Phillips Amber Ale | Heavy Seas Beer

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by pentathlete on 01-08-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
36
Reviews:
12
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
10.41%
 
 
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5
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Photo of LexingtonBeer
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Toasted malt is a little too overpowering here.

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Photo of thomas2357
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of aquatonex
3/5  rDev -17.8%
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 racingkenny14
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Noooddle
3.02/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JDW4195
3.14/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of juzh12
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rodlavers
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of JNForsyth
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of richj1970
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beerded_drunk
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of DarthGator
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paresis
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smibroncos
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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 OtherShoe2
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
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 TheSixthRing
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap@ 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 ViveLaChouffe
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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 mscudder
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
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 silverking
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of BBS323
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gww1864
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of cvstrickland
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
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 +3.8%
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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