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

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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: AgentMunky on 07-22-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by giblet:
Photo of giblet
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
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.


More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
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?

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.38/5  rDev -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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.38/5  rDev -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.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 edition, 22 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a pretty, semi-clear, golden amber color with a quarter of a finger of white head that dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Nice aromas of bready, toasted malt, which imparted notes of freshly baked French baguettes or English muffins. I also get notes of caramel and honey and floral, grassy notes of clover.

Taste: Wow! Very good!! Nice, strong flavors of toasted malt, freshly toasted and buttered bread, followed by some caramel and honey-like sweetness, some floral flavors of clover, honey-suckle, and a little spice of black pepper. The beer has practically no hops what-so-ever, which to me is awesome!

Mouthfeel: Chewy, smooth as silk and creamy as hell, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 7%, there is no alcohol present on the palate.

Overall: What a damn good beer! I love the malt, the honey-like sweetness and the creamy mouthfeel! Outstanding!

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.52/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of wingman14
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
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.

Photo of cwguy5
3.29/5  rDev -6.5%
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

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.59/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of Naugros
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of rootbeerman
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
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

Photo of micromaniac129
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of InlandTaipan
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had Davy Jones Lager on draft at Max's Taphouse in Fells Point.

A: Shimmering gold color, Thick frothy head about 1/2 in. The beer appears to be well carbonated.

B: Aroma is malty with notes of corn. Hops are present but do not overwhelm.

T: The flavor is well balanced. Slightly "hot" up front but subtle bitterness creates an incredible clean finish. Not exceptionally dry. Corn flavor is present and enjoyable.

M: Creamy and smooth. Very pleasant.

O: This beer was a pleasant surprise. A great beer if you can find it around. I would drink this beer again immediately!

Photo of match1112
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.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass.

A: Stark white head, about two fingers, with moderate retention. The beer is very pale yellow and clear with clouds of bubbles.

S: It smells like a lager. I don't like lagers. And I sure don't beers that smell like BMC swill. Belay that, there is noticeable cream on the nose. As it warms, it becomes less objectionable.

T/M: Actually, really nice! Full-bodied; oh-so-creamy and smooth...it slides right down. Although noticeably a lager, it's a damn good one! The maintaste is lingering, thick, and full of sweet malted grain (I suspect barley, rather than corn or wheat). So rich and luxrious -- exemplary for the style. The aftertaste is lightly grainy and barely on the dry side...but only briefly. Immensely drinkable.

O: I wasn't too keen on it to begin, but I'll admit it's grown on me! Great beer, great brewery, great product line. I bought this beer solely because the Heavy Seas bombers have yet to let me down and this was no exception. Buy this for parties, sharing, or easy-drinking evenings. Not exactly sessionable at 7%, but it makes me want to try. Recommended; will assuredly be having again.

Photo of russwbeck
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
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)!

Photo of Franberry
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A wonderfully clean and unique lager fermented with lager yeast at “ale” temperatures before dropping back down to lager territory.

Appearance: golden and cloudy with god carbonation and light head.

Smell: sweet but not overbearing, slightly malty.

Taste: light bodied with balanced yeast and malts, semi-dry with a clean finish.

Mouthfeel: More smooth than creamy, clean on the palate.

Photo of DaveBlack
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
3.51/5  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.

Photo of drabmuh
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer is yellow and slightly hazy with a thin wispy lazy head that leaves a little lacing but has low carbonation.

Aroma is mildly sweet with a moderate malt presence.

Beer is medium to light in body, mildly fruity, yeasty, sweet up front with a decent finish. Hides the alcohol well but overall just an average beer. Nothing special.

Photo of Chaney
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is categorized on BA as an American Double/Imperial Pilsner, but the bottle says Imperial Cream Ale. Just sayin...

A: Crystal clear golden color that is a couple of shades darker that the fizzy yellow stuff that Stone Brewing always warns us about. The frothy on top collected at about 1/2 finger or so.

S: Faint puffs of sweet bread and butter, but that's about it.

T: Kinda sweet and gooey for a pilsener, but I dug it. Not bitter in the least, and more on the sweet malty side of the spectrum of pilseners.

M: Pretty thick stuff for this style actually, but I thought it worked well here. A mild bit of lacing left behind, but nothing to write home about.

O: Definitely a Cream Ale. If I were to try.... say... New Glarus Spotted Cow in the same breadth as this one, I would swear they were in the same style. Nevertheless, I enjoyed this one quite a bit... especially considering the low price.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of doughanson78
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.

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