Clay Pipe Pursuit of Happiness

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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 248   ABV: 8.25%
2-row malted barley, Munich malt, 60L Crystal Malt, American and German hops.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2005
Nice rocky substantial head that receeds to a film, over a reddish amber with some hop floaters. The aroma is quite hoppy with a strong grapefruity-plus European herbal hop character. The flavor is herbal and bitter upfront, smooth with the bitterness appearing mid-palate in a surprising way that initially led me to think that there was a touch of roasted barley in there... Finishes herbal, bitter-sweet and clean.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DarkElf (3061) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 1, 2014
01-Jan-14 (12-oz bottle: Obtained in trade with slob, thanks Bert!)
Well, my last bottle of Pursuit of Happiness from this now-defunct brewery. The beer pours a hazy, dark-amber body with half an inch of off-white head that recedes to a ring. The nose is very malty like a Winter Warmer should be, with this one offering lots of caramel, toffee, dried fruit, and earth. On the palate, again, the malts are caramely, medium-sweet, and earthy, with toffee, decaying wood, some milk chocolate, dried apricot, and candied orange. Its medium in weight, medium in carbonation, and very smooth and easy to drink. Overall, this has been a great beer over the years, and even at several years of age, its still a great beer. Its the kind of Winter Warmer I like most: no spices, no adjuncts, just straight up malty and delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JAN 12, 2013
lots of barley but nothing too crazy, strong and smooth, goes down well, crystal malt, yum

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nickls (2498) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2011
Bottle, 2004, shared by ryan. Pours with little to no head, rusty light brown. Light citrus, spice, and raisins in the aroma. Bready, and a little cakey. Slight sweetness and some cinnamon. Lighter to medium body. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12836) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Bottle, 2004, shared by ryan. Pours clear tawny with a small, fizzy beige head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, caramel, toasted), average hops (floral, grassy), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of wood, alcohol, dates, and honey. Flavor is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toasted), average hops (floral, grassy, citrus), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of wood, alcohol, dates, and honey. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation, low creaminess with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (23576) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 12, 2011
2004 bottle courtesy of ryan, thank you sir! Murky dep amber color, lots of floaties. Aroma of scotch, caramel, light spice. Taste is very malty, on the sweet side, light spice. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2010
Bottle. Pours an orange golden body with a white head and light lacing. Sweet with caramel and citrus malt tones. A bit sweet and light honey and citrus, candied sweetness and a light warming. A bit dull with a toasted malt undertone. Alright.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Butters (4058) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2010
Wow. What a magnificent change from the norm of winter warmers! Pours a hazy particulate suspended burnt amber with fading khaki head. This one forgoes the nutmeg and spices in favor of a honey and citrus hop. Huge underlying caramel backbone lends excellent support. This is superbly well complemented, the hops and the malt, but not blended. Each side shines through. And the alcohol is hidden very well. Nice job guys. Ill definitely pick this up next year!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 20, 2010
bottle, pours light amber with a strong sweet hop nose. Super sweet bread, like sticky buns and light bitterness in the finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ben4321 (6134) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2009
Location: 12 oz bottle from Wine and Beer Westpark, 12/12/09

Aroma: The nose is rather hoppy and fruit, with some orange, apricot, and grapefruit along with toffee and caramel
Appearance: Pours a somewhat clear copper-amber color with a thin white head that leaves a good amount of lace
Flavor: Maltier then the nose, sweet citrus and malts dominate up-front, bitter backing leading to a good balance
Palate: This beer is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, a nice, somewhat sticky mouthfeel, and a long finish
Overall Impression: I live in MD, this beer is from MD, and I bought this one in VA? Well, sometimes it just works out that way. Im pretty sure this isnt my first time drinking this one, but I didnt remember it well enough to know for sure. Smells almost like a nice IPA, doesnt really seem to have the spice components common in your usual winter warmer brew, but still a nice aroma. Taste is more balance, but still very nice. I cant say for sure how I would classify this, not really totally a winter warmer or an IPA, but somewhere in between, guess that is how it ended up in the ambiguous: "American Strong Ale." Also, Im surprised to learn this one is over 8%, as it doesnt feel that way at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnstone (3016) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 30, 2009
Lightly hoppy nose with a bit of spice and malt. Amber color with white head. Like a mildy hopped up amber with a touch of spice. The hops carry all the way through lingering at the end with an earthy/fruity finish. A decent winter warmer, Id have another.

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