CrossBones Session IPA | Heavy Seas Beer

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CrossBones Session IPACrossBones Session IPA
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CrossBones Session IPACrossBones Session IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States
hsbeer.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jhartley on 09-13-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,404
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
335
pDev:
12.18%
 
 
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5
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3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.87/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours translucent yellow orange with a small white head. Smells of tropical fruits and citrus, but a tad weak. Tastes of some citrus hops with bland grain. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, but a tad overcabonated. Overall, an above average beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tucquan
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2017-05-25 in Columbia, PA from a 12oz can

A - Clear orange with a fluffy 3-finger head and nice lace

S - Like a peach yogurt creamsicle at first, then biscuit and floral.

T - Orange zest and biscuit with some light caramel. Then earthy spice, green pepper and paper. Finishes dry and spicy with moderate lingering bitterness.

M - LIght-medium body and medium-high carbonation.

O - The flavors, while bold and unique for a Session IPA, aren't in my sweet spot. Interestingly, I liked it much better with about 6 months age on it than I did when it was fresh. This reviews reflect a combination of the two tastings.

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4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The eradication of The Bottle Backlog has created the possibility for many brewery horizontals, most notably New Belgium, but here comes one that is going to be a LOT of fun. I have known owner Hugh Sisson since he was the owner & brewer at Sisson's Brewpub in BAL before going on to open Heavy Seas. His head brewer is now Chris Leonard, former owner & brewer of the GEN Lafayette Brewpub in PHL & I once wrote a great Beer Pest piece about his (now ex-)wife, Kristen. As if all of that were not enough, I am a retired U.S. Navy sailor who spent a LOT of time aboard ships and underway, so nautically themed beers are right up my alley. When I conducted my massive horizontal a couple of weeks ago, this one was not available to me. I am just trying to keep current.

From the bottle: "Full on hop aroma with surprisingly rich mouthfeel, this session IPA delivers a broadside of flavor without getting your powder wet!"; "Clean Water Fund [-] A portion of the proceeds from each case of beer we sell goes to help CleanWater.org, a national organization dedicated to protecting the quality of the water we drink and the water we use to brew. Can't make great beer without clean water! Finds from the sale of this beer go back to the region where it was purchased."

As a Storekeeper ("Box Kicker"), my rating was identified by Cross Keys, but I like how the skull has been replaced in these Cross Bones. To celebrate, I Pop!ped the cap and commenced a gentle pour as is my current wont. Once accomplished, I roiled the waters with an in-glass swirl that raised two fingers of foamy, rocky, tawny head with decent retention. The sticky lacing that remained in its wake was a reminder to run the dishwasher later. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, which prompted a visit from The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus, all clamoring for a taste. Nose had a strong grapefruit & lemon citrusiness & my mouth began to water as it is wont to do. Mouthfeel was medium, but highly carbonated, giving it a spritzy quality in the mouth. Speaking of spritzy, the taste was like lemon-lime pop (think Sprite, 7-Up, et al)! Talk about crushable! On a hot, humid summer's day, I could really get into a few of these. Finish was semi-dry, not overly bitter and very citrusy. Now, if I CAN CANvince Hugh & Chris to put this beer in CANs, I'll really be all set.

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4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.94/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clipper City Brewing Co. "Heavy Seas Cross Bones"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, dated with a "BEST BY" date but illegible due to a damaged label
$2 @ Weis, Conshohocken, PA

Appearance: Clear amber body beneath a finger-thick head of frothy white foam. The head retention and lacing are limited.

Aroma: Clean. Malty and floral. Bready. Perhaps slightly fruity.

Taste: As the aroma suggests. The malt is honeyish with just a hint of golden caramel to it. There's some yeasty apple-like fruitiness that gives it a little more life, and a touch of pine and earth in the dry, median-bitter finish. Nicely balanced.

Feel: Light-medium in body with a restrained, moderate carbonation that leaves it smooth across the palate.

Overall: A basic beer. My first impression was that it smelled like so many pale ales used to 20 years ago. There's some bitterness to it, but not really that much more than you'd find in most pale ales, and even less than some. The strength is at pale ale levels as well... I'm not sure why this is labeled as a "session IPA" given that the hops aren't really that elevated, especially in the aroma. I do appreciate their choice of hops, however, and it's refreshing to find a "session IPA" that isn't all citrus and tropical fruit. And it's really quite drinkable. It reminds me of a good English bitter - the original session beers!

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3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- clear light yellow color with no head and minimal lacing.

S- grapefruit hops and bready malts. sour fruit as well.

F- pine and grapefruit hops with earthy bready malts to complement.

M- dry and slightly hoppy. light bodied and dry hoppy fruit on the back end.

O- decent but needs some work. I think the pine needs to come through in the nose more and the bready malt needs toned down but a good beer.

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3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Ok for a session ale. Nothing too memorable. Although in comparison to some of the other session ales on the market, doesn't have the hop juice punch and is more balanced. Bought from Total in Bmore with 1 month until best before date (unsure of bottled on date).

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.81/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just alright tasted watered down even for a session.

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3.39/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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CrossBones Session IPA from Heavy Seas Beer
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 335 ratings