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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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 303
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 jp32
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 spinrsx
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle from the Potsdam NY IGA for $3

Appearance - Hazy yellow colour with a small size fizzy white coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly decent lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, coriander/clove, citrus, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads, grains, and hops. There is also some lemon, clove, and a bit of banana.

Overall – A pretty solid brew but nothing all that exciting. Not something I'd go out of my way to pick up again, but it was still worth trying once.

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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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