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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 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 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 JohnnyS17
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint glass

Tan, with a slight red tint. Not much head, but some lacing. Light and visible carbonation.

The ale smells of hoppy earth tones. Slight sweet caramel malt aroma. The taste is quite similar. Earthy with from the hops, but not overpowering. Sweet like cherries. Medium to light body and it coats your mouth. Definitely carbonated.

Overall, a good red. I enjoyed the blend of hops and sweetness. It was very well balanced. I wouldn't have more than one and I wouldn't go out of my way to have one, but I wouldn't turn one down.

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Photo of billab914
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip. It poured a deeper amber color with some nice red-ish colors coming through in the light. It started with a modest and sticky off-white head to it, but it quickly retreated to the edges of the glass. Nice lacing though.

The aroma has some toasted and caramel like flavors to it. I get a little sweet, graininess to it as well. Not a huge aroma to it, but not a bad one overall.

The taste starts out with more of the sweet malty flavors with some toasted and caramel malts coming through. Like the aroma, I also get some of the sweet, grainy flavors coming through. Midway I get some bitter, slightly roasty flavors coming in that really helps it from becoming too malty sweet. I get just a hint of an herbal like hop presence in the finish, but not much. Very nice malty flavors to it, without becoming overly sweet.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it's a pretty good beer. It had some pretty good malty flavors but wasn't overly sweet. It went down pretty easy and was an enjoyable beer to start off this St. Patrick's day evening.

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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 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 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 CuttDeez
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a mug. Part of the Mutiny Fleet.

A - Deep copper pour with a big disappating head that ends in a thin cream line.

S - Bready malty nose withsome sweet notes. Not a lot there very faint nose.

T & M & D - Caramel sweetness, with toffee notes. Medium bodied with a decent level of carbination. This was a typical red ale with a little more depth and a very nice smoothness. I would drink one again and for a bomber it is reasonable ABV.


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

Not awful, but not too much imperial about it, which makes its name and marketing misleading - this is a perfectly good irish red, but nothing worth shelling out Bomber prices for. In fact, a rather disappointing effort from a good brewery.

Pours a deep copper with a fluffy but disappointingly short-lived hear. The aroma is roasty, with a nice reddish cherry edge. The flavor is a little too roasted, like they sacrificed taste for color - it's roasted but lacks a lot of deep malt flavor, and the hops are simply too light. The mouthfeel is extremely prickly.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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