Baltimore, Maryland based Heavy Seas Beer is debuting their first sour/wild ale on July 20th.
American wild ales, especially sour ales have grown considerably over the past few years. However, not every brewery releases one. Heavy Seas is ready to drop their hat into the sour ring with this new raspberry heavy offering.
Heavy Seas Bière de Framboises is described as “tart, piquant, dry, and wine-like.” The Belgian-style base ale is brewed with 600 pounds of whole raspberries and soured with lactic acid over the past four months.
…this bright red brew has a surprising [sic] medium body and full mouthful with a delightfully quenching finish. Quelle surprise!
Heavy Seas Raspberry Sour debuts on Friday, July 20th on draft in the brewery’s taproom.
5.75% ABV, 12 IBU
Heavy Seas The Alpha Effect, a new hazy India pale ale will return in 2018.
Hazy, turbid IPAs are probably here to stay. What started with smaller craft breweries dropping “haze”, spread to larger brewers follow suit. Stone intermittently releases an Enjoy By Unfiltered IPA, Ballast Point released Unfiltered Sculpin, even Sierra Nevada just debuted Hazy Little Thing. Heavy Seas The Alpha Effect won over fans last March, so expect it again this year.
The brewery built this recipe from the ground up, using predominately Columbus hops. Interestingly, the brewery doesn’t use Columbus in any of their other beers.
This IPA certainly is hazy. Turbid? No. Juicy? Yes. If it’s a trop hop combo you are seeking, you’ll find it here. This IPA is a beautiful blend citrus, melon and piney hop flavors, with a smooth finish thanks to an addition of wheat.
The beer is hazy, with a modest portion of malted wheat in the grist. Straw colored, it has a clean, crisp malt profile. Juicy, resiny, piney hop aromas and flavors are the stars of this show, however. Some Citra and Centennial hops play supporting roles to Columbus’ powerful performance. If you like hops, find The Alpha Effect. You won’t be disappointed!” – Heavy Seas Brewmaster, Christopher Leonard
Heavy Seas The Alpha Effect will be available in 12-ounce bottles and draft again in February 2018.
Hops: Columbus, Centennial, Citra, Mosaic
Malts: 2 Row, Wheat, Caramalt
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: March 2017
Latest Return: February 2018
7% ABV, 75 IBUs
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Heavy Seas Siren Noire is set to return again in January, in a new format.
Without a doubt, Heavy Seas Siren Noire is the decadent beer in the brewery’s lineup. The base beer is an imperial stout brewed with three pounds of Belgian cocoa nibs per barrel, then aged for 5 weeks in bourbon barrels with vanilla beans.
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The result? Dessert beer. Siren Noire is creamy and chocolatey, that finishes with vanilla bourbon flavors. Addictive, and one of our favorite releases in the brewery’s lineup.
When the Siren Noire returns in 2018, look for it (and all the Uncharted Waters) beers in new 12-ounce packaging. This move comes as many breweries are shifting their larger beers from 22-ounce bottles to a smaller format, such as 16-ounce cans and 16.9-ounce bottles.
Heavy Seas Siren Noire returns as a short-term seasonal in January 2018.
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Heavy Seas AmeriCannon Pale Ale kicks off the Baltimore, Maryland brewery’s 2018 lineup.
“I’m not sure I can describe how excited we are about this beer,” says Heavy Seas Brewmaster, Christopher Leonard. Pale ale is the figurative “meat & potatoes” of American brewing. Almost every brewery has one, but thanks to dank new hop varieties and Lupulin powder, the American pale ale has been reborn.
Heavy Seas AmeriCannon is the first full production beer to use lupulin hop powder, specifically Simcoe hop powder. Think of it like uber dank dust that will have you burping hops after each sip. Centennial, Citra, and Palisade are the hop stars in AmeriCannon, which has also been dry-hopped Centennial and Simcoe hops.
“Ultimately, we’ve chosen a heavy dose of Simcoe Cryo pellets – pelletized lupulin powder – along with Centennial, Citra, and Palisade pellets in our double dry-hopping process. This follows Centennial, Cascade, Palisade, and Simcoe whole flower hops in our hopback; Warrior, Cascade, Amarillo, and Centennial pellets along with even more Simcoe Cryo pellets in the kettle.” – Chris Leonard
Heavy Seas AmeriCannon Pale Ale is a year-round offering, available nationally starting in January 2018.
Style: Pale Ale
Hops: Centennial, Citra, Palisade, Warrior, Amarillo, Cascade
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Year-Round
Debut: January 2018
Heavy Seas Winter Storm is ready to ship. Winter Storm is touted as founder Hugh Sisson’s favorite beer in their catalogue.
It’s an ESB that nears the 8% mark. The mix of malts and hops mix well at a fall transitional beer or a winter brew. Your choice. Incidentally, Winter Storm is the favorite beer of founder Hugh Sisson.
Available in 12oz bottles and draft through December 2017.
Hops: Warrior, UK Goldings, UK Fuggles, Cascade, Centennial
Malts: 2-Row, Crystal, Caramalt, Chocolate Malt
Availability: 12oz bottles, Draft. Oct-Dec.
Latest Return: October 2017
Heavy Seas Blackbeard’s Breakfast is back in the brewery’s Uncharted Waters Series again in June.
Blackbeard’s Breakfast is a porter brewed with coffee from Chesapeake Bay Roasting, then aged in bourbon barrels.
We partnered with local coffee producer Chesapeake Bay Roasting to produce this intriguing ale. Rich porter flavors are enhanced by roast coffee notes and rounded out by bourbon barrel aging, creating a brew of bewitching character.
Heavy Seas Blackbeard’s Breakfast will be available in 22oz bombers and draft for a limited time.
Availability: 22oz Bombers, Draft.
Latest Return: June, 2017
In 2016, Baltimore, Maryland’s Heavy Seas Beer announced a new collaborative series they call “Partner Ships.”
The series kicked off in February with a red India pale ale, brewed with Maine Beer Company. That release was followed with an “aggressively hopped” doppelbock, aka Hoppelbock in May.
That was 2016.
Coming in 2017 are three more collaborations coming to the Heavy Seas Partner Ships Series. This first is in February with neighboring Union Craft Brewing.
In July, the Floridians of Cigar City Brewing (Gulf of Mexico waters) will collaborate with the brewery on Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
Rounding out the year will be Madtree Brewing out of Cincinnati, Ohio. (To keep them from feeling left out of the waterway association theme we arbitrarily started, their closest body of water is the Ohio River.)
Heavy Seas tells Beer Street Journal that the first release’s style (with Union Craft Brewing) has been decided. The beer will be an 8.5% alcohol by volume old ale, brewed with locally based Domino Brown Sugar.
Hints of nuts, cocoa, molasses and dried fruits oat over a chewy, luscious body of English malt goodness. Inspired by the rich, warming brews of a bygone era, the addition of local Domino Brown Sugar and neighborly camaraderie helped us produce a true comfort ale that should kindle its own Baltimore nostalgia.
Each release will be available again in 22 ounce bottles.