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Heavy Seas - Gold AleHeavy Seas - Gold Ale

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 79 | Ratings: 343
Photo of kylehay2004
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed while at the brewery. Review from notes.

A: thin head on a clear bright golden with slight copper hue body.

S: breads, gingerbread, light orange citrus and lightly toasted caramel malts.

T: toasted caramel malts with a touch of spicy and herbal hops mostly in the finish.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbontion.

Overall: Drinkable like so many beers from this brewery however just not that imaginative and obviously made for the masses.

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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 white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

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

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel followed by a complementary hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it's nothing extraordinary but this is a solid beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of smcolw
3.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a minimum head. Settles to a rim of bubbles. Leaves some spots of lace. Nearly clear; gold colored.

Fresh, spent-grain aroma. Attractive with a mild hop background.

More bitter than the smell might indicate. Not as delicate as some Blondes--there's a definite black pepper aspect to the swallow. The grain kinda gets lost in this one, even on the initial sip. I like the body--it's more full than most from this style. High carbonation as well.

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Photo of billab914
3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into my Three Floyd's glass. It poured a deep golden color with a modest, creamy white head to it. Decent head retention with a bit of lacing as I drank it.

The aroma comprises mostly of pale, grainy malts. I get a little citrus zest to it as well. The taste also shows a good amount of sweet, pale, grainy malts throughout the flavor, with just a touch of caramel. Just a hint of citrus on the finish. Pretty clean and crisp though for an ale.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a decent beer, but nothing special. It was clean and crisp and showed a lot of pale, grainy malts to it. Easy drinking and moderately flavorful. Not a bad beer for the style, but not an outstanding beer overall either.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 04/12/11 notes.

a - Pours a bright golden color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of light citrus hops, bready malts, and grain.

t - Tastes of light citrus, bready malts, grain, and sweet fruit. A slight step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, pretty crisp.

o - Overall a pretty average blonde ale. Some nice citrus and fruit in the taste, very easy to drink. Wouldn't seek it out again but worth trying once.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.23/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super fresh sampler pack these babies are best by 3/2012...this one pours a brilliant bright clear golden hue with a full thicket of egg shell white head. Frothing head dwindles down leaving layers of intricate lacing. Layers of cereal grains, light fruit notes, and floral hops come across my nares a very pleasant herbal grassiness as well. A perfect clean drinking gold ale really, nothing else to add other than damn it's refreshing and it's good cold and doesn't hurt to let it warm up. This is like the most solid homebrew gone pro brewer beer ever, simple flavorful and nails the style guidelines. A true session ale at 4.5% abv packs a nice amount of flavor into a poundable format, I've never seen this stuff outside of the sampler packs. Lighter bodied ale with ample sturdy carbonation really packs in the flavor and definitely pulls off an enjoyable beer in a style that most beer geeks don't give much attention to.

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Photo of stakem
2.84/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle pours a clear yellow to copper color with a tan film across the top. Spotty lace sticks to the glass as the cap fades. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a thin film.

The aroma is quite muted to the point where hardly some caramel grain sweetness is noticed. As it warms up, there is a faint buttery note. I dont pick up on any yeast, hop or alcohol elements at all.

The taste includes a mild bready grain flavor with a hint of fruity to citris hops. While it is very mild in flavor i am actually surprised to taste something other than the straight caramel grain that was the sole charcteristic of the aroma.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is crisp and easy drinking but really a mild brew even for the style. I would be hard pressed to find any real reason to return to this brew.

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Photo of tdm168
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - bright gold with a soft, white head

S - faint grass, citrusy

T - faint malt, faint grapefruit

M - light bodied, very crisp

This beer doesn't necessarily have the best flavor nor does it have depth but it is light and sessionable. There's nothing bad about this beer, but there isn't anything that stands out either. I won't buy it again, but I wouldn't turn it down if it was offered to me.

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Photo of Gavage
3.66/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden yellow in color with a one inch head that breaks apart to some surface bubbles quickly.

Smell: soft grass and a hint of lemon zest was noticeable.

Taste: mild malt profile with some green apples, grass, hint of lemon zest, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light-medium in body. Lightly crisp throughout. Somewhat of a clean aftertaste here.

Drinkability: definite sessionable beer. Beer went down quickly on a hot day.

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Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet, hops are present. Taste is good, more hops than I expected from this style, well balanced. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall a good quality brew.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Of course golden in color very bright yellow, bubbly with a 1/2 inch of sticky white head. Good carbonation bubbles throughout.
S - Smells good for a blonde decent hops and bready with sweeter malts.
T - One of the better blondes I had. Decent floral hop profile, sweet malts, and a crisp bready finish.
M - Light to medium bodied, easy to chug and session able.

Overall a really easy going summer ale that has just enough flavor to keep it interesting. Worth picking up as a single or even a six pack.

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Photo of cbutova
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy pale gold body with a creamy white cap, about one finger in size. Retention is decent. A few spots of lace here and there.

S- A pretty nice mix of pale caramel malt, light fruit and a bit of earthy/grassy noble/Euro hop character. Some bread and yeast hints.

T- Flavors I get up front are a nice light fruit (apple, white grape), light caramel malt and some yeast bread hints. Definitely a light hopping of noble or European hops, grassy and earthy, slightly floral. Just a bit of spice/raisin in the mix.

MF- Light body with high carbonation. A somewhat creamy feel with a very slight bitterness.

Not the beer of the year but still a pretty nice example of what the style is like. Drinks easily and refreshes on a pretty hot day.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.06/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a medium golden color with a one finger white head. The head fades very fast to leave a very light level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is light and is of a bready smell mixed with a light caramel smell.

Taste – The taste begins of a malty breadiness mixed with a light caramel flavor. As the flavor advances some lighter earthy and herbal hops and a corn sweetness come to the tongue. These flavors mix with the bread and caramel to take the taste to its end.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather light with a higher level of carbonation. It makes it rather drinkable and is good for the style.

Overall – OK, but nothing special here.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.44/5  rDev +0.3%

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

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Photo of Brenden
3.82/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.01/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Golden similar to an IPA with 1 finger head and soda-like carbonation. Minimal head.

Smell - some floral hints and slight hop note but has a sort of adjunct smell to it.

Taste - Taste like a mildly hopped pilsner to me. Some graininess and a dry finish.

Mouthfeel - fine

Overall - A light flavored easy drinker with crisp finish. Nothing spectacular but a well made local beer that is easy to drink and I would definitely try again anytime.

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

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear, oversized wine glass. Best by Dec 10 notched on front label. Served at 50F. Purchased as part of Heavy Seas Sunken Sampler 12-pack for $14.99.

A: Hazy peach with quickly dissipating 1-finger, off-white head with some nice lacing down the glass.

S: Very tea-like aroma with more caramel malt than most blonde ales with herbal, light citric hopping

T: Very amber ale-ish with some mild fruitiness, light caramel, and light citric and herbal hops in the finish. Not very bitter and pretty unassuming/middle of the road.

M: Body is light to medium, tending toward light, with light carbonation leaving a slightly tacky but overall smooth feel. Aftertaste is orange tea and light caramel.

D: Not a bad beer but pretty forgettable. Less interesting and unique but more sturdy than their Summer Ale and, while I rate them both the same, I liked this one slightly more for the bigger malt backbone and more varied hops.

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Photo of jsh420
2.92/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

notched best by may 2011

pours you guessed it gold - 1 finger head - no lacing

smells of light fruity hops and cereal grains

taste - like the nose but with a watered down flavor - nothing pops not the fruity hops hell its hard to call them fruity and the grains are muted

mouthfeel - very light thin watery with low carbonation

overall a very weak offering from a pretty good brewery - glad i only bought a single

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

Reviewed on 5/21/2010. Bottle thanks to nimbleprop. Pours a clear light orange/gold with a small white head. Aroma of sweet malt, light bready malt, floral hops. Flavor of toasted malt, floral hops, sweet malt. Not bad actually, very drinkable. This one surprised me, given the prior ratings.

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

Pours a cloudy dark gold/light amber color. Requires a hard pour to get a nice white head with average retention. Some lacing.

Aroma is mild and malty.

Taste is malty with a little lemon and some mild hops bitterness at the end. Pleasant but not outstanding.

Mouthfeel is fairly crisp and rich enough for the style.

Drinkability is pretty good. This is a light abv beer and would be fine as a session beer.

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

Enjoyed 12 oz bottle out of a pint glass at Stoney River Steak House in Annapolis, MD.

A: Pours a clear golden hue with a thin 1-finger white head that quickly dissipates into a non-existent lace.

S: Not a huge nose here – mild grains and hops with some hints of lemon and pine.

T: Slightly bitter flavor with hints of citrus grains and hops.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent golden ale – not my favorite beer from Clipper city – but it went down smooth and was easily drinkable.

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

Formely known as Clipper City Golden Ale which I love drinking at the Orioles games (Camden Yards in Baltimore). Pours a nice golden ale mostly clear, shiny topaz with a lasting small ring of cream and drippy lace. Nose is spicy grass and light fruit. Flavor is spiced, slightly tart fresh apple, a hint of toast, and dry grass. Near-medium body is well-balanced, mildly tingly with carbonation. Later on the finish shows some resiny wood and light citrus. Fine example of the style.

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

Well, this certainly is a pleasant, but simple drink. Before I knew it, I had this sucked down. Like most beers of this style, it is very refreshing, but unlike most, it has almostno distinguishing characteristics - some are flavored.

But the extremely high quality crafting tha twent into making this is worth something. This is a high quality beer.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
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

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