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Heavy Seas - Pale AleHeavy Seas - Pale Ale

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.75%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of unknownlamer
4.4/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle notched best before Dec 2010, served in a tulip glass.

After years of being unable to find my old favorite pale ale since moving out of the Baltimore area it was nice to see that Clipper City has become large enough to distribute its full line in North Carolina instead of the old Heavy Seas line.
Still not sure if this is the same recipe as the old Clipper City Pale Ale as the ABV listed is lower.

Pours clear copper with a fingertip sized head that fades to a thin but solid cap which leaves behind splotchy lacing.

The aroma is fairly subdued; a bit of spice and sweet grain. Seems about right for an English style pale ale.

Body is moderately carbonated and solid feeling enough to not be thin, but also not syrupy. One of the nicest bodies of any pale ale I've ever had.

The flavor is sublime. A bit toasty and nicely grainy with a rather tame bitterness perfectly balancing the sweetness. The Goldings and Cascade hops blend in a rather nice way and come out in the finish as the toasted grain flavor fades away. Everything is balanced with nothing overpowering the other flavors, and the bitterness especially doesn't build and become cloying as I've found with a lot of other pale ales.

After many years of being parted I am delighted to discover that this is as good as I remember it being. Now if only I didn't have to bike 14 miles to get it.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.33/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Bertha's in Baltimore, served in an imperial pint glass. The bar tender indicated that this was the house beer always on tap and in a cask.

The beer was a hazy dark orange color, with a nice, light off white head that dissipated too quickly, but expected given that it was from a cask. The beer gave off a nice biscuit aroma with a hint of citrus. The taste is what I expected from an English Pale, nice and malty, with that hint of biscuit, earthiness and citrus. Very well done. The beer had a great feel to it, a nice moderate feel to it, again given the lack of carbonation from the cask. The beer was extremely easy to drink and I could drink them all day. Overall, this was a great beer and the next time that I am in Baltimore, I will be stopping at Bertha's for a pint or two.

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Photo of TheGarvenator
4.12/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours clear amber with a lasting head..

S - very malty with hops

T - malt with the slight sting of the hops...toasted malt is the dominating lingering flavor

M - lightly carbonated and crisp

O - very crisp and more attention on malt flavor....almost metallic flavor but nothing that compromises anything....very good English Pale Ale

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Photo of bum732
4.08/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

S: Caramel and toasted malt, some soft floral notes.

L: Clear burnt orange, 1/8 inch creamy head with great retention.

T: Cracker like malt and caramel with a tea-like medium low bitterness. Slight herbal hoppiness in the taste persists to the finish. Finishes semi-dry and fairly clean with a touch of residual hops.

M: Medium bodied with medium low body.

Really solid pale ale, nothing outstanding, but solid all around.

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Photo of stckhndlr
4.01/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A bit of a cloudy copper beer with a 1/2 a finger of head on it. Not alot of lacing.

S- Has a sweet hop aroma with a bit of yeasty dough to it. very floral. I can get into this one. real good smell.

T- Good floral and hop taste. Tastes like it would go well with a slice of fresh Italian bread. Some faint touches of caramel and a bit of malt as well.

M- this has a kind of chewiness to it. Really fills up the mouth but it's not to thick. good carbonation to it..

O- I Think this is one of the better beers from heavy seas so far. it's a simple beer that is really easy to drink but with enough flavor to it to really make it great.

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Photo of schildres
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light amber color with a lasting white head.

S: Hops, malt, slight hint of citrus.

T: Malty with a concluding hop taste, hint of citrus.

M: Carbonated, crisp and clean. Finish with a slight hoppiness.

O: Good easy drinking Pale Ale, good deal Hugh!

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1.5 finger head on a clear golden body with nice lacing.

S: light toasted malts, light orange citrus and musty grains.

T: very musty hopped beer with wet sock and earthy hop notes. Nice malt flavoring.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: well balanced with muted hop flavors as expected for the English style. This is actually a nice representation of this genre.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A newer BOTMC selection that arrived right outside my door, so let;s give it a whirl. Popping the top this brew has a bottle smell big in west coast hops like Cascades with a classic Golding like base. Pours to a yellow bronze with a micro bubble off white head. As pour recedes the head laces nicely sticking the the glass. First off the mouthfeel is heavy and silky. Taste then kicks in. This is a very complex pale ale with a transitioning flavor throughout. The taste starts different from what I was anticipating from the smell, not a big hop bite, but a more earthy hop flavor transitioning to a good sweet malt backbone, followed by a more bitter finish and flatter drier aftertaste. Wow interesting, as the hops have varying flavors throughout the taste. I highly recommend for the hardcore west coast ale drinker.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, some citrus and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel. The hops presence is mild but complementary and there's a hearty malt character that provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer with flavor and some substance that make it worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of therica
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer numerous times as "Clipper City Pale Ale" with a much different Clipper City label. It's now called "Heavy Seas Pale Ale" with a very different label. The newer variety seems much better than the cases of the former beers which I'd had but never reviewed.

A= light gold-amber, modest head, slight lacing.

S= very nice bouquet of hops florals, slight liquor (odd at only 4.75% ABV), sweet malts.

T= nice sweet malts, honey, mid-level bitterness for an APA and on the high end for this beer's EPA style. Very nice. Slight liquor notes every now and then. Touch of banana.

M= light honey, slightly dry, some hops florals, light liquor.

D= very nice, definite session beer or on tap, probably great with burgers, steak, chicken, maybe even pancakes!

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Photo of beer2day
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange gold pour with airy 2-finger light cream head. Decent retention. Thick carbonation. Sparse lace.

Nose is very malty, even wheat present. Pine hops are definitely there as well, but lots of malt breadiness behind that. For a pale, very strong nose.

Nice bite right up front. As promised in the nose, there is lots of malt body. Sour apple and pine hops dominate.

Nice malt balance against the hop profile.

Very easy to drink. Strong malt body doesn't allow this to lend itself to sessions, though.

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Photo of Ezone024
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a amber/copper color good fizz throughout with a thin quick vanishing head.

smells of oakey/smokey malts with a small amount of citrus hoppiness.

taste is earthy hops, citrus and smoke.

love the way this brew is balnaced, medium bodied with easy drinkability and a crisp refreshing feel on the tongue and down the throat..i can only find this in mixed 12ers i'd love to come across some pales all by themselves

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Photo of magine
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear lively light orange brew with lots of bubbles. Head is chunky off white. Brew retains a sheen lace island and a decent rim of lace, but a very good spidery like lace remains. Good looking pale ale.

Brew smells of hops; earth and sweet hops. Biscuit malts balance out the decent nose.

Brew starts creamy and has sweet hops and malts initially, peppery middle and end with a barely dry finish. A little light in the feel at the finish. Nice maltiness as you drink. Good tastes and feel here. Nice balance here for those not wanting a hoppy pale ale. Good pale ale here.

I liked this one. It isn't going to blow you away, but has good flavors and feel to keep you interested. A highly sessionable brew that would go down super easy at a BBQ or get together. Good stuff.

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Photo of nickthetick
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours burnt orange into my duvel tulip with a dirty white head that rises and then sinks to a thin skim of bubbles.

S: a bit like the appearance burnt orange and sweet malt.

T: a lot like the nose. Dark citrus and oranges with some slightly toasted malts. A bit grassy on the back and some pine like hops linger muddled with biscuits.

MF: light body and surprisingly effervescent for what terrible head retention it has.

O: a good beer but I would probable skip over it for a SNPA.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very decent pale ale. Picked it up as a single.

A - A nice golden amber with a nice bit of sticky lace. Head is only a half inch.

S - Smells of light grain, some sweet malt and a bit of citrus pine.

T - Nothing to run out and buy up a whole variety case but it was pretty light and well hoped. Nothing really stood out.

M - Light to medium bodied. Very surprised it clocks under 5 percent.

Overall very drinkable Pale ale but nothing I would go out and buy more of.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with yellow highlight's. Thick white heading that settles immediately. Now this has been every beer in variety that has bubbles slowly drifting upward towards the surface to look for oxygen.

Smell is extremely sweet with malts and a solid spicey hop background. A grainy and earthy nose as well.

Taste is a bit dull on the palate.Subtle sweet malt backbone a slight bready touch. Decent spicey hop character with some underlying earthy notes. Kind of dull but good if that males sense.

Mouth is medium bodied with some excellent carbonation. No real lingering aftertones.

A good pale ale. Nothing out of the ordinary but a solid beer.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a golden yellow color that is clear. Slightly off white head, tight and bubbly. Little retention and no lace

S-the nose is quite nice, a good malt body up front with nice light notes of floral herbal hops in the back. Caramel malts and a touch of toastiness. Hints of pale malts in the middle. The bacck has a touch of lemon zest with a good floral and herbal hop presence. there is a slight note of phenol in there to detract slightly from an otherwise great nose.

T-this is quite tasty and follows the nose. Light toasty malts and a good caramel foundation. Hints of pale malts in the middle. Lemon zest, floral hops in the back. Slightly phenolic in the back with a very light hop bitterness.

M-this has a solid medium body. It is smooth and creamy on the palate with a good crisp finish

D-this is quite a tasty engish pale ale. It actually takes me more as an american pale as it has a noticeable hop presence; but I like that. Good malt backbone and strong balance.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Clear amber/copper colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, oranges, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and a fair amount of hops. There are some very light citrus flavours as well - oranges and grapefruits. The beer finishes with a malty lightly hopped up aftertaste.

Overall - It certainly doesn't pack the punch of the Loose Cannon IPA, but all of the same great flavours are there.. just a little toned down. This would work really well as a session beer. Not sure I'd go out of my way to get it again, but I'm happy I gave it a shot.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. Best before August 2011.

A: Light head and light bubbles. Pale copper; clear. Some lacing.

S: Toasty malts and Fuggles hops. Very English.

T/M: Crisp, clean, and lightly carbonated. Maintaste is morederately brief and mostly malty. Hops are gentle, but still bitterish on the endtaste. A very soft, quite pleasant beer, even if it's not that amazing.

O: Decent Pale Ale, but nothing to write home about. I might have another on a hot day, but otherwise unrecommended.

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Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, marked best by July 2010. Pours typical almond amber, medium tan head, collar and bits and strands of lace. Moderate whiff of grainy hops. Fresh tasting Brit. style ale. More grainy and quite drying hops add interests and character. Fairly creamy and easy flowing over the tongue. Nothing amazing here but a respectable take on the style. Nice new offering from Clipper City/heavy Seas

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - light orangish amber with a soft, white head that has decent retention

S - big citrusy almost lime-like aroma

T - bread, citrusy with some lime, lemon and grapefruit

M - light to medium bodied, well carbonated, smooth

This is a light pale ale with an odd hop character. The hops are prevalent but have an odd citrus character that are lime-like and a bit unlike what I would expect from a pale ale. It's refreshing and drinkable, but ultimately forgettable.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from a variety pack. Pours clear orange with a thick, long lasting white head and good amount of lacing. Aroma is of bready, caramel malt, with notes of citrus, pear and hints of hops. The body is medium, crisp. Taste is biscuit malt, citrus fruit and earthy hops. Long, earthy finish. Nice, session brew.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Purchase-before month clearly notched on bottom of front label.

Pours a clear golden color. Off-white head/ring. Smell is freshly wet & leafy, also a bit of pepper and bread. Taste has a nice bite of bitters up front with a smooth malt base. Stays bitter through the sip, with a lot of citrusy hops. Nice chain of events with the feel. Nicely carbonated. Easy to drink. A decent pale ale here.

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Photo of mckenziac
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. Taken from a Heavy Seas variety pack.

Appearance: Pours a very clear, bronze-brown color. Has a large, foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Has a nice earthy hop smell backed by a considerable sweet maltiness.

Taste: Moderately hoppy with strong earthy, grassy flavors. The hoppiness is balanced by a toasty, slightly sweet maltiness.

Mouthfeel: A bit on the thin, light-bodied side.

Overall: A decent enough pale ale. Not up to Heavy Seas' usual standards, but passable nonetheless.

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Photo of smcolw
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Impressive three-finger head which recedes slowly, leaving ample blanket lace on the glass. The color is dark gold with a minimum of haze.

Caramel smell without any sweetness. Almost like berries--mostly malty. Light floral hop in the background.

The flavor is earthy and bitter. The finish has a bite but doesn't last. The body is on the thin side with a normal level of carbonation.

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