cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - SEP 24, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
via trade with beerdrenched and TBC2 - Pours a clear orangish-amber color with a good size off white head. Light clumpy lacing. Has a citrus and toasted malt aroma. Has a clean bitter flavor. Medium body. Good beer. Thanks guys.
OldMrCrow (2364) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2006 Bottle shared at acertainís gathering.
Pours a light gold with a fine frothy white head. This beer provides an enjoyable fruity (Amarillo coming out nicely) hop aroma and a matching flavor, laid out atop a very light-on-the-malt body. Overall the hop intensity is more in the East coast vein, and the cascade flavors are conspicuously absent. Thereís some pepper here, an interesting interplay of floral and fruit notes, leaving a beer that is extremely drinkable at 7.5% or at any percentage for that matter.
The same absence of strong malt (and strong hop resins) makes it a potentially very good hot-day IPA, but such also prevents it from quite reaching up into the top tier of IPAs.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - SEP 21, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2007 12 OZ Bottle via trade with Decaturstevo (thanks!). Pours a clear light amber color with a large white head. Aroma is a straight forward grapefruit and nothing else (maybe a little pine). Taste starts out a nice caramel maltiness, then some grapefruit and orange, and finishes with a strong maltiness. Not overly sweet per say, but the malts definately win the battle, 60/40 i would say. Medium bodied and well carbonated. This seems more like an Amber Ale than an IPA, but whatever, it is a very drinkable beer. Very refreshing.*****hehe, just read the description above..Triple hopped? They are joking right?This is mellow for a normal IPA, let alone a TRIPLE IPA?? Hmmm...anyway it is a good beer. I give it a 4 for a good beer, a 3 for an ipa, so will split the difference and call it a 3.6
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber body with a moderate white head that quickly dissipates into a thin layer of soapy foam. The aroma is super hoppy and chuck-full of pine and grapefruit, floral perfume and some light lemon zest. Caramel, fresh bread and mild nuts round out the malt side of the nose. The body is thick and smooth, really creamy and quite enjoyable on the tongue. Sweet and malty up front, this elegantly transitions into a moderate hop bitterness. I was expecting this to be stronger, more IIPA and was qutie pleased to be wrong. The easy drinking and quasi-sessionableness of this beer is superb. My one gripe, if you will, is that the "triple hopped IPA" seems to be hopped to the equivalent of several regularly hopped IPAs I enjoy. That shouldnít detract from this beer, but it is a bit odd. Thanks a bunch Ken: quite the treat!
ABUSEDGOAT (2556) - California, USA - SEP 19, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to kmweaver for sending this for free! Clear amber, fairly large head, decent lacing. Aroma is a blast of hops... tons of grapefruit and other tropical fruits with citrus notes. The bitterness dances on the tongue with a slightly syrupy body. Even now with the beer long gone the flavor is lingering. I love it. Very one dimensional, but very good. Damn I wish this was a local beer.
TerryR (391) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber with a nice head that slowly faded away. Grapefruit, citrus and pine needles in the aroma. More of the same in the flavor with a sweet maltiness coming through for some nice balance. Lingering finish is very well balanced as well. Very nice.
NachlamSie (3230) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. Clipper City is one of those breweries with a large variance in quality of their offerings. I wasnít expecting much out of such a precarious style. The pour is nice: a light amber with a frothy white head. The aroma is even better. There is a very fine balance of citrus, forest, caramel and other floral, spicy intricacies. Really the only thing the nose lacks is over-the-top potency, but this is certainly aromatic enough. The hop punch is reasonably strong and very well done. There are tasty citrus notes, the hop blast isnít as intense as some, but it is very well rounded. The malt profile is interesting, they have that burned-caramel-peat type flavor that may be found in a Scotch ale or perhaps an ESB. The mouthfeel is just a notch on the light side with a moderate level of carbonation. The finish doesnít linger too long, but does provide a tasty afterthought of juicy, fruity sweetness. I might be slightly let down if it were intended to be an IIPA, but that isnít the case. Iím impressed with this offering. Good stuff.
shigadeyo (3630) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear golden light amber (copper) color. Generous carbonation with a nice foamy yellow head that slowy bubbles away and leaves a nice veil/crown. Aroma is sweet grapefruit/orange, crisp, clean hops with some maltiness in the background. Flavor is just like the aroma, only a bit sweeter. Great mouthfeel - just syrupy enought without being too much. Flavor is also extremely well balanced between the malt and hops. Alcohol is there, but quite hidden. To top it off, this one has a yummy slightly dry and bitter finish. Just when you think it has completely slipped away, a bit of sweetness comes back inviting you to take another drink. It might not be a full double IPA, but it is a fine IPA either way. Bottle after bottle, itís just not possible to stop drinking a beer this good for the low, low price!
12 oz bottle (best before Jan 07), $1.50 from Party Town.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Aroma: grapefruit and pineapple up front, with some resin and grass coming in behind. A subtle caramel and a touch of yeast. Appearance: Light coppery color and clear. Unfortunately, the bartender who poured this didnít know what he was doing and produced almost no head. Flavor: Sweet malt jumps out first with a touch of caramel and a light breadiness. Hops come on soon after with a lot of grapefruit, pineapple, and pine. Some floral and grassiness right before the finish. Bitterness was lighter than expected and pretty smooth. Palate: Medium bodied and a little watery. Medium carbonation. Finish was dry. Overall: This was marked as an IIPA on the tap, and when I drank it I was a bit taken aback. I found it much too light in body, hop flavor, and bitterness to be a IIPA. As an IPA itís pretty good. Nice malt/hop balance. Good hop flavor and a smooth bitterness that doesnít linger for a long time.
Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I started sipping this beer and nearly drank it all before staring my review. It is so easy and terrifically tasty I certainly want a case.
Appearance: Pours a bronzed golden color with a bit of orange hue and big head. Sticky lacing stick to the glass in random splotches.
Smell: It has a delightful aroma but not quite as big as I expected (rumor from previous years). This has a full nose of sweet malts, creamy honey and orange hop aroma with a drop of pine giving it a floral hint.
Taste: The flavor is like the smell. Bold citrus orange hops balance with honey sweet malts to make a smooth easy flavor that is perfect for an IPA. This hardly qualifies as a "Double" in my book but who cares what you call it. Small double or IPA 1.5 I donít care just give me more =). This beer drinks like juice with a hint of bitter in the finish and a touch of dry that lingers.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is very smooth mostly light with a juicy center and crisp finish. Nice malt backbone holds everything together.
Drinkability: There is no way Iíd guess that this beer is 7.50% ABV. It is dangerously drinkable and I would likely session drink this beer into my early grave.
Hope this is helpful.