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Heavy Seas - Davy Jones Lager (Imperial Cream Ale) - Heavy Seas Beer

Heavy Seas - Davy Jones Lager (Imperial Cream Ale)Heavy Seas - Davy Jones Lager (Imperial Cream Ale)

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BA SCORE
81
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47 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 12.22%


Brewed by:
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: AgentMunky on 07-22-2011)
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.0 A: Clear medium yellow color. Two fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is average and no lacing is left.

4.0 S: Super grainy with a sweet grassiness. Vanilla wafer through and through. Part herbal, part earthy, party spicy hop aroma. A damn good smelling cream ale.

3.5 T: Tastes good for a cream ale too. White rice, vanilla wafer, grainy malts. Low bitterness. Earthy hop flavor for the most part. Not bad for what it is.

3.5 M: Light to lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Mix of crisp and creamy.

3.5 D: Cream ales aren't the best style, but a lot of breweries manage to make decent ones nonetheless. Good drinkibility.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 00:51:45 | More by DavoleBomb
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giblet

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ok. not my favorite. pours a golden yellow. small head that disapates quickly. steady carbonation but little to no lacing. light aroma of grassy grain. not much finish. light beer that is ok. better offerings from heavy seas.

suckem up and movem out.

giblet

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 21:25:41 | More by giblet
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oberon

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

An imperial cream ale now that's something different.Poured into an imperial pint glass a lighter peach tinged yellow with a thinner but well defined white head.Sweet alcohol dipped fruit and toasted cereal grain in the nose,to me it was quite boozy.Biscuit malt with a little toastiness behind it mixed with slight herbal hops in the back end,not much complexity on the palate.Not awful but there is no flow to the beer or much complexity,maybe a style that should not be made?

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 15:40:51 | More by oberon
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was a bit skeptical of this one, being a high ABV cream ale? I was thinking it would be along the lines of a malt liquor...I was pleasantly surprised! 22 oz bottle courtesy of fthomasl pours a very clear, dark gold color with a fluffy, off-white head. Retention is pretty good and lacing decently sticky.

Nose is similar (but better than) most of the cream ales I have had, despite the higher ABV. Grainy malts and vanilla-cream cookies. Nice, clean smelling beer.

Taste is unique...uber-smooth with a biting hop/alcohol finish. Nice interplay of cream ale and crafty graininess. Did I mention unique? And tasty! A bit hard to describe...like a well crafted cream ale (which is hard to come by in its own right) with a bump up in attitude and fortitude. Let's just say it was a very fun beer to drink...mmmkay.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 17:52:40 | More by twiggamortis420
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

2.73/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The pour is a pure transparent golden yellow with a relaxed white cap. Not much lace, but the head retains pretty well.

Smell: The aroma is relatively soft. Honey biscuit malt, a bit of clover and spice, some corn and vegetable notes as well.

Taste: The flavor is more of the same. Some honey biscuity malt, then a lot of smooth processed corn and a lightly floral end. Slightly metallic and a light hay and grassy hop presence at the end.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the light side. Very clean and simple with a light creamy carbonation.

Overall: I wouldn't drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 01:00:56 | More by KickInTheChalice
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sixerofelixir

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber.

Poured assertively - super clear, mega-gold. Slightly off-white head. *Lots* of slow-moving carbonation. Smell is a whole lot of mineral, as well as cereal malts. Taste is the same, with a lot of spicy, almost zesty, citrus notes. Feel is creamy & *hot.* Spicy, metallic, bitter feel lasts a while. Interesting brew, bit on the boozy side, but it's tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 06:02:26 | More by sixerofelixir
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bucklemyshoe

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Pale yellow with a finger of head that dies quickly.

S: Raisins, caramel, butterscotch, and vanilla.

T: Sweet vanilla, apricot, butterscotch, some graininess, and whisky-like oakiness.

M: Medium-thick and silky body with low carbonation.

O: It's not very complex but the alcohol is well-hidden.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 15:39:37 | More by bucklemyshoe
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marlinsfan4

Maryland

3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First off, why is this labeled as an imperial pils? Second, how does this qualify as "imperial" even with a 7% ABV? Anyways, I thought this a very tasty, unique beer. Unlike the previous reviewers, I didn't find the alcohol taste present at all. The beer has an interesting "creaminess" (duh) to it, with the smoothness of a lager and the touch of hops from an ale. Nothing too special, but an above average beer that was tasty to swill down.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 21:43:33 | More by marlinsfan4
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match1112

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

shared this bomber with my brother, he had to drain pour his share after a couple swallows. pours a cloudy straw yellow with a white billowy head that doesnt last long, but leaves a fair amount of lacing. smells like a sweet grainy hot mess. taste is similiar with the alochol right up front to greet you, then sweet grains and malts to round it off. mouthfeel is a full bodied decent carbonation with a creamy feel to it. unfortunatly it was a bit hot and we both thought it could use a better balance to it.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 18:07:57 | More by match1112
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Naugros

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not quite sure why BA has this as an American Double/Imperial Pilsner rather than a cream ale, as the brewer proclaims it to be. Reviewing it as a cream ale.

Typical look of a cream ale...light amber (honey color), a bit cloudy, a head that starts off creamy and then flattens out to cap and crown. The heads on cream ales usually last longer, but I suspect that the higher ABV has something to do with the low retention.

The alcohol gets your attention in the first snort. Oak and whiskey stand out as if it had been barrel-aged. Maybe it's the color, but honey also appears in the nose. Malts are hard to pick out ad there's a floral sense that might be coming from hops. Almost smells like a mead brewed from clover honey. Or maybe a braggot.

No hiding the alcohol in the taste either, it's up front and personal. Honey pervades and the hops become more assertive, seeming like one of the German "noble" variety. Malts show up as well, tasting a bit like honey wheat bread. Almost anything you get here takes a backseat to the booze.

Alcohol heat is strong, if you hadn't picked that up yet and the booze really overstays its welcome in the aftertaste. The body isn't all that creamy and there's a stickiness that lingers on the lips.

I was very eager to try this as I'd never tried anything billed as an Imperial Cream Ale before. Curiosity may not have killed the cat in this case, but it certainly will get it wrecked if it finishes this bottle by itself. As for me, I may need something with which to wash this down. May a nice smooth Imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 01:00:09 | More by Naugros
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.58/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22 ounce bottle - $5.49 at Total Wine & More in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clearish, golden-orange body with a sizable head, no more than a finger's worth, and near white in color.

Smell: Grainy, sweetish notes with a slight grassy, hay-like hop hint and some detectable alcoholic sniffs. So far, not the best beer to honor the lead singer of the Monkees, I must say. You'd have to be a Daydream Believer to think this beer was shaping up to be something special.

Taste: Sweet, bready malts, a tad grainy and with a sugary bent to it, like a vending machine jumbo-sized honey bun. Brassy, grassy hops, moderately bitter. Hint of toasted corn cob. Some fairly astringent alcoholic around mid-palate and lasting beyond the drying finish. There's not much to it, and, what's there, well, isn't all that good.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Slightly sticky.

Overall: Some beers can really hide their alcohol content quite well. That's not the case here, sadly. In fact, I was rather surprised to see it listed as being only 7%. But, then again, this Mutiny Fleet series has been full of surprises!

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 18:36:44 | More by ChainGangGuy
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doughanson78

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to bobpack for this. My first American Double/Imperial Pilsner.

A: Golden orange, with a slight haze. About a 1/4 finger white head that disappears instantly but still leaves good lacing.

S: Light citrusy hops. Big bready malts and grains. Some sweet caramel.

T: Light sweet caramel upfront. A very light bitterness mixed with a bit of spice. A little more than a hint of alcohol coming through in the middle through the finish. Kind of good, kind of not.

M: Medium to full bodied. Low carbonation. Super creamy. Decent dryness. A light alcohol sting.

O: This is an alright beer. If it wasn't for the alcohol it would be a bit better. Pilsners aren't really my style.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 02:37:31 | More by doughanson78
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mdfb79

New York

3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Bruery tulip. Picked this one up at Rick's a few weeks ago.

a - Pours a hazy medium orange color with two inches of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Little retention and light lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, and light bready malts. A little bland, but not bad at all.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, bready malts, toasted malts, and light citrus. A bit creamy, and a step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation, super smooth and creamy body. Really great.

o - Overall a pretty good cream ale. It had an awesome mouthfeel and some nice fruit in the taste. Would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 01:36:21 | More by mdfb79
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wingman14

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orange with a small white head that faded fast. The smell is pleasant, a malt backbone with subtle sweet notes. The taste starts mildly sweet and finishes with a strong malt presence. Smooth body, a medium feel. Very easy drinker, a very enjoyable beer, brings some flavor and a nice ABV. Different from what I expected, but a nice flavorful beer nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2011 03:54:11 | More by wingman14
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a pint glass this beer was a vibrant gold color with a small white head.

It had a sweet caramel malt aroma, with a vaguely fruity smell.

More caramel malt in the taste, somewhat bready. Faint hops.

Big time malt taste, lacking something.

OK beer, not great.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 22:46:04 | More by lordofthewiens
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, if typical, clear amber with a fairly thick but not persistent white head. Malty aroma has an apple undertone, nothing special but still OK. Flavor, though, is quite nice, malty and fruity with a hint of hoppy bitterness. Texture is smooth, a little edgy and a little fizzy. Overall, not Heavy Seas’ best, but still worthy of a try, at least.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 00:51:06 | More by Cyberkedi
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cwguy5

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pilsner glass.

A - clear copper with thin white head; faded to ring
S - light aroma of bread dough and faint alcohol
T - bread, pale malt, butter with slightly solvent alcohol finish and bitter linger
M - crisp, with fine carbonation; dry, bitter aftertaste is a bit jarring after such a smooth start
D - a big beer that you could drink while mowing the yard or at the beach; refreshing, with muted but interesting flavor

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 00:57:33 | More by cwguy5
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wesbrownyeah

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Heavy Seas Davy Jones' Lager. "Imperial Cream Ale" as the label states... new to me. 22oz. bomber poured into a pilsner glass.

A- Golden fluid that produces a light frothy top that falls to a ring around the glass. Light lacing is left behind.

S- Lightly sweet caramel malts in the nose followed by a tangy alcohol note.

T-M- Upfront creamy malts and soon overtaken by a sharp mixture of spicey hops and alcohol esters. Mouthfeel is a wee heavy due to a linger of boozy stings on the tongue but spritzy carbonation finishes it off.

Different and a little out there but i'm glad I gave it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 02:35:26 | More by wesbrownyeah
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rootbeerman

Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Which is this, a cream ale, a lager, or an imperial pilsner?

A: pours dark gold in color with a short like quarter inch of head.
S: very basic malt sweetness, seems to have some alcohol aroma as well.
T: reminds me of a stronger genny cream but with more sweetness.
M: for basic style it is thick, medium low carbonation.
O: its a good try, I think clipper city should stick with their more Belgian and heavier German styles

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 22:16:50 | More by rootbeerman
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DaveBlack

Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First time for an "Imperial Cream Ale"

A: Rich honey color with a small amount of white head, that has almost no retention and zero lacing. Bubbles steadily rise from all around the glass and disappear into oblivion.

S: Not the most exciting smell for a beer, cereal grains and sweet honey.

T: The first thing I can say about this beer is that it's definitely different. The light malts added a heavy sweetness and the was just a hint of hops. I have no idea what the 7% ABV is hiding behind but it does not come through at all.

M: This is really where the beer is different. While all the flavors point towards a light lager, the mouthfeel is medium bodied, thick and, well, creamy. With almost no carbonation it feels relatively heavy.

O: As i drank this beer I went back and forth on it. My initial thought was souped-up American light lager from the smell, but the taste and mouthfeel gave me more than I was expecting. I don't know that I've ever had a beer this heavy without heavy malt flavors to back it up. Definitely worth checking out, if only because it's unlike any of the other beers that I've had.

I've come not to expect great things from the Heavy Seas line, so I'd like to see what a really great brewery could do with this style.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 00:13:14 | More by DaveBlack
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russwbeck

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear bubbly yellow pour with a short lasting head. Bubbles really last for a long time rising off the bottom of the glass.

S: The smell is crisp, light malts, slight hoppiness. Faint overall, but it looks and smells to be quite drinkable.

T: I really can't believe how fresh this tastes. Just like the smell, a small amount of hops, grainy. So subtle, well balanced.

MF: Extremely light, well carbonated. This is 7% ABV?? Wow. Easily one of the most drinkable beers I have ever had...if only that was still a category.

O: Pretty good beer when you consider ABV, Price, and taste. I could throw these back all night (although I'd probably only get through 2 or 3)!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 02:40:38 | More by russwbeck
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 1.5 finger foam head which dissipates at a moderate pace. Clear with golden with orange hues.

S: Bread and grain, semi sweet.

T: Sweet, sharp and syrupy up front, mild bitter, creamy and dry finish.

M: Moderate carbonation, light to medium body. dry finish.

Overall: Imperial cream ales taste as good as they sound I would imagine. The dry finish and thick sweet taste aren't for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 23:35:34 | More by kylehay2004
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nickfl

Florida

3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head settles rapidly and leaves light lace.

S - Some lightly bready malt and a bit of toast.

T - Thick, sweet malt up front. Thick, syrupy malt in the middle. Some light bitterness in the finish with more syrupy sweet malt.

M - A thick, syrupy body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Not real pleasant, thick but bland malt with a kind of sickly sweet finish. Imperial cream ale sounded like a bad idea and after drinking this beer, I am fully convinced that it is.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 23:28:19 | More by nickfl
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This creme ale has agolden color to it. The foamy head here is very light almost nonexisistant, whats there fades... fast.
Carbonation is light and mostly of the big bubble type.
Aroma is mostly malts with some ligh toasting like in a vienna.

Taste is malty with some sutle fruit flavor maybe. There is a warming alcohol finish.
The beer feels thin in the mouth and lacks some of the traits associated with the pilsner style.
It lacked for the most part the tart and crispness that you find in pilsner.
I did not much care for this beer. Ithought it lacked in flavor and the big boozey taste was out of place. I'll try again on another day.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 12:58:33 | More by micromaniac129
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billab914

Virginia

3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into my Otter Creek glass. Golden in color with a thin white head barely covering the top of the beer. The head faded rather quickly, but a steady stream of carbonation rose from the bottom of the glass throughout drinking it.

The aroma shows some grainy, malty qualities to it with a little crisp, tartness coming through as well. It's light and crisp and neither bad or outstanding for the style.

The taste has a little more of a heavier, malty, sweeter flavor to it with just a bit of the grainy, crispness coming through. I get a little hop bitterness coming out towards the finish.

The mouthfeel is heavy for the style with carbonation being moderate. I definitely would expect a little creamier, silky mouthfeel out of a beer that has cream ale on the label.

Overall it was a drinkable beer, but it's just not a style that I feel improves by being "imperialized". It just doesn't have a refreshing, easy drinking quality to it, or a big, flavorful profile like other big beer styles. For the imperial pilsner style it was decent, but not something I want to drink again.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 23:49:33 | More by billab914
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