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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Hazy, copper ale with a medium-sized, creamy, off-white head. Decent retention and good, creamy lacework. The nose is of sherry, black pepper, grapefruit, light caramel and cologne. Bitter from beginning to end. Generous malt as well. Full-bodied with a very dry mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Lengthy, mojave-dry finish. Great stuff!

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
clifford0163 (93) - Maryland, USA - SEP 19, 2005
has an amber color to it nice hoppy flavor to it but is a little to sweet for me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (4413) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of Degarth via trade. Aroma is almost all caramel. Very little hops. Pours a bright transparent orange with a small white head. Lots of caramel and toffee throughout. Finish has some very slight hints of citrus hops. Very tastey, but lacking the hops that I expect in a IIPA.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 15, 2005
beer pours an attractive orange/amber with a well-retained head that leaves good lace. nose is a combination of almost sour citric hops, along with very sweet caramel malt notes. flavor follows the nose - sweet and chewy up front, with a big American/citric hop back. rather alcoholic too. not a bad beer, but a very standard domestic big beer - like a somewhat toned down Bigfoot. too sweet for me, though

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2005
not a bad winter brew, pours a darker red amber color nice big white head, aroma of floral malts,spice,and a little cirusy. taste is bitter, citrusy, and a little sweet at first, good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2341) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2005
Huge off white head which takes a long time to settle. Thick sheet of lacing remains. Great carbonation. Light caramel malts are melded very well with the large hops presence in the aroma. Little floral and grassy. Color is a bright orange. Medium bodied with a very nice balance. Plenty of malts (caramel) to offset the large hops. Little bit of roastyness along with some bitter orange and flowers. Little bit of alcohol warmng. Finish has a nice bitterness and is a little sweet. A pretty good IIPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JUL 4, 2005
This beer pours a red amber color with a medium bodied white head with small to medium lacing on the sides of the glass. Overall a clear liquid with a small carbonation tornado. The aroma is hoppy and citrusy with hints of caramel and stickyness. Some hints of grapefruit and candy sugar in the nose...vanilla even. The flavor is medium to full bodied leading into a dry finish... malty and caramelized. Very little bitterness despite 50 IBUís plus....some citrusy hop flavor in the finish, but generally dominated by candy sugar in mid sip... caramel and butterscotch body followed by a malty slightly bitter finish.. this is pretty good!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PattiA (49) - Madison, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 20, 2005
Nice pour with good off-white foamy head on it which never totally left. The color was an orangey-brown and slightly cloudy although not overtly so. The aroma definitely indicated the hop power in this brew, with a bit of fruit just for accent.The taste was definitely dominated by the bitter hops and just a hint of sweet caramel. The finish is definitely bitter, even more than I expected, but it also had some fruity hints to it. The taste is very well-balanced and highly drinkable, even in the coldest of weather. If the beer is out for any period of time, the malts come out more and begin to gain ground on the domination of hops.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2005
Out of a bottle, sweet floral aroma. Head foamy white. Nice copper/bronze color. Good flavor to it, primarily citrus. Finish slightly bitter but seemed to have a nice balance to it. Iím not a steady IPA drinker but I definitely wish I had another bottle laying around. Good drinking.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2005 Almost tasted a little like a watered down Baltic Porter to me. Tasty though and definitely warming even with a relatively low gravity for an Imperial IPA.


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