Small Craft Warning | Heavy Seas Beer

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: American Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Über Pils

Arguably our most well-balanced beer, Small Craft Warning seems at once hop-forward and malt-forward; our brewers debate over which flavor force prevails in the beer. Small Craft exemplifies a robust pilsner - it's crisp, well-carbonated, and slightly sweet. The beer is characterized by a firm malt backbone and a pronounced hop character. A fine aroma, from an array of hops, completes this quaffable beer.

Added by farHillsBrewer on 03-12-2004

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5/5  rDev +33.7%

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Photo of dean2017
4.87/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Overall a great beer

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Photo of ccrida
4.79/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful pale golden-orange, with very little haze and thin head with large bubbles that lingers around leaving only slight lace. The aroma is gorgeous, sweet, malty, and bright, and just very appealing to me. The taste overall was smooth and malty, a bit sweet, but beautifully balanced by the hops, with little indication of the 7.5% ABV. The medium body is creamy and malty. I didn't know what to expect of an “Uber Pils”, and although I have to say it tastes a bit more like a strong ale then a larger, I think it is an excellent beer, and one that I will definitely be drinking again whenever I can.

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4.75/5  rDev +27%

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4.75/5  rDev +27%

Photo of hustlesworth
4.72/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- pours into my schlitz malt liquor pokal a clear golden apricot with constant streams of champagne bubbles. the color is brilliant and warm, very different than the pale golden i expected. then again, this is UBER-pils! all that color is topped by 1 3/4in of hoppy spongy puffy cloud-like cream colored foam that drags trails of drippy lace behind it. it has better retention in a pint glass than the pils pokal, but either way settles to a thin soapy disk. despite what the label says, there is NO yeast at the bottom of any bottle in this sixer but that's a-ok.

S- big malt & spicy herbal hops! that noble german aroma is present, but overridden by lemony orange grapefruit amarillo! yee haw! one of my favorite hop varieties paired with german tradition. what did u expect? this is america, baby. if this aroma is a precursor of what's to come, then i completely underestimated this pils. uber? what's uber? uber is awesome that's what. creamy toffee and caramel coated toasted marshmallow. loads of pale and caramel malt, seems like it should be darker. tons of fruit sneaks out behind the malt & hops in the guise of apple, pear, white grape, clementine, kumquat, and sourdough bread with resinous coniferous undertones.

T- bitter citrus amarillo i s up front. when i burp it's amarillo, i dream..."amarillo". but that's not all- sweet bready malt, grassy leafy lemon balm taste. oregano, thyme, chamomile all come to mind. pale grains, corn, and shortbread cookie. much like an IPA with distinct lager crispness. white pepper and just a smidge of wet dog precede the astringent (and pronounced) noble saaz/tettnanger + tangerine peel finish. long and dry at the end with herbal vapors leaving my nose with every exhale. moderate sweetness. it can best be described by mating an IPA with a quality vienna lager, then multiplying x5.

MF- crisp and dry and refreshing! lots of goodies makes for a syrupy body but there's no way around that. despite its richness, it doesn't seem to sit all that heavy like the water in the brew goes down but the malt and hop essence stays behind and coats the esophagus then just dissipates after awhile.

D- though actually a bock style lager, it still holds the names pils everywhere it goes. one of the best pilseners i've had, probably because i like big beers and this is UBER. i would love to try more of this style from different brewers. one thing i would like to point out is that even though 7.25 isn't all that high of an ABV, this beer gets me deee-runk! and sleepy! after 2 i feel like i've had a six pack. stumble everywhere, eventually to yonder couch. save this one for below deck, matey.

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4.68/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is what a Pilsner should be, strong, liquid gold color with a nice white head, spicy nose, great body, refreshing and abosolutely drinkable.

This beer has a great taste, it is slightly sweet alcohol laced with noble hops that compliment the nice pure malt flavors. It is so pleasent and subtle that each sip invites another. It stands up as a good beer even warm as a 32oz serving can get warm towards the bottom. The nose is staright ligth maltyness mingled with hops of fruityness and spice. Wonderful beer and not something to be past over when you see it.

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4.65/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - A fat finger of white foam floats above this clear bronze brew, and lots of tiny bone-white spiderwebs of dry lace are stuck to the glass. A swirl brings back the dense cap and leaves copious amounts of powdery white sticky sugar lace on the glass. This is honestly some of the most beautiful lacing I've ever seen.

S - The first thing I notice about this one is that in addition to the usual saaz hop notes found in a pils, this one has loads of American North Coast pine forest and grapefruit aromas too (I looked on the Clipper City website, and it does have Amarillo hops in it in addition to saaz and two other noble cultivars). These grapefruit notes are actually the dominant scent, while the flowery saaz plays second fiddle. The malt notes are biscuit-y and pale ale-ish, but Amarillo-Saaz duet takes center stage for sure.

T - Wow. Biscuity and crackery as hell...loads and loads of malt that I didn't pick up in the nose! Riding the wave of bready, biscuity, saltine cracker malt are huge juicy hop flavors with orange juice, pineapple juice, and mandarin orange in a can (this is all Amarillo fo' sho'), and some light peppery and floral flavors behind the fruit. Also, I swear to God that I can taste mint in there somewhere! Tastes like making a 50:50 mix of a German pils and a juicy northwest style IPA (think black and tan, but with Paulaner and Two Hearted instead of Guiness and Bass). I can taste the alcohol and it reminds me of gin, probably due to the peppery saaz flavor's similarity to gin botanicals.

M - Full bodied and very oily on the tongue. Loaded with IPA...almost DIPA levels of hop oil and bitterness. The carbonation is restrained, and the alcohol is very warming, astringent, and noticeable.

D - This is a very unique brew that IMO seems like a hybrid of two styles; a peppery, flowery, crackery German pils and a juicy, hoppy oily IPA. All I know is that whatever they were going for works for me. I will buy this again for sure! It's an interesting way to get a good dose of hops while straying from the tried and true IPA path. Good stuff!

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4.65/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pretty healthy looking pilsner. Super clear and light amber in color with a nice frothy white head. Nose is super subdued with bready malts present as well as earthy hops.

Wow thats good. Amazingly clean with well blended flavors. Crisp and refreshing. Nice sized body. No real malt sweetness but some biscuit like presence which is held together well with some grassy and herbal hops. Nice dry finish. Very very very good.

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4.55/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite beers. I prefer hoppy beers, so I may be a bit biased.

The aroma of this brew is very powerful, almost like you stuck your nose into a jar of hops.

The taste is very similar to the smell. It is very deep with a hint of a bite. The color brown; the beer is opaque.

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4.55/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ericj551
4.54/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small Craft Warning pours a clear yellow with a thin head that only appeared after I poured the last third of the bottle rather vigorously. The aroma is big fresh herbal and citrusy noble hops. There is a nice sweet and slightly fruity pilsner malt aroma in background. Flavor is more of the same. It is nice and balanced, with crisp hop flavor in the foreground for sure, but not over the top. The bitterness is well balanced by the sweet pilsner malts. The beer is nice and refreshing, especially for its strength.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.53/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a Pilsner, the average and overall ratings don't do this beer justice. Best buy date of May '09,

A - Light golden amber color, off white head and medium lacing present.

S - Slightly sweet hop aroma and earthy tones.

T&M- Super smooth, nice hop level. Medium to light bodied beer with almost perfect after taste.

D - I am not a pilsner drinker, but this is probably the closest to actual taste in this category of brewing. Well balanced and close to perfect for this style.

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4.52/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a peach amber with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Soapy & citrus hops along with a little breadyness

T: Soapy & citrus hops along with breadyness up front, plus some booze & lemony hops. Some crackery & grainy notes as this warms. Finishes citrusy & a little boozey

MF: Chewy with superb carbonation & balance

Drank very easy, a very good double pils

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Photo of RBorsato
4.52/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Golden with lots of tiny suspended particles, a big pillowy white head, very active carbonation, and sporadic lace rings. Prominent flowery hop aroma with a touch of citrus from hops (maybe Amarillo?). Malt aroma is evident later as it stands. Nice hop and malt balanced flavors. Medium bodied and very soft with a bitter hop finish but not overly so...

Easier drinking than OD Spring Brew 2004 (Imperial Pilsner).

Per C.C. website:
ABV: approx. 7%
IBU'S: 40+
Malts: German Pils and Carapils
Hops: Amarillo, Saaz, Hersbrucker and Tettnang
Style: Pilsner Bock - rich, malty, and rounded with a firm structure of noble, European hops.

Purchase Before: Aug 04
Tasted: 06/12/04

($1.43 / 12 oz.)

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of Limin8tor
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious! A tasty and very drinkable pilsner with an almost buttery aftertaste. Crisp mouthfeel. I would call it the perfect after work beer if I wasn't shocked to find out it's 7% ABV! I would never have guessed - you don't taste it in the slightest. Impressive. Will definitely drink again.

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of farHillsBrewer
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Offered as an Uber Pils or Imperial class. It has a solid malt backbone to support a bitter tasty hop structure. The color is pure clean light gold pilsner, with an ample snowy head and evident lacing. Each mouthful was pressed into the palate as the bittering grabs you. The swallow is long and flavorful with an appropriate pilsner bite. I'm happy to see Hugh Sisson produce a quality lager that is worth buying by the case.

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