Heavy Seas – Clipper City Brewing Company

Five-Ounce Pours

Brewers Association reports number of U.S. breweries at 125-year high. Dilution be thy name? [Sioux City Journal]

“After bidding $4.1 billion for an Asian brewery in a push to buy up emerging market beer brands, Heineken has a bidding war on its hands.” [The Street]

World of Beer gets a smartphone app. I keep hearing I have to go to the WOB in Columbus. Hey assholes, it’s not that close. But yeah, I do want to go. [Miami NewTimes]

“Heavy demand for Heavy Seas beer drives expansion.” McKayla is not impressed. [explorebaltimorecounty.com]

BrewRiver GastroPub brings “craft beer, gourmet pub food” to Cincinnati’s East End. I recommend the muffaletta and rather larger tastings. [soapbox cincinnati]

Pictures of brides drinking at their weddings. Yes, maybe, yes, no, no. The beers! [Huffington Post]

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Heavy Seas Black Cannon

Beer No. 13 – Heavy Seas Black Cannon

STYLE: American Black Ale

ABV: 7.25%

LOOK: Pours like a thickish Coke with the same type of carbonated head, only a bit fluffier. Self-styled as a “Black IPA” it’s the black that stands out. Darker than expected, spider wed lacing and retention.

NOSE: Beef jerky, sweet chocolate cake, coffee. The smokey notes dominate. You really have to dig for a semblance of balance.

MOUTH: Smoke, grilled peaches and grapefruit, mild hoppiness. Struggle of styles here, not quite IPA and not quite stout. I think it’s unlikely the proper balance has been achieved. There’s a palate-cleanser quality that’s hard to shake, even with the subtly nice but not great citrus-rind finish.

Beeradvocate Rating: 86

Hayward Abbey Rating: 74