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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VAYankee (327) - Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Copper collored body and a full, frothy head. Strong pine hoppy aroma, also lightly spicy and some maltiness hiding in the background. Strong crisp, hoppy flavor on a decent malt base followed by a mildly bitter aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Pours a light copper body beneath a serious and tenacious head that laces all the way down the glass. Nose is full of hops, with a spicy undercurrent. Strong piney hop flavor, and swirls of sweet malt. Medium-heavy bodied, easy drinking but assertive. Warming and pleasant, a great winter brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2004
Bottle. Orange clear color with a big white head. Nice hop aroma. Mellow hop flavors. Easy drinking. Smooth malt flavor. Good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2004
Bottle. ORange and clear with a big white head. Nice floral hop aroma. mellow hop flavors and bitterness, with a smooth and unassertive malt flavor. Easy to drink but nothing unusual.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jefcon (1327) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 6, 2004
Amber and orange with a fine rocky off-white head and considerable lacing. Aromas are woodsy -- pine and some hazelnut, as well as a slight scent of yeast and the citrus of hops. A big beer at first taste, it settles into something more drinkable with notes of pine cone, apricot, and horse blanket. Appreciable alcohol with a heavy hand on the hops. The yeast and malts are out of balance though, with a short sour-bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 5, 2004
Delicious for a strong IPA. Fruity hops flavor. Rich and easy to take. Not too out of orbit on the experimental flavor though. Says that its a "Category 5"... maybe more like a 3.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2004
Bottle: Decent double IPA. Nice hops aroma, though less aggressive than I expected. Some pine, cascade, citrus, dough. Less hops than I expected for taste, decent malt to back it up, though not to much in the way of thickness and body.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - OCT 30, 2004
12 oz. brown, longneck bottle. Freshness date is of end of Mar, 2005. Poured out a golden orangish color, with a minimal white head. The head quickly faded back to a thin ring of foam around the edges of the glass. Aromas are of fresh malts, subdued hops, and that’s about it. Flavors are of malts, some caramels, hops, and yeast. Alcohol is very subdued, as are the hops brightness. A little dull in the hops aromas deptartment. Medium mouthfeel, finishes clean and crisp. An easily drinkable beer, but not a double IPA by any means.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
obxdude10 (1971) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2004
Excellent double IPA, amber in color with a generous off-white head, great lacing around the glass, huge hoppy nose with a little pine in the aroma, lots of great hop flavor in the body of the beer, good malt profile to balance it out, lots of citrus & pine notes in the flavors as well, mouthfeel was a bit sticky with resin from the hops, very smooth & drinkable

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2005 2004 version: Pours a beautiful clear amber with a rocky cream-colored head. Aroma is of cascade and pine tied in with a nice bready quality, like freshly baked pretzels. The taste has more of the same along with strong notes of grapefruit and pine with some caramel. Taste is moderately sweet with a bitter resiny finish and a hint of salt. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy. Body doesn’t achieve imperial status though. GREAT head retention and lacework. My only criticism of Clipper City Brewing Co is that like their Peg Leg "Imperial" Stout, this is not an Imperial IPA. This is an excellent IPA but definitely not of the Imperial variety. I discussed this with a Clipper City sales guy and they said they wanted to have a more easy-drinking imperial line. But Imperial Stouts and I2PAs are not meant to be knocked back, easy drinking session beers but more complex brews that you savor for an hour or so. I guess we agreed to disagree. Nice guy though...


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