CrossBones Session IPA
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CrossBones Session IPACrossBones Session IPA
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IPA - American
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3.56 | pDev: 12.08%
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States
CrossBones Session IPACrossBones Session IPA
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Nov 18, 2017
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

May 25, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
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, 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.

May 21, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
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!

May 13, 2017
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Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Apr 22, 2017
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Roby923 from Canada

3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
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).

Mar 10, 2017
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cjgator3 from Florida

3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass. Best by date clearly printed on label. The aroma is a mixture of sweet bready malts hops. The taste is light bodied, flavorful and highlights sessionable. Pretty nice session IPA.

Oct 24, 2016
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Kubishark from Maryland

3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Heavy Seas Alehouse. Not a bad choice when looking for something of a milder ABV. A light yellow/orange color. Smells hoppy and fruity, but in a very subtle way. Tastes like a typical session IPA, though balanced nicely. Nice smooth and light feel. Overall it's good but far from memorable.

Sep 26, 2016
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden amber color with a fair amount of clarity and a medium strength head that leaves some creamy, frothy lace but doesn't really last long enough. Nose is light malts with buttered bread notes.

This has a reasonable amount of flavor, but this is not really on style in my opinion, as the hops seem to be less west coast and pine/citrus as oppossed to old world medicinal/spicy/sour hops, although that changes a little in the aftertaste. Solid effort on the texture. Certainly worth a try, but not really my cuppa.

Aug 20, 2016
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Tone from Missouri

3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, maize color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, piney hops, sweet malt, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, strong citrus hops, piney hops, slight earthiness, hint of alcohol, pale malt, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma, decent body, and decent blend.

May 25, 2016
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DrMullet from Florida

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber color.
Smell is lightly floral and pine.
Taste is mostly pine with a hint of citrus.
Has a bit of a bitter finish.

May 22, 2016
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StonewallSipper from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice cloudy amber color, aroma of pine,malt,slight citrus. Taste is hops,malt, but little aftertaste. A nice IPA, drinkable. On the same level as a Yards IPA.

May 04, 2016
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, it pours amber with a small head, quickly dissipating. Light scent of pine in the nose. Light flavor as well. Easy drinking beer. Have another!

Apr 20, 2016
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qchic from Maryland

3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On cask with hickory, pecan wood, dried cherry, and orange peel. Def made for a more drinkable experience than the avg session IPA. Can't speak for the base beer alone, but this was nice.

Apr 10, 2016
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drtth from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear, dark amber color with a 1/2" head the soon begins to slowly recede leaving some foam and lacing around the sides of the glass. Sipping creates a few patches, small speckles and stripes of lacing. By mid way through the beer there are still patches of lacing on the sides, some of the ring of foam and small patches of thin foam here and there on the surface of the liquid.

The aromas include a crackery smell that dominates the others, which include a hint of pine and some grapefruit pith.

The flavors are also dominated by the crackery character up front with some touches of pine, citrus pith and even a bit of herbal character.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied with a touch of prickliness from the moderate, persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the up front crackery character begins to fade, allowing the hop profile to emerge. That then slides to the background before disappearing and leaving the pithy bitterness to linger and then slowly fade.

While I enjoyed trying this beer, it hasn't made my list of beers to try again, especially since its Loose Cannon big brother is one of my favorites. However, I could see having this beer during the grilling part of a BBQ party as it has relatively low ABV, is easy to drink, and helps prime one for the more flavorful meal and beers to follow. That all said, my personal preference would be for a tasty Pils rather than a session IPA.

Apr 10, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On nitro at City Tap House, DC. Smooth, fruity, mild hops, lots of citrus. Light bodied, but flavorful. Hops, malt floral notes. Check it out, hard to believe this is a session beer.

Feb 03, 2016
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chill hazed deep gold/pale amber with particulates, producing not quiet 2 fingers of beige, frothy, somewhat lasting head that leaves a wash of splotchy, spidery lace. Aroma is earthy, spicy, floral & citrus hops & bready caramel malt. Taste is up front floral, earth & spice with a hint of lemony citrus emerging at mid-sip accompanied by thin pine in the finish all backed by hop subdued caramel/faint toasty maltiness. Bitterness appears by mid-sip & increases throughout the rest of the sip. Aftertaste is resinous pine & citrus pith bitterness that intensifies & lingers long in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, thinly slick but not watery, prickly & dry.

Nov 12, 2015
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bluehende from Delaware

3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had at a tasting ....a small amount in a pint glass. Even with a small glass the aroma was there. The taste is good with little malt backbone and a nice bitterness.

Nov 07, 2015
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a modest head that dots that glass

Smell: Crackery and slightly earthy, with a hint of pine

Taste: Crackery, up front, with a lemony/piney/herbal flavor profile building, in the middle; clean and dry, in the finish; pithy in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Slightly aqueous, with light to moderate carbonation

Overall: Not so crazy about this session IPA; neither the malt nor the hop bill is really appealing

Oct 24, 2015
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beersforbreakfast from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

canned: 9/23/15. drank 10/15/15.
lasting thin head.
a little cloudy.
smell: slightly piney.
taste: some green apple.
overall: solid session IPA. worth a try.
go out of your way to find?, don't bother too much.

Oct 16, 2015

3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a decent enough session ale with enough personality to keep you interested. I may not go to great lengths to acquire this beer, but I certainly wouldn't turn it down either.

Sep 14, 2015
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JebBeerFish from New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a really light, session-able IPA, almost a light gose or saison. It would be easy to drink a lot of these, but I would get bored with the lack of depth and intensity of flavor. A great beer for a very hot day after lawn mowing, but nothing I would buy again.

Sep 01, 2015
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VABA from Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a hazy golden color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has slight hop hints
T-Taste follows the nose with a slight hop flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A decent beer

Aug 15, 2015
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the captain of the canship, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of pine, light citrus. Taste is piney hops, malts, some citrus, finishes dry but with very little bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Aug 15, 2015
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AgentMunky from New York

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an Altamont glass. Best by June 2015.
Cloudy orange with very lit
tle head.
Smells surprisingly malty and fruity. Melons and lemon zest and brown sugar.
Slightly stale pale ale with an odd, super-vegetal note on the end taste. The malt is one-part biscuity-dry and one-part sweet and round.
Overall, a citrusier Naked Pig and an enjoyable low ABV beer. Probably won't buy again.

ABV: 4.5%
IBU: 35
Hops: "Secret Blend"
Malts: Pale Malt, Munich, Wheat, Caramalt, Carapils, Biscuit

Aug 01, 2015
CrossBones Session IPA from Heavy Seas Beer
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 336 ratings