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Heavy Seas - Hop Harvest Ale - Heavy Seas Beer

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49 Ratings
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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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Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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 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 mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of oline73
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of chinchill
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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 AngusOg
3/5  rDev -20%

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.

Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Chaney
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh Hop Harvest Porter huh? Bring it!

Poured into a snifter.

A: Not quite dark as night, but still pretty damn opaque. The head was about 100 shades lighter than the brew.... and it stuck to the glass going down and then some.

S: Holy crap! It's pretty cool to smell whole leaf hops inside a dark, roasty concoction. It smelled like fresh linen with chocolate melted over it.

T: One of the strangest brews I've ever tasted. Medium bodied, with some citrus fruit notes inside of a dark malt sheen. I didn't get much roast on this, but that worked in this setting.

M: Not too thick.... kinda lager-like actually, with a cottony mouthfeel that was interesting to say the least, with some splotchy lacing.

O: Infinitely weird and memorable, but not 100% successful or to my tastes. I think a B+ overall is pretty fair.

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of jak
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Lantern
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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

Photo of JayS2629
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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
3.46/5.00

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of sixerofelixir
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber.

Pours a darkish brown. Light will shine through at the edges. Light tan head sticks around for a while and laces the glass. Smell is slightly earthy and slightly grassy, sweet all the while. Taste is a good dose of caramel at first, followed by the floral, fresh hops, and twists into a slightly bitter roasted malt - cocoa and light coffee. Finishes with some herbal hop bitterness too. Nice and complex taste. Feel is porter-thin, but balanced well with some caramel overtones, making it complex for the feel too. I thought this was a fine beer, one I want to purchase again. The taste goes waaay beyond what a 5% brew normally produces.

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