Casco Bay Brewing Company - Casco Bay Riptide Red Ale

Casco Bay Brewing Company - Casco Bay Riptide Red Ale

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Casco Bay Brewing Company - Casco Bay Riptide Red Ale

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  • Serving Temperature:

    40-45° F
  • Suggested Glassware:

    Pint Glass
  • Malts:

    2-row Pale, Crystal, Caramunich, Chocolate, L. Munich
  • Hops:

    Cluster, Hallertau
Casco Bay's Riptide Red Ale is one of the best domestic Irish Red Ales, a fact acknowledged at the 2000 World Beer Cup when they won the Gold Medal for the style. It's brewed using a top-fermenting ale yeast, but conditioned for an extended period of time at cold temperatures (like a lager), yielding an ale that is very clean & crisp, with the complexity and robustness of an ale. Expect creamy, earthy malts and citrus-herbal hops on the nose. As it warms, look for a touch of mustiness from the yeast and the slightest hint of peach. The malt backbone has a toasty, nearly nutty caramel character with enough bitterness from the hops to prevent the hearty malt content from running too sweet. A touch of chocolate manifests very late in the finish. Try with fresh green grapes. Also works nicely with orange chicken over fried rice.
The Casco Bay Brewing Company opened on Maine's Portland coast in the spring of 1994. An inspirational bit of trivia: one of their part time bottlers eventually became owner, president and brewmaster. No kidding! In early 1995, Bryan Smith came aboard a few hours a week to help bottle beer, but it seemed that he had bigger plans in mind. Within five months, Smith had worked his way up to brewer. Pretty impressive… In September of 1997, Smith left the brewery temporarily to beef up his brewing chops by attending the American Brewers Guild brewing school at UC Davis. In January 1998, Bryan and two others bought out half of the original ownership team, with Bryan taking over all brewing operations. Four years later, in March of 2002, the three bought out the remaining half of the original ownership pair. Since then, the new team has been hard at work keeping up with demand, streamlining production and enhancing their now famous line of signature ales and lagers. For more information about the brewery and scheduled tours, call (207) 797-2020 or check out their web site at
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