Riptide | BrewDog

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82
good
338 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
BrewDog
Scotland, United Kingdom
brewdog.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by MAB on 03-18-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
338
Reviews:
228
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
13.26%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
24
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just OK stout from this brewery which makes some great barrel aged stuff. The stout is quaffable, its not offensive, but there is no complexity,nor bold flavours.With so many good double stouts out there, why waste your bucks on this premium priced import. A bit above average mouthfeel and black colour with a moderate head.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very dark brown/black with almost no head; a thin layer of single bubbles even after a good swirl.

Nose is relatively non assertive very light coffee/carmel with hints of sweet fruit-nothing remarkable.

Mouthfeel is medium. Actually feels thin, for some reason, but it is not; there is some body to the beer.

The flavors and general character of the beer is very simple dark roasted coffee...period. This is very much like carbonated strong coffee with few other characters or qualities.

The finish itself is a mouthful of bitter roasted espresso beans. This is coffee all the way with little else. Not a lot of character; great if you are a real coffee fan. Finish of bitter coffee does go to a bit of bitter grapefruit and pine. Finish may be the strength of the beer.

While there is a very strong coffee character to this beer it is not all that pleasant and while some beers invite greater consumption, this one is one I would not finish or seek to drink again.
I may actually have to try this again simply to confirm that I did not get a bad bottle.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Knapp85
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours out looking like a pretty good stout, The color was black and had a decent lookin tan head on it. The lacing wasn't too bad either. The smell of the beer was roasted and and had a little bit of a wooden smell to it. The taste actually had a little bit of an aged wooden flavor to it. The other flavors seemed to be a creamy like a milk stout. The mouthfeel was on the lighter side. I really thought this would have been a better beer overall. I wasn't too impressed by it.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice Stout that seems to fall somewhere between and Extra Stout and a Russian Imperial Stout. Dark brown and nearly opaque, the beer holds light carbonation, leading to a simple head formation, and later laced fairly well.

Faint aromas of roasted grains (actually more toasted than roasted) and sweetness that seems to come from caramel malts, fruity esters, and milk sugars. No hops or any other complexities.

Sweet with caramel, maltose, and lactose; the beer might pass as a Sweet Stout if these sweet attributes were pushed a bit further. Nutty and estery throughout. Grapes and licorice leading the way with the esters. Not as aggressive with the chocolates or coffee as many bolder Stouts, but these characteristics are evident nonetheless.

Quite a bit of lingering sweetness on the tongue and palate, but still malty and nicely attenuated as well. Bittered by hops but struggles to compete with the sweetness. Quite light in body for most Stout styles. Not as dry as I'd hope for an Imperial, but not as sweet as I'd like in a Milk or Sweet Stout.

Although the beer is tasty and easy to drink, it's somewhat forgetable as it doesn't define itself realy well. This is a well brewed beer but the recipe doesn't hit a home run for me.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The name and the similarly-themed poem on the label make for interesting and entertaining packaging...

This beer pours a very dark, inky black, with slight brown edges when held to the light. The light brown head is fairly sparse, and takes some time to settle, leaving a bit of lacing. The smell is roasted malt, with bitter chocolate and coffee notes, and is quite enticing. The taste is of bitter chocolate malt, but nice and smooth, the carbonation barely noticeable. I served this about 15 minutes after taking it out of the fridge, and the warmer texture made this very easy to drink, the elevated alcohol only evidenced by the warm sensation in my belly, not on the way down. Nice that the attitude on the packaging is backed up by a very decent, and actually 'merciful' stout inside.

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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a coal black color and a creamy mocha head that drapes some nice lace

Smell: A real meaty aroma, with lots of char as well as some caramel and peat

Taste: Opens with a charred mocha flavor, with some dark fruit arriving by mid-palate; piney flavors arrive as well; after the swallow; the caramel and chocolate flavors clean up in the finish

Mouthfeel: Creamy, with a medium to full body and gentle carbonation

Drinkability: Almost a combination of a Wee Heavy and a Stout; quite interesting and enjoyable

(Note: I have had this in the bottle and the beer wasn't nearly as impressive; while the flavor profile was comparable, the body was too thin and the carbonation was lacking; I am not going to re-rate the beer but it would have been in the B range)

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear black color ale with a small foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted coffee is pleasant enough. Taste is a mix between some roasted coffee and lightly bitter malt. Body is a bit thin and carbonation is also low but alcohol was not discernable. I would have appreciated this beer even more with some black chocolate notes and some additional complexity.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of nickfl
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a small head of light tan foam the dissipates very quickly and leaves no traces on the glass. The body is very dark brown with just a bit of light showing through and good clarity.

S - Dark, sugary aromas of brown sugar, molasses, and some smoky licorice.

T - Dark and bready malt with lots of burnt sugar character up front. Molasses and licorice in the middle with a building smoky character. Finishes with an oily, peat like smokiness, dark, burnt caramel, licorice, and lingering molasses.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately low carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Very dark, sugary and odd. There is a smoky quality that almost reminds me of the Paradox series and it works nicely with the burnt sugar character. As one might expect from Brewdog, this is an atypical stout with a lack of roast character and lots of very dark sugar. The smoke and molasses provide a nice level of complexity but do become kind of cloying in the end. Not the most drinkable imperial stout and not the best of Brewdog.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle - 1 Pint, 6.4 Fluid Ounces. The cap opened without any hiss. It was put on fairly well though, so I'm not sure if the very moderate carbonation of the beer is correct or not. It's at about 1.7 volumes. Very smooth. But is it right? I had trouble building a head over the opaque black body, but it still left some very thin but nice lacing about the glass, and then sheets of very tiny spots of lace after that.

The aroma offers a combination of dark fruits and coffee with a bit of woody and leafy character that may or may not be at least partly due to hops. - ? -

In the mouth it's velvety smooth and slickly medium-full bodied.

The flavor delivers a bit of anise upfront, backed by some mild dark fruitiness (plum/prune, grape skin), then followed by some tarry fig and spent espresso grounds. A blurry but very solid bitterness runs through it. Notes of scorched brown sugar and caramel appear, and there's an underlying smoky edge to it. More leafy, grassy and herbal hops appear, and it's dry and clinging in the finish with just a drip of sugary almost-burnt caramel left to round it out. The 8% alcohol by volume is very well cloaked.

Overall, I personally find it to be kind of an assault on the tastebuds. It's a heavyweight fighter. Slam Slam Slam. And I like that! But it doesn't quite have the finesse of a feather-weight, or the endurance of a middle-weight. On the other hand, it's not really overdone. An Imperial pint won't leave your palate unconscious, but it may leave you dizzy. Or perhaps punch drunk. It's kind of like a limited show. There's a certain amount of depth to it, but it lacks complexity in the long-haul.

Still, it's surprisingly English and Scottish at the same time, and that alone warrants a taste. Or two. Give it a shot and see.

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this as part of the Central New England BA meetup #1.

A: No head, just a few large bubbles on the sides. Dark brown color that almost makes it to black.

N: Some sweet malts, molasses, brown sugar, and a little smoked malt.

T: Semi rich, with some creamy stout flavors, a little roasty porter flavor, little dark chocolate, some fruit and smoked malts, more maple syrup and brown sugar.

M: Smooth and creamy with a medium body and almost no carbonation.

F: Slightly dry with a lingering smoke, fruit, and sweet malts, as well as maple. A little oak seems to come out here as well.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours black/deep brown in the glass, with a couple fingers of rich mocha head. This retains with a thin creamy foaminess, which leaves back foamy swathes of lacing that stick to the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of thick chocolate fudge in the nose, which segues into ripe citrus character while underlying roast notes darken things up a bit. The chocolate and citrus really stand out here the most though.

The taste is actually still fairly hoppy, with green citrus flavor that melds into sweeter notes of chocolate and caramel. This has bitterness to it throughout though, which lingers rather prominently in the finish along with some burnt char notes that stick to the tongue. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a big mouth filling firm creaminess to the carbonation. Alcohol is present in the form of an underlying warm spiciness that seems a little too fusel feeling for only 8% alcohol.

Well this was certainly bold feeling on the palate, with hops, roast, and alcohol all leaving an impression. The problem is this just lacked overall focus, with this being overly sweet in the nose but then much more aggressive with the bitterness and char in the taste. I wish it could have found a nice middle ground. This was certainly drinkable but I expect more craftsmanship for the price point here.

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Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Rolls out a dark brown, near black body with a smallish, bubbly, beige head.

Smell: Roasted malts with hints of unsweetened chocolate, licorice candies, coffee, and an all-around earthiness. Rich, vinous fruitiness present. Minor blip of higher alcohols. With some slight warming, the coffee notes deepen to give a touch of Kahlua.

Taste: Dark, roasty malts with flavors of baker's chocolate and espresso with a more restrained fruitiness. An earthy roastiness pairs with the lightly herbaceous hops to provide a moderate amount of bitterness. As with the nose, a bit of added warmth helps to bring out more of the chocolate and coffee tones. A bit chalky and a touch of alcohol warmth on the roasty, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Leans towards being relatively mild and easy-going as opposed to other stouts that are bold and brash.

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Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beige head that leaves substantial lace on the glass. Dark brown color, but light passes through.

Mild chocolatey aroma. Some chalkiness, slightly milky.

Very much like a chocolate milk--creamy and slightly sweet. Nice hop finish along with some bittering black patent. Relatively thin brew.

Could this be an Imperial Porter? It is missing the cutting edge of burnt malt flavors. It is not as full bodied as most regular stouts, much less an Imperial one. Still, this is a very good tasting beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

More devil's food cake black than German chocolate cake brown. However, sunlight is easily seen on the opposite side of the glass, which is inexcusable in an 8.0% stout. The bubbly crown is the color of wet sand and looks decent enough. Wonderful looking lace almost makes up for the lack of opacity in the beer.

The nose is musty and dusty. Other than that, this BrewDog offering smells like a classic double stout... that is somewhat lacking in power and personality. Warming results in an olfactory tanginess reminiscent of an Imperial milk stout, if there is such a beast.

Rip Tide is too light to be a member in good standing of the stated style. There's nothing whatsoever going on that could be considered double or Imperial. It's still a flavorful little stout that is crying for more depth and breadth. Perhaps a wider variety of dark malts is the answer. More total malt should come first, however.

Along the bottom of the label are the words 'twisted merciless stout'. The twist might refer to the fruitiness of what tastes like American C-hops. Ain't no way this sucker is merciless. The flavor profile consists of grapefruit zest-flecked chocolate fudge cake covered with caramel icing. Maybe a hint of light molasses as well.

The mouthfeel score is probably too generous. If one chooses to ignore the stated style and the ABV, however, it earns the 3.5 fairly easily. Laid back carbonation is a help rather than a hindrance.

BrewDog Rip Tide is a better beer than the final score would indicate. Problem is, it's a middleweight attempting to slug it out in a ring full of heavyweights. Even though I'm enjoying it for what is, I hope this isn't the base beer for the Scotch whisky-aged offerings from this brewery.

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Riptide from BrewDog
3.62 out of 5 based on 338 ratings.
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