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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 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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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 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 jjboesen
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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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 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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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 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 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 lacqueredmouse
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, burnished but slightly red-tinged (indeed) copper colour, with a fine head of white, that merely forms a film on the top of the glass. Body is solid, and it has some nice fine carbonation and a little streaking lace. Not bad.

Nose is slightly roasty, with a big sugary sweetness rolling over the top. Grainy organic notes come through as well along with a weird touch of acidity. Not that great, and certainly not exciting enough for what I expected.

Taste similar. Dry grainy characters for a long part of the palate, with a touch of that sugary sweetness dressing the end. Some sourness comes through as well, which could just be a character of some additional wheat or something, but it's unwelcome nonetheless. Astringent finish, probably from the additional alcohol, which isn't supported by flavour or complexity.

I was dubious about the classification of this, expecting it to be an American Red, but yeah, it's not hoppy enough, and to be honest, it's not very interesting at all. Very average.

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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 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 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 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 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 mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 04/12/11 notes.

a - Pours a clear amber-copper color with less than an inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, toasted malts, light dark fruits, and light citrus hops.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, toasted malts, and roasted malts mostly. Light citrus hops again, as well as some bready malts and dark fruits.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a good red ale that is heavy on the toasted and caramel malts. Worth trying if you like red ales.

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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 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 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 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 Beer4Baltimore
3.29/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

--from notes
Had this one twice in bombers and the quality did vary.
A reddish looking brew with a tingly mouth feel both times. Plenty of roasted barley present but smell not very strong. First time I had it the hops were in full force, the second time the hops were nearly non-existent. Not sure as to the origin of the difference.
Would give it a third try but not going to hunt for it.

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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 DefenCorps
3.11/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On cask at Max's.

Light copper with a dense off-white head with great retention and lacing, this is a good looking beer. The nose is malty with a mildly stale caramel malt along with some hops. It smells like a blend of English and American hops were used here, earthy and green with some fruitiness. The palate opens sweet, mildly chalky with some caramel and sugar sweetness. Sweet on the finish with soft carbonation, this has a nice hop flavor with pine and citrus. Solid stuff, it does strike me that this beer's suffering from a bit of an identity crisis.

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