Powder Monkey Pale Ale | Heavy Seas Beer

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States
hsbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
351
Reviews:
59
Avg:
3.49
pDev:
12.03%
 
 
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4
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Ratings: 351 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of Kurzman
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MarvinSnyder
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
4.07/5  rDev +16.6%
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! Finds 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 +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StevenH
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BJB13
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by March 13,17 printed on label.
12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler style pint glass

Look- Pours clear and copper in color. 1/2 finger of off white head with no real lacing that dissipated quickly.
Smell- Moderate aroma of bready malts, slight hop aroma and not much else.
Taste- Crisp and malty, fairly bitter with a touch of sweetness. Bready with very little hop flavor. Finishes sour with a little bite.
Feel- Thin bodied and well carbonated.
Overall- Light, refreshing and drinks fast. A good English Pale Ale though maybe a bit low on hops. Enjoyable but nothing fancy.

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Photo of Barleycorn
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of duvel1979
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of dmorgan310
3.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lelampp
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sk8sean86
2.02/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Roby923
4.11/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darker amber. Heavy passion fruit and sweet shortbread on the nose. This in itself was an easy sell. Taste was on the lighter side. Impressive brew overall and shouldn't be missed (especially based on the various winning accolades). Bottled from Total in Bmore.

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Photo of Purified
3.31/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of agreenman19
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of avisong
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kubishark
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Heavy Seas Alehouse. It was dark in there, so I didn't get the best look at the color, but it seemed to be a somewhat hazy coppery color with hardly any head. Smells almost exclusively of malts. Tastes strongly of malt and breadiness. Mild hops, definitely on the backburner in this malt show. Good thing I'm a malt guy, I think it's delicious. Sweet and slightly bitter. Fairly light and drinkable too. Pairs well with a meal. Overall I think it's a great beer. Don't go into it expecting an APA and it's hard to be disappointed.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.44/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Amber color with no head at all, none.
S: Pleasant malt aroma, bready, without any hop presence.
T: Not too bad a flavor--very malt flavored, moderate bitterness, but distinctly lacking in hop flavor. Finishes malty.
M: Medium-textured, low carbonation appropriate to style.
O: Underwhelming. Little of interest here.

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Photo of RozzieBoy
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L - Cloudy amber color with small tan head that disipated quickly.
S - Slight bready malt with mild hoppiness.
F - Mild bite to it. Kind of nice. Fairly smooth.
T - Slightly dry finish but not much else.
O - Up and down with this beer. A pretty easy drinker of a beer that seemed to get better as it warmed. Pretty good overall.

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Photo of spelingchampeon
3.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

20 oz Guinness Stout glass.

Multiple beers, aggressive pours are 1-2 finger head, which dissipates quickly to a white rim. Smells of fruity malt, with a very little bread-like aroma (?), not much else. Taste was sweet, front and back. Very little bitterness. Very smooth, but then again, it's an English Ale.. so all is well.

I bought this beer today, with a BB date 2 days ago, so I don't know if the hop presence has faded, or my taste buds were on vacation.. but for me, the flavor profile was very nice. It's not something I'd shy away from in the future.

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Photo of cdman56
3.04/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of GarbageMan10
2.87/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of FrancisM12
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of brocktune
3.12/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of danbk99
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Really liked the yellow/orange color.

Was disappointed at the WATERINESS . Drinking it colder than usual helps.

Once you get used to the wateriness, the floral English hops become more evident. Definitely an English style pale ale.
Might be good a a 'resfreshing' hot day beer as substitute for a macro.

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Photo of NickyDee21
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Powder Monkey Pale Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
3.49 out of 5 based on 351 ratings.
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