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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 JednoPivoProsim
1.62/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. For brewery fresh taste, purchase before FEB 14.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden body with a thin white head.

Smell: Awful. Smells nauseatingly yeastier than my subpar homebrew.

Taste: Better than the aroma, but not by much. Again, the dull yeast flavor is overpowering. I definitely could replicate this in my kitchen - not that I would want to.

Mouthfeel: OK, I guess.

Overall: It is no wonder why blonde ales are so hard to make. It is truly an exact science to get rid of (or at least hide) all of the off flavors. The only way to make this beer better would be to hop (and/or lager?) the hell out of it.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
2.51/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On-tap at Ale+Witch. The brew pours a translucent gold, capped with a thin wispy white head, and deposits a surprising amount of lace. The nose has very little presence, offering only something faintly metallic. The flavor seems better (initially) as it has a slightly fruity character atop a very basic beery profile. Succeeding quaffs get progressively more unpleasant, as the faint tropical fruity notes start to linger like a cheap Daquiri. I would not have another one of these.

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Photo of stonermouse
2.76/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

Poured pure gold, no surprise there. Would be a better than average pour, if not for the head that vanished within a minute.

Smell is malty and bready, but not much else.

Taste is fairly bland, but relatively pleasant. The bready flavor is dominant, but is nice and a little sweet. There is a crisp lager-like cleanliness to the flavor, which was nice and true to the style. Hops were totally non-existent, unfortunately.

Mouthfeel was fairly decent. The flavors that lingered were nice, if just OK.

Drinkability is high, considering the ABV and the mild flavor. You could go all night with these, but you could save a little dough and opt for BMC if you're sessioning.

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Photo of jonB
2.83/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bright golden straw and produces little foam and lazy bubbles. The smell isn't particularly inviting and the taste is somewhat bland. It does have a slight hint of grassyness, but nothing too discernible from something that is mass produced.

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Photo of Seanibus
2.83/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pleasant and mild, though not marvelous.

Pours clear golden with a lively head that is dismayingly short lived. The aroma is weak, but with a slight toastiness to it. The flavor is decently light malty, with a little shiver of hops. The finish is a little flat and sour, which isn't such a happy thing. The mouthfeel is quite thin.

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Photo of stakem
2.84/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle pours a clear yellow to copper color with a tan film across the top. Spotty lace sticks to the glass as the cap fades. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a thin film.

The aroma is quite muted to the point where hardly some caramel grain sweetness is noticed. As it warms up, there is a faint buttery note. I dont pick up on any yeast, hop or alcohol elements at all.

The taste includes a mild bready grain flavor with a hint of fruity to citris hops. While it is very mild in flavor i am actually surprised to taste something other than the straight caramel grain that was the sole charcteristic of the aroma.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is crisp and easy drinking but really a mild brew even for the style. I would be hard pressed to find any real reason to return to this brew.

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Photo of Mrbseward
2.91/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy orange gold color with about a finger and a half worth of white head and leaves a nice heavy lace. Smells of some malt, getting some crackers, and some citrus. Taste is a bit bready with citrus. Feel is ok, beer is ok.

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Photo of jsh420
2.92/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

notched best by may 2011

pours you guessed it gold - 1 finger head - no lacing

smells of light fruity hops and cereal grains

taste - like the nose but with a watered down flavor - nothing pops not the fruity hops hell its hard to call them fruity and the grains are muted

mouthfeel - very light thin watery with low carbonation

overall a very weak offering from a pretty good brewery - glad i only bought a single

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Photo of Svendozen
2.94/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Off-white one finger head that dissipates quickly. Light tight lacing also dissipates quickly.

Faint fruity aroma. Nothing special.

Light flavors and mouthfeel...again...nothing special. It wouldn't be bad with lunch...it isn't heavy or overpowering to spoil your lunch.

Not bad. Not great, but hey it's not Budweiser.

I feel bad about leaving a review with such little information...but this beer is just as informative and exciting.

I wouldn't activly look for this beer...but I wouldn't turn it down either.


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Photo of mothmanscott
2.95/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a clear medium gold,with bubbles rising long afterwards, producing slightly more than a finger of frothy, shortlived, off-white head that leaves little lace. Aroma is very thin, a little cracker & pale malts, faintly fruity, a little citrus & faint grass. The wheat is detectable as an afterthought. Taste is thin biscuit & bready malts, some light toast & fruit, yeast, some wheat in the background providing a faint hint of banana in the lemon & bitter finish which intensifies in the bitter, mineral, chemical aftertaste. Mouthfeel is on the thin side but not quiet watery, moderate-high carbonation, crisp, prickly & dry. Overall a little disappointing with low drinkability for a Blonde Ale, a brew style with the reputation of being thirst quenching & easy to drink.

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Photo of dbmernin83
2.95/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden straw, clear, small head dissipates quickly
Grassy hops on the nose, bready malt. Very light yeast.
Very balanced, hops are light but there, and just barely cut through the very light citrusy sweetness leaving a light crisp finish.
Carbonation is a little on the lighter side. A touch more would add to the crispness.
Decent. A nice little session that would taste good on a 95 degree day.

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Photo of drinkiusmaximus
2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- It is called gold ale for a reason...It pours a nice golden color..Little white head about a fingers width which dissapears rather quickly.

S-Faint cereal with only the slightest of piney hop presence, another smell slightly reminiscent of white grape juice.

T-Graininess with a slight floral hop kick but when i say slight i mean it..

M-thin and somewhat off putting it leaves a slight stickiness that leaves me wishing i had paired this with a glass of water to rinse with.

D-this is just an average beer..nothing exciting and not at all a "go to" session beer..glad i got it in a sampler instead of a full 6-12pack.


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Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beautiful gold color with astounding clarity. Nice white one finger head which retains pretty well. Subtle nose with a sweet biscuit aroma and a very minimal hop presence. Lots of visible carbonation.

Very very crisp. Sweet buttered biscuit like sweetness that lingers with a very dry finish. Well condensed flavors. Hop character pairs with the sweetness well. Good session beer but not a lot of flavor. Everythings a bit subtle. Good but eh at the same time. Well put together.

I have mixed feelings about the beer. Boring flavors but well executed with a spectacular boosted body for such a crisp light beer. There we go.

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Photo of Minkybut
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this very average beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a nice golden color but poured a weak head that was gone very fast. The beer has a yeasty bready smell and the taste was just plain beer. Not good enough for another try. I will not buy again.

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Photo of TheBierBand
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle serving.... totally average in every way...nothing special... a bit watered down for my taste... could barely produce a 1/2" head with an aggressive pour.... hardly any smell....watered down taste.... nothing special about this ale. I cannot find any redeeming qualities to highlight.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance 3.25: Pours out a lihtgolden olor, lmost lagery, but not quite. OK head (1/4") and no lacing.

Smell 3.25: OK bouquet, but not fantastic. Grains, light malt. That's pretty much it.

Taste 3.0: Front is slightly sweet. MIddle is watery with a hint of malt and some slight hops. Finish is watery in the mouth with an unpleasant dryness. Aftertaste is somewhat dry and malty. Finish is a total distraction: unpleasant, artifical-feeling sweetness. What the heck?

Feel 2.75: Way, way, too watery in the mouth. Big distraction.

Overall 3.0: Big let down from my previous experiences with Heavy Seas. This beer is not a sessioner, is flat on taste and too watery in the mouthfeel. A big disappointment and I would not buy a sixer of this.

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Photo of shanblur
3.06/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by Aug 2011 notched in bottle. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a nonic.

A - Nice golden hue with a minimal white head which leaves moderate lacing. Nice effervescence.

S - Mainly a wheat and malt smell with a tinge of metal.

T - Same as the aroma. Wheat and malt taste with an odd metal aftertaste. No real bitterness.

M - Medium bodies with a moderate carbonation.

Not my favorite style, but not a bad beer. Average for the style. Could be I drank this one too late.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.06/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a medium golden color with a one finger white head. The head fades very fast to leave a very light level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is light and is of a bready smell mixed with a light caramel smell.

Taste – The taste begins of a malty breadiness mixed with a light caramel flavor. As the flavor advances some lighter earthy and herbal hops and a corn sweetness come to the tongue. These flavors mix with the bread and caramel to take the taste to its end.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather light with a higher level of carbonation. It makes it rather drinkable and is good for the style.

Overall – OK, but nothing special here.

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Photo of teromous
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Hazy gold appearance with a thin white head. Lots of visible carbonation, spotted lacing. Too hazy for my liking.

S: Slightly floral scent, slightly metallic, but not much else.

T: At first it bursts with a fruity flavor...kind of an orange flavor. Then there is a distinct grain flavor which is very tasty. It might be a bit much with all the tartness, but I think it works ok.

M: It has a good mouthfeel. A lot of zing and carbonation, with a tart puckery low-medium body.

O: Overall I consider it a so-so beer. The flavor is pretty good, but the smell and appearance leave much to be desired. There's nothing that makes me want to buy another one of these.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.21/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my mug a clear golden golden color with a decent white heading.Again as the others the slowly drifting bubbles from the bottom flow upward.

Smell is a bit citrusy from the get go. Slight cracker and soggy bread aroma. Subtle spicey hop.

Taste is crisp and malty but a little too much on that soggy bread end. Decent hoppy kick but the earthiness has completely dominated this beer.

Mouth is light bodied with decent bubbliness on the palate.

Nothing spectacular there are other options out for this category but it was ok.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.21/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Clear golden orange color. Minimal head and lacing. Looks nice in the glass.

S-some maltiness comes through. I don't pick up the hops. Kinda plain.

T-a little caramel maltiness, not too sweet.
Very slight dry hop finish. Again, plain.

M-Good carbonation and body carry this catagory. It feels [and looks] like it should pack more flavor and punch.

O-It's drinkable, but I'd like a little more flavor from an American Ale.

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Photo of billab914
3.21/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into my Three Floyd's glass. It poured a deep golden color with a modest, creamy white head to it. Decent head retention with a bit of lacing as I drank it.

The aroma comprises mostly of pale, grainy malts. I get a little citrus zest to it as well. The taste also shows a good amount of sweet, pale, grainy malts throughout the flavor, with just a touch of caramel. Just a hint of citrus on the finish. Pretty clean and crisp though for an ale.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a decent beer, but nothing special. It was clean and crisp and showed a lot of pale, grainy malts to it. Easy drinking and moderately flavorful. Not a bad beer for the style, but not an outstanding beer overall either.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.24/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very good burnished golden orange/yellow color with a decent white head.
S: The beer has a nice aroma of hay and some nice wheat and honey mixed in.
T: The taste is nice malty wheat with some very dry and smooth honey on the end. the hops really help bring out the floral notes of the malt and honey flavors.
M/O: The beer is very crisp and drinkable. Overall it fits the style very well but does not exceed expectations.

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Photo of sholland119
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a pale golden with extremely low carbonation. A ring of white head around the edge and no lacing.

S-Yeah, not much going on here. Some pale maltiness with no discernible hops.

T-Slightly bitter with some nice biscuit malt. Better than the nose, still not terribly memorable.

M-Light bodied, the low carbonation is a detriment here.

O-Not bad but not particularly good. One is plenty.


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Photo of spitInTheOcean
3.27/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

golden in color. slight haze. thin white head

low malt aroma, low spicy hop aroma. not a lot of bouquet from this beer.

low malty sweetness perhaps a hint of corn. flavor of spicy hops. no additional malt flavor. balance is pretty well in the middle, but perhaps leans to the hop bitterness. finish is crisp.

medium light body. medium high carbonation. soft.

easy drinking: yes; malt oriented: ...i dont think so.

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Heavy Seas - Gold Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
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