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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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Added by dnjmed on 04-13-2010

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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 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 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 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 Seanibus
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a peculiar little beer - if I had it in a random English pub, I would probably enjoy it. In the wider American marketplace, however, I find it undistinguished and thin. It's perfectly OK, but doesn't seem worthy of the results Clipper City can normally achieve.

Pours a clear orangy with a short-lived head. The aroma is rather flat and malty, with some dusky orange.

The flavor is surprisingly tea-like and tannic, like a beer made of Orange Pekoe. There is a hint of honey and mandarin orange. The mouthfeel is surprisingly slick and quiet, though there is a little prickle on the finish.

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

Pours a nice golden orange with quarter inch white head. Little aroma, faint floral and citrus notes. Very pale ale to say the least. Little flavor. Mellow amounts of toasted malt, a bit of caramel and the slightest amount of apple to start. Finishes with a tiny bit of floral hops and lemon zest. Under carbonated and light mouthfeel. Not a bad pale ale and certainly refreshing, but not much character to the taste.

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Photo of mzrebiec
2.79/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoy pale ales. This pale ale has left me yearning for more. It pours a beautiful crystal clear amber with a half inch of head. The smell is almost nonexistent in this pale ale, although a small amount of citrusy hops comes through. The flavor is extremely mild with a moderately dry finish. The hops are mild and earthy and there is a fairly moderate malt backbone to this beer. Yes, I used a lot of words that indicate this beer is average and maybe a little sub par. This beer rings in at a solid 5/10. Not bad, but just does not satisfy my hop craving.

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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 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 dtivp
2.88/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer of the Month club

Poured a medium copper with a small off white head that dissipated rather quickly.

Other than a mild citrus aroma nothing stood out.

The citrus dominated the taste with a slight hop finish.

Light to medium body beer with a slight crispness.

This beer didnot stand out to me and was an average pale ale at best.

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Photo of RickS95
2.82/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A little darker than I expected, think dark bronze. Filtered, no head.

Flowery, citrusy smell; nothing jumps out at you.

Not much flavor, only slight citrus notes.

Lacking flavor, the slight bitterness in the finish is the only thing to report. Not overly bitter, but that's the only thing that grabs you.

Not much character. Lacks smell and flavor, and only slight bitter doesn't make for much of a pale ale.

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

on bottle marked best by july 2010

A- usual pale ale look, light copper color, not much head.

S- nuts and hops, but no particular notes stand out. seems like standard cascade hops and standard malts.

T- tastes good, i like the earthy nice underneath the piney hops. but nothing special, just straight forward. comes across like it's just trying not to offend. perhaps a good beer for breaking someone into the scene or to session with.


D-simply because it doesn't offend i could drink a few. but also doesn't excite me.

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