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Heavy Seas - Powder Monkey Pale Ale | Heavy Seas Beer

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States | website

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Traditional English-style pale ale with our own East Coast twist: UK Fuggles and Goldings dominate the flavor of Powder Monkey, but has subtle notes of citrus and flower from Cascade hops added in the boil and hopback. Brass in color, Powder Monkey, like all of our beers, is well balanced: distinct bitterness and a slight malt sweetness characterize the taste. In 2010, it won a bronze medal at the World Beer Cup; in 2008, it won a silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival.

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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 327
Photo of MarkQ617
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at BWI. Good looking beer, copper with sticky white head. Flavor and aroma were a bit weak. Definitely taste the cascade hops, but just not much there. Mouthfeel is very smooth, to be expected with the limited flavor.

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Photo of vabeerguy
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic glass. Has a hazy orange color. The smell was ok. Nothing unusual. I enjoyed the taste but was not overwhelmed by it.

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Photo of TLWalsh
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty deep brassy color, not a huge head. Has a mild citrusy aroma, medium to thin mouthfeel. Malty sweet taste, not a huge hop presence for a brew calling itself an IPA. Not bad, not great, not sure if I'd have it again.

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Photo of DuffDaddy
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Twelve ounce bottle at Uncle Ronnie's house while I was there for Donna's funeral. Ok for a pale ale, but I wouldn't repeat if possible. Came from a mixed 24 of Heavy Seas beer.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On cask at the Pony Bar in Hell's Kitchen. Pours to a frothy permanent head and cloudy copper color. Aroma is fruity estery and totally English. Flavor is mild and much like a cask bitter should be. Totally worthy.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: pale golden/orange; cloudy; small head that doesn't last long; very little lacing

Smell: sweet malts; light citrus and grass; smells more like an APL; while tasting, it smells like there's a bit of fusels in there.

Taste: not much to write home about; it's not horrible, but it's underwhelming; light malts and some citrus with hops lingering in the end

Mouthfeel: thin

Remarks: drinkable, but not great

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, vibrant, caramel coloring with a low profile, thin, wispy, off-white head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, subtle honey, pepper spice, bitter hops greens, and subtle roasted notes. Flavors are roasted and pepper spiced forward, with a solid toffee and caramel backbone, hints of lemon zest, and some grassy notes. The body is a little watery, and this actually washes out the flavors a little bit, with only a subtle hops spice and richly sweet aftertaste. The finish is smooth and watery, again washing out most of the flavors except for some of the caramel and toffee. Meh.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.04/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

on draft at their Baltimore Alehouse location. served in a pint glass

dark golden/copper color, white head. mild aroma, a bit herbal/earthy. taste was a bit boring, but it is well balanced and easy to drink. just probably wouldn't order again

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Photo of Beejay
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A hazy medium brown with a decent amount of head.

S: Very light, a little bit of fruit in there as well as a hint at a lager type aroma. Slightly grassy

T: Light and fruity, a bit of crispness. There is almost an apricot like flavor in there.

M: Medium light, with high carbonation.

O: Overall this seems really out of place for me.. an odd duck, not bad, just hard to classify.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clipper City Brewing Company "Heavy Seas Powder Monkey"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BY AUG0215"
$1.79 @ Total Wine & More, Claimant, DE

Powder Monkey is a straightforward pale ale offering a beautiful appearance and yeasty fruitiness and hops over a golden malt base. It doesn't overwhelm, nor is it meant to overwhelm (although with a name like "Powder Monkey" you might expect more). It's English in nature, rather than American, and it hits all of the bases on its way home: solid pale malt base with a distinct graininess and moderate caramel tones, floral/leafy Goldings and earthy/mineral-ish Fuggles for hops, a distinct apple and soft pear-like fruitiness from the yeast, and a very firm balancing bitterness. It's well rounded and polished, with the yeast character appearing as the driving factor. Quite nice!

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BB 10/15/15 at 41 degrees into shaker
Aroma light citrus
Head small (two cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy/fizzy, diminishing to one mm ring and partial layer
Lacing poor – rare tiny island of tiny bubbles
Body medium orange, hazy
Flavor light malt sweetness followed by light bitterness and somewhat herbal flavor; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.25, Flavor 4, Palate 3, Overall 3.5

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Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 2/2/2015. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a nice 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of lemon, orange zest, pear, apple, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of bready malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, orange zest, pear, apple, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon/orange zest, pear, apple, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good robustness and balance of bready malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a very solid English pale ale. All around good robustness and balance of bready malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a dark copper brown color with a minimal head which dissapates quickly. However the head does last as a collar; there is almost no lacing.

The smell is heavy with caramel, roasted and sweet malts, which is strange for a Pale Ale. There is very little hop bitterness detected in the smell.

The taste follows the nose with the heavy thick sweet malt backbone dominating throughout. There is a dry, bitter, hoppy finish but the hops are kind of lost in the malt; not idea for a Pale Ale.

The feel is thick, bready and chewy.

Overall, this is not a bad beer at all however it lacks the hop character of other Pale Ales. This is more like a malty beer with some hops.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank from a bottle. First sips felt like there was almost some roasted malt character. Not quite what I was expecting. Decent hop finish. Not my favorite but giving it a decent rating for being a low-ABV session beer with some flavor.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker orange gold, almost brown color with off-white head. Loght pine, citrus, and bready cereal notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes balanced.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear, deep gold/pale amber, producing 1.5 fingers of somewhat lasting, beige, frothy head that leaves sheety webs of lace. Aroma thin malty caramel, floral/herbal hops & not much else. Taste is biscuit malt with a hint of caramel & toast, with a slightly dominate earthy floral/herbal citrus & pine hop profile that provides bitterness. Hop forward & not balanced as the style demands. Finishes dry & more bitter than expected from the style. Producing a lingering caramel/toast & dominant citrus peel/pine resin bitter, astringent aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly less than moderate carbonation, moderately heavy astringency, creamy with a light pepper bite in the finish.

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Photo of ordybill
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Malt and fruit with some hops, pretty good.
Appearance- A nice light brownish color that has a small white head.
Taste- Has a nice sweet flavor that is followed by the malt and hops.
Palate- This is a light-to-medium bodied beer with light carbonation.
Overall- A really good English Pale Ale, not much love on the beer sites. but I quite enjoyed it.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2015-02-16 in Baltimore. On tap at the Hilton BWI. It was served too cold.

A - Very clear amber with a short light tan head and little lace.

S - Very mild malt and light citrus. Not much here.

T - Toasted bread with some caramel sweetness. Mild-moderate citrus. Noble hop flavor with light bitter finish.

M - Light-medium body and high carbonation (too much) . Dries well.

O - I like the restrained flavor.

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Photo of Jasonkyeager
3.02/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Earthy? I thought... Woody. Really good after I tasted it. Didn't think much of the smell, kind of over-ripe. All-in-all I thought this was a great representative of an ale.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant, easily drinkable EPA with fine balance of malty notes with the barest hint of hops. Not an overly complex beer, but overall a good representative of the style.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%

Pours a dark orange with a thin head. The smell was a little subdued but I got some citrus from the hops and then a bit of sweetness from the malt. The taste was rather refreshing but a bit forgettable. Some mellow hops in the beginning with a malt finish for a clean aftertaste.

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Photo of scootny
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

A 3.75 A clearish light burnt orange, a white head that leaves lots of delicate tracings on the glass. A touch of hop haze. A gentle bit of carbonation rising up. A light covering all the way down.
S 3.50 Lots of bready notes and toasted malt and caramel. Light earthy hops and a hint of citrus. Clean yeast.
T 3.75. Like the nose, the light clean malt and yeast are delightful and allow the combination of Fuggles and Cascade to shine. The earth of the former flowing into a mild flash of grapefruit. Clean dry finish with a touch of hop oil and biscuit.
M 3.50 Smooth mild carbonation. Light crisp feel took the fluid. Highly quaffable and quenching.
O 3.75. Easy drinking and delicious. Highly sessionable and a good everyday brewski.

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Photo of Act25
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brewer under-rated here. This is a solid English style pale ale. Great with food, better with food, say a chicken salad with grainy bread that an IPA.

L: Clear, English ale tawny brown, with a head that fades and laces a little

S: Ample aroma offers caramelized malts, honey, dark bread, plum, and a little hops.

T: Follows the smell with predominant sweet flavors of caramel, toast, and honey.
Then more breadiness on a malt base. The hops tang is light and balanced. The after-taste is long, well balanced to food, slightly sweet.

F: Crisp, watery, light-to-medium body, light carbonation, but a good food finish. Enjoyed it. Great lunch beer.

O: Excellent session Ale. This brewer is underrated.

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Photo of JMUbrewz
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%

Cask, dry hopped with cascade (I think). Much more flavorful and better mouthfeel than the bottled version. They should stick to serving this on cask.

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Photo of Renzan0
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Mellow Mushroom in Fayetteville, NC.
Poured with little to no head retention. Might be the beer, might be the draft system.
This beer was very well balanced from Hop/Malt. Almost a little too balanced for my liking; I expect a slightly more hop bite from my Pale Ales, but that's just preference. For me, this beer would have been a more fitting ESB, or an ale that very closely resembles their Cutlass Lager in taste and mouthfeel, just slightly hoppier.
Overall, decent beer. Not bad, but nothing to get all excited about. If in the mood for an easy drinking beer, I'd have it again; just wouldn't go seeking it out.

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