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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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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.

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Photo of Noah_
1.12/5  rDev -70.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I pulled this beer out of a cooler at a party a few weeks ago, and it was god awful. It smelled like a blend of herbal and red tea, and the taste... it was like drinking concentrated sugar water with an assortment of preteen girl perfumes dumped in, and the taste would NOT leave my mouth despite the fact that I immediately spat it out.

I assume that this was some kind of horrible factory error because nobody else is complaining about it, but I am leaving this review here for anyone else who has this horrible experience.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

A: very clear. very bright golden body. head is pretty bright white. frothy. good retention. minimal lacing.

S: very malty. not getting much hop aroma here. cant tell if there is a hint of metallic flavor or not. a rich pilsner focused malt aroma seems to be bulk of the aroma.

T: sort of metallic. minerally. lots of grain. really malty, a little corny. bitterness is plenty. cant tell if the mineral flavor is European hop derived or more metallic.

M: moderate amount of carb. medium body.

D: cant decide about this one. definitely a rich lager but I cant tell if there is a metallic off-flavor or some light dms going on here. might need some refining in the brewing process to clean this up, but has a good starting point.

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Photo of Limin8tor
4.5/5  rDev +19%
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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Photo of horshack7
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear golden to amber in color and a head about one inch high.

Aroma: Floral hop with light citrus notes. Little bit bready, and a touch of caramel malts.

Taste: Buttery texture, crisp mouthfeel, citrus but mostly floral hop with a light dryness. Sweetness from caramel malts with a twinge of biscuity notes.

Notes: Solidly drinkable and can be enjoyed anytime of year. Cheers.

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Photo of sajaffe1
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden color with a fluffy white head.

S: Lots of bready and honey like malt in the aroma with a touch of hops. Maybe just a touch of candied citrus.

T: Follows the smell. Very malty with a lot of cereal malt and grain throughout compared to a Czech pilsener. A tiny hint of earthy hop resin before more grain and bready malt take over again.

O- Not that great, but not bad either. Most likely will never drink this again unless its free.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden color with a one finger fluffy white head.

S: Lots of bready and honey malt in the aroma with a touch of grassy hops. Maybe just a touch of candied citrus.

T: Follows the smell. Very malty with a lot of cereal malt and grain throughout. A tiny hint of earthy hop resin before more grain and bready malt take over. Probably wouldn't have again.

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Photo of greybeardloon
2.98/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best before June 2013

A: Apple juice. Poor retention and no lacing.

S: fairly faint. A swirl brings out a whiff of toilet bowl cleaner.

T: Sweet crackers, apples, bread, mild grassiness. Light on the hops; could use more to counteract the syrupy sweetness.

M: Feels a bit too thick, maybe compounded by the sweetness.

O: Fairly uninteresting; perhaps it will be better with food.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear golden orange color. Not mist, fog or sediment. Head is a thicker crust of doughy fluff. it retains well but surprisingly is quite stingy with lacing.

S-Initially quite sweet. Lager yeast and sweet grain. Crackers and white bread. There is also a lighter perfumey hop experience. Also semi-grassy but not nearly as grassy as I would have expected. Would definitely like more power with all those noble hops.

T-Hops are stronger here. Potent floral hoppiness and perfumey hops. Sweetness sets in well after but it is quite sweet. Buttered bread and cracker malt. Oddly balanced.

M-A bit sticky or chewy. Lighter side of medium bitterness. Alcohol peaks through. Not exceptionally drinkable and far from crisp.

O/D-I have not been happy with many Imperial Pils or beefed up Lagers (unless they're from Jack's Abby). This one doesn't really do it for me. The style is at its best when it is far less robust. All the crispness and cleanliness is lost with such a high gravity and such concentrated flavors.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.79/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I poured this blah beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. This beer was just plain Jane. It was hoppy smelling and hoppy tasting. Way more than I like. To those that helped sample it they said it smelled like the ocean? The beer did pour a nice head I must admit but that was all that was nice. Beer also had a bit of a citrus note. I will not buy again.

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Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a golden hue with amber highlights with thick white head that slowly dissipates down the side of glass – leaving a nice trail.

S: Malty bready aroma with a decent hop background.

T: Similar to the smell there is a decent malty flavor with an equal mix of hops.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Well balanced beer and went down easy.

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Photo of Ford
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a New Belgium tulip glass.

Looks good... nice amberish color.... wow, loads of hops coming through when smelling it... I'm not a big hop head so we'll see...

Taste... yeah... there are hops.. I'm not sure if I have had an imperial pilsner.. are they always this hoppy?

Can't say I'm a huge fan of the taste of this beer... but that could just be the hoppy presence... it's good, just not great to me.

Came with my beer of the month club pack. Glad I tried it... probably won't pick anymore up.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, best before Jan 2013. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, orange zest, pear, apple, bread, cracker malt, floral, herbal, and light peppery hops. Damn nice aromas with good strength and balance of malt/hop notes. Taste of lemon zest, pear, orange zest, bread, cracker malt, apple, floral, grass, and peppery hops. Good amount of floral citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pear, bread, cracker malt, apple, floral, grass, and peppery hops on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor balance with good complexity; with a nice malt/hops flavors balance; and zero cloying flavors on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial Pilsner! Great balance of hop/malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of alexipa
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep yellow-orange with a thick white head that quickly turns to a thin film.

S: Not much scent at all, what is there is dominated by pilsen malts.

T: Lots of clean malt taste, along with strong floral hops. Very bitter all the way through and is lacking a bready quality I'd expect from an imperial pilsner.

M: Very full bodied and smooth, with enough carbonation to keep it from being too heavy. Pretty nice.

O: Drinkable and pretty tasty. Very average example of this style and a little too on the hoppy side for a pilsner.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with Sept 2012 notched out of the label. sampled on January 22, 2013 so that might have impacted my rating.

The color of the pour is light amber to copper with virtually no head and zero lacing.

The aroma is really nothing astonishing but there are pale malts, sugar sweetness, and the vaguest of hop crispiness lingering around the back end.

The body is medium and creamy.

The taste begins sweet and caramel-like but there is a kind of overripe fruitiness in there as well. The bitterness is mild at the end. Maybe a fresher bottle next time will result in a higher grade.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear dark golden yellow with some amber highlights and a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall fluffy off-white head that slowly reduces to a moderate patch of thin film with some smaller patches of large bubbles and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of bready malts with some light notes of grassy and floral hops. Light amounts of alcohol can be noted.

T: Light to moderate flavors of bready malts with some light to moderate amounts of grassy and floral hops. There is a light amount of bitterness and some alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth with a touch of chewiness.

O: I wish the beer had a little less ABV - there are some notes of alcohol that I wish were more well hidden. I think this beer could have benefited from a little more hops but it was an enjoyable beer and paired very nicely with Spanish tapas.

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Photo of mick303
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

7.0 %. Poured into a pilsner glass yielded a surprisingly small head, showed decent lacing though and plentiful carbonation. Colour is a mildly coppery gold.

Aroma - mostly biscuity malt, with some strong noble hop character. Crisp, almond note, some floral notes.

Taste is initially a semisweet fruity malt. Caramel malt, apples, dry citrus as hops come forward. Some roast bitter coffee also. Finish is dry, straw notes, plenty of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is moderate, carbonation is excellent making this refreshing but also slightly heady. Alcohol is a bit forward but incorporated nicely into the beer. Highly drinkable.

A crisp beer with plenty of fruit and fresh hop character. The alcohol can be a bit aggressive at times, but otherwise it's balanced pretty well. A bit of tart sourness also, makes for a really refreshing and surprisingly drinkable imperial pils. Could be a tad more integrated but has a ton of flavour and worth trying for the style.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a tulip glass and got about three fingers of healthy, fluffy foam immediately. I like the lacing that the foam left behind on this one.

Off the top I get a moderate amount of hopping. There is a little bit of english hop and a little flowery.

This beer really tastes like a hoppy ale. You get a decent amount of the hops there, but I don't taste any of the pilsner. I'm not sure if this is a good or bad thing... I guess it just is. There is a lot of flavor there.

I recommend trying this beer out. This is probably a mildly polarizing beer.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pilsner glass.

A: Clear golden yellow with two-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted several minutes and left a nice film. Nice spotty lacing.

S: Bread and hops. Mild.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. The sweetness is up front and bread notes follow. Bitterness rounds it out.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth.

O: Solid Imperial Pilsner. A pleasure to drink this time of year.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean golden, with thick 3-finger head of off-white carbonation. Beautiful lace.

Nose is grains, typically lager-like. Not bad, not outstanding.

Taste is malty and nearly sweet at first, followed by a tangy, chewy, nearly boozy finish. I get a limited hops presence here.

While this is definitely an "uber-pils", it's not one I'd chase down again.

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Photo of ShootingBull
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A = light to medium amber.
S= bready, and a little fruity
T= malty and fruity up front with a slight hoppy bite and dry finish.
M= slightly caramel/syrupy feel, light body.

I thought it was very pleasant and a bit surprising. I'm normally more of a PA or IPA drinker but this pilsner was quite a surprise. A friend of mine likened it to a "light" pale ale. I would drink it again, I think it would be great on a warm summer afternoon to have a couple of these. Unfortunately, those warm afternoons are gone for a few months...

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Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense and fluffy off white head that died down relatively quickly, leaving patches of bubbles on the surface, a thin collar and some lacing down the sides of the glass..
S: There are light to moderate aromas of bready malts and alcohol in the nose along with some hints of floral and grassy hops.
T: In contrast to the smell, flavors of floral and grassy hops outshine the bready malts, but only contribute a light amount of bitterness. There are also hints of alcohol that particularly linger through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth and thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems like it could use more hops and less alcohol in the taste.

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Photo of Theheroguy
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Darker than one would expect from the average pilsner but then again this is an UBER PIlS.

The has a nice malt under tone but plenty of hop flavor. There are 6 types of hop in this beer that combine to make a wonderful array of flavors.

The finish on this beer is a bit too dry for my liking

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Photo of malloyca
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle, Small Craft is a limpid amber showing steady streams of small, round bubbles. The aroma blends malt, yeast and some hops. This beer has a creamy mouth feel and a sweetness that is not a typical Pilsner flavor profile, and it brings bitter hops, sweet malt and a distinct alcohol note. It leaves a bitter hoppy finish. I don't think that Pilsner is as amenable to the "imperial" treatment as other styles (IPA, stout) and can come off overwrought, so I will tend away from this.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a clear golden-amber color with a thick one finger white head. The head has fantastic retention eventually fading to give nice lacing.

Smell – The smell is bready and sweet. A caramel and toffee sweetness mixed with a biscuit maltiness. There is also a light hoppy aroma as well, although this is very light.

Taste – A smooth bready and doughy flavor meets the tongue. There is a lighter caramel sweetness up front that grows stronger more toward the middle of the taste. In the middle the sweet and bready taste create a rather smooth sweetness. At the end a very light hoppy flavor of an earthy and citrus nature as well as some alcohol flavor comes to combine with the rest of the flavors. While perturbing the smooth taste of the brew, it did bring an element of change and ended up leaving a somewhat pleasing

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was rather creamy with only a light carbonation level. Very nice for the smooth bready flavors of the beer.

Overall – It is a very tasty and soothing brew with some nice sweet bready flavors. One to sit back and enjoy.

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Photo of soulfly1492
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: High malt aroma, mostly sweet. Lots of pils, maybe some pale and caramel in the mix. Some fruity esters, apricot and orange. Citrus hops, floarl also. Should have good balance in the taste.

Appearance: Light gold. Tons of small to medium sized particles in suspension, evenly distributed. Thin off-white head. Good retention. Some lacing. No sediment left in the bottle.

Taste: Sweet and bitter pilsner malt. Mild yeast helps to counter the malt bitterness. The mild to moderate hops are highly floral.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Nice and creamy. Low carbonation. Finishes about neutral.

Overall: 7% ABV? Well hidden. I could drink this all day. Very smooth considering the bold flavors present. Beautiful balance of malty sweetness and hop bitterness.

Note: Almost a year past the freshness date. The age didn't harm the brew at all.

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