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Heavy Seas - Riptide - Heavy Seas Beer

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Ratings: 268
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 5
Gots: 34 | 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: 268 | Reviews: 48
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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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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice yellow/gold, 1 finger head, real nice lacing going on, some yeast floating around.
S - Lots of great aroma in this beer, belgian yeast, clove, cinnamon, pine, mint, a little lemon peel, and wheat.
T - Theres a much larger presence of nice fruits in the flavor than the aroma, a tamed belgian yeast flavor, which i really appreciate, mint, clove, banana, peach, creamy wheat, and some mild bitterness.
M - Well balanced, and very refreshing at the same time. Good medium body and feel.
O - This is not what I was expecting, this is a great blend of belgian white/wheat and a mild IPA. Dont come into this beer expecting wild bitterness, but a beer thats bursting with a truck load of flavor. I'm not a fan of this style, but this has changed my mind.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden copper color with a big, long lasting head. Spotty lacing. Good looking beer.

Aroma: Tons of belgian wit characteristics. Big yeasty presence. Fruit and coriander notes. Citrus hop aroma is present.

Taste: Big juicy flavor. Lots of witbier yeast and spice. Bitterness is light but still asserts itself. Lots of orange-y citrusy hops melding with citrus peel. Drinks very light and easy for 7.25

Mouthfeel: Spot-on. Well-carbed. Lifts off the palate easily. Super easy to drink. Perfect for hot weather. Long, dry finish.

Not the best White IPA I've ever had (that belongs to DC Brau/Union Yonder Cities) but a damn good one that I'll be happy to sip on this summer.

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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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