The Alpha Effect Hazy IPA | Heavy Seas Beer

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The Alpha Effect Hazy IPAThe Alpha Effect Hazy IPA

Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
With a lightning strike of exotic hops, the Alpha Effect is a hazy and dank IPA thundering with juicy hop aroma and flavor. With a hefty 7%, the Alpha Effect has enough malt to balance the ridiculous amount of hops we used to create this category 5 monster. Hazy, but never muddy, this is an expertly brewed IPA. Take cover, the Alpha Effect is in effect!

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a tight, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of floral and citrus hops.

Tastes of the bright hops upfront layered over a solid malt base. Hops lead off with notes of orange, tangerine, pine, and tropical fruits. This gives way to some sweet, caramel malts and toasted bread. Floral and minty hops add towards the end. Finishes with a bit of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid IPA.

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Photo of Carbon_Hops
3.19/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of tdm168
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of peabody
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of csurowiec
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rammed96
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of whatname
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drtth
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The hazy dark golden orange beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1 1/4" off white head that slowly recedes to a thin layer and leaves behind lots of foam and lacing that clings to the sides of the glass. Sipping creates a couple of arches and scattered smaller spots of lacing, some of which continue to cling to the side of the glass.

The aromas are both subtle and complex. There's clearly some resin here and a mixture of several fruits including some tropical and other fruits.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with some restrained resin and all those fruits and tropical fruits. There's some mango and pineapple in here along with some peach but there are also other fruits in here. In addition there's a light but noticeable caramel sweetness from the malt backbone that backs it all up. Finally, in the background there is some citric bitterness but the balance between sweetness and bitterness is quite nice.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly smooth with some gentle but persistent carbonation. The finish is medium long and begins as the fruit flavors receded slowly while the malt becomes more noticeable for a bit until the bitterness emerges to replace it and create a long, fairly dry ending.

I'm enjoying this beer and may go back to get another bottle or two since it is a rotating beer and won’t be back for a while. Overall I thought it was a fairly well made beer that was worth having even though it didn't really seem as juicy as might be expected from the haze and description. Rather it was fruity with a nice malt backbone and some citric bitterness.

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Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikeg67
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, bready malt and tropical fruit. Body is medium and crisp. Citrusy, resinous hops, bready malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and hoppy. Tasty brew.

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Photo of DrBier
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AlexManiacDrunkard
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tbeer40
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beejay
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: A very hazy yellow in color with a bunch of floaties, and a large white head.

S: Orange peel, lemon balm, and a hint of spice, slight floral finish.

T: Some sweetness with notes of orange peel, and a hint of onion. Finish is orange blossom honey.

M: Medium in feel with moderate carbonation.

O: Tasty, decent bitterness, and in interesting hop character.

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Photo of Gaddabble
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Colin32
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Reemer686
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Maybe not a NE IPA in the truest sense but a solid IPA all in all. Love the citrus notes from this one.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clipper City Brewing Co. "Heavy Seas The Alpha Effect"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BY AUG0917" and sampled on MAY1617
$2 @ Weis Market #231, Conshohocken, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness (because it's easier): So is this Clipper City's stab at a NEIPA? It's just labeled a "HAZY IPA" but I think this is their jump onto the bandwagon. Good for them! It's definitely hazy - it's downright cloudy! But not like a "milkshake" beer, although there is a fair amount of visible sediment dropping out. Golden orange in color beneath a bright white head. Seemingly good head retention, and there's some lace formed already. Aroma... the aroma is at least half the battle here... bigger and brighter than I expected. Resinous and tropical. On the label they've called it "dank". I don't think that's the proper word to use given its definition, but everyone else uses it and I know what they mean, so I'll agree with what they're thinking it means. As it's sat it's lost some of that "dankness" and the tropical fruit has come out more: mango, peach, apricot, passion fruit, lychee, berry, melon - typical Citra and Mosiac notes, fortunately two of my favorite hops right now, at least for this style. Hmm, I wonder, can you really do a NEIPA without at least one of them? A little bit piney as well. Anyway, moving on... the flavor is just as good. Very juicy, but balanced and held in check by the malt beneath it. It's also a bit floral. I'm not finding the alcohol except for a little bit of spiciness in the finish. Of course it's only 7% so that's as it should be. Solidly bitter, clocking in around 70 IBUs which is right on for an IPA like this; and that probably adds to the spiciness in the finish as well. If there's anything I'd ask it'd be that the flavor was a little wider, but then it wouldn't be as drinkable, and it probably wouldn't appear as juicy, and then it'd also be heading towards double IPA territory so I should probably just take that back. What else? Medium bodied and crisp then smooth. Nicely balanced. Overall it's pretty damned good, it just lacks that magic that some beers have. And in the end I certainly wouldn't call it a NEIPA... "HAZY IPA" fits it just fine.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ordybill
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a murky golden-yellow color with medium sized white head. The aroma is full of citrus and some hops. The taste is a nice blend of citrus and hops. An outstanding beer.

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Photo of Omnium
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | 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.

From the bottle: "With a lightning strike of exotic hops, the Alpha Effect is a hazy and dank IPA thundering with juicy hop aroma and flavor. Take cover!"; "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."

Note the prevalence of the word "hazy" with this one. I noticed the buildup/presence of some lees on the punt of my bottle, so I happily agitated the bottle & its contents before Pop!ping the cap. I don't do it as much as I used to, but a heavy-handed aggro pour can be fun & rewarding in its own way. This one decided to puff up like a fish, but I was not frightened away. Instead, I watched as it billowed into two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with great retention that left equally dense, sticky lacing in its wake as it fell. The Deck Apes will be busy chipping that off with needle guns at our next liberty port! Color was solidly Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) and not only was it hazy, but I would say downright cloudy with evident floaties & a strong chance of showers in the afternoon. Wow! I am not a fan of this burgeoning style, but that is just me, plus clarity can be overrated as filtration strips away flavor. Onward! Nose smelled of mint - peppermint, wintergreen, spearmint, mint, baby, plus a nice base of caramel. Wow! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but big, especially for the style. The taste was minty, resinous, sticky, slightly sweet with caramel and really, really yummy. That said, you had best like hops if you hope for a like experience. It was not bitter, or at least not overly bitter, but it was definitely hop-driven. I got a kind of powdery sensation in my mouth, suggesting that it was on the bitter (pun slightly intended) edge of saturation, especially concerning dry-hopping. Finish was dry, but more minty and slightly spicy than bitter. I still kept getting a powdery feel in my mouth and throat, though. Maybe a little less dry-hopping or a little bit of filtration may be in order, IMHO. YMMV.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass. best by 7/22/17, julian dating above that would suggest it being bottled 2/2/17, so about 3 months old.

quite bizarre appearance. a crystal clear yellow body becomes a churning, carbonation filled, floatie filed centre. 1" head, with good lacing.

Dank and musty aroma

As to taste, a little bitter and sharp on the tongue. not much else. You do get the feel of a malt background.

medium on the mouth, slightly bitter finish.

Overall, a little understated on all fronts. not bad, and at 3 months, hops still present. just hoped for a little better i guess.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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