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Heavy Seas - Pale Ale - Heavy Seas Beer

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 207
Avg: 3.43
pDev: 23.32%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: dnjmed on 04-13-2010

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Reviews: 68 | Hads: 207
Photo of mschram72
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Hazy orange appearance and color. Doesn't have a particularly strong smell, but nothing offensive about it. The beer drinks very smoothly, and is a Baltimore staple. Would recommend, but as a safe local standby. There are better beers in Baltimore, but you can't go wrong with this local favorite.

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Photo of Brenden
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Some slow bubbling activity keeps up a creamy, foamy sort of off-white head to rest at a consistent and well-retained half finger over a bright pale orange brew. Deposits of mixed spots and patches of lacing stick to the glass in a more than moderate quantity.
There seems to be a mix of American and English character here. Earthy and herbal quality mingle with a fairly obvious caramel malt, and there's a certain muskiness as well. There's a fruity element, a bit in the smell and more on the tongue, with a touch of toast and, more in the taste, a hint of citrus.
The body is light, verging on medium, and there's a tea-like quality to the English aspect that I think some attribute to the the mouthfeel but doesn't have quite that kind of impact. It does lack depth to a point, but it's a pretty good mouthfeel overall, bright and crisp and clean.

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Photo of MarkQ617
2.86/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I had this on tap at BWI, so I don't know, maybe take this with a grain of salt because I might be predisposed against anything that happens there. I guess I just felt that even for a pale ale, it could've been stronger. I'd have liked more hops and more bitter. The color was a strange, slightly hazy orange. Consider giving it a try I guess in case the setting biased me against the beer.

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Photo of mckenziac
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. Taken from a Heavy Seas variety pack.

Appearance: Pours a very clear, bronze-brown color. Has a large, foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Has a nice earthy hop smell backed by a considerable sweet maltiness.

Taste: Moderately hoppy with strong earthy, grassy flavors. The hoppiness is balanced by a toasty, slightly sweet maltiness.

Mouthfeel: A bit on the thin, light-bodied side.

Overall: A decent enough pale ale. Not up to Heavy Seas' usual standards, but passable nonetheless.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.33/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Bertha's in Baltimore, served in an imperial pint glass. The bar tender indicated that this was the house beer always on tap and in a cask.

The beer was a hazy dark orange color, with a nice, light off white head that dissipated too quickly, but expected given that it was from a cask. The beer gave off a nice biscuit aroma with a hint of citrus. The taste is what I expected from an English Pale, nice and malty, with that hint of biscuit, earthiness and citrus. Very well done. The beer had a great feel to it, a nice moderate feel to it, again given the lack of carbonation from the cask. The beer was extremely easy to drink and I could drink them all day. Overall, this was a great beer and the next time that I am in Baltimore, I will be stopping at Bertha's for a pint or two.

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Photo of Roland45s
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Considering I don't really care for pale ale, this was one of the better! Smelled like a typical pale ale but not as hoppy. Drank smooth from the bottle with not too much bite. Pretty good, I would consider even buying it again.

Maybe it's just because I am desperate to be a Pirate (Non Somali of course) YAAARRRR!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a golden-orange color with a tiny white head. The head fades fast to give only a light level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is quite light and consists of a biscuit smell with a light citrus and caramel smell mixed within.

Taste – The taste begins bready and malty. It is soon meet with flavors of earthy hops as well as a lighter light fruit flavor. Flavors of caramel come to the tongue. More toward the end, some hop flavors come to the tongue. These flavors are largely of a citrus and earthy nature, which in the end, leave a slightly hoppy, yet more crisp and bready, flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer and the carbonation level were both quite average. Nothing special, but fine for the style.

Overall – Decent pale ale that is rather easy to drink, but nothing to go out of your way for.

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - light orangish amber with a soft, white head that has decent retention

S - big citrusy almost lime-like aroma

T - bread, citrusy with some lime, lemon and grapefruit

M - light to medium bodied, well carbonated, smooth

This is a light pale ale with an odd hop character. The hops are prevalent but have an odd citrus character that are lime-like and a bit unlike what I would expect from a pale ale. It's refreshing and drinkable, but ultimately forgettable.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1.5 finger head on a clear golden body with nice lacing.

S: light toasted malts, light orange citrus and musty grains.

T: very musty hopped beer with wet sock and earthy hop notes. Nice malt flavoring.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: well balanced with muted hop flavors as expected for the English style. This is actually a nice representation of this genre.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Obrycki’s (Baltimore Airport) in Baltimore, Md., on July 7, 2012. Draft into pint glass. Finger of head when I got it. Copper color. Thick, white frothy lacing with good retention all-around. A bit bubbly.

Smelled plum, peach, lemon zest, apple and grapes.

Tasted malts, dark fruits (plum and peach), tangerine and apple.

Medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Fruity abrupt finish.

An OK beer all-around. Nothing jumped out, but nothing was terrible.

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Photo of magine
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear lively light orange brew with lots of bubbles. Head is chunky off white. Brew retains a sheen lace island and a decent rim of lace, but a very good spidery like lace remains. Good looking pale ale.

Brew smells of hops; earth and sweet hops. Biscuit malts balance out the decent nose.

Brew starts creamy and has sweet hops and malts initially, peppery middle and end with a barely dry finish. A little light in the feel at the finish. Nice maltiness as you drink. Good tastes and feel here. Nice balance here for those not wanting a hoppy pale ale. Good pale ale here.

I liked this one. It isn't going to blow you away, but has good flavors and feel to keep you interested. A highly sessionable brew that would go down super easy at a BBQ or get together. Good stuff.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial nonic.

Pours very clear amber color with 3 full fingers of foam. Aroma is a nice balance between crystal malt flavor and a nice floral hoppiness.

First sip is a nice, almost munich-like malt flavor with a minor hop flavor to balance. First impression is good but not great. A nice mild malty sweet flavor, but nothing mindblowing. Hops take a backseat. This tastes a lot like an Octoberfest to me, despite it being an ale.

There are no off flavors or unpleasant things to note about this beer. It is just a typical, unremarkable pale ale. I'd drink this over Bass any day, but it doesn't rank highly in my craft beer hierarchy.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got 3 different Heavy Seas varieties tonight so lets see how they go. Figured I'd give the breweries stuff more of a try after loving Small Craft.

First up Pale Ale.

Pours a beautifully clear golden color with a thin white lace of head. Aroma is earthy and biscuity and nothing special.

Very very crisp with a pretty decent body. Beer holds together very well. Tastes up front of lightly buttered toast and ends with a very dry floral hop character. Very faint spiciness.

Decent, but then again I'm not really a fan of English styles or pale ales. Better than most I've had though. More than drinkable.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the fresh sampler that has Loose Cannon, Small Craft Warning, Gold and Pale Ale. Solid session pale ale, nice beer pours a brilliant bright copper color with an eggshell white head forming thick fine speckled lacing slowly fades. Aroma has an earthy citrus hop nose, very enjoyable offering coming across my nares with a semi sweet malt and hop combo. Flavor is working for an emjoyable session hoppy ale, a bit lackluster in hop bitterness/flavor but brings more than your average 4.75% brew. Start with this and drink a few and you'll fine fulfillment in the subtle hop flavors. After drinking in your face hop bombs this nice delicate crafted hoppy ale is a breathe of fresh air, and nods more in the English tradition of less being more when it comes to hops. Mouthfeel is light bodied sturdy carbonation with slick hop oils presenting on the palate. Drinkability overall is a good one even with the minimal hop bitterness I can find enjoyment and definite refreshment in this offering, built as part of the Voltron collection in their sampler pack that equated to a really nice session al throwback experience.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from a variety pack. Pours clear orange with a thick, long lasting white head and good amount of lacing. Aroma is of bready, caramel malt, with notes of citrus, pear and hints of hops. The body is medium, crisp. Taste is biscuit malt, citrus fruit and earthy hops. Long, earthy finish. Nice, session brew.

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Photo of stckhndlr
4.01/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A bit of a cloudy copper beer with a 1/2 a finger of head on it. Not alot of lacing.

S- Has a sweet hop aroma with a bit of yeasty dough to it. very floral. I can get into this one. real good smell.

T- Good floral and hop taste. Tastes like it would go well with a slice of fresh Italian bread. Some faint touches of caramel and a bit of malt as well.

M- this has a kind of chewiness to it. Really fills up the mouth but it's not to thick. good carbonation to it..

O- I Think this is one of the better beers from heavy seas so far. it's a simple beer that is really easy to drink but with enough flavor to it to really make it great.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Heavy Seas Pale Ale

Pours a clear copper with a large foamy head and little lacing. Aroma of floral hops, bready malts and biscuit. In the taste, more bready characteristics with a restrained hop flavor. Hops are mildly piney and herbal. Mostly unoffensive with mild flavor and low abv. Light bodied feel. Overall, a good gateway beer.

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Photo of erosier
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a nice amber-copper color with a short and medium bodied white colored head that laces a bit on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts, hints of caramel malts, and then a decent grassy and citrus hop finish at the end.
T: Tastes of sweet toasted and caramelized malts, a bit of citrus, and then a decent citrus and grassy hop finish at the end.
M: Crisp, fresh, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation, light to medium bodied.
D: Overall a pretty drinkable beer with a nice mix of the flavors and how it wasn't overly hoppy, malty, or anything.

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Photo of sholland119
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear pale amber with a nice pool of white head and some decent lacing.

S-Grainy malt base with very mild hop notes.

T-Solid. Moderately sweet and grainy malt with a hit of hops at the very end.

M-Medium bodied and a bit slick.

O-Pretty good overall. Easy drinking, could do with a bit more dryness.


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Photo of billab914
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Starr Hill glass. It poured a clear, copper color with a thin white head barely covering the top of the beer. Average head retention as I drank it.

In the aroma I I get some grainy, pale malts mixing with a bit of a sweet, caramel malt like flavor. I get a little bit of a crisp, fruitiness to it as well. I don't get much hops to it at all, which does make sense for the style.

The taste shows more of the pale, slightly grainy malts to it up front. In the finish a little more of a malty, caramel like sweetness comes out, along with some balancing bitter flavors. Just a hint of the crisp fruit flavor to it in the taste.

The mouthfeel was light with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a drinkable beer, but not a particularly interesting. It wasn't a bad American version of the style, it just didn't stand out in any way to me. Pretty average overall.

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Photo of bum732
4.08/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

S: Caramel and toasted malt, some soft floral notes.

L: Clear burnt orange, 1/8 inch creamy head with great retention.

T: Cracker like malt and caramel with a tea-like medium low bitterness. Slight herbal hoppiness in the taste persists to the finish. Finishes semi-dry and fairly clean with a touch of residual hops.

M: Medium bodied with medium low body.

Really solid pale ale, nothing outstanding, but solid all around.

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Photo of schildres
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light amber color with a lasting white head.

S: Hops, malt, slight hint of citrus.

T: Malty with a concluding hop taste, hint of citrus.

M: Carbonated, crisp and clean. Finish with a slight hoppiness.

O: Good easy drinking Pale Ale, good deal Hugh!

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Photo of Meerkey
3.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Lotsa bubbles. About a finger of off-white head. Looks like a bright shiny penny.

S: Hops and some malts. A little metallic? - maybe a little more herbal/grassy?

T: Malty and hoppy with a very grainy aftertaste. A little herbal, not bad, but not really noteworthy.

M: A little carbonated, but kind of thin and boring.

O: Not bad. Just overall unimpressed by it. Probably the beer I'd share with other people if I got a Heavy Seas variety pack.

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Photo of TheGarvenator
4.12/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours clear amber with a lasting head..

S - very malty with hops

T - malt with the slight sting of the hops...toasted malt is the dominating lingering flavor

M - lightly carbonated and crisp

O - very crisp and more attention on malt flavor....almost metallic flavor but nothing that compromises anything....very good English Pale Ale

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Photo of
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Melt in Lakewood, Ohio.

I ordered this because it was the featured beer of the month. It was amber in colour with a small but persistent head that left pretty good lacing. The smell was lightly and herbally hoppy with a nice, biscuity malt background, and maybe a hint of citrus. The flavour was bready with a nice bitterness. Well-balanced and very drinkable. Nothing memorable, but well-done.

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Heavy Seas - Pale Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
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