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RATINGS: 576   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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.

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3.6
optemoz (171) - Apex, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2006
Bottled... 2006 Release.. Pours a deep red with alot of lacing and a fluffy head.. Nose is lots of hops and hints of malt.. Flavor is dominated by bitter hops that lingers around.. very nice but not a fav..

2.6
Aurelius (5335) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2006
Fruity, mostly western hop aroma over caramel. Orangey, with a big bone head, kinda fun label. Strong and metallic, brothy grapefruit acidity and some other off flavors. Thickish mouthfeel, long finish where the English hops come through finally. I didn’t like this.

2.6
beachbum25 (1092) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - DEC 8, 2006
12 Oz Bottle. Poured a reddish/copper color w/a moderate head & some good lacing. Nice roasted aroma, taste didn’t deliver. Had a lot of hops for this style, seemed more like a Pale Ale than an ESB-as they are calling it. Didn’t really get any of the malted bitterness you expect from an ESB. Thought it was a little one dementionial/out of balance. Somewhat long finish

4.3
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2006
Pours reddish-orange with a bitter orange zest aroma, serious hops are apparent. Wow, wet, refreshing hops. a mouthful of bitterness. ESB in this bottle means Extremely Severe Bitter! Nice warming burn all the way down. Slight sweet malt taste with notes of caramel and a wee bit heavy. Clipper City hits the mark again.

3.7
JFURYCAT (1078) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2007 Clipper City seems to know how to make a sweet product which packs enough hoppy bitterness to swoo over those who’ve done the micros over and over again. To be distinct, the grapefruit tones are present in flavor and aftertaste, there is a pine-like lacing present, the texture is somewhat heavy and pleasantly dry, and the alcohol is present. At the same time this is pretty drinkable which I attribute to the malt portion. I have to say the balance is there on the sip but not as much as it goes down my throat where a certain smokiness comes out. rerate 6-2-07: There is a biscuit malt here that I didn’t notice before. My score stays the same.

3.7
ganache (5910) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2006
Bottle. Sweet orange-filled aroma, rather like a Holiday scratch-n-sniff book from my childhood. Delicious hoppy scent, orange, grapefruit, pine, flowers. Amber-red pour with a sticky, foamy tan head. Hoppy and piney and grapefruity and resinous and bitter taste, not overpowering or offensive, but really packs a wallop. Finish and aftertaste are the same and the latter lasts. Light toast and caramel (and even a pinch of dark chocolate shavings) hidden under the delicious hoppy indulgence. Medium body, light terminal warming - alcohol is a smidgen too prominent here. Left a deep impression!

3.3
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2006
Pousr amber/brown with small retentive head. Piny, floral hop aromas, with a nice hint of the malt background. Forefront piny, resiny hops in the flavor, with a well balanced barley like malt character. Palate is medium/full, resiny, nicely bitter, with chewy malts lingering. Might as well be an IPA.

3.6
allfreej (556) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 23, 2006
Bottled. Poured copper, tan, lacy head. Nose is caramel, citrus, a little flroal. Flavor is malt, spice, a hint of alcohol, a little resiny. Finish is bitter, nicely hoppy. Firm mouthfeel.

3.7
bubbleflubber (2227) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - NOV 22, 2006
Deep amber nut pour into the glass, with a thin retentive head, leaving nice lace. The nose seems syrupy, with heavy pine notes. The flavor is thick with malt and pine. Almost seems IPA-ish. Very nicely balanced, with a thick resiny mouthfeel and lingering pine bitter finish. Good job on this Impy ESB!

3.6
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2006
Bottle from Captaincougar. Lots of malts here. There is something else here as it would be a piney resiny taste that is not offensive in any way. thick on the tongue and richly sweet but the hops hold it in check. Thanks Tom.


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