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Heavy Seas - Sea Nymph Summer AleHeavy Seas - Sea Nymph Summer Ale
BEER INFO

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States
hsbeer.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Stigs on 07-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
73
Reviews:
37
Avg:
3.46
pDev:
16.47%
 
 
Wants:
2
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2
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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 37
Photo of Knapp85
2.25/5  rDev -35%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer was very light which fits the style for the time of year that you drink it in. I felt that there wasn't much effort put into this beer. Swaziland should be a little special. I know heavy seas has it in them, they do make really tasty stuff. This one got away from them I guess. The aroma wasn't even sweet or pleasant, it was skunky which was a real bummer. I don't find skunked beer to be all that refreshing.

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Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of biscuit malts along with hints of floral hops.
T: The taste has flavors of biscuit malts along with hints of fruity yeast and a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very malt-forward blonde ale but has a nice amount of balance with the hops to keep this from being too malty and still making it very drinkable.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of billab914
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12o bottle into my Three Floyd's glass. Gold in color with a thin white lacing barely covering the top of the beer.

Aroma shows pale, grainy pilsner malts with a little zesty, lemon, citrus to it. The taste shows more of the lemony zest to it throughout the flavor. A decent amount of the pale, grainy malts are present as well. It's pretty crisp and clean as well.

The mouthfeel is light with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a decent, easy drinking beer that was fitting for summer. It was crisp and clean with more flavor then a lot of similar beers. Not an outstanding beer, but definitely above average in it's class.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, yellow body, quite bubbly, with a white head.

Smell: Lightly malted barley, maybe a smidgen of wheat, with a pinch of powdered sugar, a hint raw grain, and a baby-sized spoon of lemon curd.

Taste: Lightly malty with a low sweetness and a hint of biscuit crumbs and basic grains. Lightly citrusy hops, though essentially no bitterness, but there was never much sweetness to balance out to begin with. A clean (maybe too clean) finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: The Summer Ale is very drinkable and has an agreeable ABV, though I was hoping for a bit more flavor.

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Photo of duceswild
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.89/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a pale lager esque straw hue with a bright white foraming head forms small bubbles with sporadic fine lacing. Aroma has some pale malt breadiness with subtle to absent herbal hops with a bit of a citrus rind lemongrass finish. Super light flavor, biscuit malt sweetness with a hint of citrus/herbal hops in the background. I'm liking the change from the Clipper City to the Heavy Seas branding, but this mild blonde ale doesn't seem like a Heavy Seas offering that I have associated that lineup to be. Mouthfeel is light bodied with light spritzy carbonation, feels like soda water on the palate. Drinkability is boring, yeah it's summer ale it's refreshing after cutting the grass but it's got no real redeeming qualities, I'd rather drink ice cold PBR if I'm going for refreshing semi tasteless beer.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at World of Beer Raleigh.

A - pure gold with no head

S - faint cereal grains and a bit sweet

T - grapefruit, faint orange peel, cereal grains

M - light to medium bodied, smooth

This is a nice, easily drinkable beer. It has its subtleties, but mostly it's enjoyable for it's drinkability. I probably won't buy this again, but it's not bad once.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dude... you bought another blone ale.. geez.. ok we'll wait.. it is Heavy Seas right? support the..uh home side? ok pour this into a nonic let's see here. Good till Sept 2012.

A real crystal clear body with good rising carbonation, a yellow orange pale amber body color. Head is white and shampoo like gets about three fingers but it scatter laces barely and falls slowly barely hanging a collar.

Nose is fairly ordinary, kind of a stinky yeast I associate with this style, a little bit of malt presence, smells fairly clean. Kind of underwhelming.

Taste is very quiet if I could use that word. Nothing real offensive in fact nothing real noticeable. However, swallow provides a small malt presence, and a good body to back it up. Not highly carbonated which surprises with a medium body, nice sweet finish almost getting into baked bread.

Overall for a style that I don't usually care for I don't mind this. It's neither offensive or boring, but actually quite tolerable. I could have another but it's not my thing.

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Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of tone77
3.11/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is basically missing, maybe a touch of malt. Taste is mild, malts, a bit on the sweet side. Feels light in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a decent brew.

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Photo of tempest
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had a bottle at Liberty St. Tavern for $3.50. This hazy yellow beer was tasty enough to be pleasant, but was essentially a lighter version of Sam Adams Summer Ale. I don't know if the spicing was the same, but in my mind I could hardly tell them apart. There was a touch of wheat, a little orange peel flavor and then something that reminded me of grains of paradise.

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Photo of Nichols33
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of flagmantho
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottle says best by December 2012.

Appearance: nice golden hue with a haze-free body and a finger of pillowy white foam. Effervescence is sadly quite minimal.

Smell: lightly sweet malt aroma which is nice, but creeping around the edges is the unfortunate aroma of damp, spent grain. Not bad, but it could be cleaner. The lightness of this style exposes flaws pretty starkly.

Taste: light malt with a subtle and fruity hop character. It's not bad at all, but it is a little bit on the bland side. Luckily, the wet grain from the aroma doesn't come through as strongly in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: lightish body with a low level of carbonation and a moderately interesting prickliness on the tongue. Not really creamy at all; I think this beer would benefit from a little more carbonation to make it a nice refreshing summer quaff.

Overall: all of the above having been said, this is a nice, light, refreshing drink. Sure, it could be improved, but I think this beer succeeds as a session summer ale. I probably wouldn't hesitate to quaff a truckload of this at a barbecue, straight from the bottle.

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Photo of plaid75
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale brass hue with a half fing foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured grassy hops atop a crisp and slightly aromatic pale malt.

The flavor was clean with bright herbal and grassy hops. The crisp malt may contain a touch of wheat.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuuler end of the style with a clean finish.

Overall a tasty and refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a bright golden-rod, neat clarity with a washy concrete white head that was slight and stingy on the lacing. A light to moderate rise of effervesce is seen within.

A: An aroma of soft lemony flavor, malt was clean, level was low, simple.

T: Flavor was lemony as well, nicely bitter for a summer but light enough not to get weighed down with. Flowery orange hopping.

M: Medium body, smooth, slick with a quiet carbonation factor. Relaxing and smooth off the tongue with a gentle flowery bitterness.

O: Overall a decent amount of bitterness, a bit full malt wise for continous summer session drinking, decently hopped, but not something i could do much off as a backyard downer, 2-3 would be fine. The flavor overall is not that bad which if you arent out to judge by the other factors (i.e. visual, aroma,) but overall per style there are much better representations around if your picky.

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Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of rderedin
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of thagr81us
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from bottle into a Duck-Rabbit nonic. Poured a pale golden yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount very quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, grain, spice, and corn. The flavor was of sweet malt, grain, wheat, spice, and very subtle floral. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was an average brew. Not really a lot going on in this one if I am completely honest. It really kind of reminded me of a pepped up BMC brew. Granted it did have a few other notes going on that kept it in the average range of the style though. The floral note was a nice touch, but I just wish that there would have been A LOT more of than there was. I could see myself having a few of these on a long day of drinking without too much of a problem or while sitting by the pool. Worth trying at least once, but I wouldn’t go out of your way to do so.

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Photo of argock
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
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 before Dec 10 notched on front of label. Served at 50F. Purchased as part of Heavy Seas Sunken Sampler 12-pack for $14.99 at Harris Teeter (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Clear appealing golden with soft, 1-finger ivory head with decent retention and some oblong lace spots.

S: Herbal and crisp, English-style hopping with a sweet, fruity malt backing. Very tea-like flavor.

T: The fruity maltiness is most prominent and couples well with the herbal, minty hops to leave a fruity-tea flavor.

M: Crisp and clean feel with a lean body. Aftertaste is short and herbal hops.

D: Better than some of the beach-marketed pilsners other SE regional brewers have put out in recent memory.

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Photo of Gmann
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw color, very much like a macro. The pure white head is short and quickly settles into a light ring. Plenty of carbonation bubbles racing to the top.

The aroma is of pale malt, with a touch of grain. There is a slight peppery hop note. Not much else.

The taste is sweet. A light pale malt provides some bready notes and a honey sweetness. Very soft toffee note and general fruitiness. The hops are grassy and peppery. Not very strong but enough to balance the sweetness.

The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation. Sweet on the palate but finishes with a slight bitterness. Good balance.

Good alternative to a macrol lager. No real off flavors, good summer brew.

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Photo of woosterbill
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear gold body with an inch of white foam. Decent retention and light lace. Nice for what it is.

S: Nice, clean malt dominance - lightly toasty, and only very slightly sweet. I don't know why, but I'm getting a distinct aroma of fish, which I actually kind of like. Spicy hops follow up the scaliness, and it all somehow works for a summer ale from a nautically-themed brewery.

T: Moderate malt sweetness with solid minerality leading into a dry, herbal hop finish. Pretty good for the style.

M: Clean, light bodied, and moderately carbonated. Solid.

D: As with all the other categories, this beer is strong but not stupendous.

Notes: I've got to say that even though I found this to be the weak link in a very strong mixed pack (along with Red Sky at Night, Loose Cannon, and Peg Leg), it might be the best of those beers within its style. It's a low-ABV blond ale with actual character, which is rare. I'd definitely enjoy having this again under the right circumstances - say, relaxing on a seaside pier. Fun beer.

Cheers!

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