Bebum (684) - - JAN 23, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Muddy orange-brown, coating lace. Discrete nose.
Full body, rich and well balanced mouthfeel, strong flavors, good carbonation, high alcohol heat,
Very bitter but well balanced by sweetness well in the background, bitter -fruity finish.
Very hoppy, needless to say.
Not a shy beer but has its place.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Patrickctenchi (5715) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 25, 2012
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark, medium red....vanilla coloured head,,mildly bitter, but not too much.....interesting burnt wood aspect to this beer, campfire atmosphere to it. decent. Hope this is the right spot, mine was bottle with 3/12 exp. and labeled "category 5 ale".
PlainsDrifter (92) - Adelphi, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark amber with a small tan head. Fizz, oily texture with aroma of hay and citrus. Nice spice and alcohol bite, flavor of toast and citrus, light bitter finish. Nice beer.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clipper City Brewing Company, LP "Winter Storm ""Category 5"" Ale--Heavy Seas Series"--2005 12 oz. Bottle. 7.50% ABV--55+ IBU’s.? (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale--IPA. Beer of the Month Club Selection February, 2005. Mild lace head. Clear bright amber color. Rich floral Cascade hop front. Rich creamy caramel pine resin sweet mild fruit body. Big balanced hop end. BC ester hints. Big smooth IPA. Sampled 2/21/2005.
dlovell2 (1572) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 14, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown amber color. Citrus hoppy aroma. Rich caramel malt flavor with citrus hop finish. Bitter at finish.
hershiser2 (1814) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Older rating. Bottle. Pours deep amber to a brownish with a small off-white head. Oh my... the aroma is outstanding. Sweet tropical fruits blended with pine and grapefruits. Flavor is tasty... lotsa pine, lotsa grapefruit, balanced nicely with a tinge of malt. Finishes nice and bitter. Damn good. These guys know what I like in an IPA
jimmack34 (640) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
3-11-07. Bottle. Poured nice amber with a nice soft head. Smelled of pine and citrus hops and some bready malt. Tasted of very nice dry hopped pine, slightly citric, nice bread crust, and even a little spice. Very nice beer.
hotstuff (4762) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Small smooth beige head that fully diminished, splotchy lacing, carbonation observed, mostly transparent with a slight haziness, and a reddish orange hue. The nose was malty, caramel, hoppy, and ditto for the flavor with the ABV coming through. Tingly mouthfeel and medium in body. Quaffable, definite hop and ABV presence but not overly done.
Crafty07 (404) - Florence, Kentucky, USA - APR 3, 2007
2.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Picked up a 12 oz bottle from a ’make your six pack’ cart. Not too bad but their clever little month and year ’notch-able’ strip doesn’t do much good if no one actually notches it. This beer is retired according to ratebeer so god knows how old this bottle is.
I’m not sure why it rates so high. The ’dry hopping’ the brewer brags about in the description DOES give it a more pleasent aroma but, in the end, it’s the same hoppy, bitter taste you find in similar pale ales. Either you like this style or you don’t.
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 12, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Clear amber color with a thin white head. Aroma is very hoppy with some sweet malts. Mostly hops. Flavor is very hoppy and resiny with a nice bitter flavor throughout. Flavor leaves a nice and lingering bitterness. One awesome beer that I wish wouldn’t have been retired.