Heavy Seas - Riptide | Heavy Seas Beer

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Heavy Seas - RiptideHeavy Seas - Riptide
BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.25%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by tdm168 on 04-27-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
303
Reviews:
53
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
11.47%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
58
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 303 |  Reviews: 53
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has some hues of amber along with a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin head that quickly died down, leaving patch of bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of floral hops are present in the nose along with notes of orange peels.
T: The taste has flavors of coriander spices, wheat and orange peels along with a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to be rather interesting as it seems like a hybrid between a witbier and an India Pale Ale.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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 oline73
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Boone757
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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 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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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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 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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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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