Ishmael | Rising Tide Brewing Company

IshmaelIshmael
BA SCORE
55%
Liked This Beer
3.71 w/ 218 ratings
IshmaelIshmael
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rising Tide Brewing Company
Maine, United States
risingtidebrewing.com

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ishmael is our richly-flavored American copper ale. This American interpretation of the altbiers of Düsseldorf is brewed with continental Munich malt, American-grown hops, and a clean-fermenting ale yeast to produce a slightly sweet and malty beer balanced by a firm bitterness.

Added by sogrady on 09-15-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#26,140
Reviews:
62
Ratings:
218
Liked:
120
Avg:
3.71/5
pDev:
11.32%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
47
Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 218 |  Reviews: 62
Reviews by boralyl:
Photo of boralyl
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a point glass it produces a huge 3 finger light tan head. The head lasts forever and forms a mountain as the sides fade away leaving some nice lacing. The beer is clear and copper in color with plenty of carbonation bubbles present.

S - Not a very strong aroma. I get toasted malts and spicy/earthy hops.

M - Light-medium in body with some creaminess. This caught me by surprise because of the appearance. I figured it would be over-carbonated, but it is not.

T - The nose is similar to the taste. First I encounter toasted and bready malts. I'm then greeted with some earthy hops with a sweet flavor coming in and lasting into the finish. There is a light bitterness that also appears in the finish.

The beer fits the style quite well. I enjoyed it, but wouldn't actively seek it out again. That being said I would like to see what other offering become available from this brewery.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of illpass78
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

4 oz. tasting glass at the brewery.

Appearance: Pours a sturdy-looking clear amber with a frothy, creamy white head. Nice lacing left behind.

Aroma: Some caramel and biscuit along with a faint nuttiness.

Taste: Follows the nose. Very appealing - caramel and biscuit notes add flavor, and it has a nice "all seasons" kind of character to it. Hops are present enough to satisfy the hop crowd.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium depth. Very drinkable.

Overall: Really solid "flagship"-type beer. Well executed, and should have broad appeal.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this last week at Tully's; I got the last bottle on the shelf. This was a pretty nice debut beer.
It was a dark amber color with a small tan head. Plenty of lace.
Mostly a caramel aroma, some floral elements, and a whiff of tobacco.
The taste followed the aroma: caramel, late hops, and a hint of tobacco.
This was a smooth, easy-drinking beer.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on draft at a local irish pub in the Old Port.

Dark dark amber colot cant see thru at all thick white head remains on the glass and laces well

The smell is of roasted and caremel malts, like a traditional english ale slightly different then my expectation of an alt but I like the smells

Tastes like a homebrew very fresh and smooth with crystal and roasted malts through out. To finish not a lot of body or carbonation leaves a dry roasted flavor

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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: tan in color, 1/3 inch head, high carbonation, clear

Smell: English toasted malt and caramel

Taste: English toasted malt and caramel

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, medium body, sweet with slight bitterness

Overall: A solid and above average English tasting altbier. I would pick this up again, but there are better in the style ad from the brewery.

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Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of PressFastF0rward
4.75/5  rDev +28%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of ryanjtravis
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of mdaschaf
2.64/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Review from notes 11/20/10.

A: Pours brown, with no head and no lacing. Looks like it might be flat. No lacing to speak of either.

S: Toasted malts, a little bit of coffee and caramel.

T: Similar to the nose, very toasted and bready. No detectable hops.

M/D: Extremely thin with no carbonation. The taste is ok, but the body was a huge let down. When I bought the bottle the store had just gotten them in, the owner took it out of the case and sold me the first bottle, so it wasn't sitting long. Hopefully I will get to give this one another shot.

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Larrydoherty
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of snowmaggedon
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of mjstacker
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of ChrisL24481
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of mmorris15
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a slightly murky copper, brown color.
S: Caramel, earth, citrus, and bread.
T: Sweet malt, followed by a very present earthy bitterness.
F: Fairly smooth, drinks very easy.
O: Nice beer that's balanced between light/sweet and bitter. Drinks very easy at 4.9% ABV.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The appearance has a copper brown colored body with a small tan lumpy head with a speckled lacing. The smell has a light sort of mild malts and hops with a light cooked apples and an added sort of bread/biscuitiness. The taste is basically sweet through the previously mentioned flavors. On the palate, its mostly on a medium sort of body with a nice sessionable sort of quality to it. There is a decent light harshness on the tongue, no aftertaste or finish. Overall, this is good for the style and good for me.

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Photo of Denzo
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of KTCamm
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber purchased at Carl's Meat Market in Portsmouth NH. Pint glass pour.

Dark copper brown - 1/2 inch foam settles out to a light surface cap. Laces.

Powerfully malty smell.

Rich malty taste, light hop mixed in. Some toffee taste. Perfectly balacned carbonation.

Extremely drinkable, rich wonderful taste. Fantastic.

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5/5  rDev +34.8%

Photo of garrisonp
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of trevorpost
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dvmin98
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Craftonly23121
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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Ishmael from Rising Tide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 55% out of 100 with 218 ratings
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