Powder Monkey Pale Ale | Heavy Seas Beer

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Powder Monkey Pale AlePowder Monkey Pale Ale

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Traditional English-style pale ale with our own East Coast twist: UK Fuggles and Goldings dominate the flavor of Powder Monkey, but has subtle notes of citrus and flower from Cascade hops added in the boil and hopback. Brass in color, Powder Monkey, like all of our beers, is well balanced: distinct bitterness and a slight malt sweetness characterize the taste. In 2010, it won a bronze medal at the World Beer Cup; in 2008, it won a silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival.

Added by tdm168 on 03-09-2013

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Photo of JohnDon
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a solid and jazzed up english style pale ale, more hoppy than a lot of these are, and with a ton of body and substance for something this low in alcohol. also, better ice cold than warmed up even a little, which for whatever reason always seems to be the case with heavy seas beers, but im not exactly sure why. some nice english crystal malt to this, a frothy active expansive feel with a little caramel sweetness to it before the vegetal, leafy, green, bitter hops come in, even spicy for a moment, more than i am used to in the style, and easily balancing out the character of the malt in the flavor. it intensifies and turns more hop spicy when it warms up, so maybe thats part of why i like it best cold. i dont get as much english yeast character as i often look for in this style, and i do miss it, its two dimensional instead of three dimensional, and thats the weakness here for me, i like the overly hoppy taste just fine. overall a pretty solid beer, fairly old school, i never really seem to love any of the heavy seas stuff, but its all good. this probably would have been a leader in the style ten or more years ago...

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Photo of bigred89
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jason_cs
3.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MisledTitan
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of petermethot
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mthomp081
3.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of flyersfan900
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of feuematt
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber colored beer with a tall slowly fading head. Taste is floral hops and caramel malts. Pretty light and very easy drinking. A good beer to try!

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Photo of ffshore545
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, it pours a reddish amber with a modest head that stays a while. Some malt and hops in the nose. The mouth gets a slightly sweet with some maltiness flavor.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy copper color with a one finger, creamy off white head that quickly disappears and leaves next to no lacing on the glass.

Smell is caramel and bready malts along with a touch of citrus from the hops.

Taste is the same. It definitely crosses over the line of well balanced and into malt forward territory although the citrus hop flavor is not completely lost. There is also a touch of peppery spice on the finish.

Feel is light and smooth with moderate carbonation. Very easy drinking.

Overall this is a solid beer. EPA is not my preferred style of pale ale, as I prefer them hop forward with enough malt to keep it in the realm of balanced, but for the style this is enjoyable.

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Photo of JeffKowalek
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Tone
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of caramel malt, dough, slight yeast, tea, and spicy hops. Fits the style of an English Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level with a noticeable bitterness. Tastes of pale malt, slight caramel malt, hint of sweet malt, slight tea, and slight spicy hops. Overall, weak appearance, decent aroma, body, and feel.

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Photo of smcolw
3.39/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Darker amber and nearly clear. Small head with minimal lace.

Caramel malt aroma with light sweetness.

Drier in flavor with a good hop bitter flavor. Highly carbonated with a thin body. Overall, this is a little earthy, thin and blandly bitter.

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Photo of 88caprice
3.49/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Overall: good.

Orange-tinged, light copper color. Minimal head that dissipated completely. A light smell of sweet bready malts and low hops. A little bit of a sour taste, especially in the finish, along with hop bitterness and a buttery effect.

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Photo of EatonHops
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dface
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bear1964
4.01/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerBeast
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kurzman
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MarvinSnyder
3.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
4.07/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The eradication of The Bottle Backlog has created the possibility for many brewery horizontals, most notably New Belgium, but here comes one that is going to be a LOT of fun. I have known owner Hugh Sisson since he was the owner & brewer at Sisson's Brewpub in BAL before going on to open Heavy Seas. His head brewer is now Chris Leonard, former owner & brewer of the GEN Lafayette Brewpub in PHL & I once wrote a great Beer Pest piece about his (now ex-)wife, Kristen. As if all of that were not enough, I am a retired U.S. Navy sailor who spent a LOT of time aboard ships and underway, so nautically themed beers are right up my alley.

From the bottle: "Named for the young sailors who hefted gunpowder to the cannon aboard ships, this traditional English-style pale ale is charged with earthy hops and a firm malt character."; "Clean Water Fund [-] A portion of the proceeds from each case of beer we sell goes to help CleanWater.org, a national organization dedicated to protecting the quality of the water we drink and the water we use to brew. Can't make great beer without clean water! Funds from the sale of this beer go back to the region where it was purchased."

I was never a Powder Monkey, although I started out as a Deck Ape & for a long while, I was the starboard side 02-level 50-calibre machine gunner. When the weather decks were secured and/or we were not shooting, myself & my loader would report to the 5"/54 gun mount, beginning forward in MT51 & eventually being moved aft to MT52. On one occasion, word over the phones from the magazine below MT51 was "Whoops!" and then silence. If you don't think that there was puckering until comms were restored, you would be sadly mistaken. Thought was given to abandoning the mount, getting a hose & flooding the mag until the hatch opened and a Powder Monkey waved us off. Phew. Unbelievable at times!

I Pop!ped the cap & began a gentle pour into the awaiting glass. If we are already in Heavy Seas, there is no need to stir things up further. Much of the crew is on Bed Rest due to intense sea sickness, but I am still up and about. We had nice chow this morning of fried eggs with pork chops & then some of us bought sardines & cigars from the Ship's Store & played cards until lunch. Once sufficiently decanted, a vigorous in-glass swirl raised two-plus fingers of foamy, rocky, tawny head that quickly fell back into the surf, leaving sticky lacing in its wake. This will need to be needle-gunned off during our next in-port visit. Color was Amber to Deep Amber (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity, allowing me to see clear to the horizon. It looks like it may be clearing up ahead. Nose had a bready, fruity quality, like berries, but I was not getting much in the way of Cascade. No problem. Mouthfeel was medium. I gotta say, this was quite sweet with lots of tastes of red raspberries (especially), strawberries & blueberries and a nice breadiness, but not much in terms of bitterness. I liked it and it was fitting for the style. Finish was likewise sweet, but mellow, almost tea-like in its mellowness. Hey, after hauling powder around all day, what monkey wouldn't like to relax?

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Photo of vlt_for_beer
4.21/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StevenH
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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