Heavy Seas - Pale Ale - Heavy Seas Beer
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4.43/5 rDev +31.1%
Bottle notched best before Dec 2010, served in a tulip glass.
After years of being unable to find my old favorite pale ale since moving out of the Baltimore area it was nice to see that Clipper City has become large enough to distribute its full line in North Carolina instead of the old Heavy Seas line.
Still not sure if this is the same recipe as the old Clipper City Pale Ale as the ABV listed is lower.
Pours clear copper with a fingertip sized head that fades to a thin but solid cap which leaves behind splotchy lacing.
The aroma is fairly subdued; a bit of spice and sweet grain. Seems about right for an English style pale ale.
Body is moderately carbonated and solid feeling enough to not be thin, but also not syrupy. One of the nicest bodies of any pale ale I've ever had.
The flavor is sublime. A bit toasty and nicely grainy with a rather tame bitterness perfectly balancing the sweetness. The Goldings and Cascade hops blend in a rather nice way and come out in the finish as the toasted grain flavor fades away. Everything is balanced with nothing overpowering the other flavors, and the bitterness especially doesn't build and become cloying as I've found with a lot of other pale ales.
After many years of being parted I am delighted to discover that this is as good as I remember it being. Now if only I didn't have to bike 14 miles to get it.
11-03-2010 04:52:10 | More by unknownlamer
4.35/5 rDev +28.7%
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.
11-15-2012 14:27:45 | More by PhillyStyle
4.1/5 rDev +21.3%
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
08-27-2011 20:21:04 | More by TheGarvenator
4.08/5 rDev +20.7%
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.
09-07-2011 02:19:22 | More by bum732
4.05/5 rDev +19.8%
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.
11-22-2011 18:57:00 | More by stckhndlr
4.03/5 rDev +19.2%
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.
04-16-2010 18:28:42 | More by mooseisloose
4/5 rDev +18.3%
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!
08-31-2011 01:51:34 | More by schildres
Heavy Seas - Pale Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
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