Silphium (3224) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2006
Slightly hazy, bright copper body, thin off-white head. Rindy citrus and pine hops aroma backed by toast and alcohol. The body is a sweet bouquet of grapefruit, pine, and perfumey hops in a matrix of light, sweet breads. Grassy finish, bitter but not palate-devouring, with touches of clover honey lingering on the palate. Nice, soft body. Well-done. Thanks xproudfoot! jblendy (521) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2007 Re-Rate. Pours slightly hazy, amber orange with small creamy off-white head. Strong floral and citric hops aromas, lots of grapefruit, with a nice solid malty undertone. Flavors of floral and grapefruit bitterness upfront, with nice hints of spice, pine ,and nicely balanced malts that aren’t too sweet. Bitterness and spice carry onto the palate nicely smoothed out by the malts. Best offering I’ve had from Clipper City. Previous 8 3 8 3 18 cthulu81 (29) - Woodbridge, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2006
Just got back from the gym and guess what? Yup, it’s time for a beer. A big ol’ IPA at that. I liked their uber pils, so we will see what this delightful little moppet has in store for us this evening. Yes, that is an all inclusive third-person pronoun so get used to it. Golden hues with a smallish frothed cap. Good lacing though. Aroma is a little thin, but carries with it an appetizing, subtle maltiness. Good hop confrontation in the begining of the sip, but is quickly laid low by a powerful uppercut from the hefty malt bouncer at the door. Strangely though, the big fellow proceeds to pick up his stunned companion, dust him off, and then the two of them do a wonderful tango. Lupulin nicely counter-balances the clumsy steps of mashman while adding a delicious tropical fruit character to the moving expession now underway. Notes of pineapple, mango, honey and apricot all glide around like a lighter, yet still refined, cousin of Dogfish’s 90-minute. They trapse into the night leaving a satisfyingly viscous reminder of what just transpired. I am really starting to like the Heavy Seas extension of Clipper City. Cheers. BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 3, 2006
RBSG 06 DC @ RFD’s Special Tasting
Copper color, white head, nice lacing. Nose of musky hops, rich pungent earthy citrusy resinous hops. Simcoe?!! The flavor is ’catty’, nice bitterness and pleasant underlying malt sweetness. Finishes toasty and sweet and fruity. Good IPA, full of life. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - OCT 1, 2006
12-oz.; thanks, BeachBum25! Pours a hazy-to-cloudy medium amber with a good mousse of white goop on top. Very fruity. The nose is orange pith and a little bit of spicy leaf. On the attack there’s sharp citric acid, and the medium body is very tingly with carb. Long but very mild bitter finish. Fruity throughout, though not overbearing or even especially huge--it’s just always there. Great stuff! Thanks again, Jim!
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2006 Clear golden color with minimal off white head. Aroma of hops and grapefruit with a grapefruit and bitter taste. Very good IPA. maltdog (626) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 25, 2006
Amber with pinkish-scarlet highlights. Sudsy head leaves massive lace cobwebs. Lush, juicy hop aromas... floral, herbal, Fuggle-y hot grass, juniper, pineapple, muscato, mango, cherry koolaid, grapefruit... all integrated with butterscotch malt. On the tongue, lipsmacking fruity-orangey, lemon gumdrop, caramel, honey, and pecan flavors abound. Dry, minerally finish with a somewhat jagged bitterness. Medium bodied; the carbonation is an unusual dichotomy of fluffy and gritty. Clean herbal-bitter aftertaste tempered by cool ethanol. Excellent American IPA. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - SEP 24, 2006
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 (2446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2006 Bottle shared at acertain’s gathering.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - SEP 21, 2006
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. There’s 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.
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