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RATINGS: 556   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Our "winter warmer" ale, brewed with copious helpings of English malts and US and English hops, a ruddy hued "Imperial ESB" in style. Full malty flavors dancing with powerful hop aromas and a lingering, firm hop bitterness. Seasonally available from mid October to February.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - FEB 29, 2008
Really impressed with this guy. Nice copper/amber with small white head. Aromas of orange and pine. Bitter and smooth. Great product, could drink it all year round.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlovell2 (1470) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 3, 2008
Amber with brown head. Piney hop aroma. Syrupy feel in mouth. Hop taste with bitter after taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ubermunch (32) - Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2009
Love this and look forward to it every season. Complex and different it pours nicely and has a full taste that doesn’t disappoint. Not a powerful aroma... but not absent either. Great with smoky cheeses or Italian food. It’s not a crippling ice storm until you drink this by the soothing sounds of your generator. At 7.3abv this can also be used to take the edge off holiday relative visits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Pours an orangey (black and orangey?) copper with a thin but persistent ivory head. Some light lacing. Lots of big citrusy hops in the nose buoyed by bready malt aromas. The first sips reveal big hops but this beer is not just a hops delivery vehicle. Although it does that quite well. It’s strangely balanced with the sweet and considerable bready malt profile. Bitter herbal and citrusy hops dominate the finish and aftertaste. Their website says they use American and English hops and I believe it. Not sure I’ve ever tasted this combination of hops working in such balance before.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slipstream (2317) - USA - FEB 4, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2008 Another 4-pointer from Clipper City! "Shiver me timbers" says the cubist captain on the label. There is a nice, honey sweetness. They say it is an imperial ESB. I say it is full of hops! Nice, fragrant, piney, fruity hops. Good malt backing. Pretty dry finish with some alchohol in there. They call it a heavy seas / winter storm ale, but this stuff would hit the spot with flat water and warm sunshine too. A hearty, hopping pale ale that reaches the same highs as this brewer’s Loose Cannon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - FEB 7, 2008
Bottle courtesy of kmweaver. Pours a hazy, deep copper with a fluffy, ecru head and wispy lace. The nose is of toasty, bready malt with a solid, resinous, earthy hop backing. Medium-bodied and creamy with a tongue-squeezing bitter finish. The flavor is of toasted, bready, caramel malt with big, bitter, earthy hops and a lingering resinous finish. This one really pushes the envelope of a style that I enjoy quite a bit (ESBs), and I was really impressed with the result. I wish that I could get this in KC. It would surely become one of my winter standbys. Thanks again for sending this one, Ken!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goodgrief (1920) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - FEB 16, 2008
Dec. 2006 - Beer poured dark amber color with nice head and decent lacing, too. Aroma was strong piney hops. Flavor was a nice balance of sweet malts and piney hops with a detectable alcohol flavor which was nice. Another solid beer from Clipper City!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Bottle. From Anne and Daniel Christmas 2007. Great aroma of sweet fruitcake and malty pineapple. Sweet strawberry comes through as well. This is a darker tan, almost auburn color and the silky mouthfeel is topped only by its wonderful flavor. Bold and full of life, but still not overpowering. This is a wonderful beer and it’s been a while since I have had one of those. Top notch work on this one. Hops are spicy and biting with a nice fuzzy finish. Great brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
newbrewguy (145) - Mechanicsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 6, 2008
Pours a copper color, this is a really good winter beer. Great malty aroma and flavor, with a hop/spice finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2008
12 oz bottle, bottle labeled as 7.5% alcohol. Pours cloudy amber in color with off white head. Aroma citrus hops. Taste of hops and malt with bitter finish.

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