Rising Tide had their 4th Anniversary party on October 26th at their brewery in Portland. I was not able to attend but heard it was a great time. At the event they had lots of food, a pickle competition and released Corvus a hoppy pale ale. I was pleased to find bottles still available when I visited the brewery the following week and grabbed a 4-pack. I quickly realized that one 4-pack was not going to be enough and grabbed another after the Maine Brewers Guild’s Freshman Orientation that was held next door at Coffee by Designs new facility.
Bottles of Corvus are probably gone by now but here is what you missed. Typical pale ale appearance with a clear light orange color and bright white head. Aroma and taste are both unique as it moves away from the typical citrus, floral, pine that you get so often with hoppy beers and gives you an interesting mix of other fruits. The description by Rising Tide below says strawberry, honeydew melon, passionfruit, kiwi and grapefruit. I don’t eat a lot of honeydew/passionfruit/kiwi so I can only assume these are the flavors. I also got a little pineapple, no matter what the fruits are this is one unique and very tasty beer.
Congrats to Rising Tide on a great first 4 years and I can’t wait to see what they come up with in the next 4 years.
Pros: Unique aroma and flavor Cons: Alcohol Content: 6.0% ABV Calories: ??? IBU (Bitterness): ?? Rating: Brewers Website:Rising Tide Brewing Brewers Description: Brewed in celebration of our 4th year, Corvus features a blend of hops from Germany, Australia, and New Zealand, including Nelson Sauvin, Topaz, Galaxy, and Hüll Melon.
Fruity and lightly bitter with notes of strawberry, honeydew melon, passionfruit, kiwi, and grapefruit.
I’m a sucker for a good double IPA and Rising Tide is one of my favorite breweries. Throughout 2013 they have been right on with so many of their releases; Maine Island Trail, Spinnaker and some of Entrepot series were some of my favorites this summer. As we end summer and start fall they released Calcutta Cutter a very nice double IPA. I enjoyed this from a bottle initially and then stopped by the brewery for a growler a week later.
This one pours a nice clear orange color with a thin white head. Pine and citrus hops dominate the aroma. Taste is excellent with loads of hops but it is also very well balanced. Finish is clean and only slightly bitter.
Very impressed with this double IPA from Rising Tide and it is certainly one of my favorite Maine beers.
Pros: Loads of hops and very well balanced Cons: Alcohol Content: 8.7% ABV Calories: ??? IBU (Bitterness): Rating: Brewers Website: Rising Tide Brewers Description: Imperial IPA. Double IPA. XIPA. IIPA. Whatever you want to call it, Calcutta Cutter is our homage to hops. Lots of hops. Early hops. Late hops. Very late hops. Dry hops. Then we condition the bottles in a bed of hops. Well, maybe not that last bit, but you get the idea. With just enough malt body and alcohol to balance the beer out, we let the lupulin shine.
This is another limited release beer from Rising Tide. Calvera is their Ursa Minor stout aged on cherry puree in red wine barrels. I grabbed a couple bottles of this when it was released and have another sitting in my cellar for future consumption.
The appearance is all stout with a deep brown almost black color and thick tan head. Aroma has some wine, some cherry and some malt from the beer. Overall a nice beer that will make you want to drink it. Taste is quite complex with a nice mix of red wine, grape and all the character of a nice wheat stout. Towards the end you get a little cherry flavor, fresh not syrupy sweet.
Overall this is a nice beer but I am not big on cherry beers. If you enjoy cherries or even do not dislike cherries than you will enjoy Calvera.
Pros: Complex flavor Cons: It has cherries Alcohol Content: ??% ABV Calories: ??? IBU (Bitterness): ?? Rating: Brewers Website: Rising Tide Brewers Description: Calvera was a wheat stout, refermented with cherry puree and aged for six months in red wine barrels.
Limited release of 360 375 ml. bottles with letter press labels printed by The Ascensius Press in South Freeport, Maine. Sold at the brewery only.
Rising Tide is certainly one of my favorite Maine breweries and recently they have been rolling out the special release beers on an almost monthly basis. Lyra is one of their “warehouse” saisons, because they are located in a warehouse and not a farmhouse.
Appearance is nice copper color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly with almost no lacing. The aroma is a strong grape/wine which I am sure comes from the barrels used to age this beer. Taste follow suit with plenty of white wine grape character but also a bit of spice. A bit of alcohol comes through but nothing that is too harsh.
Overall this was a nice beer from their small batch series and if you have not tried Rising Tide yet than you certainly should. Thier core beers are excellent and the list of special release beers is pretty long. They also sell growlers at the brewery which is my favorite way to drink beer,
Pros: Cons: Alcohol Content: 8.9% ABV Calories: ??? IBU (Bitterness): ?? Rating: Brewers Website: Rising Tide Brewers Description:
If you have been to Rising Tide in recent weeks you have probably met Calypso, Nathan and Heather’s new puppy. They decided to brew a beer for the new puppy and made it a very sessionable saison at 3.5% ABV.
Seems like everyone is making saisons now when just a few years ago they were almost non-existent. I have found this to be a good thing as I really enjoy the style and there is so much that can be done with them. Color is a nice pale orange with only a whisp of a head. Aroma is minimal but some earthy yeast comes through. Taste has a bit of spice with a nice dry finish that leaves you wanting more.
Overall this is a simple but tasty saison from Rising Tide and something I hope they bring back next summer as it truly is a session beer worthy of a 64 ounce growler. Pros: Low ABV Cons: Alcohol Content: 3.5% ABV Calories: ??? IBU (Bitterness): ?? Rating: Brewers Website: Rising Tide Brewers Description: 3.5% abv saison brewed with 100% calypso hops.
This beer was brewed in part as a benefit to Maine Island Trail Association (learn more here) and released at a Portland Green Drinks event in May 2013. The beer is a session pale ale so if you are buying it in a bottle you may want more than one. My recommendation would be to stop by the brewery for a growler. I did that earlier this month but unfortunately broke the growler in the Gray Hannaford parking lot on my way home.
The beer itself is a light golden color with a bright white head. Aroma is strong for a low ABV beer with plenty of citrus hops and just a bit of pine. Taste is very well balanced, crisp, clean and refreshing. A fair amount of hops for a pale ale and very easy to drink.
If you have a chance to grab a growler of this beer you should.
Pros: Crisp and refreshing Cons: Alcohol Content: 4.3% ABV Calories: ??? IBU (Bitterness): ?? Rating: Brewers Website: Brewers Description: With a bright malt body and bold notes of citrus and pine from the hop blend including Citra and Simcoe, this hoppy American ale is the perfect accompaniment to summer in Maine.
The second beer in our Collaboration Series, we are honored to produce this beer in celebration of 25 years of the Maine Island Trail. The Maine Island Trail Association’s thoughtful use and volunteer stewardship of Maine’s wild islands mirrors Rising Tide’s respect and love for the coast of Maine.
One of the first “craft” beers I had that was memorable was Widmer’s Hefeweizen. The pale yellow cloudy appearance was something I had never had in a beer. Since then the style has always been one of my favorites for Summer and I try to drink as many as I can find each year. When Rising Tide released a hefeweizen I knew it would be good.
Appearance is a cloudy pale orange color with a thick off white head. Exactly what a hefeweizen should look like. Aroma has some bread, banana and clove spicyness. Overall a very pleasing beer.
Taste is very refreshing and crisp with plenty of banana in the finish. There is a lot going on in this beer but it is all very pleasant. With a low ABV of 4.5% this is the perfect warm weather beer. If you like hefeweizens or if you have never tried one get out and by some bottles of this beer, you will not be disappointed.
Pros: Very flavorful and refreshing Cons: Alcohol Content: 4.5% ABV Calories: ??? IBU (Bitterness): ?? Rating: Brewers Website: Rising Tide Brewing Brewers Description: Spinnaker is the perfect companion to a lazy summer day. Witha nod to the traditional hazy wheat beers of Germany, our hefeweizen balances sweet yeast esters and spicy phenolics with a refreshing bready body. Prost!
spinnaker (n)—a large billowing sail set forward of the mainsail and used for running down wind
This is a special release beer from Rising Tide, a total of 1,200 – 375 ml bottled were produced and sold at the brewery as well as retailers in Maine and New Hampshire. Phobos and Deimos is part of their Entrepôt serires or saisons. I picked this one up at The Vault in Lewiston.
Nelson Sauvin hops are the only variety used in this beer and I find them particularly delicious. The beer pours a very bright orange color with a nice unfiltered look and huge white head that extends well above the rim of the glass. Aroma has a nice light hop aroma. Overall an appealing beer that does not disappoint when you taste it. Lots of fruity, wine character from the hops and just a small amount of peppery spice.
I really enjoyed this beer and would certainly recommend you grab a bottle if you see one in your local store.
Pros: Easy to drink and flavorful Cons: Alcohol Content: 7.9% ABV Calories: ??? IBU (Bitterness): ?? Rating: Brewers Website: Rising Tide Brewing Brewers Description:
Somehow in all my trips to Rising Tide in Portland I have never done a post about the brewery. I stopped by to take some photos last week for my new site New England Beer Insurance and thought it would be a great time to do a post. The first time I visited the brewery they were on Industrial Way with Maine Beer Company and Bull Jagger, brewing on a much smaller system. Shortly after that visit they made the move to Fox Street and had their current system installed.
Nathan Sanborn (no relation as far as we can tell) is the brewer and his wife Heather is also involved in the day to day operations of the brewery. They also recently hired and an employee, Spence, who can be found at the brewery or pretty much anywhere good beer can be found. Seems I am always running into Spence somewhere in Portland. Nathan, Heather and Spence are always gracious hosts and willing to accommodate when they can.
Tasting room hours are noted below and they do sell growlers at the brewery. In addition to the 22 oz bottles distributed in Maine, Mass and Vermont they have the occasional brewery only release. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for updates and next time you are in Portland stop by and visit. Tell them their insurance guy sent you over.
Website:www.risingtidebrewing.com Facebook Page:Link Twitter: @risingtidebeer@risingtide_hbs Location: 103 Fox Street – Portland, ME Phone: 207-370-2337 Brewery Hours: Tuesday 4-7 / Thursday 4-7 / Friday & Saturday 12-3 Tours: Friday and Saturdays at 1:00 Packaging:Growlers at the brewery/ 22 oz bottles / Occasional Brewery only special release.
Distribution: Maine, Mass, Vermont