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The Alpha Effect Hazy IPA | Heavy Seas Beer

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The Alpha Effect Hazy IPAThe Alpha Effect Hazy IPA
BA SCORE
3.82/5
Very Good
108 Ratings
The Alpha Effect Hazy IPAThe Alpha Effect Hazy IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States
hsbeer.com

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!

Added by BB1313 on 02-28-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,000
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
108
pDev:
7.33%
Bros Score:
3.57
 
 
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Gots:
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Ratings: 108 |  Reviews: 31
Reviews by babaracas:
Photo of babaracas
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of Beef_Curtains
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
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 JackVegas83
3.27/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jason
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
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 ledouge
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HopsForBrains
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle from NC consumed near BB date.
Pours with a hazy amber body that has floating sediment and that's topped with a creamy, durable off-white head.
Bright fruity aroma and very fruity flavor. In fact, this is so fruity, juicy and fresh tasting that one might think it was made with added fruit juice.
Medium body and carbonation; semi-dry. Partly hidden alcohol.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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 whatname
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tdm168
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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 WoodBrew
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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 ordybill
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
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 Kbret
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very basic hopped up ipa. Thicker I think do to the hops? I like Heavy Seas clean water fund. Cool idea

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Photo of mmorris15
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hophugger
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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 tone77
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
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 Tbone2131
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of philbe311
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ocelot2500
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
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 Beejay
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
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 buzzy
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rammed96
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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The Alpha Effect Hazy IPA from Heavy Seas Beer
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 108 ratings
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