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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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guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2007
Clear copper appearance with a large tan head and very good lacing. Floral hop aroma along with some pine in the background. Spiciness more prominant in the cask conditioned version, but still noticable when served from the bottle. Earthy, bitter, affably hopped flavors take a turn to the sweeter side as it nears the finish. Well balanced, medium-to-full bodied, decently carbonated mouthfeel. Enjoyable, well crafted, interesting take on the style.

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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.

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dlovell2 (2091) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 3, 2008
Amber with brown head. Piney hop aroma. Syrupy feel in mouth. Hop taste with bitter after taste.

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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.

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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.

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jde123 (775) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 5, 2005
Tap at my favorite restaurant. Big hazy orange-amber glass, with small head and subtle hop aroma. Huge hop flavor, quite bitter, but pleasant. A great beer, but almost too bitter, but smoothes as you get towards the bottom of the glass. A great beer.

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rajendra82 (1078) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - NOV 9, 2005
I live in the Atlanta, Georgia metropolitan area, a place where until recently domestic micro-brewed beer was slim pickings. Oh how the things have changed. This week two new DIPAs entered the market at the same time. And curiously they are from the same brewery. The Clipper City Loose Cannon is a year around offering, while the Winter Storm will come ashore once a year. I had to pick them both up, to see what all this was about. The Loose Cannon was reviewed first yesterday, and here comes the Winter Storm, a Category 5 Ale.

The blue label on a 12 oz. bottle was in the standard style of Clipper City. The beer poured out dark reddish amber, with total clarity, and a beige colored head. The carbonation appeared steady and natural. The aroma was not very hoppy at all. Smelled more like a toned down English Barleywine, with brown sugar like malt being predominant. The hops seemed to be those of spicy and earthy English variety. The taste proved hoppier than the smell, with s strong herbal hop bitterness, backed by thick dark malts with a nutty sweetness. The body felt thicker than it looked with an Old Ale like stickiness, and noticeable warmth. There was a citric sourness coming through at warmer temperature.

I found the contrast between this and the sister beer quite striking. Both clock in at identical 7.5 percent ABV, but the similarities end there. The Loose Cannon is more heavily carbonated, light, highly aromatic, rather citric tasting, and not too bitter. The Winter Storm is none of these things. Maybe if I was to make a 50/50 mixture, I’d get a classic DIPA.

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brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 30, 2006
Grainey malt and lively aroma, a bold carmel malt and hop initial taste, followed by a wonderful hop bitterness at the end, the hop taste and bitterness get a little more prominent as yo go along,excellent brew

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Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2006
12 oz bottles. Browish orange with a small head. Nice and hoppy with some english tasting malts. Flavors of peach, ash and pineapple all followed with a rich but not sweet caramel smoothness. Lively and peppery.

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Darkover (1538) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2008 Dark copper/amber color with a beige head. Mild citrus and pine hop aroma. Flavor of citrus hops and caramel malts.


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