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

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RATINGS: 124   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (29286) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11530) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 8, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2004 (12/7/04) Clear light copper body topped by off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit, some caramel, light pepper, spice. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, caramel, light alcohol. Creamy medium-full body, some stickiness. I think I would like it better if it had a bit less sweetness. (7/4/7/4/14). (12/8/03) Crystal clear copper body with creamy medium beige head. Aroma is pink grapefruit. Taste is the same, with light caramel. Creamy medium-full body with light acidity. (7/4/7/4/14)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10184) - Sřborg, 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9158) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Hazy, copper ale with a medium-sized, creamy, off-white head. Decent retention and good, creamy lacework. The nose is of sherry, black pepper, grapefruit, light caramel and cologne. Bitter from beginning to end. Generous malt as well. Full-bodied with a very dry mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Lengthy, mojave-dry finish. Great stuff!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (8121) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7861) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2006
Deep copper pour, with a huge hop and fruit aroma and taste, backed by a huge caramel malt bill, to use a phrase from one of my favorite wrestlers of all time, Bret Hart, this was one of the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be, and anyone that disagrees is an asshole!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 18, 2003
Pours a clear copper amber with a thick, well-lacing off-white head. Wonderful boisterous western hop aroma smacks you around before you take a sip and reveals the thick caramel malt beneath. Body has a nice toffee sugary sweetness before the hops take over. Light hints of fruit and a clean crisp hoppy finish. A very nice american strong ale, that borders on the line of a double IPA. Thanks urbnhautebourg!

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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - 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!


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6128) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 8, 2006
Clear orange-amber body shows a shy carbonation that still manages to raise a satisfying white head that mostly lasts as a cover. Fading hop character still shows a strong affinity with citrus fruit, over a woody, earthy bed of bittering hops that may have lost some of their power. The malts have lost none of their lust on the other hand. A pointy toastiness peaks left and right, feeling adding some lager character to the sweeter crystals. Biscuity nature could use a heftier carbonation to distribute the flavors more evenly, it feels a little underattenuated at this late age, with heavy bitterness, but still a fair bit of residual sugars. Medium bodied, slightly oily feel. No oxidation trace. Good, but barely in the shadow of the most aromatics and cohesive examples.


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