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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (7634) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2005
Acquired via trade. This is either an awesome IPA or an average Double IPA. Either way it is a very good beer. Pours dark amber with a medium thin beige head. Thin speckles of lacing through the whole glass. Aroma of hops and oranges, as well as malt. Medium-bodied and hoppy, with pine and citrus flavors at the forefront. Nice malt balance too. The finish is tart and fruity with a lingering citrusy hops aftertaste. I like this beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2005
After tasting the peg leg I put on a clothes pin on my nose for this one. But I was pleasantly surprised with a smack in the face bitterness from plenty of hops. Very nice Double IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
steview (1018) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 8, 2005
tulip / brewery fresh taste: taste before april 2005 / inactive, slightly hazy copper body with orange highlight, and some tiny floaties, also. big bone white head that leaves itself in a soapy, rocky, mess. lots of sparkly lace, also. pine, grapefruit, and perfume in aroma and flavor; moreover, a nice and light malt backing to allow for a smooth--yet slightly chewy--slide down the hatch. this is pretty good. i liked it, and OH it’s also a bit oily and you find it has a hefty yet modest amount of alcohol--this is good, to me. more like a strong IPA, though. the IIPAs that are out now can blast this to peices, hence rendering this as weak. this needs more hops, more, more... although it’s still really, really, good.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2005
I am surprised to see this listed as an imperial/double IPA. It is more fruity and malty than hoppy. Quite sweet.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 31, 2005
12 oz bottle pours hazy glowing amber-orange color with a thick creamy off-white head that leaves a nice lace in my glass. Sharp hoppy aroma of grapefruit and pine, resinous sticky pine and grapefruit flavors , has a full thick, sticky and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that finishes with a lingering bitterness, has a good malt balance, I need to get more.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2005
Not too shabby. Hazy amber with a small, off-white head. The nose was lightly hoppy, citrus, caramel, malt. Good body to it. Nice carbonation. Flavor was mellow IPA citrus/hops. Not, however, an Imperial/Double IPA. Holds its own as a regular IPA though.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pubscout (28) - Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA - JAN 19, 2005
I might have had an infected batch, as there was far too much head despite a relatively slow pour. I used a regular pint glass. Color was gorgeous, head frothy. But it still tasted OK, reminded me more of a regular IPA than a hearty winter seasonal Imperial. For this palate, it was more a session than a sippin’ beer...

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tobias (202) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2005
12 oz bottle: pours a nice golden honey colour. slightly hazy with a creamy head. the aroma is hoppy. citrus ( orange and grapefruit). with iths of peach, aprciot and honey. its a little thin of an imperial ipa, but a very nice drinkable beer. very smooth malty flavor with hints of peach and honey and a nice hop orangy flavor on the end. not very bitter.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2004
Arrrr matey! Batten down the hatches, there’s a squall coming through and its name is Hops! Beer #3 on my mini winter beer binge for Christmas Eve 2004.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Hoppy, but not painfully so. Not really that much of a Double IPA. Not that great of a beer. A decent brew, though I don’t know why a IPA is wintery.


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