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

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902 Ratings
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Ratings: 902
Reviews: 507
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 33
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

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

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: pezoids on 02-17-2004

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Photo of Thickfreakness
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a rich cherry/copper into my DFH glass. A thick and fluffy, tinted head that leaves a ton of chewy lacing as it slowly fades away. Wonderful clarity!

S- Whole grain nut bread, pine needles, cashews, caramel, hay, orange/tangerine peel. Nothing really dominate or over the top, in fact... I'd say lackluster. Even as it warms, nothing really pops out at you. I'm a little dissapointed.

T- Bitter orange peel/pine sap mixed with raw sugar and caramel. Some toasted whole grain bread, wet grass, and lemon-pepper. Dry and citrusy... just a hint of alcohol. Nice, but I was hoping for more than nice. Very drinkable tho!

M- Dry... piney, some bitter citrus and hints of sweetness. Feels a bit flat.

O- A decent sit around the fire fall brew. Flat on the tongue, and nothing very special about this brew. Bitter as it should be, but the nose, taste and mouthfeel are all very underwhelming!

Photo of Xandrose
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of beerphan
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> imperial pint
notched best by March O7

Pours a clear rusted amber with a large full head that recedes first to marshmellow mountains than to a blanket of film. Sheets of lace a left with each sip. Carbonation appears slow and steady.

Nose: Great nose. A little piney along with some sweet citrus. fruits and sweet malts dancing in the background. A little alcohol also is present.

Taste: Piney hop goodness with a tinge of alcohol. Some sweet caramel malt before a dry bitter finish. This is a well balanced brew that almost reminds of a DIPA, heck not almost it does.

Mouthfeel is full with just the right amount of carbonation. Drying effect if evident.

I guess i could session this during a long winter storm, although here in PA we're getting pounded by 60 degree weather and rain (ah its early january), well at least this winter storm is still kicking.

Photo of baos
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From scribbled notes. Just what do you say scribbled notes?

A: Not bad. Decent lacing. Quite a bit of sediment in there. On a good pour none reaches me glass laddy. Nice copper color.

S: Nice floral hops. Orange liqueur.

T: Orange zest-beeswax. Spicy and very nice.

M: Light to medium bodied.

D: I wrote 3.5. I remember buying this beer from a place I'd gotten several bad beers that had orange stickers on them. This one had an orange sticker, so I let it linger in the fridge for several weeks maybe several months. Well I was out of beer one night and I gently poured it and go get em dudes it was A mo fuckin ok!

Photo of JoeLacy
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of sanitarium16
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of blitz134
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange/apricot colored body with a one inch off-white head. Aroma is very light. A touch of citrus and some grassy hop aromas, not much else. Taste is mainly hop dominated, but not overly bitter. Hops are floral and citrus in nature. There is a bit of an herbal side to the hops in this brew. Needs more malts to fill this out; a bit unbalanced. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style, not overly thick and oily like I feel it should be. Drinkability is good though. Worth a taste...a reasonable DIPA.

Photo of Baab200
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of kshankar
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color. Lacing is decent

aroma is caramel, malts and some hops

Taste is the malts at first..then a nice bitter finish from the hops

Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation

Tastes fine, mouthfeel is all good. Drinkable. Give it a try

Photo of blakesell
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle from last year's batch (06-07) into an off-centered pint glass with a bevel for added smelling.

Appearance- Beer pours a dark amber with a billowy cloudy fluffy head that goes over the top of the glass but doesn't escape the glass. A perfect pour on this beer. Lacing is very dense and clings to the glass minutes later.

Smell- Rich with malt and hops, favoring the hops more. A bit of pine with a smooth malt aroma. My gut tells me that 6-row or Maris Otter is the base malt.

Taste- Rich and malty upfront with a clean hoppy bite in the background. When I first had this beer I thought it may be a little too hoppy for the average drinker. Now that the hops have had time to mellow out this beer is excellent.

Mouthfeel- Creamy and a bit grainy on the aftertaste. Not warming and nicely carbonated. Full-bodied and balanced.

Drinkability- This beer has excellent drinkability. In fact I'd daresay that this is the most drinkable Clipper City beer in the state of Ohio. Maryland is a different scenario as they can get Balto, but over here, this is the beer to try and enjoy.

The IPA is another easy drinker, but this is my brewers' choice.

Photo of thedoubler55
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber color with a bit of head that disappers into a great lacing on the glass.

S: Caramel and definitely a sweet smell.

T: This beer reminds me of a good honey tea. Very fruity with some hint of toffee and butter.

M: Very smooth, and light bodied.

D: Very well balanced type of beer, would definitely enjoy it again!

Photo of pentathlete
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark gold, tarnished brass with an off-white head and some stickiness. Plenty of tiny-bubbled carbonation. Smell is mild hops and a smooth malty odor. Taste is a fine blend of grainy malts, floral hops and some sweet notes. Mouthfeel is medium with a medium body. Drinkability is fine for the style. High ABV keeps it from being sessionable. Enjoyable.

Photo of Franchise
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first offering from Clipper City, I've been eyeing them for awhile now and never took the plunge until now. This winter offering pours a dark brown leaving a thick tan frothy head. the aroma is hoppy, caramel, sweet dark fruit. The taste is very hoppy, but balanced by a nice malt backbone that is highlight by a toffee sweetness that is followed by a definitive alcohal presence. I think this needs a bit more balance overall and the alcohal presence is far to great for only a 7.5% beer which can be overwhelming.

Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of jjboesen
4.68/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Having always been a fan of this Baltimore brewery, I was eager to suck this baby down! There was little dissapointment: this beer offers a golden hue with clarity; and it abides beneath a fast-dissolving head, loose clingage and many pinpoint bubbles rising from the bottom.

The nose is treated to an intense floral bouquet that is present at the initial pour. The palate is offered a sweet hop intensity throught the quaff.

I did enjoy the acute and well-balanced hop/malt mouthfeel; additionally, there was detected a lingering warmth sans any noticable bitterness - surprising, given this style.

I love Clipper City beer. They always have something wonderful to offer. Would that they could increase their distribution area, so more beer lovers could fall in love with their wonderful product.

Photo of cubedbee
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with Jul 05 freshness date. Pours a clear bright orange with a nice thick whitish heads, with very nice lacing. Nose is all hops, primarily citrusy. Medium bodied syrupy mouthfeel. Very nice amount of bitterness both upfront and in the aftertaste for fans of hops, although it is balanced out with an almost caramel malt flavor. As others have noted, this isn't a very good IIPA, but is a great tasting for a strong IPA.

Photo of gfreed
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm normally wary of anything labeled "imperial" that doesn't have "Russian" to the left and "stout" to the right, especially if it comes from an American brewery-- that will practically guarantee that it's overly boozy and ham-fistedly hopped. However, the imperial part of this beer was nearly absent: none of the usual smelly alcohol; no thick and gooey body; no black-hole gravity; none of the smack-your-face hops. In fact, this was as light and fruity as a good UK ESB and only slightly more alcoholic. 7.50% seems generous, in fact, as there was very little warmth to this brew. Worth a try, especially because it is *not* "imperial" anything.

Photo of jkrich
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a freshness dated 12 oz. bottle: clear, deep red with orange highlights. The foamy off-white head receded slowly leaving small lacing on the glass.

Soft malty sweet and caramel aromas wafted from the bottle along with a slightly pungent, fruity wine-like aroma.

The ale begins with a noticeable sweetness that almost becomes cloying until a dash of hop bitterness gives some balance. Some mild fruity apple-like flavors linger in the mouth. This is not quite as smooth as I like in an ESB, but it is an "imperial" ESB afterall.

The mouthfeel is rather thick and chewy with a slightly resinous feel on the palate. Carbonation is rather subdued.

This is my second product from this Heavy Seas line. Both are good, but a little rough around the edges.

Photo of Remdog
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of sabrills70
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with best before March 07 on label. Pours a medium brown/amber with a one finger head, nice longevity and very nice lace. Malts are present but hop floralness predominates with hints of pine and citrus. Again malts are present, but hops define this beer. For such a young double IPA it is smooth and creamy. Hints of grapefruit and pine. Seems a bit mild as a DIPA - that is to say I expected a much more hop domination. Dont get me wrong, hops do dominate and it is a very well made and tasty beer I just don't think its a DIPA - perhaps a IPA?

Photo of lauries444
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of greyghost86
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Rudgers73
2.85/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I don't really agree with this beer's classification. I think of it as a strong winter warmer. It has all of the characteristics of a winter warmer, just a percent or two more alcohol by volume.

Deep ruby red color, milky tan head that subsides after a minute or two into a small, blotchy dusting. Slight carbonation. The aroma is slightly malty with an overriding dirty/spicy hop affect. Piny hop resin and a very hidden chocolate malt smell. Overall I didn't like the taste of this beer. Its all big hops with very little balance. It leaves a parched, bitter feeling and it accumulates throughout the drink. Not my kind of beer.

Photo of mcphish22
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Jamstone714
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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