Heavy Seas - Thank You, Thank You Very Much - Heavy Seas Beer
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4.3/5 rDev +7.2%
Tap -> Heavy Seas/Clipper City 15th Anniversary pilsner glass.
Enjoyed several tastings of this at the brewery last night for their 15th birthday party.
Pours clear, dark gold-ish. Lots of head at first, simmers down a bit. Moderate lacing through the tasting.
First impression is the amazing floral aroma. This is what I really like about a good fresh IPA. Pretty complex hop notes throughout, as expected. Dangerously easy to drink for an 8% brew.
Between my wife and I we were able to take home four bottles. We'll likely crack in to a few this weekend. I feel the need to consume these immediately as age will do this no good.
I was told that this is actually the original recipe for Loose Cannon circa 2001-2002. The 100 barrel batch used six types of hops, about 150 lbs total.
12-09-2010 14:07:17 | More by tbrown4
4.25/5 rDev +6%
Found the bottle with Elvis on it very inviting and bought this beer! I poured it into my crystal mug and the color was a beautiful clear copper. A two finger high, off white head builds and dissipates into patchy lacing.
Smelling the beer I detect mostly sweet notes like caramel , honey, toffee and some fruit like mango and pear.
Tasting the beer you will be greeted up front with a rich sweet pallette. Caramel and toffee are dominating at first, but honey and sweet malty notes take charge soon. In the middle the hops start to take control. At first some fruity and citrusy hops pick up the lead and balance the sweetness ofvthe beginning. Then at the end more bitter hops turn the table into a mild earthy bittersweet ending. Very nicely done!
I like the idea of thanking the consumer with a special anniversary brew. This one has a good kick to it!
I am glad, I have this beer in my collection.
06-24-2011 02:35:29 | More by Hopfenpeter
4.2/5 rDev +4.7%
Got this bad boy from Crabbicuss in N00b BIF 4. Thanks a lot man.
Poured a cloudy golden color with a a little bit of off white head. Pretty good lacing on this one as well.
Smell was very nice with caramel malt upfront and hops throughout.
Taste was pretty balanced. Not quite as hoppy as I expected but still a very good beer.
Medium mouthfeel. This beer was smooth and very easy to drink.
I really enjoyed this beer. I'd love to drink it again although I'm not sure if I'll get a chance or not. Looks like it's s one time release. I highly recommend it though if you can get your hands on one.
05-17-2011 23:30:17 | More by richkrull
4.18/5 rDev +4.2%
Poured into a pint glass giving off aromas of apple. Off white bubbles and a three finger head. Very clear light copper/gold body with easy to see carbonation. Real nice looking pint here with minimal lacing.
Bouquet is quite good. Not small but not big consisting of a first hop nose and small bread/biscuit aroma. Afterwards gives way to a floral scent of lavender. Perfectly balanced quite nice, I dig it quite alot, but I will admit it is not very much in Double style which forces me to give it slightly lower grade.
Taste is a very wet consistency and a hop tang in mid palate. Upon swallowing is a sweet apple taste with some hop finish. A little alcohol noticeable but nothing too big and heavy like most doubles. Second swallowing will also bring out the floral notes. This brew seems to fall and feel somewhere in the between standard American and a Double IPA.
Easily drinkable and a good present to everyone who likes Heavy Seas. Thanks very much indeed.
01-06-2011 00:50:21 | More by smakawhat
4.18/5 rDev +4.2%
Very solid pale orange color. Some decent sticky lacing on the glass. Huge floral aroma-very citrus like as well-big blast of grapefruit up front. Very strong and solid hop presence against a sweet, sticky malt backbone. Piney and resin like. Just enough alcohol to let you know the abv but is not detrimental to the overall flavor. Body could use a boost for my liking. Overall very nice and enjoyable. I can see doing this while fresh for sure. Would not think it is one to linger in the fridge.
12-18-2010 03:27:20 | More by lackenhauser
4.18/5 rDev +4.2%
Split a bomber, poured in a flared glass.
A: clear copper orange; little head, carb streams are ok
S: hops very fragrant, with hints of grapefruit; aroma lingers nicely
T: sweeter IPA than normal; very complex; nearly a double IPA; invites lingering
M: nice buzz
D: very powerful, too much for quick multiples
Overall, this is a great way to finish off a beer session (as happened last night)
01-28-2011 19:32:12 | More by Arithmeticus
District of Columbia
4.15/5 rDev +3.5%
22oz bomber bought at Connecticut Ave Wine and Liquor for $5.99. A good price considering the store, but this has been out for a month or two so it might not be that fresh.
Appearance (4): A pretty cool bottle with a pirate version of the King. Clear copper color with a finger and a half of fluffy head. Reduces to a layer then small patches and a ring. A bit of lacing at the top but not much.
Smell (4.5): Citrus with a lot of mint as well. Orange and grapefruit and some lemon. A bit of hidden caramel sweetness, but not that evident.
Taste (4): Hop forward without much sweetness. Still pretty well balanced in that its not terribly dry. A good middle ground between the East Coast and West Coast styles. Grapefruit citrus up front, followed by a fleeting caramel note, then a slightly piney finish. Very enjoyable without being over the top hoppy.
Mouthfeel (4.5): Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Just right for the style and the ABV.
Drinkability (4): I like this one a lot. Something different from Loose Cannon and much better than the Big DIPA. I could have more than one of these. Not much booze evident for 8%.
02-06-2011 21:03:54 | More by grover37
4.1/5 rDev +2.2%
A: poured an amber gold into my duvel tulip with a half finger of white head that hangs around and leaves a moderate amount of lacing.
S: the citrus hop profile is noticeable before I even get the glass to my nose and upon further inspection there are solid sweet malt notes.
T: the taste is the same as the nose and malt is a little more pronounced. There is no alcohol to speak of.
MF: light and crisp. A tad warm, and a good effervescence.
D: I couldn't find this fresh which is super annoying because I think this would be a perfect beer fresh, however it holds it own with a little time on it.
02-10-2011 01:55:28 | More by nickthetick
4.05/5 rDev +1%
I was a little annoyed that they didn't send this one to NOVA, I'd like to think those of us within an hour of the brewery would be considered their home market as well. Anyway, thanks go out to a coworker who picked this up for me in her local MD store.
Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. It poured a slightly darker amber color with an active and frothy white head filling the top inch of the glass. The head settled after a minute or so but left some pretty good lacing as it did.
The aroma shows a lot of pine and grapefruit with some pineapple and mango notes coming through as well. The hoppiness has a pretty nice sweetness to it mixing with the tropical fruit citrus flavors. Very nice aroma overall.
The taste also mixes the grapefruit and pine hoppiness with some of the more tropical, pineapple and mango flavors. It has some nice sweetness to it but also finishes with a moderate bitterness. Nice mix of hoppy flavors to it overall.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good for me, I really liked the hoppiness it brought. The tropical fruit flavors are my favorite hoppy flavors, and this one did them pretty well. The sweetness and the bitterness worked pretty well together as well. Nice range of flavors and a very nice beer overall.
01-15-2011 22:35:43 | More by billab914
4.03/5 rDev +0.5%
What better way to celebrate your 15th Anniversary than by brewing a well crafted IPA to thank us many faithful customers? I can’t think of any other way than this.
TYTYVM opens with an impressive cascade of froth, its’ bubbly head slow to dissipate. The body is a translucent copper color in which the smattering of carbonation bubbles can be seen struggling to the surface. The nose detects a short and sweet whiff of floral fragrances that are subtly supplemented with the pleasant air of lemongrass.
The palate receives a warm wash of plum, caramel and apple; all of this finishing with little bitterness. This beer is well balanced – surprisingly crisp for this style, anyway. Another great brew from Hugh and the gang. “Thank you … very much.” Elvis has left the building. (Sorry; I could not resist.)
10-05-2011 17:50:36 | More by jjboesen
4/5 rDev -0.2%
Bottle shared by Lee - thanks!
Pours a clear copper color with a 1.5-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.
Smells of crisp pale malts with good amounts of floral and light citrus hops. Also present are hints of herbal hops and mild amounts of slightly buttery vanilla.
Tastes very similar to how it smells. Mildly sweet pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by light vanilla and citrus hops. Midway through the sip the vanilla fades and the flavor profile dries out a bit with the addition of earthy and slightly herbal hops. The hops carry through to a moderately bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.
Drinkability is also good. I didn't have any problems finishing my glass and could have another.
Overall no other IPA I've had from Heavy Seas has yet to live up to Loose Cannon. Still, this beer is a decent beer for the style and is worth a shot if you can find it.
02-14-2011 23:12:15 | More by glid02
4/5 rDev -0.2%
A - Really nice gold-brown color. Very fluffy white head that leaves nice lacing. Quite a bit of carbonation visible.
S - Grapefruit and pine - mild though - not as strong as I would have expected.
T - Quite clean. Typical hoppy flavors - quite similar to Hop3 IPA - a bit of a herbal and floral finish. Elderflower is what I want to say but I'm not sure that's right. Bitter finish as well but pleasant. Really digging the floral notes.
MF - Bubbly and pleasant. Coats the mouth and leaves the bitterness in the back.
D - I could drink a lot of this. Alcohol is totally hidden.
I have to admit - I expected more. I was expecting a level up in intensity from Loose Cannon but it was more of a step down. I really love LC so this was a bit disappointing. However, if it was stronger I think the florals would have been overwhelmed, so I do appreciate the balance here. Neat brew overall. If it were me I would have either bumped down the ABV and kept the same general intensity and classified this as an IPA or increased the hop value and made it a true DIPA - not sure this fits the DIPA category right now.
However, definitely worth a try and a very nice offering from Heavy Seas. Congrats on 15 years!
01-08-2011 03:28:48 | More by mountsnow1010
4/5 rDev -0.2%
The last cask of Thank You, Thank You Very Much served at the brewery
A - Served with a golden-orange body with a little clarity...a bubbly white head formed but was gone quickly...not much retention showed but nice lacing
S - The nose is full of fresh, juicy hops mixed with some grassy notes as well as bready malt
T - All of the notes from the aroma can be found in the flavor...there is a quick blast of citrus hops upfront that allow the beer to start off sweet and juicy...it turns the show over to the malts in the middle and they have a caramel flavor for more sweetness...but also in the middle the hops come out as earthy and grassy...the malts are also coming across with some graininess...the finish is full of bitter hops
M - Medium bodied...smooth cask feel...nice balance throughout the beer...bitter finish
O - This beer showed off a nice nose, good balance, and a bitter finish...overall it was a good beer and I'm happy to have had a few from the final cask...now on to the comparisons...this one falls right between Loose Cannon and Big DIPA...it doesn't live up to Loose Cannon but it's miles above Big DIPA
04-05-2011 12:44:42 | More by thain709
3.9/5 rDev -2.7%
On cask at Max's tonight.
The beer pours a slightly hazy orange color with good head retention and nice lacing all around. The nose is attractive, showing mandarin orange, a hint of maraschino cherry, pine and white pepper. The flavor profile replicates the nose, though the cask version is a bit sweeter then the draft version, and there's a bit more alcoholic heat in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly long, dry and bitter finish. Drinkability is pretty good, though the noticeable alcohol detracts just a bit in that regard.
A solid effort, but I think this is another IPA that does not lend itself well to cask conditioning.
12-16-2010 23:05:24 | More by John_M
District of Columbia
3.9/5 rDev -2.7%
Fair IPA, not particularly outstanding as an anniversary ale but rather welcome. Thank you Clipper City - Heavy Seas.
Presentation: 22 oz brown bottle. Perfunctory pirate skull themed label on this occasion with a take on Elvis Presley. The thing is so trite and badly done that at this point it is almost likable. Side narrative notes anniversary occasion and thanks the drinkers-supporters of the brewery on this their 15th anniversary. Notes style, and shows Alc. by Vol. (8%) Served in a tulip glass.
A - Gold pour with a fair frothy head, average retention with fair touches of lacing.
S - Good hoppy nose, grapefruit and citrus, a bit subdued.
T - Nicely balanced range of hops, grapefruit, a touch of sweet malt in the background, hint of turpentine...
M - Medium/light body with medium carbonation and a nice small bite in the finish.
D - Works rather well as generic quality IPA, which is actually not a bad thing to be.
Notes: Similar to the Loose Cannon Hop3, sure, maybe slightly better looking and with a touch below in the aroma. While nice, it´s nothing particularly admirable and sure enough a bottle of Loose Cannon would do the trick also nicely instead. But in any case, and given its proximity, and the role that this brewery has played in the past in my beer education, thank you, thank you indeed!
12-22-2010 05:00:26 | More by Daniellobo
3.89/5 rDev -3%
hmm, This one apparently got lost in the cellar for awhile. I'll give it a shot anyhow.
Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. Produced a bright orange/copper with a thin half inch of white head. A little sediment. Retention is moderate and some sticky lacing here and there.
Aroma: Big citrus hop aroma. Grapefruit, grassy, and floral and sweet caramel malts.
Taste: After all this time the flavor seems to hold up. Still getting some decent flavor but I'm sure this was probably pretty bangin' back when it was fresh. Big citrus punch right up front. Grapefruit and orange zest intertwines with sweet malts that are a bit more pronounced now that the hops are probably a bit... stale. Grassy and floral hops come into play providing and nice bitter hoppy finish.
Mouthfeel: Just about perfect for a DIPA. Not quite full bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation. Hangs a bit on the low side. I actually kinda like this beer for being 2 years old. The flavors still stand out and the finish still lets you know this is a DIPA.
Overall: I just really wish I got to this one fresh. I'd have to imagine it was damn good, considering how well it's held up.
01-31-2013 00:48:03 | More by nimrod979
Heavy Seas - Thank You, Thank You Very Much from Heavy Seas Beer
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