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Heavy Seas Yule Tide (2013) - Heavy Seas Beer

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BA SCORE
86
very good

107 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 1
Gots: 17 | 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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5/5  rDev +30.9%

Mike099, Mar 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

mctizzz, Jan 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Cloaked_Phantom, Jan 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

beerded_drunk, Monday at 10:10 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Fabiand, Dec 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

psoriasaurus, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.41/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

cindyjeffsmith, Nov 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

DerrickW, Nov 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

sammy806, May 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

ShanePB, Dec 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

IPAchris, Dec 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

AngusOg, Nov 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

montereyjay, Dec 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Jack_Frost79, Jul 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Sabayer89, Aug 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Fargrow, Dec 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

TomG2751, Nov 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

wiscokid920, Mar 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Vivs85, Apr 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

BeerMeColorado, Jan 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

oriolesfan4, Nov 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

skaboom420, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of Suds
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Suds, Dec 23, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

RummyRedbeard, Dec 05, 2013
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4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Greywulfken, Dec 14, 2013
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Heavy Seas Yule Tide (2013) from Heavy Seas Beer
86 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.