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Judge's Review: 90 Rating - Night Swell by Heavy Seas Beer

November, 2019
Judges Rating: 
21 / 24
6 / 6
37 / 40
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.