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Reviews: 53
Hads: 290
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 26.13%
Wants: 6
Gots: 47 | 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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Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I purchased this at Wegmans, enjoyed chilled in a teku from the 12oz brown bottle -best by September 8, 2014.

The color si light amber little hazed appearance with thick white cap comprised of very fine beads with camo-like pattern of lace. The smell is phenolic with spice dominance, a bit yeasty with light hint of wheat in the aroma. The feel is good with moderately high carbonation and gentle sweetness leading to agressive spice texture with drying finish with moderate alcohol in the texture with some medicinal type edge.

The taste is good with slight hint of pear and slight peppery element with mild herbal flavor leading to hint of sugar and mild tinge of tropical fruit -more of a muted pineapple type presence with subtle malt and more alcohol as it finishes with good yeast flavor not as intense as the nose lets on. Overall I enjoyed this, however it is more of a hoppy triple than 'White IPA', the hops balance so Imperial Wit might not be appropriate, but it seems like just another beer trying to jump on the IPA bandwagon to sell rather than market it as a belgian wheat which might not be as popular.

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Photo of Jason
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | 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!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two-finger cream head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Cloudy pale amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Pine hop nose and flavor is pine hops, Belgian yeast and some orange rind, not as hoppy as an IPA. $2.15 for a 12 oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A-Pale orange with a solid top of whitish foamy froth. Head manages to stick around. Well laced.

S-Hops aren't exactly silent but they are close to it. Spicy and yeasty. I guess the hops are perfume but not in a pleasing way. Its weird because I find their Loose Cannon to be perfumery in aroma and flavor and I love that beer. This doesn't work quite as well.

T-Yeasty and spicy. Hops are far too dull. A bit peppery. Orange peel. Wheat. Lingering sweetness.

M-A bit sticky. Not bitter. Soft carbonation.

O/D-Belgian IPAs are really hit-or-miss with me. This was pretty close to a miss. Spicy and sweet with not many redeeming factors.

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Photo of barczar
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden apricot with a dense, frothy one inch white head that lingers. Thick sheets of lacing form as it dissipates.

Coriander, clove, wheat, and citrus form the initial aroma. There's a bit of belgian yeast ester character that surfaces later.

Flavor reveals more hop character, fairly floral initially, then earthy and complementing a lightly toasted bready malt backbone mid palate. Deeper citrus notes of grapefruit emerge. The finish is slightly resiny and a bit bitter. Coriander, spotify, and peppery notes add complexity.

Body is moderate, smooth, with carbonation a bit on the high side. Alcohol warmth is present, but does not overwhelm.

Smells like a witbier, drinks like a cross between a witbier and an apa. Interesting, characterful brew that's fairly refreshing.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Potsdam IGA. 'Purchase before Aug 2013.'

A - Totally cloudy orange. One finger of white head. Good carbonation. Minimal spotty lace and a mild film of retention.

S - Sweet spicy with some hop compliments. Orange. Nice.

T - Sweet spice, orange, some sort of hop note. Notable witbier character with banana, orange, sweet spice.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, decent bitterness.

O/D - Definitely tastes like a slightly hopped up wit. Age might be holding this back though. Hop character is a bit...generic, with no real flavour characteristics coming out. Decent though.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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

12 oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a cloudy copper color. The head is about a finger high, with nice retention and excellent creaminess. A solid ring of lacing is left on the glass.

S: I'm really getting a nice orange-y note coming through. Some hoppiness comes through as well...which is also orange-y in its tone. Spicing is very subtle, but I can pick it up. It's definitely more of a hoppy witbier (at this strength, though, we're starting to enter tripel territory) than an IPA in general.

T: At first, there's a sudden rush of candied sugar, not unlike a tripel. Some savory spicing enters the midtaste - coriander, mainly. The finish has a gentle grapefruit-laden hoppiness to it. I have to say that the Belgian yeast works well with the Loose Cannon base, as it comes off more "Belgian-esque" than other Belgian-style IPAs (hi, Stone Cali-Failgique!) In fact, it's more Belgian than IPA - a lot more really. Still good.

M: Really crisp, and decently dry. Since the carbonation is low for the style, it almost comes off a bit syrupy (helped by its full body). Even still, it's pleasant to sip on.

O: Loose Cannon gets ass-reamed by a Westmalle Tripel that's high on coriander, and this is the result. I have to say, it's turned out well. There's just enough IPA to satisfy me, and the Belgian-ness isn't half-hearted in execution. I was pretty pleasantly surprised by this.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%

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

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.35/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Spices, bready and sweet malts, citrus, pineapple, and tangerine.

Taste: Same as the above. Hops are delicious with mild tingly bitterness. Pineapple, grassy, tangerine, and citrus happiness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, tingly, medium bodied, very drinkable for 7.25%, and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: A good BIPA. More tripel characters like others would be nice, but I was pretty happy with this one.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Chill-hazed gold, sediment in suspension, moderate, off-white head of foam.
Aroma-Faint hops, spicy yeast note
Taste-Spicy yeast, citrus hop notes. A bit unbalanced to my taste. A valiant effort that almost works.

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

Serving Type -Bottle

Appearance - Golden copper tan, yellow with a minimal 1/8 inch head and minor lacing.

Smell - Some hops, yeasts, actually has a tripel like spice aroma. Orange, grapefruit, some lemon.

Taste - Belgium spices, yeasts mixed in with hops. Spices add the peppery notes, yeasts add the sweet and tart Belgium flavors. Hops are mild and offer some orange and grapefruit flavors. Lemon and apple is a main flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel - You get the spices and hops at first sip right on the tongue. The palate gets more fruits, yeasts and spices with some tart apple. The aftertaste is tart, peppery and orange.

Overall - Decent, pretty standard for the style. Not great, not bad, nothing new for the style. Easy to drink and not overboard with flavors. Worth a try but there are better examples of this style out there.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It figures that these guys make a really good beer like this.

It opens looking like a nice "light" Belgian treat. It turns out to be a bit more. Every aspect of this beer is well balanced. The color, light head, aroma (especially), are all just right, and very appetizing.

It tastes very Belgian. Loads of nice yeastiness pouring though. The aftertaste is a very satisfying Belgian linger. I like it a lot,

This is a beer I will seek out and buy again. It is recommended for when you want a full flavored American version of one of these without the over the top syrupy taste.

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