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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Reviews: 114 | Ratings: 200
Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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 Durge
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ran into this at Jameson's Tavern in Freeport, ME. It had a light clear copper color with very little white head that disappeared leaving no discernable lacing. The aroma is cider malt mash and light grass hops. The flavor is lemony hopped malt with lots of caramel cardboard. Lightly carbonated, medium bodied, a bit limp in feel. Fairly drinkable but not great enough to warrant more than a couple I think.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Poured a clear dark amber with a copper tint to it. Nice tan head which all but disappeared after 30 seconds.

S: Light malt and hops, brown sugar and sharp alcohol notes.

T: Excellent balance of nuts, malt and hops. Sweet molasses and ripe fruit in the middle. Dry, clean finish that leaves you wanting more.

D: Exceptional.

Value: Perhaps the greatest thing about this fine red ale. I paid $6.99 for a six pack at the grocery store. Hard to beat that.

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

on-tap at the flatbread company, in portland, maine, on may 7, 2009, the day of allagash gargamel's release. served in conical 12oz glass.

dark red amber w brown tones. clear. light tan head, fades to wispy thin layer and ring. great webby lacing.

aroma: gentle caramel maltiness, balanced by similarly gentle, grassy english/irish hops. mild apple esters.

taste: caramel and apple esters meet grassy hops again, with crisp moderate bitterness. perhaps hint of nuttiness. very simple but flavorful.

light to medium body, smooth, w touch of resins in finish. gentle to moderate carbonation can be tingly but also moments of creaminess.

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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 u2carew
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A) Pours with a 2 finger head. Amber to ruby in color. Thin bubbly lacing.
S) Toffee and caramel - a very pronounced sweet aroma. Hint of alcohol.
T) Bland up front, then everything shows up at the end. Nutty finish. Some malty sweetness in the middle. Some hop bitter bite. Decently balanced with the malt.
M) Medium body. Touch of dryness. Not much happening in the mouth.
D) As stated before a good balance between the malt and hops. I'd drink another.

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Photo of berley31
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a very small, off-white head. Body is mostly clear with a trace of haziness, and a dark amber color. Good aroma... average maltiness present, some caramel, and light yeast. Great on the palate: smooth, medium-body with a creamy texture; soft carbonation. Progresses well to the terrific flavor: caramel and malt, nice and creamy, with a medium-duration finish. The beer does not look like anything special, but it's easiest one of the best Irish Reds I've tasted... could drink this all day for sure.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Great appearance: deep, dark amber-red. Beautiful pillowy head dissipates a tad too fast, but leaves behind some nice lacing. Aroma is woody, dry and malty.

Very nice flavor. A lot more dry and bitter hops than I expected. Malt sweetness balances things somewhat, though the finish is definitely dry. Woody and biscuity. Touch of spice. Mouthfeel is light, but very refreshing. Overall a very good red ale and a great offering from Casco Bay.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my girl Emily for lugging a few bottles of beer back with her from Maine to TX! 12oz bottle, best by Dec. '09, into a Unibroue tulip.

Pours a beautiful, deep crimson-amber hue with good clarity and a well-retained, albeit thin, cap of beige head. Not much in the way of lacing. Toasted biscuit malts jump out first, quickly backed by yeast esters of candy apple, pear, and banana. Wafts of caramel-flavored tobacco linger in the background.

A well-balanced cacophony of malts and hops greet the the palate and ride out smoothly. Bitterness is kept at a moderate level, allowing some fruitier flavors to develop like red grapes and sour apple. The maltiness is slightly sweet and suggests caramel and toasted grains, while the hops assert themselves mostly on the finish as they chime in with a fresh greenery of resin and floral notes. Body is on the lighter side of medium, and the active carbonation level turns the creamy mouthfeel into a zesty, popping finish. All in all, a very flavorful, very well-crafted Irish Red that I would be happy to try again. Nice job Casco Bay!

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Photo of JimmieFrisbee
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from a beer of the month club.

Beautiful cream-colored head from a good hard pour. Body is a dark bronze-orange, I think a little light of a hue for the style. Lots of lacing left behind.

A little bit of hoppiness in the smell, getting a nice malt smell too. I know, I'm great at describing my senses... who would have thought a beer would smell like hops and malt?

Definitely getting a bitterness imparted from the hops. Pretty reasonably balanced against the smooth malt. I tend to like mine a little more malt-forward, with a little more sweetness and roastiness, but this certainly isn't bad. Finish is pretty dry, leaves me wanting another sip. This one is actually growing on me as I make my way through the pint. Getting a little bit of a hint of caramel, a little bit of that roastiness I live for.

Very thick mouthfeel -- a nice substantial beer. A good amount of carbonation, but feels about right with the heavy-ish body. Couldn't go on drinking these all night, be would be a great beer to have a couple of watching the game with the guys.

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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 MVotter
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma from the top of the freshly opened bottle is cinnamon.

The aroma after the pour is bready, with molasses and spice.

On the pour into a chalice this brew produces about a one inch head which disappears within a minute. A thin frothy foam lingers on the surface and a thin clingy lace on the side of the glass. It is a crystal clear beautiful amber.

The taste up front is mostly malts, pleasant and balanced; with hints of hops in the finish.

The mouthfeel is dry with this much effervescence; a nice, full-bodied presence, very drinkable.

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

A: A dark amber color, with a thick tannish head which sticks around.

S: Mostly caramel and bready malts, nothing too overpowering, but present.

T: Nice amount of roasted malts, mostly a nice combination of biscuits and caramel. Blended well together.

M: Leaves a nice creamy slick taste on the palate. A nice medium body.

D: Very easy to drink, low ABV which makes this enjoyable.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.24/5  rDev +11%
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 +0.8%
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 +8.6%
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 +12.6%
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 +5.5%
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%
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 -13.1%
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 Gambrinus1184
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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 +1.6%
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 +1.6%
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 +4.7%
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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Casco Bay Riptide Red Ale from Casco Bay Brewing Co.
3.82 out of 5 based on 200 ratings.
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