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Heavy Seas - Hop Harvest Ale - Heavy Seas Beer

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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 16%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: smokeypeat on 09-10-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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1/5  rDev -73.3%

Photo of TheGordianKnot
2.78/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

No date on bottle. Poured into NB globe...

A- Pours almost black; hues of maroon throughout reflecting light. Large inch of very pale tan head. Settles very quickly.

S- Light grassy hops. Subtle roast and nutty aroma. Also a chalky presence, something might be off...

T/M- Overall a light flavor. Hops are almost nonexistent- not that a porter should have a strong hop feel, but its a wet hop beer, there should be some showcase here. Tastes more like an english brown than a porter. Soft bready and nutty, malt with a sweet, smooth finish. Body finishes a little watery. Smooth, delicate feel on a medium light body.

O- This is incredibly underwhelming. I was so excited to see a wet hop porter, but this wasn't very wet hoppy or portery. Not terrible, but lacking some ooomph. I want that ooomph...

Photo of rwilde
3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of JCaweinstein
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle dated 2011.

Look: ruby brown, two finger creamy head that is off white, little lacing down the glass.

Smell: grapefruit which is pretty easy to pick up and that's all I picked up

Taste: citrus hop flavor but not as up front as the aroma suggests, toasted read, flavors were not real bold

Mouthfeel: light bodied, little bitterness from hops and not much on the finish

Overall: when I read the label I was pretty excited, after tasting it a bit let down. Probably wouldn't try this one again unless I had the chance to try the draft version.

Photo of SuperSpy
3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

20oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

Very, very dark mahogany brown with a really good sized head.

A good dark malty base but the hops are what win out in the aroma. Earthy, with hints of coffee and roasted malt.

A bit watery and astringent but the dark malts are more prominent than in the aroma. Good balance between the hops and malt.

The overall flavor isn't that memorable but this is a good drinking beer.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.22/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a dark walnut-hued body with a two-finger high foam layer, light beige in color.

Smell: There's a roastiness present, though not overly effusive in the nose with hoppy notes of newly mown lawn and citrus over top and a faint hint of substandard chocolate in the background.

Taste: Initial lightly toasty, roasty, and unsweetened chocolate malt flavors, though none of them particularly potent. Light sweetness. What follows is a fluttering of minutely citric lemon rind and a small sprinkling of fresh lawn clippings, though not much bitterness, really. Drying, slightly roasted finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A gentle, laid-back porter is definitely not the typical vessel for fresh-picked hops. With the subtle malt flavors, I was expecting the hops to be a bit more robust, but, no, they're pretty mild-mannered, too. So, it's kind of benign all around.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Our special Hop Haarvest ale is designed to showcase the special flavors derived from our locally grown, Maryland "wet" hops. The 2011 version is a 5% Alc./Vol. porter in style. We hope you enjoy the unique profile that comes from freshly harvested hops!" Brewed in the style of an American Porter with wet hops added. A one-off brew, available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a Heavy Seas pint glass. Served above 51º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) A fairly aggressive pour yields a creamy, frothed mocha cream head over a deep brown cola body with pale ruby highlights. Carbonation is plentiful and eccentric. Retention is average, lacing is light and curtained. 4

(Smell) The malt profile consists of some medium toasted caramel grain, a pinch of moderate roasted malt and a touch of semi-sweet chocolate. Wet hops provide an earthy, herbaceous and slightly peppery aroma for a profoundly strong hop profile. The aroma is suggestive of a beer that belongs closer to a Black IPA or even an export stout rather than a porter based on hop aromas. Potency is medium/high. 3.75

(Taste) A light, simple malt profile of some bready caramel malt, a dash of clean roasted malt and some dry chocolate malt, all of which build a fairly thin body with little to no sweetness to behold. The hops are better on display, with a series of peppery and herbal notes and a mild bitterness. The porter body is fairly underwhelming and the hops not as well preserved as in the aroma, both combine for a favorable, but not memorable flavor. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, thin, mildly resinous. Carbonation creates a mild creaminess and frothiness for a fluffier texture and fuller mouthfeel. Body is mild/medium for the style and shy of medium overall. Balance is slightly bitter over sweet with neither making any significant lead as both are fairly mild, the flavor underwhelming. Alcohol presence is very low. 3.5

(Overall) Despite stretching the boundaries of what we think of in an American Porter, Hop Haarvest manages to stay a fairly simple beer with not enough of a malt profile to base any number of hops on, let alone freshly harvested hops. The hops are also very mild with not much potent flavor nor assertive bitterness. The flavor in general is underwhelming even if the flavors aren't a negative, there's nothing memorable to savor in this beer. 3.5

Heavy Seas Beer's
Hop Haarvest Ale 2011

Photo of Rob315
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of KevinTK
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of EORS
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of smokeypeat
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of thain709
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked a bottle while in Maryland for Baltimore Beer Week 2011. Shared with Deuane.

A - Poured with a deep brown body that showed a lot of ruby highlights at the bottom...there was a two finger, tan head that formed and held up pretty well...nice lacing was left behind

S - The hops pop in the aroma and they come across as fresh and green...there is a light roasted malt aroma hanging in the background...it's throwing out roast and chocolate

T - Some of the same flavors are present on the palate only they are switched...the malts open up first and present their roasty flavors and provide chocolate and coffee flavors as well...the hops are incorporated throughout, but they showcase that leafy, green flavor and it's taking away from the roastiness...they never become bitter, but they do stay fresh which is nice...the only bite is towards the end and I believe the roasted malt plays a bigger part in that than the hops do

M - Medium bodied...soft carbonation...wanted more body...chocolate coming through

O - Did someone say Black IPA? Oh, well maybe not, but this is pretty reminiscent of one...overall, I'd say this was a good idea...it started off nicely but I think the two ends clashed

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jabergess
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Description says its a fresh hop porter, not a black ipa. I'm failing to taste the distinction, but still think its pretty darn good. Perhaps the hops are a little more muted than an ipa, but the hops are there. The grains have a lighter mouthfeel than a porter. The hops might balance it out more than normal. It tastes more light and quenching than it should. Not necessarily a bad thing.

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a deep mahogany brown with tan bubbly head building about two fingers high. It dissipates rather fast, but knaves good lacing on the glass.
The smell is not very distinct. Little hop, some sweetness of caramel, but not much else.
Tasting the beer, up front there is the expected malt character, but little roasted flavors. In the middle a grassy hop flavor and some nutty earthy characters emerge. In the end, caramel adds some sweetness into the finish.
Medium to light bodied beer. I like the wet hop in the beer, but wish it would be a little more full bodied.

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Heavy Seas - Hop Harvest Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
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