Heavy Seas Beer Announces Return of Smooth Sail, Debut of Mixed Berry Variant

33273043388_e00929ccea_zHeavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) has officially announced that Smooth Sail Summer Ale will make its Seasonal return in April alongside the extremely limited, draft-only release of Mixed Berry Smooth Sail.

Back again to serve as Heavy Seas‘ Summer Seasonal, Smooth Sail is an American Wheat Ale brewed with lemon and orange peel to provide a “citrus kick” in the finish.  Clocking in at just 4.5% ABV, the “refreshingly delicious” Smooth Sail is “the perfect beer for trips to the park, hiking, or just sitting on the beach with your friends.”

“With more than 20% malted wheat, Smooth Sail has an airy mouthfeel and a frothy head,” says Heavy Seas Brewmaster, Christopher Leonard. “We’ve employed a neutral strain of ‘wheat’ yeast to produce a clean tasting beer that is delicate on the palate. American hops are introduced late in the boil to impart a crisp flavor dimension. Finally, dried orange and lemon peel went into our hopback to provide a fruity, citrus aroma – without adding sweetness.”

New in 2019, Mixed Berry Smooth Sail ups the fruit factor of its base beer – the aforementioned Smooth Sail – with additions of raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries.  Mixed Berry Smooth Sail will only be available for a limited time.

Smooth Sail Summer Ale and Mixed Berry Smooth Sail are both scheduled to release in April 2019, but Mixed Berry Smooth Sail is a draft-only release that will only be pouring for a limited time in select markets found within Heavy Seas’ distribution footprint.  Smooth Sail Summer Ale will be available through September with availability in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Maryland and throughout the rest of the brewery’s distribution territory.  Prost!

Vital Information for Smooth Sail Summer Ale from Heavy Seas Beer

Release – Seasonal, April – September 2019
Style – American Wheat Ale
ABV – 4.5%
IBUs – 18
Malts – 2-Row, Wheat Malt & Carapils
Hops – Warrior, Hallertau & Cascade
Added Ingredients – Lemon & orange peel
Suggested Food Pairings – “Grilled white fish, Citrus, Wild Rice, BBQ”
Recommended Glassware – “Can, straight to the face”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
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