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Heavy Seas - Gold Ale - Heavy Seas Beer

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Reviews: 77
Hads: 332
Avg: 3.42
pDev: 29.53%
Wants: 6
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: cdbooth219 on 05-03-2010

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Reviews: 77 | Hads: 332
Photo of MichaelProcton
4.34/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in bottle at Mo's Seafood in Baltimore. Tasty, flavorful example of the style. Every time I have a Heavy Seas, I'm more impressed with the brewery. Wish we saw more of them in NC.

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Photo of Lucular
4.34/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For a blonde ale this is a really tasty beer. Plus it gains major points for being the first beer that my wife liked and now beer is something we enjoy together. Thank you Heavy Seas!!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.23/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super fresh sampler pack these babies are best by 3/2012...this one pours a brilliant bright clear golden hue with a full thicket of egg shell white head. Frothing head dwindles down leaving layers of intricate lacing. Layers of cereal grains, light fruit notes, and floral hops come across my nares a very pleasant herbal grassiness as well. A perfect clean drinking gold ale really, nothing else to add other than damn it's refreshing and it's good cold and doesn't hurt to let it warm up. This is like the most solid homebrew gone pro brewer beer ever, simple flavorful and nails the style guidelines. A true session ale at 4.5% abv packs a nice amount of flavor into a poundable format, I've never seen this stuff outside of the sampler packs. Lighter bodied ale with ample sturdy carbonation really packs in the flavor and definitely pulls off an enjoyable beer in a style that most beer geeks don't give much attention to.

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Photo of Guden
4.08/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a beautiful gold with a 1/2 inch head that simply does not go away. Drank the entire glass without the head dissipating. Leaves little bubbles but not true lacing. Amazingly clear with tons of bubbles rising throughout.

S- Light earthy and grassy hops and lightly sweet malts.

T- Just like the smell with the hops coming through enough to make this a very enjoyable, if not robust, beer and the caramel sweetness tasting just right. Theres also a light fruitiness here that plays really well with the soft grassy hops and sweet malts, yum.

M- Awesome, lots of carbonation and light body make it extremely drinkable.

D- Tastes good, not too strong and I could have a bunch more but there isn't too much excitement. Easily a sessionable beer if not bold enough to be an every day one.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.01/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Mix a sixer, into a pint glass. 3/29

Pours bright golden light bottom to top. Some white foam settles out. Citrus malt nose, sunny. Taste is a light sweet malt, backed by a lemony tart. Smooth and flavorful, modest carbonation. Bright and sunny. Good beer to change seasons.

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Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, this certainly is a pleasant, but simple drink. Before I knew it, I had this sucked down. Like most beers of this style, it is very refreshing, but unlike most, it has almostno distinguishing characteristics - some are flavored.

But the extremely high quality crafting tha twent into making this is worth something. This is a high quality beer.

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Photo of thekanna
3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear gold with medium white head.

S: Some caramel malts and citrus fruits. fairly clean.

T/M: Nice floral hop bite with a resonating fruity sweetness at the end. Clean finish, nice effervescent bite enhances the slightly watery texture at the end.

D: A nice beer to relax to. Definitely high on the drinkability scale.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, light caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel followed by a complementary hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it's nothing extraordinary but this is a solid beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of cdbooth219
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours a nice golden color with half a finger of white head that dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing

S: Smells of caramel malts, floral hops, peaches, and citrus

T: First taste is floral hops, followed by caramel malts. I also taste green apple, peaches, and pineapple. Finishes dry with light floral hoppiness

M: Light bodied and medium carbonated. Nothing impressive, but good for the style

D: Very tasty, and with quite a low abv, I could definitely drink a 6 pack of these very easily.

Overall, this is probably the best blonde ale I've had. I really enjoyed this for the style. Its nothing overly complex or impressive, but its quite nice on a hot day.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Light brown, clear, 1-fingered head.
S: Mostly caramel and yeast, with a hint of citrus.
T: Just like it smells. Light but bold and very pleasant.
M: Silky sooth. Very well balanced.
O: Usually I like to sit and analyze my beers a bit, but this tasted so good I was surprised how quickly it disappeared from my glass. Nothing too complex, just well made and one of the best mouthfeels in recent memory.

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Photo of cbutova
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy pale gold body with a creamy white cap, about one finger in size. Retention is decent. A few spots of lace here and there.

S- A pretty nice mix of pale caramel malt, light fruit and a bit of earthy/grassy noble/Euro hop character. Some bread and yeast hints.

T- Flavors I get up front are a nice light fruit (apple, white grape), light caramel malt and some yeast bread hints. Definitely a light hopping of noble or European hops, grassy and earthy, slightly floral. Just a bit of spice/raisin in the mix.

MF- Light body with high carbonation. A somewhat creamy feel with a very slight bitterness.

Not the beer of the year but still a pretty nice example of what the style is like. Drinks easily and refreshes on a pretty hot day.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Less than a finger head atop a slightly hazy beer which color matches a 6 on the SRM beer color chart. Blotchy lace with little cling. Smell is slightly citrus, with malt, and wheat. Taste is crisp grain, citrus, and malt, simple but well balanced. Good body in my mouth, lots of cream feel. Good beer to have with fish, and chips. A good game beer. I have another, and I will not give it away.

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Photo of zrab11
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy gold color with a nice 1 finger white head.

S- has some carmel aroma and grassy smells to it. Also getting alitle bit of hops and fruit. Some yeast too

T- Has a nice white grape flavor up front followed by some yeast and carmel flavor and ends with a little bit of a refreshing hop

M-Light bodied with goodcarbonation

D-Overall i was more impressed with this beer then i thought. Would drink this again. Very nice.

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Photo of Brenden
3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A wispy but fairly tall white head rises, though it falls only a little less quickly. Still, a pretty strong bubbly foam sticks it through and deposits some bubbles and spotting to the walls of the glass pretty well down.
Malts and hops are nicely balanced while this brew remains light in character. That doesn't mean weak, short on aromatics or flavorless, though. Some floral, grassy and leafy hops bitterness sit well against the sweetness of pale fruits, mostly pear and apple but with a little citrus coming in too. It adds a little zest as well as going pithy on the tongue. Some caramel adds a bit more sweetness on the tongue, but some dryness in the malts keeps it from being overdone and serves to add further balance.
This beer is crisp and light-bodied, refreshing with a bit of bite but still a good smoothness coming through on the tongue. It's semi-sweet, overall, with a sweetness lingering in the finish that's clean nonetheless.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Golden similar to an IPA with 1 finger head and soda-like carbonation. Minimal head.

Smell - some floral hints and slight hop note but has a sort of adjunct smell to it.

Taste - Taste like a mildly hopped pilsner to me. Some graininess and a dry finish.

Mouthfeel - fine

Overall - A light flavored easy drinker with crisp finish. Nothing spectacular but a well made local beer that is easy to drink and I would definitely try again anytime.

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Photo of SShelly
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours is a chill hazy straw yellow with no head at all.

Light hoppy and slightly yeasty aroma, not a whole lot going on in the nose.

Flavor is light and almost crisp, some backend hops round out the malt, again not really a whole lit going on...ok at best.

An ok summer beer that I probably won't drink again.

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Photo of passthatpurpyo
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm a new BA member and this is my first review. So, being Baltimore-born and raised I think I'll pop my cherry with a Baltimore brew!

I drink as much Heavy Seas on my weekends as I can muster. My buddy Fassio left me a Gold Ale in exchange for one of my Guinness Black Lagers and I have to say, I really enjoy this brew. It looks great in a glass and has a nice mouth feel. Excellent drinkability but a little heavy on the corn after-taste. Overall a solid and refreshing drink.

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Photo of delapowicz
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Hand pull at Busy Bee in Raleigh
Very nice beer on pull. Mostly they have super big beers on hand pull but this is session hoppy ale and it has a great aroma. Hops come through nicely and temp is enabling this beer to be full bodied while being only 4.5. Just the way I like my ales. Reminds me of England trip last summer.
Give me another and tap this out again

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Photo of smcolw
3.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a minimum head. Settles to a rim of bubbles. Leaves some spots of lace. Nearly clear; gold colored.

Fresh, spent-grain aroma. Attractive with a mild hop background.

More bitter than the smell might indicate. Not as delicate as some Blondes--there's a definite black pepper aspect to the swallow. The grain kinda gets lost in this one, even on the initial sip. I like the body--it's more full than most from this style. High carbonation as well.

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Photo of tdm168
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - bright gold with a soft, white head

S - faint grass, citrusy

T - faint malt, faint grapefruit

M - light bodied, very crisp

This beer doesn't necessarily have the best flavor nor does it have depth but it is light and sessionable. There's nothing bad about this beer, but there isn't anything that stands out either. I won't buy it again, but I wouldn't turn it down if it was offered to me.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Of course golden in color very bright yellow, bubbly with a 1/2 inch of sticky white head. Good carbonation bubbles throughout.
S - Smells good for a blonde decent hops and bready with sweeter malts.
T - One of the better blondes I had. Decent floral hop profile, sweet malts, and a crisp bready finish.
M - Light to medium bodied, easy to chug and session able.

Overall a really easy going summer ale that has just enough flavor to keep it interesting. Worth picking up as a single or even a six pack.

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Photo of weller1js
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: pours clear, amber-golden, heavily carbonated, bubbly white foam wich dissipates to slight bubbly-beady lacing.

smell: hops are floral and sweet, slight essence of citrus and other fruit.

taste: begins clean, hops taste sweet as well as dynamic, malts are noticeable anc consistent, finishes crisp and with light bitterness.

drinkability: basic blond ale, dynamic taste, bold and drinkable.

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Photo of Gavage
3.66/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden yellow in color with a one inch head that breaks apart to some surface bubbles quickly.

Smell: soft grass and a hint of lemon zest was noticeable.

Taste: mild malt profile with some green apples, grass, hint of lemon zest, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light-medium in body. Lightly crisp throughout. Somewhat of a clean aftertaste here.

Drinkability: definite sessionable beer. Beer went down quickly on a hot day.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Formely known as Clipper City Golden Ale which I love drinking at the Orioles games (Camden Yards in Baltimore). Pours a nice golden ale mostly clear, shiny topaz with a lasting small ring of cream and drippy lace. Nose is spicy grass and light fruit. Flavor is spiced, slightly tart fresh apple, a hint of toast, and dry grass. Near-medium body is well-balanced, mildly tingly with carbonation. Later on the finish shows some resiny wood and light citrus. Fine example of the style.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle this beer was a golden color (surprise!) with one finger of head. The retention was not very good and the lacing sparse subsequently. The aroma was of light citrus, sweet breads, dry grains and a hint of green apples. The flavors were similar being mostly a compilation of citrus zest, dry grains and some sweetness similar to both caramelized sugars and sweet breads. Sort of like an amber ale, yet it claimed to be an American Blonde? The mouthfeel was a little thin, the body medium/light and the carbonation fine. An ok beer, but it seemed unsure of what it was trying to be.

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Heavy Seas - Gold Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
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