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

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

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Added by Stigs on 07-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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 HosP
2.67/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz into a pint glass.

A - Light oragne, very clear. Small white head to it that leaves nothing behind.

S - Lemon, pine smell. Not a whole lot of aroma to it.

T - Citrus, pine hops mostly on the front end. A little bitterness to it towards the end. Crisp taste. Nothing spectacular to the taste.

M - Light body. Lots of carbonation. Almost a dry, bitter finish.

D - Can see people pounding these on a hot summer day. I'd rather reach for something with a little more flavor.

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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 Zodijackyl
4.04/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle from a variety pack, a fairly simple blue/yellow label on a brown bottle with the Heavy Seas skull and crossbones logo and "For brewery fresh taste, purchase before Nov '10" (notched). Pours a light, summery yellow with a thin and fine white head that soon retreats into the glass of beer. Looks similar to most macros but with a bit less carbonation and more head.

Aroma is faint, sweet malt (grains of paradise, I believe) and some very light flowers and spices. Very light yeast/biscuit scent.

Taste is a grainy sweet with a bit of yeast (pleasant) and some flower/pepper spiciness that seems to come from the mild hops. Balanced quite well between malt and hops, both are sweet and light, complemented by the yeast. Very smooth and light, but the slight spiciness and a hint of citrus give it enough flavor to savor.

Lightly carbonated, very smooth and light mouthfeel. Lighter carbonation allows the subtle flavors to be more apparent. Extremely drinkable as it is very balanced, less carbonated than some similar beers but has a bit more flavor all around and a hint of spice.

Overall, similar to Sam Adams Summer Ale in the grain and yeast flavor, but with different hops and spicing.

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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 beer1018
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this beer very refreshing with enough flavor to keep it from being bored. Appearance did look like your average macro. Withour looking at the style when i drank it i found it to smell like a lager. Taste was biscuty with a nice citrus hops kiss at the end. I was suprised to only see 6 revies so far. This was very refreshing for me after the heavy KBS i had before it. After i finish the other two bottles from my 12 pack i will revisit this review.

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Photo of lou50rp
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Color is a clear yellow with an off white head that dissipates quickly.
A mild citrusy smell.
the taste was citrusy,orange, not overpowering with a little bitterness at the end.
The mouthfeel had a little carbonation, a bit on the watery side.
It was very drinkable. A good summer ale. Wish I had purchased a six pack.

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Photo of redzone3120
2.37/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - A clear beer with a golden, slightly orange, color. Light white head that dissipates quickly. Not much lace on the glass.

S - Smells lagery with a slight bitterness. Maybe a little bit of lemon but not much else. Definitely not bad.

T - At first taste, seems like an average lager with some hoppiness. Cannot taste much, if any, of the lemon I thought I could smell though it is not as bitter as expected. Not bad but not what I expected in a summer brew.

M - Not much in the mounthfeel, rather flat. Can't feel much of the carbonation which seems to let the bitterness linger in the aftertaste.

D - As a summer micro-brew, not very drinkable and not very refreshing on a hot summer day. Still a step up from the average mega-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 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 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 Stigs
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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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