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

Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States
hsbeer.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Stigs on 07-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
73
Avg:
3.46
pDev:
22.83%
 
 
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2
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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 73
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 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 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 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 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 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 smakawhat
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of Mitchster
4.43/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

$1.79 for a 12oz single, purchased at BevCo. Purchase before 11/10 notched on label. 4.5% ABV. No ingredients posted on the bottle label or website.

Pours out to a clear medium golden, appears filtered. Forms a modest bone white head with excellent retention and a solid sheet of lace with a medium carbonation level. The aroma is of a EuroLager with a delicate floral hop nose and a nice pale malt body with a clean ferment and no perceptible off flavors. A little bit of that sulfury lager yeast nose is evident. The mouthfeel is lightly tart with acidity, has a smooth middle and a medium-light body with a creamy texture for the style. The taste opens with a nice floral hop flavor, tastes like Saaz, with a well-balanced malt body with husky grain notes, and mild bitterness. Lightly dry in the finish with a light corn flavor in the finish.

Easy to drink, well brewed pilsner style lager, but it's called an ALE. Hrmmm...they did a really nice job if it is indeed an ale because it doesn't have any ale esters. I would buy this again, especially considering it's price, it's a very nice Kolsch. Recommended.

Addendum: I just picked up a 6'er of this (3/11), best buy Nov 2010, but it was priced to move @ $2/6'er. It's just as good at this age

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Photo of thecheapies
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before October of 2012. Emptied into a Magic Hat pint glass.

Pale gold in color. Fizzed out to no head. Barely a ring to show for it. No lacing.

Wheat ale meets pilsener malt. Crisp, crackery grains. Light saltiness. All but no hops.

Tastes like a pilsener with some light ale yeast tang. Light Noble hopping. Pretty clean, yet watery. No noticeable off-flavors. Not much of anything, but what’s there is fine by me.

Light carb and light body. Very ‘iced tea’ in feel.

For an American Blonde, I have to rate it barely average. The little taste and aroma that is there is nice, but it’s so thinned-out and boring. Slight guilty pleasure here for easy-to-drink watery beer, but I can’t respect that.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden straw color and is very clear.
It has an average at best white loose faomy cap that fades quickly to surface smudge.

A fine smelling ale with a nice balance between malts and floral hops.

Mild tasting beer with just enough malts and hops.
Malts are sweet and have slight biscuit or grainess to them while the hops have a floral flavor.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Carbonation is medium. The beer has a soft delicate nature to itself.

I found this beer to be pretty good although I was expecting a crisp tasting more assertive beer. This beer none the less is a winner for me.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear gold into my glass with average lacing. Scent is biscuity with maybe some honey accents, appealing and hinting at a rich and substantial maltiness. Tastes rich and sweet up front, with a well-done hoppy finish. Seems like a solid Summer ale with superb balance and body. Superb!

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Photo of hosehead83
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Pale yellow in color, with a moderate head of foam
Aroma-faint malt, biscuit notes
Taste-Faint cracker and biscuit notes, light bodied. Taste is of an American light lager or a lighter style German Kolsch.
Overall a fairly average offering, but nontheless a refreshing brew if served cold on a hot day.(Note: This beer was re-reviewed on 7-11-10 as it was brought to my attention that I had incorrectly reviewed it as a German Pilsener.-Thank you cmallon88 !)

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Photo of farrago
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Little over a finger of bone white foam, loose enough to disappear swiftly, thin surface coating lasts a bit longer, the lacing isn't thick but does have decent stick. Perfectly clear and transparent liquid, yellow hue shows more brightness than richness, not dark enough to have much color variation throughout. Bready nose with more toastiness than yeastiness, pinch of both pepper and salt, sour orange peel, more raw grains, minute trace of malts and marginally more peach, apricot, red apple fruit scents, overall cleanliness and good posture best attributes. Medium-bodied, the carbonation seems to whip things up into the air and lessen palate presence. Sweeter here than in the nose, more peach, apricot, pear fruit and fructose sort of notes. Also a dollop of honey and more juice in the orange citrus. Less spiciness, the bready qualities consistent without asking for attention. Comes across as a slightly higher end "working in the yard on the weekend" simple quaffer. not a bad thing but nothing worth the extra coinage either.

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Photo of erosier
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice golden yellow color with a medium sized and medium bodied off white colored head that laces the glass a bit on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts, hints of citrus, and a dash of hops at the end of the nose.
T: Tastes of sweet toasted malts, a fairly prominent citrus flavor, finishing off with a crisp slight earthy hop tastes. Aftertaste is very clean and very refreshing.
M: Crisp, fresh, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation, light bodied.
D: Very drinkable, flavors and feel all blended very well and a lower abv really helps it be a great summer session beer.

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Photo of Bonis
2.71/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Clear golden... A little darker than a Bud, but not by much. Half finger of white head doesn't stick around an awfully long time. Looks pretty good, though

Nose - Smells like a lager with a little more hops than normal, almost a sweet and skunky smell. Not welcoming, but not bad.

Taste - Unfortunately the taste follows the smell. Not sure if this one is supposed to be skunky. Sort of reminds me of a Heineken, but probably not as good. Tastes a lot like a macro lager with very very little hops. Malt flavor is pretty big. Not what I look for in a Summer Ale in terms of complexity. This is still better than most macros though!

Mouthfeel - Hmm... Little carbonation. Finish has a tiny bitterness. I'm not getting a lot from this beer.

Drinkability - Well, I won't lie. I had to pitch about the last 4 oz of my glass. Semi drinkable when ice cold, but as it warmed, it got pretty disgusting. Very surprised with Heavy Seas' offering for this Summer Ale. All of their other beers I have tried have been pretty much spot on. This one needs to be dropped from their repertoire ASAP. I got two more of these bottles left, which doesn't excite me... I think next time I will just have it out of the bottle and hope for something a little different.

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Photo of Stigs
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Description:
Approx. 4.5% ABV
Light gold in color, yet crisp and refreshing. This ale will pair well with grilled seafood and salads. Available all summer, beginning in late June.

update: Confirmed as a "milder version of an American Blonde Ale" by the brewmaster - update request submitted

12oz bottle from a Heavy Seas sampler pack, hadn't seen this one before...surprised it wasnt in the db here.

Served in a standard pint glass.

A - pours with a very thin layer of loose white film. the beer is bright gold in color, crystal clear.

S - very grainy, joined by some sweet and bready malts. faint grassy hops at the end.

T - begins with some lightly toasted malts, coming off lightly sweet and crackery. surprisingly ample amount of grassy hops come through the second half for good balance. not bad at all.

M - light and thin body, sharp and tingly carbonation, yet not overdone. finishes very clean with some faint lingering hops and crockery malts.

D - not great, but certainly easy drinking...a great Summer beer. not exactly sure of the style but it seems to fit here. 5 more bottles of this, I can live with that.

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