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Casco Bay Riptide Red Ale - Casco Bay Brewing Co.

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very good

168 Ratings

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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 22
Gots: 9 | 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 gva
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

gva, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderfully heady pour into a 14oz. pilsner glass. Nice hazy ruddy red color. Subdued sweet malt nose with a little hop nuance to get the nose hairs to stand up. Nice hop character up front and on the finish with malt sweetness balance the bitterness. Dry finish. Sturdy mouth feel, I would say this is the poster child for medium bodied. Not fizzy and very smooth. Overall this is a wonderfully easy drinking red ale whose flavors are an easy all season sell.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of lmundane
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

lmundane, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of Tschnab
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A reddish copper body with a decent sized off white head with good sticky lace.

S- mostly malt but also a subtle hop aroma, bread, caramel, toffee.

t- hits the nose to a tee, but when it warms it is mostly malt that takes over, with little hops to fight back.

O- a good session brew here but not as balanced as I would like to see.

Tschnab, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of GR3
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

GR3, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of bigbeerfan
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

bigbeerfan, Mar 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

GoodOmens1986, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of Hessian257
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Hessian257, Feb 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Ecolello87, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of PeteRiz
3/5  rDev -21.5%

PeteRiz, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of BeerKangaroo
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: auburn colored body with a one finger white fizzy head that quickly dies, spotty but ringy lacing

S: roasted barley and some light hops

T: creamy, but light subtle roasted barley, some of the hops come back but are extremely subtle, some caramel is there at the end

M: light to medium, sessionable, light harshness on the tongue, no aftertaste, sticky caramel finish

O: this is a very good Irish Red and would definitely have this again.

BeerKangaroo, Feb 16, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -60.7%

bcsbeer, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of JustinAniello
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a reddish brown with a foamy two finger head. Slowly subsides to a substantial cap and sticky lacing.

S - A strong aroma of roasted malt, browned caramel, and nuttiness.

T - Sweet caramel and light breadiness followed by a heavy dark roasted malt, nearly a bit of smoke, and mild hop bitterness.

M - Medium/heavy body and medium carbonation, almost a little creamy. Complements the flavor well.

O - An excellent red ale. Nice malt flavors meshed with a nice light hoppiness along with a good aroma. I could easily see myself having a few of these with friends. Highly recommend if you have the chance to try it.

JustinAniello, Feb 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

CoalPorter, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of mdillon86
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

mdillon86, Feb 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

mfigueroa713, Jan 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

blibby05, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of wagner617
4/5  rDev +4.7%

wagner617, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

kojevergas, Jan 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

DrSuds, Jan 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

MaineMike, Dec 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -21.5%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Stringth
1.93/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

So so sad. This used to be one of my east coast faves. Then it disappeared for a while and tonight I paid 9$ for a six. Mistake. Used to be a fresh tasting ale and tonight it was a run-of-the-mill Shipyard brew--ie, ringwood (yeast) city. Major disappointment.

Stringth, Jul 09, 2011
Casco Bay Riptide Red Ale from Casco Bay Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.