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Heavy Seas - Gold Ale - Heavy Seas Beer

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278 Ratings
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Ratings: 278
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 13.99%
Wants: 5
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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Heavy Seas Beer visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cdbooth219 on 05-03-2010)
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Photo of vandemonian
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
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

vandemonian, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of bubseymour
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

bubseymour, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of sixerofelixir
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Purchase-before month clearly notched on bottom of front label.

Pours a nice gold color. A white ring washes around the glass. Smell is tight and potpourri-like. Fresh grass and orange. Taste starts off juicy and slightly hoppy. Overall, a tart, roasty/citrusy combo that I'm not entirely wary of. Finishes a bit sour, and a little sweet. These blonde ales are odd to my palette, but that's alright.

sixerofelixir, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 04/12/11 notes.

a - Pours a bright golden color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of light citrus hops, bready malts, and grain.

t - Tastes of light citrus, bready malts, grain, and sweet fruit. A slight step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, pretty crisp.

o - Overall a pretty average blonde ale. Some nice citrus and fruit in the taste, very easy to drink. Wouldn't seek it out again but worth trying once.

mdfb79, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of nickthetick
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a light gold in my Heavy Seas Brewery Tour american shaker with a finger and a half of white head that sinks rather quickly into a thin skim of bubbles and leaves no lacing.

S: pretty standard light but crisp malt and citrusy.

T: bread like malt segways into a nice mild orange peel and the overall profile is like an orange marmalade (the kind with the orange peel in it) spread thinly on wonder bread.

MF: well balanced and smooth with good carbonation.

O: solid beer, affordable and local.

nickthetick, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of Outchillen
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a heavy seas variety pack

A: Clear gold with white head

S: Caramel malts and light citrus hops, balanced smell

T/M: Nice light bodied, floral and citrus hop, finished clean but a little plain, seemed almost like a pilsner

Overall is a a good blonde summer beer, easy to drink while at a BBQ or watching a game

Outchillen, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of patreely12
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

had this from a cask at the Heavy Seas BBQ fest. reviewed from notes.

A - crystal clear golden amber. slight white head, but stays for most of the drink leaving some decent lacing on the glass. mild carbonation.

S - grassy semi-bitter hops. sweet pale malts. slightly sour. fresh.

T/M - grassy, mildly spicy hops up front complemented nicely by some sweet caramel malts. very small pinch of something fruity or citrusy. very light in bodied with high carbonation.

Overall this is a pretty good blonde ale. nothing too special or noteworthy. good drinkability.

patreely12, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of dtivp
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with slight orange tint, two finger white head that dissipated slowly into a thin collar, little lacing.

Aroma of citrus, floral hops and bready malt.

Taste followed the nose with citrus and malt with a slight hint of caramel.

Mouthfeel was light body with moderate carbonation.

Overall it is a very light crisp beer, more or less what you would expect for a golden ale.

dtivp, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of Guden
4.08/5  rDev +19%
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.

Guden, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of drinkiusmaximus
2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Prost!!!

drinkiusmaximus, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

CuriousMonk, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of thekanna
4/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

thekanna, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of beerprovedwright
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

beerprovedwright, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of JT2875
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Came in a 12 pack sampler and for $12.99 I couldn't pass up trying a local brew.

A-Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass which produced a nice clear golden color with a half finger head that dissipated quickly and no lacing.

S-Picked up a hint of carmel malts, floral hops, fruitiness, and mild citrus.

T-Floral hops, mild carmel malt, and some fruitiness (combination of peach, apple and ?). Finishes quite clean with little aftertaste.

M-Very light bodied with mild carbonation.

D-Very tasty and coupled with the above something you can drink all day by the pool due to the low ABV.

JT2875, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 5/21/2010. Bottle thanks to nimbleprop. Pours a clear light orange/gold with a small white head. Aroma of sweet malt, light bready malt, floral hops. Flavor of toasted malt, floral hops, sweet malt. Not bad actually, very drinkable. This one surprised me, given the prior ratings.

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of TheBierBand
3/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

TheBierBand, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of TheFightfan1
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

TheFightfan1, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +16%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of jonB
2.85/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

jonB, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of stonermouse
2.8/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

stonermouse, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of JayQue
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark gold/light amber color. Requires a hard pour to get a nice white head with average retention. Some lacing.

Aroma is mild and malty.

Taste is malty with a little lemon and some mild hops bitterness at the end. Pleasant but not outstanding.

Mouthfeel is fairly crisp and rich enough for the style.

Drinkability is pretty good. This is a light abv beer and would be fine as a session beer.

JayQue, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of SShelly
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

SShelly, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet, hops are present. Taste is good, more hops than I expected from this style, well balanced. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall a good quality brew.

tone77, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of argock
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear, oversized wine glass. Best by Dec 10 notched on front label. Served at 50F. Purchased as part of Heavy Seas Sunken Sampler 12-pack for $14.99.

A: Hazy peach with quickly dissipating 1-finger, off-white head with some nice lacing down the glass.

S: Very tea-like aroma with more caramel malt than most blonde ales with herbal, light citric hopping

T: Very amber ale-ish with some mild fruitiness, light caramel, and light citric and herbal hops in the finish. Not very bitter and pretty unassuming/middle of the road.

M: Body is light to medium, tending toward light, with light carbonation leaving a slightly tacky but overall smooth feel. Aftertaste is orange tea and light caramel.

D: Not a bad beer but pretty forgettable. Less interesting and unique but more sturdy than their Summer Ale and, while I rate them both the same, I liked this one slightly more for the bigger malt backbone and more varied hops.

argock, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of Seanibus
2.8/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Seanibus, Aug 04, 2010
Heavy Seas - Gold Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
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