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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2004
On cask: This beer had a very kick. Impressive. A lot of orange and hops. Not bad for a double IPA, i had expected a lot more hops. Very well balanced

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2004
I had this, cask-conditioned, at the RFD tasting. A fruity pale ale. Nice cloudy lemony taste with a slow blooming hop.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 17, 2004
very cloudy amber...on tap at RFD tasting. hop aroma, very fruity, and follows through with huge bitterness, and a tinge of belgian character. pretty decent

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2004
Bottle - thanks to axilla for the trade. Pours gorgeous redditsh amber with a moderate beige head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is mild, malty with a floral hoppiness. Good flavor, nice balance of sweet, mild malts and bold hops - assertive but not overpowering. Light to medium body and brash carbonation. Nice beer and very enjoyable. Too bad they only make this in winter...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2004
Fairly sweet aroma. Very crisp, sweet with some good hops. A very enjoyable beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2004
This is a fine strong ale - sure, maybe the malts and alc% veer it towards IIPA, but geez, Iíve tasted more hops in some regular pale ales. Ok, the aroma has a big hop - piney, citrus, some sweetness. Taste is sweet thick bready malts and a super tasty orange juice hop with hints of pine. I really do like this. Grabbed this bottle at Dís in Pittsburgh, 11/11/04

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2004
On tap at Andyís Corner. Clear, dark amber color with a thick white head. Nice hoppy/piney aroma. Flavor was more subdued than the aroma let on. Hoppy, but not overly so. Nice malt balance.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Braudog (5577) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Orange-red with thin, but sticky head. Sweet pine aroma. Wonderful sweet hoppiness here ... crisp and tart, a hint of citrus, but not too much. Superb beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
igneous1 (1492) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 3, 2004
deep orange/amber color (looks like an Oífest), head is very thick, almond color, mostly lasting. aroma is grapefruit and butter initially. flavor has the bitterness level of an IPA more than a typical IIPA, but itís still not bad. i actually think i can taste the fuggles. they arenít my favorite hops, but i love picking the flavor apart for fuggles...good times. not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2004
Tap, copper color with huge head. Strong smell of hops and pine if ypou will, winter beer and all. Mild malt also. Flavor was crisp and hoppy, lots of good ness on the tongue. I liked this plenty.


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