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Casco Bay Riptide Red Ale - Casco Bay Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

162 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 21
Gots: 6 | 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 kurtissellen
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured smooth with a slight film of suds just enough to cover the surface. It looked a translucent chocolaty orange. First thing that came to mind when I smelled this were autumn leaves. Nice balanced flavor that starts with the malts and ended with a moderate amount of hops showing thru. Overall I thought this was a very good drinking beer. I could defiantly put down the additional two that came with beer of the month club but then I'd be all out.

kurtissellen, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of nsmartell
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From bottle to pint glass.

Appearance: Deep, dark red with a thick off-white head.

Smell: Solid malty smell.

Taste: Roasted malts with just enough bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, creamy and with a real nice smoky finish.

Drinkability: Goes down nice and easy and has just the right balance.

nsmartell, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of allengarvin
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a twelve-ounce mug, this is a nice reddish-mahogany color with a small but firm head on top. Good malty aroma, a little toasty, a little caramel. The palate is firmly malt-driven, with a crisp biscuity toastiness backed by some sweet caramel, just like the aroma implies. Bitterness is moderate and hop flavor undetectable, but this beer is mainly about the malt so it hardly matters. Neutral yeast character as well. Nice creamy texture and a medium body.

allengarvin, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of erosier
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

erosier, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of guinnessfan
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 bottle from beer of the month club.

A: Dark amber pour yields a finger and a half head, which quickly dissapates to a foam ring. Leaves a little lacing.

S: Earthy roasted malt, more burnt than expected. Some citrus hops also.

T: Roasted malt, somewhat sweet, perfectly balanced with a touch of hops.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

D: Full flavored, easy drinkin' great session beer.

guinnessfan, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 +2.4%
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.

ianrca19, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 -1.6%
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.

lordofthewiens, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

jmz62565, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of dherling
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 +2.4%
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.

wedge, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of Higravity
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 -4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 -21.8%
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.

LPorter33, Sep 05, 2005
Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 -3.4%
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.

CRJMellor, Apr 14, 2005
Photo of chilidog
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
Casco Bay Riptide Red Ale from Casco Bay Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.