Heavy Seas - Riptide | Heavy Seas Beer

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Heavy Seas - RiptideHeavy Seas - Riptide

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.25%

Availability: Spring

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Added by tdm168 on 04-27-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of StevenShawSr
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours with a lot of head. Clear bronze with moderate carbonation. Smells fruity, maybe banana as another reviewer mentioned. Taste is a bit creamy with a wonderful following. So far this is my favorite craft and I live around the corner from Heavy Seas...think I may visit

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Photo of bubseymour
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is copper and clear with a 1 finger head that quickly disappears. Not sure why this is called a white IPA when its not very pale.

Smell - Very pleasant Belgian yeast and spices prevail

Taste - A very well balanced hybrid beer. Flavorful Belgian spices and slight sweetness and malt is really well rounded out with a crispness and hop presence in the finish. Nothing bitter at all and the complexity of flavor through the taste is very well crafted.

Mouthfeel - Delightfully full bodied

Overall - A definite must try beer for anyone. This is a very well crafted Belgian IPA that is an easy drinker, full of typical Belgian flavorings and just enough pop in the finish for hop heads.

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Photo of bluehende
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This has a nice spicy characteristic. It tastes more like a rye beer than a belgian IPA. The spiciness is very pronounced with a very complimentary hop profile.

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Photo of dpianka
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

date of tasting: 5-31
place of tasting: Barley Vine - Bristol, CT
beer: Riptide
brewery: Heavy Seas
brewery location: Halithorpe Maryland
type: ale
style: Belgian IPA
abv: 7.25
ibu: 45
glass: mug w/appearance test in tasting glass
temperature of beer: 50F

Appearance: like floating in a golden cloud... a golden cloud with angels playing harps and singing praise to the great beer god in the sky

Smell: picture an orange grown in Belgium in the middle of a wheat field and cared for by a heavy set jolly fellow who reeks like the werthers originals and red jolly ranchers he keeps in his left breast pocket.

Taste: subtle sweet grapefruit supremes (no white pith bitterness whatsoever) just a slight hint of coriander, georgia peaches and perfectly ripe strawberries

Mouthfeel: like the froth on a perfect cappucino laced with the perfect amount of carbonation

Overall Impression: I really like this beer. I could see myself drinking this on a patio overlooking a dense deciduous forest on a cool summer’s eve.

Food Pairings: banana gelato, a juicy mid rare cheeseburger with that really thick american cheese on a potato bun with ketchup, mayo and butter lettuce. grilled chicken over an apricot salad. Beef Satay with a spicy peanut dipping sauce

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Photo of schoolboy
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It figures that these guys make a really good beer like this.

It opens looking like a nice "light" Belgian treat. It turns out to be a bit more. Every aspect of this beer is well balanced. The color, light head, aroma (especially), are all just right, and very appetizing.

It tastes very Belgian. Loads of nice yeastiness pouring though. The aftertaste is a very satisfying Belgian linger. I like it a lot,

This is a beer I will seek out and buy again. It is recommended for when you want a full flavored American version of one of these without the over the top syrupy taste.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one was quite a surprize to me because when i seen spices on the label I'm thinking wit beer. This was not the case. What I got was a good BIPA.
A small wimpy head sits on top of a sediment infused hazy golden yellow beer. The gentle cabonation is the death blow to the fast fading unresponsive head.

The aroma has a fresh floral hop aroma, maybe with a tich of citrus. Its quite sutle and confident. Belgian yeast give a slight fruitiess. Subdued spices like in a wit. All work well together.
Taste was very good with a good depth of flavor here. Plenty of fruitness spiciness and Belgian yeast. All working well.
And whats great is that nothing dominates but compliments.
On the palatte it's smooth and dry with a sutle bitterness.
Gotta be one of the best white IPA.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Label says Purchase Before Aug 13.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick sheet of surface foam. Thin, semi-resilient lacing slides down the glass leaving clots behind.

S- Wheat, yeast and hops commingle to make a nice combo of aromas. Notes of citrus, banana and sweet custard.

T- Very good balance of wheat and hops with no one taste clashing or overpowering the other. Slightly yeasty, slightly sweet, slightly spicy, slightly bitter. It all flows to create a fun melange of flavors. Alcohol is also well-masked.

M- Maybe the beer's only shortcoming. Needs more bite. Still, slightly creamy from the yeast and wheat which is good. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Pretty much just as good as Dubbel Cannon only a touch less zesty. It seems like, at least in my experience, that the only Heavy Seas beers that are any good are the ones where hops are involved. Otherwise, they range from terrible to okay. I would recommend this one though.

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Photo of Omnium
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice yellow/gold, 1 finger head, real nice lacing going on, some yeast floating around.
S - Lots of great aroma in this beer, belgian yeast, clove, cinnamon, pine, mint, a little lemon peel, and wheat.
T - Theres a much larger presence of nice fruits in the flavor than the aroma, a tamed belgian yeast flavor, which i really appreciate, mint, clove, banana, peach, creamy wheat, and some mild bitterness.
M - Well balanced, and very refreshing at the same time. Good medium body and feel.
O - This is not what I was expecting, this is a great blend of belgian white/wheat and a mild IPA. Dont come into this beer expecting wild bitterness, but a beer thats bursting with a truck load of flavor. I'm not a fan of this style, but this has changed my mind.

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Photo of dank203
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I believe this beer to be slightly underrated, it's really smooth, well balanced and drinkable. you get some of the citrusy topicalness along with a slight funky spice note like you'd get in a witbier. it's clean, refresing, perfect alcohol content, not quite chuggable but you don't need to sip it either

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Photo of jacewg
4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden copper color with a big, long lasting head. Spotty lacing. Good looking beer.

Aroma: Tons of belgian wit characteristics. Big yeasty presence. Fruit and coriander notes. Citrus hop aroma is present.

Taste: Big juicy flavor. Lots of witbier yeast and spice. Bitterness is light but still asserts itself. Lots of orange-y citrusy hops melding with citrus peel. Drinks very light and easy for 7.25

Mouthfeel: Spot-on. Well-carbed. Lifts off the palate easily. Super easy to drink. Perfect for hot weather. Long, dry finish.

Not the best White IPA I've ever had (that belongs to DC Brau/Union Yonder Cities) but a damn good one that I'll be happy to sip on this summer.

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Photo of rtrasr
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the DoG (Duke of Gloucester in Williamsburg, Va.) Street Pub on cask. It starts out the color of a Belgian Wit. Starts out like a witbier but them the hops kick in. Unlike any cask ale I've had to date. I tend to rate this beer a little high but anyone who makes cask ale in the states deserves all the support they can get. Kudos to Heavy Seas and their cask program.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh release into Ohio from Cavalier Distributing, pours a glowing orange golden hued slightly hazed as the yeast sediment disperses like cigar smoke in the room, light white head forms leaves fine intricate layered lacing. Aromatics heavy in the pinapple, mango, tropical fruit department with heavy spice arriving 2nd, big hops underneath the label of a White IPA. Smoking a La Aroma de Cuba Mi Reserva, a cigar influence by Cuba yet produced by the Holt's Cigar Company (Philadelphia, PA) the folks who brought us Ashton, and San Cristobal. This is produced in Nicaragua by Don Pepin Garcia at the My Father Cigar Factory wrapped with a beautiful Mexican San Andres wrapper, I'm in love with the pairing. And intrigued by the fact that this beer is brewed in Baltimore yet carries IPA and witbier characteristics that have been formed from a love of West Coast IPA and Belgian artisanal ales. What a hybrid of pairings, anyways on to the flavor of the uber fresh White IPA, heavy handed citrus and tropical fruit hops with bready yeast and spice laying down the law. It leaves a lingering bitterness catching those hops and house Belgian style yeast together but leaves an impeccable complexity of tropical fruit including mango and pineapples with tones of passionfruit. The spices come off very perfumey, like walking through a women's dressing room after a hoard of single females prepare to go out for a night on the town. It catches me with some balance but the extreme contrast of flavors that appreciate in a format that turns the volume up this loud is a bit distracting from what the base beer could actually provide to the drinker without all of the background noise. I know it's a trend to blend these two styles and this isn't a horrible version of it, it is just one that I'm not so keen on. The smell is beautiful even some green onion notes from the big hop barrage makes in through to my nares, it's just the clash of Belgian yeast and spice with the IPA that leave me wanting more cohesion and less clash. Know add in the cigar with earthy wood and sweet tobacco with black pepper spice and we have ourselves a magnificent pairing. Mouthfeel is very forgiving with a dry spice lingering bitterness and floral earthy pepper notes that linger kicking in but tasting rather good between sips, the mango fruitiness is complex because it limits the concentration of malt sweetness due to the fact that it's mainly derived from the hop varieties used in this beer. Overall I'm happier with my session with this beer than the flavor description details indicated, a very fine ale from Hugh Sisson and company of Baltimore keep bangin' out these beautiful complex ales and I will keep trying them.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an IPA glass.

A: Golden-orange in color. Thick haze. Big, rocky white head stubbornly persists. Lacing sticks everywhere in a thick, foamy coating.

S: Floral hops, spruce pine, orange peel, peppery coriander, doughy and chalky yeast, hint of alcohol, tropical esters, lightly honeyed malt.

T: Floral hops, soft piney flavors, pithy citrus fruits. Bitterness is ample. Peppery coriander. Light medicinal phenols and a brush of alcohol. Orange peel comes out more toward the back. Honeyed and biscuity malt. Chalky yeast. Pithy hop finish.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy and silky. Low carbonation lets it sit with a little more heft.

O: White IPAs have been a little slower to catch on than I thought they'd be. This one is pretty much as I envisaged the style to be. Great balance. Not necessarily wheat-dominated. Higher abv, good Belgian yeast character, ample hop flavor and bitterness, and some supporting wit spicing. Still very drinkable. Good stuff here.

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Photo of Dave128
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. From outside the bottle, you can see some floaties rolling around the bottom of the bottle.

A - A moderate pour yields almost not head the fizzles away quickly. Lacing is practically non-existent and there is just barely a ring around the top. Color is dark gold and is mostly clear besides the sediment which is evenly floating around the beer. The latter part is actually quite cool looking.

S - Smells a lot like a spicy wheat ale. Smells very sweet. Don't get much on hops

T - A good marriage between a belgian ale and an IPA. It definitely tastes wheaty up front but finishes with a good hop bitterness. Very juicy.

M - Carbonation is spot on for the style.

O - A very interesting ale. I think this may be the first of the style that I have had and I will definitely seek out more in the future.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 9/2013. Pours very cloudy golden amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big lemon zest, pear, apple, orange peel, light banana, coriander, clove, pepper, floral, grass, wheat, bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of yeast and hop notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, pear, apple, orange peel, coriander, clove, light banana, pepper, floral, grass, light pine, wheat, bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, citrus peel, coriander, clove, light banana, pepper, floral, grass, wheat, bubblegum, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of hop, spice, and yeast ester flavors; with a solid malt backbone and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice White IPA! All around nice balance and complexity of hop, spice, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of delta490
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly cloudy orange/gold with a creamy white head. The head is decent, albeit thin, and some light lacing. The aroma is reminiscent of their Loose Cannon, but slightly milder due to the wheat in the grain bill. The taste is similar. This is like Loose Cannon light which is in no way a bad thing. A little thinner on the body but a nice smooth finish. An interesting take on the IPA.

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Photo of GaBeerGarden
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Exactly what I expect the Brewer was working for. An interesting spiced IPA with tangy tastes on the first sip. No aftertaste, no bitters noticeable. Almost appears as a Golden Ale and not heavily carbonated to my taste. The aroma is unique and brings to mind aromas from my time in Germany drinking the house brew.
Fairly high abv (to American standards) is not evident in the mouthfeel or taste.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy, orangish, effervescent; small frothy head, long lasting, decent lacing

Smell: citrus and coriander dominate; maybe some pine; smells great

Taste: juicy malts with citrus pith dryness up front; orange and coriander come in in the mid; finishes with semi sweet with a grapefruit like feel on the tongue

Mouthfeel: medium with some bubbly zip

Remarks: decent example for the style and I'd buy it again

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Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Sticks and Stones a few days back.Came in a standard pint glass a hazed orange infused lighter golden with a somewhat creamy bone white head that really stuck to the sides of the glass like glue as it settled into a frothy mass.Light citrusy hops and yeasty spice in the nose,the yeast is bigger in the aromas than flavor wise.Tangerine notes really stand out on the palate along other citric flavors,it didn't seem as "big" as it is either with not a whole lot of alcohol sweetness,mild yeasty spiced notes in the finish.Not a bad BIPA it's not overly yeasty and a nice fresh fruity hop profile.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful hazy, orange golden color with just a fingers worth of foam. Loose white bubbles that fell quickly to a thin film and ring. Fine lace covers the entire glass. Very pretty. Nose is a blend of hop delight and Belgian character. Yeast, spice and herbal. There's ripe peach, a little tangy, some tangerine, pepper to tickle the nose and floral. Malt is sugary and bright. Toasted. There's a hint of corriander and it reaches complex. The taste is an outrageous combination of two worlds. Hop forward, your first sip greets you with delicious ripe fruit. Plenty juicy and sweet. Peach, tangerine and some pink grapefruit. There's a hint of tartness. Then the light sweet bread from the malt comes over the mid palate to bring a supple wheat dryness. The body is smooth, lush and vibrant. It's even kind of creamy and the carbonation is soft. The kick you get is from the yeasty spice and the pepper. The slight sour from the yeast and the wheat dryness are a perfect match for the sweet fruit. It finishes with a moderate bitter, semi dry and with a light pine resin. Herbal with plenty of wheat and light bread.

What a delectable beer. It's spirited. Rambunctious but not overly forceful or conceited. It's the happy collision of two fantastic worlds where the characteristics of an IPA meet a proper Belgian. Poised and unique this is my first white IPA and I love the style. It's graceful but fun loving.

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Photo of rjd722
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orange color with maybe a two-finger foam head that dissipates pretty quickly, minimal lacing. Piney aroma, orange rind is also very apparent along with a general spiciness. Smooth with a burst of hops, again with the orange rind up front. A spicy resin remains coating your mouth, a positive experience overall.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Spices, bready and sweet malts, citrus, pineapple, and tangerine.

Taste: Same as the above. Hops are delicious with mild tingly bitterness. Pineapple, grassy, tangerine, and citrus happiness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, tingly, medium bodied, very drinkable for 7.25%, and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: A good BIPA. More tripel characters like others would be nice, but I was pretty happy with this one.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/10/2013 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains piney hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and a little smooth but there’s a bit of chalkiness to it, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, this is a solid flavorful beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of Jason
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Yeast hazed peach orange hue, lovely lacing. Citric herbal hops meets Witbier spicing in the nose, of course with some fruit esters as well. So smooth, lush crispness. Perfectly place hop bitterness within the Witbier spicing and yeast character. Citrus hopping with citrus spicing and Belgian yeasty phenols all mesh very well, long lingering finish that lands semi-dry.

All aspects of this beer work, not exactly the easiest style to tackle but Heavy Seas prevails. Long live the White IPA!

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Photo of tdm168
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - cloudy yellowish orange with a thin lacing of white head

S - Belgian yeast, heavy spices, herbal

T - herbal, spices, faint malt, mildly bitter, some alcohol in the finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a decent BIPA. There is a nice herbal hop character here which makes this pretty enjoyable. Unfortunately, this beer is simple and borders on boring after a while. It's definitely a nice addition to the heavy seas line-up, but this isn't a beer I would visit often.

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