Casco Bay Riptide Red Ale | Casco Bay Brewing Co.

very good
200 Ratings
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 thekevlarkid
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of a bottle this beer was a nice mahogany color with great clarity. The head was a thin skim of khaki foam that did not retain well. The lacing was equally un-impressive. The aroma was a good blend of a semi-sweet, lightly fruity malt, hints of roasted malt and some hop bitterness. The flavors were at first a flash of sweetness that then became more roasted malt before going into a pleasant bitterness, hints of wood and a long roasted malt finish. Yum! The body was medium, the carbonation perfect and the mouthfeel quite good for the style. A very enjoyable beer and it would be top-class if only it looked a little better.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Mainer from the BOTMC. Very malty with trace hops on the smell. Some butterscotch, some peanut brittle. Pours to a deep amber with a thin tan head. Taste is malty throughout with a little bitterness starting in the middle, becoming a little more predominant in the the end then fading away to a malty finish with only hints of bitterness. The mouthfeel is very viscous with the carbonation perfect to enjoy the flavor of this brew. This is an excellent ale, not to mention, amber ale. Good flavor complexity, not a constant balance throughout but a flip-flopping between bitter and sweet. I will have to get more to keep on hand.

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Photo of thryn
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a medium coppery brown, very clear. Little head, but a layer of lace remains.

It smells of biscuity malts and caramel, with maybe a hint of fruit (plum? raisin?) and a very light grassy hop presence.

Wow. this tastes great. But not balanced. The grassy flavor is very pronounced, with the biscuity malt following, then a slightly fruity finish with some bitterness remaining. The flavors don't blend into a whole, exactly, but I really like it.

There's just enough weight in the mouth. It's not too sticky and goes down clean. It could stand for the tiniest bit more carbonation.

I really dig this beer and would drink more if I had more.

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

12 oz bottle. Freshness date not punched.

A-Nice deep red/amber clear color with a white head that sticks around for a bit. Nice looking lacing.

S-clean malt, and perhaps a bit of caramel sweetness

T-Creamy, malty and with some hops in the mix to balance it all out. This beer reminds me of fall, it has an earthy, mildly spicey taste...very nice and smooth.

M-Again, well balanced, medium body, and overall nice mouthfeel.

D-Very, very, drinkable. This is one seems like it will hold up in the long haul without letting you down. I wish I had picked up a few cases of this on my way back from Maine.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep reddish amber with a thin white head. Little bubbly remainder.

Some hop leaf and caramel malt scents

Nice sweet bready malt and firm hop bitterness that turns into a citric/grapefruit finish. Some carbonation with a medium body.

Nice brew. Goes well with food, or alone as a sipper. Enjoy if local, try to find if not.

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Photo of edchicma
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber with a nice half-inch head..some lacing. Smell is light malt with grassy elements. Nice malty, floral taste..a hint of roses? A bit different from the usual red ale. Mouthfeel is dry and refreshing. Drinkability is good, with a medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of adams82
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
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 Gambrinus1184
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Willimantic Brewing Co. pint glass.

A: Pours a rich, red-amber body with great clarity and sparse carbonation. The head is rich and frothy, reducing to a sudsy lace.

S: Some faint piny and citrus hops with a very clean, slightly sweet toasted malt aroma.

T: Toasty and grainy caramel malt with a very creamy mid-palate texture giving way to a slightly herbal hop spiciness before finishing with a dry bitterness.

M: Mouthfeel is nice and clean, with an unexpectedly creamy feel and well-balanced flavor.

D: This is a great drinking red ale. The ABV is nice and sessionable, and the flavors are full and well balanced.

Can't really say a bad thing about this brew, other than it's an exceptional brew in a category mired by numerous clones. This red is one to reach for, however.

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Photo of arizcards
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the February MicroBeerClub shipment received in early March.

Beer poured red with an off white head that is sustaining pretty well. Nose had a hint of hops upon opening but is primarily malty half way down the glass. Taste is quite nice, very malty with hints of biscuit and nut. Beer finishes with a light citrus hop. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite full for the style. Drinkability is good. This is a nice red ale with an emphasis on the malts. A nice departure from the hoppier reds.

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Photo of tmitch75
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Monthly Club selection for February.

Awesome red color with decent head that drops quickly.

Smells like subtle malt and floral hops.

Slightly roasty flavor with more floral hops.

Medium-bodied and crisp.

A fine and tasty spring brew. I'd definitely like to get this again.

Tasted on 2/21/08.

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Photo of Minkybut
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was reddish in color and had a bit if a tan head. The beer was malty in smell and rick (kightly) in taste. The beer was nothing special but was still a goodbeer I thought. In fact it was enough that I will buy again.

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Photo of ShrLSU
1.93/5  rDev -49.6%
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 ryrust5301
2.34/5  rDev -38.9%
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 kurtissellen
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured smooth with a slight film of suds just enough to cover the surface. It looked a translucent chocolaty orange. First thing that came to mind when I smelled this were autumn leaves. Nice balanced flavor that starts with the malts and ended with a moderate amount of hops showing thru. Overall I thought this was a very good drinking beer. I could defiantly put down the additional two that came with beer of the month club but then I'd be all out.

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Photo of nsmartell
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
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 allengarvin
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a twelve-ounce mug, this is a nice reddish-mahogany color with a small but firm head on top. Good malty aroma, a little toasty, a little caramel. The palate is firmly malt-driven, with a crisp biscuity toastiness backed by some sweet caramel, just like the aroma implies. Bitterness is moderate and hop flavor undetectable, but this beer is mainly about the malt so it hardly matters. Neutral yeast character as well. Nice creamy texture and a medium body.

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Photo of erosier
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish brown color with a thick tan colored head that laces the glass all the way down. The smell is of nice roasted malts, and layered with a hoppy bitterness and a sweet fruity smell. It tastes of deep roasted malts as a nice base layered with an excellent sweet fruity taste, perhaps of apples but the bottle says peaches, then finished with a nice citrisy hop bitterness. It has a really nice crisp mouthfeel and an excellent drinkability. Definately worth a try if you can find it.

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Photo of guinnessfan
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 bottle from beer of the month club.

A: Dark amber pour yields a finger and a half head, which quickly dissapates to a foam ring. Leaves a little lacing.

S: Earthy roasted malt, more burnt than expected. Some citrus hops also.

T: Roasted malt, somewhat sweet, perfectly balanced with a touch of hops.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

D: Full flavored, easy drinkin' great session beer.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber with lots of head which that leaves a good lacing.

Smell is malty with hints of citrus and hops, dash of caramel.

Taste was fairly well balanced between the caramel malt and the hops and citrus, bit buttery but not too much, a pretty good red ale offering.

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Photo of ianrca19
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Great Lost Bear in Portland, Maine.

Pours a fiery red-orange. Sugary sweet aroma. Very nicely balanced caramelly with strong hints of roasted grain, just how I like my red ales! Thick and smooth, but with an interesting smoky finish. Excellent. I hope I stumble upon this one in my neck of the woods sometime.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a medium amber red color with little head and no apparent carbonation.

Smell- Brown sugar and maple syrup in the nose.

Taste- A light bodied flavor despite its darker color with notes of roasted nuts, hint of spice, and a sweet maple syrup flavor. Not too sweet though, just a hint of sweetness at the end, quite pleasant actually.

Mouthfeel- This one has a little bit of tingle on my tongue, not sure what thats from.

Drinkability- A very pleasant, dark colored but light bodied brew.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I ordered this on tap on peak's island at a lobster bake. No descriptions, no idea from the wait staff just on tap and riptide -> why not?

A - Wow, deep dark auburn red with a whisp of off white head by the time it gets to my table.
S - maybe it's because I was oceanside on a seafood restaurant deck, but I got a touch of malt and piney hops.
T - rounded out medium sweet malts with a tea / piney hops effect.
M - medium bodied, medium carbonation, clen dry finish
D - I listened to the choices again and ordered a second. Went perfect with my clam chowda and lobster bake.

perfect while enjoying down home Maine!

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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 nase
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.'er with barely noticeable "best before" date imprint of 12-03-06 (kudos!)

Appearance - 3.5 - See-through Red-Orange w/ above avg. carbonation; nice head retention leaving a thin coat of foam on top of the ale

Smell - 3.5 - Citrus with medium potentcy

Mouthfeel - 3.5 - Somewhat masked by the foam, this actually has a fairly light body and some definite bite from the carbonation

Taste - - 4.5 - Quite flavorful, a 5-hop blend after all; citrus taste comes through

Drinkability - 4.0 - High because of the delicious taste and the light body makes it a 4-season beer as well

Final - 4.0

note: disregard the placement of the the score

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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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