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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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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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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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