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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hops: Amarillo, Centennial, Simcoe
Malts: 2-row, Biscuit, Crystal

Added by tgdigital on 06-17-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of md655321
2.13/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Bought one of these as soon as it hit the shelves. While I am not a huge fan of Clipper City, they certainly hit it out of the ball park as far as bang for the buck. Shared a bomber with a friend, but just barely. Cloyingly sweet with barely any hops making it through. Aged barleywine sweet. Except without any complexity. Cheap caramel taste and a very thick mouthfeel. I really had a hard time drinking this, and so did my friend. Amazed at what this is like when its fresh. A few months on it would make this beer undrinkable entirely. If it wasn't a brand new beer, I would have guessed it was a 2 year old DIPA. Hopheads avoid!

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Photo of Deuane
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kegatron for hooking me up with this one.

A-Deep copper with a thin off white head that hung on and left spotty lace.

S-Sweet malt with a touch of citrus zing. Pretty nice but cut back on the malt a bit and...

T-Caramel malt sweetness with a fairly healthy citrus hop support. This one comes off a bit to malt forward for me.

M-Medium bodied, somewhat syrupy with a sharp/bitter finish. Good lingering bitterness.

D-See above comment in taste...not the best, too malty but I do like the citrus hop zip. Cut back on the malt bill a bit and we might have a winner.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this at Brewhouse Grille in Camp Hill on tap. Served chilled in a pint.

A - Gently hazed copper w/ thin white cap. The carbonation is visible, the bead is fine. A nice light haziness like iced tea w/ lemon squeezed in. Lots of tiny bubbles rise upward and the head is about 1/4 inch which revives slightly when swirled in the glass.

S - Pleasant citrus aroma w/ a mild caramel scent and juicy grapefruit nose. Somewhat floral w/ a high amount of alcohol and orange notes

M - A crisp carbonation upfront leads to a full bitter texture and bit of alcohol w/ sting of hops leading into a sweet candy-like malt texture and the warmth of alcohol follows the hop acidity. There is smooth sweet malt which gives a residual syrupy texture

T - A fruity citrus hop juiciness w/ the flavor of grapefruit rind and orange pepper/peel taste. A green taste of fresh herbs w/ orange juice acid in the taste leads to a pine flavor whichhas sweet leafy notes. The malt is sweet like many east coast IIPA's but cushions the intensely bitter hop profile and adds a candy-like sweet tip to the warmth of alcohol. The taste is highly alcoholic as you may have seen in other reviews but the taste isn't as detrimental in this aspect as its drinkability

D - An DIPA that really doesn't hide the high 10.6% abv at all. It is sweeter than I prefer and is not one I would return to most likely except perhaps to compare to the bottle. The alcohol gets a bit medicinal after one serving, I would rather have a dry tasting IIPA with milder abv personally.

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Photo of cooperrip
3.19/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

why the f can't we brew good dipa's on the east coast????fresh loose cannon is tight , so you'd think they could knock out a Dipa...no, too sweet, again with over malting on the east coast. I don't understand why east coast brewers who are generally english style brewers who generally appreciate lower abv beers feel the need to make dipa's over 10% and boozy.Give me a nice dry 7-8% double ipa and I am happy, am I alone on the east coast???
Decent label and good flavor, just too f'n malty, call it a double red and i'l sign up.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into traditional pint glass
Dark amber/copper color with two-inch head
Aroma-Sweet malt and hops
Taste-Malty sweetness and slow but sure incoming hops. This has a litle more sweetnes than I'm used to for a double IPA. Almost a Belgian feel to it. Not as hoppy as I was expecting but certainly plenty of alchohol at 10.6 ABV (Feel the gravity)
Overall, good but not great, certainly worth a try but a bit too unbalanced for me

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Photo of koopa
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber rec'd in a trade.

Appearance: Very malty looking sunburst orange mixed with caramel. 2 finger off white crown that retains and offers lacing.

Smell: Fairly flat besides caramel malt and a touch of bitter floral hops.

Taste: A fairly pronounced malt component but a nice enough bitter hop bite to keep things complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very creamy....really well done!

Drinkability: Really good considering the high ABV. The mouthfeel and balanced taste do it.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle

Pours a clear amber color with a small white head tht fades. No real lacing on the glass.

A blast of resinous piney hops with a faint hint of caramel malt beneath.

Loads of piney hops right upfront. Leads into an aggressive, but not overbearing bitterness. Just a touch of malt before riding into the susnset on a wave of piney hops.

Full body, mild carbonation.

Quality DIPA with good drinkability. ABV is only prohibitive factor in having more than a few in one sitting.

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Photo of deereless
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice tightly packed head on a hard pour, a rocky and slightly sticky head, dark gold to deep copper colored - 4.00, S: Lots of dark fruits such as plums and dates on the nose, hearty hop aromas as well, noticeable malt back, hops add some spiciness and earthiness, boozy - 4.25, T: Extremely sweet, reminds me of a rum-soaked holiday fruit cake, lots of bittering hops on the tail end of the beer, alcohol is noticeable, somewhat syrupy, without knowing any better I'd likely call this a barley wine instead of a double IPA - 3.50, M: Thick and heavy - 3.50, D: A solid double IPA, one I'm glad to have tried, as far as balance it seems a little heavy on the side of malt for a double IPA - 3.50

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Photo of klewis
4.55/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Catskeller, Cincinnati, OH - 7/22/09

A: Pours a slightly chilled-hazed copper with a moderate foamy head. Long sustain and tons of lacing.

S: Great hop aroma with apricot, citrus, and floral notes.

T: Hoppy, yet superbly balnaced. More apricot with earthy and piney hop flavors.

M: Full-bodied with light-moderate carbonation. Sticky and viscous.

D: A solid DIPA. Smooth and way too easy to drink.

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Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scarlet amber, pretty dark for the style with a nice eggshell cap of fine suds that leave sheets of sticky lace on the glass. Fruity pineapple and grapefruit hop aroma with a big hit of sweet malt. This is not your typical hop bomb DIPA, just a bigger and more powerful IPA in general. Bitter hops are well balanced with sweet maltiness and a leathery kind of tobacco flavor that lingers in the warm alcoholic finish. Full bodied and mildly carbonated. A nice change of pace and different than most DIPA's. Some will see this beer as too malty and boozy, some will see it as a bold and refreshing take on the style, I'm in the latter group.

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Photo of hughesm4
4.67/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Shared a bomber with a couple of friends poured into a couple of glasses.

A. Very light brown/bronze in color. Pours a very slight head that slides down the side of the glass.

S. Great smell with a perfect balance for a dipa. A perfect balance of pine, hops, snd malt

T. All the same traits as the smell, but gets knocked a half because I would hope for a little more of a bitter taste.

M. Pretty good. Sweet and slightly bitter.

D. Goes down extremely smooth. A great brew that I recommend to all.

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Photo of mwa423
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle, $5.99 for a 22 oz of a 10.5 percent DIPA? Sign me up!

A - Poured with a finger of grey head which quickly died down to a bit of lacing. Color is a dark sienna and it is clear enough to read my post through.

S - Right after the pour it the hops hit you, but once the head dies there is only a minimal hop smell (for a DIPA with 5 lbs of hops/bbl)

T - WOW. The hops almost knock you out of the chair. There are many different flavors in this beer, like hops, hops, hops, and a bit of humulus lupulus. Great flavor for a DIPA.

M - Hits the palate just right, and leaves the mouth begging for more.

D - Above average, but just doesn't pass the big gulp test for drinkability, slightly too boozy to above my score in drinkability.

Overall though....Clipper City, why are you only brewing this once!?!?!?

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.22/5  rDev -13%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The DIPA is one of the "biggest" and most popular styles of craft beers. As a result, there are a lot of them that are exceptional. Along with RIS, there is probably no style that has more great beers in it. DIPA is a popular and great beer style; however, I felt that this was a pretty average example of this style. An enjoyable beer, no doubt, but not really top of the stack when it comes to DIPAs.

Color is a very appealing and deep ruby red. Head is pretty abundant at first, but doesn't last long. Aroma is some booziness, grainy-ness, a touch of vegetable-ness, and some hoppiness. Flavor is more sweet and cerealy than anything, although is definitely a boozy note and some hops present too. However, the hops are not really the big thing you take away from this beer...it is more warming in the chest, alcohol esters, and sweet maltiness. Mouthfeel is a little on the thick and sticky side.

I enjoyed this beer, but didn't really think it to be exceptional when it comes to DIPAs. I'd still recommend it though. I bought my bottle at Blacklick Liquors on Broad Street in Columbus/Blacklick/Reynoldsburg.

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Photo of Goldopelgt
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a surprisingly dark amber color with a substantial creamy head...some decent retention and lacing...

S- Citrus and piney hops with an unexpected amount of malt...actually, very balanced...interesting?!?

T- Hops are somewhat lacking...they're there, but just not in your face like I was hoping for...alot of sweet malts again...not a bad taste, but sort of surprising...

M- Kinda thin...not what I was expecting for a DIPA...it sticks with you, but not necessarily in a good way...it's just seemed odd for the style...

D- Don't get me wrong, this is still a drinkable beer (especially seeing as the 10.5% is actually hidden very well), it's just not what I was anticipating for a DIPA; all the elements seem to be there, but they're just lacking somehow...

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a snifter,this beer is a deep amber with a nice fluffy white head and a good amount of lacing.

smells grassy and citrusy,overall pretty nice.

i feel like this beer is more of a double english ipa.it's fairly balanced,which makes it easy to drink.coupled with the fact that most people wouldnt be able to tell that this beer is almost 11%.

i like the hop profile of this beer.it is not a citrus dominated cascade bomb.herbal and grassy hops with a smack of malt sweetness finished with a grapefruit/citrus hop flavor.

mouthfeel is slightly oily but overall fairly smooth.this beer is really drinkable despite it's 10.6% abv.i didnt pick up any alcohol in the palate.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Hyde Park Wine & Spirits.

Pours a dark amber in color with some reddish highlights. Head is quickly gone to just a film on top of the beer. Very nice web like lacing coats the inside of the glass. That looks good.
Smell is a lot more malt than I like, especially out of my DIPA's. A little hop notes in the nose, but just too much malt there.
Taste is more of the same. Way too much malt coming through that blocks all if any hops that were there. This is a fresh bottle, and just no excuse to be called a DIPA with this amount of hops. Fairly high amount of alcohol noticeable in the flavor as well. At 10.5% it would be tough to hide, but it's there.
Still somewhat of an enjoyable beer, but not even close to a hop bomb if that's what you're expecting.

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Photo of drgonzo3705
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden bronze color with a small fluffy off white head that leaves nice sticky lacing left behind.

S: Big pungent soapy hoppiness. Light malt backbone to remind you you're still drinking beer

T: A lot like the nose. Soapy pungent and hoppy. Not hops overload or anything but enough is present.

M: Medium body with ample carbonation. Slight oiliness.

D: This is this beers best feature. Very drinkable for an almost 11% beer! Worth drinking especially for the price.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a beautiful crystal clear amber, that is topped off with a tight finger of slightly off-white colored head. Retains with a thin, yet rich look, that just absolutely COATS the sides of the glass with thick cascade of creamy lace. Great DIPA look here. The aroma is very even smelling, with big notes of floral hops, spice, sticky pine, rich tropical fruit sweetness, and grainy malts. As this warms, the heat starts to rise, with beefy alcohol warmth threatening to overtake the profile.

The hops are big and bold in the taste, with a sharp spiciness and a cutting resinous edge. Balance comes courtesy of a beefy backbone of toasted grainy malts and lush citrus, which really seems to give up a lot of the sweetness in this. The finish is sticky and spicy, with an intensely bitter finish that just completely dries the mouth out. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a creamier carbonation up front that then gives way to slicker and flatter feel, which carries a lot of the warmth and sweetness. There is a pretty heady alcohol presence to this. I don't know if I would call it completely rampart or anything but it does impart a good bit of a sting to the taste and body. This actually does feel like the ABV might be a bit more heftier than what is posted on the bottle.

Well I can't say that I was too surprised by this, as it came off as a typical East Coast DIPA to me. There isn't a lack of hops, but the higher alcohol (i.e. too high) presence makes the sweetness in these pop just that much more, making for a medicial feel that can be hard to take. I figure that your enjoyment of this will depend on how well you can handle the heat. Personally, I think that splitting a bomber with a friend would be perfect.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper/orange with a nice fluffy head and decent lace.
Smells pretty mild, hints of pine and juicy grapefruit. Slight caramel and cotton candy play around with the hops.
Taste is much stronger than the smell would imply. The malts make a very strong appearance, almost overwhelming the hops. Make no mistake, there's tons of hops around. Lots of sweet grapefruit and sticky pine.
Wonderful mouthfeel, rich and creamy and dense. Definitely a sipper but really easy to drink.

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Photo of mikey711
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bottle into a perfect pint glass. Reviewing in a rush so I can eat.

Its amber with a thick two finger head.

Lots of citrus and and pine.

The citrus and pine are present but not great. There is something like peppermint too which i wasn't expecting and threw me way off. A nice maltiness is present, but this was not a favorite of mine.

It's a bit light, and the alcohol is hidden well. Probably wouldn't have more than one, but could.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle from Wine Source in Baltimore poured into a tulip.

Clear amber, slightly orange color with a light tan head. Minimal streaks of lacing and head diminishes fairly quickly to a film and ring of bubbles. Strong aroma of pine hops, little alcohol presence, and caramel malt. As expected for style but nothing exceptional so far. First impression is that this is too sugary sweet. Starts with a sharp pinch of carbonation and hops before the body is overwhelmed by caramel and sugar sweetness. Citrus hops take over in the finish and linger. Body feels slightly thin for the style and lacking carbonation, but overall this is very drinkable for the style and ABV. I had very high expectations for this and it falls somewhat short. Certainly an above average DIPA and excellent offering for Clipper City, but my first experience with the bottled version was lacking balance, too sweet and too high in alcohol for my taste.

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Photo of Chodite
4.74/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this first on tap at the Clipper City brewery and most recently got a few first-run 22oz bottles.

I'm a big Imperial / Double IPA fan so I've been patiently waiting for this release. The benchmark for this style (IMO) is Maharaja from Avery Brewing Co.

I'm happy to report the new Clipper City Big DIPA is on that same level. Appearance is a tad lighter than most double IPAs, but everything else is certainly up there.

Smells like a pine forest. Lots and lots of hops here obviously and it comes through in the smell.

Tastes more smooth and balanced in the 22oz bottle conditioned version than fresh on tap. And for a double IPA, a nice balance is certainly a good thing. I'll have to re-visit the draft version now that it's likely mellowed out a bit. But the bottle version is heavenly.

Obviously at 10.6% ABV, drinkability isn't way up there. But considering how delicious this beer tastes, I really wish I could throw a few back in one sitting.

Great job by Clipper City Brewing with this one. Home run, no question. And for the price ($5.99 here for a 22oz bomber) - easily the best bang for your buck when it comes to the style.

Keep up the good work fellas!!

- Brad

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Photo of tgdigital
4.67/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a new and exciting offering from Clipper City in Baltimore, MD. I got a chance to sample this beer at the MD State Brewers Festival. They were serving the beer in a firkin that was dry hopped with cascades and oak chips.

This beer is similar to Loose Canon, but a lot bigger. It's a nice amber color with a clean white foamy head that is retained to the bottom of the glass. The nose is full of hops, cascade and amarillo dominate. There is a hint of alcohol and some big malty notes as well. The taste is exceptional with a nice malty presence which gets finished off well with a big hoppy kick. For as big as this beer is, it is balanced nicely, not too much sweetness, and no unrestrained bitterness either. The 10.6% alcohol is masked very well, and I was into my 3rd 4oz sample before I was informed of this number, so the drinkability is superb. I was told that the beer will be available in 22oz bombers starting in July, so be on the look out soon for this limited release, it's definitely one to try.

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