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Casco Bay Riptide Red Ale - Casco Bay Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

149 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.35%
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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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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...

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Colorado

3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, ME.
The beer is an orangey mahogany color, topped with a thin antique white head. The head diminshes into a thin ring after a couple sips, and disappears completely about halfway through the pint.
The aroma is dominated by a diacetyl butterscotch. A rich caramel maltiness beneath the butterscotch. Very light citric hopping, with some pear esteriness. A little grainy.
The diacetyl is less pronounced in the flavor, allowing the other flavors to come out. The beer starts out with a rich caramel maltiness. A bit of toasted malt, and a light nutty yeastiness towards the middle. Some apple esters in the middle, with an odd honeydew melon flavor. Mild citric hops finish the beer with a light bitterness. Mild, light carbonation, with a medium body. A touch of graininess, with light diacetyl in the aftertaste.
A tasty brew, although the butterscotch flavor was a bit overpowering. Whether it was actually the beer or the lines were dirty, I have no idea. I'll have to give a bottle of this a shot, as I've never seen it on tap in CT.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2003 10:17:24 | More by UnionMade
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StevieW

Florida

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the GLB. What better place to sample a fresh Maine beer. Medium amber-reddish color. More red than brown in color. Glowing shiny color, nice bubbly beige head. Medium carmel malt smells, sweet candy smells. Taste was full of rich sweet carmel taste. Candy, and a slight bitter snap to finish. Hops were way in the back and very sublte. All about a nice smooth malty sweetness here. However, there was no feeling of slick sweetness or aritificial amber ale tastes that are so common for the style. Medium to full bodied, this would compliment a lobsta or serve as a nice autumn treat. Right up there with the Rogue American Amber in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2003 01:46:21 | More by StevieW
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz bottle. Best Enjoyed Before Nov 2003

Well, it's definitely red...

Deep bright red with small quickly-dissipating white head. Lace evident. The smell is dry. A light sweet smell.

Taste is spicy and dry. Malty with hints of fruit. Nice dry hoppy finish. Light to medium-bodied. Quite tasty.

A very good red ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2003 00:33:10 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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longpondbeerman

Maine

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This stuff pours red (I think the hummingbirds went after it). I savoured its light, floral, slightly tart (and clearly hoppy) smell on my back porch in Maine. I was enticed. As the tan head receded, I took a sip and discovered a smokey citrus taste, like a pink grapefruit aged in an oak cask. It's a different and intriguing brew. A third sip, and I'm still working on describing the aftertaste: just a bit bitter, but not distressingly so. A good brew: I recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2003 22:41:20 | More by longpondbeerman
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Ahhdball

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a small off-white head (3/4 inch) that left a nice lace as it dissappeared.
This had a pleasent nutty aroma to it not uncommon in the style but a hint more which I enjoyed.
Pleasent taste of roasted malt and slight molassas (sp?) smooth with an evervescent citrus aftertaste.
Mouthfeel had a nice texture, thick enough to leave a nice aftertaste of caramel.
I'll have to have more of this.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2003 21:46:52 | More by Ahhdball
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goz

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red/amber, good sized tan head, and leaves good lacing on the way down. Aroma is lightly sweet (caramel), and strong on the bitter floral hops. Flavor starts with the caramel, middle and end are dominated by the hops, with a little hint of chocolate sneaking in somewhere. Medium body, easy drinking, perfect for a session around the campfire in Maine this summer.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2003 23:48:24 | More by goz
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charlesw

New York

2.35/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a nice mahogany with a thin, creamy head that is very rapidly gone. It gives off a very pleasant earthy aroma with a touch of malt to it.
Which leads to the taste... Obviously, there's this malt business... Heavy on the caramel with maybe a hint of roasted malt. We noted a slight (off-style) citrus aftertaste to it.
In the mouth it was thin and quite bubbly (odd - what could cause that?).

I do find it kind of interesting that it gets such high marks with BA's. In order to reconfirm my feelings on the beer, we redid the taste tests that we'd previously performed on local reds. In side-by-side tests this one gets very soundly trounced. In a direct comparison (with Brand B red ale) it is weak, thin, citrusy and overly carbonated.
That said, if it is the only beer that you are drinking in one session, it should go over well enough. I did make the mistake of drinking about 1/3 of a bottle and then taking a swig of (Brand B red ale) before finishing my own. Initially after (Brand B red ale) it tasted like, well, nothing, but gradually the flavors came back in as I drank more and it came to taste like an off batch of red...

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2003 19:00:05 | More by charlesw
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frank4sail

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet malt smell with hints of roast malt and a touch of hops. Very carbonated pink/peach color and look. Large fluffy off white (slightly shaded tan) head. Sweet malt flavor with a little well cooked caramel in the finish. Medium mouth and body. Solid malt character. Very little hops detected.. as per the style... solid.

Cheers to the BA Beer exchange at Victory Brewing for the sample!

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2003 20:12:17 | More by frank4sail
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marc77

California

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear light ruby hue. Vanilla white, thin, spotty head leaves tattered lace. Mild citrus and lightly perfumed hop nose along with dark lovibond caramel malt with a roasted tinge in aroma. Sweet biscuit and mild toffee initially in flavor gently gives way to slowly augmenting hop bitterness and a snap of roasted barley sharpness. Mid palate hop bitterness becomes assertive when coupled with the apparently minerally, perhaps sulfate rich, water and facilitates a concomintantly thirst quenching and inducing nature. (Maybe this is what MJ means by hop bitterness being "moreish") Light in body, but crisp and relatively soft on the palte. Understated red currant like fruit esters surface late along with mellow, sweetish biscuit. Finishes clean and dry, with hints of toasty Munich. A well balanced, flavorful red ale with excellent drinkability. RipTide certainly has more overall character than the norm for the typically insipid style. Thanks, Mainebeerman for the Marc beer fund donation!

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2003 08:24:52 | More by marc77
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oberon

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2003 12:00:14 | More by oberon
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Greenlabel

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2003 18:31:22 | More by NeroFiddled
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francisweizen

Alaska

4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4.47/5  rDev +17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Maine

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2003 04:32:25 | More by purplehops
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John

New York

4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2003 10:10:18 | More by John
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beernut7

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2002 13:15:13 | More by beernut7
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +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

385

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2002 15:13:11 | More by Bierman9
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MaineBeerMan

Maine

4.72/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2000 00:00:01 | More by Todd
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Casco Bay Riptide Red Ale from Casco Bay Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.