Night Swell

Maryland
United States
Night Swell, Heavy Seas Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
90
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Night Swell's arctic winds and northern tides make their way south, a darkness descends upon the Atlantic, and even the most hardened hop heads feel the pull of the darkness. Night Swell's nor'easter blast of hoppy aromas combines with a warming dark roast and rich malt sweetness for a full-flavored, full-bodied IPA that stretches the boundaries of the style. Surrender to the darkness and ride the swell.

Profile

ABV: 
7.5%
Judges Review 
Susan Ruud's picture
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Night Swell by Heavy Seas Beer was judged as a Black IPA - BJCP category 21B - Specialty IPA.  It pours a deep dark brown color, clear with a light tan head that is quite long lasting and leaves beautiful lacing on the glass.The aroma is a huge citrusy hop aroma blended with a light chocolaty malt aroma and just a hint of clean alcohol.  No other esters were noticed aside from those coming from the hops.  The flavor is a huge burst of citrus and floral hops blended with a clean low chocolaty roast flavor blended with clean alcohol notes and finishes with a long bitter finish that seems to last forever blended with just a hint of roast malt.  I would envision drinking this beer in the fall with some great barbeque that might include burnt ends, a juicy crusted prime rib, or even a spicy Cajun dish.