Rising Tide Brewing Company

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Rye Beer
Ranked #49
Ranked #16,552
3.9 | pDev: 11.54%
Rising Tide Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Very Good
Notes: Chart a new course with Daymark as your guide. We start with a classic, clean and crisp American pale ale brewed with spicy Columbus and Centennial hops. Then we accent the grain bill with rye grown on small local family farms right here in Maine and malted to our specifications at Valley Malts, an artisanal malt house. Finally we dry hop the finished beer for a bright floral aroma.
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rockaday from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber yellow. Significant head and lacing. Slightly seductive smell.

Flavor is dank and strong, sticky grapefruit rind, and some childhood candy I have trouble recalling -- maybe bubblegum ice cream? Slightly grassy, and just a tad of harshness in the throat.

Some really good elements to this beer. The candy flavor throws me for a loop though.

Would get again and consume in moderation.

Sep 19, 2020
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can dated 5/29/19.

Pours clear gold with an inch of white fluff. Decent retention and lacing. A hint of citrus in the nose. Faint orange or peach. Medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel. A hint of hops on the palate with zero malt and a drying bitterness. Finishes dry and quick.

Jun 27, 2019
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mike22ne from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good pale ale with citrus, pine, spicy hops. Crisp malt base with some grainy tones and good bitterness.

Had on tap, but the menu did not note the rye and I didn't notice it specifically before seeing the listing here. If I were looking for it maybe it would have been more apparent...

Oct 09, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance has a hazy light brown colored body with a frothy one finger white head that lasts a good two minutes. There are some bubbles on the sides of the glass separate of the head. There is very little lacing as the beer goes down. The smell is based around the hops, where’s the rye? hmmm... I do not notice anything else, no malts, ok, no big deal I guess. The taste is centered around the hops with a touch of malts ever so slightly in the background. There is some coriander that comes in close to the end of the beer. On the palate, it sits about a light to medium, and is quite creamy with a citrus/hops tang leaving a slight bite in the mouthfeel. Basically, for lack of better words, it is fun. I like it. I would say this is a pretty drinkable beer. Overall, this is a good beer. I have been enthralled by the appearance. I would have this again. However, I will ask this: is this a Rye Beer or an American Pale Ale? Whatever it is, it's well worthy of having again.

Jun 11, 2017
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GtBoros from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Lighter on taste than the trail ale. This one has a lovely fizzy feel very light taste. The finish is nice and hoppy a bit floral but also had s hint of pine. This Maine brewing company is awesome! Drunk at asticou inn Acadia park. 2017

Jun 04, 2017
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scotorum from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


Randomly chosen third on my list of ten Maine beers up for review in the next two weeks. Rising Tide is from Portland.

a; Translucent to clear gold with an inch thick white head. Head receded to even surface foam and dense lacing which hold up well to the end.

s: Moderate citrus.

t: Follows the nose with moderate hop bite over a bread/biscuit malt base. Dry finish with rye spiciness appearing as it warms.

m: Medium, good body and moderate tingle.

o; An excellent session "rye APA" which rivals my current favorite Fort Hill Farmers Fresh IPA for session brew goodness. A pleasant surprise worth looking for the next time I'm in Maine.

Apr 19, 2017
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle born 05.23.16

Pours hazy yellow gold with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells like pineapple, passionfruit, sweet guava, spicy rye, malty grain, orange, grapefruit, lemony citrus, with green herbal earthy grass and dank floral pine. Tastes like pineapple, passionfruit, guava, orange, grapefruit, lemony citrus, spicy rye, grainy malt, with green herbal earthy grass and dank floral pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice hoppy rye pale ale.

Aug 06, 2016
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scottbrew4u from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours into tulip a clear straw color with a foamy white head that settles nicely.
S: Lemon zest, grassy and herbal hop notes and a dry cracker malt base with spicy rye notes.
T: Dry bread, light spice from rye and bittering hops. Grassy and light lemon zest to add a tartness. Some floral hops notes too. More malt comes through to give a touch of sweetness.
M: Crisp light body and prickly carbonation. Slightly dry finish. No alcohol warming.
O: Different take on an APA but with a good recipe this one comes off clean and refreshing so a job well done. Paired well with bbq pulled pork!

Jul 31, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Ri Ra Irish Pub in Portland, ME.

This one pours a slightly hazy golden yellow, with a small quarter inch head,

Smells like grapefruit, bright orange, pine, and spicy grassy hop aromas.

I'm not sure if I would have been able to identify this as having rye in it. I didn't know when I ordered it, for sure. There's a nice clean juiciness to it, with a bitter clean pine thing going on underneath it. It seems a little simple, but it's still tasty.

This is lighter bodied, very crisp, with a good level of carbonation.

Very drinkable- I could imagine drinking a good amount of this and not getting fatigued with it. Nice stuff.

Jul 07, 2016
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HankSingle from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lovely fruity nose - just springs out of the bottle. Faint rye spice, and a warming, biscuity malt - a nice, gently sticky swallow. This is a really nice beer, far more APA than rye, just-so green and grain bitterness.

Jun 24, 2016
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Lonborgski from Maine

4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nicely balanced APA.
Poured from grocery store purchased 12oz bottler to snifter.
Deep gold color, slight haze. Head fades but substantial lacing.
Earthy fruity smell with and undercurrent of malt.
Taste is a very nice APA, fruity, a touch of bitterness, an noticeable toasted grains, but nothing overpowers.
Pleasant feel.
One of the better widely available Portland on the right coast locals.

Jun 17, 2016
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, honey gold coloring with a foamy, low profile, bubbly, white head. Aromas of spicy rye grains forward, with grassy and slightly bitter hops, citrus notes of lemon and grapefruit, and a subtle cracker backbone. Flavors are toasted grains and tropical fruits forward, with a blend of pineapple, melon, and mango noticeable. Some lemon grass, pepper, and pine tassel notes, too. The body is light and effervesced, with a short lived peppery and tropical aftertaste. The finish is slightly dry, smooth, and crisp.

Aug 23, 2015
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MA_hops from Vermont

4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap. Clear, light yellow in color and resembles a lager. Mildly citrus like in aroma with a mild citrus like taste to it. Somewhat watery mouthfeel, with a slight bitter/hoppy presence to it. Very Crisp and refreshing. Perfect summer beer!!

Aug 23, 2015
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illpass78 from Maine

3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a house pint.

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark straw with a big pillowy, foamy white head that almost looks like cake icing and sticks around with good retention. Nice lacing on the way down.

Aroma: Smells of rye toast, crackers, and some hop bitterness.

Taste: Nice balance of spiciness from the rye and fruity flavor from the hops. Solid malt backbone, too. Really good beer to pair with pizza.

Mouthfeel: Easy on the palate. A little less than medium depth I'd say.

Overall: Very nice session ale from Rising Tide. Way more interesting than your average blonde/pale ale. I love a good rye beer and this is one.

Apr 11, 2015
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Getting some Rising Tide reviews in this week. First was Zephyr and then Calcutta Cutter which I thought were both good. Now for their take on a Rye APA and hopefully some more brews in the future; another solid New England brewer to the list.

A- Super pale golden bodied in my stemmed glass with plenty of haze but no murk. Thick puffy froth rises to over one finger with good retention receding to a large ring. Lace is fairly sparse with spots and webs.

S- Spicy, zesty hops and spicy bready cracked rye grains at the forefront. Floral, cooking herbs, slight grassy, orange peel and pale fruit notes come to mind.

T- Fruits open up a bit more seemingly from the hops but could be from the yeast in some cases. Up front are notes of spicy hops, orange, bitter lemon zest, herbs, dried stone fruit and floral tones. Yeast bread complimented by the spicy, slightly sweet rye.

MF- Creamy and puffy body promoted by a high carbonation level which I suspected from the very loud hiss (no rising foam though). Crisp overall and medium bodied all ending with a spicy bitterness.

Rye spice compliments the hop profile rather well. I feel like this is a bit underrated because it isn't a tropical citrus bomb but I find it to be a well brewed ale.

Mar 08, 2015
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on February 12, 2015

The pour is yellow with a long lasting white foamy head. Busy carbonation.

The aroma has a grainy malt character but a notable lemongrass or at least lemon citrus note.

Light to medium body.

The taste also has a grainy, grassy taste with that lemon bite.

Feb 12, 2015
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampling a cold bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottle was "born" 8/11/14. The beer pours a clear bright golden hue with bleached white head of 2 cm foaming up. Head is frothy and fades slowly leaving some scattered lattice as it drops. There is a bit of cloudy sediment towards the bottom of the bottle that creates some wisps of beige spiraling through the beer.
Aroma is mild with some grainy malt and a bit of floral hops. I also get just a whiff of spicy rye, but that is even more mild. The nose is appealing but generally not very robust.
First sip reveals a light body with very fine and tingly carbonation. The beer drinks very easy. Flavor is some sweet caramel, grainy malt and some grassy hops on the finish. the hops are crisp and linger a bit after each swallow. My palate also dries out quite a bit on the finish.
No real rye hints and certainly no ABV either. the burps are all hops with grass and herbal tea notes.
Quite a quaffable brew and well made. The rye having just a bit more flavor profile would enhance the beer, but otherwise I enjoy this one.

Feb 11, 2015
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.39/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: slight haze; light gold in color; a lot of bubbles rising; 1 finger white head that receded to a thick cap; light lacing;

S: muted; slightly floral;

T: perfumy; gets more intense through mid-palate and then begins to fade toward the end; no real malt character; no rye character;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: the perfumy hops need something to balance them out;

Jan 28, 2015
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JAFoley from New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

A - Pale hazy blond body with nice foamy white head. Very good retention and lacing.

S - Lemon grass hops and rye spiciness

T - Lemon and floral hops upfront followed by nice rye maltiness.

M - Medium/light body with moderate/high carbonation. Slick, wet, and very drinkable.

O - This was great. Not overly complex but a good light and dry rye ale. Would make a great barbecue sixer.

Nov 25, 2014
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argock from Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -7.7%

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an oversized wineglass. Bottled on 052314 on side of label. Single purchased at Craft Beer Cellar (Waterbury, VT).

A: Lemon yellow, slightly hazy, with 1/2-finger of off-white head with average retention and a few random spots of lace.

S: Somewhat earthy, dirty aroma, herbal presumably from the rye, with lemon-lime citrus hoppiness and crackery pale maltiness. (3.75)

T: Very lemony without being overly tart or sour, rougher herbal notes from the rye, and a very slight hint of pale maltiness, almost pilsner like. Good but nothing special. (3.5)

M: Smooth and balanced with a light body, light carbonation, and dry finish. (3.75)

O: Not a bad beer but nothing to notable. Not worth the higher price per bottle ($3).

Aug 20, 2014
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tumbler: color is straw gold, opaque, head is bright white and presents about 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to a ring and laces the glass.

Smell is crisp, hoppy, fresh aroma, fruitiness and some light pine and earthy notes; malt is toast and biscuits, but lighter than the hop note.

Taste is also crisp, very clean flavors, malt is more noticeable than aroma but the hops are still very fresh and present. Malt flavors are toast, biscuit and some light earth from the rye. Hops are more earthy and piney than presented in the smell, but very enticing and bittering.

Mouthfeel is crisp and drying, focused on the tongue.

Overall a very crisp and aromatic pale ale, the rye is noticeable in the flavor but less so in the aroma with a crisp dry mouthfeel.

Aug 07, 2014
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, light gold in color, high carbonation, hazy

Smell: citrus hops, lime, and lemon

Taste: citrus hops, pale malt, lime, and lemon--light rye

Mouthfeel: sweetish start with a slightly bitter finish, light bodied with high carbonation

Overall: An interesting pale ale/rye beer with a lot more lime taste to it than I had anticipated. The rye is there but it is faint. I have had better from this brewery, but I would not turn this down.

May 27, 2014
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Omnium from Pennsylvania

3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber > Pint Glass
This also includes notes from on tap at the brewery.

A - Pours cloudy straw with two fingers of foamy white head, thick lacing.
S - Very floral, grassy, a touch of earthy hop spice, some citrus and light tropical scents
T - Taste is similar to aroma, but extremely lacking in bottle form, on tap it had a little more kick, some more of those tropical notes and some pine. From the bottle sample its just a touch of citrus and some grass and fades out to a real mild bitterness.
M - Watery and thin, still bright and crisp.
O - Starts out decent, but goes downhill fast.

Nov 12, 2013
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Golden pour with some yellow bubbly foam. The cornerstone to this one is rye, grains and hops, with combine in the nose to give the rye some fellow bitter buddies, almost like bitter rye bread. Taste is mellowed slightly by malts, but otherwise still bitter and bright. Solid rye beer

Aug 01, 2013
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metter98 from New York

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy dark yellow in color and has some yeast particles visible near the bottom of the glass. It poured with a finger high dense white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface and a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy and floral hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste seems like a pale ale with notes of citrusy flavors and a light amount of bitterness but there some spicy notes of rye towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite drinkable and the use of rye adds a twist of spiciness to the finish.

Jun 15, 2013
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