Ursa Minor | Rising Tide Brewing Company

Ursa MinorUrsa Minor
161 Ratings
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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Photo of womencantsail
1.85/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks for sharing, Dan.

The pour is dark brown, almost black, with a khaki head. The nose on this is just awful. Burnt plastic, chemical solvents, rubber, and maybe even some smoke. Blech. The flavor is no better. Still lots of burnt plastic notes, rubber, acidity, and some roast and smoke. Terrible.

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2/5  rDev -48.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -41.7%

Photo of joehenrynorris
2.48/5  rDev -35.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
2.96/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

The wealth of carbonation makes this less-than-tasty stout even more difficult to enjoy.

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of rfgetz
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark dark brown with fizzy cola like head, gone quickly with little retention. Scent is a blend of dark roasted and charred grain along with tangy wheat, notes of chocolate and coffee with a light metallic twang. Taste follows suit, the tangy wheat and charred grain combine with a thin medium body and present more "meh" than "yay". Only the second wheat based stout i've had (haandbryggeriet dark force being the other), but neither has really stuck out as bringing the best each style can offer.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of TrojanRB
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of kalosjakar
3.37/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First off, this is the second bottle Ive opened and both times I was surprised by how much carbonation there was when popping it open. When you pour it, it foams up like no other beer and not in a good way.

Pours dark black with a coca cola looking head and unfortunately this beer is more foamy than coca cola. Ive tried pouring three times now and my glass is still less than half full. Finally have decent pour and the head which has since faded down quite a bit, looks good. A bit of creaminess to it.

Aroma is roasted malt and a slight chocolate note. Perhaps a bit of bready character but not much else.

Taste: medium mouthfeel, also yet again it reminds me of coca cola because of the high carbonation. Rising Tide should really address this if they intend to brew this again.

Roasted, slightly sweet chocolate notes.

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Photo of seeswo
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Cam. Thanks man.

Pours a very dark brown with a slight, way off-white head. The nose is roasted malts and not a whole lot else. Pretty low key. The taste is just slightly off of what a lot of imperial stouts bring to the table. That dry roastiness is replaced with a dry wheatiness, which is both slightly odd and yet., it works. That said, those represent the entirety of the dimensions of this beer. The mouthfeel is fine, maybe slightly high carbonation with a good body. Overall, it is a bit forgettable in spite of being a beer defined by something I've never heard before (Weizen stout).

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tigg924
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: black in color, opaque, 1/4 creamy head, medium-highcarbonation

Smell: cocoa, dark chocolate, and light wheat

Taste: cocoa, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and light wheat

Mouthfeel: medium body for the style, medium carbonation, sweet with rich bitterness

Overall:Solid, but not spectacular stout. I was searching for a wheaty taste in this one and found it to be minimal. Not a bad beer, but not one i would rush to get again.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a thin fizzy brown head that fades very quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, dark fruit, licorice, wheat, some chocolate and coffee and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with flavors of dark fruit, licorice, chocolate and coffee. Then a strong breadiness comes in from wheat and a hearty roasted malt character. The hops presence is very mild as you would expect nut there isn’t much balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little crisp and a little smooth, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, not the best representation of style, there are definitely several better choices within the style.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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Ursa Minor from Rising Tide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 161 ratings
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