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Heavy Seas - Riptide - Heavy Seas Beer

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255 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 255
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 5
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer visit their website
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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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

craftbrew502, May 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Stout_Combo, May 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

jbaker67, May 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

InspectorBob, May 18, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.06/5  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.

WVbeergeek, May 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

djre4orm, May 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Hockey_Fan, May 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

civicm87, May 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

billab914, May 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

ripperltj, May 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

beerhan, May 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Cdax, May 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

markgoodman10, May 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

whatname, May 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

GratefulJack, May 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Thedrizzle, May 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

JakeDebus, May 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Zach136, May 06, 2013
Photo of BB1313
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

BB1313, May 05, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.98/5  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!

Jason, May 04, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

bubseymour, May 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

DasBoot2112, May 02, 2013
Heavy Seas - Riptide from Heavy Seas Beer
84 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.