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Ishmael | Rising Tide Brewing Company

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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:
#27,373
Reviews:
62
Ratings:
219
pDev:
11.59%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
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Trade:
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Ratings: 219 |  Reviews: 62
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5/5  rDev +34.8%

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5/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.81/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +28%

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4.75/5  rDev +28%

Photo of Im4jojo
4.59/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I tried this brew on tap at the brewery in Portland, and, looking back at my "beer journal," I see that I gave it a so-so review. I liked it better from this bottle, which seems a bit strange to me. Anyway, love the name, as it is a reference to the classic MOBY DICK. First sip was mild, slightly bitter, but smooth, Second sip made me cringe, as it was VERY bitter. I was determined to keep on to the bottom of my pint glass, though! Simple lacingings of a small head, signifying not much carbonation. Interesting color: definitely true to its name. Third sip was smooth, enjoyable to the last drop. Definitely want to buy again. Great brewery atmosphere at RISING TIDE, too! Good people.

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4.52/5  rDev +21.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.4/5  rDev +18.6%

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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4.34/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle dated 07.26.2016

Pours slightly hazed copper with a frothy khaki colored foam head. Smells like toasted sweet malts, spice, copper penny, orange citrus, tannic black tea, pine sap, caramel, with some bitter herbal earthy grass and pine. Tastes like rye bread, vegetal spice, caramel, toasted malts, orange citrus, some dried apricot, tannic black tea, pine sap, with bitter herbal earthy grass and pine. Feels medium-light bodied, crisp with moderate carbonation. Overall a nice copper ale.

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4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Technically the Ishmael is an American Copper brewed in the Altbier style rather than a traditional alt, but try it and you'll see why it just does not belong in BA's Amber / Red category.

The server at the Great Lost Bear - which got into the limited pre-release distribution - called it a "Copper with a Porter sentiment" and that's not too far off, I think. Poured out of a bomber into a standard pint glass, the body of the ale was a hazy copper, and topped with a perfect two finger head. It's got a strong malt component to it with a hint of honey and chocolate, offset by an assortment of hops that collectively balance it with bitterness and clean the back with a bit of pine. Sweetness is present, but never cloying.

It's a nice balance of hops and malt, as an alt should be, and just as smooth. If all you're looking for is a clean drinking, sessionable copper for the Fall season, this is your beer. But for those that look for more out of what they're drinking, this hybrid ale will provide you with enough complexity to keep you interested.

I'm a fan.

As for availability, the bartender informed us that regular distribution of Ishmael begins October 1, so keep an eye out.

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4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was also one of the lucky few that got a early release of Rising Tide's first beer, Ishmael, at the GLB. Although Ishmael is classified here as an Altbier (and I think that's the correct designation), it's also a copper. Coppers usually don't do much for me. I generally prefer hoppy pales, IPAs, doubles, and triples. But I wanted to try the early release from this much-buzzed about brewery. I mean, come on: who wouldn't be excited to try a brew from a company whose motto is "beer first?"

My curiosity happily got the better of me. Ishmael is a fantastic, complexly smooth blend of malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness. It's got a great, clean aftertaste, which can be difficult to achieve with some sweet/bitter brews. My only regret was stopping into the Bear quickly to try the beer. I think Ishmael's complexities will be all the more apparent when paired with food. I wish I'd had time to linger with Ishmael over dinner.

According to RTB's website (and other reviewers here), the official launch is not until October 1st. The Bear is likely now sold out of the pre-release but we stumbled across a few bottles at Bootleggers in Topsham, ME. Not sure if there are any left but if your curiosity gets the better of you (and it should!) call Bootleggers (or RSVP in Portland) for availability. You won't be disappointed.

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4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber purchased at Trader Joe's in Portland, ME. Pours a hazy amber-red body with a good sturdy inch of khaki-colored head. Smells malty, with caramel, chocolate, fruity, nut. Malt dominates the flavor too. Nut, dark chocolate, caramel, and bread all contend to be in front. Medium to full in body with ample carbonation. Awesome. A really solid alt. Tasty and quaffable.

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4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.26/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of the newest microbrewery's in Maine, currently only a 90 gallon systems. Can't get much fresher than this, bottles hit the shelves a few days ago at Bootlegger's as part of a pre-release.

22oz bottle with live yeast.

Pours a dark amber color with a large fluffy off-white head, fades at a very slow rate and leaves a cap on top, and good amount of lacing along the glass as it empties.

Smell is primarily caramel malt with a light fruitiness hidden in the aroma.

Taste has an incredibly creamy mouthfeel thanks to the soft carbonation and the fluffy head, the flavor is pretty much all caramel malt with a slight bitterness in the aftertaste, there isn't much of a hop presence but there's enough to balance things out.

Overall, a great beer from a new brewery. I'll keep my eyes open for more of their stuff, could have another MBC on our hands.

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4.26/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I like to call this a good sophomore beer. The hops are present, but it does not hit you in the face. It's good if someone is looking to transition from light beers to something a little more rugged. The beer tastes as it smells, but it is very tolerable. Definitely one of my go-to options!

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Ishmael from Rising Tide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 219 ratings
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