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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Braudog (6378) - Yorktown, 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RCWCPACFP (102) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2005
I think I heard the distributor in central PA say that they will get this beer out all year. That is a good thing as this hop heaven balances bitter, flowery, and malt roast flavor so skillfully.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LordHedgehog (144) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2004
Pours to a burnt coppor with a thick creamy white head, a head with significant malt flavor with hops and earth tones. Has a sweet, piney aroma. Gentle on the palate coming in, with lots of malt and earth, but a good hops kick in the hindquarters. The alcohol is noticeable, but only barely. An excellent American Strong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
obxdude10 (2270) - Pottstown, 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

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2761) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2004
Orange-brown color, large webbed head. Clear hoppy aroma. Aroma enticing and exhilirating: citrus notes apparent. Herbal flavors dominate, possible woodiness. Earthy finish. A very "natural" and "rough-hewn" beer. Hearty. For me, sets the standard for what a "winter warmer" ought to be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2004
Pours a dark amber brown with a large, tight bubbled, foamy head. Long lasting with beautiful lace. Aroma is powerful sweet citrusy notes with a mild earthyness. Flavor is hop heavy. Nice bitterness on a decent malt body. Great brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2010
Clipper City Brewing Company, LP "Winter Storm ""Category 5"" Ale--Heavy Seas Series"--2005 12 oz. Bottle. 7.50% ABV--55+ IBUís.? (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale--IPA. Beer of the Month Club Selection February, 2005. Mild lace head. Clear bright amber color. Rich floral Cascade hop front. Rich creamy caramel pine resin sweet mild fruit body. Big balanced hop end. BC ester hints. Big smooth IPA. Sampled 2/21/2005.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
foamee (5) - Maryland, USA - APR 8, 2004 does not count
This beer is the Winter Reserve in a new package. Bottle conditioned, it just keeps getting better. I would describe it as a very rich and complex IPA. It is a very satisfying winter warmer.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (9999) - 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!

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