Heavy Seas The Alpha Effect, a new hazy India pale ale, debuts in March.
Hazy, turbid IPAs are all the rage right now. Stone intermittently releases an Enjoy By Unfiltered IPA, and soon, Ballast Point will release an Unfiltered Sculpin. Heavy Seas The Alpha Effect will follow suit.
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.
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 starting in March, 2017.
Hops: Columbus, Centennial, Citra, Mosaic
Malts: 2 Row, Wheat, Caramalt
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: March, 2017
7% ABV, 75 IBUs
PIC: Beer Street Journal
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.
Heavy Seas Siren Noire is ready to make its annual return to the Baltimore, Maryland brewery’s lineup.
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.
The result? Dessert beer. Siren Noire is creamy and chocolatey, that finishes with vanilla bourbon flavors. Addictive.
While Heavy Seas Siren Noire is officially slated for a seasonal return in January, typically 22 ounce bottles start appearing on shelves in late December.r
9. 5% ABV
Read more: Uncharted Waters Series
Heavy Seas TropiCannon has returned to the brewery’s lineup once again. This time, year-round.
Loosely based on the brewery’s Loose Cannon IPA, Heavy Seas TropiCannon is hoppy, with a blast of tropical and citrus fruits. The brewing team introduces dried grapefruit, oranges and lemons during the brewing process, and mango, blood oranges and grapefruit post-fermentation. While Loose Cannon is heavy on the piney hop flavor, Heavy Seas boosts the citrus flavor by swapping Centennial and Palisade hops for Amarillo.
“TropiCannon was a pleasant surprise for us in 2016. It was originally planned as a limited release product, but so many people kept asking for it that we decided we needed to make it available on a year-round basis. At least for now. This is part of what makes the beer industry so fun!” – Hugh Sisson, brewery founder.
Heavy Seas TropiCannon is available in 12 ounce bottles and draft. A release party is planned at the brewery in Baltimore, Maryland on December 16th.
Heavy Seas Partner Ships Imperial Brown Ale, the fourth in the brewery’s Partner Ships Series, has officially debuted.
Thus far there have been three collaborative releases. The first – a red IPA brewed with Maine Beer Company. That ode to hops was followed up by a collaboration with Hershey, Pennsylvania’s Troegs Brewing, and most recently, a rye witbier brewed with Terrapin.
The fourth release is brewed with one of California’s most well-known breweries, Stone. Brew day was back in October for this imperial brown IPA brewed with blackstrap molasses.
Brewed with Blackstrap Molasses in the kettle, chewy malt character supports layers of American hop mayhem (we are playing with Stone after all) – a burly, palate obliterating Imperial Brown IPA!
Heavy Seas Partner Ships Imperial Brown IPA will be available in 22 ounce bottles. Estimated release – November, 2016.
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: November, 2016
Heavy Seas 21 Anniversary Ale will be a new entry in the brewery’s Uncharted Waters Series, marking over two decades of craft brewing.
To celebrate the Baltimore, Maryland based brewery’s 21st birthday, Heavy Seas 21 Anniversary Ale will be released. The base beer is an imperial Extra Special Bitter (ESB), brewed with rye malt and local Domino brown sugar, and aged in Sagamore Rye Whiskey barrels.
To celebrate our 21st Anniversary, we have created a Rye Imperial ESB brewed with imported UK malt, local Domino brown sugar, a powerful English Ale Yeast, and a blend of herbaceous British hops (to the tune of 65 IBUs). 21 was aged for sixty days in locally sourced, single use Sagamore Rye Whiskey barrels.
21 years is a strong milestone for Heavy Seas. In order to get to where the brewery stands today, founder Hugh Sisson got heavily involved in politics and changed some of Maryland’s restrictive laws. Every beer you drink from Heavy Seas is a testament to Sisson’s desire to bring great beer to Maryland.
Heavy Seas 21 Anniversary Ale will be a 22 ounce bottle and draft release.
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: December, 2016
Heavy Seas The Great’er Pumpkin, the brewery’s pumpkin beer aged in bourbon has become one of the brewery’s most popular seasonals.
As fall approaches and thoughts 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…
Heavy Seas The Great’er Pumpkin is a draft, and 22 ounce bottle offering, available as a limited seasonal.