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Heavy Seas - Winter Storm ("Category 5" Ale) - Heavy Seas Beer

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Heavy Seas - Winter Storm ("Category 5" Ale)
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BA SCORE
86
very good

793 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 793
Reviews: 491
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 30
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 02-17-2004)
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StretchZep

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

02-05-2013 23:06:01 | More by StretchZep
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nyyfanatic213

New York

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

07-08-2013 19:46:54 | More by nyyfanatic213
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sywalters

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

12-08-2012 23:39:18 | More by sywalters
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CupcakeNY

New York

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright copper color with a thin spattering of off white bubbles on top. Some frothy lacing clings to the side of the glass.

S: Very light fruity esters, lots of lightly toasted bread, and a very light hint of alcohol.

T: Lots of toasted bread up front mingling with a lot of flowery hop flavor, the middle has a more aggressive toasty caramel flavor, and the finish has a pretty grassy and herbal hop flavor. Starts out like imperial ESB, finishes like a west coast IPA.

M: Dry, crisp, bitter, medium bodied, astringent.

D: I actually like this beer a lot, nice Americanization of a classic British style.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 23:17:31 | More by CupcakeNY
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Jackal

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

07-26-2013 04:46:42 | More by Jackal
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PJK

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

02-17-2013 21:48:01 | More by PJK
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lupercmda

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

11-27-2012 02:46:37 | More by lupercmda
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Lawl3ss

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

01-02-2012 10:01:33 | More by Lawl3ss
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jnowak

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

03-22-2014 19:05:10 | More by jnowak
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ToddGingerich

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

01-13-2014 02:22:02 | More by ToddGingerich
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rangerred

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on cask at Nicholson's in Cincinnati.

Arrived a clear ruby with a small head. Excellent lacing.

The smell was full of floral/citrus hops. Some caramel malt as well.

The flavor is very hop forward. Wonderful citrusy hops dominate throughout with a quite assertive bitterness. Malt notes come in at the end and linger.

This is a great beer and one that I am thrilled I got to try on cask. Will definitely seek out again.

Serving type: cask

12-24-2011 19:36:57 | More by rangerred
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AGB

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

01-20-2014 16:08:23 | More by AGB
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sparrowed

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

04-16-2012 02:14:28 | More by sparrowed
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lauries444

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

12-01-2013 03:32:37 | More by lauries444
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reeemer

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

03-04-2012 06:17:24 | More by reeemer
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smithmd4

New York

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

12-22-2011 00:07:12 | More by smithmd4
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Millerf1127

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

02-20-2013 13:34:40 | More by Millerf1127
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Pugsly

New York

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

02-07-2012 02:45:41 | More by Pugsly
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CrazyEasyBartender

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

03-19-2013 03:17:03 | More by CrazyEasyBartender
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shapudding

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tab dated April 2005. Poured out a clear an amber goldne with a thick and frothy head of orangey eggshell color. The head reduced down to a thin layer with a thick ring at the edge. Very nice scents of fruits- apples, oranges, plump raisins, maybe a bit of banana even...? Yeastiness floating up in the warm spiciness. The first sip really just filled my mouth. The body/carbination actually surprised me, but is very nice. Medium bodied I guess. The carb feels bood, almost creamy, alot going on. I'm surprised by the white grapefruit hoppy biteyness here. Very good flavors. Kinda like I am drinking white grapefruit juice in a beer form though? I find this to be a good drinker and can see myself having this one in the summer too. There is a good amount of flavor left over in your mouth after each sip.
-Thanks to the blitheringidiot for giving me a bunch of these!

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2005 01:26:18 | More by shapudding
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Caramel amber hue big velvety cream tan colored head leaves fine intricate lacing. Aroma: Sharp grassy citrus notes very aromatic big caramel malt base wow, yep I could sit around and smell this one for awhile nice. Taste: Strong bitterness lies in the middle of a fluid balance of flavors, somewhat mild for a double IPA nowadays but very good nonetheless. Big herbal juicy hop bursts with slightly burnt citrus peel notes puckering the lips mellowed by sugary sweet caramel malts nice brew. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied evenly carbonated sugary slightly sticky texture nice. Drinkability: Excellent really drinkable DIPA so flavorful but not overbearing in anyway very nice version, probably the best beer I've had from Clipper City.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2004 21:55:07 | More by WVbeergeek
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boilers

Indiana

4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - copper colored beer with lacy tan head
Aroma - very malty with very little hop presence.
Taste - hop-forward taste rounded out by a good malty finish
Mouthfeel - alcohol detectable but not overpowering. Body could be a bit heavier.

Very easy to drink and a good unique beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 01:41:51 | More by boilers
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sdawson

Oregon

4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Given to me by a generous on-BAer. Thanks Kelli! Winter Storm pours a beautiful brown with ruby undertones. There is a thin layer of foam and moderate lacing on this. I found the scent somewhat nondescript with pine and sweet resin dominating. The taate is where this one truly shines for me, an introduction of sweet sugary maple gives way to tart grapefruit and lemon. The mouthfeel is near-perfect, but a touch overcarbonated for the subtler notes. I am very sad Clipper City is not local, as this would be a very welcome six pack to be always on hand. To be fair, I must be very partial to the imperial esb style, as I loved Velvet Underground ESB when Hopworks had it on draft. I wish more brewers would work with this beautiful style.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 18:52:49 | More by sdawson
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with March 2013 clipped off the label. Sampled on January 22, 2013.

The way it poured all I could think of was a winter storm churning out in the deep ocean with circular carbonation bubbles slowly falling apart and becoming a handsome looking medium amber with reddish hues and a lasting head.

The aroma is of dark malts, plum (maybe), toffee, and English yeast. The hops are not as evident on the nose.

The body is bold and smooth.

The taste begins mildly sweet with a balanced but slight hop bitterness kicking in to round things off. Like the aroma there is an array of dark malts and dark fruits showing up in the flavor. Quite nice and authentic to a strong British Bitter.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 22:59:39 | More by puboflyons
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Imstillthegman

Delaware

4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found a bottle hanging out in the dbf and realized I have never reviewed this one...so here it goes.

Pours a clear garnet/copper color with about an inch and a half of dirty, off-white head. Pretty good lacing.

The aroma is quite tasty by itself. I get some zesty, citrus hops blended with toast that's been coated in molasses. Smells yummy.

The flavor is almost as good as the smell. The spicy hops start things off with a blast of citrusy lemon zest, before the sweet, gooey malts show up. They try to stick around, but the hops...they are bitter, so the hops just show 'em the door. I give it a 4.35, but I rounded it up to a 4.5.

Mouthfeel is good, so is the carbonation. Aftertaste is semi-dry with a good shot of bitterness. Clipper City has never disappointed me with their Heavy Seas line. A sixer of this wouldn't be a chore at all.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2007 15:14:01 | More by Imstillthegman
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