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%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
40
For Trade:
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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 202
Photo of Flounder57
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just picked this up on the way back from Maine today and the beer is not too bad for a startup brewery.

Hard to believe this beer got released within the past few months. Now I know why this is a Portland beer I haven't seen yet at Oak Hill in Scarborough.

A - Copper red with a thin head some lacing.

S - smells like a copper ale. Only basing it on the copper ale from Otter Creek that I have had.

T - Taste like a copper ale in the sense that it is a little malty, slight hop character, and crisp

M - Creamy

D - The beer is very drinkable

Serving type: 22 oz. bomber

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Photo of gtn80
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

Appearance is a nice brown with ruby highlights when held up to light. Nice off white head, about a finger of foam.

Smell isn't blowing me away. Not much of an aroma, very clean. Even as the beer warmed it isn't throwing off alot of aroma.

Taste is very solid. Slightly bitter on the finish, the hops persist after you swallow. The hops are of the grassy sort, no citrus or floral here. Tastes like alot of munich malt.

Mouthfeel is good, nice and full bodied, enough carbonation to lift the beer off the tongue.

Drinkability is great, no problems getting through the bomber, and the crisp bitterness cleans the palate.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured form a cellar temperature bottle into a pint glass. This bottle is from the first general release batch, not part of the pre-release.

The beer pours a hazy brown color, with a big head of tan foam. There is some carbonation rising within the glass.

The beer has a nice light hop aroma. I'd say it falls somewhere between grassy and piney. It isn't a very strong scent.

Ishmael has a solid copper ale flavor. The malts are pale and provide a good base. Grassy hops aren't overpowering, nor too bitter, but their flavor is long lasting. An overall crispness to the flavor reminds me of munching on grains.

A medium body holds a good amount of carbonation. I can feel tiny bubbles throughout each swallow. A thin coat retains a lot of malt flavors.

This is a very drinkable beer. I will have problems drinking the entire 22oz bottle. I could even have a second one. This is a good initial offering from this new brewery.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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 twelvsies
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Caught this out of the corner of my eye while getting groceries today at Whole Foods. What's this? A new Maine brewery? Sold!

Pours a somewhat cloudy copper, hazy and a creamy head. Not a lot going on in the way of aroma - some toasty malt character and some dusty hops. Luckily the flavor is more hearty than hinted at by the nose. Nice maltiness to this beer - soft and bready, touch of caramel, fresh grain flavor. The hops are subtly playing their part, adding a nice fresh herbal finish. Well rounded and balanced, not particularly "showy", but very tasty. I like the mild sweetness. And it's got a great texture - really soft and smooth down the gullet and a supreme session beer.

Interesting choice for a debut beer - not particularly a lot of personality, but a really nice mellow flavor and really a pretty tasty beer. Reminds me of a mild or something. Will definitely keep an eye out for other beers from these guys. Goodluck to them, and cheers!

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Photo of Casey10
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I liked this it is a nice easy beer and it is exciting to have yet another brewery here in Maine.

A - Copper red with a thin head some lacing.

S - Smell of sort of grapes and some kind of grains/nuttyness.

T - The taste is like the smell sort of coppery tasting not bad.

M - Creamy sorta kind of a dry feel here.

D - Not bad but perhaps not my cup of tea either. Not sure if I would have another but it is worth a try and may try again if offered.

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Photo of girltuesday
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.26/5  rDev +13.6%
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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Photo of sogrady
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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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