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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 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 PicoPapa
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Part of the Sunken Sampler mix 12 pack. Pours a translucent dark amber color with a small head. Zero lacing. Faint nose. Aromas of sweet grains, cut grass, caramel, and maybe a hint of hops. Taste is a nice mix of bitter and sweet up front. Grains, some orange peel and a slight bitter finish. A bit floral as well. This beer didn't smell all that fantastic but it tastes pretty good. Decent beer. Lightly carbonated. Good for warm weather drinking. Overall, its fine in the mix pack but I don't ever have to buy it on its own.

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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 mocktm
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a variety pack of four different Heavy Seas brews on a whim. Best by Aug, 2011 notching on the bottle.

Appears a light golden honey color with a finger or so of bone white head, the result of a pretty moderate pour. Plenty of carbonation is perceivable, with the head eventually settling down to a thin film.

Pretty balanced on the nose, with impartial doses of hops and malt both discernible. Caramel and a slight nuttiness seem to stand out the most to me.

Taste is very mild, a lot of grain and slight floral hop bitterness that doesn't bother to stick around. Nothing crazy going on here, pretty much as advertised.

Mouthfeel is relatively light, boasting a dry finish with a smooth, easy drinking body.

Overall, it's good for what it is, but nothing I would actively buy repeatedly. Hope the other styles in the variety pack can raise the bar a bit.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A light but flavourful British-style pale ale.

Light, clear amber colour with minimal head, but decent carbonation. Aroma is very subtle. Caramelized malts are prominent in the taste, which follows with a dry finish and pleasant bitterness.

Overall this beer is unlikely to offend anyone...

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Photo of ONUMello
2.91/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Transparent amber. Very, very thin head.
S: Roasted malts, a bit nutty, but also a bit musty.
T: Very nutty, sweet malt with some caramel. Thin/bland towards the end, taste does not linger. No noticeable hops.
M: Pleasant at first, but like the taste, ends thin/bland and unimpressiive.
O: Meh. I've had far better (including from Clipper City, as I love the Loose Cannon) but also worse.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pint at Obrycki's at BWI airport on 6/8/11.

Clear with a tinge of amber, plenty of carbonation, a slightly more than filmy head and loads of lace. Understated aroma that is mostly malt. Starts off with lots of grain and some subtle strawberry like fruit characteristics. Grassy hops with some pine appears middle and end. Bitterness in finish drops off very quickly. Soft mouthfeel and medium body. Very drinkable, particularly for something at the airport.

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Photo of Zaradog
2.54/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Visual: Clear golden color with an eggshell white head as initially as thick as meringue. SRM of 7.

Aroma: I don’t smell any hop at all, rather only a lightly roasted malt smell. On a big long draw there is a hint of prune like sweetness slightly discernible. I’m sorry to say but I also smell a tiny whiff of a metallic smell.

Taste: I taste the slight maltiness. But what really stands out is an earthy note that I don’t care for. It is an earthy note that transforms at the finish to a slight metallic taste. Not so much that I think the beer is bad… but I find myself wishing I had grabbed something different.

Mouth Feel: It looks like it would have plenty of carbonation but it seems a little flat. I gave it a fairly aggressive pour, so maybe I released a bit too much carbonation up front. I’m willing to take the blame for the relative flatness of this beer.

Drink-ability: I would not want more than one of these. Not because it is overwhelming or anything, just because it seems bland to me. This beer is mild (and flat) enough that I think I could Beer Bong it, except it is too expensive for that.

Impressions: I’m not a big fan of this one. I’ll probably buy another single at some point to give this a second chance because I’m not usually this disappointed in stuff from Clipper City / Heavy Seas… then again it has been a while since I had anything from them.

Serving Type: Out of a bottle, into a pint glass.

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Photo of OddNotion
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass.
Best By: July 2011

Appearance: Minimal white head, basically just a cap. On top of a golden body.

Smell: More malt than hops. Sweetness. Nuttiness.

Taste: Easy drinking. Not bitter at all. Good malty flavors, almost a minty aftertaste. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good for the style, good carbonation bite.

Overall: Nothing special but not offensive by any means. I like it but would not choose it over many alternatives.

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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 Rschis16
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear amber or orange hue with a nice white 2-finger head on top. Smells lightly of some fruity hops and a bready malts.

Taste is, for all intents and purposes, unoffensive. Nothing out of this world here, but also nothing out of place. Delicately balanced tastes between some spicy hops, that just a twinge of bitterness, and a bready malt character. Thicker mouthfeel, medium body and overall, just a decent brew. It's definitely a quality beer that is easy to drink and simply enjoy.

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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 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 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 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 bosox941827
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Guinness imperial pint glass
A - Pours a clear light amber with very little head, which thins even more to a ring around the glass
S - Not much of anything off the nose for me; not a criticism as I don't get much but from the hoppiest of beers. A bit of caramel malt if anything.
T - Come close to being *really* good, as it is, still not bad. Malt character up front, very similar to a thinned out Scotch Ale IMO - a bit peaty, with pale malt flavor and a touch of roasted malts as well. The problem is the hop flavor which is there, but a bit too thinned out to add much to the beer. At the end of the palate, I get a hint of what it could have been, but then it's gone. Finish is dry, again indicating that hops were in the boil, but perhaps not in the finish. Could have been better with a touch heavier hop hand.
M - On the thin side, lightly carbonated, but true to the style.
Good, and almost very good. Would like to try on tap to confirm.

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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 jessierae314
3.29/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- golden/ copper pretty normal

S- subdued hop aromas. A little citrusy but not overwhelming.

T- Bready malt flavor, piney hop flavor with a definite spicy flavor like black pepper.

M- a little effervescent. The spicy feeling kind of lingers in your mouth for a few seconds. Its not too thin, seems just about right for a pale ale.

D- This is a very drinkable beer. If you are interested in a spicey, bready EPA, go for it. I feel that it serves as a nice palate cleanser, but it is not a headliner for me. Perhaps, I have just been too indoctrinated into the APA frame of mind, but I think this beer could use a little more hop aroma and flavor.

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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 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 ferrari29
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into Pint glass

A - Beer pours with a one finger white rocky foam; active amount of carbonation; head of beer holds well; body is copper in color and clear; some lacing

S - Crisp malt scent followed with a clean ale like smell; grass & subtle hints of pine notes come up; nothing to overwhelming, but not rough either; some scents of spices do come up after a bit

T - Malt taste comes up front and finishes off with a slight bitter hop aftertaste; bitterness lingers in the mouth for a while; taste is crisp and cool but very subtle

M - Creamy and light in texture; smooth down the hatch, but the bitterness changes the initial feel of the beer to something rougher

D - Overall this beer is a good drink; this is my first from Clipper City brewing; I have a bunch more to drink, but for now I like this one and would recommend to others; light with some hop bitterness; this beer showcases a good combination of the essential elements of a good beer; good beginner beer for anyone wanting to join the craft world

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Photo of AlexanderSelby
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

In the English pale ale style, it has a darker tangerine hue than other US pale ales, which comes from the slightly heavier malt base. The cascade hops give it a citrusy aroma which sets it apart from the more classically EPA's which have a more earthy hop aroma. The flavor is dominated by the sweetbread-like malt base, but the hops keep it crisp, drinkable and balanced.

A decent sessionable pale ale with good enough malt and hop interplay to warrant finishing the six pack. Pick it up if you want a pale ale but don't feel like being bombarded with hops, but I probably wouldn't get it again unless it were on sale.

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Photo of Samp01
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours light amber / orange. Short lived offwhite head. Aroma is light hops some citrus. Taste is light hops with some citrus notes. Palate is light and crisp, light carbonation, light to medium body.Finish is mild hops with some spice and light malt. Slightly bitter ending. An average sessionable pale ale.

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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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