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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 3
Gots: 14 | 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 by dnjmed:
Photo of dnjmed
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on bottle marked best by july 2010

A- usual pale ale look, light copper color, not much head.

S- nuts and hops, but no particular notes stand out. seems like standard cascade hops and standard malts.

T- tastes good, i like the earthy nice underneath the piney hops. but nothing special, just straight forward. comes across like it's just trying not to offend. perhaps a good beer for breaking someone into the scene or to session with.


D-simply because it doesn't offend i could drink a few. but also doesn't excite me.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Mellow in Greensboro.Poured into a standard pint glass a dull brass color with athin but well retained white head,aromas were faint mainly some light toastiness and biscuit.Flavors have a decent leafy hop presence underneath sweetish biscuit malt,not real complex but its not bad on the palate.Slightly watery feel in the mouth but quaffable,its a subtle beer,take it for what it is.

Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, marked best by July 2010. Pours typical almond amber, medium tan head, collar and bits and strands of lace. Moderate whiff of grainy hops. Fresh tasting Brit. style ale. More grainy and quite drying hops add interests and character. Fairly creamy and easy flowing over the tongue. Nothing amazing here but a respectable take on the style. Nice new offering from Clipper City/heavy Seas

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of mocktm
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a variety pack of four different Heavy Seas brews on a whim. Best by Aug, 2011 notching on the bottle.

Appears a light golden honey color with a finger or so of bone white head, the result of a pretty moderate pour. Plenty of carbonation is perceivable, with the head eventually settling down to a thin film.

Pretty balanced on the nose, with impartial doses of hops and malt both discernible. Caramel and a slight nuttiness seem to stand out the most to me.

Taste is very mild, a lot of grain and slight floral hop bitterness that doesn't bother to stick around. Nothing crazy going on here, pretty much as advertised.

Mouthfeel is relatively light, boasting a dry finish with a smooth, easy drinking body.

Overall, it's good for what it is, but nothing I would actively buy repeatedly. Hope the other styles in the variety pack can raise the bar a bit.

Photo of Brenden
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of mschram72
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured an amber/copper with an off-white head that dissipated quickly leaving some white patches on top. Not much lacing.

S: Get an earthy aroma as well as some caramel and malts. I also get a bready/biscuity aroma as well.

T: Starts off bready and malty and finishes with with a slight hop kick that also has a sweet fruit component to it.

D/M: It's pretty thin with ok carbonation. Its ok, not amazing, but not bad at all. Easy to drink, but not my favorite.

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of Ezone024
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a amber/copper color good fizz throughout with a thin quick vanishing head.

smells of oakey/smokey malts with a small amount of citrus hoppiness.

taste is earthy hops, citrus and smoke.

love the way this brew is balnaced, medium bodied with easy drinkability and a crisp refreshing feel on the tongue and down the throat..i can only find this in mixed 12ers i'd love to come across some pales all by themselves

Photo of RickS95
2.82/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A little darker than I expected, think dark bronze. Filtered, no head.

Flowery, citrusy smell; nothing jumps out at you.

Not much flavor, only slight citrus notes.

Lacking flavor, the slight bitterness in the finish is the only thing to report. Not overly bitter, but that's the only thing that grabs you.

Not much character. Lacks smell and flavor, and only slight bitter doesn't make for much of a pale ale.

Photo of OddNotion
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass.
Best By: July 2011

Appearance: Minimal white head, basically just a cap. On top of a golden body.

Smell: More malt than hops. Sweetness. Nuttiness.

Taste: Easy drinking. Not bitter at all. Good malty flavors, almost a minty aftertaste. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good for the style, good carbonation bite.

Overall: Nothing special but not offensive by any means. I like it but would not choose it over many alternatives.

Photo of nickthetick
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours burnt orange into my duvel tulip with a dirty white head that rises and then sinks to a thin skim of bubbles.

S: a bit like the appearance burnt orange and sweet malt.

T: a lot like the nose. Dark citrus and oranges with some slightly toasted malts. A bit grassy on the back and some pine like hops linger muddled with biscuits.

MF: light body and surprisingly effervescent for what terrible head retention it has.

O: a good beer but I would probable skip over it for a SNPA.

Photo of bum732
4.08/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.33/5  rDev +28.1%
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.

Photo of Samp01
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours light amber / orange. Short lived offwhite head. Aroma is light hops some citrus. Taste is light hops with some citrus notes. Palate is light and crisp, light carbonation, light to medium body.Finish is mild hops with some spice and light malt. Slightly bitter ending. An average sessionable pale ale.

Photo of jsh420
2.74/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

notched best by may 2011

pours golden copper with 1+ finger head that left no lacing

smells of grassy hops and a touch of caramel malt

taste is just like the nose but there is a funky metal flavor that just ruins any pleasure i might get from sipping this

mouthfeel was spot on - light and crisp

overall - again the taste of metal made me drain pour most of this

Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light copper in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down but mostly left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts in the nose along with notes of floral hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite malty and has flavors of caramel; the hops lend some light notes of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is rather easy to drink and would pair well with food because its flavors aren’t very overpowering.

Photo of erosier
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very decent pale ale. Picked it up as a single.

A - A nice golden amber with a nice bit of sticky lace. Head is only a half inch.

S - Smells of light grain, some sweet malt and a bit of citrus pine.

T - Nothing to run out and buy up a whole variety case but it was pretty light and well hoped. Nothing really stood out.

M - Light to medium bodied. Very surprised it clocks under 5 percent.

Overall very drinkable Pale ale but nothing I would go out and buy more of.

Photo of spinrsx
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Clear amber/copper colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, oranges, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and a fair amount of hops. There are some very light citrus flavours as well - oranges and grapefruits. The beer finishes with a malty lightly hopped up aftertaste.

Overall - It certainly doesn't pack the punch of the Loose Cannon IPA, but all of the same great flavours are there.. just a little toned down. This would work really well as a session beer. Not sure I'd go out of my way to get it again, but I'm happy I gave it a shot.

Photo of bubseymour
2.83/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - copper, clear with 1 finger head. Decent lacing

Smell - some bread and pine notes. Fairly light scents

Taste - Hop crisp finish. Some flavorings at end that also have adjunct flavors of corn/grain. Some lingering bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - ok

Overall - A very average pale ale in my book. Lacks positive flavors and has bitter aftertaste. Its still drinkable, not session worthy.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A newer BOTMC selection that arrived right outside my door, so let;s give it a whirl. Popping the top this brew has a bottle smell big in west coast hops like Cascades with a classic Golding like base. Pours to a yellow bronze with a micro bubble off white head. As pour recedes the head laces nicely sticking the the glass. First off the mouthfeel is heavy and silky. Taste then kicks in. This is a very complex pale ale with a transitioning flavor throughout. The taste starts different from what I was anticipating from the smell, not a big hop bite, but a more earthy hop flavor transitioning to a good sweet malt backbone, followed by a more bitter finish and flatter drier aftertaste. Wow interesting, as the hops have varying flavors throughout the taste. I highly recommend for the hardcore west coast ale drinker.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with yellow highlight's. Thick white heading that settles immediately. Now this has been every beer in variety that has bubbles slowly drifting upward towards the surface to look for oxygen.

Smell is extremely sweet with malts and a solid spicey hop background. A grainy and earthy nose as well.

Taste is a bit dull on the palate.Subtle sweet malt backbone a slight bready touch. Decent spicey hop character with some underlying earthy notes. Kind of dull but good if that males sense.

Mouth is medium bodied with some excellent carbonation. No real lingering aftertones.

A good pale ale. Nothing out of the ordinary but a solid beer.

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