Daymark | Rising Tide Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Rising Tide Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of bishopdc0
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass.

The head on this is big and dense little bubbles. It is cream and hugs the glass perfect. The color is hazy straw and orange with a creamy quality.

The nose is spice hops with a citrus backing. The malt is sweet but the hops and eventually the rye take the back.

The taste matches the nose. Sweet and creamy at first but quickly is dry with a bitterness from the hops. very nice.

The feel on this is great.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint glass.

Out of the bottle this thing foams like crazy. Head is huge and takes long to settle, or dare I say... slowly. White head so foamy and big bubble bath galore, I want to jump and dive in!, with a body that looks like it should be a Hefeweizen. Dull lemon cloudy solid body all throughout very opaque. Monster retention for the head leaving a huge cap, and giant clumpy stickyness. I am a fan! This is like an aggressive looking Hefeweizen. I am blown away by this appearance.

Bouquet is a nice soft grained but dry sense, and of IPA grapefruit feeling. Excellent hop profile very unexpected. Bold lucious.

Lots going on here. Lemon thick juice and grapefruit sugars in the mid palate. Hop bitterness and citrus punch on the swallow of grapefruit. No wet texture at all, pulls the flavor and leaves a somewhat dry finish. Almost even creamy in taste.

Overall.. wow I am a fan!! This is easily the best Rye beer I've had, although it tastes like a very distinct American IPA.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to gary for continued maine hookups!

a - opened the bottle and filled my E snifter...poured a nice crisp pale yellow with a generous frothy white head. classic plae ale looks. murky with visible carbonation. head hung out for a while. very sticky lacing.

s - nice citrus burst. good sweetness. nice balance. makes my mouth water. great hop.

t - wow, great candied hop flavor. the rye balances things out and the dry hop finish works well on this beer. this is a really nice hop forward pale ale with a touch of rye. very nice. very impressive. great sweetness, great balance.

m - medium bodied. good. nice carbonation.

o - overall, very impressed with this beer. it is a great pale ale with a subtle hop forward sweetness.

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Photo of Lonborgski
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cellar temperature bottle is poured into the center of a pint glass. A huge white bubbly head rises up from the translucent, golden straw colored liquid. Rising carbonation can been seen within. As the head recedes, lots of lacing is left behind.

Daymark has a very good fresh hop aroma. It is slightly bitter and grassy. I can also smell some of the rye malts, which rounds out the nose nicely.

The beer has a crisp, fresh taste. Bitter flavors are present from the get go, and linger after I swallow. There is a touch of sweetness, but it isn't distracting. In fact, I was drinking this beer faster, I would probably miss it. The rye flavors is present, but I find the hops to be the central component. It isn't hoppy as an American Pale Ale, but it does remind me of another new Maine beer, Baxter's Pamola XPA.

Body and carbonation are both mid-range. The beer has the slightest syrupy feel to it; it isn't watery at all and only gives a tiny amount of resistance to being swallowed. A good coat is left behind, one that tingles and possesses some good hop flavors.

As a local, fresh beer, this one is top notch. I can see myself enjoying a few of these this summer. And though the beer lends itself well to summer months, I don't think it would be unwelcome at cooler times. This is definitely a beer worth checking out.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a hazy golden-orange. A large, creamy, bone-white head sits confidently atop the beer. Retention is great. A thin coating of lacing paints the walls of the glass. This is a great looking beer.

S: Floral and spicy hops with lively notes of citrus underneath. Malt smells bready, grainy, and lightly honeyed. Yeast smells bready and ever so slightly chalky.

T: Hops on the attack. Floral and herbal/spicy with a mild grapefruit rind and pine resin bitterness. A good dose of rye hits on the mid-palate and compliments the hop spiciness nicely. Bread and soft grainy tastes ride on the coattails of the rye. A pleasant earthy yeast taste adds further nuance. Oily, spicy hops and spicy rye come back toward the end and linger on into the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Substantial and full in the mouth, smooth and well-rounded. Moderate carbonation.

O: This is a great American Pale Ale. The marriage of rye and a nice spicy hop profile is a harmonious one. The brewers weren't afraid to get a little creative here, but they didn't stray too far from the style. The result is a beer that colors outside the lines a bit, but still retains that classic APA feel. Tasty, nuanced, and creative. Great stuff.

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a Rising Tide offering on-tap at a bar in Portland, ME that was quite good and made a point of picking up a bottle on my way out of Maine.

A: Pours a cloudy golden-orange colour with a very tall, fuzzy, and somewhat creamy, stark-white coloured foam head. Very good retention and very good lacing.

S: Plenty of citrus in the form of tart grapefruit, lots of pine, caramel sweetness, and faint bready malts in the background.

T: Similar to smell, with tart citrus and bitter pine complimented nicely with a robust malt backbone. Very clean tasting (despite the hazy look) and very refreshing.

M: Quite good for the ABV with a creamy mouthfeel and a good amount of carbonation. Slightly resiny and earthy which is a plus here.

D: Would happily drink another. This is a crisp and refreshing pale ale with a lot of grapefruit character. Plus, the bottle logo is pretty cool.

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Photo of GuyIncognito
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally tried the Daymark last night. I think I've found a rye beer I like! Daymark is an exceptionally well made beer, with great balance. The earthy, bready rye comes through, but it is still a crisp, drinkable ale. All Rising Tide beers are made with a lot of care, and it is no surprise that Daymark is their flagship beer.

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Photo of cavedave
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Drazzamatazz for this Maine gem!

It pours a very cloudy straw color, plenty of hanging yeast in this baby. Crazy off white head lasts for a while then a cap, and some sheets of finely bubbled lace remain on the glass for the ride. Looks like a homebrew, and I mean that in the best possible way. Nice!

Smell is neutral sweet, some spicy rye, citrus hops, light tart which could be the rye but I'm thinking is the yeast. Very enticing aroma, I am drooling as I smell this.

Woahh, really unique flavor to this baby. Unlike the pales I've tried, also unlike the rye ales I've tried, but with good features of both. Rye fronts the sip, and picks up some nice citrus and herbal bitter as well as some nice neutral sweet (but not so sweet as you'd think from the bouquet). Very full flavored, it comes on strong and builds on the palate, with each flavor taking center stage at times as the beer warms. It ends with the citrus picking up its pithy bitter character, and the rye cresting into some nice bitter herbosity. This brew rocks!!

Mouthfeel is a joke rated for style so forget the style rating. It is as viscous as many IIPA's, full of resiny hop and fine particulate yeast goodness, nicely low carb., and a finish that is just short of epic. Giving it a 4 cause this how daddy likes it.

What a surprise to find such a unique flavor and delicious beer. Most of my favorite beers for the last year have been small, unknown, local breweries. Add this one to the list. Highly recommended, thank you Mr. Matazz!!!!

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to baconsausage

pours a murky dark golden yellow. massive head on this, almost annoying in a way. thick lacing and retention.

very bright and zesty. lots of rye and hops. bitterness abound.

rye is very zesty. compliments the flowery and pine bitterness. lots of vibrance in this.

light and easy, mild carbonation.

lots of fun. very easy to drink and refreshing. loved this. only beef is the massive head in the pour.

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Photo of dciBA
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 22oz bottle into an oversized tulip. The color is a cloudy yellow. About a finger of frothy white head forms and seems to be lingering for a while.

Smell is dominated by hops, but they rye makes it's presence known as well. The hops are citrusy but some spiciness as well that meshes with the rye perfectly. There's also a noticeable bready malt smell to back everything up. Very pleasant on the nose, with not one smell completely overpowering the others.

Flavor is similar. The rye hits your tongue first but isn't strong at all, just the right amount really. A blast of fresh hop flavor follows. The bready malt in the smell mixes into the taste perfectly and balances the beer out perfectly.

Mouthfeel is top notch. The rye adds a nice amount of body to a beer that you wouldn't expect to have after seeing the color. Carbonation is perfect, and the finish is on the dry side. Each sip leaves you with rye flavor that lingers for a while. Overall a very well done beer with the perfect amount of rye flavor and smell.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My reward for a two hour run yesterday.

Hazy dark straw color with an runaway head. Lacey diarrhea splatter mess.

Prickly grapefruit and lemon sugar candy aroma. Multi-grain cracker underneath.

The prickly hop citrus mixes with the rye spice very well. Crisp and refreshing is as cliche as a beer review gets - but it's true. Carbonation is...zippy? Body is a tad light. Other than the rye the malt is pretty much a dead starfish.

A lot of good pale ales coming out of Maine as of late. Daybreak is equally as good as Spring Peeper, MO and it's other hoppy pale ale neighbors.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Drazzamatazz for this great beer. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a hazy golden color. About two fingers of slight off white head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipates slowly leaving some great looking chunky lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – Nice floral hops, grass, pine, a hint of citrus, and slight bread/pale malts in the background.

Taste – You can taste the Rye right away. A slightly bitter rush is experienced at the start with the nice floral and pine flavors melding nicely into a slight bready, caramel and pale malt backbone. Not insanely hoppy, but also not overly sweet (huge plus). This is an all around excellent rye beer.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, plenty of carbonation, finishes dry from the rye.

Overall – A very enjoyable beer that is extremely drinkable (quaffable if you will). A great amount of flavor for “only” being 5.5%. If they sold this in a six pack, and actually where I live, I would for sure get some of these to have on a hot summer day.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tapered glass. The color is a hazy orange. There is a gigantic head that leaves a lot of sticky lacing.

The aroma is full of citrus and cantaloupe. There is a bit of sweetness in the aroma to make this all the more appealing, like a fruit salad.

The taste starts out with just a touch of malt sweetness. There is a nice tang that I would attribute to the rye malt; this goes well with the slightly piney hop flavor. The finish is nice, clean, and bitter.

The body is medium and the carbonation is on the creamier side of sharp.

I really love this beer. There is a lot of hop flavor that goes well with the rye malt.

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Photo of scotorum
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Labeled as an American Pale Ale with locally grown rye.

Pours a pale straw yellow color with a decent haze in the glass, wicked huge white fluffy head that fades at a slow to moderate rate, decent amount of patchy lacing on the glass.

Smell has a nice blend of citrusy hops and sweet malt, the two really balance each other and compliment, I'd say the hops take the edge though.

Taste starts out with a very bitter hop bite to it, follows up with a citrus rind aftertaste which is also slightly bitter, carbonation is sharp and crisp, for a pale ale this drinks rather heavy and bready at times no doubt a result of the rye.

Another very solid beer from Rising Tide, I like that they brew accessible beers with their own little twist on things.

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Photo of Casey10
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really nice brew pours a light yellow color nice sticky lacings on the side, slight head.

Has a nice crisp taste with a slight pine smell. I might have leaded more toward a apa as opposed to a rye beer but that being said I haven't had a lot of experience with rye beers and more than likely is what I am picking up with the smell and taste that makes it a bit different then other apas I have had.

Overall a good beer nice to have on a hot day.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with 2 fingers worth of head that retains well and leaves some nice lacing

S: Spicy hops stand out, along with the rye and some light lemon/citrus/floral hops

T: Starts out with the hops and slowly moves into the rye. The spiciness of the hops masks the rye in the beginning, but once the hops fade a bit, the rye shines more. Slightly bitter, but not too bad

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice and crisp, smooth and refreshing

O: A great anytime beer, and nearly perfect for the warm weather. The hops and rye malt compliment each other extremely well

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Photo of rudzud
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at a Trader Joe's up in Portland, Maine on a beerventure to Allagash and beyond!

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a super light, slightly hazy gold with a big, rocky/sudsy three finger white head that slumps to leave a dense, thick quarterinch blanket.

S - Very nice centennial and columbus hop notes (citrus and lemon) with some very light malt sweetness.

T - More fo the nose with those pleasant hops (mostly citrus this time, orange) and some light malt sweetness to cut into the hop bitterness.

M - Smooth and creamy with a nice clean bitter finish.

O - Nice surprise here. Its a very enjoyable balance of hops and malts. Would definately buy this again. So far all the Rising Tide's I've sampled are solid. Would continue to buy from this brewery.

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Photo of ggilman
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This isn't a style I'm familiar with, however, as a local brewery, I've been wanting to try their beers for a while, and this one interested me the most.

22oz. bomber poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy wheat color. The color of golden raisins, with a tight stark white head that laces a bit, but doesn't cling. The head settles quickly. The dry hopping gives a good whiff of hops up front. Herbal and fruity. A clean crisp ale, that hits you with a wall of bitterness. Bitters linger deeply in the dry finish. Herbal dry hops with an alcohol kick. Initially, it was a bit much, but you settle into it, and begin to look forward to the next bitter wave. A creamy mouthfeel makes this enjoyable to drink. For some reason I'm thinking of bitter white grape juice fermented with stems. Rugged. Hop oil residue coats the mouth. Peppery spicyness in the back of the throat lingers along with the dry hop. A complex concoction.

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Photo of ChrisPro
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Novare Res

A - Clear golden, with a nice little creamy head.

S - Some nice fruit and a touch of pine hops, and a little spicy caraway on the nose.

T - Very well balanced clean pale ale. This has a hint of honey up front and then an enjoyable piercing bitter to finish with the rye lingering on the tongue.

M - Light-bodied with pretty sharp carbonation.

O - On a warm summer day, this is the kind of beer I'd want. The rye keeps me from drinking too many, but it's incredibly refreshing and a great rye pale ale. Definitely bringing a bomber or two of this home with me.

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Photo of silentjay
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy golden color with a huge cloud-like white head that fills almost half the Duvel tulip, sticks around a bit, and laces well.

lots of citrus hops and some light bread and honey sweet malts that balance very nicely. some lemon zest, wild flowers, and grass clippings. not getting rye in the aroma.

a touch of rye does show up in the flavor adding to the citrus hops and sweet malts. it adds that slightly spicy grainy flavor you would expect in a lightly toasted light rye bread. citrus and slightly bitter hops are strong, but not overpowering as this is a wonderfully balanced flavor.

fluffy almost medium bodied brew that leaves a tingle in the mouth long after the swallow, with a bit of a syrupy finish.

pretty impressive. nothing is out of proportion. balance is key. a touch of rye, a touch of hops, a touch of sweetness -> gone.

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Photo of Brez07
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Maine Beer Company logo glass

A: Dark yellow/wheat color. Very hazy, opaque. 1 finger white head. Lacing slowly slides down the glass back into the beer

S: Nice hoppy notes, grass and pine. Lemon zest and some other citrus. Very slight sweet caramel (or kettle corn?) and rye scent

T: Hops again display flavors of grass and a little pine. Good balance from the malt and a spicy/earthy bite from the rye. No sweetness as the nose seemed to indicate

M: Light to medium bodied. Slightly dry, rye finish. Seemingly perfect level of carbonation

D: Another winner for Rising Tide. Nice crisp, easy drinking pale with a twist

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Photo of jpmclaug
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of the ever generous Bill. Poured into the big Sam Adams perfect pint glass that almost holds the whole bomber.

A - golden yellow at the top light yellow at the bottom a big fluffy yellow tinted head. Pretty clear. Honestly for appearance it doesn't get any better than this.

S - A nice light hoppy aroma, some citrusy hop aromas , a hint of sweetness. Smells pretty nice.

T - Not as balanced as the nose would suggest, definitely a little hoppier than expected but I won't complain. The C hops make their presence known with some citrus flavors, a little light grainy note in the finish. A lemony hint in the finish with a little rye presence but not much in that department.

M - light to medium bodied, more carbonation than I'd like in the beer. This is the only real negative to this beer.

Overall a solid beer. A little less carbonation and a little less from the hops and this would be a home run. That being said it is enjoyable as is and I wouldn't mind throwing back a bunch of these.

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