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

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RATINGS: 125   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.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
kujo9 (1094) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DogfishKing (22) - USA - MAR 22, 2005
Good god... That is hoppy.....Delicious. No 60min IPA but excellent....got pretty drunk without knowing till I stood up.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2005
Beautiful ruby-golden pour with a super rich, rocky, long lasting off-white head. Strong hop floral aroma promises and does not disappoint once tasted. Grapefruit-orange notes with a signature bitter bite in the aftertaste, nicely balanced by the restrained sweetness of pale malts. Quite nice brew. I think Iíll have another.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 6, 2005
Reddish gold color. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is floral and grapefruity hop, a touch sweet. A medium to full bodied Imperial IPA. Malts are fruity and sweet, touch of caramel. Hops are grapefruity with a touch of pine. Medium bitter, fairly hoppy imperial India Pale Ale. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 1, 2005
Pours red with a foamy head and a nice hoppy aroma. Tastes slightly bitter and hoppy with floral undertones. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - MAR 1, 2005
sweet maltiness and a good hop balance. Caramel notes and some spice. Really hearty beer. poured a amber-brown with a white head.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5454) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2005
Bottle. Pours amber with a medium frothy tanned head. Nose is piney and citrusy with light fruit notes and some maple syrup-like sweetness. Some floral notes present as well. Taste is sweet but with a nice blancing pine hoppiness. Light citrus and some creamy malts push their way through as well. Body is creamy with mild carbonation feel and moderate bitterness. Finishes with more piney hops, citrus fruit, smooth maltiness and light maple note. Decent beer.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - FEB 25, 2005
Bottle from BTG. Pours a nice copper color with a huge fluffy off-white head. Very nice lacing left behind. Flowery and somewhat piney aromas are subtle but consistant. Flavor is fairly well balanced although a little light when compared to the big IIPAís around. Probably a little light for the malt bill. Nicely done but I would think this fits better in the strong IPA category better.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2005
This beer is really pretty good. Not much present on the nose, but a really crisp hoppy flavor with a bitter finish. The head lasted the whole beer, which was great. With an aroma, this could be great.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2005
Man is this stuff powerful. I took one sip and knew it packed a punch. Not over the top with hops but very tasty. Strong finish reminds you of the ABV.


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