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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 VelvetExtract
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a soft orange. Slight haze. Excellent head. Creamy white cap that retains excellently. It leaves clouds of lacing on the skyline of my glass.

S-Rye and hop. They mesh very well. Sometimes I think the rye can conflict with certain types of hops. Here it goes well. An American Pale with a well placed rye infusion. Spicy with citrus and florals. Plenty of malty sweetness too.

T-Lemony and grassy hops. Nice flowery hoppiness too. Doesn't shy away from showing its citrusy side as well. Rye is pretty spicy. Sweetened cereal malt. A bit earthy/dirty. Certainly has its complexities.

M-feels bigger than it is. Nice carbonation. Fairly sessionable. Would be a great 6 pack beer.

O/D-Far better than their IPA. A hoppy Pale with plenty of rye. Could stand to be a bit less expensive for a bomber, but overall, I am happy with the purchase.

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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 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 KarlosT
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer at the Amesbury Beer Festival on Sep 22 2012.

Most of the beers were served from bottles into small 3oz plastic pixie cups.

Although I took notes on the 20+ different beers that I tried, it is difficult to remember all of the details associated with each beer. My apologies to readers of these notes. However, I did pay attention to my overall scores, and noted what I thought were unique positives and negatives w/ each beer.

Note that for me:
< 2.5 = probably would not finish the beer
3.0 = drinkable beer, but likely would not buy again or look for
>3.5 = will try to buy again in the future

As an APA, this was ok. There was a metal after taste that did not appeal to me. Reminded me of Sam Adams Noble Pils.

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Photo of liamt07
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Sammy, 650ml into a tulip.

Browned orange with a big white head. Great retention and lots of lacing. Nose has some lighter orangey/citrus notes, grainy breads, rye and some sweeter bready malt character. Taste has a drying grainy rye bread character, bitter citrus notes and light cracker and spicing. Medium mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Bitterness is overpowering to the point where it detracts from the beers. An OK pale, but bittering is too aggressive for my liking in the style.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle from Maine. The rye and the Centennial and Columbus combined make this a very bitter beer, even astringent. Would like to distinguish the rye spiciness if I could. The bottle says a pale, its not that. It is more malty with sediment on the bottle and grows on me as far as drinkability, but it is also a palate eraser and harsh.

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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 Maximusmaximus
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice treat,this American Pale Ale made from local ingredients, was brought back from Maine by a friend for tasting.

The packaging is beautiful with a label that I want to frame and put on my wall. The cap pops off with a fresh "snap" and into my hillbilly wine-glass it goes. The pour is a tricky one accompanied by too much foam and so it has to be poured in stages.

By scent, I anticipate a hoppy, spicey flavor from this cloudy, sun-colored brew.

Once the beer is safely out of the bottle and into my glass and I get to taste it, I am surprised that the aromas betray the taste which is fruity (apricot) and accompanied by a flowery hops. It's a nice flavor, if unexpected. As the beer proceeds, the flavors fade somewhat into a muted, watery version of the first sip. By the end of the beer however, some of the original flavors have returned with a greater complexity which allows this smooth, solidly carbonated beer to finish quite nicely with a very pleasant aftertaste.

I will look for this beer again, as well as others from Rising Tide Brewery.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Into a pint glass:

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.

S: based around the hops, where's the rye? hmmm... I do not notice anything else, no malts, ok, no big deal I guess

T: centered around the hops with a touch of malts every so slightly in the background. There is some coriander that comes in close to the end of the beer.

M: light to medium, 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.

O: this is a good beer. I have been enthralled by the appearance. I would have this again. I will ask this: is this a Rye Beer or an American Pale Ale? Whatever, it doesn't matter to me.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Translucent straw color beer with a frothy long lived head that sculptured landscapes and foam.

Not particularly a strong nose.

Flavor is quite memorable- perhaps my favorite pale ale right along with this brewery's competitor Portland Beer's Spring Piper.

Flavor begins with strong notes of lemon citrus, hops bitterness, maybe some hints of coriander, lemon grass. Behind that start is an underpinning of malt and some yeast influence.

The flavor has an enduring property to it-- with a finish that never seems to materialize.

The mouthfeel is quite cordial thanks to this beer's long lasting citrus-hops flavor and long almost eternal finish. It keeps the beer vibrant and it's memory alive. The flavor is not so overpowering that it becomes tiring- in fact, I can imagine downing a few bomber bottles at one sitting without tiring of either the flavor or the "experience".

Overall-- a fine pale ale. I wish there was more of a nose to this beer. There is still more room for improvement, but it's a very enjoyable libation.

If you see this beer on the shelf-- grab it- you'll be pleased with it.

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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 KTCamm
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

Pours dirty bronze with 2 inches white foam. Quite puffy. Laces a lot. Pine and grass nose. Spicy. Lemony. Lighter malt taste, with a subtle hop. Some bitterness hangs out at the end. Quite mellow, but with full flavor. Light rye in the background that would almost be missed if not written up.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a hazy yellow color with a huge white foamy head on top. I tried to pour this as slowly as possible but it didn't seem to matter. I gave the head some time to settle before pouring the rest of the bottle in the glass. The head had a good retention and lacing. The smell of the beer was very lemony, the rye gave off a nice little spice note in there as well. The flavor of the beer was pretty good also. The rye and citrus seemed to go pretty well together. The other flavors of grains balance the beer out a little. The mouthfeel was on the lighter side and had a nice crisp bite in the finish. Overall it's a pretty good brew if you enjoy rye. I'm not a huge fan of it but I felt that it worked well with this beer. I would say it's worth trying, I can't say that I'd buy it again though.

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Photo of billab914
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a Red Hook glass. It poured a pale, golden yellow color with a fluffy white head filling the top two inches of the glass. Nice retention and lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma mixes some bready, slightly spicy rye flavors with a zesty, lemony citrus. Some pale, sweeter, grainy malts come out in it as well.

The rye really plays a big role in the taste. I get a lot of bready, spicy notes out of the rye and some zesty citrus out of the hops. Some bitter citrus rind comes out in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of the style with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty tasty and easy drinking beer. The rye flavors really came out in it. Pretty solid beer overall.

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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 MrHurmateeowish
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at Trader Joe's in Portland, ME. Pours a very hazy yellow-amber body with a good inch of persistent off-white head. Hops dominate the aroma, with orange, grapefruit, and pulp notes. Orange, pulp, lemon, with strong spice notes from the rye. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Rye beers are not my favorite style, and I didn't realize at first that that's what this beer is. That said, it's pretty good and among the best rye beers I've had.

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Photo of iadler
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into two tulip glasses.

A- Pours a hazy gold with a huge 3 finger head that dissipates very slow, leaving an impressive cap. Nice sheets of lacing are left behind. Great looking beer.

S- Candied pineapple, herbal and spicy hops, mango, peach, lemon zest and bready malt. Very nice.

T- More bitter with white grapefruit and lemon upfront followed by spicy malt with notes of rye and peppery spice. There is a hint of pineapple and peach at the finish.

M- Medium to high carbonation and light body. A little too high carbonation. Finishes dry and bitter.

O- This was a unique take on a rye beer mixed with a pale. A great aroma and appearance, but though the taste was a bit disappointing. Definitely worth trying though.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium amber with a slight haze. Good foamy white head with retention and rings.

Some decent grapefruit in the nose, and some toasted malt and grain.

Hoppy up front, but not to a point of distraction. Still, a bit juicy. Malt is not really on the sweet side, but just enough. Some husk and grain, and spice from the rye (which comes through). Hops come up again in the finish. Nice little surprises in this one.

Medium body, good carbonation.

Liked this one. The hoppiness of the brew with the spicy malt really made this a good one. This is a summer brew? This should be a year-rounder (and since I bought it in Nov., it looks like it is!).

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark pour here, dark garnet brown with a huge tan head on top. Slow receding left tons of lacing down the sides of the glass and really gave it a very nice and very complete look. Aroma is huge, lots of spice at first, caramel, molasses, hints of brown sugar and earth, deep hops. Warming brings out some touches of dark fig like fruit notes but nothing like that warm rye touch that really adds to it. As I take the first sip a really wave of caramel and light peppery rye hit the tongue. Light notes of chocolate that come over it wave after wave. Really quite complex and I have to admit not at all what I was expecting. Still very well done

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Photo of bpk59
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle on beerventure with Rudzud at a Trader Joe's in Portland, ME.

Shared a bottle with my wife - poured into Boulevard tulips.

Beer is a cloudy honey-amber color and pours a white, foamy 2-3" head. A little gentle lacing is left but retention is nice.

Smell consists of hops and rye accented by sweet malts, a little honey, and good citrus notes.

Tastes are true to the smell - lots of hops, gentle sweetness and light tropical or citrus fruits. Nice rye presence and a pleasant bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is excellent - perfect carbonation and a medium body combine to form a crisp, clean sip.

Overall, I think this is a great take on a rye beer. Quite a pleasant surprise. My wife said is has a nice little "zing" to it and I agree - the citrus notes and light sweetness accent rather than cut or drown the bold hops out. Recommended.

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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 Risser09
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz beer poured into a white wine glass · fridge temp · no born on date, but probably summer 2011

Appearance: Pours a very light yellow with some orange highlights. An aggressive head builds to about 3", white in color, with tons of retention and lots of lacing.

Smell: Pilsner malt biscuity flavor. Crisp floral aroma of citrus and lemon.

Taste: Excellent lemon and pepper flavor couples with a gentle malt flavor. The succulent flavor is probably due to the rye addition, which smoothes the beer out. The flavors remind me of a Saison Dupont farmhouse ale. Spicy but floral and still malty.

Mouthfeel: Crispy, hoppy, floral, citrusy, dry and also smooth in the finish. A very well rounded beer.

Overall: I love this one. Dry, floral, light in the mouth, local ingredients. A great beer. Keep it up, up there in Maine.

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Photo of oline73
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy amber with some gold and orange in there as well. There is a two finger, fluffy white head and some decent retention.

Smell: Sweet malt along with some citrus hops. Hints of pineapple and a very mild spice.

Taste: The taste is very mild up front. Some grain, but there isn't much sweetness at all. As you progress through the sip, the flavor builds. There is a decent amount of rye spice and very bitter citrus peel hops. My only knock here is that the bitterness in the finish could use something else to cut it a bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very aggressive carbonation and a finish that is mildly slick and a bit sticky.

Overall: This is a really good beer that could be great if the finish fit the rest of the sip a little bit better.

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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 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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