Heavy Seas - Hop Harvest Ale - Heavy Seas Beer
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Reviews by ncfranklin:
4/5 rDev +6.4%
22oz bomber into a pint glass. A wet hop porter? Sign me up.
A: Rich brown. Very slightly translucent. Thick two finger fluffy head that lasts.
S: Very hop forward nose. Citrus and pine hops mixed thickly with toasty malt and chocolate.
T: Porter in the front, hoppy in the back. Sweet sugar, chocolate, followed by a earthy bitterness with a light citrus taste.
M: medium body, slightly dry in the finish (a surprise).
D: A unique take on using fresh hops. Obviously more engaging on that level than a typical porter, but the malts here are still front and center as the style expects. Nicely done.
10-13-2011 19:13:13 | More by ncfranklin
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4.13/5 rDev +9.8%
Gearing up for game 2,come on Tigers!a unique offering for a harvest ale,a hopped up porter.Poured into an imperial nonic a deep roasted chesnut brown with a large fluffy light tan colored head head that left multiple broken rings of lace as it settled slowly.A shot of fresh citric hops and pine resin jumped out during the pour wich was nice,dark roast coffee,and a little raw nuttiness comes into play as well.Dryer and roasted on the palate up front than a healthy dose of northwest hops that meld into light molasses sweetness and more earthiness in the finish.Wow this was pretty damn good,I like it alot and I like the change of pace for a harvest ale.
Tigers win game 2...and the Lions destroy the Bears,it will be a good day.
10-10-2011 20:17:16 | More by oberon
4.2/5 rDev +11.7%
22 oz bomber served in a large Austrian mug.
A - VERY dark mahogany, but clear and allowing a bit of light to come through. Pours with a towering, foamy and creamy tan head that reduces quickly but leaves a 2 finger irregular head and lots of foam on the glass.
S - Immediate fresh hop smell; herbal, a bit earthy and citrusy. Some roast malt barely present in the background.
T - This brew is way more hoppy than usual for the style, but not so much as to completely mask the malts. Despite the ample hop flavor and aroma, this is only mildly bitter. It has a lasting, mild hop finish and aftertaste.
M - Medium body; excellent carbonation level; semi-dry finish; virtually no bite.
O - Reading up on "porters" recently (Tasting Beer by Mosher), I now know that "porter" is a highly variable style. Still, this one is one the fringe. If you don't expect a typical porter, and like the smell and flavor of fresh hops, this beer should appeal to you. This one is a nice cross between a fresh hop black APA and an American Porter. Very drinkable!
10-28-2011 22:48:08 | More by chinchill
3.58/5 rDev -4.8%
22 oz bottle into a couple of pint glasses.
Pours a dark clear ruby, with a couple fingers of light mocha colored head. This settles down into roughly a ½ finger of creamy froth, leaving back sticky patchy lacing that dots the sides of the glass. The aroma smells earthy, danky, and citric, with an underlying mix of smoky roast and sweet malt that is coming off like a combo of coca and caramel.
The taste has an earthy and green citric twang to it, made stronger by the sweetness of the malt. A herbal feel also rides throughout, mostly sticking to the acridness of that underlying roast and spreading out across the back of the profile. The finish is dry, with pith that sticks to the tongue with some strength. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a mellow crispness to the carbonation that keeps this feeling pretty easy overall in the mouth.
Not bad. I liked how the earthy and herbal feel from those fresh hops worked with the slightly burnt and acrid tones of the roast. This fell a bit between an American Porter and a less full take on a Black IPA for me but there is no doubt that this was a drinkable beer that packs a good bit into its 5% body.
02-01-2012 13:33:43 | More by Kegatron
4.88/5 rDev +29.8%
A: pours a very dark brown with some brick-red highlights when held up to the light in a DFH signature glass with a finger of khaki head that hangs around for the experience.
S: It smells of coffee, pine, dirt(in a good way), bitter dark chocolate, and bitter dark fruits.
T: the first flavor to get to the tongue is a intriguing fruity/ coffee flavor that is chased from the mouth by a chocolate bitter taste with some grape tones to it. There is a dark roasted grain and toasted bread backbone. There is a pine flavor left on the tongue.
MF: heavy body, great effervescence, a tad chewy and a slight astringency.
O: wow, what a great beer, if I where to take the best porter and the best black ale and mix them they wouldn't get to this. So many different flavors combine and layer so well it gives the impression of a fine port.
09-19-2011 19:50:39 | More by nickthetick
3.53/5 rDev -6.1%
Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured a dark brown with a half finger mocha colored head. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, wheat, and subtle roasted malt. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, earth, subtle roasted malt, and subtle dark chocolate. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. For the style this wasn't a bad brew, but the wheat character I got in this one just seemed completely out of place. I would have loved to have seen that character disappear and be taken over by the subtle notes of dark chocolate that were present. Worth trying if you see it around, but I would leave it at that.
11-08-2011 15:48:08 | More by thagr81us
3.53/5 rDev -6.1%
From a 22 oz bottle.
Appearance: Deep reddish brown to black with a billowy inch of tan head that retains well and laces down the glass. Most standout quality of the beer, regretfully.
Smell: Hop, hop, and hop on the nose
Taste: Fresh, resiny hops mellowed out by the malt body of the beer, maybe a small hint of the roasty/smoky character that I'd expect in a porter
Mouthfeel: Medium to light, I want to say oily but maybe that's just my mind playing tricks on me.
Overall: Really enjoyed the fresh hops, and it was great to try something different, but I'm not sold that they really fit in with the style. As I drank the beer I couldn't help thinking that I could have been drinking a wet-hopped ale.
10-01-2011 03:10:25 | More by EORS
4.03/5 rDev +7.2%
22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear-ish dark brown color with tints of ruby red, along with about an inch light tan head. The head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is grassy and pine hops, roasted malt, and a little bit of chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some coffee. In a way, the taste kinda seems like what I would imagine a hoppy Guinness might taste like. At this point since it's still relatively fresh, the hoppy flavors are stronger than the malty ones so the brew reminds me more of a black IPA (instead of a porter) but with the hops not being quite as overpowering as they would be in a typical IPA. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy, and has good carbonation. Overall, I think it's a good brew. At just 5% ABV, it's very easy to drink. Not bad for $5.99 a bottle, it's definitely worth a try. I might buy another bottle just to see how it changes after another 2-3 months when the hops get a bit weaker.
09-16-2011 22:20:54 | More by bluejacket74
3.18/5 rDev -15.4%
Pours dark brown, with a light brownish head. Dissipates quick. Aroma is mostly big floral notes, but not a lot else. Hints of malt sweetness. Mildly bitter, slightly roasted and malty. Not much though, and it's not hugely balanced. It's thin too. For a porter, it doesn't have much substance. Bit crisp.
As it warms, the hoppiness fades, and the porter qualities don't take over. Overall, it's mediocre.
10-17-2011 00:41:15 | More by EgadBananas
4.1/5 rDev +9%
L: Dark nut brown, good clarity, thick two finger tan head, slow to recede leaving thick lace clumpings on the glass sides.
A: Earthy, herbal hops lead, some slight citrus detectable, definitely some nutty/ roasted notes.
T: Hops blast on the tongue, some roasted malts, dark fruits, and earthy hops with slight citrus flavors.
M: High carbonation, bitter, medium bodied, slight silkyness
O: awesome twist on the style, flavorful, complex, and delicious. definitely a beer worth trying once (or having a few times)
11-17-2011 06:03:40 | More by afipsycho13
3.95/5 rDev +5.1%
Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with some light coming through at the edges. There is a finger and a half of light tan head that fades to a layer and leaves a bit of lacing.
Smell: Grassy hops up front with some roast in the background. Hint of sweetness.
Taste: There is a strong roast presence up front. This worried me at first, because I think strong roast and hops tend to fight with each other. I was pleasantly surprised when the roast faded as the grassy hop bitterness showed up. The finish is bitter with a hint of roast.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: Super happy with this beer. The hops and roast complimented each other very nicely. Would definitely have again.
09-20-2011 01:29:07 | More by oline73
4.2/5 rDev +11.7%
This must be a new beer. First time I have ever been the 5th person to review a beer! Poured from a 22 oz bomber.
It is a super dark black porter with a huge, creamy tan head that stuck around a long time, slowly fading into spiderweb rings on the side of the glass. Leaves creamy walls of lace. Beautiful porter.
Initially I get a good whiff of the wet hops that bring a piney, grassy blend over the top of a cocoa and coffee background. Hints of toffee in the background.
Very interesting. It starts with a nice bitter touch of piney hops matched against a rich dark chocolate background. The hops fades into floral tones and roassted coffee notes peek through. The finish lingers to a touch of toffee. Interesting balance of hops against dark qualities. I give it high marks for being so interesting, but it isn't my favorite from Heavy Seas by far.
It fits the porter bill on body. Thinner than a stout but with a slight creamy touch.
Overall, very nice and easy to drink. Probably too easy.
09-16-2011 02:10:22 | More by JayS2629
3.7/5 rDev -1.6%
Saw this on the shelf for the first time and picked it up. This is probably my favorite Heavy Seas label yet. I'm a sucker for locally fresh hopped beers and I was intrigued that it was labeled as a porter rather than a IPA which is how I've had every other fresh hopped beer.
Pours a deep chocolate brown into the glass. Head was an aggressive eggshell white but it dissipated fairly quickly. Aromas on this one are intriguing. Getting a lot of nice hop presence up front with some good light citrus notes. At the same time though there is a strong malt biscuity smell with some slight chocolate showing up. Upon tasting the fresh hops really come through up front and linger throughout. Some fresh cut grass, springtime flowers and lemon zest are all present. The characteristic "porter" side of the taste is very muted. I'm not getting any up front roast or chocolate tones. There is definitely some roasted malt balancing the hops but I would call this more of a black IPA than a porter. Mouthfeel is very thin as well for any type of porter, again more of a black IPA feel.
Overall, I enjoyed this beer as something different to have. Really its labeling as a porter style through me more than anything. I could see myself picking it up again while the hops are super fresh.
09-10-2011 15:41:09 | More by smokeypeat
4.05/5 rDev +7.7%
This brew is from the Heavy Seas Mutiny Fleet series, which is Clipper City's one-off series of brews. This one is a fresh-hop porter, brewed with Maryland "wet" hops.
Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. A three-finger off-white head stands tall atop a sea of dark brown liquid with hints of amber and ruby. The head reduces after a few turns 'o the clock to leave a thin skim of off-white.
While called a porter, this has more of a black IPA aroma; hoppy, bitter, and roasted, with hints of coffee and dark chocolate.
Taste is not so hopped as the smell. Smooth and malted to start, with grassy notes mid-sip before finishing mildly bitter. Black coffee, molasses, hints of dark chocolate, and mild caramel are all present in this tasty brew.
Medium bodied, this is a smooth and easy drinking porter with a very slight dry and chalky finish.
Pleasant and enjoyable, this is a great beer to have on a cool fall evening as you eye the Harvest moon. Smooth, roasted and mildly hoppy, this doesn't have the complexity or depth of an Edmund Fitzgerald, or the clean, classic flavor of a Taddy Porter, but it is a savory ale nonetheless. Enjoy!
10-10-2011 01:06:22 | More by TheHoppiest
3.93/5 rDev +4.5%
A - Very, very dark brown. Not really black, but light doesn't come through. Pours with a small head tinged by tan; leaves nice foam on the glass.
S - Fresh hop smell, very earthy and citrusy. Not much roast here.
T - This brew is citrusy, piney and very earthy. There is some roast there, but it comes through as complementary to the hops rather than clashing against them.
M - Rather light and carbonated, but a little heavier than expected.
O - An interesting beer to try, not truly a porter, but not an "American Black Ale" either. Just not hoppy enough. Interesting stuff.
10-06-2011 19:20:33 | More by LiquidCucumber
Heavy Seas - Hop Harvest Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
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