Heavy Seas Winter Storm Category 5 Ale

Heavy Seas Winter Storm Category 5 Ale

I had a crazy long day at work. Got home, made a quick dinner with the wife, and sat down to watch a movie called The Yards. Weird movie.

Heavy Seas Winter Storm Category 5 Ale

Now it’s beering time. I’ve been thinking about my new stash all day long. Which beer would I go with tonight? Should I go bonkers and try one of the best ones, or start out slow?

Heavy Seas Winter Storm Category 5 Ale

Well, turns out that I ended up just grabbing the first beer I saw when I opened the fridge: Heavy Seas Winter Storm Category 5 Ale. OH, and as luck would have it, I have this bad-ass Heavy Seas pint glass on hand! WOOOOOOOT!

Heavy Seas Winter Storm Category 5 Ale

This little guy is a 7.5% ABV Extra Special Bitter (ESB). I’ve only had a couple of ESBs before – they were both pretty mild. This Category 5 is quite bitter. Piney! Some malty sweetness is present, but not much. Long piney aftertaste.

Heavy Seas Winter Storm Category 5 Ale

The brew is smooth. Low carbonation. The brew is pretty – a reddish amber color.

Given my limited experience with ESBs, Im having a tough time judging this beer. I will say if you’re a hop-head, you’d probably love this.

A final thought to close out the review. I wish there was some kind of standard for a winter beer. Seems like breweries can slap a winter theme & winter related name on a beer and BINGO BANGO, a new winter beer (regardless of style or flavors).

Shouldn’t a winter beer taste like winter (spicy)? Who’s with me?


Heavy Seas Winter Storm Category 5 Ale

Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.

6 thoughts on “Heavy Seas Winter Storm Category 5 Ale”

  1. I usually just think of winter beer as a warming beer abv-wise. Something over 6% I guess (which isn’t too uncommon). A lot of the winter beers out there are spiced up, and I think it is nice to have something that isn’t spiced up break up all of the other winter beers.

  2. ESB’s can actually have a spicy character from the hops. You did say “piney”, right? Let’s see…. pine trees… what are they used for this time of year? 😉

    One of the most popular “winter” beers is Sierra Nevada’s Celebration Ale, which is a serious hop bomb, but with more piney hops. It’s actually a good winter beer because of the hop profile.

  3. It does seem like there are a lot of winter seasonals that fall into the big amber category (like the Avery Jubilation), and after a while they don’t do a whole lot for me. My favorite winter seasonals this year have been Great Divide Hibernation (a big malt bomb of an old ale) and Jolly Pumpkin Noel de Calabaza.

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