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Heavy Seas - Aarsh Imperial Red Ale - Heavy Seas Beer

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

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 61
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 6
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Kegatron on 02-13-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 43 | Hads: 61
Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty impressive for an Irish Red. One of the few of the style that I have particularly enjoyed.

Pours an amber-red color with a moderate amount of off-white lacing. Fairly-good retention. The nose brings forward some caramel malts along with a bit of additional sweetness. Amber malt comes forward along with a touch of hops. Nothing too complex, but a good balance between hops, malt, and yeast. Mouthfeel is medium and hides the alcohol quite well. Some bitterness in the finish. Drinks really quite well. Solid effort.

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Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a beautiful looking crystal clear coppery amber, topped with a rich and thick finger of creamy off-white head. This retains a rich and robust look the whole way through and just coats the sides of the glass with some spotty and foamy lacing. The aroma starts out with some crunchy roasted character right of the bat, which quickly gives way to a sticky smelling mix of caramel malts and green citrus flavors. Any alcohol thankfully stays out of this, while a light grassy feel lends this some ease in the nose.

The taste basically mirrors the aroma, with sweet toffee character melding into a rather firm but not overbearing citric bitterness. A moderate amount of roasted malts come out in a flush across the back of the profile but it's the hops that mostly finish this with some lingering earthy fruit and light bitter dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crispness to it that spreads out in the mouth with a firm creaminess. Just a touch of underlying heft it present. Also like the aroma, there is barely any sense of that 7% ABV. Maybe just a smidge of warmth and some thickness to the body but that's about it.

These Mutiny Fleet beers are often hit or miss with me but I ended up really enjoying this one. The key was keeping that ABV on the lower side of the "Imperial" style, as 7% seemed about perfect for the fullness of the flavors and body here while still keeping this very approachable and drinkable. This one could have easily been a mess but kudos to Clipper City for showing some restraint. This was well done.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber of this for $4.99. Red ales have always been one of my favorite styles of beer and this beer doesn't change that. Pours a nice dark red color, great mouthfeel and caramel malt backbone with just a perfect mix of hoppiness. Great all around beer, goes down very smooth and easy and finishes clean. For it's higher ABV it really drinks way too easy, the Heavy Seas line has been surprisingly good and this is definitely one of the better ones I've tried.

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Photo of mdfb79
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.

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Photo of tdm168
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Wine 101.

Pours a deep, dark brownish amber with a red hue. There's a quarter inch of dense off white head with good retention. The nose is toasty with a caramel sweetness and faint yeast notes. The taste is also toasty with a caramel sweetness. There is some diacetyl and faint hops in the finish. It has a nice medium body with moderate carbonation.

This is probably one of the better Irish red's I've had. It's well balanced, easily drinkable, and offers more flavor than I'm used to for the style.

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Photo of billab914
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of ejimhof
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- dark amber with slight lacing.

Smell- lots of malt and hops.

Taste- sweet, malty and bisquity with lots of bitterness but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel- smooth and mellow.

Overall- Reminds me a lot of Smithwicks and I don't really taste the higher ABV good effort by Heavy Seas

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Photo of Billolick
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

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
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.

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Photo of John_M
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of claspada
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.

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Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a deep amber color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of dark caramel malts with hints of toastiness. Also present are slight amounts of earthy and leafy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Robust caramel malt flavors kick things off and are dried out quickly by the addition of toasted malt flavors. Midway through the sip leafy hop flavors come into play. Near the end of the sip mild amounts of nutty flavors make an appearance before fading out into 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 with no problems.

Overall this beer isn't as dry as many in the style but the robustness of the malt flavors makes up for that shortcoming. Not a traditional Irish Red but a nice beer nonetheless. Worth a shot.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Strong, inviting aroma is malty, yeasty and spicy with just a whiff of hoppy wood. It pours a beautiful clear dark mahogany with a decent, if none too persistent, light tan head. Mouth filling malty flavor has spicy and earthy tones and just a hint of caramel. Texture is very smooth but has a respectable tingle to it. Aaaargh matey!

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Photo of Durge
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark maple syrup color with a decent light oatmeal colored head, this brew also shows a very solid lacing. The aroma gives off punky cider malt, even a nice hint of juniper or something sort of minty almost. The flavor at room temperature is much like the aroma except deeper and better. I get cider and peat, haystack herbal sweetness. I really like this taste and it’s very drinkable for an imperial brew at only 7 percent ABV. There’s maple syrup and brown bread ideas here. Nice stuff in a medium light brew with nice, fine carbonation and a somewhat aqueous feel.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a cervoise glass. From notes. Reviewed 14 June 2011.

A: Good head fades quickly. Reddish clear. Orange in direct light. Translucent.

S: Bread and butter. Yummy dry malt.

T: Toasty caramel malts. Sweeter than expected. The maintaste is malty/bready and tasty. The endtaste is drying, biscuity, and delicious. I enjoy it.

M: Substantial and good.

O: I like this beer. It's very drinkable and predominantly biscuity. I would have another. Totally recommended. The whole Mutiny Fleet is worthwhile.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.62/5  rDev -29.2%
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.

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Photo of Pencible
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.

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Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Fairly clear amber/copper color, with a nice one finger head the stayed afloat in one form or another throughout the session.

S: VERY malty in nature, with a bit of a "cake icing" flair... something I commonly associate with this style.

T: Sweet malt, with a bit a red velvet cake sort of quality, and also with that special touch of the Irish!

M: Thick enough for the style, with the carbonation pretty good, and sweetness very tempered.

D: Very drinkable. Anyone in the immediate distribution area for Heavy Seas: Please consider this one for your St. Patricks Day brew!

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Photo of CHickman
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at MiKro Beer Bar in Hamden, Conn.

A: Deep, reddish amber in color with good clarity and a very thin head of white foam which dissipated quickly, leaving behind weak and soapy lace.

S: Sweet, mildly spicy caramel malts with a bit of a roasted grain and spicy hop aroma mixed in with some fruity ale notes and a whiff of phenol alcohol.

T: Slightly creamy, caramel and toffee malt flavors hit the palate first with a building, herbal and fruity malt character to follow. Hops are drying, slightly piny and herbal, not detracting from the malt showcase on display. The finish is relatively clean, spicy and a little boozy.

M: Medium-full bodied red ale with some slight creaminess and balanced pretty nicely.

D: A somewhat memorable Irish Red in a sea of otherwise forgettable ones. Clipper City hits its trademark ABV point of 7% while ensuring the alcohol never really takes center stage. Nicely balanced, sweet and malty, but I'd skip on purchasing another pint or a bomber in the future.

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Photo of farrago
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Heavy Seas - Aarsh Imperial Red Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
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