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Heavy Seas - Thank You, Thank You Very MuchHeavy Seas - Thank You, Thank You Very Much

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by jsanford on 11-05-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 25
Reviews by nimrod979:
Photo of nimrod979
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

hmm, This one apparently got lost in the cellar for awhile. I'll give it a shot anyhow.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. Produced a bright orange/copper with a thin half inch of white head. A little sediment. Retention is moderate and some sticky lacing here and there.

Aroma: Big citrus hop aroma. Grapefruit, grassy, and floral and sweet caramel malts.

Taste: After all this time the flavor seems to hold up. Still getting some decent flavor but I'm sure this was probably pretty bangin' back when it was fresh. Big citrus punch right up front. Grapefruit and orange zest intertwines with sweet malts that are a bit more pronounced now that the hops are probably a bit... stale. Grassy and floral hops come into play providing and nice bitter hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Just about perfect for a DIPA. Not quite full bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation. Hangs a bit on the low side. I actually kinda like this beer for being 2 years old. The flavors still stand out and the finish still lets you know this is a DIPA.

Overall: I just really wish I got to this one fresh. I'd have to imagine it was damn good, considering how well it's held up.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Lee - thanks!

Pours a clear copper color with a 1.5-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of crisp pale malts with good amounts of floral and light citrus hops. Also present are hints of herbal hops and mild amounts of slightly buttery vanilla.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Mildly sweet pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by light vanilla and citrus hops. Midway through the sip the vanilla fades and the flavor profile dries out a bit with the addition of earthy and slightly herbal hops. The hops carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have any problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall no other IPA I've had from Heavy Seas has yet to live up to Loose Cannon. Still, this beer is a decent beer for the style and is worth a shot if you can find it.

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Photo of richkrull
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bad boy from Crabbicuss in N00b BIF 4. Thanks a lot man.

Poured a cloudy golden color with a a little bit of off white head. Pretty good lacing on this one as well.

Smell was very nice with caramel malt upfront and hops throughout.

Taste was pretty balanced. Not quite as hoppy as I expected but still a very good beer.

Medium mouthfeel. This beer was smooth and very easy to drink.

I really enjoyed this beer. I'd love to drink it again although I'm not sure if I'll get a chance or not. Looks like it's s one time release. I highly recommend it though if you can get your hands on one.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into an oversized tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper, with 2 robust and foamy fingers of bright-white head. Retention is fantastic, with a nice visible continual carbonation release and the head sticks around the head sticks around with a smaller, but no less rich, ½ finger of stiff froth. This just completely drenches the sides of the glass with creamy lacing that hangs in a sticky latticework. Floral, leafy, and herbal hops drive the front portion of the nose, before tropical fruit notes swoop in off the sides, and sugary smelling grains run through the center of things. There isn't a whole lot of bitterness to the aroma, maybe just light greenish grapefruit character. I'm picking up just a smidge of alcohol warmth as well.

The taste is much more bitter feeling, with grapefruit juice cutting across the tongue like a knife but is tempered on the edges by tropical fruit notes of orange & mango, as well as some toasted grainy sweetness from the malts. This finishes with lingering fruit and sugars, as well as a layer of gritty bitter citrus rind that lies heavy on the tongue with dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe even a bit fuller, with more of a soft and creamy feel on the edges, which then pulls together into more of a prickly feel as it hits the tongue. This is mostly pretty slick and easy feeling for the size, as that 8% ABV is very nicely hid here, except for just a tiny bit of warmth that soaks the back of the throat about every other sip or so.

In their pantheon of IPAs so far from Clipper City, this wasn't quite as flavorful and accessible as the Loose Cannon IPA but was definitely a step up from the overly boozy mess that was the Big DIPA. This was well balanced and easy drinking for the size but the profiles never really did grab me like I was hoping they would. I think I paid $6 for this bomber and that seems just about right for what I got out of this.

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Photo of beerhan
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split a bottle, poured into a snifter with a nice thick head. White lacing remains throughout the entire drink. Real pretty looking beer with lots of carbonation and aroma. Smells very piny and citrusy. Tastes rather malty with very little bitterness to it. It really is a pretty simple beer. I was kind of expecting something closer to a stronger loose canon but this was still good. This was a nice beer, I would not mind seeing it in six packs for it would make a nice summer beer but overall it was quite drinkable and I would hope that they would distribute this one.

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Photo of nickthetick
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured an amber gold into my duvel tulip with a half finger of white head that hangs around and leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

S: the citrus hop profile is noticeable before I even get the glass to my nose and upon further inspection there are solid sweet malt notes.

T: the taste is the same as the nose and malt is a little more pronounced. There is no alcohol to speak of.

MF: light and crisp. A tad warm, and a good effervescence.

D: I couldn't find this fresh which is super annoying because I think this would be a perfect beer fresh, however it holds it own with a little time on it.

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Photo of sneth019
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of imbibehour
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass giving off aromas of apple. Off white bubbles and a three finger head. Very clear light copper/gold body with easy to see carbonation. Real nice looking pint here with minimal lacing.

Bouquet is quite good. Not small but not big consisting of a first hop nose and small bread/biscuit aroma. Afterwards gives way to a floral scent of lavender. Perfectly balanced quite nice, I dig it quite alot, but I will admit it is not very much in Double style which forces me to give it slightly lower grade.

Taste is a very wet consistency and a hop tang in mid palate. Upon swallowing is a sweet apple taste with some hop finish. A little alcohol noticeable but nothing too big and heavy like most doubles. Second swallowing will also bring out the floral notes. This brew seems to fall and feel somewhere in the between standard American and a Double IPA.

Easily drinkable and a good present to everyone who likes Heavy Seas. Thanks very much indeed.

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Kirby
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of oline73
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to bmanning. Served in a tulip.

Pours a light copper color with a very thin head. This falls quickly to a bubbly cap without any lacing. The nose is fairly strong with a lot of tropical-fruit from the hops. There is also a bit of tangerine and citrus. The taste is a bit grainy with some of the tropical and citrus fruits that were in the nose. The hop flavor is definitely a bit mild and there is some lightly-sweetened malt in the background. The feel is of a medium body with a good amount of carbonation though there isn't really all that much bitterness. Decent enough; the nose is definitely the highlight.

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Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Max's tonight.

The beer pours a slightly hazy orange color with good head retention and nice lacing all around. The nose is attractive, showing mandarin orange, a hint of maraschino cherry, pine and white pepper. The flavor profile replicates the nose, though the cask version is a bit sweeter then the draft version, and there's a bit more alcoholic heat in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly long, dry and bitter finish. Drinkability is pretty good, though the noticeable alcohol detracts just a bit in that regard.

A solid effort, but I think this is another IPA that does not lend itself well to cask conditioning.

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Photo of mountsnow1010
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Really nice gold-brown color. Very fluffy white head that leaves nice lacing. Quite a bit of carbonation visible.
S - Grapefruit and pine - mild though - not as strong as I would have expected.
T - Quite clean. Typical hoppy flavors - quite similar to Hop3 IPA - a bit of a herbal and floral finish. Elderflower is what I want to say but I'm not sure that's right. Bitter finish as well but pleasant. Really digging the floral notes.
MF - Bubbly and pleasant. Coats the mouth and leaves the bitterness in the back.
D - I could drink a lot of this. Alcohol is totally hidden.

I have to admit - I expected more. I was expecting a level up in intensity from Loose Cannon but it was more of a step down. I really love LC so this was a bit disappointing. However, if it was stronger I think the florals would have been overwhelmed, so I do appreciate the balance here. Neat brew overall. If it were me I would have either bumped down the ABV and kept the same general intensity and classified this as an IPA or increased the hop value and made it a true DIPA - not sure this fits the DIPA category right now.

However, definitely worth a try and a very nice offering from Heavy Seas. Congrats on 15 years!

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.24/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Heavy Seas Thank You..., bottled version, bought at Connecticut Avenue Liquor in DC.

Appearance: Looks like a single IPA, kind of like Dogfish 60 or other standard IPA. A very transparent orange/amber color. Perfect one-finger head, very white, carbonated and bubbly. Lacing is minimal.

Smell: Very subdued. Some soft malts and hops, very thin otherwise. Booze at the end. Medicinal aromas. A disappointing nose.

Taste: Nice bitterness coating the roof of the mouth and infiltrating the teeth. Some pineapple/tropical fruit. Pretty average otherwise.

Mouthfeel: Good for an APA/IPA, but not quite right for a DIPA. Good carbonation, medium body and flavor. I would expect this to be 5.5% instead of 8%.

Drinkability: Good, but disappointing. Alcohol is well hidden, but really, is this a Double IPA??

I love Heavy Seas, but this beer is one big letdown.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With pine and citrus at the forefront, this imperial ipa balances hop flavor and bitterness with toffee malts for a beer on the sweeter side of the style.

Malty sweet aromas start with a medium caramel note but develops into toffee and butterscotch. Grassy hops swirl with citrusy white grapefruit, orange peel, and soft herbs for a complex nose that never allows hops nor malts to dominate.

Grainy-sweet flavors kick things off while the beer eventaully drops the grain flavor in favor of toffee taste and the rise of hops at mid palate. Citrus flavor gain intensity and borrow flavors of fresh grasses, herbs, and pine for a sharply resiny bitter finish.

Medium creaminess carries a bit more of a sugary weight from the balancing malts. Though hops and alcohol combine for a semi-dry finish, there's too much lingering malt sweetness and stickiness to allow for complete dryness. A late return of grain flavors accompany the resiny bitterness that linger into the next sip.

A pleasant enough imperial ipa with a few character flaws but are easy enough to ignore unless going under review. Still, with the plethora of great ipa's out there, this one really gets lost in the shuffle.

Thanks bbehr!

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Photo of grover37
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bought at Connecticut Ave Wine and Liquor for $5.99. A good price considering the store, but this has been out for a month or two so it might not be that fresh.

Appearance (4): A pretty cool bottle with a pirate version of the King. Clear copper color with a finger and a half of fluffy head. Reduces to a layer then small patches and a ring. A bit of lacing at the top but not much.

Smell (4.5): Citrus with a lot of mint as well. Orange and grapefruit and some lemon. A bit of hidden caramel sweetness, but not that evident.

Taste (4): Hop forward without much sweetness. Still pretty well balanced in that its not terribly dry. A good middle ground between the East Coast and West Coast styles. Grapefruit citrus up front, followed by a fleeting caramel note, then a slightly piney finish. Very enjoyable without being over the top hoppy.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Just right for the style and the ABV.

Drinkability (4): I like this one a lot. Something different from Loose Cannon and much better than the Big DIPA. I could have more than one of these. Not much booze evident for 8%.

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Photo of tbrown4
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap -> Heavy Seas/Clipper City 15th Anniversary pilsner glass.

Enjoyed several tastings of this at the brewery last night for their 15th birthday party.

Pours clear, dark gold-ish. Lots of head at first, simmers down a bit. Moderate lacing through the tasting.

First impression is the amazing floral aroma. This is what I really like about a good fresh IPA. Pretty complex hop notes throughout, as expected. Dangerously easy to drink for an 8% brew.

Between my wife and I we were able to take home four bottles. We'll likely crack in to a few this weekend. I feel the need to consume these immediately as age will do this no good.

I was told that this is actually the original recipe for Loose Cannon circa 2001-2002. The 100 barrel batch used six types of hops, about 150 lbs total.

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Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last cask of Thank You, Thank You Very Much served at the brewery

A - Served with a golden-orange body with a little clarity...a bubbly white head formed but was gone quickly...not much retention showed but nice lacing

S - The nose is full of fresh, juicy hops mixed with some grassy notes as well as bready malt

T - All of the notes from the aroma can be found in the flavor...there is a quick blast of citrus hops upfront that allow the beer to start off sweet and juicy...it turns the show over to the malts in the middle and they have a caramel flavor for more sweetness...but also in the middle the hops come out as earthy and grassy...the malts are also coming across with some graininess...the finish is full of bitter hops

M - Medium bodied...smooth cask feel...nice balance throughout the beer...bitter finish

O - This beer showed off a nice nose, good balance, and a bitter finish...overall it was a good beer and I'm happy to have had a few from the final cask...now on to the comparisons...this one falls right between Loose Cannon and Big DIPA...it doesn't live up to Loose Cannon but it's miles above Big DIPA

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very solid pale orange color. Some decent sticky lacing on the glass. Huge floral aroma-very citrus like as well-big blast of grapefruit up front. Very strong and solid hop presence against a sweet, sticky malt backbone. Piney and resin like. Just enough alcohol to let you know the abv but is not detrimental to the overall flavor. Body could use a boost for my liking. Overall very nice and enjoyable. I can see doing this while fresh for sure. Would not think it is one to linger in the fridge.

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Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ccrida
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber (huge thx to johnmichaelson!!) poured into my Murphy's Stout tulip, Thank You, Thank You Very Much is clear gold with a white head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is a pretty hoppy, sweeter citrus fruits, nice tangerine, an earthy, stemmy character as well.

Taste is pretty good as well, fairly hoppy but not blistering, more of the citrus, the sweetness accentuated by the noticeable but clean alcohol character. The stem taste comes through as well, manifest in a peanut like flavor.

Mouthfeel is oily, slick and dry, fairly light body.

Drinkability is pretty good, a relatively balanced DIPA. Perhaps a bit underwhelming for an anniversary DIPA, but then again my palate is skewed to NW style, which this clearly is not. Glad I got to try, but would not seek out again.

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Photo of Metalmaniac915
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of yourefragile
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at the brewery tonight. Tried it on tap and from the firkin there. Saving this isn't going to do it any favors so I thought comparing all 3 would be interesting. 22 oz undated bottle poured into a nonic. This artwork, like all of their "artwork"...

Pours a perfectly clear, light copper color with a massive rocky light cream colored head. Excellent retention and lacing. Huge pine and spruce hop aroma with a mild solvent twinge near the finish that knocks half a point off my score. Mouthfeel starts medium thick, mildly syrupy and finishes watery thin with a general lack of carbonation throughout. Like the aroma and mouthfeel, the flavor starts initially promising with resiny and piney bitter hops on the front of the palate. The minimal carbonation catches up with the finish, ending syrupy and caramel sweet with a potent alcohol punch. Overall this walks the line somewhere between a single and imperial IPA, with characteristics of each. This is certainly an improvement over their Big DIPA but I'd still prefer Loose Cannon. I'm not going to review the other two I had tonight, but I'd rate this behind the draft version which benefitted greatly from the additional carbonation. Personally I thought this particular beer was a complete miss on cask. Regardless, if you get a chance, definitely try this, but don't sweat missing it; drink a Loose Cannon instead.

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