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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 Brew_42
2.65/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Keep in mind with this review that I do not generally like IPAs but I am currently trying to find one that I like, because when I tell beer lovers that I don't like IPAs they look at me like I just punched their grandma in the face.

Pours hazy golden with a thin white head.

Smells strongly of pine and citrus

Bitter IPA taste with plenty of citrus flavor which was pleasant but the bitterness was just too much.

Overall my search for a tasty IPA continues. IPA fans may like it but I just couldn't come to terms with the bitterness.

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Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted on cask. This one was just weird. Funky, but beyond even the norm of a Saison. Almost like it had started to go sour.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of Slatetank
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I purchased this at Wegmans, enjoyed chilled in a teku from the 12oz brown bottle -best by September 8, 2014.

The color si light amber little hazed appearance with thick white cap comprised of very fine beads with camo-like pattern of lace. The smell is phenolic with spice dominance, a bit yeasty with light hint of wheat in the aroma. The feel is good with moderately high carbonation and gentle sweetness leading to agressive spice texture with drying finish with moderate alcohol in the texture with some medicinal type edge.

The taste is good with slight hint of pear and slight peppery element with mild herbal flavor leading to hint of sugar and mild tinge of tropical fruit -more of a muted pineapple type presence with subtle malt and more alcohol as it finishes with good yeast flavor not as intense as the nose lets on. Overall I enjoyed this, however it is more of a hoppy triple than 'White IPA', the hops balance so Imperial Wit might not be appropriate, but it seems like just another beer trying to jump on the IPA bandwagon to sell rather than market it as a belgian wheat which might not be as popular.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Chill-hazed gold, sediment in suspension, moderate, off-white head of foam.
Aroma-Faint hops, spicy yeast note
Taste-Spicy yeast, citrus hop notes. A bit unbalanced to my taste. A valiant effort that almost works.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%

7/28 - Pours cloudy gold with remaining ring of white foam. Wheaty nose, some orange. Like a hoppy witbier. Opens citrus, chalky, then builds to a hoppy middle. Fast finish, orange rind close. Kind of an off construction, doesn't quite come together. 3.5 3.75 3 3.25 3

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A-Pale orange with a solid top of whitish foamy froth. Head manages to stick around. Well laced.

S-Hops aren't exactly silent but they are close to it. Spicy and yeasty. I guess the hops are perfume but not in a pleasing way. Its weird because I find their Loose Cannon to be perfumery in aroma and flavor and I love that beer. This doesn't work quite as well.

T-Yeasty and spicy. Hops are far too dull. A bit peppery. Orange peel. Wheat. Lingering sweetness.

M-A bit sticky. Not bitter. Soft carbonation.

O/D-Belgian IPAs are really hit-or-miss with me. This was pretty close to a miss. Spicy and sweet with not many redeeming factors.

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Photo of ElderBeagle
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a deep slightly cloudy amber. Very little head to speak of

S: sweet and yeasty not the greatest

T: I get the yeasty wheat beer taste upfront then some spicy notes and finally the dry hops hit at the end. Overall it's not a bad combination. Tastes better as it warmed up I feel

M: crisp and a bit too much carbonation for me but not bad.

O: I honestly am not familiar with this style so really have no base with which to compare. It was an ok beer although its not something I would return to again and again. Still it was really interesting and fans of this style may enjoy.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two-finger cream head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Cloudy pale amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Pine hop nose and flavor is pine hops, Belgian yeast and some orange rind, not as hoppy as an IPA. $2.15 for a 12 oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of pls2087
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy orange. Nice frothy head. Good lacing. Small carbonation bubbles.

S: Yeasty, citrus smell. Just a small trace of hops.

T: Very nice orange/wheat flavor. However, did not pick up nearly as much hops as I would have liked. This is my first Belgian IPA, but I would consider it be closer to a Witbier.

MF: Soft, lightly sticky

Overall: This wasn't what I expected. Hoping for more bitterness balanced with the sweetness, but if I'm craving a Belgian Ale, this is a decent option.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy lighter yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, mellow citrus hops. In the taste, lighter pine like hops, , mellow malt all the way through. A hop bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry and minty pine hop in the aftertaste. A nice mix of hops, quite nice and pleasant.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Orange hue, with tons of head and sticky lace. Unfiltered with sediment floating all over throughout the beer. As good as it gets for appearance!

S - Hmm, aroma is not real strong. Citrus, oranges, belgian yeast and candy. I've got to dig down low to get the aroma though

T - Unfortunately, the beer is not as good as it looks. Very mild for a 7.25 abv. Spices and malty, but nothing sticks out...is even a big bland.

M - Highly carbonated.

O - Looks great, but disappointed after that. Probably doesn't help that I have recently had a few other White IPA's that knock this one into the dirt

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a cloudy copper color. The head is about a finger high, with nice retention and excellent creaminess. A solid ring of lacing is left on the glass.

S: I'm really getting a nice orange-y note coming through. Some hoppiness comes through as well...which is also orange-y in its tone. Spicing is very subtle, but I can pick it up. It's definitely more of a hoppy witbier (at this strength, though, we're starting to enter tripel territory) than an IPA in general.

T: At first, there's a sudden rush of candied sugar, not unlike a tripel. Some savory spicing enters the midtaste - coriander, mainly. The finish has a gentle grapefruit-laden hoppiness to it. I have to say that the Belgian yeast works well with the Loose Cannon base, as it comes off more "Belgian-esque" than other Belgian-style IPAs (hi, Stone Cali-Failgique!) In fact, it's more Belgian than IPA - a lot more really. Still good.

M: Really crisp, and decently dry. Since the carbonation is low for the style, it almost comes off a bit syrupy (helped by its full body). Even still, it's pleasant to sip on.

O: Loose Cannon gets ass-reamed by a Westmalle Tripel that's high on coriander, and this is the result. I have to say, it's turned out well. There's just enough IPA to satisfy me, and the Belgian-ness isn't half-hearted in execution. I was pretty pleasantly surprised by this.

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Photo of Samp01
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy gold yellow with a small white head. Aroma and Taste is citrus floral hops, lemon peel, mild yeast and pale malt, mild bitterness. Palate is a medium crisp body, good carbonation. Finishes with citrus lemon, biscuit malt, fruity with mild bitterness on the end. Overall a good refreshing session Belgian style IPA.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type -Bottle

Appearance - Golden copper tan, yellow with a minimal 1/8 inch head and minor lacing.

Smell - Some hops, yeasts, actually has a tripel like spice aroma. Orange, grapefruit, some lemon.

Taste - Belgium spices, yeasts mixed in with hops. Spices add the peppery notes, yeasts add the sweet and tart Belgium flavors. Hops are mild and offer some orange and grapefruit flavors. Lemon and apple is a main flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel - You get the spices and hops at first sip right on the tongue. The palate gets more fruits, yeasts and spices with some tart apple. The aftertaste is tart, peppery and orange.

Overall - Decent, pretty standard for the style. Not great, not bad, nothing new for the style. Easy to drink and not overboard with flavors. Worth a try but there are better examples of this style out there.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When the spiciness of both American IPA and Belgian Witbier are both celebrated, then the marriage of the two have to find harmony somehow...

Hazy and yeasty in its pour, the beer releases a creamy dense blanket of foam, just before settling into a lacy sheet that retains half the session heartily. After that, the ale quivers and its foam dissolves.

Its light and spicy character is both soft and acidic in the same scent and taste. Perfumy in its aroma, its taste is complex with soft powdered sugar malts early; but zesty, fruity, and spicy later and later in its taste and texture. The early palate is creamy, supple sweet, and wheaty. As the beer extends across the tongue, its taste develops into fruity oranges, tangerines, lemons, and apples- just before the sharper grapefruity taste and dryness drags the flavors toward a lightly resinous finish of pine twigs, and a moderately bitter closing.

Warm to close, the beer carries with it a soft covey, minty and somewhat vanilla taste that's overshaddowed by grain character that's very charming if you can get past the husky bite. It's a complex ale that has good intentions but are a bit rough around the edges.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Potsdam IGA. 'Purchase before Aug 2013.'

A - Totally cloudy orange. One finger of white head. Good carbonation. Minimal spotty lace and a mild film of retention.

S - Sweet spicy with some hop compliments. Orange. Nice.

T - Sweet spice, orange, some sort of hop note. Notable witbier character with banana, orange, sweet spice.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, decent bitterness.

O/D - Definitely tastes like a slightly hopped up wit. Age might be holding this back though. Hop character is a bit...generic, with no real flavour characteristics coming out. Decent though.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"A unique hybrid style, this ale is brewed with Belgian yeast, spiced like a Witbier, and hopped like an IPA." Brewed in the style of a Belgian IPA. Riptide White IPA is Heavy Seas' latest spring seasonal, joining the lineup in spring 2013. Available in 12 oz. 6 packs and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 58º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, frothy ivory head over a moderately hazy, sediment-laden golden amber body. Carbonation is active and plentiful, retention is average at best and lacing is light and patchy. There is an incredible amount of pulpy sediment in suspension in this beer, this may be a huge turn-off for some who desire a beer with high clarity. 3.5

(Smell) Biscuity wheat malts with a pleasing dose of bitter and sweet orange peel as well as a subtle dose of coriander spice. Light citrusy, lemony and mildly grassy hop notes compliment the style graciously. The Belgian yeast strain in use keeps the Belgian notes passive enough that the less potent aromas can have voice too. Potency is mild-medium for the style, but is well-balanced. 3.75

(Taste) Up front is a very distinctively Witbier series of flavors- soft malted wheat body, a dash of bitter orange rind and a moderate dose of coriander for the peppery perk. The hop flavors pale by comparison and don't really impact the flavor much, aside from some mild drying bitterness and a squeeze of dry lemon, this is more difficult to characterize as an American IPA than it is a Belgian blonde or a witbier. The most American remnant this beer has going for it is a smooth, mildly sweet caramel malt body which rounds out the wheat malt for a little more flavor diversity without hindering the light body. Usually a sharply-flavored style one way or another, one thing this beer in particular has going for it is that it's very mild-mannered, so those who shy away from the sharpness of Belgian yeast or harsh, astringent American hops should find some redemption in Riptide. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) The texture is soft, peppery and mildly resinous. Carbonation adds a mild soft crispness for a fluffier mouthfeel. Body is medium for the style, medium overall. Alcohol presence is mild with some mellow graininess. Balance is fairly well balanced between bitterness and sweetness although both are relatively mellow, resulting in a very drinkable, albeit pedestrian representative of the style. 3.75

(Overall) I found Riptide to be one of the simplest White IPAs that I've yet had, mostly banking on the cleanliness and presentation of the Belgian Witbier notes and the general shallowness of the American IPA notes, this beer is considerably less conflicted than it could be as the emerging hybrid style seemingly demands the best and boldest of two beer worlds, and does not really get much of a representative of either, especially of the American IPA. Despite conflicting first visual impressions, Riptide happens to be one of the cleanest drinking and most quaffable White IPAs I've had yet thanks to its simplicity, which may be more of a selling point for it than not. 3.5

Heavy Seas Beer's
Riptide White IPA

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Photo of raznug
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Riptide pours a hazy golden color and is topped with white head that leaves to a thin layer after a few minutes
Smell: Belgian spices dominate the aroma of this white IPA but there are a few hops in the background that I think I can smell.
Taste: There is a nice blend of spices and hops in this beer but like most beers that have Belgian on it to me the spice notes are just to dominating and that is the way I feel with this hops play second fiddle to the spices and I think they should be side by side complimenting each other.
Mouthfeel: This is a good medium bodied beer that is easy drinking compared to most Belgians but the flavor is something to be desired for me.

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Photo of BB1313
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Notched best before Sept 2013. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden that glows; small white head that fades quickly and leaves decent lacing. The aromas don't blast you in the face, but they're pleasant. Floral. The yeast and hops really do blend together and neither outshines the other. That's basically goes the same for the flavors. They really found a nice balance. There are hints of orange peel and lemon zest. Subtle grapefruit notes. Subtle spiciness, hints of black pepper. Very earthy and rustic flavors. Solid bitterness. Very crisp and refreshing. Mouthfeel is thin and on the lighter side of medium-bodied. Easy drinking beer. Alcohol goes unnoticed. This would be great during the warm weather.

This is a solid Belgian IPA. I like this much more than Dubbel Cannon, which was their other BIPA which they recently retired. This isn't quite the Belgian equivelant to Loose Cannon, which I've been waiting to see from Heavy Seas. It's enjoyable, but leaves me wanting more.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Best by August 2013, so just made it.

Poured a golden yellow, with good carbonation. Head was bright white, thinning to just a covering. very little lacing.

Nose was mostly yeasts with a little spice.

Taste was pretty good. Hops had faded, most likely to being at the edge of it's limits. Spices, coriander, were still strong though. Abv of 7.25 started to come through towards the end.

Mouth was about medium, spices everywhere, quite refreshing. Finish was on the dry side.

Overall, an okay summer offering. Not something I would seek out outside the summer months. Would be interesting trying closer to it's bottling date to see how the hops affect the taste, although in my experience, (and perhaps I don't care for that style) more hops have not necessarily meant a better beer.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Well damn this looks all f-ed up. Hazy clumpy yeast throughout with just a layer of head that forms just a mild ring of lace. Checking the date it expires Sept. 2013 nope not too old.
S - The Belgium yeast character is fruity and spicy and the hops smell strong enough. I go in for the taste.
T - Well it's pretty great the hops are citrus in nature not getting too bitter or lingering on the palate and the yeasts are dry but also never get too dry. The fruity aspect of the beer never gets too cloying this is just a load of averages that makes this a very drinkable beer.
M - Light to medium not only easy on the palate but drink ability as well

Overall I am still more of a fan of the Loose Cannon. The Belgium yeast really does take the bitter edge off this great IPA. May be best since some really love it.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into tulip glass. for brewery fresh taste purchase before AUG '13.

A: a decent amount of haze on this bright orange/golden colored brew. a decent amount of yeast on the bottom of my bottle leads me to believe in some bottle conditioning. or perhaps just an unfiltered brew. I digress. mostly bright white head is comprised of moderate sized bubbles. good retention and sticky lacing.

S: cotton candy jumps out at me initially. seems to be the only hop-esque aroma im gettng here. a bit of hibiscus. lemon grass. aromas closer to a Belgian tripel than a brew with the words "IPA" in it. sweet and dry all at once (I know, that doesn't make any fucking sense!).

T: similar to the nose. sweet, slight bitterness but nothing overwhelming. a solid malt backbone provides a meatiness for the yeasty esters. slightly chalky. those same yeast esters linger into the finish with minor sweetness.

M: average, tingly carb on a medium body.

D: overall, not a bad brew by any means, however I think it is missing the mark a little regarding being a BIPA. drinks more like a Belgian golden or a lighter ABV Belgian tripel. bring some more hop component Heavy Seas and you will have a solid offering.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golen color with lots of foam on top.

Aroma is of belgian yeast, cloves, and banana. Possibly some other spices in the nose as well but nothing I can quite pick out specifically.

Flavor is hop-forward with an herbal, belgiany, slightly sweet finish.

The aroma is that of a belgian witbier. The flavor is more of a white ipa up front with a witbier finish.

Also, a slightly warmer than I was expecting alcohol feel. Overall, pretty decent beer, but probably not any kind of award-winner.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.75/5  rDev 0%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Flying Dog goblet (Best By: 10/15/14 14070)

A: Hazy dirty blonde body with a short-lived head that leaves no lacing.

S: Belgian, but this light estery profile with biscuity malts and almost no hop scent.

T: Definitely Belgian. Easy drinking, not much on the hop-side, but lots of nice esters and a bit of that banana and biscuit.

M: Quite carbonated but not super rough, just some larger bubbles coming through.

O: Nice enough, and on the better end for a White IPA, but I'm not sure if I would call this one (but White IPAs are really confusing). An under-rated beer from an under-rated brewery.

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Photo of ckollias
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed this brew out of snifter glass

A: Pours a golden hue with a nice white head that slowly dissipates leaving a decent trail.

S: Belgian yeast and wheat aroma.

T: Similar to the smell there is a wheaty flavor that is dominated by the Belgian yeast.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent IPA – nothing I would grab again.

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