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Heavy Seas - Sea Nymph Summer Ale - Heavy Seas Beer

Heavy Seas - Sea Nymph Summer AleHeavy Seas - Sea Nymph Summer Ale

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70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 16.47%


Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Stigs on 07-02-2010)
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metter98

New York

3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of biscuit malts along with hints of floral hops.
T: The taste has flavors of biscuit malts along with hints of fruity yeast and a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very malt-forward blonde ale but has a nice amount of balance with the hops to keep this from being too malty and still making it very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 00:05:43 | More by metter98
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from bottle into a Duck-Rabbit nonic. Poured a pale golden yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount very quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, grain, spice, and corn. The flavor was of sweet malt, grain, wheat, spice, and very subtle floral. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was an average brew. Not really a lot going on in this one if I am completely honest. It really kind of reminded me of a pepped up BMC brew. Granted it did have a few other notes going on that kept it in the average range of the style though. The floral note was a nice touch, but I just wish that there would have been A LOT more of than there was. I could see myself having a few of these on a long day of drinking without too much of a problem or while sitting by the pool. Worth trying at least once, but I wouldn’t go out of your way to do so.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 10:45:51 | More by thagr81us
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tdm168

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at World of Beer Raleigh.

A - pure gold with no head

S - faint cereal grains and a bit sweet

T - grapefruit, faint orange peel, cereal grains

M - light to medium bodied, smooth

This is a nice, easily drinkable beer. It has its subtleties, but mostly it's enjoyable for it's drinkability. I probably won't buy this again, but it's not bad once.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2012 01:34:15 | More by tdm168
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flagmantho

Washington

3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottle says best by December 2012.

Appearance: nice golden hue with a haze-free body and a finger of pillowy white foam. Effervescence is sadly quite minimal.

Smell: lightly sweet malt aroma which is nice, but creeping around the edges is the unfortunate aroma of damp, spent grain. Not bad, but it could be cleaner. The lightness of this style exposes flaws pretty starkly.

Taste: light malt with a subtle and fruity hop character. It's not bad at all, but it is a little bit on the bland side. Luckily, the wet grain from the aroma doesn't come through as strongly in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: lightish body with a low level of carbonation and a moderately interesting prickliness on the tongue. Not really creamy at all; I think this beer would benefit from a little more carbonation to make it a nice refreshing summer quaff.

Overall: all of the above having been said, this is a nice, light, refreshing drink. Sure, it could be improved, but I think this beer succeeds as a session summer ale. I probably wouldn't hesitate to quaff a truckload of this at a barbecue, straight from the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 02:40:20 | More by flagmantho
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Gmann

New York

3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw color, very much like a macro. The pure white head is short and quickly settles into a light ring. Plenty of carbonation bubbles racing to the top.

The aroma is of pale malt, with a touch of grain. There is a slight peppery hop note. Not much else.

The taste is sweet. A light pale malt provides some bready notes and a honey sweetness. Very soft toffee note and general fruitiness. The hops are grassy and peppery. Not very strong but enough to balance the sweetness.

The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation. Sweet on the palate but finishes with a slight bitterness. Good balance.

Good alternative to a macrol lager. No real off flavors, good summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 00:49:13 | More by Gmann
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a bright golden-rod, neat clarity with a washy concrete white head that was slight and stingy on the lacing. A light to moderate rise of effervesce is seen within.

A: An aroma of soft lemony flavor, malt was clean, level was low, simple.

T: Flavor was lemony as well, nicely bitter for a summer but light enough not to get weighed down with. Flowery orange hopping.

M: Medium body, smooth, slick with a quiet carbonation factor. Relaxing and smooth off the tongue with a gentle flowery bitterness.

O: Overall a decent amount of bitterness, a bit full malt wise for continous summer session drinking, decently hopped, but not something i could do much off as a backyard downer, 2-3 would be fine. The flavor overall is not that bad which if you arent out to judge by the other factors (i.e. visual, aroma,) but overall per style there are much better representations around if your picky.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 23:34:52 | More by beerthulhu
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BuxMontBeerLover

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer was part of a Heavy Seas 12pk variety case. This was the "mystery" beer included.

Pour and enjoyed in a DFH Pint glass

A - Beer pours a mostly translucent, golden honey color. A two finger, fizzy head on the initial pour. A small amount of lacing.

S - Slightly earthy, grassy smell.

T- A no-nonsense, easy to drink, ale. A slightly malty, slightly grassy taste. A hint of lemon is also noticeable. The alcohol is not noticeable at all.

M - Well carbonated. Thinnish consistency.

O - A beer that is really easy to drink which is great for a summer-style brew. You could easily down a few of these in an afternoon or evening without feeling filled up. A nice beer to offer those who aren't into anything really radical. Good quality but nothing fantastic.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 19:46:57 | More by BuxMontBeerLover
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plaid75

New York

3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale brass hue with a half fing foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured grassy hops atop a crisp and slightly aromatic pale malt.

The flavor was clean with bright herbal and grassy hops. The crisp malt may contain a touch of wheat.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuuler end of the style with a clean finish.

Overall a tasty and refreshing summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 01:08:44 | More by plaid75
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Cavalier92

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had never seen it on draft and decided to give it a shot.

It's a barely above average blonde ale.

No head, no lacing, maybe a bit lore amber than blonde in color.

Fizzy mouthfeel, a bit of hops on the edges of the tongue, finishes sweet.

A bit to heavy for a hot day, not worth the $5 or the effort.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2012 19:53:20 | More by Cavalier92
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before October of 2012. Emptied into a Magic Hat pint glass.

Pale gold in color. Fizzed out to no head. Barely a ring to show for it. No lacing.

Wheat ale meets pilsener malt. Crisp, crackery grains. Light saltiness. All but no hops.

Tastes like a pilsener with some light ale yeast tang. Light Noble hopping. Pretty clean, yet watery. No noticeable off-flavors. Not much of anything, but what’s there is fine by me.

Light carb and light body. Very ‘iced tea’ in feel.

For an American Blonde, I have to rate it barely average. The little taste and aroma that is there is nice, but it’s so thinned-out and boring. Slight guilty pleasure here for easy-to-drink watery beer, but I can’t respect that.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 03:52:08 | More by thecheapies
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dude... you bought another blone ale.. geez.. ok we'll wait.. it is Heavy Seas right? support the..uh home side? ok pour this into a nonic let's see here. Good till Sept 2012.

A real crystal clear body with good rising carbonation, a yellow orange pale amber body color. Head is white and shampoo like gets about three fingers but it scatter laces barely and falls slowly barely hanging a collar.

Nose is fairly ordinary, kind of a stinky yeast I associate with this style, a little bit of malt presence, smells fairly clean. Kind of underwhelming.

Taste is very quiet if I could use that word. Nothing real offensive in fact nothing real noticeable. However, swallow provides a small malt presence, and a good body to back it up. Not highly carbonated which surprises with a medium body, nice sweet finish almost getting into baked bread.

Overall for a style that I don't usually care for I don't mind this. It's neither offensive or boring, but actually quite tolerable. I could have another but it's not my thing.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 23:58:20 | More by smakawhat
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best by September 2012:

Into a nonic pint glass:

A: golden yellow colored body and left a light foamy lacing near the top of my nonic and a small foamy white head. There was barely any carbonation seen rising.

S: some lightly malted barley with some wheat and light lemon in the background.

T: brought back the light maltiness with a low sweetness, but gets metallic, uh-oh...

M: light with a decent amount of carbonation felt, sessionable

O: this is a drinkable summer ale, but the metal taste brought it down big time

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 15:08:24 | More by BeerKangaroo
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, yellow body, quite bubbly, with a white head.

Smell: Lightly malted barley, maybe a smidgen of wheat, with a pinch of powdered sugar, a hint raw grain, and a baby-sized spoon of lemon curd.

Taste: Lightly malty with a low sweetness and a hint of biscuit crumbs and basic grains. Lightly citrusy hops, though essentially no bitterness, but there was never much sweetness to balance out to begin with. A clean (maybe too clean) finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: The Summer Ale is very drinkable and has an agreeable ABV, though I was hoping for a bit more flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 18:28:36 | More by ChainGangGuy
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mjw06

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slightly darker golden straw color with a soft white head that dissipated fairly quickly but still managed to leave a decent lacing.

Light malty smell with a warm and relatively strong vanilla overtone that was nowhere present in the taste. Don't know where that came from.

Rather flavorless on the initial sip with some bitterness that hit on the back roof of the mouth. Mouth was somewhat velvety. Very drinkable but nothing distinguishable about it, pretty run-of-the-mill in terms of summer ales.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 19:50:04 | More by mjw06
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden straw color and is very clear.
It has an average at best white loose faomy cap that fades quickly to surface smudge.

A fine smelling ale with a nice balance between malts and floral hops.

Mild tasting beer with just enough malts and hops.
Malts are sweet and have slight biscuit or grainess to them while the hops have a floral flavor.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Carbonation is medium. The beer has a soft delicate nature to itself.

I found this beer to be pretty good although I was expecting a crisp tasting more assertive beer. This beer none the less is a winner for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 11:01:10 | More by micromaniac129
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billab914

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12o bottle into my Three Floyd's glass. Gold in color with a thin white lacing barely covering the top of the beer.

Aroma shows pale, grainy pilsner malts with a little zesty, lemon, citrus to it. The taste shows more of the lemony zest to it throughout the flavor. A decent amount of the pale, grainy malts are present as well. It's pretty crisp and clean as well.

The mouthfeel is light with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a decent, easy drinking beer that was fitting for summer. It was crisp and clean with more flavor then a lot of similar beers. Not an outstanding beer, but definitely above average in it's class.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 18:05:06 | More by billab914
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Guden

Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Looks like a pretty light lager but with decent 1/2" head retention. The light straw color doesn't bode well but nothing terrible.

S- Light malty sweetness and a hint of citrusy hops (maybe a little lemon too?) smells like a good light beer and perfect for a graduation bbq.

T- Like the nose but even better. There is a definite citrus component which pairs well with the light grassy and citrusy hops and the barley sweetness. Clean and refreshing to say the least.

M- Moderately light in body and moderately high in carbonation. This seems to hit the spot perfectly.

D- Nearly perfect for what it is. This is a beer you could savor any day or could down a six pack of at a bbq. I've passed up many other craft beers to go back for second and thirds on this as it just seems to hit the spot on a hot day. WAAAYYY better than the lemon swill Sam Adams puts out, with a much fresher cleaner citrus character and better balance all around.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 20:18:54 | More by Guden
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Vineyardselite

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally got this in stock and LOTS of it!

Pours a light, warm yellow with a thin and fine white head, retreats into the glass of beer quite quickly. Low carbonation

Smells lagery with a slight bitterness. Maybe a little bit of lemon but not much else. Definitely not bad.

A little grainy sweet , yeast (but nice though) and wit ha hint of blossom/pepper bite that seems to come from the gentle hops. Balanced

Mouthfull was a little weak that bought the gentle flavors more forward! Extremely drinkable as it is very balanced.

Overall, a nice brew!

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 02:23:40 | More by Vineyardselite
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.28/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer was very light which fits the style for the time of year that you drink it in. I felt that there wasn't much effort put into this beer. Swaziland should be a little special. I know heavy seas has it in them, they do make really tasty stuff. This one got away from them I guess. The aroma wasn't even sweet or pleasant, it was skunky which was a real bummer. I don't find skunked beer to be all that refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 02:43:03 | More by Knapp85
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear gold into my glass with average lacing. Scent is biscuity with maybe some honey accents, appealing and hinting at a rich and substantial maltiness. Tastes rich and sweet up front, with a well-done hoppy finish. Seems like a solid Summer ale with superb balance and body. Superb!

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 00:10:45 | More by secondtooth
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cnally

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Catching this before the suggested sell-by date...always a good sign with a beer of this style.

The appearance is a pale straw yellow and crisp and clear. A small fizzy white head settles down to beer scum.

Aroma is very sweet, a genuine blast of light malt and a little influenced by corn/wheat.

Flavor is a sweet one. A little bitterness from the hops shows up in the middle of the taste but the finish is all sweet and grainy.

Well carbonated, but a bit watery. The feel seems pretty standard.

On a hot as hell day? Brilliant, of course. As a late night beer, or a cap...not your best option.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 01:23:36 | More by cnally
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is basically missing, maybe a touch of malt. Taste is mild, malts, a bit on the sweet side. Feels light in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 14:14:49 | More by tone77
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear gold body with an inch of white foam. Decent retention and light lace. Nice for what it is.

S: Nice, clean malt dominance - lightly toasty, and only very slightly sweet. I don't know why, but I'm getting a distinct aroma of fish, which I actually kind of like. Spicy hops follow up the scaliness, and it all somehow works for a summer ale from a nautically-themed brewery.

T: Moderate malt sweetness with solid minerality leading into a dry, herbal hop finish. Pretty good for the style.

M: Clean, light bodied, and moderately carbonated. Solid.

D: As with all the other categories, this beer is strong but not stupendous.

Notes: I've got to say that even though I found this to be the weak link in a very strong mixed pack (along with Red Sky at Night, Loose Cannon, and Peg Leg), it might be the best of those beers within its style. It's a low-ABV blond ale with actual character, which is rare. I'd definitely enjoy having this again under the right circumstances - say, relaxing on a seaside pier. Fun beer.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 18:01:27 | More by woosterbill
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

$1.79 for a 12oz single, purchased at BevCo. Purchase before 11/10 notched on label. 4.5% ABV. No ingredients posted on the bottle label or website.

Pours out to a clear medium golden, appears filtered. Forms a modest bone white head with excellent retention and a solid sheet of lace with a medium carbonation level. The aroma is of a EuroLager with a delicate floral hop nose and a nice pale malt body with a clean ferment and no perceptible off flavors. A little bit of that sulfury lager yeast nose is evident. The mouthfeel is lightly tart with acidity, has a smooth middle and a medium-light body with a creamy texture for the style. The taste opens with a nice floral hop flavor, tastes like Saaz, with a well-balanced malt body with husky grain notes, and mild bitterness. Lightly dry in the finish with a light corn flavor in the finish.

Easy to drink, well brewed pilsner style lager, but it's called an ALE. Hrmmm...they did a really nice job if it is indeed an ale because it doesn't have any ale esters. I would buy this again, especially considering it's price, it's a very nice Kolsch. Recommended.

Addendum: I just picked up a 6'er of this (3/11), best buy Nov 2010, but it was priced to move @ $2/6'er. It's just as good at this age

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 21:42:39 | More by Mitchster
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erosier

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice golden yellow color with a medium sized and medium bodied off white colored head that laces the glass a bit on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts, hints of citrus, and a dash of hops at the end of the nose.
T: Tastes of sweet toasted malts, a fairly prominent citrus flavor, finishing off with a crisp slight earthy hop tastes. Aftertaste is very clean and very refreshing.
M: Crisp, fresh, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation, light bodied.
D: Very drinkable, flavors and feel all blended very well and a lower abv really helps it be a great summer session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 10:50:30 | More by erosier
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