Heavy Seas The Partner Ships Red IPA

Posted: September 1, 2016 in American Amber/Red Ale, Clipper City Brewing Company, Reviews

I am really enjoying AMC shows lately. They have a lot of historical docu-dramas on that are up my alley. I’m watching Turn now, which is absolutely riveting. I am not much for Revolutionary War history, but this is really good. Anyways, beer time.

partnershipsredipa

ABV: 7.5%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Aggressive American hops abound the aroma of this collaborative effort. Waves of orange blossom, grapefruit, and lemon aromas sail atop a subtle toasted malt character. This Red IPA offers an impressive hop forward characteristic over a burnished malt backbone.”

Random: Heavy Seas still holds the position of worst brewery tour that Val and I have gone on.

The beer poured with a two finger, ecru colored head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. It did, however, leave a large crown on top of a mildly cloudy, bright copper body. There was some limited carbonation visible. The nose was much more subtle than I expected. I picked up pine resin and pine needles, and then it quickly went into malt. The malt was toasted and slightly sweet. The taste was much of the same. It started with the hop presence of pine needles, grass clippings and then, it turned into a malt bomb. It had sweet caramel and toasted malt and brown bread. The body was thick and it needed a lot more carbonation. It had a quick finish with the same malt and slight bitterness. A bomber of this was $7.99, which broke down to $.36 per ounce. Since Maine Beer Co. was involved in this one, I had really high hopes for the beer, but it was only alright.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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