Ursa Minor | Rising Tide Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rising Tide Brewing Company
Maine, United States
risingtidebrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
161
Reviews:
56
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
12.34%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
29
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 161 |  Reviews: 56
Photo of ppoitras
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere localish.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" dark tan head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head is down to a skim promptly, with leggy lacing. Aroma is anise and dark malts.

Taste begins with a quick shot of dark sweetness, which quickly gives way to balancing bitterness, and then a touch of alcohol smoothing through the close. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin for the style, but goes down easy, and drinkability is good. Pretty sessionable for a hearty stout.

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Photo of Kelp
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pitch black color with a tiny brown head

S: Plenty of roastiness, along with quite a bit of fruitiness from the yeast. Also get a touch of wheat and chocolate

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with roastiness and dark chocolate, followed by dark fruits and wheat. Transitions well, which provides a nice complexity

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: A nice, flavorful stout with a subtle wheat kick and dark fruits from the yeast. Definitely different because of this, but that's a good thing. Pick this up if you want something different

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Photo of In_Control_Mike
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of nebula1999
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of 603beerlovah
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of Satchboogie
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of rderedin
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

Photo of tneenan1
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of puboflyons
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle marked 111BORN-NOV12. Sampled on March 18, 2013.

The color of the pour is very dark brown to charcoal black with a small, short-lived beige head.

Coffee and dark malts lead the aromas with a mellower subtle hop note around the edges. Little in the way of wheat.

The body is medium and thinner than I might like in a stout.

While the coffee and dark malts are still noticeable in the taste there is also a slight dark fruit like cranberry or plum playing up a bit. It is not difficult to drink.

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Photo of tigg924
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
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 Brad007
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black with a thin brown head into my glass. The title is perplexing. What exactly is a weizen stout? Come to think of it, this isn't a stout at all.

Cocoa and sweet, sweet clove greet the nose. It's like a demented milk stout in my opinion. Complex.

Cocoa, roasted coffee, clove and wheat sum up the flavors. Very reminiscent of a brown ale as well but with weizen yeast. It's not viscous like an ordinary stout though.

Lingering cocoa and clove flavors punctuate the mouthfeel. Very mellow. Easy to enjoy.

It's certainly not a kristalweizen or a weizenbock for sure. Similar to the beer I reviewed before this in the way that it's an experimental take on combining two styles.

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Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of DonFrap
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of erlenmeyer
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of oline73
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours black as night with over a finger of foamy tan head. The head sticks around pretty nicely.

Smell: Rather sweet but light. I'm getting some dark fruit and a hint of molasses. There is also a slightly fruity note in the mix.

Taste: Like a sweet stout, but a bit lighter. There is a cocoa like roasty note, but there is a bready sweet malt note that shows up as well. I'm getting a lot of dark fruit and come molasses. The finish is sweet and slightly roasty.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with a ton of carbonation. The finish is slightly dry.

Overall: This is a very interesting beer. Reminded me a bit of a roasty oktoberfest. I'd have it again.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of dunix
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Envelopes
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of kaelingirl
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Ursa Minor from Rising Tide Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 161 ratings.
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