Goofy labels, especially seasonal brews or any series of beers, can be frivolous fun—as is the case with this Heavy Seas beer humorously dubbed Davy Jones’ Lager. This imperial cream ale is part of the popular brewery’s Mutiny Fleet program, which showcases unusual styles of beer.
With one hoppy beer after another hitting the shelves these days, I’m always happy to see something other than an IPA and I’m always happy to see new brews by Heavy Seas, a brewery that seems to do no wrong.
I was just recently telling a friend that you don’t see many cream ales being brewed in today’s “hop happy” beer world, so kudos to Heavy Seas for cleverly brewing something that bodes well with the hot season.
It’s a creamy golden pour with rich medium lingering head. Aroma is pale malts with hints of spice. Flavor is crisp, light and lager-y with back notes of corn, vanilla and sweet malts. Very enjoyable brew…I’ve even run back to the store for seconds and thirds.
I’ve had great success pouring this one in both a Pilsener glass and a snifter.
What can I say? Heavy Seas keeps putting out great brew. My favorite remains the Winter Storm, a prickly winter seasonal that arrives late fall and is lucky to last in stores through the winter.
Strength: 7% abv
Style: Imperial Cream Ale
Serve In: Snifter, Trappist Glass
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0 Stars: tastes like bad homebrew
1 Star: tastes like mediocre homebrew
2 Stars: tastes like good homebrew
3 Stars: A nice beer
3.5 Stars: A great beer
4 Stars: Amazing beer
4.5 Stars: Just shy of perfect
5 Stars: Excellence, among the best beers of this style