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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
Ishmael is our richly-flavored American copper ale. This American interpretation of the altbiers of Düsseldorf is brewed with continental Munich malt, American-grown hops, and a clean-fermenting ale yeast to produce a slightly sweet and malty beer balanced by a firm bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bellco33 (639) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - APR 10, 2016
Poured into sample glass: Pours copper with no head. Aroma of cracker malts and caramel. Slightly bitter taste, a little sweet, light to medium body. It’s ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (5325) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 27, 2016
Tap at Rising Tide Brewing Company, Portland. Originally rated 20160221. Colour is clear orange with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Caramel, sweetness and malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fombe89 (1771) - Asturias, SPAIN - JAN 18, 2016
Botella de @Vivalabirra, Oviedo.. 17/01/2016. Bottled:03/15 Color ambar, aroma caramelo, sabor caramelo, dulce, cuerpo medio.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
melush (2462) - SPAIN - NOV 21, 2015
Bottle 35,5cl / Botella 35,5cl. @ LaBIRRAtorium, Madrid, España A: Amber / Ambar. T/S: Malt, caramel, cereal / Malta, caramelo, cereal.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kaser (5219) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2015
Draft pour as part of a flight at Rising Tide Brewery. Copper and white head. Kind of boring but easy drinking. Malts and earthy

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2015
LSAT Freedom Trip #70. Keg at the brewery. Clear copper, large creamy white head, good retention. Aroma of raisin, caramel, grain. The taste is grainy malts, nuts, caramel, herbal hops. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lownote (462) - USA - AUG 5, 2015
Pours copper to dark red with a healthy head from Bottle. Taste is a richer more bready malt with a pretty piny hop profile. Well done. Light ish body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SG111 (1013) - New York, USA - JUL 11, 2015
Tap at source. Golden copper color, white head. Aroma is rich malts, caramel, sweet toffee. Flavor is malt, Carmel. Toasted flavor. Solid. Very sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmm635 (978) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2015
Poured copper in color with a thin head. Aroma of caramel malts, hops, slightly metallic. Light, easy to drink, but forgettable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (5232) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 15, 2015
Draught and bottles, since debut, most recently April 2015.
Clear copper-goldenrod body is topped by a small, off-white head that is mostly well-retained.
Toasty malt with flowers, light spices and some earthiness in the nose proclaim a pretty honorable rendition of the "traditional alt". Yes, there’s acidity and citrus here as well, but it’s light and helps take some of the intensity from the toasted malt sourness. No alcohol or flaws, very clean and fruity.
The munic malt does its usual thing, adding tons of sourdough flavor, but there’s enough residual sugar to balance, leaving a malty caramel flavor lingering, while floral hoppiness and citrus bitterness also coalesce on the finish. Vanilla and brown bread notes are subdued and the carbonation is strong and helps clear all of this malt (both the sour and sweet) and hop bitterness.
I don’t love beers with a high proportion of munich malt. It just exacerbates any hop acidity with the heavy sourdough/toasted flavors and really fatigues the palate, requiring, in turn, more fatiguing sweetness to balance. That being said, they do a good job here and it’s still quite drinkable, especially if youre looking for a more substantial beer to go with a meal or whatnot. Again, very clean and not much to complain about.

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