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Heavy Seas - Sea Nymph Summer Ale - Heavy Seas Beer

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 73
Avg: 3.46
pDev: 22.83%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Stigs on 07-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 37 | Hads: 73
Photo of Knapp85
2.25/5  rDev -35%
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.

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Photo of redzone3120
2.37/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - A clear beer with a golden, slightly orange, color. Light white head that dissipates quickly. Not much lace on the glass.

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

T - At first taste, seems like an average lager with some hoppiness. Cannot taste much, if any, of the lemon I thought I could smell though it is not as bitter as expected. Not bad but not what I expected in a summer brew.

M - Not much in the mounthfeel, rather flat. Can't feel much of the carbonation which seems to let the bitterness linger in the aftertaste.

D - As a summer micro-brew, not very drinkable and not very refreshing on a hot summer day. Still a step up from the average mega-brew.

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Photo of HosP
2.67/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz into a pint glass.

A - Light oragne, very clear. Small white head to it that leaves nothing behind.

S - Lemon, pine smell. Not a whole lot of aroma to it.

T - Citrus, pine hops mostly on the front end. A little bitterness to it towards the end. Crisp taste. Nothing spectacular to the taste.

M - Light body. Lots of carbonation. Almost a dry, bitter finish.

D - Can see people pounding these on a hot summer day. I'd rather reach for something with a little more flavor.

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Photo of Bonis
2.71/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Clear golden... A little darker than a Bud, but not by much. Half finger of white head doesn't stick around an awfully long time. Looks pretty good, though

Nose - Smells like a lager with a little more hops than normal, almost a sweet and skunky smell. Not welcoming, but not bad.

Taste - Unfortunately the taste follows the smell. Not sure if this one is supposed to be skunky. Sort of reminds me of a Heineken, but probably not as good. Tastes a lot like a macro lager with very very little hops. Malt flavor is pretty big. Not what I look for in a Summer Ale in terms of complexity. This is still better than most macros though!

Mouthfeel - Hmm... Little carbonation. Finish has a tiny bitterness. I'm not getting a lot from this beer.

Drinkability - Well, I won't lie. I had to pitch about the last 4 oz of my glass. Semi drinkable when ice cold, but as it warmed, it got pretty disgusting. Very surprised with Heavy Seas' offering for this Summer Ale. All of their other beers I have tried have been pretty much spot on. This one needs to be dropped from their repertoire ASAP. I got two more of these bottles left, which doesn't excite me... I think next time I will just have it out of the bottle and hope for something a little different.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.89/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a pale lager esque straw hue with a bright white foraming head forms small bubbles with sporadic fine lacing. Aroma has some pale malt breadiness with subtle to absent herbal hops with a bit of a citrus rind lemongrass finish. Super light flavor, biscuit malt sweetness with a hint of citrus/herbal hops in the background. I'm liking the change from the Clipper City to the Heavy Seas branding, but this mild blonde ale doesn't seem like a Heavy Seas offering that I have associated that lineup to be. Mouthfeel is light bodied with light spritzy carbonation, feels like soda water on the palate. Drinkability is boring, yeah it's summer ale it's refreshing after cutting the grass but it's got no real redeeming qualities, I'd rather drink ice cold PBR if I'm going for refreshing semi tasteless beer.

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Photo of thagr81us
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.

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Photo of farrago
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Little over a finger of bone white foam, loose enough to disappear swiftly, thin surface coating lasts a bit longer, the lacing isn't thick but does have decent stick. Perfectly clear and transparent liquid, yellow hue shows more brightness than richness, not dark enough to have much color variation throughout. Bready nose with more toastiness than yeastiness, pinch of both pepper and salt, sour orange peel, more raw grains, minute trace of malts and marginally more peach, apricot, red apple fruit scents, overall cleanliness and good posture best attributes. Medium-bodied, the carbonation seems to whip things up into the air and lessen palate presence. Sweeter here than in the nose, more peach, apricot, pear fruit and fructose sort of notes. Also a dollop of honey and more juice in the orange citrus. Less spiciness, the bready qualities consistent without asking for attention. Comes across as a slightly higher end "working in the yard on the weekend" simple quaffer. not a bad thing but nothing worth the extra coinage either.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
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

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Photo of tone77
3.11/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
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.


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Photo of beerthulhu
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of mjw06
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of Gmann
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of Cavalier92
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had a bottle at Liberty St. Tavern for $3.50. This hazy yellow beer was tasty enough to be pleasant, but was essentially a lighter version of Sam Adams Summer Ale. I don't know if the spicing was the same, but in my mind I could hardly tell them apart. There was a touch of wheat, a little orange peel flavor and then something that reminded me of grains of paradise.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Pale yellow in color, with a moderate head of foam
Aroma-faint malt, biscuit notes
Taste-Faint cracker and biscuit notes, light bodied. Taste is of an American light lager or a lighter style German Kolsch.
Overall a fairly average offering, but nontheless a refreshing brew if served cold on a hot day.(Note: This beer was re-reviewed on 7-11-10 as it was brought to my attention that I had incorrectly reviewed it as a German Pilsener.-Thank you cmallon88 !)

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Photo of argock
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
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 before Dec 10 notched on front of label. Served at 50F. Purchased as part of Heavy Seas Sunken Sampler 12-pack for $14.99 at Harris Teeter (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Clear appealing golden with soft, 1-finger ivory head with decent retention and some oblong lace spots.

S: Herbal and crisp, English-style hopping with a sweet, fruity malt backing. Very tea-like flavor.

T: The fruity maltiness is most prominent and couples well with the herbal, minty hops to leave a fruity-tea flavor.

M: Crisp and clean feel with a lean body. Aftertaste is short and herbal hops.

D: Better than some of the beach-marketed pilsners other SE regional brewers have put out in recent memory.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of cnally
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of metter98
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.

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Photo of billab914
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
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.

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Photo of Stigs
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Approx. 4.5% ABV
Light gold in color, yet crisp and refreshing. This ale will pair well with grilled seafood and salads. Available all summer, beginning in late June.

update: Confirmed as a "milder version of an American Blonde Ale" by the brewmaster - update request submitted

12oz bottle from a Heavy Seas sampler pack, hadn't seen this one before...surprised it wasnt in the db here.

Served in a standard pint glass.

A - pours with a very thin layer of loose white film. the beer is bright gold in color, crystal clear.

S - very grainy, joined by some sweet and bready malts. faint grassy hops at the end.

T - begins with some lightly toasted malts, coming off lightly sweet and crackery. surprisingly ample amount of grassy hops come through the second half for good balance. not bad at all.

M - light and thin body, sharp and tingly carbonation, yet not overdone. finishes very clean with some faint lingering hops and crockery malts.

D - not great, but certainly easy drinking...a great Summer beer. not exactly sure of the style but it seems to fit here. 5 more bottles of this, I can live with that.

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