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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 Zaradog
2.54/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Visual: Clear golden color with an eggshell white head as initially as thick as meringue. SRM of 7.

Aroma: I don’t smell any hop at all, rather only a lightly roasted malt smell. On a big long draw there is a hint of prune like sweetness slightly discernible. I’m sorry to say but I also smell a tiny whiff of a metallic smell.

Taste: I taste the slight maltiness. But what really stands out is an earthy note that I don’t care for. It is an earthy note that transforms at the finish to a slight metallic taste. Not so much that I think the beer is bad… but I find myself wishing I had grabbed something different.

Mouth Feel: It looks like it would have plenty of carbonation but it seems a little flat. I gave it a fairly aggressive pour, so maybe I released a bit too much carbonation up front. I’m willing to take the blame for the relative flatness of this beer.

Drink-ability: I would not want more than one of these. Not because it is overwhelming or anything, just because it seems bland to me. This beer is mild (and flat) enough that I think I could Beer Bong it, except it is too expensive for that.

Impressions: I’m not a big fan of this one. I’ll probably buy another single at some point to give this a second chance because I’m not usually this disappointed in stuff from Clipper City / Heavy Seas… then again it has been a while since I had anything from them.

Serving Type: Out of a bottle, into a pint glass.

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Photo of jsh420
2.74/5  rDev -20.1%
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

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Photo of mzrebiec
2.79/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoy pale ales. This pale ale has left me yearning for more. It pours a beautiful crystal clear amber with a half inch of head. The smell is almost nonexistent in this pale ale, although a small amount of citrusy hops comes through. The flavor is extremely mild with a moderately dry finish. The hops are mild and earthy and there is a fairly moderate malt backbone to this beer. Yes, I used a lot of words that indicate this beer is average and maybe a little sub par. This beer rings in at a solid 5/10. Not bad, but just does not satisfy my hop craving.

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Photo of RickS95
2.82/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Photo of bubseymour
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

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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 dtivp
2.88/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer of the Month club

Poured a medium copper with a small off white head that dissipated rather quickly.

Other than a mild citrus aroma nothing stood out.

The citrus dominated the taste with a slight hop finish.

Light to medium body beer with a slight crispness.

This beer didnot stand out to me and was an average pale ale at best.

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Photo of ONUMello
2.91/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Transparent amber. Very, very thin head.
S: Roasted malts, a bit nutty, but also a bit musty.
T: Very nutty, sweet malt with some caramel. Thin/bland towards the end, taste does not linger. No noticeable hops.
M: Pleasant at first, but like the taste, ends thin/bland and unimpressiive.
O: Meh. I've had far better (including from Clipper City, as I love the Loose Cannon) but also worse.

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Photo of argock
2.99/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. Best by Dec 2010 notched on front label. Heavy Seas Sunken Sampler 12-pack purchased at Harris Teeter (Charlottesville, VA) for $14.99.

A: Burnt amber with soft 1-2 finger off-white head with good retention and decent lacing.

S: The nose is pretty slim with some pale and crystal malts and herbal, floral hops.

T: Tea-like with gentle herbal English ale hoppiness and mostly pale maltiness without much character.

M: Slick and easy to drink with low-medium carbonation and minimal herbal hops aftertaste.

D: Average amongst average -- uninspired and thankfully half of the sampler is very solid stuff.

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Photo of uustal
2.99/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice golden orange with quarter inch white head. Little aroma, faint floral and citrus notes. Very pale ale to say the least. Little flavor. Mellow amounts of toasted malt, a bit of caramel and the slightest amount of apple to start. Finishes with a tiny bit of floral hops and lemon zest. Under carbonated and light mouthfeel. Not a bad pale ale and certainly refreshing, but not much character to the taste.

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Photo of Seanibus
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a peculiar little beer - if I had it in a random English pub, I would probably enjoy it. In the wider American marketplace, however, I find it undistinguished and thin. It's perfectly OK, but doesn't seem worthy of the results Clipper City can normally achieve.

Pours a clear orangy with a short-lived head. The aroma is rather flat and malty, with some dusky orange.

The flavor is surprisingly tea-like and tannic, like a beer made of Orange Pekoe. There is a hint of honey and mandarin orange. The mouthfeel is surprisingly slick and quiet, though there is a little prickle on the finish.

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Photo of Samp01
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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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 ChainGangGuy
3.06/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dispensed a golden-copper body with good clarity and capped with a fine, snow white head.

Smell: An aroma that's fairly reserved, with modest notes of ever-so-slightly toasted pale malts, lemon peel, and dried flower petals. Curiously, there's even a hint of store-bought Red Delicious apple.

Taste: Lightly sweet, faintly toasty pale malts start things off, then, almost immediately, the body starts thinning out in the mouth. A bit of citrus, a hint of florals, and never more than a light bitterness. Again, there's that dogged apple. The humble lemon remains for the bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's okay, I suppose, if a bit underwhelming and pedestrian, which seems to be the wont of the Clipper City lineup.

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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 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 mocktm
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of OddNotion
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.26/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of jessierae314
3.29/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- golden/ copper pretty normal

S- subdued hop aromas. A little citrusy but not overwhelming.

T- Bready malt flavor, piney hop flavor with a definite spicy flavor like black pepper.

M- a little effervescent. The spicy feeling kind of lingers in your mouth for a few seconds. Its not too thin, seems just about right for a pale ale.

D- This is a very drinkable beer. If you are interested in a spicey, bready EPA, go for it. I feel that it serves as a nice palate cleanser, but it is not a headliner for me. Perhaps, I have just been too indoctrinated into the APA frame of mind, but I think this beer could use a little more hop aroma and flavor.

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

A light but flavourful British-style pale ale.

Light, clear amber colour with minimal head, but decent carbonation. Aroma is very subtle. Caramelized malts are prominent in the taste, which follows with a dry finish and pleasant bitterness.

Overall this beer is unlikely to offend anyone...

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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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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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