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Casco Bay Riptide Red Ale | Casco Bay Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
3.78/5
Very Good
201 Ratings
Casco Bay Riptide Red AleCasco Bay Riptide Red Ale
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,798
Reviews:
114
Ratings:
201
pDev:
13.49%
Bros Score:
4.4
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
28
Trade:
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Photo of JustCamIt
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Rocketbird
2.4/5  rDev -36.5%
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 -5%
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 rderedin
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bb-magic
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mojo
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VABA
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dvmin98
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dsshuck
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tillmac62
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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 JohnnyR305
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Runbad
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DevWand
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HattedClassic
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
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 6thstreetbrewpub
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nate4288
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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 gautch726
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ppvora
2.64/5  rDev -30.2%
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 UTPharm2012
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Took it down slightly bc it was so carbonated but pretty good smell and taste combination

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Photo of Herze
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fraites22
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of sisterofba
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Thrifty101091
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AlaskanYoung
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was a good beer. Try it

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Casco Bay Riptide Red Ale from Casco Bay Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 201 ratings
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