Casco Bay Riptide Red Ale - Casco Bay Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

183 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 183
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 29
Gots: 19 | 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:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 12-31-2000

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.
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Ratings: 183 | Reviews: 110
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of purplehops
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rip Tide pours a deep red-oarnge with a light tan head that leaves pleanty of lace on the glass. The aroma is sweet apples and floral hops with a hint of caramel malt. The taste starts rich and malty and finishes very smooth with a slight dryness. There are some flavors of citrus and floral hops in the finish and a hint of pear like fruitiness. The aftertaste is a pleasant hop bitterness with faint malt sweetness that lingers long after the beer is gone. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky. Another bottled ale that has a mouthfeel like it ran through nitros.
Overall a very nice red ale. A pleasure to drink in summer or winter with a complex and well balanced flavor. A little more aroma and it would be almost perfect.

Photo of John
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich looking hazy amber with a tan head and some nice, decorative lace. With the aroma, right off the bat this brew hints at the malty and hoppy goodness to come. Those flavors are in perfect balance creating an incredibly drinkable ale. I think I’ll keep this around on a regular basis. In fact I went back to the store and bought the last two sixes. Without being overly complex, this brew revels in simplicity and that makes it a real pleasure to drink. A nice find and a keeper.

Photo of beernut7
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This flavorful bold red ale has a very complex character. The bold malt aroma drifts from the glass to fill the air. The initial roasted dark malt flavor gives way to a light hop spice and a sharp lingering bitterness. Pretty drinkable, quite tasty.

Photo of Bierman9
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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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Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Wildman
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Todd
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Casco Bay Riptide Red Ale from Casco Bay Brewing Co.
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