Zephyr
Rising Tide Brewing Company

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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #5,713
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
84
Ranked #32,019
Avg:
3.74 | pDev: 12.03%
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
329
From:
Rising Tide Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  12
Gots
  65
SCORE
84
Good
ZephyrZephyr
Notes: Heady like the sweet breath of Zephyrus, our India pale ale is redolent of citrus, apples, and pears, balanced by a touch of caramel. We use malted barley grown by local farmers and add a special blend of Cascade, Centennial, and Calypso hops to create this juicy, hoppy ale.
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Photo of Naughead
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice west coast IPA. Hop flavor is piney and bitter, as intended. Look is just slightly hazy, and nose is earthy. A nice west coast IPA from the east coast.

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Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear amber orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy off white head that gradually died down, leaving a short head covering the surface, a collar around the edge, and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of earthy and herbal hops are present in the nose along with notes of grapefruit citrus.
T: The taste has lots of flavors of earthy and herbal hops with hints of grapefruit and a strong amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA is both very earthy/herbal and bitter, delivering a large bite on the mouthfeel. It really cleanses the palate.

Serving type: can

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Photo of superspak
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 11/6/2018. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy deep golden amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, cherry, red apple, mango, watermelon, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, toasted biscuit, light honey, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, cherry, red apple, mango, watermelon, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, toasted biscuit, light honey, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, cherry, red apple, mango, watermelon, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, toasted biscuit, light honey, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and minimal lingering hop astringency after the finish. Moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, sticky/resinous/rindy, and fairly crisp balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 6.5%. Overall this is a very nice IPA. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth, easy, and fairly crisp to drink with the moderately bitter/resinous/drying finish, not overly aggressive. Nice Cascade, Centennial, Calypso profile. Very unique from the Calypso. Very vibrant, dank, earthy, and juicy balanced hop complexity; nice bready malt backbone, with minimal residual sweetness from crisp resin dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and well made style example. Grew on my through the glass with the unique hop character.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a burnt semi-dark orange sort of color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that dissipated at a fairly slow pace. Sly crisp messy lace.
The aroma had some grassy to oily semi-bitter floral hops with an ample amount of bitter piney-ness coming about. Malts stifle some of the bitterness of the hops for a nice blend.
The flavor was moderately sweet subjugating the bitterness a bit more than I thought it would come out. Some bready sort of crisp intake flowed right on in through the aftertaste and finish.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionable to sippy sort of quality about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt good.
Overall, pretty good AIPA that I could come back to.

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Photo of Lonborgski
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 12oz can to a Teku glass. Can had ABV at 6.3% (not 7.2%, maybe Zephyr has been reformulated since first added here in 2012).
Deep copper-gold color with a thick white head. The head may be the most unusual aspect of this beer.
Smell of ripe fruit with toasty bitterness underneath.
Taste follows nose. A well balanced hop-forward, but not hop-dominant IPA.
Feel is substantial; maybe a tad heavier than my favorites.
Overall, a very good locally available IPA.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Classic gold with a big, soft head.

A relatively equal sharing between smell and taste of light fruity hops and crackery malts.

Overall light, and nice, but I would like to revisit this beer with a full pour.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, honey gold coloring with a steady flow of carbonation throughout the body, and a fluffy, low profile, bubbly, off-white head. Aromas of lemon grass, subtle caramel, pine tassels, and subtle grapefruit. Flavors are tart and sweet forward, with notes of grapefruit, lemon, apple, and grassy hops notes on a caramel backbone. Roasted characteristics, with a solid blend of tart and bitterness throughout. The body is smooth and light, with a grassy, pine tassel, and peppery hops character in the aftertaste, balancing with some tropical fruit notes. The finish is light, slightly effervesced, and surprisingly smooth.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a Julio's mix-a-six, it's been a while since I've been able to say that. 12 oz stubby bottle reads Batch 312, Born on... February something 2015.

A - Pale orange color with a bit of haze. Big white foam on the initial pour settles to a solid half-finger, good lacing left as well.

S - Herbal, grapefruit, more general citrus coming through with time, caramel malt.

T - Lots of resiny pine and grapefruit, some grassy orange and floral, malt is toned down here and leaning a little more towards biscuity.

M - Highish bitterness but well-balanced by the malt. Pretty good body with medium carbonation and perhaps a touch of alcohol heat.

O - Not the most flashy IPA in today's market but pretty good.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Slight haze with a 2 finger plus fluffy white head. Fades slowly. Heavy lacing.
S - Not too much here. Some pine resin, caramel sweetness.
T - Much better. Pine resin, spiciness, caramel, toffee balance it out. I get some heat from the back end which is surprising for a 7.5% brew.
M - Medium body, medium carb. Some slick oiliness.
O - A good IPA. One I was waiting to try until I found it fresh. This one is only about a month old. Worth it, but a little underwhelming.

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Photo of illpass78
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pint on draft at b. good in Portland, Maine.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy light amber with a big white head that sticks around a long time. Lots of lacing on way down.

Aroma: Smells of apples, pine, lemon and some crisp herbal character.

Taste: Nice, hoppy IPA. Flavors of green apple and pine are up front. Some grassy character, too. Decent malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat spicy, but easy on the palate for a fairly well-hopped IPA. It's not a bomb, but it's certainly a sturdy IPA, and the texture reflects that.

Overall: Well-executed IPA from a pretty great brewery. Solid member of their portfolio.

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Photo of cbutova
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle recently picked up on a trip to Boston. Dated 12/14/15.

A- Stubby 12oz reveals a somewhat cloudy pale golden-yellow brew into my tulip. A large white head just under two fingers rises with a foamy, creamy texture. Stellar retention on that cap and a large ring drops ample sheets and drizzled lacing.

S- Citrus, both the zest and the juice, comes to mind right off the top for me. Oranges lead to grapefruits and some lemon peel hints. Floral, herbal and light malty hints seem to pale in comparison to the fruits.

T- Hops lead the way as in the aroma and once again it is citrus that is in the forefront. I am instantly reminded of peeling an orange or clementine with the fresh zesty bitterness that comes with that. Grapefruit, slight resinous pine, grassy and floral notes make way for pale cracked grains, apple, a medium Crystal malt sweetness and some yeast bread.

MF- Right around medium bodied which helps support the 7.2% ABV. It lands on the palate with a foamy consistency and a moderate bitterness in the finish.

Between the fresh citrus flavors and the 7.2% ABV it packs some punch. By no means malty but grains are used in a good manner here to balance some of the bitterness and hop notes. Some fruity esters sneak in from the yeast and don't do anything for me but it is still solid.

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Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle

Hazed medium apricot amber, looser light khaki head. Nice looking very fine bubble lacing left behind.

Grassy and citric hop nose.

Citrus with lots of lime and oranges. Mixed fruits with some more grassyness. Malty underbelly. Dry and hopped up finish. More then respectable IPA

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Photo of puboflyons
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle dated 11.13.14. Sampled on February 13, 2015.

I like unfiltered beers that look unfiltered and this one does. The pour is a real milky, cloudy looking pale yellow leading up to a big, long-lasting foamy white head.

The aroma is more toward the grassy and floral side with a touch of toasted malts out back.

Medium body.

Like the aroma, I get a full grassy and floral hop character with just enough toasted biscuit to balance it out. But the emphasis is on the hops.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

on tap it has a bright golden look, honey colored and clear, with an inch or so of soft white head as pure as can be. the aroma is orchard fruit and juicy hops, while the grain character seems minimal. the taste is similar, although the barley malt adds some faint toasted bread notes, pine nutty almost too, but the hops may contribute to that some. less citrus and a whole lot more apple and peary as I sip on it. bitterness is only average, which lends to drinkability. I was wanting this one to be a little more distinct, more unique to itself, but it gets lost in the crowd a little I think, fails to stand out despite being of utmost quality. cascade hops just seem a little played out right now, no matter how good the recipe.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Really nice look, translucent, yellow with a pale brown hue, nice sustaining head, excellent lacing. I get a light orange smell that grows as the beer warms, as well as some Juniper. I also was getting some rotting wood smell early that I couldn't get later.

The taste starts with a little grapefruit, but that juniper-piney-balsam taste grabs hold early and does not let go of me. The taste actually turn back to grapefruit a bit, but it combines with the pine in a way that I personally don't enjoy. This seems more in the vein of a west coast IPA. The body is decent, just light of medium.

Overall, this beer doesn't do it for me, too much bitterness that doesn't balance even itself very well. If you like a piney IPA, this might work for you.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an over sized wine glass. Color was a darker golden amber, with a dirty white 1/4 inch head. Fair amount of carbonation rising up as well. Aroma was a fruity citrus, lemon or grapefruit with just a hint of pine. Flavor was hoppy pine up front, but mellowed to a tangy sweet. Ok in the mouth, a bit thin, and head a bit over bubbly. Overall, not bad. A nice well balanced IPA. Not too weak, and not to overpowering.

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Photo of Florida9
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Lighter shade of yellow. Maybe a hint of orange. Forms a moderate sized fluffy white head. Excellent retention. Lots of lacing.

S: Aroma isn't strong, but it is pleasant. Hop forward. Mostly citrus, orange. A little grapefruit and light sweetness.

T: Taste is also pleasant. Simple and clean. Light pale malt backbone. Mild sweetness. Lots of citrus, especially orange. Mandarin and orange blossom. Quick finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium in body. Medium carbonation. Moderate bitterness.

O: A very nice go-to IPA. Pleasantly flavorful, but not overwhelming.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Batch 175. Bottled 11.04.2013

(4.0) A: Hazy copper with a tall and creamy eggshell-white foam head. Long lasting retention with patches of lacing.

(3.75) S: Pine, citrus fruits (notably grapefruit), hints of peppermint, toffee, faint nutty elements, and buttered bread. Mellow aroma that’s probably lighter than other IPA’s but well rounded regardless.

(3.75) T: Buttered bread, light citrus fruits, orchard fruits, toffee, and hints of nuts. Nicely balanced with a robust malt backbone and ample bitter hops. Bitter throughout but with a clean finish with very little in lingering qualities that I can notice. Very easy drinking.

(4.0) M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Pleasantly creamy and slick.

(3.75) D: This is a well balanced IPA that is loaded with both malt and hops but finds a way not to overpower the flavour profile - Very good.

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Photo of jjboesen
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I first stumbled onto this little gem of a brewery during my recent trip to Portland. This tasty little IPA is unfiltered and bottle-conditioned; powered with the succulent goodness of Cascade, Centennial and Calypso hops, Zephyr is a faint breeze of hoppiness that tickles your palate. It opens in a massive billowing foam that settles in time - a loooong time. The body is a semi-translucent amber, clear and void of carbonation bubbles. The nose detects subtle whiffs (or zephry) of apple and pear. while the palate is flecked with semi-sweet mottles of grass and pine. There is a minor bitterness at the fade. The mouthfeel is a bit crisp, the body rather light.

A wonderful session from Maine's premier beer city. Sorry Biddeford.

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Photo of Boto
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber: This one pours a clear, slightly orangish amber color. There was a couple of inches of a frothy off-white head on mine. It left a bit of lacing. The aroma was a touch light, but still good. Not overpowering with the hops. Some citrus and a hint of apple. Fair amount of malts also, but no sweetness. The taste is good. Fair amount of hop bite, but not overly done like so many of them try and do now. Good malt body, but no residual sweetness. Pine and citrus flavors. I like this one!

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Rising Tide Brewing Company - Zephyr, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours super cloudy caramel amber with a massive soapy head that hands around. Some splotchy lacing.

Smell - Sweet caramel malts with zesty pear/apple mixed in, citrus hops but the citrus is on the sweet side, not what I'd call stellar.

Taste - Rich and malty before the citrus comes in. The citrus was almost like apple cider, ends faint floral and pine. Good but not tasting true to the style so treating it as it should be treated.

Mouthfeel - Rests a little throat warm malty boozy and sticky. Heavy-medium bodied with high carbonation. OK drinkability.

Overall - This is not a great AIPA but it's not a drain pour. I can drink pretty much anything. It is simply not well done for the style and only slightly above average overall. There is way too much malt, not enough of the right kind of hops, and too much of the wrong kind (biased, I know). Pass, though this might make for a good intro AIPA for newcomers or those unfamiliar with the style, until they move on to greener pastures.

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Photo of Omnium
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber > Mason Pint

A - Cloudy orange gold two fingers of fluffy off white head, medium lacing.
S - Pine, grapefruit, caramel malt, blah blah typical AIPA.
T - Hops are diminished in taste, has a burnt toast, caramel and biscuit flavor, slightly floral, lots of hop resin.
M - Sticky and somewhat of a soapy bitterness.
O - This one was a huge let down from Rising Tide. Its just not coming together.

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Photo of JAFoley
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale yellow, pure white head, fairly dense. Nice retention and lacing

S - Citrus, apple, and somewhat malty

T - Floral and citrus hops upfront, decently bitter, deep caramel malts but also a cloying sweetness in the aftertaste. No strong presence of alcohol.

M - Medium body, high carbonation but with nice fine bubbles that makes for clean finish. The beer is syrupy and sticks to the tongue.

O - This is good but could be much better. The cloying sweetness and slight apple taste along with the sticky mouthfeel are detractions for me. Also not digging the 6.99 price tag on the tall boy. Probably won't be trying this again, but won't mind trying a double IPA if it hits the shelf.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rising tide zephyr

A - pours a hazy amber which starts as a dark red up top but slowly gets lighter with more hints of yellow toward the bottom. An impressively thick head of foam bubbles up quickly. Saying it is mousse-like would be an understatement. Great retention as well.

S - the aroma is muted. Notes of grapefruit, lemon zest and pine blend with a sweet caramel malt profile.

T - strong malt profile. Notes of gooey caramel and nutty flavors. Intense hop bitterness cuts through with notes of bitter orange peel. The fruity notes enter mid palate with flavors of oranges, white peaches, and lemon pith. Finish is fairly clean with just a tinge of bitterness.

M - medium verging on full bodied. High creamy scrubbing bubbles.

O - a nice east coast ipa. While not my favorite interoperation of the style it was still a pleasant drink.

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Photo of Hendry
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second go round with Rising Tide, the Daymark was not my speed so I gave Zephyr a shot.

Burnished copper pour,frothy 3 finger ecru head, below average lacing.

Hops are struggling to break through the malt in the nose, yet the malt doesn't have that butterscotch sweetness (locally grown malt is supposed to be a selling point). Mild whiff of grapefruit beneath the mighty malt.

Taste starts out an interesting malty flavor which isn't necessarily sweet, and in the final swallow, a tinge of grapefruit bitterness takes over leaving a relatively pleasant, albeit one note flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium, slight grain,nicely carbonated.

This is a solid IPA but not overly interesting or complex.

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Zephyr from Rising Tide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 329 ratings