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

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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jasonp (1562) - Ashburn, 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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2004
Medium copper, with a thick long lasting creamy head. Aroma of citrus and other hops. Stong presence of hops throught the medium thick body. Really really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - OCT 6, 2004
Herbal and citrus hop nose with malt showing up as it warms. Decently malty with a herbal hop presence. Touches of carmel, pine, and alcohol throughout the brew. Not much of a DIPA but perfectly servicable as an IPA. Finishes a little medicinal fadeing into toasted grains.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2004
deep copper, light tan head, aroma of citrus, hops, some pine, flavor is nice balance of malt and some potent hop in the finish. pretty good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - SEP 19, 2004
Small greyish head, hazy dark orange body. Nice hoppy aroma with nutty tones. Quite dry hoppy, fruity and nutty flavor. Foamy mouthfull. A nice and easy IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (11069) - Søborg, DENMARK - SEP 12, 2004
Bottled: Light amber coloured. Unclear. Light beige medium sized head. Fruit, malt and loads of hops in the aroma. Very fresh. Flavour is fruity as well and wiht loads of hops notes. Some spice notes present. Ends in a nice bitterness with long lasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (31474) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2004
An unclear amber beer with a small disappearing orange head. The aroma is lovely sweet with nice notes of hops. The flavor is very sweet with notes of hops, oil, grass, and alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2004
Bottle pours amber, large fluffy off-white head, fairly attractive lacing, with light carbonation.   Hops, citrus, light malts, and caramel on the nose.   Nice hop flavor up front, quite a bit of citrus is involved, with a soft malty backbone.   Medium body, spritzy mouthfeel.   Finishes with with a citrus based hop bitterness, but fades rather quickly.   For an IIPA, its rather palatable.   Not half bad!   Thanks goes out to jeffc666 for the trade!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 23, 2004
Appealing hop fragrance, earthy, spicy and citric, with hints of pepper, grapefruit, pine needles, some slight leafy mint and crystal malt sweetness. Medium copper color, lightly hazed from the dosage of yeast in the bottle and with a lasting, bubbly head. Flavor profile presents an extraordinary balance throughout, the generous hop flavor and bitterness playing well off of the lightly toasty, sweet malt and features a nicely refreshing, juicy and resinous finish. Body is medium-full, the effervescence perhaps just a bit too lively. Still, features a high degree of drinkability, being so well-balanced. Thanks to jeffc.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2004
Smells a lot like fresh oranges and grapefruits. Huge, foamy head that lingers for a good while. Clear, amber body. Flavor is very tangy. Huge grapefruit taste with some yeast and a little sugar. Very tasty.

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