TerryR (391) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2006
Amber with a nice head that slowly faded away. Grapefruit, citrus and pine needles in the aroma. More of the same in the flavor with a sweet maltiness coming through for some nice balance. Lingering finish is very well balanced as well. Very nice. NachlamSie (3534) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 11, 2006
bottle. Clipper City is one of those breweries with a large variance in quality of their offerings. I wasn’t expecting much out of such a precarious style. The pour is nice: a light amber with a frothy white head. The aroma is even better. There is a very fine balance of citrus, forest, caramel and other floral, spicy intricacies. Really the only thing the nose lacks is over-the-top potency, but this is certainly aromatic enough. The hop punch is reasonably strong and very well done. There are tasty citrus notes, the hop blast isn’t as intense as some, but it is very well rounded. The malt profile is interesting, they have that burned-caramel-peat type flavor that may be found in a Scotch ale or perhaps an ESB. The mouthfeel is just a notch on the light side with a moderate level of carbonation. The finish doesn’t linger too long, but does provide a tasty afterthought of juicy, fruity sweetness. I might be slightly let down if it were intended to be an IIPA, but that isn’t the case. I’m impressed with this offering. Good stuff. shigadeyo (3764) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2006
Clear golden light amber (copper) color. Generous carbonation with a nice foamy yellow head that slowy bubbles away and leaves a nice veil/crown. Aroma is sweet grapefruit/orange, crisp, clean hops with some maltiness in the background. Flavor is just like the aroma, only a bit sweeter. Great mouthfeel - just syrupy enought without being too much. Flavor is also extremely well balanced between the malt and hops. Alcohol is there, but quite hidden. To top it off, this one has a yummy slightly dry and bitter finish. Just when you think it has completely slipped away, a bit of sweetness comes back inviting you to take another drink. It might not be a full double IPA, but it is a fine IPA either way. Bottle after bottle, it’s just not possible to stop drinking a beer this good for the low, low price!
12 oz bottle (best before Jan 07), $1.50 from Party Town. RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2006
Draft. Aroma: grapefruit and pineapple up front, with some resin and grass coming in behind. A subtle caramel and a touch of yeast. Appearance: Light coppery color and clear. Unfortunately, the bartender who poured this didn’t know what he was doing and produced almost no head. Flavor: Sweet malt jumps out first with a touch of caramel and a light breadiness. Hops come on soon after with a lot of grapefruit, pineapple, and pine. Some floral and grassiness right before the finish. Bitterness was lighter than expected and pretty smooth. Palate: Medium bodied and a little watery. Medium carbonation. Finish was dry. Overall: This was marked as an IIPA on the tap, and when I drank it I was a bit taken aback. I found it much too light in body, hop flavor, and bitterness to be a IIPA. As an IPA it’s pretty good. Nice malt/hop balance. Good hop flavor and a smooth bitterness that doesn’t linger for a long time. Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2006
I started sipping this beer and nearly drank it all before staring my review. It is so easy and terrifically tasty I certainly want a case.
Appearance: Pours a bronzed golden color with a bit of orange hue and big head. Sticky lacing stick to the glass in random splotches.
Smell: It has a delightful aroma but not quite as big as I expected (rumor from previous years). This has a full nose of sweet malts, creamy honey and orange hop aroma with a drop of pine giving it a floral hint.
Taste: The flavor is like the smell. Bold citrus orange hops balance with honey sweet malts to make a smooth easy flavor that is perfect for an IPA. This hardly qualifies as a "Double" in my book but who cares what you call it. Small double or IPA 1.5 I don’t care just give me more =). This beer drinks like juice with a hint of bitter in the finish and a touch of dry that lingers.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is very smooth mostly light with a juicy center and crisp finish. Nice malt backbone holds everything together.
Drinkability: There is no way I’d guess that this beer is 7.50% ABV. It is dangerously drinkable and I would likely session drink this beer into my early grave.
Hope this is helpful.
nimbleprop (8709) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 5, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2008 Poured a golden yellow with almost no head from the bottle. Very interesting hop aroma, fruity, piney and sweet. The hop complexity in the initial flavor is astounding. This beer hits all areas of your palate. It’s sweet, it’s a little sour, there’s a hint of malt. The hop flavor is really unique, must be from the Chinook hops. Flavor hides the heavier than usual alcohol as well. A little astringent on the finish, but the complexity of this beer and the different hop profiles it provides make this worth a sip. gmstein (5) - Cheshire, Connecticut, USA - AUG 31, 2006 does not count
Yet another great summer Ale. Smooth and crisp with a robust hop pallete.. Comparable to Victory Hop Devil and Weyerbacher Hops Infusion. A must try for a hop fan Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2006
Ah that beautiful copper color. Average foamy head. Smells strongly of fresh cut grass and citrus. Kind of burns the nose hairs back, but oh well, I was needing that. A sweet smell is very inviting but this one feels heavy, damaging, dangerous, destructive, detrimental, evil, harmful, hazardous, holy terror, hurtful, ill-behaved, injurious, malicious, malignant, misbehaving, naughty, perilous, risky, roguish, sinful, spiteful, troublesome, (ok enough of that) I am worried. Wow, very smooth, this one hits the spot. Can you say hops? Beautiful, charming, congenial, delicious, delightful, enchanting, engaging, enjoyable, entertaining, favorable, gratifying, likable, luscious, palatable, pleasurable, satisfying, savory, sweet, hops. Nice bitter finish. Not filling. It lets you enjoy this amazing concoction. barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2006
picked this 12 oz. bottle up on the reccomendation of Joe, the beer manager at Corral Liquors in Granite City, IL last Sunday. pours a coppery amber with a decent head. good smooth IPA for a hot summer day. interesting blend of hops makes for a crisp, clean brew. well done. pintocb (654) - Hoon, Georgia, USA - AUG 20, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2007 Clear orange pale in the glass. Smells of piney citrus fruits. The head is a great, fluffy off white mound that dissipates quickly. The flavor has a lot of citrus and pine that match the nose, but there is some kind of underlying flavor that isn’t pleasing. It only hits for a second. Over all a pretty good beer.