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Heavy Seas - Aarsh Imperial Red Ale - Heavy Seas Beer

Heavy Seas - Aarsh Imperial Red AleHeavy Seas - Aarsh Imperial Red Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

58 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.78%


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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Kegatron on 02-13-2011)
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean copper to orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, a faint, small maltiness. In the taste, a small, sweet malt and a bit watery. A small bite and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry hint of caramel in the aftertaste. Quite mellow and watery, eh, label sold me on it.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 18:18:57 | More by OWSLEY069
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viverlee

Ohio

3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

STYLE: American Black Ale

ABV: 7.25%

LOOK: Pours like a thickish Coke with the same type of carbonated head, only a bit fluffier. Self-styled as a “Black IPA” it’s the black that stands out. Darker than expected, spider wed lacing and retention.

NOSE: Beef jerky, sweet chocolate cake, coffee. The smokey notes dominate. You really have to dig for a semblance of balance.

MOUTH: Smoke, grilled peaches and grapefruit, mild hoppiness. Struggle of styles here, not quite IPA and not quite stout. I think it’s unlikely the proper balance has been achieved. There’s a palate-cleanser quality that’s hard to shake, even with the subtly nice but not great citrus-rind finish.

BA Rating: 86

Hayward Abbey Rating: 74

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 03:43:56 | More by viverlee
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, burnished but slightly red-tinged (indeed) copper colour, with a fine head of white, that merely forms a film on the top of the glass. Body is solid, and it has some nice fine carbonation and a little streaking lace. Not bad.

Nose is slightly roasty, with a big sugary sweetness rolling over the top. Grainy organic notes come through as well along with a weird touch of acidity. Not that great, and certainly not exciting enough for what I expected.

Taste similar. Dry grainy characters for a long part of the palate, with a touch of that sugary sweetness dressing the end. Some sourness comes through as well, which could just be a character of some additional wheat or something, but it's unwelcome nonetheless. Astringent finish, probably from the additional alcohol, which isn't supported by flavour or complexity.

I was dubious about the classification of this, expecting it to be an American Red, but yeah, it's not hoppy enough, and to be honest, it's not very interesting at all. Very average.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 16:38:29 | More by lacqueredmouse
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On cask at Max's.

Light copper with a dense off-white head with great retention and lacing, this is a good looking beer. The nose is malty with a mildly stale caramel malt along with some hops. It smells like a blend of English and American hops were used here, earthy and green with some fruitiness. The palate opens sweet, mildly chalky with some caramel and sugar sweetness. Sweet on the finish with soft carbonation, this has a nice hop flavor with pine and citrus. Solid stuff, it does strike me that this beer's suffering from a bit of an identity crisis.

Serving type: cask

03-24-2011 03:54:42 | More by DefenCorps
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Seanibus

California

3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not awful, but not too much imperial about it, which makes its name and marketing misleading - this is a perfectly good irish red, but nothing worth shelling out Bomber prices for. In fact, a rather disappointing effort from a good brewery.

Pours a deep copper with a fluffy but disappointingly short-lived hear. The aroma is roasty, with a nice reddish cherry edge. The flavor is a little too roasted, like they sacrificed taste for color - it's roasted but lacks a lot of deep malt flavor, and the hops are simply too light. The mouthfeel is extremely prickly.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 23:03:13 | More by Seanibus
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice crimson-tinged amber color, with a thin off-white head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma is lacking, with some caramel and fruity esters upfront, along with slight floral hops and biscuit malt in the backgound. The taste is similar with caramel and toasted bread notes initially, along with some fruity esters and biscuit, floral hops and a strong alcoholic finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thick and oily, and drinkability is hampered by the alcohol presence. Decent red ale, could use more malt depth and less evident alcohol though.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 01:47:49 | More by silver0rlead
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Beer4Baltimore

Maryland

3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

--from notes
Had this one twice in bombers and the quality did vary.
A reddish looking brew with a tingly mouth feel both times. Plenty of roasted barley present but smell not very strong. First time I had it the hops were in full force, the second time the hops were nearly non-existent. Not sure as to the origin of the difference.
Would give it a third try but not going to hunt for it.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 23:23:25 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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tehawful

Maryland

3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Living just outside Baltimore, I usually don't try much from this brewery unless I am in the city. However, when I saw the Aarsh Red Ale, I couldn't pass it up. I am always looking for new Red Ales, and despite my previous comment...I typically enjoy Clipper City beers. This Irish Ale does pour a deep imperial red with a big fizzy head. The aroma is mostly sweet (and very slightly roasted) caramel malt, with maybe just a hint of rich toffee. Though pleasant, I am left wishing that the smell was a little more prominent and complex.

The sweet caramel malt is also prominent upon first taste, with a rich grain flavor resting in the back. There is a citrus-hop finish that is subtle enough to compliment the sweet malt characteristics. The beer is smooth overall, and very drinkable. Though there is nothing too complex about this Aarsh Ale, it is very enjoyable...especially on the eve of St. Patrick's Day.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 02:12:25 | More by tehawful
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claspada

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of lightly roasted malts, some lighter toffee and a light earthy hoppiness.
The taste begins with a lot of the same; toasted and bready malty grains, caramels, toffee sweetness. As it warms there is some light earthy, almost metallic bitterness, which is rather unpleasant to be honest. The finish is pleasantly dry with some detection of mineral water flavors which adds a nice dryness. Overall this is nothing to write home about or seek out because of the generic flavors, especially because of the unnecessarily high ABV which inhibits further consumption. If I'm consuming something over 6 ABV it needs flavor, which this is lacking.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 22:29:03 | More by claspada
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a coppery-red color, with a fizzy creme colored head that rapidly reduces from 1/2" to a thin coat.

Has a sweet, malty smell, with notes of alcohol, with faint toffee.

Has a pleasant, though unremarkable red ale taste, with plenty of toasted toffee malt to start, nuttiness in the middle, and a grassy finish with very mild bitterness.

Medium bodied, this is an easy drinking red ale.

Glad to have tried it, and certainly cannot say this is a bad beer, it just not the most exciting beer I've ever had. Then again, red ales never have been one of my string favorites.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 01:01:20 | More by TheHoppiest
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mdfb79

New York

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 04/12/11 notes.

a - Pours a clear amber-copper color with less than an inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, toasted malts, light dark fruits, and light citrus hops.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, toasted malts, and roasted malts mostly. Light citrus hops again, as well as some bready malts and dark fruits.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a good red ale that is heavy on the toasted and caramel malts. Worth trying if you like red ales.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 02:25:17 | More by mdfb79
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oberon

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An imperial Irish red,every style is gonna get "imperialized" or barrel aged at some point I think.Poured with good clarity into an imperial pint glass a deep bronze color with a well defined one finger off white head.Carame and brown sugar notes mainly in the nose,there is a whiff of leafy hop but its not anything that really jumps out.Sweeter on the palate then it needs to be,big buttery caramel,brown sugar,and some alcohol sweetness,the leafy hop presence is masked for the most part from the sweet malty flavors.Not a bad beer if you like big sweeter malty ales,I thought it was ok but to one dimensional in its sweetness,it can be malty without being overly sweet.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 20:48:52 | More by oberon
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Jesse13713

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - You can tell that is well-carbonated immediately from the pour. At first, this beer looked strictly brown. But once it settled into the glass, it looks more like a red ale. Quite impressive lacing. Slightly transparent; a good cross between opaqueness and transparency.

Smell - I honestly can't smell too much here. I tried from both the glass and the bottle. It just smells very clear with light malts. Smells slightly rusty in a way, if that makes any sense.

Taste - Quite a few floral notes. This beer tastes very 'alive'. It has sort of a rich metallic taste that reminds me of what the gold on the bottle art would taste like if I ate some. But for some reason, I like that taste; Because gold is delicious. Slightly malty and citrusy. A pretty solid red ale.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - A very easily drinkable beer. I enjoyed this one a whole lot and will pick up another bottle if I see it again in stores. My bottles was very fresh. It was sort of refreshing to have a red ale without being overwhlemed by sweet malts. The sweetness is there; it is just perfectly balanced with the hops and ethanol. This beer is definitely not an 'aarsh' hole.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 05:07:35 | More by Jesse13713
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billab914

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip. It poured a deeper amber color with some nice red-ish colors coming through in the light. It started with a modest and sticky off-white head to it, but it quickly retreated to the edges of the glass. Nice lacing though.

The aroma has some toasted and caramel like flavors to it. I get a little sweet, graininess to it as well. Not a huge aroma to it, but not a bad one overall.

The taste starts out with more of the sweet malty flavors with some toasted and caramel malts coming through. Like the aroma, I also get some of the sweet, grainy flavors coming through. Midway I get some bitter, slightly roasty flavors coming in that really helps it from becoming too malty sweet. I get just a hint of an herbal like hop presence in the finish, but not much. Very nice malty flavors to it, without becoming overly sweet.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it's a pretty good beer. It had some pretty good malty flavors but wasn't overly sweet. It went down pretty easy and was an enjoyable beer to start off this St. Patrick's day evening.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 23:46:51 | More by billab914
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a clear reddish/copper color with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is caramel and bready malt, and a bit of hops. It's a nice but weak aroma. The brew tastes like caramel and toasted malt, dark fruit and some hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit smooth and creamy with good carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, the alcohol is well hidden and it goes down very easy. This bomber didn't last too long at all. I thought it was a decent enough beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 22:48:47 | More by bluejacket74
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just in time for St. Pat's day I assume... On cask at Max's the other night.

The beer pours the expected reddish amber color, with surprisingly good head retention and considierable sticky lacing. I don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light, sweet, roasty malt. On the palate I get pretty much the same thing, though I'm impressed by the light, soft, smooth mouthfeel (I'm sure the cask conditioning has something to do with this). Otherwise, while pleasant, this lightly sweet beer doesn't deliver a whole lot of flavor for the money. It's certainly inoffensive, which is probably the best thing I can say about this beer. Drinkability is quite good, with the alcohol well integrated into the flavor profile. There's nothing hot, heavy or tiring about this beer, and it's very easy to drink.

Shrug. This would probably be a good beer for someone just starting to drink craft beer, who doesn't want to drink anything too "heavy" or flavorful.

Serving type: cask

03-22-2011 13:10:36 | More by johnmichaelsen
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stevenstofen

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at a beer tasting from a bottle into a 4oz sampler

A - A beautiful dark red amber color on this one. 1 finger head with minimal lacing on the glass.

S - A lot of malt and alcohol here. definitely get a spice note as well. Little to no hops.

T - Just as it smells. Alcohol. Just what I would have expected from an imperial red. Nice spicy malt.

MF - Very smooth and very drinkable. Wouldn't mind having a couple of these stowaways - HA!

O - A solid brew. Would like to try some others in this style.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 17:48:14 | More by stevenstofen
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Billolick

New York

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber w/o freshness/bottling date info.

Pours murky dark amber, head is darker tan, lasts, before going to a skimpy film, collar and decent ringed sheeting and amplebits and strands of lace.

Malt and more malt in the nose. Caramel and light toast.

Malty brew, again ample caramel picked up, with waves of maltyness.

Respectable red. Worth a try if you like a malty brew with a kicked up ABV

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 02:12:36 | More by Billolick
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CuttDeez

Virginia

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a mug. Part of the Mutiny Fleet.

A - Deep copper pour with a big disappating head that ends in a thin cream line.

S - Bready malty nose withsome sweet notes. Not a lot there very faint nose.

T & M & D - Caramel sweetness, with toffee notes. Medium bodied with a decent level of carbination. This was a typical red ale with a little more depth and a very nice smoothness. I would drink one again and for a bomber it is reasonable ABV.

-Cheers

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 23:38:43 | More by CuttDeez
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JohnnyS17

Maryland

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint glass

Tan, with a slight red tint. Not much head, but some lacing. Light and visible carbonation.

The ale smells of hoppy earth tones. Slight sweet caramel malt aroma. The taste is quite similar. Earthy with from the hops, but not overpowering. Sweet like cherries. Medium to light body and it coats your mouth. Definitely carbonated.

Overall, a good red. I enjoyed the blend of hops and sweetness. It was very well balanced. I wouldn't have more than one and I wouldn't go out of my way to have one, but I wouldn't turn one down.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 20:10:23 | More by JohnnyS17
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farrago

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin head, less than a finger of deep tan foam, mixture of bubble sizes, dissipates with ease, the lacing is wispy, however, sticks in fairly wide streaks. Deep amber red color with a mild metallic orange tinge at the glass, a few meandering bubbles as well as tiny particulate matter. While the nose has a hoppy spine of grass, herbs and pepper, it mostly expresses chocolate, cake crumbs, carob, caramel and grilled nuts, soft touch of fig, cherry, blackberry fruit scents, not especially citrusy nor flowery. Full-bodied, the carbonation may be too fine to do more than lift it just off the tongue. Tends to layer itself on the palate, does have a slight mineral water aspect to balance out the caramel, butterscotch, milk chocolate and coffee candy aspects, never gets excessively sweet although you’re unlikely to call it dry too. Here you get a clearer expression of white grapefruit to orange citrus. Challah bread, scone and lower nuttiness, any toast or roast kept well in check. Fig, apricot, peach, cherry fruit, not as dark as delivered in the nose. Keeps that peppery bite, especially at the end. For its weight has good drinkability, maybe suffers from not taking more chances at forging a distinctive personality.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 22:38:03 | More by farrago
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jjboesen

Maryland

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This will be my 200th Beer Reveiw on this site. Aaargh! This is an Imperial Red Ale, a style that seemed to elude me. But, leave it to Hugh Sisson to think of this brew. And why not? We have an imperial pilsner, an imperial porter, and - even now, thanks to Hugh (See My Reveiw), an imperial pumpkin. Here we hve an Imperial Irish Red Ale.

It opens thick and quick: with a heavy and spongy froth that settles atop a glistening body of translucent copper. There does not seem to be much activity within; minor carbonation and minimal lacing.

The first bite seems like sucrose with malty supplement; however, working its way to the foreground is an aggressive blast of molasses that takes hold of the finish.

This beer will not overwhelm your palate; nor will it grab your nose by the balls and squeeze. It can be described as a moderate selection from the Boys In Halethorpe,the Baltimore suburb that is home to the brewery. Yet, it is a decent quaff that possesses a strange crispness amid a nicely stuctured body of malt. Nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 23:47:23 | More by jjboesen
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Pencible

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a clear dark copper with light tan head.
S: It smelled like roasted barley and bready yeast, with a bit of copper and earthy caramel.
T: It tasted like roasted barley and earthy copper, with some bready yeast and caramel. It had a bitter aftertaste that was a bit dirty.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was an average strong red ale that was fairly tasty but not that clean. Body was only ok, but the alcohol was well hidden so at least it was really easy to drink. Not a bad beer, but definitely not impressive either.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 16:47:55 | More by Pencible
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CHickman

New York

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

Pours clear amber red color with a creamy 2 finger tan head that faded slowly, leaving good foamy lacing sticking to the glass and a ring around the top of the brew; plenty of bubbles race up the center of the beer.

Smells very sweet up front, with sweet malt, caramel, syrup, brown sugar, pine cones or piney hops, toasted grains, herbs and some spices or earthy tones that are faint and conceal the alcohol presence. Seems to meet the standards for a red ale.

Tastes like it smells but more fine tuned and flavorful, with sweet malt, caramel, syrup, brown sugar, pine cones/piney hops, toasted grains, herbs, yeast, grass, hay, flowers, light burnt wood, spices like a shake of pepper, some dark fruit, earthy tones like tea leaf and a minor hint of alcohol; this is very malty, but mixed with just enough earthy and floral notes to make it balances and not just a malt beer. Alcohol is very well hidden and not a factor.

Mouthfeel is light, creamy and smooth, bordering on slick, with light carbonation, a medium body that leans on the light side, and a watery feel as it slides down very easy; as it warms it slides down even faster, as it seems the carbonation goes away quickly.

A nice above average beer that was highly drinkable. Not my favorite style of beer, but still well done and good enough that I enjoyed the whole bomber.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 03:50:46 | More by CHickman
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hdofu

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the first bottles I split with my friend this past week and a pretty impressive one for an irish red ale. Had the typical characteristics of an irish red ale, but it was richer, hoppier and had a smooth finish. Drinkablity was up there with the bests I've had in the style given it's isn't one of my favorite style. If your looking for a great red, this might be your beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 06:50:20 | More by hdofu
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