Casco Bay Riptide Red Ale | Casco Bay Brewing Co.

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Casco Bay Riptide Red AleCasco Bay Riptide Red Ale

Brewed by:
Casco Bay Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Bierman9 on 12-31-2000

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Photo of ShrLSU
1.93/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured out of a 12oz. bottle into a pint.

Appearance - Nothing great, a dark reddish amber with lalmost no head

Smell - Horrible. This smelled like bourbon street at the height of Mardi Gras. Bleh!

Taste & Mouthfeel - After holding my nose to get a taste, it was not all that exciting. It got better as I went through the beer, but it was nothing to exciting.

Drinkability - Perhaps my bottle was skunked or something, but it was not all that great. If you are desperate, and about to pull out a Miller Highlife, then I'd suggest this. If not, it's best to let the Rip Tide Red wash out to sea! Arrrgh!

Serving type: bottle

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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 ryrust5301
2.34/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a 12oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Not to much to get excited about. A dark amber almost red color with a 1 inch finger white head. Head depleted rather quickly.

Smell - Smells like rotten ass! Next to Abita Pecan in foul stench rating.

Taste & Mouthfeel - After the smell it could only go up. I didn't like the taste at first, but after warming and getting a few sips down it began to take a hold. Definitely smooth, malty, and creamy to the end. Caramel sweetness is balanced out by a dry hopiness. At least this beer was somewhat reedemed.

Drinkability - After the smell I never thought this beer could recover, but it managed to pick it's mouthpiece up off the canvas and get back into the fight. Then was knocked out due to the stink. There was something unpleasent about the first half a second the taste hit the mouth. All in all not the worst beer ever, but not the best either. Hooray for stink beer!

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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 charlesw
2.42/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a nice mahogany with a thin, creamy head that is very rapidly gone. It gives off a very pleasant earthy aroma with a touch of malt to it.
Which leads to the taste... Obviously, there's this malt business... Heavy on the caramel with maybe a hint of roasted malt. We noted a slight (off-style) citrus aftertaste to it.
In the mouth it was thin and quite bubbly (odd - what could cause that?).

I do find it kind of interesting that it gets such high marks with BA's. In order to reconfirm my feelings on the beer, we redid the taste tests that we'd previously performed on local reds. In side-by-side tests this one gets very soundly trounced. In a direct comparison (with Brand B red ale) it is weak, thin, citrusy and overly carbonated.
That said, if it is the only beer that you are drinking in one session, it should go over well enough. I did make the mistake of drinking about 1/3 of a bottle and then taking a swig of (Brand B red ale) before finishing my own. Initially after (Brand B red ale) it tasted like, well, nothing, but gradually the flavors came back in as I drank more and it came to taste like an off batch of red...

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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 LPorter33
3.04/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased single bottle in Millnocket, ME.

Smells was hoppy with floral undertones. Taste was rather below average which disappointed me since I thought there'd be more here. There was a certain element of the yeast I believe that didn't settle well with my palate.I can't really recommend this beer, but it wasn't awful.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, ME.
The beer is an orangey mahogany color, topped with a thin antique white head. The head diminshes into a thin ring after a couple sips, and disappears completely about halfway through the pint.
The aroma is dominated by a diacetyl butterscotch. A rich caramel maltiness beneath the butterscotch. Very light citric hopping, with some pear esteriness. A little grainy.
The diacetyl is less pronounced in the flavor, allowing the other flavors to come out. The beer starts out with a rich caramel maltiness. A bit of toasted malt, and a light nutty yeastiness towards the middle. Some apple esters in the middle, with an odd honeydew melon flavor. Mild citric hops finish the beer with a light bitterness. Mild, light carbonation, with a medium body. A touch of graininess, with light diacetyl in the aftertaste.
A tasty brew, although the butterscotch flavor was a bit overpowering. Whether it was actually the beer or the lines were dirty, I have no idea. I'll have to give a bottle of this a shot, as I've never seen it on tap in CT.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.11/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a two-finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Hoppy nose. Starts as a mix of malt and hops but finishes hoppy with a hoppy aftertaste. The brewer says "5 different malts and 3 hop varietals, carefully blended, results in a perfect balance". But the hops dominate. $1.35 for a 12 oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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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 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 Quaffer
3.31/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer had some seriously excessive carbonation. With just any easy pour down the side of the glass, three-quarters of my pint rose up as foam. This big, light-tan head settled down very slowly, becoming a fluffy landscape as it did so. Not surprisingly, there was a ton of lace left behind. The beer itself was hazey and amber-red in color.

Smell: Right after the pour, while the glass was filled mainly with foam, this brew had a sweet fruit aroma that was almost reminiscent of candy. After just a few minutes, though, this went away completely and was replaced by dry, husky malt and herbal hops. There was some quality in the hops (at least I think it was the hops) that came across smelling like adhesive or epoxy. That component of the nose was not enjoyable at all.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin-bodied and dry in the mouth. The high carbonation added a very lively, somewhat spongy, feel to this beer, without making it too rough. This was a good counterpoint to the dryness.

Taste: This beer was very dry upfront. There was a lttle bit of a husky grain present, but it was very indistinct. In the middle was some light yeast, and on the finish came a hops flavor that was strangly chemical-like in nature. It didn't have any bitterness to it, just flavor. A light sweetness arose in the aftertaste that grew with time. Any burps that were produced by this beer had the epoxy quality that was present in the aroma.

Going back and reading over this review, I really shouldn't like this beer. But for all its bad qualities, I downed it pretty quickly. I think the dryness definitely contributed to making this a moreish beer. The way the flavor "behaved" in the mouth reminded me of an extremely dry champagne. Kind of odd.

A big thanks to noclueaboutbeer for hauling this one out to Kansas all the way from Connecticut.

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Photo of adams82
3.32/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours red/dark red with an off white head, filtered clear. Pretty standard for a Red Ale...

Smells soft, with a touch of sweet and toasty malts with a fruity hop presence. A very pleasant and enticing aroma.

Tastes a little bready almost biscuit like, malty sweet with light toasted notes. A faint hop bitterness lingers throughout with a nice floral and fruity hop flavour. Finishes clean yet leaves a nice trace of hops on the way out. A pretty good Red Ale!

Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. This is an easy drinking beer and a pretty darn good example of the style! I wish it were more readily available around here; I would probably drink a lot of this if I had the chance.

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Photo of larsee01
3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A--12 oz bottle poured into glass chalice. Reddish brown. Clear. Mildly carbonated. Pretty weak head with light lacing.

S--Nice roasted caramel malt. Sweet with balancing yeasty sour and very mild floral hop kiss.

T--A little bit more powerful here. Prominent hop bitter followed by almost coffee-like roasted taste. Finishes bready like sourdough. No malty sweetness like in scent...maybe could have used just a thouch of that for well-rounded complexity.

M--Rather light-bodied and nondescript.

D--Yeah, it's drinkable, but not overly refreshing nor challenging/rewarding.

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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 nsmartell
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From bottle to pint glass.

Appearance: Deep, dark red with a thick off-white head.

Smell: Solid malty smell.

Taste: Roasted malts with just enough bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, creamy and with a real nice smoky finish.

Drinkability: Goes down nice and easy and has just the right balance.

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Photo of dherling
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Caramel amber appearance, a little cloudy but nothing to worry about. Small, faint head that dissipates quickly. Smells sweet and sugarry with some hops. The body gives an initial hops impression that dominates the flavor profile without being bitter. A little bitterness lingers on the finish, but then it goes clean. A refreshing, effervescent warm weather brew.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Short lived off-white head fades to a film. Aroma is a mix of piney hops and tangy malt. Clear, cola brown colored beer. A pretty light bodies beer, a bit slick, nothing special. Flowery hop flavor with a bit of bitterness stand out above the roasted barley. A decent beer, not my favorite style, nothing really stands out.

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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 schoolcb
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Friend of mine passed this one along from the beer-of-the-month club. Poured a rich amber with ruby highlights. Small tan head that persisted. Bready maltiness in the nose with a hint of hops. Caramel malt sweetness but balanced more toward woody/grassy hop flavored bitterness. Medium mouthfeel. Finishes dry with the hop flavor carrying through in the aftertaste.

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Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer gushes from the 12-ounce brown bottle a slightly beclouded copper color with the head portly in size and frothy in texture, the color a light tan with the resultant lace a fine covering upon the glass. Nose is dominated by the sweet malt, crisp and clean to the senses, start is slightly sweet, a decent malt profile with the top light to medium in feel. Finish is pertinently acidic with the hops mild and pleasant in their spiciness, the aftertaste quite dry and long lasting a drinkable beer.

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Photo of frank4sail
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet malt smell with hints of roast malt and a touch of hops. Very carbonated pink/peach color and look. Large fluffy off white (slightly shaded tan) head. Sweet malt flavor with a little well cooked caramel in the finish. Medium mouth and body. Solid malt character. Very little hops detected.. as per the style... solid.

Cheers to the BA Beer exchange at Victory Brewing for the sample!

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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 smcolw
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy dark burnt red color. The head is a light beige that quickly dies.

Sweet and rich aroma from the sugary crystal malt.

Surprising hop up front; the crystal malt sweetness creates a counter balance. The aftertaste is predominately hop with some slightly bitter burnt malts. The beer is ful bodied and carbonated well.

Not my style, but I enjoy the richness of the malt. It's almost like an unsweetened caramel.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice mohagony color to this one. A little bit of chill haze. A small light brwon head forms on the top. Some weak caramel malts on the nose and not much else. The caramel maltiness on the palate is complimented nicely with some floral and citric hop tones. A lingering bitterness creates a nice effect and some dryness. The mouthfeel is quite pleasant with the body checking in arournd medium full. Pretty good beer.

Thanks JohnnyP.

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Casco Bay Riptide Red Ale from Casco Bay Brewing Co.
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