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

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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 14, 2005
Pours a lovely copper orange amber hue. Big fluffy off white head mostly lasting. Very sweet, perfumey nose. Sweet caramel malts, firm body, steady carbonation, velvety smooth mouthfeel, pungent sweet juicy hops, all grapefruit, grass, resin, more grapefruit. Very nice and drinkable brew. Im curious of their other beers.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - MAY 8, 2005
Nice hop aroma. Great malt flavor throughout with just enough malt balance. A pretty solid IPA.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
Finally a local Double IPA that is bottled, I was truly excited to pick up a 6 of this in the store for a great price. Pours out copper with a tall beige head quickly erupting. The head collapses down to a rocky terrain as I drank this and scattered lacing was left around the glass. Aroma is full of citric and pine hops with a slight bit of caramel that made it self know once this warmed a bit. Big taste of citric bitter hops of front that is balanced by an eventual slightly sweet caramel. More balanced than I usually like my double IPAs but it works out well here. Taste ends with dry grapefruit bitterness. Body is about medium but a little lighter than I would expect. It works here though were as a Stone Ruination it kind of detracts from it. Overall a tasty very drinkable treat of a beer that I will be picking up plenty off in the future. Very sessionable for a DIPA at 7.5% as well.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - MAY 5, 2005
nice looking beverage. if this beer strutted past a construction site, all the boys would hoot and whistle. bright as navaho sandstone after a rain, i mean a hot terra cotta orange; if the head were a foam pad, you could do gymnastics on it: thick and soft with lace curling like the locks of a young shirley temple. rich mandarin aroma tends to dominate, and nearly eclipses some ginger bread similitudes. one swallow however, belies itís claim to being an imperial-- itís medium bodied at best, with a watery feel, and little apparent alcoholic strength. as a fruity ipa, itís centerpiece feature is that gushing orange aroma, but even that is diminished substantially in the flavor. easy going carbonation, vanilla wafers and citrus-juicy taste carries moderate sweetness, moderate bitterness, and moderate interest.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerlist (23) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 3, 2005
Pretty good hop aroma, very clear, medium orange in color, starts with a thick head but it dissipates pretty quickly, nice hop flavor and bitterness, aftertaste may be a tad harsh, but overall itís a very enjoyable brew.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5077) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2006 I am not a big fan of this company, but took the opportunity to try this one as it was new to me. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a very light caramel color with a small tan head. The aroma is sweet and hoppy. The flavor has a strong hop presence and has a light caramel and nut undertone. The body is overall lighter than I would have preferred.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2005
Bottled beer of the month club. Nice solid IPA. Double is pushing it. Nice hop taste to it. Well balanced. Not to dry. Not to floral.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
growler (74) - West Virginia, USA - APR 15, 2005
12 oz bottle. Big white head that sticks around for awhile. Heavy taste but a bit on the sweet side. Nice semi-dry finish. I picked this one up just to have something a bit different and I am sure glad I did. Pretty decent stuff.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
raymow (846) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2005
Iím surprised to see that this is a double IPA because I wasnít thinking that at all while I was drinking it. I didnít notice a "huge amount" of hops and I didnít love it. It was decent and got better after the initial sip, but it was nothing to write home about.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2005
12 oz bottle: Lasting large off white head w/a medium amber body. Lemony/grapefruit citrusy hop aroma @ first, then perfumey pine alcohol as it warms. Hints of malt, but seems one dimensionally hoppy. Well balanced, but has a soapy hop flavor w/ some light floral citrus notes. Bland, flat malt character in the middle that carries into the short bland finish & aftertaste. Semi dry finish; again, one dimensional. Smooth body, low carbonation, lighter body. I was not certain what type of beer this was when I was taking notes, but I thought it was a weak, one dimensional pale ale. I see the alcohol is 7.5 which surprises me. Itís well hidden, but itís also a mediocre beer that needs more malt character to make this more interesting to me.


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