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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 68 | Ratings: 209
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 metter98
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light copper in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down but mostly left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts in the nose along with notes of floral hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite malty and has flavors of caramel; the hops lend some light notes of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is rather easy to drink and would pair well with food because its flavors aren’t very overpowering.

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Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Mellow in Greensboro.Poured into a standard pint glass a dull brass color with athin but well retained white head,aromas were faint mainly some light toastiness and biscuit.Flavors have a decent leafy hop presence underneath sweetish biscuit malt,not real complex but its not bad on the palate.Slightly watery feel in the mouth but quaffable,its a subtle beer,take it for what it is.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Apricot orange with multiple streams of slow moving bubbles leading up to two fingers of eggshell colored foam. The surface of the head is finely pitted and becomes gently rocky as it descends. No complaints about the amount and quality of the lace either.

The nose features a modest amount of caramel malt and has a musky-herbal-earthy-fruity Anglo-American character due to a hop bill that includes Fuggles, Goldings and Cascade. Still solidly above average... and still no fireworks.

Pale Ale tastes as basic as its name. That doesn't mean it's bad beer, just that it doesn't stand out from the hundreds upon hundreds of pale ales put out by every craft brewery under the sun. This is the sort of beer that pays the bills so the more fancy-schmancy stuff can be brewed.

The malts taste slightly more caramel-like than toasted-nutty, with just enough underlying sweetness to counter the still considerable hop bitterness. A little more hop flavor would be welcome, but it really isn't bad given a 'best by' date of next month.

The mouthfeel is thinnish even when ABV is kept firmly in mind. The bubbles are too harsh, which means no soft creaminess whatsoever. Better carbonation might have raised the final three scores by one notch.

Heavy Seas Pale Ale is generic beer, but it's also fairly well-brewed. A few tweaks here and there would fix it right up and would allow it to be a more than worthy session ale.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.06/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dispensed a golden-copper body with good clarity and capped with a fine, snow white head.

Smell: An aroma that's fairly reserved, with modest notes of ever-so-slightly toasted pale malts, lemon peel, and dried flower petals. Curiously, there's even a hint of store-bought Red Delicious apple.

Taste: Lightly sweet, faintly toasty pale malts start things off, then, almost immediately, the body starts thinning out in the mouth. A bit of citrus, a hint of florals, and never more than a light bitterness. Again, there's that dogged apple. The humble lemon remains for the bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's okay, I suppose, if a bit underwhelming and pedestrian, which seems to be the wont of the Clipper City lineup.

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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 mdaschaf
3.26/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured an amber/copper with an off-white head that dissipated quickly leaving some white patches on top. Not much lacing.

S: Get an earthy aroma as well as some caramel and malts. I also get a bready/biscuity aroma as well.

T: Starts off bready and malty and finishes with with a slight hop kick that also has a sweet fruit component to it.

D/M: It's pretty thin with ok carbonation. Its ok, not amazing, but not bad at all. Easy to drink, but not my favorite.

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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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Photo of billab914
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Starr Hill glass. It poured a clear, copper color with a thin white head barely covering the top of the beer. Average head retention as I drank it.

In the aroma I I get some grainy, pale malts mixing with a bit of a sweet, caramel malt like flavor. I get a little bit of a crisp, fruitiness to it as well. I don't get much hops to it at all, which does make sense for the style.

The taste shows more of the pale, slightly grainy malts to it up front. In the finish a little more of a malty, caramel like sweetness comes out, along with some balancing bitter flavors. Just a hint of the crisp fruit flavor to it in the taste.

The mouthfeel was light with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a drinkable beer, but not a particularly interesting. It wasn't a bad American version of the style, it just didn't stand out in any way to me. Pretty average overall.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 04/12/11 notes.

a - Pours a clear golden color with an inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of grain, citrus, earthy and herbal notes, and maybe some light pine.

t - Tastes of citrus, light pine, grain, bready malts, toasted malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a decent pale ale, with some nice citrus hops to it. Easy to drink, something I would have again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the fresh sampler that has Loose Cannon, Small Craft Warning, Gold and Pale Ale. Solid session pale ale, nice beer pours a brilliant bright copper color with an eggshell white head forming thick fine speckled lacing slowly fades. Aroma has an earthy citrus hop nose, very enjoyable offering coming across my nares with a semi sweet malt and hop combo. Flavor is working for an emjoyable session hoppy ale, a bit lackluster in hop bitterness/flavor but brings more than your average 4.75% brew. Start with this and drink a few and you'll fine fulfillment in the subtle hop flavors. After drinking in your face hop bombs this nice delicate crafted hoppy ale is a breathe of fresh air, and nods more in the English tradition of less being more when it comes to hops. Mouthfeel is light bodied sturdy carbonation with slick hop oils presenting on the palate. Drinkability overall is a good one even with the minimal hop bitterness I can find enjoyment and definite refreshment in this offering, built as part of the Voltron collection in their sampler pack that equated to a really nice session al throwback experience.

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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 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 Stinkypuss
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Heavy Seas Pale Ale

Pours a clear copper with a large foamy head and little lacing. Aroma of floral hops, bready malts and biscuit. In the taste, more bready characteristics with a restrained hop flavor. Hops are mildly piney and herbal. Mostly unoffensive with mild flavor and low abv. Light bodied feel. Overall, a good gateway beer.

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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 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 Darkmagus82
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a golden-orange color with a tiny white head. The head fades fast to give only a light level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is quite light and consists of a biscuit smell with a light citrus and caramel smell mixed within.

Taste – The taste begins bready and malty. It is soon meet with flavors of earthy hops as well as a lighter light fruit flavor. Flavors of caramel come to the tongue. More toward the end, some hop flavors come to the tongue. These flavors are largely of a citrus and earthy nature, which in the end, leave a slightly hoppy, yet more crisp and bready, flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer and the carbonation level were both quite average. Nothing special, but fine for the style.

Overall – Decent pale ale that is rather easy to drink, but nothing to go out of your way for.

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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 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 Brenden
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Some slow bubbling activity keeps up a creamy, foamy sort of off-white head to rest at a consistent and well-retained half finger over a bright pale orange brew. Deposits of mixed spots and patches of lacing stick to the glass in a more than moderate quantity.
There seems to be a mix of American and English character here. Earthy and herbal quality mingle with a fairly obvious caramel malt, and there's a certain muskiness as well. There's a fruity element, a bit in the smell and more on the tongue, with a touch of toast and, more in the taste, a hint of citrus.
The body is light, verging on medium, and there's a tea-like quality to the English aspect that I think some attribute to the the mouthfeel but doesn't have quite that kind of impact. It does lack depth to a point, but it's a pretty good mouthfeel overall, bright and crisp and clean.

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Photo of bubseymour
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - copper, clear with 1 finger head. Decent lacing

Smell - some bread and pine notes. Fairly light scents

Taste - Hop crisp finish. Some flavorings at end that also have adjunct flavors of corn/grain. Some lingering bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - ok

Overall - A very average pale ale in my book. Lacks positive flavors and has bitter aftertaste. Its still drinkable, not session worthy.

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Photo of argock
2.99/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. Best by Dec 2010 notched on front label. Heavy Seas Sunken Sampler 12-pack purchased at Harris Teeter (Charlottesville, VA) for $14.99.

A: Burnt amber with soft 1-2 finger off-white head with good retention and decent lacing.

S: The nose is pretty slim with some pale and crystal malts and herbal, floral hops.

T: Tea-like with gentle herbal English ale hoppiness and mostly pale maltiness without much character.

M: Slick and easy to drink with low-medium carbonation and minimal herbal hops aftertaste.

D: Average amongst average -- uninspired and thankfully half of the sampler is very solid stuff.

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Photo of jsh420
2.74/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

notched best by may 2011

pours golden copper with 1+ finger head that left no lacing

smells of grassy hops and a touch of caramel malt

taste is just like the nose but there is a funky metal flavor that just ruins any pleasure i might get from sipping this

mouthfeel was spot on - light and crisp

overall - again the taste of metal made me drain pour most of this

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Obrycki’s (Baltimore Airport) in Baltimore, Md., on July 7, 2012. Draft into pint glass. Finger of head when I got it. Copper color. Thick, white frothy lacing with good retention all-around. A bit bubbly.

Smelled plum, peach, lemon zest, apple and grapes.

Tasted malts, dark fruits (plum and peach), tangerine and apple.

Medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Fruity abrupt finish.

An OK beer all-around. Nothing jumped out, but nothing was terrible.

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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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