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Ste-ve | Heavyweight Brewing Co.

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Heavyweight Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Foxman on 05-23-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.03/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

thanks steve, the real one..

750ml unlabeled, green apostrophe on the cap

pours an absolutely crystal clear burnt orange color, and bubbles briskly travel northbound in skinny lines. the head is lumpy and airy.. hangs around for a bit and puffs up like a dreamy beer cloud.

brettanomyces is certainly present in the aroma, but in a sugary sweettart fashion. this beer is not reminiscent of any horses nor any blankets. instead, i'm getting cotton candy, patchouli, and brut champagne. really mellow but promising tartness. really delicate, nice aroma.

wow, this one tastes weird. there is a real alcoholy vodka-flavored note here which dominates. yeasty, bready aftertaste is hollow and weak overall. the brett gives off a quick sweetness, like blueberry essence, to the brew. remember clearly canadian? imagine an alcohol-fueled version of that popular late-80's beverage and that what sits before me right now. the bubbles are peppy.. the attenuation issue is a bit prohibitive. i have one more bottle.. it will sit and i will re-review.

regardless, we will miss you HW

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Photo of ggaughan
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Heavyweight Down for the Count at the Drafting Room. This one didn't get tapped until 2pm and was the one I was waiting for based on the description of it. The beer had a hazy, golden color and a minimal head but strong lacing on the glass. The nose was a fruity, earthy, candi-sugary pleasure and the taste was equally pleasing. The bready, earthness of this one from the brett was a nice addition to round out this fine beer. The beer has a nice active carbonation body but is still smooth and there is a very nice balance of tart and sweetness. Another fine Heavyweight OTOP.

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Photo of weeare138
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at TDR's goodbye to Heavyweight...
Appears a glowing, hazy gold with a small white head that quickly fades out. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of apricot, peach, candy sugars, pils malt(?), light tartness in the form of green apples, and some bready goodness.
Taste is of the same aromas. I really dig the spin off of Lunacy with the Brett addition. Puts the beer in a whole different realm.
Mouthfeel is smooth, sugary, citrusy, mildly tart, and chewy. Medium bodied and yummy.

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Photo of mattpetti
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Wow carbonation. Didn't see a pour unhurriedly on the bottle in which there should have been one. Brownish orange, and sligth amber color with a massive head that looks like it could have stayed there until cockroaches roam ther earth, but alas we know it won't last that long;)

S: A nice balanced yeasty, slighty hoppy, citrus/ripe fruit blend of odors that made my mouth water.

T/MF?D: Despite the massive carbonation in the body this beer is silky smooth, with a excellent balance of all the fruit flavors (apple, lemon, pear). So satisfying i wish i had two bottles. On that not the 7.4% is very sneaky so watch your back. Just enough bitterness to keep you commin back for more(and you do want more). Another excellent heavyweigth otop and i think the best heavyweight i have had. Very well done.

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Photo of akorsak
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 750 mL bottle of Ste-ve (there are more accents in the actual beer's name). I am drinking it from a wine glass.

Appearance: The ale is brown in color with a light hint of sediment. There is a nice ring of lace.

Smell: The ale has a hoppy aroma that is magnified by a strong yeast.

Taste: The yeast in the beer really adds a distinct flavor that resembles Orval. The hops are earthy and spicy, giving this beer a nice kick that is not too strong.

Mouthfeel: The hops and yeast are quite nice and help this beer come close to a Trappisten ale.

Drinkability: The abv is a bit too high, but the ale is nicely made. The similarities between this and Orval are uncanny.

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Photo of Ego
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

found @ oak tree buy rite, edison nj

alas most likely the last OTOP offering...

monsterous head but in control enough to not explode out of the bottle (see: oro de calabazza). 4 full+ fingers of frothy white head, chunky and craggy like a fat edward james olmos, the carbonation is hard to pick up through the haze but when you do it is like immigrants racing across the rio grande, impossible to catch each bubble but you can see the unstoppable flow, lace is left all over the place as this tries to quiet down, meanwhile inside bottle central it keeps rising, who slipped this beer a viagra I wonder? the hazy burnt orange hue looks menacing and yet inviting.. like that chick with tattoos and that killer ass, this doesn't settle down for a good 10 minutes.. or more. killer looking. the head is as craggy and impressive as anything I've seen, except midget porn. don't we all have a soft spot for midget porn? anyway... great looking brew.

lemony brett goodness, I am in brussels proper, doughym dry and yeasty, the lemon notes are strong and very inticing for me as a lover of geuze (sounds dirty, doesn't it ?) sort of like sniffing crystal light lemonade powder with some brett thrown in... you can really smell the dryness, and the underlying sweetness.. delicious !

taste etc...
the carbonation is obviously very active, this drinks so very smooth, it almost has a bubble gum sweetness to it, like the powder you find on bazooka joe, better yet it tastes like those candy gum cigarettes you had as a kid... except with a mild tone of brett and lemon/tart finish. This has all the heavy duty flavor complexity of a belgian but drinks so easy. The flavors are not overbearing but keep you coming back for more, there is also some nice bitterness in the aftertaste.. green apples ? perhaps? subtle fruit flavors play off the sweetness. A lot of sweeter beers tend to have to much candy sugar for my palette, not true here at all. this is great. So far this is the best OTOP beer I have had. Looking at the top rated beers of this style I consider this much better than most of them. I wouldn't rate this above matilda... but hella better than most of that list. the mouthfeel is a touch thin.. it should be solid medium imo...but that won't stop me from mackin' on this bitch... the ABV is no where to be found on the pallette.

I will be buying more of this and keeping them around to celebrate the end of a great local brewery.. THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES HW - SEE YOU AT ANDY'S!

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a really nice offering from Heavyweight that really hits the mark in just about every area.

It pours a murky amber/orange colour with a chunky, rocky head that leaves it's mark on the glass but dissolves fairly quickly.

The aroma is a wicked nice blend of sweet cand yand tart/sweet fruit, with notes of yeast and some hints of spice as well.

The flavour starts out with an immediate mix of yeast and sweetness and then moves into more earth-flavoured territory but still holds on to the initial flavour. Toward the finish fruit flavours mix with a bit of a hop note and some spice as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonateed but a bit slick at the same time.

This was an enjoyable brew. Everything seeed to mesh for a great stab at the style. This is an easy recommendation.

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Photo of Foxman
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It came to me a hazy, relatively nondesript golden yellow, with a finger of stubborn white head. Lacing was p;entiful and delicate.

The aroma delivered a yeasty mix of brett funkiness and musty earthiness, as well as some spice and some grain sweetness. A flash of lemony citrus came through as well.

Upon tasting, the light grain sweetness caved quickly to the down to earth fruit and funkiness of the yeast. A hoppy spice bite came through, most notably cloves, and a baked dough character was mellow and warm. A note of mandarin orange slid in near the close, and the finish as a rounded duet of tangy and bitter. It's not especially full, but it does have an interesting signature.

A bit south of medium bodied, the sum of the parts give the palate a pleasant workout.

I tried it on a whim, and I was glad I did. The flavor and aroma were well-matched with each other, yielding no surprises, but what I got was pleasurable and sassy enough to crack a smile. With Heavyweight closing up shop, this was the one chance I'd get at this beer, so I drank it happily, and would again, if fate should so conspire.

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Ste-ve from Heavyweight Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 9 ratings
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