Thursday, March 22, 2012

Casco Bay Riptide Red Ale

Type: Red Ale
Origin: Portland, ME
Price: $9/6-pack
ABV: 5.4%
NSP: 12.78 (unscaled)
website...couldn't find an official Casco Bay site, but the Maine Brewers' Guild site seems to have all of the pertinent info.

In all honesty, I'm probably not the best guy to review a red ale, because there's just not that much in the style to entice me. In fact, it's sort of the opposite of what I'm usually after in a beer. A lot of them resemble a weak English IPA, which is not my bag. Malt-bomb IPA, minus hop punch and alcohol? No thanks. But so far I have good reason to trust the craft beer club, so here goes.

The head on this one is interesting enough to note- it's composed of very tiny bubbles and sticks to the glass, just like a nitro stout, which is sort of odd. The nose is pretty malty and sweet, with just a touch of hoppiness. On the flavor, the hops are in the room, but stuck in the corner where they don't provide much other than decoration. It's pretty malty, and there's a little bit of the dishwater flavor Andy mentioned with Ska's Pinstripe. Don't take that to mean that I've ever actually consumed dishwater (I can't speak for Andy...I'd say it's a toss-up for him), it just makes me think of what I'd imagine dishwater tastes like. Anyway, the sweetness is decently reserved, but the the malt is strong enough to make it feel just a touch heavy-bodied, enough that I wouldn't really compared to a session (like the others did with Odell and Golden City).

It was going to be tough for me to like this one. But, even if it's sort of a back-handed compliment, I guess I don't mind drinking the Riptide as much as I mind generally drinking red ales. Whatever that means. If you like red ales, go ahead and give it a whirl.

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