ale offering.

deltatauhobbit, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of ianrca19
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

ianrca19, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

Appearance- Pours a medium amber red color with little head and no apparent carbonation.

Smell- Brown sugar and maple syrup in the nose.

Taste- A light bodied flavor despite its darker color with notes of roasted nuts, hint of spice, and a sweet maple syrup flavor. Not too sweet though, just a hint of sweetness at the end, quite pleasant actually.

Mouthfeel- This one has a little bit of tingle on my tongue, not sure what thats from.

Drinkability- A very pleasant, dark colored but light bodied brew.

Bowdoinbeerboy, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%

I ordered this on tap on peak's island at a lobster bake. No descriptions, no idea from the wait staff just on tap and riptide -> why not?

A - Wow, deep dark auburn red with a whisp of off white head by the time it gets to my table.
S - maybe it's because I was oceanside on a seafood restaurant deck, but I got a touch of malt and piney hops.
T - rounded out medium sweet malts with a tea / piney hops effect.
M - medium bodied, medium carbonation, clen dry finish
D - I listened to the choices again and ordered a second. Went perfect with my clam chowda and lobster bake.

perfect while enjoying down home Maine!

barleywinebrewer, Aug 24, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

TheManiacalOne, Jul 26, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%

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.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 12, 2007
Photo of nase
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

12 oz.'er with barely noticeable "best before" date imprint of 12-03-06 (kudos!)

Appearance - 3.5 - See-through Red-Orange w/ above avg. carbonation; nice head retention leaving a thin coat of foam on top of the ale

Smell - 3.5 - Citrus with medium potentcy

Mouthfeel - 3.5 - Somewhat masked by the foam, this actually has a fairly light body and some definite bite from the carbonation

Taste - - 4.5 - Quite flavorful, a 5-hop blend after all; citrus taste comes through

Drinkability - 4.0 - High because of the delicious taste and the light body makes it a 4-season beer as well

Final - 4.0

note: disregard the placement of the pts.in the score

nase, Jan 10, 2007
Photo of auxiliary
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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.

auxiliary, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

lordofthewiens, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

jmz62565, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of dherling
3.4/5  rDev -11%

Caramel amber appearance, a little cloudy but nothing to worry about. Small, faint head that dissipates quickly. Smells sweet and sugarry with some hops. The body gives an initial hops impression that dominates the flavor profile without being bitter. A little bitterness lingers on the finish, but then it goes clean. A refreshing, effervescent warm weather brew.

dherling, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of wedge
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

wedge, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of Higravity
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%

A very nice red. Color is spot on and it sustains a nice cap but leaves little lacing. Smells of piney hops layered over a good malt driven beer. It taste is a little bready but a good malt character with little sweetness and nice cutting hops to keep it interesting. A good red and a great local thing to have, I just don't live in Maine, but if I did this would be a sesion beer for me. Easy body for sipping or slamming.

Higravity, Dec 28, 2005
Photo of DevilDogBeer
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%

Rip Tide Red poured a cloudy but distinct red color. The cloudy is a sign this beer has not had the yeast filtered out, that's good; the grain husks from the mash that poured from the bottle with the beer was a little sloppy on the part of the brewery though. The smell was light and had caramel notes with not much hop aroma. The taste was pleasant and light with a malt base, a slight caramel aftertaste, and a pleasant hop character. The mouthfeel was good, not too light but not heavy. Very drinkable and worth a try, I do not know if I would buy this by the case, but it is a good beer.

DevilDogBeer, Dec 01, 2005
Photo of LPorter33
2.98/5  rDev -22%

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.

LPorter33, Sep 05, 2005
Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +6%

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.

Gavage, Aug 14, 2005
Photo of villainchiwwin
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%

poured in pint glass on-tap at you know whose pub in waterville, me
deep reddish brown with a creamy head that slowly disappeared and lacing that clung decently in patches. roasted smell with grain and woodiness; floral note. sweet malt taste with a slight hop push at back of palate and a little fruitiness thrown in. slowly diminishing balanced finish. great refreshing mouthfeel. a drinking beer for sure! could've had a whole pitcher.

villainchiwwin, Jul 09, 2005
Photo of HoorayBeer
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

Casco Bay's Riptide Ale has a medium froathy head that seemed to stay in the pitcher for most of the session, with a nice golden brown color. The color seems to seperate towards the bottom. The smell is a nice mixture of sweet malts and hops with a fruity aromatic smell. The taste was nice, mellow hops with a smooth aftertaste. The red ale is full of flavor. It hits the back of the tongue and has some nice bitters in the aftertaste, however the bitters disapate quickly. Not as rich as some other Irish Red Ales, but definately a good choice.

HoorayBeer, Jul 08, 2005
Photo of CRJMellor
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

CRJMellor, Apr 14, 2005
Photo of chilidog
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%

As part of the Tackle box mix I was glad to get this nice irish red. The beer pours a rich amber with a slight cloud to it. The off white head is bold though it does fade after awhile only to lace fairly well.
The aroma is a well blended treat of malts and hops. The taste starts out with a quick dose of sweet malt and caramel followed by a direct but not overpowering shot of hop. The mouth is left with a slight grainy dryness that leaves the mouth crisp and refreshed. A nice Irish red indeed. Drinkability holds up well anytime.

chilidog, Feb 14, 2005
Photo of jdhilt
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%

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.

jdhilt, Feb 08, 2005
Photo of SheepNutz
4.28/5  rDev +12%

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!

SheepNutz, Dec 28, 2004
Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

Gusler, Aug 31, 2004
Photo of merlin48
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

merlin48, Jul 26, 2004
Photo of WanderingFool
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%

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.

WanderingFool, Jul 17, 2004
Casco Bay Riptide Red Ale from Casco Bay Brewing Co.
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