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Riptide Rye Pale Ale - Forked River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 24
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 8.21%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Forked River Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 06-01-2013

A beer in the style of a pale ale with a twist of rye, Riptide is made for the beer drinker that likes big flavour. The bold hop flavours blend well with the addition of rye, which lends a creamy mouthfeel and a slightly spicy finish to this hop-forward, yet well-balanced beer. Like the Capital Blonde Ale, this brew benefits from the careful addition of “late hops” at the end of the boil.
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Ratings: 24 | Reviews: 13
Reviews by pootz:
Photo of pootz
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle and on tap at the brewery - pours a clouded tawny color with a 2 finger capl Aroma is spicy, malty, slightly herbal with some light mustiness. Medium bodied, peppery mouth feel, spicy rye character. Flavor has the malts come frontside for a second - spicy rye and a little toastyness, before the hops balance it out well - clean lightly bitter-spicy finish with a hop bite at the end. Very solid rye ale and the best offering from this brewer so far.

More User Reviews:
Photo of gcb588
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of DaveBar
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Purchased at the LCBO for around $4.00 or so. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- 3.25- Didn't open well at all. No head. Think I got a dud. Poured nice and dark gold

S- 3.25. Not much here. Sorry but the malt is just usual.

T- 3.5- Has a touch of goodness here but not much. A bit of honey but you gotta look hard.

M- 3.0- Yup not here at all

O- 3.35 and I am giving this a lot. Will not buy again but it won't kill you.

Food Pairing

This ok IPA goes well with almost anything as it really doesn't have a lot to it. It's pretty weak


Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WillAndSarah
3.14/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of dipso123
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of CurtisD
3.24/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Antilochus
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Milos' Pub

Photo of spinrsx
2.96/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Subliminal64
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

First time trying the microbrew beer from my hometown. All I can say is very good.

Pours a gold and orange colour. Very clear (despite being unfiltered). Little to no head on it though.

Smell is a little strong but not potent.

Taste was very good. Strong, but not overwhelming. Stronger then the Capital Blonde.

The only complaint I have is the carbonation. When it poured, there was no head on it. Carbonation dissapeared quickly. Although this was not the case when I sampled the beer from the tap. We will see on the second bottle.

Overall I was very happy with this beer. Price was a little expensive, but its local, small batch, and fine ingredients. I will be purchasing again in the near future.

Keep it up guys!

Photo of liamt07
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ludachris
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

With half the bottle in the glass, its amber body is crystal clear. A finger's worth of soapy paper white head forms on top and is quickly reduced to a film of large bubbles. Thin legs of lace are drawn along the top sides of the glass.

Leafy, piney, green hops mix with a rich and sweet bready caramel center. A distinct rye spiciness is discernible throughout, furthering its richness. I get a whiff of DMS in the end as well. Maybe that's just me. I'd say it's under-pronounced but has enough going on to make me look forward to drinking it.

Spicy rye laden with caramel fills the palate. Its rich bready character gives it some chewiness. It's got grassy tips with a faint pineyness. The finish is dry with a touch of bitterness.

Its feel is soft, rich, and creamy. All of these qualities are accentuated by its oddly low level of carbonation. That explains its poor head formation and retention.

Understated is the word I'd use to sum up this beer. Based on its clarity and use of rye malt, I'm not sure how this didn't go through a filtration process. Nonetheless, it's very drinkable and holds just enough flavor to make it tasty. Their Weendingo Imperial Stout is in a completely different league.

Photo of SebD
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice clear golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of spicy rye, toffee, caramel, bready/biscuity malts and floral hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some rye, sweet toffee/caramel, buiscuity malts, some breadiness, faint floral notes and a grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle picked up at an LCBO in London; no freshness info apparent. Never heard of these guys, but I'm always pumped to try beer from new breweries, especially semi-local ones. Served well-chilled.

An intentionally rough pour reveals a pale golden-amber coloured ale, topped with a half-finger of bubbly, off-white froth. It vanishes quite rapidly over the next 30 seconds or so, leaving behind a soapy film and some modest lace. No bubbles whatsoever; this is a lifeless-looking beer. The aroma is relatively muted, though otherwise pleasant - some doughy malt sweetness, a weak note of rye (more noticeable straight from the bottle), and some leafy, green floral hop notes with a touch of citrus.

Up until this point I was on the fence, but the first sip is a welcome relief - this is a tasty pale ale, no doubt. The malt backbone is sweet and doughy, with hints of toffee, toasted biscuit and rye bread. The spiciness of the latter facet grows toward the finish, providing a slight peppery note that works nicely with the grassy, somewhat earthy hops. Bittersweet finish with a nice rye flavour to it. This beer tastes fine, but the mouthfeel is where things fall a little, uh, flat. There is very little carbonation in this beer, and I am not sure it is intentional. Medium-bodied, with a smooth, rather flat feel on the palate. Easy to drink, and pretty flavourful.

Final Grade: 3.55, a B. Riptide Rye Pale Ale makes for a nice introduction to this brewery, even though the limp head and mouthfeel leads me to believe that this batch might be flawed. I am enjoying the flavour profile, which is enough to earn this one a respectable grade, although the lack of carbonation is not something I appreciate in this style. This is a beer I'll need to return to at some point in the future, because it definitely has promise. Pale ale fans looking for something a little different will want to give this one a shot.

Photo of bmacaskill
3.69/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice hoppy rye experience. Interesting caramel colour, little head

Typical (but not unpleasant) orange-peel-bitterness aftertaste.

Definitely a thirst-quencher. For me, more of a spring- summer beer than a winter-fall, which is odd given the rye.


Photo of jrenihan
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

The bottle doesn't seem to have a date on it, so I can't be sure of the freshness. While the rye adds a nice flavour (a bit of spice), the hop profile is fairly muted, and the body is a tad watery. Very minimal carbonation, which is fine by me. Perhaps a fresh pint would be more enjoyable, but given the tenor of other reviews, this doesn't seem likely. Fine but not something I would have again.

Photo of ToddMopps
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of nullbort
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Cramshawbar
3/5  rDev -12%

This is quite a weak attempt at this style. The flavours are muted and the beer is so completely flat that you swear someone opened the bottle and let the brew sit for a few hours before resealing it again.
If you want a strong Canadian example of this style, try Imperial IPA by the Garrison Brewing Company.

Photo of hopsolutely
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of MasterSki
3.54/5  rDev +3.8%

Bottle purchased from the Masonville LCBO. Served in a wine glass.

A - A finger of white foam settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and a few splotches of lace. Slightly hazed amber-orange body.

S - Rye and cereal grains. Fairly minimal hop character for a 'hop-forward' beer. Bready and perhaps a tad doughy, with a bit of herbal and floral character in the periphery.

T - Taste is pretty similar. Mostly rye and cereal grains, with some surprisingly assertive bitterness in the finish. Perhaps overly bitter, relative to the muted sweetness. Again, not much assertiveness to the hop flavor.

M - Surprisingly low carbonation and heft to the body. Creamy, pleasant texture, but seems out of character for the style. Lingering stickiness on the palate, with a hint of dryness from the rye.

D - Nothing really wrong with this beer, but it's not particularly exciting either. Need to check the freshness to see if perhaps it lingered on the shelves too long, but as is it's pretty forgettable.

Photo of Molson2000
2.57/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Disappointing. Thin and unflavourable. No zip and bang.

Photo of zweird
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of mick303
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO. Poured a an orangey medium gold. Good cap of head, decent retention and film.

S - has a noticeable rye presence. Baked bread with a rye spice to it, cracked pepper,some floral and dry citrus hops, rye bread, slight sour spice. Altogether quite good.

T - again a bready start, with a noticeable sour rye character, sourdough, lemony, some pepper but also dry grapefruit pithy hop notes, gets a bit more acetic toward the finish. Flavourful, but the rye seems overplayed, it almost has a wet-dog character to it, and that seems to be the best way to describe it. What is initially quite pleasant becomes a bit of a struggle. Yes it has some nice IBUs but they remains mostly earthy and spicy in the back of the upfront rye character, seems off balance and rough.

M - easy drinking, with a bit of acetic tartness. Moderate carbonation. Decently sessionable.

Easy enough to drink with the potent rye character, most of the other flavours fall off, but altogether it is tasty, just not a very polished result. In terms of nuance and complexity it isn't great, and the flavour becomes grating a bit unfortunately.

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Riptide Rye Pale Ale from Forked River Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.