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Heavy Seas Yule Tide (2013) - Heavy Seas Beer

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BA SCORE
86
very good

105 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 1
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Aged for 6 weeks in Jamaican Rum barrels, this Imperial Red offers a full malt body dominated by toast, chocolate, and caramel notes. Rum barrel aging imparts a rich buttery rum character along with oaken vanilla notes. Ginger offsets the overall sweetness by adding its own drying zing.

28 IBU

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 11-14-2013)
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Mike099

New York

5/5  rDev +30.9%

03-01-2014 07:12:13 | More by Mike099
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mctizzz

California

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

01-05-2014 03:19:53 | More by mctizzz
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Cloaked_Phantom

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

01-01-2014 18:51:40 | More by Cloaked_Phantom
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Fabiand

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

12-26-2013 23:25:59 | More by Fabiand
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psoriasaurus

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

02-03-2014 13:35:24 | More by psoriasaurus
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

4.41/5  rDev +15.4%

appearance: Mostly clear chestnut. a full tan head and messy lacing that recedes quickly. A handsome Yule Tide brew.
smell: Wow, damned if this doesn't smell like eggnog. That Jamaican Rum oak barrel thing is really happening. Rich and buttery indeed.
taste: Lives up to the nose. Not as sweet as expected from the nose though. Guess the ginger does indeed offset the sweetness.
overall: After a few years of just amazing beers it's not so easy to be wowed. This one pulled it off. Very pleasant surprise.

11-25-2013 22:56:58 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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DerrickW

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

11-19-2013 02:04:26 | More by DerrickW
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sammy806

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

05-18-2014 19:26:07 | More by sammy806
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

12-05-2013 13:35:04 | More by ShanePB
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

12-14-2013 21:29:16 | More by IPAchris
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AngusOg

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

11-22-2013 02:37:07 | More by AngusOg
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montereyjay

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

12-10-2013 05:04:11 | More by montereyjay
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Jack_Frost79

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

07-31-2014 20:02:48 | More by Jack_Frost79
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Sabayer89

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

08-10-2014 18:20:51 | More by Sabayer89
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Fargrow

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

12-16-2013 03:11:42 | More by Fargrow
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TomG2751

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

11-25-2013 23:32:20 | More by TomG2751
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wiscokid920

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

03-23-2014 01:49:24 | More by wiscokid920
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Vivs85

New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

04-22-2014 09:42:42 | More by Vivs85
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BeerMeColorado

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

01-02-2014 02:28:37 | More by BeerMeColorado
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

11-25-2013 01:58:02 | More by oriolesfan4
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skaboom420

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

11-29-2013 00:57:27 | More by skaboom420
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +10.7%

This is an outstanding winter beer. The appearance is clear and red....tight bubbles float upward. Foamy white head. The smell is a mix of intense malt, spicy ginger, and a surgery note. There is a little wood, some booze, and a little spice (a recurrence of the ginger?). The taste is amazing..sweet, malty, spicy, and enjoyable. Very soft mouthfeel. The ginger gives the beer a very holiday-like character and provides a god balance point to the sweetness. Not a lot of hop flavor, which is fitting for the brew. Soft, full, intense, and perfect to relax with during the holidays.

12-23-2013 21:23:08 | More by Suds
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RummyRedbeard

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +9.9%

22 oz bottle to snifter

A: Deep amber, blood red under the light. Lot of bubbles emit from the bottom of the glass at first but slow down after a few minutes. One finger off white head -- reminds me of cream soda. Head quickly recedes to a mere ring around the glass. Lacing is present but nothing particularly special.

S: Immediately I smell vanilla. Rum obviously. Heavy caramel and maple syrup.

T: Caramel up front with a nice spicy ginger bite. Rum qualities include vanilla and spices. At times I could have easily mistaken this for a scotch ale. As it warms up the 9% becomes much more apparent, but it's nothing overwhelming.

M: Very malty and sticky. Pretty much unavoidable with what it is but it comes on a little thick.

O: Definitely pleased with the purchase. I have had things in the past that I've liked a lot from Clipper City as well as things I have not liked so I came in to this with no reservations or expectations. Amber ales are one of my favorite styles and rum is probably my second favorite type of booze behind bourbon so I figured there couldn't be much harm with this one especially at a reasonable price for a 9%er. The coolest part about this brew is easily the spiciness from the ginger; I had read the bottle before I bought it but I must have read over that part... it adds an extra quality to the beer and I'm glad they did it. I give it two thumbs up. Cheers.

12-05-2013 06:02:12 | More by RummyRedbeard
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Greywulfken

New York

4.19/5  rDev +9.7%

A: deep amber ale, clear but dark, with a rich head a few fingers thick of tan head. ample sheets of lace from top to bottom

S: rich, hearty and welcoming malt grains, wet toffee sugar and rum barrel wood

T: malt richness, suggestive of caramel and grain water, spices as of a holiday feat, warm pineapple rum; some bright, tart (?) sweet herb comes through - perhaps the ginger...

M: light and quick; medium-weight at best, smooth and slick, airy and drying finish

O: a real nice, relatively light-feeling (for an Imperial amber), and nicely accented with rum barrel aging. Rum serves to be an excellent counterpart to the malts and hops, bringing out fruitiness and a nice warming, winter ale feel.

12-14-2013 18:17:38 | More by Greywulfken
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sleazo

New York

4.16/5  rDev +8.9%

A_Copper colored ale. Sticky lacing

S_Rum, molasses and a vague spice. Then rum is strong but it's not too boozy on the nose

T_Initial sip is of wood and rum. Then the ginger hits and notes of vanilla, cola and molasses are evident. Again not too boozy. Aftertaste lingers like a nice quality rum.

M_slightly thicker than medium bodied with a soft carbonation.

O_This reminds me of a well made dark and stormy. An interesting beer and a nicely spices Christmas beer.

12-08-2013 23:49:41 | More by sleazo
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Heavy Seas Yule Tide (2013) from Heavy Seas Beer
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