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This next beer found its why into my fridge courtesy of the singles section at my local grocery store.

Beer Name: Ishmael

Brewery: Rising Tide Brewing Company (Portland, ME)

Style: Copper Ale

ABV: 4.9%

Description: An altbier/amber ale/copper ale concoction named for the protagonist of Moby Dick.  Read all about the recipe and why the brewers categorize this the way they do here.

Appearance: Poured out the can to a copper colored, cloudy yet see-through body.  Across the top there was a half-finger of slightly off-white foam.

Smell: Mild to moderate aromas of sweet malt.

Taste: Sweet and malty upfront, featuring some nice caramel notes followed by a mild yeasty presence.  The ending bought on a light amount of bitterness in the form of earthy/piney hops

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a smooth, mildly carbonated finish.

Hype: None really, though I was rather curious to see how this one would turn out.  I remember drinking this being a beer fest staple back in my early days of getting into beer so I was interested to see what I thought of it now.

Overall: I liked this.  It didn’t necessarily “wow” me, but it deliver exactly what I hoped to get out of it.  Nice smooth malt flavor with a little bit of bitterness on the end, this relatively low ABV offering was a good beer to unwind with.