StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transparent and magnifying with a pale brass color and a thin, sudsy, creamy white tinted head. Aroma is promising. Sweet sugared grapefruit laden with amarillo and chinook, honey comb, pine combs, spruce needles, grass stains and melted margarine. Crispness meets passion fruit in the flavor. Papaya, kiwi and mango meander to a tropical bubblegum motif. Grapefruit and strawberries chime in with starfruit. Interesting. Slightest hint of astringency stems from light citric orange connotations. Tantalizing and spritsy on the palate with touches of grain filled palate coatings. Alive and buoyant, and fairly well-balanced despite the eerie sweetness. Finish brings us full circle with strawberry kiwi and sugar sprinkled hop leafs. Thanks for the bottle, JPDIPSO!
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask: I was very impressed with this beer. Very nice-looking, dark yellow-orange body with a lush head. Very fresh, crisp hops in flavor/aroma. Great overall balance. I’d like to have this beer available around here, but I think I’d prefer it on cask rather than with more carbonation. Nice.
guzzler67 (1529) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 10, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear copper appearance with a medium size head and good lacing. Quite a range of hoppy aromas with pine, citrus and spices showing up at different intervals. Balance seems an appropriate description, with an impressive array of malts to match the equally impressive mix of hops. Nonetheless, the taste leans to the hoppier end of the scale, notably in the dry, bitter, slightly peppery, slightly metallic finish. The dry hopped, cask conditioned version is a real treat. An extremely drinkable beer that has become my favorite all occasion brew.
jhart2 (19) - USA - FEB 9, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I love hops, and this beer is a hops festival. The aroma is great, and the taste even better. Very good, if you like IPAs, try it.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of BuckNaked. Copper with decent white head full of tiny bubbles. Aroma full of citrus zest up front, decent malt background. Flavor much the same, lots of grapefruit and orange zest, hints of floral hops with a nice sweet caramel malt backbone. Nice mouthfeel bitter a clean. Lingering grapefruit bitterness in the finish. Very well rounded IPA, IMO. Nicely done!
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - FEB 4, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a super clear light gold, small white head. Citrusy hop nose, some sweet yeast and light floral notes. Flavor is yellow grapefruit, nicely hopped without being overbearingly hopped. Nice east coast style IPA!
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2007 pours a clear copper/ amber color with a decent sized fizzy white head, aromas of hops, citrus, spices, alcohol and sweet malt. flavor; citrus, carbonation, caramel, sweet, with a nice hoppy finish.
sfontain (818) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light amber; medium moderatly frothy and moderately fizzy head. Very aromatic; floral, citrusy, and sharply hoppy. Flavor is floral with some breadiness; slightly piney; sharp but not-too-strong hop bitterness lingers extensively on the palate. 7.5% abv doesn’t show whatsoever. Medium body with very slight stickiness. I continue to maintain my disdain for the cliché overly hoppy beers, but this is finally an IPA that has more to it than just hops.
thehinge (270) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 31, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear orange pour with a good white head. Doughy, yeasty aroma. Fruits and malts on the front end, with a spicey hop kick on the finish. I don’t know which hop does it...but I like it.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 30, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2006 Hop3 cask at Dilly Deli in Cincinnati. Pours clear copper, little head or carbonation. Aroma of floral hops and some alcohol. Flavor of peppery hops, sweet caramel malt, and some graininess. Finished dry with a hint of dishsoap and alcohol. Not bad, but I was expecting better. Worth a try, and by far the best offering from Clipper City that I have had.
RERATED BOTTLE 1-9-06. Bottled version has a cleaner finish, and I enjoyed better than the cask!!! If I had access to this, I would drink this on a regular basis. Priced ell too.