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Heavy Seas - Riptide - Heavy Seas Beer

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221 Ratings
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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 3
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tdm168 on 04-27-2013)
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

12-30-2013 19:19:43 | More by TigerOwl
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3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Orange hue, with tons of head and sticky lace. Unfiltered with sediment floating all over throughout the beer. As good as it gets for appearance!

S - Hmm, aroma is not real strong. Citrus, oranges, belgian yeast and candy. I've got to dig down low to get the aroma though

T - Unfortunately, the beer is not as good as it looks. Very mild for a 7.25 abv. Spices and malty, but nothing sticks out...is even a big bland.

M - Highly carbonated.

O - Looks great, but disappointed after that. Probably doesn't help that I have recently had a few other White IPA's that knock this one into the dirt

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 01:11:04 | More by BeerDawgs
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

11-24-2013 20:33:40 | More by BillRoth
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Rhode Island

3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2013 21:58:06 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

11-07-2013 20:07:46 | More by still_thedragon
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

10-21-2013 01:42:04 | More by smb4087
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West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 19:14:05 | More by wvsabbath
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4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 20:12:14 | More by Dave128
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

09-09-2013 13:27:27 | More by thegerm87
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Ontario (Canada)

3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 01:06:14 | More by tbeckett
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Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 01:04:49 | More by spinrsx
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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

09-05-2013 23:29:06 | More by khargro2
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 14:19:48 | More by ckollias
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

09-02-2013 17:31:26 | More by mobrockman
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

08-31-2013 23:19:41 | More by waiting4lunch
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3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Best by August 2013, so just made it.

Poured a golden yellow, with good carbonation. Head was bright white, thinning to just a covering. very little lacing.

Nose was mostly yeasts with a little spice.

Taste was pretty good. Hops had faded, most likely to being at the edge of it's limits. Spices, coriander, were still strong though. Abv of 7.25 started to come through towards the end.

Mouth was about medium, spices everywhere, quite refreshing. Finish was on the dry side.

Overall, an okay summer offering. Not something I would seek out outside the summer months. Would be interesting trying closer to it's bottling date to see how the hops affect the taste, although in my experience, (and perhaps I don't care for that style) more hops have not necessarily meant a better beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 22:51:09 | More by MikeWard
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

08-27-2013 03:37:54 | More by akttr
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

08-20-2013 18:31:03 | More by MSL94
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

08-16-2013 23:03:55 | More by dvmin98
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

08-16-2013 21:46:56 | More by DavidBart
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

08-13-2013 11:34:48 | More by tjsmith910
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

08-11-2013 16:10:59 | More by ChipMurray
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

08-09-2013 22:22:36 | More by SpAiReArGsEonNE
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4.11/5  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.

Serving type: cask

08-07-2013 00:39:41 | More by rtrasr
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

08-07-2013 00:34:37 | More by DiscGolfRobot
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