Saturday, June 22, 2013

Heavy Seas Loose Cannon IPA

Type: IPA
Origin: Baltimore, Maryland
Price: ?
ABV: 7.25%

When my brother and dad went to the KBS opening day event, they found a few sixers of this at a nearby liquor store and sent me two for my birthday. I had never heard of it, but my brother, having lived in Baltimore, knew quite a bit of Heavy Seas and thoroughly enjoyed them.

After perusing the website, I find out that this is the flagship beer of the brewery and this got a 91% on BA, so this should be exceptional. However, I don't really see where the hype of this beer comes from. It isn't bad at all, but nothing about this is life changing. It pours a nice golden color with minimal head. The aromas are pretty subdued, and I really can't pick out anything. On the taste, I get a rather syrupy texture with some latent bitterness. At the very least this isn't a malt bomb like some east coast IPAs and I would like to taste this more fresh (possibly at the brewery in a month - Andy and I are making a trip up). The bottle I have has April 2013 as the notched date, but this is probably at least 2 months old, affecting the delicate hop aromas.

Update: I have been saving this review as a draft for a few months because Andy and I were planning on visiting Baltimore. We visited the tap house in downtown Baltimore and had this on tap a few times. My review above is pretty spot on. Being fresher made no appreciable difference to the bottle I had. Oh well

1 comment:

  1. Agreed. It's a nice "nothing better available on tap" selection