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Heavy Seas - Aarsh Imperial Red Ale - Heavy Seas Beer

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a nice clear amber red with a finger of white creamy head. Dissipates within a couple of minutes and leaves good lacing.
The smell has a distinct maple syrup feel, maybe brown sugar and malt notes.
Tasting the beer, up front there are the maplesyrup and brown sugar notes. In the middle grainy tastes and malt switches the palette. At the end a light bitterness finishes this very drinkable beer. Overall a nice beer, but Heavy Seas certainly made better ones.

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.

Photo of Durge
4.33/5  rDev +17%
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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
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!

Photo of TheHoppiest
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.

Photo of farrago
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.

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

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.

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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
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.

Photo of glid02
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of oberon
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.

Photo of silver0rlead
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.

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
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.

Photo of Daktyls
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a healthy amber color into a SA Perfect Pint glass. At the narrow bottom, the bear is a nice amber, but at the bigger top section, it's a nice reddish color.

S: Quite a bit of maltiness is present with some sweetness. I'm not picking up a whole lot else, maybe a bit of nuttiness, but that's it.

T: Somewhat similar to the nose, maltiness right up front which quickly gives way to what seems to be floral hoppiness. A little bit sweet on the finish, like the aroma, and a final tiny note of nuttiness.

M: Nice clean feel with a medium amount of carbonation, a somewhat light-medium body with a nice dry finish.

O: I've come to expect this sort of good quality beer from Clipper City and they have once again delivered with this Irish Red. Quite enjoyable and drinkable.

Photo of DefenCorps
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.

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.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of JohnnyS17
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.

Photo of billab914
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.

Photo of tehawful
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.

Photo of Jesse13713
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.

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

22 oz bottle. $5 something from Pints O Plenty. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Clear, deep red. Light tan colored head. Spots of lacing.

Smell: Toasty, slightly metallic smelling caramelly malt. Little hops aroma.

Taste: Very much like the smell. Toasty with a touch of toffee. There is a little herbal and earthy hops flavor on the finish. Sweet with a mild bitterness and a drying finish. This tastes bigger than the 7%.

Mouthfeel: Maybe a bit to much carbonation. Its a little sharper than I'd like which makes it less smooth feeling.

Drinkability: This is another decent offering from Heavy Seas. Their beers never blow me away, but are almost never bad.

Photo of CuttDeez
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.


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!

Heavy Seas - Aarsh Imperial Red Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
84 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.