Casco Bay Riptide Red Ale
Casco Bay Brewing Co.

Casco Bay Riptide Red AleCasco Bay Riptide Red Ale
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Irish Red Ale
Ranked #15
Ranked #23,537
3.82 | pDev: 13.35%
Casco Bay Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
Very Good
Casco Bay Riptide Red AleCasco Bay Riptide Red Ale
Notes: Our flagship, this Irish-Style Red Ale proudly won a gold medal at the 2000 World Beer Cup. A combination of 5 different malts and 3 hop varietals, carefully blended, results in a perfect balance. Full-flavored and medium-bodied, the Riptide Red provides surprising complexity for such an easy-drinking brew.
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Photo of Rocketbird
2.4/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Dark brown color with a reddish tint. Thick, dense head. Smells balanced between hoppy and malty. Medium bodied. Very malty flavor, almost tastes like syrup. Blech. Awful aftertaste. Tastes like brown sugar.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. best before Feb 2016, so a little age on this one.

looks very nice, strong deep red color with initial good head which quickly dissipates to a thin ring. no lacing to speak of.

aroma is very strong and malty with a little sweetness.

the bready malts come through strong, with a slight sourness to the finish. mouth is below medium.

overall, not my cup of tea. does remind me of some Scottish ales I've had in the past.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD 11/30/15. Pours a beautiful clear dark ruby. Outstanding head volume, world class lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of toasted biscuit over a touch of caramel. Underneath is a subtle sweetness that hints of molasses. Very little earthy hop presence.

Light medium body that is smooth and has a touch of creamy texture. Perfect carbonation with a nice effervescent burst in the middle and a prickly rollicking finish.

The outstanding flavor profile is balanced, very complex and somewhat intense. It begins with toasted malt that flows into a light caramel that has a burned sugar quality. While never really sweet, the middle becomes mildly bitter and rather herbal. The finish is a slow slightly bitter and dry fade of charred grain and herbal hops.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice creamy off-white head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a nice deep amber with very strong red tones to it. The look is very nice and very appealing.

The beer smell is fairly light but still has recognizable notes. The notes vary from a nice herbal tea to various malt notes. The malt notes are a light nutty note and a toasty malt note with a bit of caramel. The mixture of the herbal note and the malty notes leads to a pretty good nose once the floral hops make an appearance.

The taste is very good. The tea note is much stronger while the hop note is weaker. The malt notes more or less stay the same. The notes are the same as the smell.

The feel is pretty good. The beer feels light bodied but on the heavier side with a moderate carbonation presence.

Overall, a pretty good IRA and with good reason. Definitely recommend.

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Photo of Nate4288
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer has a bit of a unique taste. Kind of like very burnt caramel with little sweetness. Not too strong though, so it is very drinkable. I think would go good with a bonfire in the back yard when you are making smores or something sweet. Without something sweet going with it, it is a very dry tasting beer. Goes down well though.

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Photo of ppvora
2.64/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a chilled 12 oz. bottle into an ale glass.

Appearance: Reddish brown color, 1 finger head which dissipates pretty quickly.
Aroma: Malty, with a little bit of an orange aroma, mash, sugar.
Taste: Malt with burnt sugar and a slice of toast that was somewhat burnt.
Mouthfeel: some bitterness, but not unpleasant.

This was a most unusual beer; some "unusual" beers are unpleasant -- this one wasn't but I wouldn't buy again. [Sorry]

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Photo of ONUMello
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Orange with a red tint and a one-finger head that slowly settles
S: Malty, toffee and a hint of hops
T: Lots of malts. Some caramel/toffee, a bit of floral/tropical fruit from the hops
M: Medium-bodied, a bit sweet
O: This fits the Irish Red Ale description but IMO this would be better with a bit less sweetnes

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich, copper color, clear with a nice off-white head two fingers high. Dissipation is at a reasonable rate and a goodly amount of scattered lacing remains.
Smell is a bit weak though notes of roasted malt, nuts, green fruits (light), grain. Decently balanced.
Taste has a better presence with the same basic notes as the smell, roasted malt, nuts, grain. The balance is a tick better, too.
Medium-light body, lightish carbonation. Dry finish, heck, dry middle, dry beginning, even. Not harsh, but dry. Relatively easy to drink.

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Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours an amzing clear reddish color with a nice head and a fair amount of carbonation that feels great on the palate. I get a touch of bread and dried fruit on the nose. Carbonation is definately the dominant trait at first mouthfeel. The bitterness of some hops is very present and I get a touch of nutty earthiness as it drinks. Overall, a great refresher for a hot day !!!

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Photo of illpass78
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby with a minimal white head that doesn't stick around. Minimal lacing.

Aromas: I get dark fruits, caramel, malt and biscuit.

Taste: Those dark fruits - raisins, prunes, dates - are forward, and the caramel is right there. Tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: Light enough to be sessionable but sturdy enough that it's not wimpy.

Overall: Nice red ale. The taste is sophisticated enough that it's not boring. Should be a crowd pleaser for "we need a lot of good beer that's not expensive or weird" type events.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Excellent ruby red hue with notes of amber and orange in the light. Slow, heavy carbonation that is moderate in volume.

Smell: Incredible smell. Initial bite of peppermint followed by smoky whispers of tobacco. Licorice, prunes, and cherries make up the mortar.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Smoky rye with a hint of cherry. There's almost a scotch-like character to the flavor in the finish. Very sophisticated and unexpected for an Irish Ale. Mouthfeel is very lager-like with clean carbonation, but it is by no means flat.

Overall Drinkability: Slainté to this one.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, vibrant, amber coloring with a thin, filmy, clingy, white head. Aromas of roast caramel and nut sweetness, with hints of smoke. Flavors are richly sweet and roasty, with caramel and sugary notes. Smooth, light bodied with a tangy sweet aftertaste. Clean, lingering finish, with floral and sugary notes left behind.

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Photo of fx20736
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, served at slightly above fridge temp.

nice amber with a thin offwhite head. minimal lacing.

aroma; first thing I detect is diacetyl. the caramel corn dominates the nose totally.

mouthfeel: is good.

taste: a mix of pale and toasted malt with exactly the right level of bitterness to balance this beer.

notes: my 2nd Maine beer in an hour. this is a nice ale, well balanced, interesting enough to be distinguishable. would drink again.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance : reddish copper and very clear with a tan head of compact bubbles with some

smell: moderate malt aroma with notes of caramel and toasted bread. there is slight floral hop aroma. No Diacetyl

taste rich, clean malt flavors of toasted bread a hint of caramel with a nice balance of medium bitterness. Finishes with a flavors of roasted grains. No discernible hops flavors but defiantly some bitterness. No esters. Medium dry finish.

mouthfeel: medium-light body with medium carbonation.

overall: A malt focused beer with a nice dry finish. An easy to drink, food friendly beer. It has the caramel flavor but lacks the initial sweetness for the style which just fine by me but sort of forces me to hold back on a point there.

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Photo of andrewjraab
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in my Amazing Clubs beer O' the month club my Wife Got me for Christmas. This was in February's Collection.

A - Nice deep red/amber/brown color with 3 fingers of creamy off white head after an aggressive pour. Nice stick and left nice rings all the way down the glass.

S - Malty, sweet, piney, and faint hop smell.

T - Rich and malty up front with medium body. Finish is clean with a touch of hops.

O - This is an excellent Red ale with big flavor. I love the balance between the rich flavors and the crisp finish of hop character.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderfully heady pour into a 14oz. pilsner glass. Nice hazy ruddy red color. Subdued sweet malt nose with a little hop nuance to get the nose hairs to stand up. Nice hop character up front and on the finish with malt sweetness balance the bitterness. Dry finish. Sturdy mouth feel, I would say this is the poster child for medium bodied. Not fizzy and very smooth. Overall this is a wonderfully easy drinking red ale whose flavors are an easy all season sell.

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Photo of Tschnab
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A reddish copper body with a decent sized off white head with good sticky lace.

S- mostly malt but also a subtle hop aroma, bread, caramel, toffee.

t- hits the nose to a tee, but when it warms it is mostly malt that takes over, with little hops to fight back.

O- a good session brew here but not as balanced as I would like to see.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: auburn colored body with a one finger white fizzy head that quickly dies, spotty but ringy lacing

S: roasted barley and some light hops

T: creamy, but light subtle roasted barley, some of the hops come back but are extremely subtle, some caramel is there at the end

M: light to medium, sessionable, light harshness on the tongue, no aftertaste, sticky caramel finish

O: this is a very good Irish Red and would definitely have this again.

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Photo of JustinAniello
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a reddish brown with a foamy two finger head. Slowly subsides to a substantial cap and sticky lacing.

S - A strong aroma of roasted malt, browned caramel, and nuttiness.

T - Sweet caramel and light breadiness followed by a heavy dark roasted malt, nearly a bit of smoke, and mild hop bitterness.

M - Medium/heavy body and medium carbonation, almost a little creamy. Complements the flavor well.

O - An excellent red ale. Nice malt flavors meshed with a nice light hoppiness along with a good aroma. I could easily see myself having a few of these with friends. Highly recommend if you have the chance to try it.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a N'ice Chouffe beerflute in low altitude Los Angeles, California, in me gaff. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a four finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and good retention. Colour is a semitransparent auburn. Pleasant and inviting.

Sm: Roasted barley, some light amber hops, and perhaps some spices. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Cream, light subtle roasted barley, amber hops, pleasant light toasted malt, tea like flavours, and a touch of caramel (particularly on the finish). Balanced and enjoyable. Very pleasant. Enjoyable. I like it.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not too thick or too thin. Generally suits the flavours of the body.

Dr: A very drinkable red ale with no bold flavours or any unique characteristics. Quite pleasant; a great session beer (by Irish standards). I'd like to try it on draught at a pub. The toasted malt in particular is quite nice.

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Photo of Stringth
1.96/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

So so sad. This used to be one of my east coast faves. Then it disappeared for a while and tonight I paid 9$ for a six. Mistake. Used to be a fresh tasting ale and tonight it was a run-of-the-mill Shipyard brew--ie, ringwood (yeast) city. Major disappointment.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to BennyL1 for this.

Appearance - Not-quite-mahogany brown that looks slightly red until you hold it up to the light, at which point it looks quite red. Tan head is quickly gone with very little lacing. Just a little ring around the meniscus.

Smell - Nutty malty aromas. Not sweet, but a tad caramely. Very little hop aroma. Eh, smells like a red ale.

Taste - Nutty malts first and foremost. Not a lot going on. Just the same as the smell. It's not a bad flavor, it's just not much flavor.

Mouthfeel - Not as thin as I expected, which is nice. Even if there isn't much flavor, there's some body to remind you that you're drinking something. Goes down easy, that's for sure.

Overall - I finished this before I knew it, so I guess it can't be bad. I just barely noticed I was drinking a beer. I'm just not one for red ales, but it wasn't bad.

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Photo of BennyL1
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served into a standard pint glass. Best before June 2011 on the label, not the freshest but I'll still give it a go.

Riptide comes out deep mahogany with hints of red when held up to the light. A very generous fingers worth of creamy ivory head that gradually falls back into the beer. Some nice lacing along the glass.

Nose is full of caramel malt with a touch of floral hop aroma. Considering its drink by date is almost here this one has some nice scents in the nose.

What a very tasty Irish red. Caramel and nutty flavors with a nice hop bite to round it out. Very well balanced. Rich flavors throughout the drink

Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation prickles the tongue.

I was happily surprised by this beer. I could enjoy this one with a good meal or around the campfire straight from the bottle. If you're looking for a good Irish Red, this one comes highly recommended.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap in Portland, Maine
It pours a deep ruby-hued oxblood color with a big fluffy off-white head and loads and loads of lacing.
A big sweet malty smell rises. Smells of fruit cup with a fresh citrusy and flowery background.
Caramel and mixed fruity sweetness rests in an assertive rich malty body. Citrus and resinous hops lend support, but remain quietly in the background (as it should be.)
A little golden rummy taste is noticed at first pour, but fades (as it should)
A really nice representation of the style.
Goes very well with lobster chowder, lobster rolls and boiled lobster with potato salad and corn on the cob...and melted butter!

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a full transparent amber color with visible resplendent carbonation rising from the bottom. A modest beige head slowly fades to a ring.

Smell: Bready, earthy malt, with a bouquet of floral hops on top.

Taste: Starts out with a dry amber malt backbone, with some earthy notes as well. Light nutty and caramel (but not sweet) character as well. Finishes with a dry English hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Clean, dry, and smooth. It actually feels like it is easy to drink. Full, crisp carbonation. Very slightly astringent.

Drinkability: I was pleasantly surprised by this; a great Irish red.

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Casco Bay Riptide Red Ale from Casco Bay Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 201 ratings