Heavy Seas - Gold Ale
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Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #627
Ranked #47,902
3.44 | pDev: 13.66%
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gold Ale pours a gold color, with a small, barley lacing head. Aroma is weak, hints of sweeter grain. Flavor is light, weak, sweet, grainy notes, pleasurable. Good body and feel on this one. Overall, nice flavors, very light, but still enjoyable.

Sep 19, 2020
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Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice gold with a white with a little retention.

Citrus and flowery hops, backed by fresh grain and grass.

Hops up front follow the nose bitter citrus and floral notes flow into a grainy malt backbone ending with grass notes.

Jul 13, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap. Classic golden body with a white head. The nose really doesn't give you much: grains, slight lemon, and blonde malt. The taste is still monotone, but the depth is actually underrated in my opinion, good grains, malts, some black pepper, some yeast, and earthiness with a dash of lemon zest and herbs. Actually enjoyed a good bit, feel though smacks of macro lager but then warms and thickens with grains well. Really not that bad

Jul 06, 2019
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Look - pretty clear light golden color with a good film on top
Smell - very slight grain scent
Taste - very grainy and floral
Feel - medium body and carbonation
Overall - ok

Oct 03, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

i agree with another recent reviewer that this is drinkable but bland, i think thats really well said, and a pretty downright dialed in descriptor of this beer, which drinks just fine, is a league better than any sort of cheap adjunct lager, but isnt interesting enough to warrant much thought, and probably wont be one i look to pick up again, kind of just a beer, a little heavy even for the style, with a somewhat sturdier malt base than i was anticipating, but it somehow doesnt really transfer to the flavor, its just a feel thing, and i miss what i think it should provide here. there are some light floral and even vegetal noble tasting hops to this, which i think is a nice way for it to finish, but even those are quite mild. for its shortcomings in taste though, the feel is nice, even being a little heavier, its super refreshing when its ice cold, i like the first half of the bottle a lot better than the second. carbonation is nice and high, and it finishes on the dry side. a good nightcap sort of beer, nice with cheese and crackers and such, but i prefer many of the other heavy seas beers to this one...

Jul 29, 2018
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AaronB77 from Maryland

3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Drinkable but bland; clear but not effervescent. Slightest bitter aftertaste with a tiny touch of sweetness. Probably about par for its genre - this is a drinkable beer and a solid choice for an afternoon kicking back on a pontoon, but nothing to write home about.

Apr 25, 2018
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IchLiebeBier from Virginia

3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy straw yellow body with small white head that dissipates quickly.
S - Very faint aroma of malt and maybe some citrus; not impressed
T - not great, but better than I expected. Pretty well balanced and not too citrusy. I'd drink it again.
F - Pretty smooth; not too thin; slightly fizzy, but not overly so
O - Not half bad; I'd buy again for a camping trip or after a day fishing

Dec 27, 2017
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DrMullet from Florida

3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear light golden.
Smell is faint. A little sweet malt and some floral notes.
Taste is very balanced. A bit of citrus. Slight sweetness.
Solid but not outstanding.

Jan 15, 2017
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q33jeff from New Jersey

2.81/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Bottle at basement bar; Admiral Fell Inn. Cannot see since it is simply being drank on bottle. Feel smooth, taste is mellow. Not bad. Better than I expected."

Dec 19, 2016
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scotorum from Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75


Another in the new beer club shipment. We get Heavy Seas in my state but I have not had this one yet.

Best by Sept. 28 2016. This could be almost two months old already.

a: Clear yellow gold with a ring of foam which soon disappeared. No lacing.

s: Bare hint of bready malt.

t; Balanced! No particularly outstanding tastes but bready malt and light hops.

m: Light side of medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o: Highly drinkable beer drinkers' beer, brew gold in that there is none of the adjunct sweetness, just some quality, very easy drinking brew.

May 25, 2016
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hophead723 from California

4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Slightly hazed pale gold amber. I failed to pour vigorously enough to coax out a good head but the little head that was there was white and fragrant.

Smell: Subtle and mildly sweet aroma of barley and honey.

Taste: Very well executed balance of nuanced honey like flavors and a touch of grassy hops. There are some good orchard fruit notes as well that are reminiscent of Pacific Rose apples.

Feel: Medium body and slightly dry but overall well rounded.

Overall: Very good and drinkable. Clean and balanced, definitely a well brewed beer.

Jan 02, 2016
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hopphead31415 from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I first discovered Heavy Seas on tap at a bar that I frequented. I was startled to see it in six-packs at my local warehouse so I eventually stumbled across this crisp Ale. It has a puny 4.5% ABV, but its attributes are in its refreshing and subtle flavors instead of high alcohol content.

Look-It pours a clear golden yellow color that is very light and it mirrors the sunshine that went into growing the hops and malt grains. The head vanishes quickly leaving a thin film. The carbonation trails are few, but noticeable.

Smell-It is grains and light malt, but a bit muted. I pick up something like honey and clover, too.

Taste-It tastes of bubblegum, mango, wheat, and yeast. It also has a slight mellow caramel and honey flavor to these toasted malts. The citrusy hops are weak, but pleasant.

Mouthfeel-It feels like liquid gold and rays of sunshine. It is punctuated by golden waves of wheat and a mild sweetness from the caramel malts. There is a slight bite from the mild carbonation that lingers and the malts and hops leave a slight sticky coating on the tongue.

Overall-It goes down crisp and smooth with a clean finish to the flavors. I was expecting something watery and boring, but was only mildly surprised to get a well-balanced malt/hop combination that had enough character to make it interesting and the flavors were just muted enough to make the beer believable and down-to-earth. I wouldn’t get a six pack of this, but if I saw it at a party, I might warm up with a crisp bottle of this Ale.

Jul 25, 2015
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated BB 9/1/15 at 42 degrees into shaker
Aroma faint floral hops
Head small (two cm, aggressive pour), off white, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to 1-2 mm ring and partial layer
Lacing none
Body – gold, clear, effervescent
Flavor very weak – little bitterness from hops and some graininess; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.25, Flavor 3.25, Palate 4, Overall 3.5

Jul 04, 2015
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madnkrazy from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's not bad but not something i would drink everyday. I think someone mentioned budweiser well i'm going to mention coors light. I think the gold could be substituted for piss. Of course it is a heavy seas beer and we all know what the seas are full of. It may be a good beer for drinking while you fish IMO.

Jul 04, 2015
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BeerDocT from Georgia

3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance 3.25: Pours out a lihtgolden olor, lmost lagery, but not quite. OK head (1/4") and no lacing.

Smell 3.25: OK bouquet, but not fantastic. Grains, light malt. That's pretty much it.

Taste 3.0: Front is slightly sweet. MIddle is watery with a hint of malt and some slight hops. Finish is watery in the mouth with an unpleasant dryness. Aftertaste is somewhat dry and malty. Finish is a total distraction: unpleasant, artifical-feeling sweetness. What the heck?

Feel 2.75: Way, way, too watery in the mouth. Big distraction.

Overall 3.0: Big let down from my previous experiences with Heavy Seas. This beer is not a sessioner, is flat on taste and too watery in the mouthfeel. A big disappointment and I would not buy a sixer of this.

May 25, 2015
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MichaelProcton from North Carolina

4.34/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in bottle at Mo's Seafood in Baltimore. Tasty, flavorful example of the style. Every time I have a Heavy Seas, I'm more impressed with the brewery. Wish we saw more of them in NC.

Apr 16, 2015
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Mrbseward from Virginia

2.91/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy orange gold color with about a finger and a half worth of white head and leaves a nice heavy lace. Smells of some malt, getting some crackers, and some citrus. Taste is a bit bready with citrus. Feel is ok, beer is ok.

Mar 28, 2015
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mothmanscott from Georgia

2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a clear medium gold,with bubbles rising long afterwards, producing slightly more than a finger of frothy, shortlived, off-white head that leaves little lace. Aroma is very thin, a little cracker & pale malts, faintly fruity, a little citrus & faint grass. The wheat is detectable as an afterthought. Taste is thin biscuit & bready malts, some light toast & fruit, yeast, some wheat in the background providing a faint hint of banana in the lemon & bitter finish which intensifies in the bitter, mineral, chemical aftertaste. Mouthfeel is on the thin side but not quiet watery, moderate-high carbonation, crisp, prickly & dry. Overall a little disappointing with low drinkability for a Blonde Ale, a brew style with the reputation of being thirst quenching & easy to drink.

Mar 07, 2015
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delapowicz from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +9%

Hand pull at Busy Bee in Raleigh
Very nice beer on pull. Mostly they have super big beers on hand pull but this is session hoppy ale and it has a great aroma. Hops come through nicely and temp is enabling this beer to be full bodied while being only 4.5. Just the way I like my ales. Reminds me of England trip last summer.
Give me another and tap this out again

Sep 25, 2014
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

3.44/5  rDev 0%

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden color (seriously, it says "gold" on the friggen' label...) The head is a finger high and white in shade. Almost pillowy in texture, it fades away semi-swiftly to reveal a few streaks of lacing on the glass. (3.25)

Smell: Hop notes of earth, orange marmalade, flowers, and apricot blends well with the faint butter and sugar cookie sweetness. I definitely pick up the Cascade hops, that's for sure. It does just enough to differentiate itself from the legion of average blonde/golden ales...but only just. (3.25)

Taste: It initially opens up with a combination of lemon, grapefruit, and marmalade from the gentle hopping. The back end is gently sweet, with just a kiss of diacetyl (and this feature actually rounds it out some). Not complex, but it certainly gets the job done. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Crisp and dry, just as a beer in this style should be. It seems to be decently substantial for 4.5%, with carbonation staying in the background. (3.5)

Overall: I didn't expect much, but this is fairly solid. There's a good hop/malt balance here, and it seems slightly bigger than it really is. I'd definitely drink this one again - I expected mediocrity and got something pretty good. (3.5)

3.44/5: Solid golden ale, surpassed my expectations

Aug 28, 2014
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Lucular from Maryland

4.34/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For a blonde ale this is a really tasty beer. Plus it gains major points for being the first beer that my wife liked and now beer is something we enjoy together. Thank you Heavy Seas!!

Jul 13, 2014
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Brenden from Ohio

3.82/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A wispy but fairly tall white head rises, though it falls only a little less quickly. Still, a pretty strong bubbly foam sticks it through and deposits some bubbles and spotting to the walls of the glass pretty well down.
Malts and hops are nicely balanced while this brew remains light in character. That doesn't mean weak, short on aromatics or flavorless, though. Some floral, grassy and leafy hops bitterness sit well against the sweetness of pale fruits, mostly pear and apple but with a little citrus coming in too. It adds a little zest as well as going pithy on the tongue. Some caramel adds a bit more sweetness on the tongue, but some dryness in the malts keeps it from being overdone and serves to add further balance.
This beer is crisp and light-bodied, refreshing with a bit of bite but still a good smoothness coming through on the tongue. It's semi-sweet, overall, with a sweetness lingering in the finish that's clean nonetheless.

May 20, 2014
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drtth from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is served in a shaker pint glass clear reddish amber color with a 1/4" ivory head that recedes visibly to leave a bit of film on the surface and some modest lacing on the glass. Sipping creates scattered bits of lacing.

The aromas include some toasty caramel malt with some noticeable herbal hops.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the toasty malt and some herbal hops. In addition there's some sweetness with a touch of both citrus and spice.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with some persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the sweetness and malt flavors begin to fade to leave the ending to the lightly spicy, herbal hops. While the ending does have some bitterness, it isn't particularly dry.

Glad to have tried this fresh and on tap and I certainly would be willing to have another if I find it again.

May 17, 2014
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KTCamm from New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Mix a sixer, into a pint glass. 3/29

Pours bright golden light bottom to top. Some white foam settles out. Citrus malt nose, sunny. Taste is a light sweet malt, backed by a lemony tart. Smooth and flavorful, modest carbonation. Bright and sunny. Good beer to change seasons.

May 17, 2014
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JednoPivoProsim from Maryland

1.62/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. For brewery fresh taste, purchase before FEB 14.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden body with a thin white head.

Smell: Awful. Smells nauseatingly yeastier than my subpar homebrew.

Taste: Better than the aroma, but not by much. Again, the dull yeast flavor is overpowering. I definitely could replicate this in my kitchen - not that I would want to.

Mouthfeel: OK, I guess.

Overall: It is no wonder why blonde ales are so hard to make. It is truly an exact science to get rid of (or at least hide) all of the off flavors. The only way to make this beer better would be to hop (and/or lager?) the hell out of it.

Nov 07, 2013
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