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Carla Jean Lauter

Carla Jean Lauter is a craft beer lover and investigator of all things beer. She started a craft beer website and blog in 2007, sharing her thoughts as she explored what was new in beer, as well as brewery visits, trips and "beer adventures." Moving to Portland in 2009, she found herself surrounded by the Maine beer community and has been exploring it ever since. In her blog, Carla profiles craft beer (and some mead and cider, too) being brewed in Maine, as well as looks into the people, places and stories behind the beer that makes the community so vibrant. Join Carla on her beer adventures and advice on where to get the best, newest, and most interesting fermented drinks around. Carla can be contacted at askthebeerbabe [at] or on twitter at @beerbabe. Subscribe: RSS Feed for The Beer Babe

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Posted: September 10, 2014

Rising Tide’s Calcutta Cutter reawakens hop cravings

Do you ever just have a sip of beer and it stops you in your tracks? Calcutta Cutter from Rising Tide can bring your taste buds back to life.

Calcutta Cutter is the Imperial India Pale Ale from Rising Tide Brewing Company, and the latest batch was released only a about a week ago. The other night I casually ordered one off the menu at Arcadia National Bar, and it was delivered to me in a mason-jar style glass. I walked back to where my friends were playing Cards Against Humanity before I took the first sip – and then I had a moment.



Photo from Rising Tide Brewing Company

The hops provide a citrus and pine burst, and is so well balanced and smooth that you forget that you’re drinking an 8.7 % ABV imperial. The taste is just incredible – juicy, hoppy, and bitter all in one with an aftertaste that is just so satisfying.

Calcutta Cutter (I say “Calcuttah cuttah” just for fun) is a periodically released brew that is arguably the hoppiest that Rising Tide makes. They do a lot of hopping throughout the process of brewing the beer, including a healthy and hefty dose of dry hopping at the end for aroma. Even in the middle of a busy bar, the hop nose on this comes through beautifully. The orange color is also distinctive and inviting, and I realized looking down into my mason jar that this summer, especially when it’s been hot out, I’ve been reaching for much paler brews. But this one, on an early fall evening, was absolutely stunning.

It’s not a seasonal beer, but this is the perfect season to get into it. Freshly bottled only a few days ago, the super-fresh four packs have begun to make it around the city. This, like most IPAs and Imperial IPAs, is not meant for aging, and is noted with an impassioned plea on Rising Tide’s website:

“Cellaring Notes: no! don’t do it! drink this beer fresh!”

My official recommendation: go and seek this fresh hop bomb if your taste buds need a little waking up (and who’s don’t?).

Upcoming Event: Rising Tide Fourth Anniversary Party

On October 26th, Rising Tide will be celebrating their 4th anniversary with a party at their brewery. The celebration, which will include food from local chefs and farms as well as fun activities such as a pickling contest, music and the release of a special anniversary beer, Corvus. Tickets and more info available here.

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