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Phillips Amber Ale | Heavy Seas Beer

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by pentathlete on 01-08-2006

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 31
Reviews by ViveLaChouffe:
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft in a tall pilsener glass at the Phillips Famous Seafood restaurant in the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, Concourse C.

Pours a pale amber with a billowing ivory head. Smells of lightly sour, biscuity pale malt. No hops to be detected.

Taste is also far more malt than hops. Biscuity, lightly caramel tasting malt. that is not to say this is a bold, big beer by any means. Mouth is on the thin side with just a bit of wateriness in the finish. Lightly crisp and an easy drinker. Tasty enough and great with a crabcake!

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Photo of mscudder
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - a clear copper/amber. Light and average head/lacing

S - I'm getting light caramel notes and some toasted malts.

T - Light bread, with a nice smooth progression. Very drinkable. This reminds me of a high quality Yuengling, here the sharp "bite" is no longer present.

M - Ideal carbonation for an amber in my opinion. Very smooth and could be enjoyed for a prolonged session.

O - The best word I can describe this brew is "light." Good drinkablilty makes this a beer worth buying again as a nice alternative to heavier, bolder brews but lacks a certain presence to be bought regularly.

Thanks to HopCity for stocking this in their growler selection.

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Photo of tugdriver7
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

According to CC braumeister Hugh Sisson, this is a re-badged CC Pale Ale; and it was on sale following the tour. Deep gold color in the glass with soft carbonation and quite a bit of foam that disappeared quickly. A touch of sweet caramel in the nose, and in the initial taste, with a nice (Clipper City trademark) hops bitterness int he aftertaste. Definitely something worth trying. If you can, check out the Clipper City Brewery tour too. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday afternoon. And the libations are great too.

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Photo of plaid75
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Rattle N Hum in NYC.

Poured a clear amber hue with a half finger white cap. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a clean soft caramel and a faint grassy hop.

The taste was very well balanced with a grainy malt and neat hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style.

Overall a well balanced a very easy to drink ale.

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Photo of silverking
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Skillet
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BBS323
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thomas2357
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of beerded_drunk
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of cvstrickland
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Phillip's at Norfolk International Airport:

The body is a clear reddish-copper amber capped with a fizzy white head that quickly reduces to a ring and leaves a few scraps of lacing on the glass.

The smell is malty with a little spicy caramel, the taste is the same, with a bit of an earthy dryness in the finish tussling with a note of dry cocoa mix.

Very smooth and medium-bodied with good drinkability.

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Photo of beersquirrel1337
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of aquatonex
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

While waiting for my late flight out of ATL for the first time, found this brew at a supposedly famous crabcake place called Phillips.

Pours copper in color with a little bit of bubbly head, I suppose that is why they called this an amber ale. However, the flavor characteristics remind me most of a Sam Adams Ale for some reason, so it was pretty decent. Some moderate hoppiness with mild malts, slightly sweet slightly hoppy, nothing too much to dwell on. Went down like a Sam. Altogether, I'd drink it again, not a bad beer but not really an amber either.

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Photo of JNForsyth
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Noooddle
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of juzh12
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DarthGator
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this on tap while waiting for a flight in Atlanta.

A pale copper brew with a decent white head that left a little lacing on every sip. Nice clarity, and looked like a lighter Sam Adams lager.

Smell lightly of toasted malt, some hop, and caramel elements.

Flavors of lightly toasted bread, some dry cracker flavors with a little caramel sweetness and some nice crisp hop bitterness. This actually reminded me a bit of Geary's Pale Ale -- to the point in a blind taste test I might have trouble distinguishing the two.

This brew had decent carbonation and medium body.

Overall, it went well with the food, and drank well on it's own. Smooth, but nothing too distinctive or in your face. If I could get this up here, I'd drink this during grilling season.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apparently brewed for Phillips Seafood Restaurants though I picked my sample up at a Maryland retail outlet. Can't find any info on the Clipper City website or at Phillips' website.

Ruddy gold, slight haze, small white head that falls to a ring. Sweet malts dominate the nose with a clean water scent providing the background. The malts dominate the early taste then a carbonic segue to a reasonable (not strong) hop finish. The mouthfeel is fine, though light. Satisfying amber ale. Easy to drink, nothing bad about this. Bet it goes great with any of those crab dishes.

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Photo of LexingtonBeer
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Toasted malt is a little too overpowering here.

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Photo of rodlavers
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of DrBass
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gww1864
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

OK, so I sampled this brew in Atlanta at the Hartsfield-Jackson airport in Concourse D. Found it at a Phillips Seafood restaurant location, which is based in Annapolis, Maryland. This is also hometown to the Clipper City Brewery who brews this beer for Phillips Seafood. In Atlanta. And it's not really an amber as much as it's a re-branded Clipper City Pale Ale. Get all that? You will be tested. So was this beer.
Poured off the tap a with creamy tan head composed of tiny bubbles. Nice retention and very good lacing. Clear amber color makes this an all around great looking brew. Pleasant light hop aroma with some malt there too. The flavors were at first hoppy, then some smooth malts come in and lead to a finish that is again hopped and crisp. The hops take center stage as it warms up (clearly it was an American Pale Ale at heart). Medium body and a decent mouthfeel but a little on the watery side. Still, for a Pale Ale this is worth checking out.

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