Phillips Amber Ale
Heavy Seas Beer

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American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #698
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Ranked #39,075
3.58 | pDev: 10.34%
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 41
Photo of Categart
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful golden look, with a thick hearty head. Bitter taste at first, but smooths out as it covers the entire palette. Not my favorite, yet would oder it again!

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Photo of Profundobaso
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drinking on tap at Newark Airport Phillips
Look - amber in color, full head that dissipates quickly, but with nice lacing
Smell - bread, biscuits, toasted malts. Very hearty smelling beer
Taste - slightly tart initially, and a strong bread/biscuit finish
Feel - light bodied, medium-high carbonation, refreshing and excellent pairing with seafood
Overall - nothing to write home about, but a good beer to pair with the food here

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had [email protected] Phillip's Famous Seafood in the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport

Appearance - Served up in a pint, the brew is a relatively clear and copper in color. Served without a head, and not much lacing left as the brew is consumed.

Smell - Pretty typical amber aroma. Fair aroma of caramel and bread with faint touches of earth and grassy character.

Taste - Follows the nose. Decent amount of caramel and bready malt flavors that are met with a touch of estery, apple-ish character and hops that add a bit of bitterness as it rounds into the finish. I wouldn't call it bland, but there's nothing of particular interest here.

Mouthfeel - On the lighter side of medium-bodied with fair carbonation. Goes down smooth with a fairly crisp finish.

Overall - About what was expected. Decent flavor, but doesn't do much to excite the palate. It's just a good 'kick back and drink' kind of beer.

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Photo of mynie
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

One of them old school east coast brews. I don’t know if it’s served exclusively at Phillip’s locations, or whatever. It might have once been, back when people cared about it.

Pretty, classic American pale pour. Filtered amber-orange with a nice white head.

Smells faint, perhaps a bit too chilled. Light fruit and a little bit of toffee. Pleasant, but even for its style it’s way too delicate.

Tastes like a classic, nearly hopless American pale ale. Big fruity malt up front, bright with nodes of Juicy Fruit gum, moving into a more biscuity middle, sweet toffee finish, and then just a little, teeny tiny bit of dry hops to balance the fruit on the finish. Very good for what it is.

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Photo of mscudder
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - a clear copper/amber. Light and average head/lacing

S - I'm getting light caramel notes and some toasted malts.

T - Light bread, with a nice smooth progression. Very drinkable. This reminds me of a high quality Yuengling, here the sharp "bite" is no longer present.

M - Ideal carbonation for an amber in my opinion. Very smooth and could be enjoyed for a prolonged session.

O - The best word I can describe this brew is "light." Good drinkablilty makes this a beer worth buying again as a nice alternative to heavier, bolder brews but lacks a certain presence to be bought regularly.

Thanks to HopCity for stocking this in their growler selection.

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Photo of smibroncos
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured a clear apricot, with a fluffy white one finger head. Nice lacing on the glass.

S. Malt, cereal, hay

T. Sweet malt and bitter hops. Tastes just like beer, although there is nothing really special it is at best a decent brew.

M. Light to medium bodied, small bubbles, decent on the tongue.

D. A decent brew in a pinch but nothing spectacular

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Photo of plaid75
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Rattle N Hum in NYC.

Poured a clear amber hue with a half finger white cap. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a clean soft caramel and a faint grassy hop.

The taste was very well balanced with a grainy malt and neat hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style.

Overall a well balanced a very easy to drink ale.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this on tap while waiting for a flight in Atlanta.

A pale copper brew with a decent white head that left a little lacing on every sip. Nice clarity, and looked like a lighter Sam Adams lager.

Smell lightly of toasted malt, some hop, and caramel elements.

Flavors of lightly toasted bread, some dry cracker flavors with a little caramel sweetness and some nice crisp hop bitterness. This actually reminded me a bit of Geary's Pale Ale -- to the point in a blind taste test I might have trouble distinguishing the two.

This brew had decent carbonation and medium body.

Overall, it went well with the food, and drank well on it's own. Smooth, but nothing too distinctive or in your face. If I could get this up here, I'd drink this during grilling season.

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Photo of aquatonex
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

While waiting for my late flight out of ATL for the first time, found this brew at a supposedly famous crabcake place called Phillips.

Pours copper in color with a little bit of bubbly head, I suppose that is why they called this an amber ale. However, the flavor characteristics remind me most of a Sam Adams Ale for some reason, so it was pretty decent. Some moderate hoppiness with mild malts, slightly sweet slightly hoppy, nothing too much to dwell on. Went down like a Sam. Altogether, I'd drink it again, not a bad beer but not really an amber either.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Phillip's at Norfolk International Airport:

The body is a clear reddish-copper amber capped with a fizzy white head that quickly reduces to a ring and leaves a few scraps of lacing on the glass.

The smell is malty with a little spicy caramel, the taste is the same, with a bit of an earthy dryness in the finish tussling with a note of dry cocoa mix.

Very smooth and medium-bodied with good drinkability.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

OK, so I sampled this brew in Atlanta at the Hartsfield-Jackson airport in Concourse D. Found it at a Phillips Seafood restaurant location, which is based in Annapolis, Maryland. This is also hometown to the Clipper City Brewery who brews this beer for Phillips Seafood. In Atlanta. And it's not really an amber as much as it's a re-branded Clipper City Pale Ale. Get all that? You will be tested. So was this beer.
Poured off the tap a with creamy tan head composed of tiny bubbles. Nice retention and very good lacing. Clear amber color makes this an all around great looking brew. Pleasant light hop aroma with some malt there too. The flavors were at first hoppy, then some smooth malts come in and lead to a finish that is again hopped and crisp. The hops take center stage as it warms up (clearly it was an American Pale Ale at heart). Medium body and a decent mouthfeel but a little on the watery side. Still, for a Pale Ale this is worth checking out.

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Photo of GrandpaGeorge
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

According to CC braumeister Hugh Sisson, this is a re-badged CC Pale Ale; and it was on sale following the tour. Deep gold color in the glass with soft carbonation and quite a bit of foam that disappeared quickly. A touch of sweet caramel in the nose, and in the initial taste, with a nice (Clipper City trademark) hops bitterness int he aftertaste. Definitely something worth trying. If you can, check out the Clipper City Brewery tour too. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday afternoon. And the libations are great too.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft in a tall pilsener glass at the Phillips Famous Seafood restaurant in the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, Concourse C.

Pours a pale amber with a billowing ivory head. Smells of lightly sour, biscuity pale malt. No hops to be detected.

Taste is also far more malt than hops. Biscuity, lightly caramel tasting malt. that is not to say this is a bold, big beer by any means. Mouth is on the thin side with just a bit of wateriness in the finish. Lightly crisp and an easy drinker. Tasty enough and great with a crabcake!

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Photo of pentathlete
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apparently brewed for Phillips Seafood Restaurants though I picked my sample up at a Maryland retail outlet. Can't find any info on the Clipper City website or at Phillips' website.

Ruddy gold, slight haze, small white head that falls to a ring. Sweet malts dominate the nose with a clean water scent providing the background. The malts dominate the early taste then a carbonic segue to a reasonable (not strong) hop finish. The mouthfeel is fine, though light. Satisfying amber ale. Easy to drink, nothing bad about this. Bet it goes great with any of those crab dishes.

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Phillips Amber Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 41 ratings