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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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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 43
Reviews by hdofu:
Photo of hdofu
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the first bottles I split with my friend this past week and a pretty impressive one for an irish red ale. Had the typical characteristics of an irish red ale, but it was richer, hoppier and had a smooth finish. Drinkablity was up there with the bests I've had in the style given it's isn't one of my favorite style. If your looking for a great red, this might be your beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An imperial Irish red,every style is gonna get "imperialized" or barrel aged at some point I think.Poured with good clarity into an imperial pint glass a deep bronze color with a well defined one finger off white head.Carame and brown sugar notes mainly in the nose,there is a whiff of leafy hop but its not anything that really jumps out.Sweeter on the palate then it needs to be,big buttery caramel,brown sugar,and some alcohol sweetness,the leafy hop presence is masked for the most part from the sweet malty flavors.Not a bad beer if you like big sweeter malty ales,I thought it was ok but to one dimensional in its sweetness,it can be malty without being overly sweet.

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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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Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a deep amber color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of dark caramel malts with hints of toastiness. Also present are slight amounts of earthy and leafy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Robust caramel malt flavors kick things off and are dried out quickly by the addition of toasted malt flavors. Midway through the sip leafy hop flavors come into play. Near the end of the sip mild amounts of nutty flavors make an appearance before fading out into 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 with no problems.

Overall this beer isn't as dry as many in the style but the robustness of the malt flavors makes up for that shortcoming. Not a traditional Irish Red but a nice beer nonetheless. Worth a shot.

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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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Photo of silver0rlead
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice crimson-tinged amber color, with a thin off-white head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma is lacking, with some caramel and fruity esters upfront, along with slight floral hops and biscuit malt in the backgound. The taste is similar with caramel and toasted bread notes initially, along with some fruity esters and biscuit, floral hops and a strong alcoholic finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thick and oily, and drinkability is hampered by the alcohol presence. Decent red ale, could use more malt depth and less evident alcohol though.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a beautiful looking crystal clear coppery amber, topped with a rich and thick finger of creamy off-white head. This retains a rich and robust look the whole way through and just coats the sides of the glass with some spotty and foamy lacing. The aroma starts out with some crunchy roasted character right of the bat, which quickly gives way to a sticky smelling mix of caramel malts and green citrus flavors. Any alcohol thankfully stays out of this, while a light grassy feel lends this some ease in the nose.

The taste basically mirrors the aroma, with sweet toffee character melding into a rather firm but not overbearing citric bitterness. A moderate amount of roasted malts come out in a flush across the back of the profile but it's the hops that mostly finish this with some lingering earthy fruit and light bitter dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crispness to it that spreads out in the mouth with a firm creaminess. Just a touch of underlying heft it present. Also like the aroma, there is barely any sense of that 7% ABV. Maybe just a smidge of warmth and some thickness to the body but that's about it.

These Mutiny Fleet beers are often hit or miss with me but I ended up really enjoying this one. The key was keeping that ABV on the lower side of the "Imperial" style, as 7% seemed about perfect for the fullness of the flavors and body here while still keeping this very approachable and drinkable. This one could have easily been a mess but kudos to Clipper City for showing some restraint. This was well done.

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Photo of nickthetick
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear copper into my dimple mug with a thin khaki head that leaves rather quickly.

S: caramel malt and toasty malt. Biscuity.

T: biscuit, caramel and toffee are the flavors that leap out right away. There is some subtle sweet dark citrus comes as an after taste. The alcohol is also noticeable in the taste.

MF: warm and full bodied.

D: a great march time/ st. Pattys day beer but nothing too amazing.

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Photo of Tripphop
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, cool label art as usual.

Pours a gorgeous deep reddish brown. Light shines through clearly, but looks really dark looking down on the glass. The head is generous and mousse like, a light beige color, fades away quickly with minimal cling to the glass. The beers glows when held up to the light, it is perfectly clear with no bubble streams. The best looking beer I've seen in some time.

For such a pretty beer, it shure doesn't smell like much. Faint caramel malts and and 'nilla wafers and a slight detectable hop aroma.

The flavor is great, very elegant with a creamy yet bubbly mouthfeel. The malt profile is clean and has a delightful finish. Reminds me a lot of a Twix bar with a crisply bitter and hoppy finish. A solid beer all around, as are most of the Mutiny Fleet offerings. Great balance, smooth malt, and crisp hoppy finish.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a clear reddish/copper color with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is caramel and bready malt, and a bit of hops. It's a nice but weak aroma. The brew tastes like caramel and toasted malt, dark fruit and some hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit smooth and creamy with good carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, the alcohol is well hidden and it goes down very easy. This bomber didn't last too long at all. I thought it was a decent enough beer.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Jesse13713
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - You can tell that is well-carbonated immediately from the pour. At first, this beer looked strictly brown. But once it settled into the glass, it looks more like a red ale. Quite impressive lacing. Slightly transparent; a good cross between opaqueness and transparency.

Smell - I honestly can't smell too much here. I tried from both the glass and the bottle. It just smells very clear with light malts. Smells slightly rusty in a way, if that makes any sense.

Taste - Quite a few floral notes. This beer tastes very 'alive'. It has sort of a rich metallic taste that reminds me of what the gold on the bottle art would taste like if I ate some. But for some reason, I like that taste; Because gold is delicious. Slightly malty and citrusy. A pretty solid red ale.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - A very easily drinkable beer. I enjoyed this one a whole lot and will pick up another bottle if I see it again in stores. My bottles was very fresh. It was sort of refreshing to have a red ale without being overwhlemed by sweet malts. The sweetness is there; it is just perfectly balanced with the hops and ethanol. This beer is definitely not an 'aarsh' hole.

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Photo of hef
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of claspada
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of lightly roasted malts, some lighter toffee and a light earthy hoppiness.
The taste begins with a lot of the same; toasted and bready malty grains, caramels, toffee sweetness. As it warms there is some light earthy, almost metallic bitterness, which is rather unpleasant to be honest. The finish is pleasantly dry with some detection of mineral water flavors which adds a nice dryness. Overall this is nothing to write home about or seek out because of the generic flavors, especially because of the unnecessarily high ABV which inhibits further consumption. If I'm consuming something over 6 ABV it needs flavor, which this is lacking.

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Photo of RandyJ
5/5  rDev +35.5%

Photo of athenmonk
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of CHickman
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear amber red color with a creamy 2 finger tan head that faded slowly, leaving good foamy lacing sticking to the glass and a ring around the top of the brew; plenty of bubbles race up the center of the beer.

Smells very sweet up front, with sweet malt, caramel, syrup, brown sugar, pine cones or piney hops, toasted grains, herbs and some spices or earthy tones that are faint and conceal the alcohol presence. Seems to meet the standards for a red ale.

Tastes like it smells but more fine tuned and flavorful, with sweet malt, caramel, syrup, brown sugar, pine cones/piney hops, toasted grains, herbs, yeast, grass, hay, flowers, light burnt wood, spices like a shake of pepper, some dark fruit, earthy tones like tea leaf and a minor hint of alcohol; this is very malty, but mixed with just enough earthy and floral notes to make it balances and not just a malt beer. Alcohol is very well hidden and not a factor.

Mouthfeel is light, creamy and smooth, bordering on slick, with light carbonation, a medium body that leans on the light side, and a watery feel as it slides down very easy; as it warms it slides down even faster, as it seems the carbonation goes away quickly.

A nice above average beer that was highly drinkable. Not my favorite style of beer, but still well done and good enough that I enjoyed the whole bomber.

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Photo of gnikola
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a coppery-red color, with a fizzy creme colored head that rapidly reduces from 1/2" to a thin coat.

Has a sweet, malty smell, with notes of alcohol, with faint toffee.

Has a pleasant, though unremarkable red ale taste, with plenty of toasted toffee malt to start, nuttiness in the middle, and a grassy finish with very mild bitterness.

Medium bodied, this is an easy drinking red ale.

Glad to have tried it, and certainly cannot say this is a bad beer, it just not the most exciting beer I've ever had. Then again, red ales never have been one of my string favorites.

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Photo of tehawful
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Living just outside Baltimore, I usually don't try much from this brewery unless I am in the city. However, when I saw the Aarsh Red Ale, I couldn't pass it up. I am always looking for new Red Ales, and despite my previous comment...I typically enjoy Clipper City beers. This Irish Ale does pour a deep imperial red with a big fizzy head. The aroma is mostly sweet (and very slightly roasted) caramel malt, with maybe just a hint of rich toffee. Though pleasant, I am left wishing that the smell was a little more prominent and complex.

The sweet caramel malt is also prominent upon first taste, with a rich grain flavor resting in the back. There is a citrus-hop finish that is subtle enough to compliment the sweet malt characteristics. The beer is smooth overall, and very drinkable. Though there is nothing too complex about this Aarsh Ale, it is very enjoyable...especially on the eve of St. Patrick's Day.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty impressive for an Irish Red. One of the few of the style that I have particularly enjoyed.

Pours an amber-red color with a moderate amount of off-white lacing. Fairly-good retention. The nose brings forward some caramel malts along with a bit of additional sweetness. Amber malt comes forward along with a touch of hops. Nothing too complex, but a good balance between hops, malt, and yeast. Mouthfeel is medium and hides the alcohol quite well. Some bitterness in the finish. Drinks really quite well. Solid effort.

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Photo of ccm414
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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Photo of chrispoint
1.5/5  rDev -59.3%

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.62/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean copper to orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, a faint, small maltiness. In the taste, a small, sweet malt and a bit watery. A small bite and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry hint of caramel in the aftertaste. Quite mellow and watery, eh, label sold me on it.

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Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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