Embark on a new journey with Rising Tide’s Daymark, a supposedly classic American Pale Ale that promises a clean and crisp experience. Brewed with Columbus and Centennial hops, this ale claims to be enriched with locally sourced rye from small family farms in Maine and malted at Valley Malts. The finishing touch is a dry hop infusion for that sought-after bright floral aroma.


The Daymark, poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass, presents itself as a murky dark yellow gold with a head reminiscent of a homebrew creation. The homey appearance adds a touch of informality, but perhaps not in the most appealing way.


The aroma is dominated by the robust Centennial hops, delivering a super fresh olfactory experience. Notes of orange and tangerine dance in the air, creating an inviting, albeit somewhat overpowering, scent. The spiciness adds a layer of complexity to the fragrance.


Moving on to the taste, the ale introduces a dry malt character complemented by spicy yeast. However, the grapefruit-pine hop bitterness tends to linger, potentially overshadowing the subtleties promised by the initial profile.


In terms of mouthfeel, the Daymark is characterized by a full-bodied nature and high carbonation. This combination contributes to a texture that may not suit everyone’s palate, leaning towards a denser, more robust experience.


Regrettably, this bottle-conditioned ale failed to win my favor. While the hop profile showcased perfection, the overall experience left much to be desired. The excessive cloudiness and thickness, reminiscent of an amateur homebrew, detracted from the potential enjoyment. It’s worth noting that Rising Tide operates on a 1 bbl brew house, which may explain some growing pains. Best of luck to them as they strive to refine their offerings in the future.