Heavy Seas Winter Storm Category 5 Ale

Heavy Seas Winter Storm Category 5 Ale

Rated 3.700 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Heavy Seas Brewing

Baltimore, MD, United States

Style:  Strong Ale

7.5% Alcohol by Volume

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This ale is pure hop power but perfectly balanced with a rich malt character. Floral and aromatic, the hop character is enhanced by the technique of dry hopping, a traditional method of increasing aroma. Available from mid-October to February. Malts: Pale, Crystal, Carapils and Munich. Hops: Magnum, Fuggles, Cascade, Centennial and Chinook

ID: 26731 Last updated 13 years ago Added to database 16 years ago

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Overall Rank1089
Overall Percentile98
Style Rank46 of 799
Style Percentile94.2
Lowest Score2.3
Highest Score5.0
Average Score3.760
Weighted Score3.700
Standard Deviation0.476

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  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 4.3 9 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    Imperial ESB version. Comes out of the tap a warm translucent coppery amber with a fine, coppery-tan head Aroma is strong, spicy, malty and slightly hoppy. Flavor is rich, malty and spicy with an undertone of hops that is only slightly bitter. Texture is sharp, lively, sassy and tingly and leaves a hoppy-bitter and spicy finish.

  • SHREWS824 218 reviews
    rated 4.0 13 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    A hazy reddish amber color with some orange and yellow highlights around the bottom and sides. An off white head that was none too large nor did it have much retention. Did leave patches of lace down the sides of the glass. Very nice nose of some caramel malt, bread, biscuit and some nice flourishes of some grapefruit and orange citrus. Seems very well balanced and really developes as the beer warms. The taste brought forth some balanced plumes of bitterness from the grapefruit. The dry malt of caramel and biscuit seem to fit toether nicely with the citrus. Small touches of alcohol do come through in the flavor, but it's nothing I can't handle. Mouthfeel is medium. Smooth and dry. Nice bit of warmth from the alcohol. Doesn't over do it with flavor on the palate, but does leave enough for me to savor for a bit. This brew is really pretty good I think. Very solid and well rounded. Obviously this is a "Winter" beer, but I think I could enjoy this on occasion throughout the year.

  • FARGINGBASTIGE6 1476 reviews
    rated 3.9 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 7

    Pours a deep rich ruby brown with a somewhat frothy head that laces nicely. Floral with dried fruit - raisen, plum, etc. Very nice. Medium to heavy on the pallette, but pleasantly so. Nice hoppiness that was a bit unexpected, but subdued and pleasant as well. Intriguining and complex.

  • BROTHERBRANDO 186 reviews
    rated 4.0 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    My buddy bought this beer out on the East coast after a recent trip. He brought this beer back and was really excited for me to try it because I haven't had a beer from Maryland yet. Red in color and flavor. Delicious and excellent.

  • PHISHPOND417 3045 reviews
    rated 3.8 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    What a nice beer! Shared this tonight with my buddy Brandon. A purchase of mine from my trip out east a month ago. Poured a dark mahogany with a fairly large fluffhead. Aroma is beautiful. Nose is hoppy with some alcohol fumes mixed in with raisins and earth. Taste is hoppy firm, and full on the palate. A really chewy delectable beer with lots of flavour. Smoke, tannin and plum.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 3.4 15 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 7

    Impressively whimsical label is a draw. Crystal clear reddish-orange body on pour. Small soapy white head with no hang time. There is some soapy lacing. The nose is sweet malt and ever so subtle floral hops. There is some smoothness in the body. The taste is impressive, big citrus flavor and bitter. The malt is subtly in the background and there is a big alcohol lick in the after taste.

  • CHANGEUP45 864 reviews
    rated 3.5 15 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    This pours a deep amber color with a nice initial off-white fluffy head but not a lot of retention. Caramel malts, some spices and fruits, with a decent dose of bitter hops following. Finishes rather dry. There wasn't a lot to get too excited about but this was a pretty solid beer.

  • GGRUMET 311 reviews
    rated 3.5 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Sampled from a bottle that pours dark red/brown with a nice white head that caps and laces beautifully. Aroma is earthy, like a fresh baked loaf of whole wheat bread. I honestly have no idea how to place this beer. All malt with the taste. Crystal and caramel malts with a toasty finish. I don't taste the hops stated in the previous review, and I don't see this as an imperial anything. It's smooth and tasty, with roasted almond and caramel malt tastes. No hops. I'd certainly sample again.

  • CHEAPDARK 389 reviews
    rated 2.3 15 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 3 | Flavor: 3 | Overall: 4

    Let’s git this one out of the way, I’m pesimistic about anything that says imperial on it. I’ll rate this monster in recognition of all the beerpalians. Kinda looks like iced tea. Fairly strong hoppy lager aroma, somewhat like imperial pilsners I’ve had. Not as bad as expected on the taste buds but it certainly is quite hoppy bitter. Roll your tongue up against the roof of your mouth and get a shiver, mah fah. Never had an impy ESB, but what the Devil? Kick butte, plowing thru my taste buds. Regardless of how offensive this is, it is not as bad as many impy IPA or impy stouts. Really does have ESB character on the upper level of rudeness. Some ESB are friendly and well mannered, and this is not! heheheh. Will not buy again, way too much for this lager afficianado. On par with Berkshire Cabin Fever Ale or Laggy’s Impy red.

  • FUNK 898 reviews
    rated 3.8 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    Pours a dark amber with light tan head. Aroma contains some piney hops with a hint of sweet malt. Taste is similar with a bit of sweet alcohol as well. Overall, well balanced and very tasty. Good winter warmer.

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