Beer Review #77: Heavy Seas Gold Ale

Had a bottle of this left over from about 6 months ago. Gold ales are a style of beer that definitely do not impress me but also are not undrinkable. Commercial description of the beer.
“Deep gold in color with floral and spicy hop aromas. Brewed with pale, carmel, and Munich malts balanced with Cascade, Centennial and Hersbrucker hops. Well rounded, fruity and complex. Pairs well with salads, mild cheeses and pulled pork BBQ.”

About Heavy Seas Brewing from their website:
“Brewed by Baltimore’s Clipper City Brewing Co., Heavy Seas is produced by Baltimore craft beer pioneer Hugh Sisson – the brewery’s founder and managing partner – and Brewmaster Ernesto Igot, formerly brewmaster at San Miguel Brewery in the Philippines.  After successfully lobbying the Maryland Legislature to legalize brewpubs, Hugh began brewing professionally in 1989 at his family’s Baltimore pub – Sisson’s – which was coincidentally Maryland’s first brewpub.  In 1994 he left Sisson’s to found Clipper City and has been involved in all aspects of the business – brewing, finance, marketing, and sales. “

Drinking this beer on a mild Iowa day sure helps make this a nice refreshing thirst quencher. Not as much hops present, might be the age of the bottle, a tad bit of malt, but once again, minimal. Taste is resembling a Budweiser  with a tad bit more sweetness to it. Wouldn’t mind trying it again in a fresher bottle, not sure if it would change my mind, but I think I can forgo buying any more of this product. Ok, enough of this beer, got a Victory Hop Wallop to make me forget this one.

Style: Gold Ale


Purchased at: Family Beer and Liquor; East Dubuque, IL

Pour: Gold pour with a very small white head, no lacing.
Aroma: Citrus hops somewhat present.
Taste: A little fruitiness, hops, and a small bit of malts. Not much flavor.
Overall: D+

Recommendation: If you are Gold Ale fan, give it a shot; not really my style. With what Family Beer has to offer I would definitely seek out something else.

2 thoughts on “Beer Review #77: Heavy Seas Gold Ale

  1. Hugh Sisson says:

    I am glad you prefaced your remarks by saying that you are not a “gold ale” person, but even so, you should refrain from critiqueing a beer that you know is already past it’s prime. Not sure how you got it – we dont distribute in Iowa. You should be aware that our Gold Ale has 2 GABF medals as well as a World Beer Cup gold medal. Would love to hear your take on a fresh sample.

    Hugh Sisson
    Founder, Heavy Seas Beer

    • iabeerbaron says:

      Hi Hugh,
      Thanks for reading the site. I would love to try a fresh bottle to give it a fair shake, not sure if I’ll get my chance though. I think I bought this in the Chicago area or maybe Indy? not sure, but I will make sure to try it again if I get a shot.

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