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Clipper City Heavy Seas Winter Storm (2003-2004 (DIPA)

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RATINGS: 124   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Pale, Crystal, Carapils and Munich malts. Magnum, Fuggles, Cascade, Centennial and Chinook Hops. This ale is pure hop power but perfectly balanced with a rich malt character. Floral and aromatic, the hop character is enhanced by the technique of dry hopping, a traditional method of increasing aroma. Available from mid-October to February.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2006
12 oz Bottle-Picked this up just last weekend on a dollar singles clearence table @ Liquid Assets in Seaford DE.-didn’t even notice freshness/drink by date was April ’05-not’06 until I got it home (CHECK YOUR DATES THERE!) Wasn’t bad, Poured a nice amber color w/a big off white foamy head. Had some hops but not a crazy amount, maybe the age mellowed it out but it reminded me of an ESB-had a bitter, malty floral taste Long finish

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jde123 (763) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 18, 2006
Found this after some serious searching in the dc area, and it was well worth the wait. Pours burnt umber with nose of fires and flowers. Spicy and thick flavor, well-balanced, overall a fantastic example of the double IPA!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7703) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2006
Deep copper pour, with a huge hop and fruit aroma and taste, backed by a huge caramel malt bill, to use a phrase from one of my favorite wrestlers of all time, Bret Hart, this was one of the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be, and anyone that disagrees is an asshole!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (2479) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2006
Found this while rummaging around in the fridge, know I got it as a trade extra but its been a while, thanks to the unknown/forgotten trader. Pours out with a decent copper color with a nice sized head. Aroma is of citrus hops maybe some floral there also. Taste is very nice with a decent balance and suprisingly drinkable as compared to another beer I had from the brewery..cough cough impy stout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2006
This beer offers a strong aroma of hops and citrus fruit. It is copper colored and has a good thick white head. This bitter beer offers a taste of hops and grapefruit as it perks the tongue. The taste of hops lingers well on the palate after the fluid has left the mouth.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2006
algong with the alcohol content this beer is very drinkable and one of my favs from this brewery.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 8, 2006
Clear orange-amber body shows a shy carbonation that still manages to raise a satisfying white head that mostly lasts as a cover. Fading hop character still shows a strong affinity with citrus fruit, over a woody, earthy bed of bittering hops that may have lost some of their power. The malts have lost none of their lust on the other hand. A pointy toastiness peaks left and right, feeling adding some lager character to the sweeter crystals. Biscuity nature could use a heftier carbonation to distribute the flavors more evenly, it feels a little underattenuated at this late age, with heavy bitterness, but still a fair bit of residual sugars. Medium bodied, slightly oily feel. No oxidation trace. Good, but barely in the shadow of the most aromatics and cohesive examples.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (4417) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2006
Bottle. Retired!?! Oh no! I loved this beer. Strong hop aroma, slight bitter taste, overall fantastic

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - JAN 9, 2006
I didn’t know this was a retired beer. It only recently (last several months) showed up in Georgia. Aroma was typical of ann IPA, not a DIPA, IMO. There was a heavy hop/resin aroma, but the Loose Cannon (from the same brewer) has more hop/resin aroma. The head was cream, off-white and mostly diminished. Body was clear, but there was yeast visible. Moderate bitter taste initially and throughout. Real good carbonation. Good, but not great DIPA.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RCWCPACFP (102) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2005
I think I heard the distributor in central PA say that they will get this beer out all year. That is a good thing as this hop heaven balances bitter, flowery, and malt roast flavor so skillfully.


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