Night Swell
Heavy Seas Beer

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States
IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
Ranked #64
Ranked #12,976
3.97 | pDev: 6.3%
Aug 10, 2021
Feb 20, 2019
Very Good
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Notes: Night Swell's arctic winds and northern tides make their way south, a darkness descends upon the Atlantic, and even the most hardened hop heads feel the pull of the darkness. Night Swell's nor'easter blast of hoppy aromas combines with a warming dark roast and rich malt sweetness for a full-flavored, full-bodied IPA that stretches the boundaries of the style. Surrender to the darkness and ride the swell.
ABV: 7.5
IBU: 71
Hops: Chinook, Centennial, Citra, Simcoe
Malts: Two Row, Amber, Dark Crystal, Brown, Caramalt.
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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

Poured into a grip shaped goblet: color is dark brown, than head that presents 1.5 fingers thick with thin top that remains, some lacing.

Smell is roasted malt, some chocolate malt, lighter sweet base malt, notes of hops with earth, pine, grassy notes.

Taste is similar with blend of roasted and chocolate malts, lighter sweetness backing, hops are more earth like with pine and grass notes; slightly full and dryer feel to the taste.

Mouthfeel is moderate carbonation, moderate sweetness, low/moderate bitterness, light drying.

Overall a very good dark IPA - notable roast/chocolate flavor, mild sweetness, crisp earthy hops, full presence and lightly drying.

Aug 10, 2021
4 by Mattias from Sweden on Mar 20, 2021
3.94 by Daniel_Mott from Sweden on Feb 18, 2021
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4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by BFCarr from New Jersey

Pours deep brown with a thick tan head that fades to a tan ring. Aroma is light coffee with a hint of hop floral notes. Taste is an odd but I think interesting mix of hoppy IPA and a brown ale. There’s hop and roasted malt notes both together but they are complimentary. Feel is vert nice, sort of the brown ale aspect, coating and pleasant aftertaste. Overall it’s an interesting, easy drinkable brew.

Jan 24, 2021
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4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

12 ounce can poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

L---Rich mahogany color with a big, khaki head of super fine bubbles. Very good retention and excellent lacing. Stray floaties that settled, not that there's anything wrong with that.

S---Sweet malts. Caramel & cocoa. Vague fruitiness.

T--- Follows the nose. Roasted malts and Cocoa with vague fruitiness.

F---Medium/full body. Well carbonated.

Jan 10, 2021
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4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by neenerzig from Ohio

Poured into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a very dark brown, almost black color that is not letting in any light. Has a creamy, frothy looking tan head that's an inch thick when first poured. Head settles eventually to a thick ring lining the inside of the glass and some swirls of film layer surface foam and excellent lacing. Aromas of roasted malts. some coffee and bitter dark chocolate notes, and earthy and piney hops. The flavor profile is very similar, with the roasted malts along with some coffee and bittersweet dark chocolate notes and resinous, earthy and piney hops. The flavor profile is well balanced. Has a slightly crisp, mainly smooth and creamy/frothy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a nice roasted and resinous aftertaste that sticks around on my palate long after each sip.


Jan 01, 2021
4.15 by BuxMontBeerLover from Pennsylvania on Dec 31, 2020
4 by parkwood from Pennsylvania on Dec 24, 2020
3.92 by 6thstreetbrewpub from District of Columbia on Dec 19, 2020
3.5 by aztraz from Sweden on Dec 18, 2020
4.04 by generalraider from New Jersey on Dec 10, 2020
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4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

Dark brown, nearly black appearance with an average size tan head that faded to a thin cover while leaving spotty lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, some coffee and semi-sweet chocolate with resinous hop accents. After the initial taste of coffee and caramel fades, the piney, flowery hops take over and remain in charge. Earthy, bitter aftertaste. Medium to full bodied, decently carbonated mouthfeel leads to a long lasting finish.

Seems similar to the Black Cannon Heavy Seas made a few years ago except maybe a little lighter in color. Nonetheless, a style I enjoy and this one is a solid example.

Nov 24, 2020
4.5 by trdtercel92 from Ohio on Nov 21, 2020
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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BeerMeInMS from Mississippi

First thought was that this was exactly the taste I was hoping for tonight...

Appearance: Deep brown with light tan foam and lacing down the glass
Smell: Fresh...just a nice clean, refreshing, and somewhat floral hop aroma
Taste: Roasted flavor combines evenly with a clean and strong but not aggressive bitterness that is mostly fruity in character (more lemon-like than the more common grapefruit bitterness); flavor disappears pretty quick after swallowing leaving behind a light piney aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied that finishes clean; really nice carbonation: almost effervescent

Overall: This beer is exactly what it says it is, which goes a long way with me. The smell is hop-forward, but the overall taste is balanced with rich roasted malt flavor and enjoyable, interesting bitterness. Deep flavor, although not complex, that I reckon is a solid representation of the Dark IPA style. Recommended. I would definitely buy again and certainly hope to...

Nov 06, 2020
3.77 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden on Oct 28, 2020
4 by Fr33man from Maryland on Jun 22, 2020
3.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on May 18, 2020
Photo of Colenso
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Colenso from Massachusetts

A: caramel brown with 1/2" head that recedes to thin effervescence with mild lacing and small bubbles.
S: Hop, malt, caramel, nice aroma, inviting on the nose.
T: Malty, but not sweet, strong bitter hop finish, alcohol warming.
M: Prickly effervescence, body is a little thin.
O: A malted dank IPA, hops are not well-balanced. There is an aggressive bitterness with insufficient floral front end to match the malt and caramel notes. Fine to try and enjoy, but not too sessionable for the winter.

May 16, 2020
3.75 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida on May 02, 2020
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3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by CTHomer from Connecticut

A: crystal clear; the color of maple syrup; 1+ finger finely pored tan head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: earthy, chocolate, and roasted grain;

T: a balance between chocolate and roasted grain; the grain gets stronger toward the end; finish is moderately bitter and long lasting;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: interesting; Heavy Seas calls this a "Dark IPA", which led me to expect black - so the color caught me by surprise; if the hops had stood out in more contrast to the malt, I would have liked it more;;

Apr 23, 2020
4.33 by beerrat from Virginia on Mar 08, 2020
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3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

Rich brown color with some ruby highlights. Tan head falls to a nice cap. Leaves some nice lacing behind. Aroma of roasty malt, dark fruit, some pine. Taste is a good, balanced mix of roasty, caramel malt and fruity, slightly piney hops. Some bitterness, but not aggressive. The flavors fade out quickly after swallowing. Feel is medium-full. Nice carbonation. Overall it's a tasty brew and a good mix of flavors.

Feb 09, 2020
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3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by haines710 from Delaware

Not as hoppy as I would have liked. Very malty with coffee and chocolate notes. This is an after dinner drink for me. I like it but wouldn’t call it and IPA.

Feb 07, 2020
4.16 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Jan 30, 2020
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4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by chinchill from South Carolina

12 oz can with a July 2020 BB date stamp on the bottom.
Pours with a near black body with a good tan head.
Unlike too many black IPAs, this one has a harmonious interplay of malts and hops. There is, however, a sharp contrast between the aroma and the flavor. The aroma suggests a very high malt/hops ratio but these are mixed in about equal strength in the flavor.

Jan 29, 2020
4.47 by bubseymour from Maryland on Jan 22, 2020
3.5 by JohneHoodlum from Pennsylvania on Jan 10, 2020
4.16 by _Adam_ from Maryland on Dec 31, 2019
3.65 by RBorsato from Virginia on Dec 19, 2019
4.08 by Boone757 from Virginia on Dec 16, 2019
3.71 by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania on Dec 13, 2019
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3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by tone77 from Pennsylvania

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts. Taste is roasted malts, light coffe, hops are present but in the background. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer and maybe too easy drinking at this abv.

Dec 10, 2019
3.75 by bigred89 from Maryland on Dec 07, 2019
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4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Lucular from Maryland

12 oz can. Aroma and flavor feature pine resin, some citrus, moderate bitterness, and some nice roastiness. Delicious. Bottom line: I need to drink more black IPAs. This is so much tastier than the average IPA, especially in fall/winter.

Nov 25, 2019
4.05 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Nov 25, 2019
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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

12 oz can, unclear date on bottom

pours a dark brown color, not quite black. cream colored head. aroma has earthy hops and deep cocoa and coffee notes. similar flavor, good balance of flavors. medium bodied.

Nov 16, 2019
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4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by justintcoons from Pennsylvania

12 oz can poured into a shaker.

Rudy red with mahogany shadows. Lively carbonation. Good clarity. 1 finger of creamy tan head.

Cocoa, caramel, grapefruit, pine, candied citrus, and dark candy sugar.

Roasted barley, cocoa, and black coffee highlighted by grapefruit zest, pine needle, and candied orange. Caramel, toffee, and dark candy sugar maltiness.

Medium-plus bodied, crisp, silky, creamy, and smooth with a medium-light bitterness.

A solid Black IPA. Again, I don't think the style gets enough respect.

Nov 14, 2019
Photo of MrOH
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by MrOH from Malta

Extremely dark garnet, thick tan head. Good retention, pretty lacing
Fruity, citrusy dank hops, a bit of chocolately malt underneath
Rich malt up front, a little chocolate, some dark caramel, fruity and herbal hops
Pretty chewy
I dig it for the season

Nov 12, 2019
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4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by jkblr from Indiana

12oz can stamped BEST BY 03/16/20 poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 7.5% ABV. The beer pours barely hazy with some floaties in a medium brown color. The head is light brown, somewhat persistent and leaves a nice lace. The aroma is roasty and chocolate malt with pine and earth. The taste is more chocolate at first transitioning to roasty, piney bitterness on the end. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, adequately carbonated and dry in the finish. Overall, good. I've always enjoyed black IPAs and this one is pretty solid. Could have done without the hop particulate, but one of the better beers I've had from Heavy Seas.

Nov 11, 2019
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4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by BlackTerrier from Vanuatu

This is very nice, well-carbonated black IPA, full of a somewhat bitter, coffee-hinting flavor. It goes down nicely, and I recommend it to people who like full-bodied dark IPAs.

Nov 11, 2019
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