The Alpha Effect - Hazy IPA | Heavy Seas Beer

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The Alpha Effect - Hazy IPAThe Alpha Effect - Hazy IPA

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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 ajm5108
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A pretty generic IPA, even if it is attempting to tap into the haze craze (though it isn't very hazy in actuality). It has your typical piney bitterness mixed with some grassier hop cone flavor, but really nothing beyond that. By no means terrible but just another face in the crowd.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Love the look, slightly disappointing smell, great taste and decent feel....lots of great hops are noticeable in this brew...smooth drinking and a solid ABV..I recommend

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this at Kickbacks in JAX. The beer poured a slightly hazy golden with white head that left a spotty lace. The scent was had hints of juicy fruit. The taste not evenly balanced and not overly easy to drink. The mouthfeel was lighter in body good carbonation. Overall it was a so so beer.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a cloudy amber with a two finger foamy white head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is pine, grapefruit and tangerine.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Piney hops, tangerine, mango, grapefruit and some light caramel malts. The finish has a good piney hop bite.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with soft finish.

O - Nice IPA with a good balance of piney hops and tropics fruits. Not your typical NE juice bomb but still enjoyable.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Having this on tap, I notice that the amber-colored body is relatively clear - it's hard to tell it's unfiltered. Still, the aroma brings a nice hop quality. I pick up some grapefruit, lime, mango, and pineapple. Caramel malt is subtle. Despite the timidity of the nose, it's a success. The flavor is similar, yet different. Similar in how well the grapefruit and mango translate to the taste buds, yet different in how dimensions of lychee, peach, and candy come through. The finish is lightly dank, with an embellishment of caramel on the fringes. It's very approachable and balanced, but it lacks the complexity and boldness of the finest new-school IPAs. Nor does it feel pillowy soft: it has a firmness endemic of a west coast IPA. It's well carbonated and easy to drink, but a bit bulky in texture. I'll call it good, but not great. It doesn't pop like the better NE-style IPAs (in fact, it doesn't really resemble one). However, it satisfies that new-school hop craving at a fair price, so I'll buy it again when it's fresh.

3.55/5: A fine everyday IPA and a good addition to the Heavy Seas lineup

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Photo of tone77
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is juicy, citrus. Taste sis juicy, citrus, light malts, touch of pine, moderate bitterness. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of jp32
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden/orange in color with a nice white head on top. Very hazy. Tropical fruit aromas of pineapple and mandarin oranges. Big, juicy flavor of orange peel with some pine qualities and a lingering bitterness. Excellent body and carbonation. Nice beer overall.

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Photo of atr2605
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A-pours a super hazy golden straw color, slightly orange, with a white foamy head with excellent retention
S-pine, pineapple, orange, grapefruit
T-morepine, lemon, orange, resiny bitterness in the finish with nice malt balance
M-medium bodied with average carbonation
O-pretty average ipa, would buy again at the right price

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Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Came in a standard pint glass...well a hazed auburn infused lighter golden with a half finger bone white head atop.Very citric in the nose like of tangerine and orange juice with slight grassiness as well,a sweetish dough malt base underneath.Like the aromas the flavors are very citrusy with only light bittering,again a sweet dough maltiness underneath.It's good not real complex with it's hop flavors,it does drink well though for the size of it.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Excellent orange turbid haze with nice 2 finger head and lacing. Really nice dank, tropical blend aroma. Really well done and definitely fits the NE IPA style catagory, with very nice balance of hop citrus/ and some pine bitter as well. Very nice soft mouthfeel. Extremely well made IPA. Shocked at the low overall ratings.

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Photo of hophugger
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden-yellow color with average head and hop particles floating throughout. Aroma is citrusy, especially with fresh squeezed oranges and a bit of lemon. Taste is tingly, has a good amount of citrus and citrus peel with a big amount of hop bitterness. Finish is good with the hop bitterness and citrus peel lingering the longest

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Photo of babaracas
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Uhh, so this is a clear amber with a bunch of fine sediment in suspension, total fail at being "hazy", you can make an SNPA do this if you swirl it enough before pouring. Lame.

Still the meringue-like billowing, long-lasting head is worth something; spotty lace strewn down the glass. Smell: tangerine, onion, mango juice. Taste: tangerine and mango juice combo, pine pop, garlicky finish. It's juicy. Medium bodied, creamy feel. It's alright!

The onion/garlic thing seems odd... when this warms you can pick up an obvious blast of mosaic, but it seems to contribute in this weird vegetal way :/

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Photo of CNoj012
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy bright orange color with lots of tiny floaties. The head is two fingers, soapy and white. Retention is decent and there are tons of spots of lacing left all over the glass.

Smell is bright and fruity along with some earthiness, pine and bready malts.

Taste is the same. Starts off with notes of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, and mango that transition into earthiness and then a bitter piney finish. There is moderate bitterness throughout, but it is most pronounced on the finish.

Feel is medium and smooth with a lot of prickliness on the finish.

Overall a very good IPA. It has a very nice array of flavors and is easy drinking. Will definitely buy again.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 7/24/2017. Pours very hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, berry, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/fruity hops and moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, berry, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine/citrus peel/grassy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, berry, lemon/orange peel, pepper, pine, honey, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/fruity hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from lingering bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/sticky, and lightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 7%. Overall this is a very nice NE IPA! All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/fruity hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. More bitter/drying than most of these kind of IPAs I’ve had; but still really juicy/dank on hops with balancing malts. Love the hop profile. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lemon and pineapple and light pine line your olefactory sensors on this one. Head is solid and shows decent retention. Golden color but bery cloudy, as advertised. Interesting.

Huge citrus and pine flavors but only medium to high bitterness. Definitely withering and one dimensional but not brutal and overpowering. Texture holds it under control and even permits some late balance to arrive. It's not amazingly crafty or anything, but I can dig it.

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Photo of Wayniac
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice color, kind of hazy like a thick lemonade, aroma is wonderful with pineapple, currant and grassy notes; nice soapy head.; flavoe matches the aroma with slight notes of pineapple, currant, grassiness, raw hoppyness, and pine near the finish... and a bit of biscuit from the malt; sharp piney bitterness that lingers long after you swallow, but not extremely bitter. A new favorite!

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle. Pours a hazy/cloudy straw yellow golden color with white head. Citrus, pine, light fruits, very juicy on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium to full bodied. Finishes with plenty of fruit and a little pine.

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Photo of Jason
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Pours a mildly hazed dull golden hued brew, great looking lacing all the way down. I decanted all but the last ounce, figured if it had settled out then there was no need to mix it back in. Juicy, piney, minty, floral hop nose and flavor. Ample bitterness with a long lingering taste. Hint of esters from the alcohol, just enough malt to hold this brew up. I much prefer their other IPAs, this was too bad though.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is one big bold dry aipa. It pours a hazy yellow with tons of head (that stays put nicely). The aroma is huge as well - skunky hoppy. The taste is very singularly hoppy and bitter without much malt taste to balance. The aftertaste as well - bitter.

I don't usually go for these one dimensional ales, but this one is much better than most and a nice treat. Recommended if you are looking for a dry hoppy aipa.

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Photo of BJB13
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BEST BY JUL 24 17 printed on label
12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic pint glass

Look- Poured a cloudy golden orange that lets some light through. 2 fingers of lasting, thick and foamy, slightly off white head with slow sticky lacing.
Smell- Moderate aroma that is pungent with fruity esters and citrusy hops. A hint of pineapple I think.
Taste- Bitter and hoppy with citrus flavors. Not as juicy as I expected. A little malty and sweet with no taste of alcohol.
Fairly well balanced I would say. Finishes bitter and kind of sour like grapefruit.
Feel- Smooth, to the light side of medium bodied, almost creamy. I got a little bite at the tip of my tongue which reminded me of eating fresh pineapple.
Overall- A good IPA. Not a juice bomb but tasty and has a good balance of hop to malt. I have also had this one from a cask at the brewery and liked it a little better.

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Photo of BB1313
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 7/21/17. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy burnt golden; big fluffy eggshell white head that sticks around leaving great thick retention and very sticky lacing. The aromas are subtle but nice. Lots of sweet candied fruit. Nice blend of tropical and citrus notes, but it's more on the tropical side. It's slightly floral as well. Malts are there. The flavors are nice. Some pineapple juice along with some ripe grapefruit. Solid malt backbone with a moderate bitterness. It's bittersweet. Some damp grass and pine in the mix. Finishes juicy. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy and slightly creamy. Smooth stuff.

This is a nice IPA. Nice aromas and flavors. Everything is balanced. Well done and enjoyable stuff. I like it.

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Photo of Beef_Curtains
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is blatantly labeled a "hazy ipa", obviously trying to cash in on the trend. It does pour hazy, but not the opaque orange juice look of some popular NE ipas. Light shines through pretty easily and I can see the bottom of my snifter as I get half way through it.

In terms of taste and aroma, it's a solid ipa. I wouldn't call it "juicy". There's definitely a grapefruit element to it but this beer leans more into the dank/grassy realm. It has a little of the yeasty bite that I sometimes get in turbid ipas, too. It is smooth and easy to drink with a crisp medium body.

Some people may buy this hoping for a mass produced new England style hazy juice bomb and will be disappointed, but this is a pretty decent ipa worth trying.

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The Alpha Effect - Hazy IPA from Heavy Seas Beer
3.81 out of 5 based on 70 ratings.
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