24 Anniversary Ale
Heavy Seas Beer

24 Anniversary Ale24 Anniversary Ale
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Style:
IPA - Imperial
ABV:
14%
Score:
90
Avg:
3.99 | pDev: 13.53%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
16
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Heavy Seas Beer
 
Maryland, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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24 Anniversary Ale24 Anniversary Ale
Notes: What better way to celebrate 24 years of brewing what we love than with x4 the hops? This quadruple IPA is our really big way of saying thank you. Bursting with notes of grapefruit, orange and ripe stone fruit, it brings a juiciness to every celebration.

Without the support of your crew, we wouldn’t be here today. We love you (almost) as much as we love good beer. Cheers to you, and cheers to 24!

IBU: 65
Hops: Simcoe, Citra, Galaxy, Enigma
Malts: 2-Row, Wheat Malt, Flakes Oats, Dextrose
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 16 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler into pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a brief off-white head. Essentially no lacing. Initial impression is heavy malt, banana, pineapple, muted caramel, and maybe some peach. Alcohol is pretty well hidden but not entirely so. Mouthfeel is medium-sticky with just a little bite. Finish is semi-sweet, resinous, and a bit boozy. I must admit that I enjoy high-octane IPAs - the alcohol makes any flaws seem tolerable. All in all, I think this is a really enjoyable quadruple (?!!?) IPA. I'd revisit in a heartbeat!

Feb 26, 2021
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CTHomer from Connecticut

4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: crystal clear; copper in color; 1 finger very pale yellow head that receded to a wispy cap; OK lacing;

S: very ripe pineapple;

T: ripe pineapple and banana - reminds me of a juice box;

M: medium bodied - sticks to your tongue and mouth; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish; there is a touch of booziness, but this is crazy smooth for 14%;

O: a little too sweet for my taste, but really well done;

Apr 18, 2020
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Heavy Seas Beer "Heavy Seas 24"
One Pint can without production codes or freshness dating
$

Notes via stream of consciousness: Holy Christopher! 14% ABV!!! Will the hops be able to stand up to the amount of malt that it takes to get to 14%? Let's see... it's poured a slightly hazy amber colored body beneath a two finger's width of creamy off-white foam. The aroma is not that hoppy, nor is it that malty. There is some malt there, but not like you might expect from a big doppelbock or barleywine. And there are some hops there but they're kind of like those hops you find in so many Euro lagers, just a bit "generic" without any really clear notes. That's the case here; I'm looking for the "grapefruit, orange and ripe stone fruit" listed on the label but finding none of it. Well, maybe a little bit of orange, oh wait... and a hint of peach. Let's taste it then and see what we get... it's definitely malty, and there are more of those tropical fruit flavors there, but they don't pop. It's certainly not juicy like a New England style IPA, and I don't think the malt is covering it up either. I just think that four times the hops you normally use is dependent on what the first amount of hops you used was, and then how they were used. This to me seems a bit like an English-style barleywine with American, or these days, New Zealand, hops in use. So what specific notes do I get. Let's start with the malt. It's grainy, sweet but not too sweet, and gently caramelish with golden caramel. It's a bit honeyish as well. There's an apple-like fruitiness that's probably coming from the yeast, and then a spritz of alcohol which is to be expected at 14 freakin' percent alcohol! For hops I'm finding some orange that almost becomes like orange marmalade in the golden-caramel malt, and some peach that appears midway but then comes alive at swallow which is nice. Oh, and there's some grapefruit as well, following that, but mainly just the pith lingers into the finish. It's an OK beer in terms of hoppy fruitiness, but it's pretty great as a strong ale. I was expecting more alcohol to show but it doesn't. That's essentially my overall opinion of the beer but let me wrap it up. In the mouth it's medium-full and dextrinous. A firm bitterness balances that, and with the assistance of a splash of drying alcohol it has just a dollop of fruity sweetness lingering. The head held pretty well, and perhaps even better than that considering the high alcohol content, but it also left some nice craggy limbs of lacing throughout the glass. So, as previously noted, this is a pretty solid strong ale but it's not the hoppy masterpiece that the label makes it out to be. Would I buy it again? Absolutely! This is a very nice, after dinner drinking while watching telly, or reading before the fireplace sipper ~ adjust that to reading 'in bed' as no one has a fireplace anymore, and if you do, and you're like me, it's too much work to clean it out to make it worthwhile to fire it up except for really cold nights and special occasions. Worth trying though.
Review #6,966

Feb 25, 2020
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Lucular from Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

"Heavy Seas is known for making robust, powerful beers and a wide variety of IPA's," says Heavy Seas Brewmaster, Christopher Leonard. "Recently, we've also been having a lot of fun with hazy, juicy, hoppy beers that have been well received. So, we decided to put it all together for our 24th Anniversary Ale - a 14% ABV, 75 IBU Hazy "Quadrupel" IPA brewed with oats, wheat and hopped to absurd levels with over four pounds per barrel of Citra, Galaxy, Enigma, and Simcoe. There's enormous buzz in the brewery about this beer. We can't wait to get it into the hands of all of our fans."

5 oz pour on tap. Sweet, citrusy, dank, boozy, but somehow balanced and quite drinkable. Far exceeded my expectations.

P.S. Just call it a barleywine already!

Jan 14, 2020
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into an imperial can-shaped glass.

Appearance
Golden blonde. Good clarity. Moderate carbonation. 1 finger of white head that dissipates quickly.

Nose
Frost burn, fish guts, toffee, floral, pine, overripe grapefruit, and steel. The aroma isn't very appetizing.

Taste
Grapefruit zest, pine resin, and bright zesty florals. Lemon zest and potpourri. Big pale candy sugar backbone. The thick malts in the aroma are surprisingly absent.

Mouthfeel
Full bodied, crisp, oily, bitter, and dry.

Overall
The aroma is severely off putting but everything else checks out. ...and a whopping 14% at that!

Jan 09, 2020
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TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Solid anniversary IIPA from Heavy Seas...hoppy, dank, barely noticeable 14%abv. Poured a golden color typical of the style, notes of dank, hoppy goodness followed. I would imagine this to turn to a “barley-wineesqe” beverage quickly given the %abv, so enjoy fresh!

Jan 05, 2020
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a "Quadruple IPA". 16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours golden with nice clarity and has bubbles racing upwards; small white head that fades leaving solid retention and lacing. The aromas have citrus along with some floral notes. Some crackers and bread. The flavors basically follow the nose for the most part. More floral notes. Some lemon and grapefruit. Some pineapple in the mix. Mild hints of pine. More hints of crackers and bread. Subtle hints of caramel. Slightly sticky. This one is ultimately bittersweet along with a subtle spiciness. Malts do their thing without completely dominating. Subtle warmth along with some warm alcohol in the finish, but it's not hot or boozy at all. The alcohol is actually well hidden considering the ABV. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy, smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a solid brew. It's big and bold while ultimately remaining balanced. Not bad at all.

Dec 16, 2019
24 Anniversary Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 16 ratings