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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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Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 62
Photo of ejimhof
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- dark amber with slight lacing.

Smell- lots of malt and hops.

Taste- sweet, malty and bisquity with lots of bitterness but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel- smooth and mellow.

Overall- Reminds me a lot of Smithwicks and I don't really taste the higher ABV good effort by Heavy Seas

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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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Photo of Durge
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark maple syrup color with a decent light oatmeal colored head, this brew also shows a very solid lacing. The aroma gives off punky cider malt, even a nice hint of juniper or something sort of minty almost. The flavor at room temperature is much like the aroma except deeper and better. I get cider and peat, haystack herbal sweetness. I really like this taste and it’s very drinkable for an imperial brew at only 7 percent ABV. There’s maple syrup and brown bread ideas here. Nice stuff in a medium light brew with nice, fine carbonation and a somewhat aqueous feel.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Strong, inviting aroma is malty, yeasty and spicy with just a whiff of hoppy wood. It pours a beautiful clear dark mahogany with a decent, if none too persistent, light tan head. Mouth filling malty flavor has spicy and earthy tones and just a hint of caramel. Texture is very smooth but has a respectable tingle to it. Aaaargh matey!

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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 obrendano
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an all around good beer!

A - Irish skull with crossed shillelaghs on the bottle. deep red hue with nice clarity, thin head, but I might have also poured it wrong

S - complex smell of toast and grain, a touch of alcohol and must

T - akin to Yuengling but deeper and bolder. sharp bite up front, and a bold brush of hops in the middle and finish, malty tones and toasty bitterness left behind. could use a little more sweet flavor, there's a lot of tart sharpness

M - nothing outstanding but still smooth and sticky, slightly heavy bodied, decent bubbling

D - no major issues here. support local business!

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Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Fairly clear amber/copper color, with a nice one finger head the stayed afloat in one form or another throughout the session.

S: VERY malty in nature, with a bit of a "cake icing" flair... something I commonly associate with this style.

T: Sweet malt, with a bit a red velvet cake sort of quality, and also with that special touch of the Irish!

M: Thick enough for the style, with the carbonation pretty good, and sweetness very tempered.

D: Very drinkable. Anyone in the immediate distribution area for Heavy Seas: Please consider this one for your St. Patricks Day brew!

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a cervoise glass. From notes. Reviewed 14 June 2011.

A: Good head fades quickly. Reddish clear. Orange in direct light. Translucent.

S: Bread and butter. Yummy dry malt.

T: Toasty caramel malts. Sweeter than expected. The maintaste is malty/bready and tasty. The endtaste is drying, biscuity, and delicious. I enjoy it.

M: Substantial and good.

O: I like this beer. It's very drinkable and predominantly biscuity. I would have another. Totally recommended. The whole Mutiny Fleet is worthwhile.

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Photo of Daktyls
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a healthy amber color into a SA Perfect Pint glass. At the narrow bottom, the bear is a nice amber, but at the bigger top section, it's a nice reddish color.

S: Quite a bit of maltiness is present with some sweetness. I'm not picking up a whole lot else, maybe a bit of nuttiness, but that's it.

T: Somewhat similar to the nose, maltiness right up front which quickly gives way to what seems to be floral hoppiness. A little bit sweet on the finish, like the aroma, and a final tiny note of nuttiness.

M: Nice clean feel with a medium amount of carbonation, a somewhat light-medium body with a nice dry finish.

O: I've come to expect this sort of good quality beer from Clipper City and they have once again delivered with this Irish Red. Quite enjoyable and drinkable.

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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 Gambrinus1184
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at MiKro Beer Bar in Hamden, Conn.

A: Deep, reddish amber in color with good clarity and a very thin head of white foam which dissipated quickly, leaving behind weak and soapy lace.

S: Sweet, mildly spicy caramel malts with a bit of a roasted grain and spicy hop aroma mixed in with some fruity ale notes and a whiff of phenol alcohol.

T: Slightly creamy, caramel and toffee malt flavors hit the palate first with a building, herbal and fruity malt character to follow. Hops are drying, slightly piny and herbal, not detracting from the malt showcase on display. The finish is relatively clean, spicy and a little boozy.

M: Medium-full bodied red ale with some slight creaminess and balanced pretty nicely.

D: A somewhat memorable Irish Red in a sea of otherwise forgettable ones. Clipper City hits its trademark ABV point of 7% while ensuring the alcohol never really takes center stage. Nicely balanced, sweet and malty, but I'd skip on purchasing another pint or a bomber in the future.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 rapidsequence
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. $5 something from Pints O Plenty. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Clear, deep red. Light tan colored head. Spots of lacing.

Smell: Toasty, slightly metallic smelling caramelly malt. Little hops aroma.

Taste: Very much like the smell. Toasty with a touch of toffee. There is a little herbal and earthy hops flavor on the finish. Sweet with a mild bitterness and a drying finish. This tastes bigger than the 7%.

Mouthfeel: Maybe a bit to much carbonation. Its a little sharper than I'd like which makes it less smooth feeling.

Drinkability: This is another decent offering from Heavy Seas. Their beers never blow me away, but are almost never bad.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a nice clear amber red with a finger of white creamy head. Dissipates within a couple of minutes and leaves good lacing.
The smell has a distinct maple syrup feel, maybe brown sugar and malt notes.
Tasting the beer, up front there are the maplesyrup and brown sugar notes. In the middle grainy tastes and malt switches the palette. At the end a light bitterness finishes this very drinkable beer. Overall a nice beer, but Heavy Seas certainly made better ones.

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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 Pencible
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a clear dark copper with light tan head.
S: It smelled like roasted barley and bready yeast, with a bit of copper and earthy caramel.
T: It tasted like roasted barley and earthy copper, with some bready yeast and caramel. It had a bitter aftertaste that was a bit dirty.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was an average strong red ale that was fairly tasty but not that clean. Body was only ok, but the alcohol was well hidden so at least it was really easy to drink. Not a bad beer, but definitely not impressive either.

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Photo of farrago
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin head, less than a finger of deep tan foam, mixture of bubble sizes, dissipates with ease, the lacing is wispy, however, sticks in fairly wide streaks. Deep amber red color with a mild metallic orange tinge at the glass, a few meandering bubbles as well as tiny particulate matter. While the nose has a hoppy spine of grass, herbs and pepper, it mostly expresses chocolate, cake crumbs, carob, caramel and grilled nuts, soft touch of fig, cherry, blackberry fruit scents, not especially citrusy nor flowery. Full-bodied, the carbonation may be too fine to do more than lift it just off the tongue. Tends to layer itself on the palate, does have a slight mineral water aspect to balance out the caramel, butterscotch, milk chocolate and coffee candy aspects, never gets excessively sweet although you’re unlikely to call it dry too. Here you get a clearer expression of white grapefruit to orange citrus. Challah bread, scone and lower nuttiness, any toast or roast kept well in check. Fig, apricot, peach, cherry fruit, not as dark as delivered in the nose. Keeps that peppery bite, especially at the end. For its weight has good drinkability, maybe suffers from not taking more chances at forging a distinctive personality.

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

Just in time for St. Pat's day I assume... On cask at Max's the other night.

The beer pours the expected reddish amber color, with surprisingly good head retention and considierable sticky lacing. I don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light, sweet, roasty malt. On the palate I get pretty much the same thing, though I'm impressed by the light, soft, smooth mouthfeel (I'm sure the cask conditioning has something to do with this). Otherwise, while pleasant, this lightly sweet beer doesn't deliver a whole lot of flavor for the money. It's certainly inoffensive, which is probably the best thing I can say about this beer. Drinkability is quite good, with the alcohol well integrated into the flavor profile. There's nothing hot, heavy or tiring about this beer, and it's very easy to drink.

Shrug. This would probably be a good beer for someone just starting to drink craft beer, who doesn't want to drink anything too "heavy" or flavorful.

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

Had at a beer tasting from a bottle into a 4oz sampler

A - A beautiful dark red amber color on this one. 1 finger head with minimal lacing on the glass.

S - A lot of malt and alcohol here. definitely get a spice note as well. Little to no hops.

T - Just as it smells. Alcohol. Just what I would have expected from an imperial red. Nice spicy malt.

MF - Very smooth and very drinkable. Wouldn't mind having a couple of these stowaways - HA!

O - A solid brew. Would like to try some others in this style.

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