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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 ckollias
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed 12 oz bottle out of a pint glass at Stoney River Steak House in Annapolis, MD.

A: Pours a clear golden hue with a thin 1-finger white head that quickly dissipates into a non-existent lace.

S: Not a huge nose here – mild grains and hops with some hints of lemon and pine.

T: Slightly bitter flavor with hints of citrus grains and hops.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent golden ale – not my favorite beer from Clipper city – but it went down smooth and was easily drinkable.

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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 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 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 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 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 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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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 horshack7
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This one is clear and copper with about and inch worth of head. The head does thin out quick.

Aroma: Citrusy hops, bready malts. There is a little bit of tropical fruit notes in the back. A very slight caramel malt scent.

Taste: Medium carbonation on the palate. Malts are bready and only a little bit sweet. Hops are of a citrus nature with a light dry finish.

Notes: A decent Blonde ale one of the better ones that I have had. Cheers.

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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 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 BeerCon5
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden color with almost two fingers of fluffy white head.

The scent is of wheat and some floral hops.

The taste is of moderately bitter floral hops, wheat is apparent also.

Light bodied, crisp and smooth, moderate carbonation.

This was a very easy to drink beer, the flavor was good, probably average among the style. I don't know if I would seek this out but I wouldn't mind having it again.

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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 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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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 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 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 IronCitySteve
3.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pale yellowish golden color with a small white foam head that dissipates quickly. No real lacing.

S: Very faint scents of some earthy hops with an underlying scent of caramel, bready and biscuit.

T: Much better then the smell. Starts off with a nice bitter taste, mostly some earthy hops. In the middle there is nice balance with some biscuit and bready malts. On the back end there is a good amount of grassy hops to go with the caramel and biscuit.

M: A light body that leaves a slightly bitter taste on the palate. A little thin though.

O: A nice easy to drink blonde ale. Not complex but a nice treat for a hot sunny day.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 vandemonian
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heavy Seas Gold Ale is a weakly flavoured ale. This is a session beer rather than a sipping beer. It may be a little bit on the flavourless side.

A: Orange-yellow colur and a 5 mm head that fades to reasonable lacing. 4

S: Smells of grains and weakly of floral hops. 4

T: Very mildly flavoured. Some notes of hops and grain... but only weak. 3

M: Quite foamy.

O: A mild and drinkable session ale. 4

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Heavy Seas - Gold Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
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