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Heavy Seas - Aarsh Imperial Red AleHeavy Seas - Aarsh Imperial Red Ale

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Kegatron on 02-13-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of misternebbie
3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.41/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of viverlee
3.01/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

STYLE: American Black Ale

ABV: 7.25%

LOOK: Pours like a thickish Coke with the same type of carbonated head, only a bit fluffier. Self-styled as a “Black IPA” it’s the black that stands out. Darker than expected, spider wed lacing and retention.

NOSE: Beef jerky, sweet chocolate cake, coffee. The smokey notes dominate. You really have to dig for a semblance of balance.

MOUTH: Smoke, grilled peaches and grapefruit, mild hoppiness. Struggle of styles here, not quite IPA and not quite stout. I think it’s unlikely the proper balance has been achieved. There’s a palate-cleanser quality that’s hard to shake, even with the subtly nice but not great citrus-rind finish.

BA Rating: 86

Hayward Abbey Rating: 74

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4.5/5  rDev +22%

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1.5/5  rDev -59.3%

Photo of Billolick
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber w/o freshness/bottling date info.

Pours murky dark amber, head is darker tan, lasts, before going to a skimpy film, collar and decent ringed sheeting and amplebits and strands of lace.

Malt and more malt in the nose. Caramel and light toast.

Malty brew, again ample caramel picked up, with waves of maltyness.

Respectable red. Worth a try if you like a malty brew with a kicked up ABV

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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5/5  rDev +35.5%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber of this for $4.99. Red ales have always been one of my favorite styles of beer and this beer doesn't change that. Pours a nice dark red color, great mouthfeel and caramel malt backbone with just a perfect mix of hoppiness. Great all around beer, goes down very smooth and easy and finishes clean. For it's higher ABV it really drinks way too easy, the Heavy Seas line has been surprisingly good and this is definitely one of the better ones I've tried.

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3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This will be my 200th Beer Reveiw on this site. Aaargh! This is an Imperial Red Ale, a style that seemed to elude me. But, leave it to Hugh Sisson to think of this brew. And why not? We have an imperial pilsner, an imperial porter, and - even now, thanks to Hugh (See My Reveiw), an imperial pumpkin. Here we hve an Imperial Irish Red Ale.

It opens thick and quick: with a heavy and spongy froth that settles atop a glistening body of translucent copper. There does not seem to be much activity within; minor carbonation and minimal lacing.

The first bite seems like sucrose with malty supplement; however, working its way to the foreground is an aggressive blast of molasses that takes hold of the finish.

This beer will not overwhelm your palate; nor will it grab your nose by the balls and squeeze. It can be described as a moderate selection from the Boys In Halethorpe,the Baltimore suburb that is home to the brewery. Yet, it is a decent quaff that possesses a strange crispness amid a nicely stuctured body of malt. Nice brew.

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Photo of tdm168
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Wine 101.

Pours a deep, dark brownish amber with a red hue. There's a quarter inch of dense off white head with good retention. The nose is toasty with a caramel sweetness and faint yeast notes. The taste is also toasty with a caramel sweetness. There is some diacetyl and faint hops in the finish. It has a nice medium body with moderate carbonation.

This is probably one of the better Irish red's I've had. It's well balanced, easily drinkable, and offers more flavor than I'm used to for the style.

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3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(From notes)

Poured from a 1Pt 6fl oz bottle...

A- Pours reddish to almost brown in color. Shows a nice head that leaves a decent lace, nothing crazy to report here. Just looks nice and clean.

S- This one gave off a strong aromas of the chocolate malt. Roasted barley and some caramel scents as well.

T- Has a light spice note, a bit malty with a small hop backbone. Some chocolate flavors are noticeable, but very little. The alcohol also pokes through here.

M- A medium bodied brew, with some late heat from the alcohol.

D- VERY drinkable for this style. Nothing overwhelming to report, but very drinkable. An easy beer to have around. Will definitely return to this in the future.


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