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Heavy Seas - Riptide - Heavy Seas Beer

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270 Ratings
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Ratings: 270
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 7
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: tdm168 on 04-27-2013

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Ratings: 270 | Reviews: 48
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Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Sticks and Stones a few days back.Came in a standard pint glass a hazed orange infused lighter golden with a somewhat creamy bone white head that really stuck to the sides of the glass like glue as it settled into a frothy mass.Light citrusy hops and yeasty spice in the nose,the yeast is bigger in the aromas than flavor wise.Tangerine notes really stand out on the palate along other citric flavors,it didn't seem as "big" as it is either with not a whole lot of alcohol sweetness,mild yeasty spiced notes in the finish.Not a bad BIPA it's not overly yeasty and a nice fresh fruity hop profile.

Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Yeast hazed peach orange hue, lovely lacing. Citric herbal hops meets Witbier spicing in the nose, of course with some fruit esters as well. So smooth, lush crispness. Perfectly place hop bitterness within the Witbier spicing and yeast character. Citrus hopping with citrus spicing and Belgian yeasty phenols all mesh very well, long lingering finish that lands semi-dry.

All aspects of this beer work, not exactly the easiest style to tackle but Heavy Seas prevails. Long live the White IPA!

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh release into Ohio from Cavalier Distributing, pours a glowing orange golden hued slightly hazed as the yeast sediment disperses like cigar smoke in the room, light white head forms leaves fine intricate layered lacing. Aromatics heavy in the pinapple, mango, tropical fruit department with heavy spice arriving 2nd, big hops underneath the label of a White IPA. Smoking a La Aroma de Cuba Mi Reserva, a cigar influence by Cuba yet produced by the Holt's Cigar Company (Philadelphia, PA) the folks who brought us Ashton, and San Cristobal. This is produced in Nicaragua by Don Pepin Garcia at the My Father Cigar Factory wrapped with a beautiful Mexican San Andres wrapper, I'm in love with the pairing. And intrigued by the fact that this beer is brewed in Baltimore yet carries IPA and witbier characteristics that have been formed from a love of West Coast IPA and Belgian artisanal ales. What a hybrid of pairings, anyways on to the flavor of the uber fresh White IPA, heavy handed citrus and tropical fruit hops with bready yeast and spice laying down the law. It leaves a lingering bitterness catching those hops and house Belgian style yeast together but leaves an impeccable complexity of tropical fruit including mango and pineapples with tones of passionfruit. The spices come off very perfumey, like walking through a women's dressing room after a hoard of single females prepare to go out for a night on the town. It catches me with some balance but the extreme contrast of flavors that appreciate in a format that turns the volume up this loud is a bit distracting from what the base beer could actually provide to the drinker without all of the background noise. I know it's a trend to blend these two styles and this isn't a horrible version of it, it is just one that I'm not so keen on. The smell is beautiful even some green onion notes from the big hop barrage makes in through to my nares, it's just the clash of Belgian yeast and spice with the IPA that leave me wanting more cohesion and less clash. Know add in the cigar with earthy wood and sweet tobacco with black pepper spice and we have ourselves a magnificent pairing. Mouthfeel is very forgiving with a dry spice lingering bitterness and floral earthy pepper notes that linger kicking in but tasting rather good between sips, the mango fruitiness is complex because it limits the concentration of malt sweetness due to the fact that it's mainly derived from the hop varieties used in this beer. Overall I'm happier with my session with this beer than the flavor description details indicated, a very fine ale from Hugh Sisson and company of Baltimore keep bangin' out these beautiful complex ales and I will keep trying them.

Photo of Dave128
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. From outside the bottle, you can see some floaties rolling around the bottom of the bottle.

A - A moderate pour yields almost not head the fizzles away quickly. Lacing is practically non-existent and there is just barely a ring around the top. Color is dark gold and is mostly clear besides the sediment which is evenly floating around the beer. The latter part is actually quite cool looking.

S - Smells a lot like a spicy wheat ale. Smells very sweet. Don't get much on hops

T - A good marriage between a belgian ale and an IPA. It definitely tastes wheaty up front but finishes with a good hop bitterness. Very juicy.

M - Carbonation is spot on for the style.

O - A very interesting ale. I think this may be the first of the style that I have had and I will definitely seek out more in the future.

Photo of tdm168
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - cloudy yellowish orange with a thin lacing of white head

S - Belgian yeast, heavy spices, herbal

T - herbal, spices, faint malt, mildly bitter, some alcohol in the finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a decent BIPA. There is a nice herbal hop character here which makes this pretty enjoyable. Unfortunately, this beer is simple and borders on boring after a while. It's definitely a nice addition to the heavy seas line-up, but this isn't a beer I would visit often.

Photo of KTCamm
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%

7/28 - Pours cloudy gold with remaining ring of white foam. Wheaty nose, some orange. Like a hoppy witbier. Opens citrus, chalky, then builds to a hoppy middle. Fast finish, orange rind close. Kind of an off construction, doesn't quite come together. 3.5 3.75 3 3.25 3

Photo of gillagorilla
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Flying Dog goblet (Best By: 10/15/14 14070)

A: Hazy dirty blonde body with a short-lived head that leaves no lacing.

S: Belgian, but this light estery profile with biscuity malts and almost no hop scent.

T: Definitely Belgian. Easy drinking, not much on the hop-side, but lots of nice esters and a bit of that banana and biscuit.

M: Quite carbonated but not super rough, just some larger bubbles coming through.

O: Nice enough, and on the better end for a White IPA, but I'm not sure if I would call this one (but White IPAs are really confusing). An under-rated beer from an under-rated brewery.

Photo of ElderBeagle
3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a deep slightly cloudy amber. Very little head to speak of

S: sweet and yeasty not the greatest

T: I get the yeasty wheat beer taste upfront then some spicy notes and finally the dry hops hit at the end. Overall it's not a bad combination. Tastes better as it warmed up I feel

M: crisp and a bit too much carbonation for me but not bad.

O: I honestly am not familiar with this style so really have no base with which to compare. It was an ok beer although its not something I would return to again and again. Still it was really interesting and fans of this style may enjoy.

Photo of Samp01
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy gold yellow with a small white head. Aroma and Taste is citrus floral hops, lemon peel, mild yeast and pale malt, mild bitterness. Palate is a medium crisp body, good carbonation. Finishes with citrus lemon, biscuit malt, fruity with mild bitterness on the end. Overall a good refreshing session Belgian style IPA.

Photo of Immortale25
4.19/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Label says Purchase Before Aug 13.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick sheet of surface foam. Thin, semi-resilient lacing slides down the glass leaving clots behind.

S- Wheat, yeast and hops commingle to make a nice combo of aromas. Notes of citrus, banana and sweet custard.

T- Very good balance of wheat and hops with no one taste clashing or overpowering the other. Slightly yeasty, slightly sweet, slightly spicy, slightly bitter. It all flows to create a fun melange of flavors. Alcohol is also well-masked.

M- Maybe the beer's only shortcoming. Needs more bite. Still, slightly creamy from the yeast and wheat which is good. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Pretty much just as good as Dubbel Cannon only a touch less zesty. It seems like, at least in my experience, that the only Heavy Seas beers that are any good are the ones where hops are involved. Otherwise, they range from terrible to okay. I would recommend this one though.

Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has some hues of amber along with a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin head that quickly died down, leaving patch of bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of floral hops are present in the nose along with notes of orange peels.
T: The taste has flavors of coriander spices, wheat and orange peels along with a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to be rather interesting as it seems like a hybrid between a witbier and an India Pale Ale.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Well damn this looks all f-ed up. Hazy clumpy yeast throughout with just a layer of head that forms just a mild ring of lace. Checking the date it expires Sept. 2013 nope not too old.
S - The Belgium yeast character is fruity and spicy and the hops smell strong enough. I go in for the taste.
T - Well it's pretty great the hops are citrus in nature not getting too bitter or lingering on the palate and the yeasts are dry but also never get too dry. The fruity aspect of the beer never gets too cloying this is just a load of averages that makes this a very drinkable beer.
M - Light to medium not only easy on the palate but drink ability as well

Overall I am still more of a fan of the Loose Cannon. The Belgium yeast really does take the bitter edge off this great IPA. May be best since some really love it.

Photo of spinrsx
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle from the Potsdam NY IGA for $3

Appearance - Hazy yellow colour with a small size fizzy white coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly decent lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, coriander/clove, citrus, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads, grains, and hops. There is also some lemon, clove, and a bit of banana.

Overall – A pretty solid brew but nothing all that exciting. Not something I'd go out of my way to pick up again, but it was still worth trying once.

Photo of bubseymour
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is copper and clear with a 1 finger head that quickly disappears. Not sure why this is called a white IPA when its not very pale.

Smell - Very pleasant Belgian yeast and spices prevail

Taste - A very well balanced hybrid beer. Flavorful Belgian spices and slight sweetness and malt is really well rounded out with a crispness and hop presence in the finish. Nothing bitter at all and the complexity of flavor through the taste is very well crafted.

Mouthfeel - Delightfully full bodied

Overall - A definite must try beer for anyone. This is a very well crafted Belgian IPA that is an easy drinker, full of typical Belgian flavorings and just enough pop in the finish for hop heads.

Photo of BB1313
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Notched best before Sept 2013. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden that glows; small white head that fades quickly and leaves decent lacing. The aromas don't blast you in the face, but they're pleasant. Floral. The yeast and hops really do blend together and neither outshines the other. That's basically goes the same for the flavors. They really found a nice balance. There are hints of orange peel and lemon zest. Subtle grapefruit notes. Subtle spiciness, hints of black pepper. Very earthy and rustic flavors. Solid bitterness. Very crisp and refreshing. Mouthfeel is thin and on the lighter side of medium-bodied. Easy drinking beer. Alcohol goes unnoticed. This would be great during the warm weather.

This is a solid Belgian IPA. I like this much more than Dubbel Cannon, which was their other BIPA which they recently retired. This isn't quite the Belgian equivelant to Loose Cannon, which I've been waiting to see from Heavy Seas. It's enjoyable, but leaves me wanting more.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/10/2013 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains piney hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and a little smooth but there’s a bit of chalkiness to it, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, this is a solid flavorful beer to drink for a long time.

Photo of rtrasr
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the DoG (Duke of Gloucester in Williamsburg, Va.) Street Pub on cask. It starts out the color of a Belgian Wit. Starts out like a witbier but them the hops kick in. Unlike any cask ale I've had to date. I tend to rate this beer a little high but anyone who makes cask ale in the states deserves all the support they can get. Kudos to Heavy Seas and their cask program.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy lighter yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, mellow citrus hops. In the taste, lighter pine like hops, , mellow malt all the way through. A hop bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry and minty pine hop in the aftertaste. A nice mix of hops, quite nice and pleasant.

Photo of ckollias
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed this brew out of snifter glass

A: Pours a golden hue with a nice white head that slowly dissipates leaving a decent trail.

S: Belgian yeast and wheat aroma.

T: Similar to the smell there is a wheaty flavor that is dominated by the Belgian yeast.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent IPA – nothing I would grab again.

Photo of GaBeerGarden
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Exactly what I expect the Brewer was working for. An interesting spiced IPA with tangy tastes on the first sip. No aftertaste, no bitters noticeable. Almost appears as a Golden Ale and not heavily carbonated to my taste. The aroma is unique and brings to mind aromas from my time in Germany drinking the house brew.
Fairly high abv (to American standards) is not evident in the mouthfeel or taste.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When the spiciness of both American IPA and Belgian Witbier are both celebrated, then the marriage of the two have to find harmony somehow...

Hazy and yeasty in its pour, the beer releases a creamy dense blanket of foam, just before settling into a lacy sheet that retains half the session heartily. After that, the ale quivers and its foam dissolves.

Its light and spicy character is both soft and acidic in the same scent and taste. Perfumy in its aroma, its taste is complex with soft powdered sugar malts early; but zesty, fruity, and spicy later and later in its taste and texture. The early palate is creamy, supple sweet, and wheaty. As the beer extends across the tongue, its taste develops into fruity oranges, tangerines, lemons, and apples- just before the sharper grapefruity taste and dryness drags the flavors toward a lightly resinous finish of pine twigs, and a moderately bitter closing.

Warm to close, the beer carries with it a soft covey, minty and somewhat vanilla taste that's overshaddowed by grain character that's very charming if you can get past the husky bite. It's a complex ale that has good intentions but are a bit rough around the edges.

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 9/2013. Pours very cloudy golden amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big lemon zest, pear, apple, orange peel, light banana, coriander, clove, pepper, floral, grass, wheat, bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of yeast and hop notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, pear, apple, orange peel, coriander, clove, light banana, pepper, floral, grass, light pine, wheat, bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, citrus peel, coriander, clove, light banana, pepper, floral, grass, wheat, bubblegum, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of hop, spice, and yeast ester flavors; with a solid malt backbone and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice White IPA! All around nice balance and complexity of hop, spice, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this one.

Photo of JebBeerFish
2.86/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A Belgium white ipa. If that sounds good to you, you may enjoy. I didn't care for the taste, but Belgium whites and ipa's are not my favorite styles.

Photo of micromaniac129
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one was quite a surprize to me because when i seen spices on the label I'm thinking wit beer. This was not the case. What I got was a good BIPA.
A small wimpy head sits on top of a sediment infused hazy golden yellow beer. The gentle cabonation is the death blow to the fast fading unresponsive head.

The aroma has a fresh floral hop aroma, maybe with a tich of citrus. Its quite sutle and confident. Belgian yeast give a slight fruitiess. Subdued spices like in a wit. All work well together.
Taste was very good with a good depth of flavor here. Plenty of fruitness spiciness and Belgian yeast. All working well.
And whats great is that nothing dominates but compliments.
On the palatte it's smooth and dry with a sutle bitterness.
Gotta be one of the best white IPA.

Photo of utopiajane
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful hazy, orange golden color with just a fingers worth of foam. Loose white bubbles that fell quickly to a thin film and ring. Fine lace covers the entire glass. Very pretty. Nose is a blend of hop delight and Belgian character. Yeast, spice and herbal. There's ripe peach, a little tangy, some tangerine, pepper to tickle the nose and floral. Malt is sugary and bright. Toasted. There's a hint of corriander and it reaches complex. The taste is an outrageous combination of two worlds. Hop forward, your first sip greets you with delicious ripe fruit. Plenty juicy and sweet. Peach, tangerine and some pink grapefruit. There's a hint of tartness. Then the light sweet bread from the malt comes over the mid palate to bring a supple wheat dryness. The body is smooth, lush and vibrant. It's even kind of creamy and the carbonation is soft. The kick you get is from the yeasty spice and the pepper. The slight sour from the yeast and the wheat dryness are a perfect match for the sweet fruit. It finishes with a moderate bitter, semi dry and with a light pine resin. Herbal with plenty of wheat and light bread.

What a delectable beer. It's spirited. Rambunctious but not overly forceful or conceited. It's the happy collision of two fantastic worlds where the characteristics of an IPA meet a proper Belgian. Poised and unique this is my first white IPA and I love the style. It's graceful but fun loving.

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