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