Ishmael | Rising Tide Brewing Company

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Rising Tide Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

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
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
202
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
21.33%
 
 
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4
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40
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 202
Photo of smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic pint glass, with much thanks to ToasterChef!

An off white three finger head With a real nice copper body, hues throughout going from chestnut red to orange and all. Looks typical unfiltered style not ridiculously cloudy, I really like this color and head combination, very nice.

Very light dark doughy malts, nice for an Alt, but kind of hidden. Simple sense of chewy-ness, liking this nicely.

A very hop forward altbier for sure. Hop bitter noticeable taking away from much of the malt backbone. Nice dough action a bit mixing in to give just a bread like dark taste. Mouthfeel is a little wet though. Aftertaste lingers with some light chocolate, it seems t get better though as you consume it towards the end.

Still quite drinkable overall, interesting take, not exactly falling in love here, but enjoyable.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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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Photo of BobZ
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Copper brown, with a 2” head that recedes to a nice cap, good lacing.

Smell: Mild hoppiness with a slight bit of malt. Subdued aroma.

Taste: Balance is the first thing that comes to mind, a bit of piney/floral hops and a bready malt sweetness. Well executed, a pleasant beer. Not going to ”blow you away” but very enjoyable none the less. As an Altbier, I’d say they hit the mark very well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, pleasant, very drinkable.

Overall: A solid offering from a very good “up and coming” brewery. I’d peg this one as a great lunch time beer.

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Photo of rudzud
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at a trader joes in Portland, ME on during a beerventure for Ghoulschip. Poured into a duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear light copper hue with a biiiig frothy 3 finger head that slumps to a nice creamy blanket and leave very good side lacing.

S - Rather deviod of aromas. What smells are there smell old and dank.

T - Taste though, clearly not similar to the nose. Nice sweet malts, roasty, a little smokey. Just barely metallic. Some very light bitterness, very well balanced.

M - Sweetish and slightly metallic this has some nice carbonation. Rather inviting.

O - Overall this was a nice beer from Rising Tide. Not my favourite one, but, a good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

amber in color with copious amounts of carbonation bubbling up toward the surface throughout. Nice white head on top, maybe an inch and a half before settling down to coat the inside of the glass for a minute. Interesting aroma, mix of grains, light bready malts, and a touch of a grassy, herbal hoppiness. Nothing crazy here but nicely balanced. Same could be said for the flavor, nice pale taste, light bready notes balancing a herbal sort of hop. Lightly sweet with a decent amount of carbonation, this one could go down like water.

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Photo of Doshkin
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - copper. quite translucent until the sediment at the bottom is added (my choice). big head and lots of pretty retention.

s - not much to smell here. very little hops and malts. reminds me of a Sam Adams Boston Lager

t - mild malt and hop characteristics. minor sweetess and bitterness. balanced all around and quite enjoyable.

m - i thought that the frothy, bubbly mouthfeel fit the medium body of the beer pretty well. ya, it would be hard to chug, but we like to enjoy our beer anyway, so that's not really a concern.

o - again, kinda reminded me of the well-balanced approach brought by a Boston Lager. obviously it is a different style of beer, but i'm just using the Boston as comparison since it is an enjoyable, sessionable beer. i won't get this beer again because it didn't stand out too much, but i did definitely enjoyed it and i'm glad i got it

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Photo of stonermouse
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Holy carbonation! Tough to pour this one. The head on this one stuck around at about a half inch for a good hour. Nice lacing. Copper color, as advertised.

Smell is generic, but a little too much like a day-old empty beer bottle to be remarkable. Has some malty sweetness, with a hint of a bottle redemption center. Meh.

Taste is decent, and a little unexpected. The flavors were much, much better the warmer this got. Fresh out of the fridge, it was metallic and a little dry. As it warms, it turns roasty, with a hint of smokey malt. There's a a bit of melon fruitiness, with some hop backing. Overall, decently complex.

Mouthfeel is OK, but there is just a ton of carbonation. It seems like the savory, roasted flavors would shine a bit more with a bit less bubbly.

Overall, this is a fairly nuanced, yet accessible brew. Decent.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber, no date to be found.

Pours a hazy copper with a massive head due to overcarbonation. Kind of tough to pour. Great clumpy lacing, and, of course, retention.

The aroma is clean and bready-malty, with some spicy hops.

Really big malt flavor, though a bit too much for a classic Altbier, not that this beer is trying to be that. Lots of toasted bread crusts, with a very restrained sweetness. Hop flavor and bitterness are spot-on for the style: firmly bitter and earthy. Mouthfeel is somewhat overcarbonated, and persists almost to the end of the bottle.

Second bottle from RT that has been overcarbonated and a bitch to pour. Oh well. Flavor's great though. Lots of potential for this new Portland brewer.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great Lost Bear, once again.

Murky dark orange, light brown. Some floaties. Looks rich and chalk full of goodness.

Strong malt aroma. Some apple and orchard fruits. Sweet. Some delicate spice comes and goes.

This is close to being a malt bomb, but dries out nicely on the end. The caramel and fruit flavors dance around. I get some wet, new leather in the back. Smoke? Nah, can't be. The feel is lighter than it looks like it would be. Prickly on the end. Actually went well with the Tuna Melt

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Photo of srandycarter
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark amber, nice near white head, slow to leave. Some lace apparent.

S - Very malty, overall. Don't discern much else.

T - Deep clean malt, deftly bittered.

M - Nice mix. Good balance and carb. Medium to light body

D - At this ABV and light flavors, very drinkable.

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Photo of silentjay
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a brown copper with a large off-white head that quickly recedes, yet laces very well.

leathery aroma with caramel, raisin, some toasted malts, some earthy and tea-like hops behind that.

a bit metallic and grainy, with some toasted malts and tea-like hops.

medium bodied with a nice, fluffy carbonation

a bit off-flavored. kinda hard to describe. its still pretty good, just my least favorite of the three Rising Tide beers I've tried.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ishmael pours a clear, dark copper color with a small, frothy head on top. As the foam dissolves the sides get coated in a sheet of lace. Several streams of small bubbles rise to the surface.

The aroma is rather faint. Hints of ripe fruit, grassy hops with caramel malt and bready yeast mixed in. I think I smell chocolate, but I could be imagining that.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft, somewhat dry, with an effervescent fizz. The flavor is very malty. It begins with caramel and toasted malt plus some bready yeast. In the middle some light fruit notes appear. It finishes mildly bitter with a touch of grassy hops. Once gone the caramel malt flavor lingers on the palate.

A tasty beer that's easy to drink. A nice session beer.

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Photo of gford217
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from Ben.

Pours a hazy orange amber with a small beige head that leaves really good lacing.

Aroma has light caramel malts with some toasted biscuit and floral noble-like hop aroma. Little bit of spicy yeast in the background.

The taste is most of the same with a very crisp earthy and floral hop kick up front with the toasted caramel malts supporting everything. Finish is dry and clean.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly carbonated.

Overall, a crisp and refreshing take on an alt. Fairly hoppy for the style but still really drinkable.

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nabbed this at RSVP in Portland on my Maine excursion.

Light creamy 1 finger head fades at a medium pace with a touch of lacing over semi clear copper reddish brown color.

Nose has some light toasty brown malts, little caramel malts, nice copper malty aroma, with some light earthy hops, light floral and earthy hop addition.

Taste starts with a crisp ale flavor, some toasty brown malts and a nice copper malt sweetness, light caramel, light sweet syrupy flavor, toasty malts, combined with more of a light earthy and slight grassy hop, semi bitter, not heavy, pretty much sessionable. Finishes a little more bitter, just starting to get astringent and a salty minerality taste, dry finish, with a bit of sweet malts on the finish.

Mouth is med bodied with decent carbonation.

Drink is decent, the slight salty minerality on the finish as well as slight astringent flavors take away a bit from the drinkability, but with a nice dry finish and smooth taste, it's almost sessionable.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.9/5  rDev +4%
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 Florida9
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark copper/light brown in color. Forms a fluffy tannish colored head that reduces down to a stable surface coating. Good lacing.

S: Strong aroma of citrus hops followed by bold caramel malts and a bit of yeast.

T: A good dose of caramel malt that is nicely balanced by the strong flavor of citrusy hops and a slight fruity twang. Moderate bitterness. Surprisingly clean tasting considering how malty this beer is.

M: Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Rather crisp and clean.

D: A surprisingly good beer, with a lighter body than expected, making for easier drinking.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.64/5  rDev -29.6%
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 gueuzeonhigh
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pour reminds me of unfiltered apple cider with a head.
It indeed is a copper color and with the residual bottle yeast is a murky copper color. The head is a small but dense layer of froth that laced the glass.

A noticeable nose of hops at first but on second sample over all a small nose-- maybe it's me.

Flavor is quite cordial-- a balanced blend of malt and yeast surrounded by hops bitterness.

The finish tapers to a clean bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is cordial- thanks to the long finish and mild carbonation.

Drinkability is superior aided by the relatively low ABV and the relatively mild flavor stance. The beer kept me sampling and enjoying.

Maybe it's my mood but this beer seems like it has the right combination of subtile flavor and mild characteristics for times when one wants a less that robust flavor but still a satisfying beer experience.

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Photo of dtlyons11
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a= I like the look to this one. Redish with some transparency on the bottom of the pint glass, an okay head that was thin but held surprisingly well.

s= Not much of a nose to speak of

t=pretty solid execution on this beer. A caramel malt hits you right off the bat but is quickly takes a back seat to a burst of carbonation. With closer examination you find a very nice yeast at the end. A slight bitterness lingers, as does the malt taste. There is flavor here, but not enough to excite me. Might have needed more time to grow in complexity.

m= fine feel to it, a touch more carbonation that you would expect from an Alt, but again, might have need more time.

d= decent beer that sort of reminds me of a brown. Fairly easy to drink and still has some flavor. I would drink it again.

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Photo of boralyl
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
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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Photo of jdhilt
2.87/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a khaki, four-finger head that fades slowly leaving a very good lace. Cloudy amber/red color, with some yeast left in bottle. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Indistinguishable nose. Flavor is a bready, barely sweet caramel with the hops coming in late. Lingering bitter aftertaste. $6.75 for a 22oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Muddy copper in color, with a light white finger of head. Laces a little bit.

Smell is a little muddled, but theres some slight fruity sweetness, and hints of citrus hops. Theres some breadiness too.

Taste is nice, with a fair yeasty characteristic, citrus sweet hops, and a bit of nutty, malt sweetness.

Feel is light in body, light carbonation and lingering creaminess.

Solid drinkability.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.35/5  rDev +16%
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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Photo of dciBA
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice solid copper color. Thin off white head fades quickly to nothing. Small amount of lacing as the level drops in my Stoudts Brewing Company stange.

Smell is very light, with some toasted malt and a hint of mild coffee. Taste is similar to smell with smooth toasted malt the predominate flavor. The coffee is gone replaced by a nice caramel flavor.

Medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation. This one finishes clean with the flavor lingering on the palate just long enough. A nice solid offering from maine's other nano brewery. I'll finish this bomber with ease, making it one of the more drinkable beers I've had.

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Photo of Jayli
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at RSVP in Maine
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a rich, clear copper color with a two finger of khaki colored head. Head recedes at a moderate pace and leaves minor wisps of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is extremely muted - barely even present.. what is there is mild, mild earthy hops and a bit of grain and malt.

T: Taste far supercedes the nose. Rich, but mild caramel and toffee fill the forefront of the flavoring here. Middle is filled with a nice pale malt flavoring. Finish is grassy, earthy hops and an aftertaste that reminds me of sunflower kernals.

M: Lighter side of medium body, low to moderate carbonation, clean body with a touch of an oily finish.

D: Goes down very easily, mild kick, not too filling, very good representation of style. This is a really solid beer. It's the first altbier that I enjoyed as opposed to simply appreciate that it met the style.

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Ishmael from Rising Tide Brewing Company
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