Casco Bay Riptide Red Ale | Casco Bay Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
86
very good
200 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
Ratings:
200
Reviews:
114
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
13.32%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
28
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 200 |  Reviews: 114
Photo of kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
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 brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber color with a creamy ecru head that leaves some spots of lace

Smell: Bready malts with some earthy hop elements

Taste: Bready, up front, with a developing sour apple flavor that is, in part, from the bitter, earthy hops; after the swallow, the earthy elements tend to dominate, although there is also a metallic bite in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Some of the bitter and metallic flavors are a little off-putting and limit my enjoyment of this beer

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Photo of Boone757
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had never heard of this beer but when I was at the Springhouse Drafting Room I saw this and decided to give a try,and Iam glad I did.Poured a deep copper/red color with minimal head,smell was roasty and somewhat fruity.Taste was very roasted and a little chocolaty with some fruity flavors also comin thru,I think that this is the way a true "red" should taste but many cant live up to the style.This one sure did live up to the style,maybe one of the best if not the best I have had,really well done.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not my first, and certainly not my last... A slightly hazy, deep amber body is capped by a frothy ivory head that drops shortly to a creamy collar and light surface foam. It holds well and leaves some thin, transient lace throughout the pint. Bold floral hops welcome you; and a sweet, biscuity maltiness becomes apparent with a little more nosing around. It's medium/full body combines with a fine and moderate carbonation to leave it creamy and smooth in the mouth. The flavor is rich without being overbearing. It's biscuity and gently caramelish malt provides a perfect counterbalance to its vibrant citrusy and mildly resinous hop flavor. A solid bitterness anchors it without distracting. It finishes with some dry maltiness and a ghost of its hop flavor before fading into a lingering, mild bitterness. Refreshing and fulfilling! A clean, exceptionally well-balanced, and highly drinkable beer! Very nicely done and well worth trying.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

A: The beer is a light reddish amber color with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, tea, some fruit and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is malty and a little sweet with flavors of tea, caramel and a little fruit. A mild hops presence comes in and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not very filling, good representation of style, this is a good beer to keep drinking consistently for an evening or to drink with a nice meal.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orangutan orange with a healthy reddish glow, just as it should be for the style. The cap is an attractive shade of pale golden caramel and fills half the glass after an aggressive pour. It has a nicely firm, sticky texture and is leaving a copious amount of lace in ripped sheets.

The nose is classic Irish red and is a corker. It's equal parts toasted-earthy malty and fruity-herbal hoppy. There's plenty of power; something that one doesn't run into very often in beer of this style. I'd like to know the specifics of the malt and hop bills, but all the brewery will say is that '5 different malts and 3 hop varietals' have been used.

Riptide Red Ale is good beer (make that 'very good beer'), largely because it's chock full of ingredients; especially hops. In fact, it might be one of the best Irish reds that I've had yet. The malt backbone is firmly caramel-like and toasted nutty with a lucious sweetness that stops short of being too sweet.

It's impossible to tell what hops have been used, but I'm guessing that English varieties are dominant. Riptide has that herbal, tea leaf-like flavor and bitterness that I usually associate with hops from that country. East Kent Goldings are in there, I'll bet. Sweetness and bitterness play off one another beautifully. I could drink this stuff by the growler.

The mouthfeel is medium-full for the style thanks to all the malt. It's supremely smooth and soft without being the least bit sticky or heavy. In short, it's a near perfect match for the flavor profile and is a boon to drinkability.

Casco Bay Riptide Red Ale has to be classified as a pleasant surprise. I had no idea what to expect from this brewery or this beer. What I got was a delicious Irish red that favors the bold end of the style spectrum rather than the wimpy one. Thanks to jrdegriselles for the opportunity.

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Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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 MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
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 InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent looking beer of a dark red copper, with clear consistency. Good lacing with a nice two finger size head of light tan bubbles.

A smell that at first seems somewhat vegetative, and then sweet cream. Then surprisingly... coconut? Are you kidding me? Is this for real? Where did that come from?

Taste is a very cream with a saison sour quality, mostly wet with a great hop finish and cream. Intense aromatics of lightly baked bread, but no chew or biscuit like qualities. Quite fascinating and very unique, really enjoy it.

Would easily have this beer again no problem

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Photo of dvmin98
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
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 Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark copper in color sporting a nice 2" head. Mild lacing develops. The aroma is straight caramel. The flavor is a solid red ale as caramel, mild floral hops, and a hint of pepper makes your tastebuds happy.

Medium bodied beer. The mouthfeel is smooth with a light crispness at the start. The finish is slightly crisp, and caramel ride the tongue for a few seconds after swallowing. Great drinkability. Very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.11/5  rDev -18.8%
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 harpus
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Donkster46
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of ppoitras
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Last 12ozer from a six pack obtained last fall at Tully's in Wells, ME, fridged since then.

Poured into a pint glass, nice inch head formed, which slowly dissipated. Malt presence is obvious from the opening of the bottle, if you have a nose. Excellent taste balance of hops and grain, deep red hue makes this what a red ale should be. Highly recommended...

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Photo of Bighuge
3.56/5  rDev -7%
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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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 ounce bottle with best before 10/22/06 stamped on the label (I think, the date was difficult to read). This class of beers always look beautiful to me, and this was no exception. Red /garnet in color, with a nice medium head. Malty aroma, with a hint of sweetness. Breadlike taste, with some tang to it. An enjoyable beer.

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Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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Casco Bay Riptide Red Ale from Casco Bay Brewing Co.
3.83 out of 5 based on 200 ratings.
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