DocLock (7198) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, I expected this to be a run-of-the-mill winter ale. What I got was one of the best beers Iíve quaffed all year. The pour was deep copper with a 2-finger off-white head. The aroma is bready caramel malts, huge resiny hops, honeydew, tangerine, and spices. The flavor was caramel malty with gigantic hops and some mid-palate brown sugary citrus, including grapefruit, tangerine, and pineapple. Very complex, dense palate. This one is absolutely delicious. You need this!
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy of Pailhead. Pours transparent amber with no head. Aroma and flavor very muted. Oxidized hops with almost no malt backbone. Some faint sugar from the malt and thatís it. Gat the feel this is old and musty, hasnít aged well.
SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from Goldtwins...Thanks Larry! Pours a medium amber color with a fomay off white head. Nose is light caramel, some outdoorsy straw notes, and some light hopps. Taste is very full, light caramel, light malt and a bitter, hoppy finish. wonderful silky smooth palate to say the least.
roder60 (1269) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear amber brown color with a small amount of fizzy white head. Aroma is extremely floral and well balanced with hints of citrus fruits. Flavor is much more malty and sweet than I would have expected, with little in the way of abrasive hop tastes sometimes associated with double ipas. Starts with a brown sugar taste quickly replaced by slightly sugared white grapes and then a bit malty and finally a slightly hoppy, slightly citric finish. Overall, I thought this was a pretty good brew.
rajendra82 (911) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - NOV 9, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I live in the Atlanta, Georgia metropolitan area, a place where until recently domestic micro-brewed beer was slim pickings. Oh how the things have changed. This week two new DIPAs entered the market at the same time. And curiously they are from the same brewery. The Clipper City Loose Cannon is a year around offering, while the Winter Storm will come ashore once a year. I had to pick them both up, to see what all this was about. The Loose Cannon was reviewed first yesterday, and here comes the Winter Storm, a Category 5 Ale.
The blue label on a 12 oz. bottle was in the standard style of Clipper City. The beer poured out dark reddish amber, with total clarity, and a beige colored head. The carbonation appeared steady and natural. The aroma was not very hoppy at all. Smelled more like a toned down English Barleywine, with brown sugar like malt being predominant. The hops seemed to be those of spicy and earthy English variety. The taste proved hoppier than the smell, with s strong herbal hop bitterness, backed by thick dark malts with a nutty sweetness. The body felt thicker than it looked with an Old Ale like stickiness, and noticeable warmth. There was a citric sourness coming through at warmer temperature.
I found the contrast between this and the sister beer quite striking. Both clock in at identical 7.5 percent ABV, but the similarities end there. The Loose Cannon is more heavily carbonated, light, highly aromatic, rather citric tasting, and not too bitter. The Winter Storm is none of these things. Maybe if I was to make a 50/50 mixture, Iíd get a classic DIPA.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a hazy amber color with a thin off-white head. Fruity aroma with grapefruit and apple. Caramel malty flavor with piney hops running through with a long finish.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
had this at Ale Atlanta. Purty good. smells like oranges, lemons, corriander, spice. Tastes like an IPA. Pine, hops, very clean cool refreshing hoppy flavor. Nice finish. tastes kind of the way i would imagine the generic antimicrobial hand soap would taste. good though. lol. could have a little more body and could look a little less thin and watery. other than that, i have been damn impressed with Clipper City since having their stuff.
jde123 (736) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 5, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at my favorite restaurant. Big hazy orange-amber glass, with small head and subtle hop aroma. Huge hop flavor, quite bitter, but pleasant. A great beer, but almost too bitter, but smoothes as you get towards the bottom of the glass. A great beer.
hershiser2 (1147) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2009 Bottle. I prefer the old version... the double IPA. Pours brown with a small head. Malt and hops in the aroma... flavor is the same with some licorice and roastiness involved.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2005 Bottle... Hazy, orange ale with a small, frothy, off-white head. Floral aroma with huge pine and toffee and ultra light cocoa. Malty and citrusy flavor. Lightly sweet up front, followed by moderate bitterness and earthiness. Full-bodied with lively carbonation. Lengthy, bitter, piney finish. Tongue numbing and soul warming! Definitely a different beer than last yearís Imperial IPA... not as complex, but definitely enjoyable!