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 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 kurtissellen
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
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 -11.5%
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 allengarvin
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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 +13.9%
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 +1.6%
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 +1.6%
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 +2.1%
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 +0.3%
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 +7.6%
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 +7.3%
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 +12.6%
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 +2.9%
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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Photo of auxiliary
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Same here the label was hard to read, I think it says 06/20/06 stamped on the side. Nice amber red color to it. Lots of head when I poured it in a glass. I enjoyed this beer for a Red Ale. First beer that I have tried from this company located in Maine.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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 Dewey0603
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark rich amber with a giant tan foamy head. A really beautiful beer. The smell is a nice sweet malt, floral, and maybe vanilla? aroma. The taste is rich and creamy with a nutty, sweet malt, and a vanilla or cinnamon aftertaste. The m/f is light and well balanced making this a truely quality beer.

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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 wedge
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep red fading to amber in color with a small creamy, bubbly head. Solid, balanced aroma of sweetened bready malts, floral hops, and toffee. The flavor is suprisingly bold - all kinds of malty goodness: biscuity, sweet, and caramely blended with more floral and herbal hops. Full and slick in the mouth with a semi-dry finish.

Maybe a little too heavy to drink in large quantities but still, I've been meaning to try this for a while and I'm glad I did. Full-flavored, well-balanced, and one of the best I've had within the style.

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Photo of Higravity
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice red. Color is spot on and it sustains a nice cap but leaves little lacing. Smells of piney hops layered over a good malt driven beer. It taste is a little bready but a good malt character with little sweetness and nice cutting hops to keep it interesting. A good red and a great local thing to have, I just don't live in Maine, but if I did this would be a sesion beer for me. Easy body for sipping or slamming.

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Photo of DevilDogBeer
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rip Tide Red poured a cloudy but distinct red color. The cloudy is a sign this beer has not had the yeast filtered out, that's good; the grain husks from the mash that poured from the bottle with the beer was a little sloppy on the part of the brewery though. The smell was light and had caramel notes with not much hop aroma. The taste was pleasant and light with a malt base, a slight caramel aftertaste, and a pleasant hop character. The mouthfeel was good, not too light but not heavy. Very drinkable and worth a try, I do not know if I would buy this by the case, but it is a good beer.

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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 Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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 villainchiwwin
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured in pint glass on-tap at you know whose pub in waterville, me
deep reddish brown with a creamy head that slowly disappeared and lacing that clung decently in patches. roasted smell with grain and woodiness; floral note. sweet malt taste with a slight hop push at back of palate and a little fruitiness thrown in. slowly diminishing balanced finish. great refreshing mouthfeel. a drinking beer for sure! could've had a whole pitcher.

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Photo of HoorayBeer
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Casco Bay's Riptide Ale has a medium froathy head that seemed to stay in the pitcher for most of the session, with a nice golden brown color. The color seems to seperate towards the bottom. The smell is a nice mixture of sweet malts and hops with a fruity aromatic smell. The taste was nice, mellow hops with a smooth aftertaste. The red ale is full of flavor. It hits the back of the tongue and has some nice bitters in the aftertaste, however the bitters disapate quickly. Not as rich as some other Irish Red Ales, but definately a good choice.

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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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