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New Beer Blog Heavy Seas Uncharted Waters 2013 The Greater Pumpkin


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In this fall beer blog, we are going to get into a brew on this blog from Heavy Seas.  I am a huge fan of this brewery and I cannot wait to get into their beers a little bit more.  I could not get them while living the Chicago market but I can here in the Michigan market.  Heavy Seas Brewery was founded in 1992 by Hugh Sisson Baltimore, Maryland.  Heavy Seas brews several different beer styles.  Their beers are sold in eighteen different states and they go as far west to Michigan.  Let us get into the brew.

It has a clear copper color with a constant white head on this high-end Fall Seasonal.  The smell is like a vanilla bean with hints of oak.  It also has smell notes of pumpkin and other species. The taste has bourdon, oak, and pumpkin with slight spices like cinnamon and slight nutmeg.  The aftertaste is burn nutmeg bourdon notes. It is sip able to drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

Uncharted Waters explores the unique changes that happen to beer when exposed to wood. Each beer showcases a robust style, carefully matched with a wood treatment to produce a range of complex flavors. Vintage dating encourages further exploration of the aging process. As much about the voyage as the destination, we hope you enjoy these beers in the spirit which they were brewed.

The Greater Pumpkin

As fall approaches and thought turn to Halloween, we roll out the Great er Pumpkin. A coppery ale with forward notes of vanilla oak and flavors of autumnal spice, the ale is brewed with actual pumpkin and imported English malts. Pairs well with turkey legs, sweet potatoes, and an evening looking at the stars….

Here is a description from their website (www.hsbeer.com):

In the most worthy of pumpkin patches and during the silence of the midnight hour, the Greater Pumpkin raises up and pours a rich deep and burnished orange color.  Heady aromas of bourbon, cinnamon, ginger, allspice and clove linger seductively over the thick white head of this tremendous brew.  Its love at first sip as the full malt body, dominated by British crystal malt, brown sugar and pumpkin, slowly washes over your tongue.  Bourbon barrel aging rounds out the flavors with notes of oak, vanilla, and bourbon.  Pairs well with crisp autumn weather, crunchy fallen leaves, and the knowledge that your kids will be asleep soon so you can raid their Halloween candy bags.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website;  www.hsbeer.com

Twitter:  @HeavySeasBeer

Closing out, this pumpkin ale is something else and I mean that in a good way.  The bourdon does not take over the beer.  There is a nice balance from the beer and barrel.  The barrel gives you a vanilla notes that gives a different twist on the beer notes.  This is a big beer that gives you everything you expected from a beer like this.  You will not be disappointed with this brew.  Heavy Seas did a great job and I highly recommend you trying this brew.  I thought Uinta Brewing made a great barrel age pumpkin ale. Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Beer Blog Heavy Seas Peg Leg Imperial Stout


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In another beer blog, we are going to sample out another beer from Heavy Seas, which is Peg Leg Imperial Stout.  If you have read my beer blogs in the past, you know the history of this brewery.  If you have not, please, read those beer blogs to get up to speed on this brewery.  Let us get into the brew.

This beer has a jet black color without a head on it. The smell is a milk chocolate. The taste is a slight roasted to burn milk chocolate with a dry smokey aftertaste. It is a nice sipping with a nice cigar.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

Our Peg Leg Imperial Stout is done in the English style-focused on malt rather than hops.  Devilishly dark yet surprisingly smooth.  Luxurious with notes of coffee and dark chocolate.  8% Alc./Vol.

Here is a description from their website (www.hsbeer.com):

Peg Leg

Year Round

This full-bodied imperial stout pours an opaque mahogany color with a tan head. Its smell is dominated by notes of roasted coffee beans, with a slight hint of chocolate, but Simcoe and Fuggles hops add complexity to the aroma. The roasted barley is detectable in the taste, and this complements the bitterness from the Warrior hops—balancing out the sweetness from the load of malts used in brewing Peg Leg. A creamy mouthfeel makes this a smooth, utterly drinkable beer.

BEER DETAILS
  • Style: Imperial Stout
  • ABV: 8%
  • IBUs:
  • Availability: Year-round
  • Hops: Warrior, Simcoe & UK Fuggles (dry hop)
  • Malts: 2-Row, Munich, Roasted Barley, Chocolate, Black Malt

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.hsbeer.com

Twitter:  @heavyseasbeer

In closing, just like everything that I have had from this brewery I have enjoyed it.  This is a great Imperial Stout.  It is heavy in a good way with some nice Chocolate and Coffee notes.  There is a ton going on in this full body beer.  This brewery does a great job on their beers and has some great packaging.  I cannot wait for this brewery to make their way to Chicago in their Pirate Shop.  I highly recommend trying this beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Beer Blog Heavy Seas Black Cannon Black IPA


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In this beer blog, we are going to sample out one of my favorite beer style and my favorite craft brewery out of Maryland.  Heavy Seas Brewery and the beer is called Black Cannon Black IPA.  If you read my earlier beer blog on their flagship beer, which is called Loose Cannon, you know the history of this  brewery.  If you have not, please, read the first part of that beer blog post.  Let us get into the beer.

It has a black color with a semi tan color. The smell is a roasted chocolate with a hint of pine. The taste is a chocolate piney with a dry hoppy finish. It is a drinkable beer but really not drinkable. It is kind of in that in between worlds.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

While the style is an oxymoron, this ale is a variation of our “Loose Cannon” IPA, with an obious dark note.  7.25% Alc./Vol.

Here is a description from their website (www.hsbeer.com):

Black Cannon

Seasonal Selections

Our brewers modeled this black IPA after Loose Cannon, with a slight change: it’s almost as if they burnt the brew. Deep-dark ruby, Black Cannon has a roasted character from Blackprinz and Roasted Barley malts, but a heaping portion of hops—in the kettle, hopback, and fermenter—impart flavor and aroma. Floral and pine notes show up in the nose. The mouthfeel is very smooth.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.hsbeer.com

Twitter:  @heavyseasbeer

In closing, I love this beer style, which I said at the beginning of this beer post.  I am a huge hophead but yet I love my porters and stouts.  This is a dream of mine taking both beer styles and put them in one beer bottle or beer glass.  It is a smooth full body beer when drinking but yet get the pine notes during the drinking experience.  This beer at first I was not a fan but when I got to the bottom of the glass.  I was really enjoying this beer.  I recommend you trying this beer if you are a fan of Black India Pale Ale.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Beer Blog Heavy Seas Brewing Gold Ale


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In this beer blog, here is another beer from Heavy Seas Brewing and the beer is called Gold Ale.  This is another brew from my Beer of the Month.  If you read my earlier blog on their flagship beer while I was in Washington DC, you know the history of this brewery.  If you have not, please, read that beer blog post.  Let us get into the beer.

This gold ale is what it is a golden color without a head on the beer. The smell is very fade and hard to smell. The taste is a sweet carbonation malty with a small touch of hops. It is not overly hopped. The aftertaste is a dry earthly to a little malty. It is pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

American gold ale with floral hop aroma.  Well rounded, fruity, and complex.

Here is a description from their website (www.hsbeer.com):

Gold

Year Round

This easy-drinking session beer pours a deep golden color. It smells slightly floral and herbal, thanks to a hopback full of Cascade and Centennial hops. Gold is tasty and refreshing, with a round mouthfeel. In 2010, it took awards at both the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup.

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.hsbeer.com

Twitter:  @heavyseasbeer

Closing, I am not a fan of most of these gold ales or golden ales.  I went with a positive attitude to give this beer a chances.  The one thing that I love about this beer it is a session beer.  Sometimes you need to drink some of these beers to give you a break from the over hop to heavy stout and porters.  However, this gold ale gives you some hop finish to keep the hophead happy, I recommend you trying this beer.  If you are an experience craft beer or just an American lager drinker, this beer will give you a different pace as an experience beer drinker or set you on the road to drinking more craft beer.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Beer Blog Heavy Seas Small Craft Warning Uber Pils


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In this beer blog, we are going to take a look at another beer from Heavy Seas Brewing.  Thanks to my loving sister for getting the beer of the month for Christmas to write about this beer.  This time around we are sampling their Small Craft Warning Uber Pils.  If you read my earlier blog on their Loose Cannon Ale, you know the history of this brewery.  If you have not read that beer blog, please, read that beer blog.  Let us get into the beer.

This Pils has a clear golden color without a head on the beer.  The smell is extremely fate and I am having a hard time picking up what the smell.  The taste is a sweet carbonation hoppy and the aftertaste is a malty dry crisp finish. It is a session beer and I am looking forward to go back to Michigan to drink some Heavy Seas beers.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

Unofficially the original American Uber Pils, Small Craft Warning is a rich, golden bock lager with big malt flavor and a crisp hop finish.  7.0% Alc./Vol.

Here is a description from their website (www.hsbeer.com):

Small Craft Warning

Year Round

Arguably our most well-balanced beer, Small Craft Warning seems at once hop-forward and malt-forward; our brewers debate over which flavor force prevails in the beer. Small Craft exemplifies a robust pilsner—it’s crisp, well-carbonated, and slightly sweet. The beer is characterized by a firm malt backbone and a pronounced hop character. A fine aroma, from an array of hops, completes this quaffable beer.

Beer Details

  • Style: Über Pils
  • ABV: 7%
  • IBUs: 35
  • Availability: Year-round
  • Hops: Warrior, Palisade, French Strisselspalt, Saaz, Simcoe, Cascade
  • Malts: 2-row, Munich, Caramalt

Suggestions

  • Food Pairings: Baked chicken, mild cheddar cheese, shortbread cookies
  • Glassware: Pilsner

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.hsbeer.com

Twitter:  @heavyseasbeer

Closing, I have grown to love these beer styles, which is craft lager and pils.  I have enjoyed several beers I have had from this brewery.  They are not shy to boost the ABV in their beers.  I do not think I have ever saw a beer less than 5.0% ABV in their beers.  I could be wrong.  I have not had all their beers.  I love the smoothest and drinkablity of this beer.  It comes with a shark bite that will sneak up on you if you are not careful.  I hope they come to Chicago, if not I know where to find them in Michigan.  They make some great classic beers with their own twist.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Beer Blog Heavy Sea Winter Bock


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When in Michigan for Thanksgiving, we are going to get into another brew from Heavy Sea Brewery.  The beer is their winter seasonal and it is called Winter Bock.  If you read my earlier blog on their flagship beer, you know the history of this brewery.  If you have not, please read the first part of that beer post.  Let us get into the beer.

This winter bock has a dark amber color. There is a little earthy to a bit nutty malty smell. The taste has a ton going on the beer. It has a nutty, earthly, and malty taste. It is pretty drinkable beer.

Here is a description from the beer bottle:

With a full ruby hue, rich malty character, and earthy hop aroma. Winter Storm is an original– an Imperial ESB for the winter months. 7.5% Alc./Vol.

Here is a description from their website (www.hsbeer.com):

Winter Storm

Pyrate Fleet Fleet

Winter Storm may be Hugh’s favorite beer in the Heavy Seas catalogue. Our winter ale draws on hops from the West Coast and the UK for its pronounced bitterness. A mix of pale and darker malts give it its tawny color and its bigger body. True to the style, Winter Storm’s aroma is nutty malts and earthy hops. This is a perfect fall beer, especially because of its warming qualities.

BEER DETAILS
  • Style: Imperial Extra Special Bitter (ESB)
  • ABV: 7.5%
  • IBUs: 50
  • Availability: October-December
  • Hops: Warrior, UK Goldings, UK Fuggles, Cascade, Centennial
  • Malts: 2-row, Crystal, Caramalt, Chocolate Malt
SUGGESTIONS
  • Food Pairings: Brie or Havarti cheese, pan-seared steak, barbecued pork

Here is their website and twitter addresses:

Website:  www.hsbeer.com

Twitter:  @heavyseasbeer

Closing, this beer is awesome and it got me in trouble, which I am still recovering from two days later.  This Winter Storm is extremely drinkable for being 7.5% ABV.  There is a ton going on this beer.  I really enjoyed this beer and I wished I could have brought some back from Michigan.  I am happy to see them around Michigan stores but I wish they were in my Chicago liquor stores.  At least, they are getting closer and it is reason to go back to Michigan.  This is what ESB should taste like not what I have been drinking here in the Chicago area or wherever.  I recommend you trying this beer at least once.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Blog Heavy Sea Loose Cannon Ale


While in DC for Savor, I went for lunch at this restaurant. I order Heavy Seas Brewery Loose Cannon Ale. I had this beer when I was in Coopertown, NY a few years ago. Heavy Seas Brewery was known as Clipper City Brewery which became in 1994.  The founder of Clipper City Brewery and Heavy Seas Brewery is Hugh Sisson.  This brewery has a nice pirate theme going on which is very nice and creative for a brewery.  This brewery is brewing in Baltimore, Maryland.  They have several different fleets of beers.  Loose Cannon Ale is part of the Pyrate Fleet.  Let us get into the beer.

This beer is a clear copper color. It does not really have a smell to the beer. This nice American IPA has a nice sweet carbonation circus taste. The aftertaste is very bitter but not bad for IPA.  This beer very drinkable and sessional.  You can drink this any season and pretty much all day.

Here is a description from their website (www.hsbeer.com):

Burnished gold with a rich citrus hop aroma, it is wonderfully drinkable with a big hop flavor. We’ve knicknamed it Hop3 (hop cubed) ale to reflect the enormous amount of hops in this beer: over 3 pounds per barrel! It is hopped 3 ways: in the kettle, in the hop back, and dry hopped. Pairs well with strong cheeses and steak. 2nd Place CAMRA award winner at the 2010 Great British Beer Festival

Here is a few areas on the web where you can get to know this brewery:

Website: www.hsbeer.com

Twitter: @heavyseabeer

Closing out the lunch tab, I really loved this IPA. I could drink it any season of the year. It is very drinkable and not too overly hopped up like most IPAs in the market nor the states.  I wish it was available close to my home of Chicag0. Just like most beers it will kill the thrill you will get when it is not available to you everyday. However, if you live where you can get it everyday, I would recommend you trying this beer. Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email: djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter: @djweiser