Ursa Minor | Rising Tide Brewing Company

Ursa MinorUrsa Minor
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Ursa MinorUrsa Minor

Brewed by:
Rising Tide Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dark as squid ink and moody as the sea, Ursa Minor is our take on a winter wheat beer. Starting with a German wheat-beer yeast and a base of malted wheat, we added a blend of dark crystal and roasted malts to create a wheat stout. Redolent of dark fruit, weizen yeast esters, and roasted barley, Ursa Minor is perfect for an icy winter’s eve.

Added by dciBA on 12-18-2010

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Black/brown in appearance with only a minimal tan colored head and not much lacing. Aroma is of toasted marshmallows, wood, chocolate, and malts. Taste is of dark fruits, cocoa, and oak. Medium bodied at best but coats well enough and has nice drinkability. To summarize; this is a really good stout with a unique twist that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I haven't done a review in over a year but this beer almost demanded it. It is rare anymore when I am really surprised by a beer but this one is really flying under the radar.

Pours like liquid gold, totally black body and a beautiful two finger thick rich milk chocolate brown head. All the looks of a big bold stout.

Smell is soft and rich, but more like a Scottish ale with the dominant malt tones. Subtle and slightly musky sweet on the nose.

Taste is not what I expected but is truely wonderful. Rich, creamy and overall very mellow for a stout. Malt is well balanced and prickly sweet on the tongue. This almost comes off more like a porter or black ale, but in all the right ways. So smooth and almost sessionable for a 6.7% stout. Mouthfeel is just perfect. I really could drink this brew by the growler full.

I am a hardcore stout fan and don't mind at all that this stout is a bit soft. It is absolutely delicious!

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4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased bomber for $7 on 1/29/11 from Lighthouse Wine & Seafood in Manchester, ME.

I thought Rising Tide's Ishmael was a solid, if unspectacular, first effort. A little pricey as a starting price point, but I definitely wanted to give them another try.

As a "Weizen Stout" this beer drew on mostly German ingredients... which did not excite me, quite honestly. Totally unneccesary though -- this was amazing!

Nearly black pour with attractive tan head... I get both Weizen and Stout characteristics in the aroma... A cacophany of flavors hit your tongue: chocolate, banana, vanilla, hazelnut, roastiness and bitterness... Medium bodied, spot on carbonation, and very clean.

Simply put, this one shocked me. I thought it came together just perfectly. The best beer I have had for a couple of months. Try it.

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4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BobZ
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into my Duvel Tulip, 2010 vintage.

Appearance: Rich dark brown, builds a big billowy dark tan head of 3” that slowly recedes to about an 1”. Very nice looking beer.

Smell: Roasted malt and chocolate come through right away, smells as nice as any other solid stout.

Taste: Wow what a nice surprise, up front you get the chocolate and the roasted malt then the weizen yeast flavors subtly creep in adding a really nice dimension to the beer. I don’t get an overwhelming banana or clove, just some nice hints beneath the bittersweet chocolate. Very flavorful beer.

Mouthfeel: Aggressively carbonated which helps build that initial head but also actually adds to a smooth mouthfeel and a clean palate.

Overall: This was a very unique take on a stout, I’ll be buying more on my next trip to Maine. Congratulations to a new brewery trying something different and making it work well. Very good beer.

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4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a darker colored fluffy 1.5 finger head that fades semi slowly over jet black colored beer, just the faintest hint of signs of light come through on the corners, keeping it from pitch black.

Nose is interesting, a nice dark malt, light roast and black patent malt, a nice smoked malt aroma too, slight smoked cheese, some light caramel and vanilla, hint of dark chocolate, a bit of a dark wheat aroma, hard to detect, but once I'm used to the dark malts just a faint hint of yeast fruits come through.

Taste starts with a nice smoked malt, light smoke, some darker malts, light black patent and light roast, little toffee, caramel, chocolate, etc. Then there is a definite weizen flavor, some wheats both dark and light cut through, with a bit of an interesting spicy weizen flavor, also a hint of hefe yeast fruits and wheats. Some light creamy oats and fluffy flavors, light spices (not real spices, spices from the hefe style yeast). Finishes fairly dry, some bitter spicy and slightly earthy hops start to come through on the finish, some light lingering roast and smoke, and lighter and crisp.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, lightly creamy, with decent carbonation.

Overall a pretty good beer. THey combined weizen style dark wheats with a nice German Hefe spicy and fruity yeast, and some nice dark malts blended, and just a bit of spicy and earthy hops to finish. A good job of innovation.

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4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An impressive second offering from Rising Tide that does not disappoint!

I was fortunate to get a glass on draught at the GLB two weeks ago during the Brewer's preview before the Ursa Minor sold out (in less than two hours!). I just picked up a couple of bottles (at RSVP in Portland) in time for the holidays. I have visions of Ursa dancing in my head . . . .

Ursa pours a beautiful, rich black and it offers a nice bouquet that smells like roasted bananas to me. The taste is complex but well-balanced: Initial sip offers the sort of roast-y goodness one would expect from a stout. And though it's got a bit of bite it is nicely followed by toffee and banana (though it's not sweet). Notably, Ursa has a nice, clean finish; it is not cloying on the palate like some stouts/full-bodied beers.

Also notable: it's not a heavy stout. Despite the complexities in the palate, its effervescence keeps it light, making it very drinkable and accessible.

They're on a roll--cannot wait for Rising Tide's next offering!

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4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another new Maine beer from Ben.

I was really surprised at how great this looked out of the bottle. Almost completely black with a big, super thick tan head that showed excellent retention and lacing. One of the best looking standard stouts I've seen.

Aroma is really nice as well, almost smells like chocolate covered bananas. Lots of roasted chocolate malts balanced with the fruitiness of the wheat.

The taste isn't quite as robust as the look and nose would suggest, a lighter version of the nose is how I'd describe it. The chocolate is a little more muted and there is a tad more toasty character. There is still plenty of fruit with the finish being a mixture of dry cocoa and overripe bananas.

Mouthfeel is decent but not quite as full and creamy as I was expecting. Moderate carbonation and light to medium bodied.

I'm pretty impressed with this one and have to say that the aroma and look were close to world class for the style. The taste isn't quite as impressive but the bar was set pretty high when it came out of the bottle. Diggin' it.

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4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Ursa Minor from Rising Tide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 76.4% out of 100 with 161 ratings
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