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Ratings: 1,024
Reviews: 580
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 20
Gots: 76 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: farHillsBrewer on 03-12-2004

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Photo of bjohnson
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love the artwork on the Heavy Seas line of Clipper City.

A: Pours a golden color iwth a frothy half finger head that dissipates leaving patches on top. Nice amount of bubbles making it to the surface. Nice lace.
S: Aromas of bready, grainy, and wheaty malts hit the nose first combined with a nice undercurrent of sweet hops. Definately smells like a pils.
T: Malty notes are dominant but a slight bit of hops hit the tongue. Spicy notes on the sides of the mouth. Very nice and smooth tasting pils. High abv is slighty noticebale after about 3/4 of the beer. Warming in the belly.
M: Slick and somewhat oily mouthfeel but goes down very smooth as if on a slip and slide. Great tasting and refreshing.
D: High drinkability. Not very heavy even though its a double pils. I would have this again or anything else from CC as they've impressed me lately.

Photo of Suds
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Small Craft Warning pours a pale gold color with a fair amount of haze. It produces a solid head and a lot of lacing. The aroma is serious Saaz hops, with an underlying earthy maltiness. A little musty with some bread-like qualities are also in the aroma, with a whiff or two of alcohol. The foretaste is sweet, very sweet. The sweetness has a pils malt flavor, and is balanced with a lot of hops. The beer has a heavy, almost syrupy feel to it, and could stand for a crisper finish. The hops are spicy and very flavorful, though. On the whole, this is a solid and enjoyable beer. Full of flavor and very aggressive.

Photo of geexploitation
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was skeptical about this at first, but it won me over. Pours a light gold with a sticky head and endless upward stream of bubbles. The aroma is quite spicy, but the hops have a fruity character that indicates something aside from Saaz hops were used. The flavor of this beer is quite nice. It starts off bitter, then veers toward dextrin sweetness before moving back to bitter again. Throughout all this, the beer displays a spice profiile unlike other pilsners I've had. Mouthfeel is thick and round throughout, and the only drawback to drinkability is the ABV. Overall, an excellent pilsner that I'd definitely have again.

Photo of kdmorse
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, straw-colored brew with 3-4 fingers of head when poured vigorously into a pilsner glass. Hundreds of bubbles race to the surface like hobos to a dropped quarter.

S: Grassy and piney hops aroma. Smells like a lawnmower when a haphazard mower catches some wildflowers and pine tree branches in the blades. Mmm… summer is coming.

T: Mostly grassy hops with a little bit of malt bringing up the rear. Malt is present throughout dancing in and out to balance the hops well. Finish is crisp. Little bit of a bitter aftertaste.

M: Nice, upbeat pilsner bounce. Carbonation! Not too much, and not too little. Light enough to be refreshing, but just enough body.

D: Very easy to drink for an Uber-Pils. Drinks like a “normal” pilsner. Alcohol is low enough (for me) that it may be considered a “single” pilsner. Great to “session” as the weather warms up.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A rich golden color with a two finger frothy head with impressive rention and decent lacing. Intense carbonation fuels the head.

S - Smells very nice! A strong floral (daisies) and milder pine hops with wild grassy and a spicy coriander aroma.

T - Some mild grassy hops paired with a nice lightbodied malt backing. A touch of pine, coriander and nutmeg. A lightly bitter grassy and pine finish. Very nice.

M - Thin, a bit harsh from carbonation, otherwise mellow. This is a very refreshing brew.

D - Excellent. I am not much of pilsner fan, but this was well done. No way around it. It is strong, yet still sessionable. I am starting to respect Clipper City's Heavy Sea's line more and more with every beer I try.

Photo of DuqTroops
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - deeply golden beer with little head.

Smell - rich and malty scent. can sense a small bit of hops and flowers. little amount of caramel (malts).

Taste - very sweet and malty - little amount of hops, but it is just enough in this version of the pils.

Mouthfeel - full amount of body for a pilsner

Drinkability - could have a lot of these in the warm summer.

I came upon this brew randomly and usually don't drink a pilsner, but will be buying a good amount throughout the upcoming summer.

Photo of akorsak
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am drinking a 12 oz. bottle poured into a Ommegang Rare Vos tumber. The pils is slightly chilled.

Appearance: The pils is a straw-yellow color, clear with no sediment. There is a bit of lace surrounding the the glass, but nothing spectacular.

Smell: The pils has a light hop presence in the nose, a lot less than I expected. The hop presence that is there is citrusy, fairly pleasant but not nearly as strong as I'd like it.

Taste: As I sip the pils, it is very dry but lacks the hop punch I'd expect from a double pils. The hop taste that I pick up is slightly bitter, but not overpowering. There is also a decent biscuity malt flavor that doesn't quite stand up to the hops but does give it a shot.

Mouthfeel: The pils is smooth with a medium hop character, preventing it from overpowering the palate.

Drinkability: I could drink this all day. I am more inclined to call it a pils vs double pils, but why quibble when it goes down smooth?

Photo of EPseja
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you to akeeper for bringing this one over to enjoy while kicking some ass in Halflife II. But first... the rating!

Served from a 10oz. bottle in a pilsener glass at just below cellar temperature.

A - Pours a very nice, deep honey color. Golden and vibrant. The head rises to a lofty two inches before eventually settling down to a craggy but tenacious mat atop the beer. Leaves behind little islands of lacing all down the glass. Very nice.

S - Interesting Belgian-y yeastiness and a hit of honeyed sweetness. Some hoppiness, but this is not the main focus of the nose. Clean and organic.

T - Not as sweet as I was expecting. This beer definitely embodies all of the Eurpoean hop profile that you would hope it would exhibit - especially the metallic tinge that is often found in Czech pilseners. Aftertaste is organic, green and leafy. The alcohol is decently disguised but still evident.

M - Mouth filling and creamy, with a voluminous swallow. Very satisfying and well crafted.

D - Aside from the kicked up alcohol, this double pilsener is a good drinker. However, I prefer a little less kick from my pilseners so I can drink and be refreshed by more than the one you should stick to when imbibing this particular brew.

Photo of GreenWBush
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dusty bronze in color, this beer is alluring. Prolific bubblage sizzles in the shiny slickness of the head. Very nice retention and lace, the best of the Clipper City line i've experienced.

Nose is clean and somewhat powdery pilsner malt. Vanilla. Breadiness. Snaps of gooey noble hop and classic malt flavors. Ends pillowy/marshmellow-like. Definitely not swappable with Rogue's interpretation, but close and good on its own.

Goes down really easy, but this does get a bit sweet. Boozey at times but I really liked this. Seems like it could split the skull pretty easily though...

Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Rich gold color with a short white head. Nice spicey hop aroma. Sweet malts and noble hops come together nicely here. Very hoppy, but still nicely balanced. Nice mouthfeel, but what gets me on this beer is its great drinkability. Hoppy, alcoholic, but never overpowering.

This beer makes me wish there were more breweries making double pilsners. Or just more double pils available at all.

I'll take another thanks.

Photo of sacfly
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz, notched Jan 06 as the “Purchase before” date for “brewery-fresh taste”

Pours a hazy yellow with medium carbonation and a nice light head of large bubbles. Smell is a touch of sweet malt and a light grass (in a good way).

The first thing that is noticed upon tasting is the medium to heavy body compared to most pilsners. Mild malt sweetness upfront that fades into a light hop bitterness that is gone in the aftertaste. You can really taste the grain and spicy Saaz in this one.

One of the best of the “Heavy Seas” line. Very good for everyday drinking when you are looking for something that is not so in your face, but yet is interesting and packs a punch.

Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very pleasant bright hazy yellow with a small but lumpy white head. The head drops off rather quickly but leaves a lot of lacing on the glass as you go...

A pretty surprisingly light nose on this beer - at first I figured it was due to the chill (though Pilsners should be served cold) but even as it warmed up there wasn't much there to smell. There were light hints of grain, a rather sweet note (perhaps the alcohol) and a light but sweet rosy floral bouquet.

The taste had quite a bit more presence but still it was quite light and clean. There were very light grain notes hinting at wheat and a light but distinct hop note. There was real bitterness from the hops and an there was a rather distracting sweet, almost corn syrup like flavor to the beer. (No adjuncts here but it was almost like someone had slipped in a quarter teaspoon of Karo syrup)

Mouthfeel was very good. The bottle conditioning gives this a velvety, almost creamy texture that was by far the highlight of this brew. There was surprisingly little bittering which did leave a bit of a sweet aftertaste.

All in all a nice drinkable beer. Measured by Pilsner standards it's got a very light clean malt body but was a bit lacking in the hops. Perhaps "Über" means "almost" in a language similar to Czech...

Photo of gbarron
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, dated purchase before 2/06. Phew . . . .

A - beautiful orange, light amber glow. Nice one finger thick bright white head forms quickly, retreats to the rim, hangs around in puddles in the middle. Leaves moderate lacing.

S - LOTS of floral hop aroma, smells like an IPA. Solid, sweet, tangy caramel malt notes in the background.

T - citrusy, hoppy bitterness dominates the tongue. Spicy sharpness on the roof of my mouth. Alcohol well hidden. The citrusy/fruity/floral hop flavors are abundant, making this beer a bit confusing to me. Hard to separate the hop fruitiness from potential yeast fruitiness, which would be uncharacteristic of a pils.

M - medium bodied, again surprising for a pils, but I guess not an imperial pils. Malt slides right over your tongue. Carbonation average to above average, tingles the tongue just a tad.

D - fantastic brew, would love to have this during the summer as an alternative to lighter pilsners. Seems like an interesting hybrid between an IPA and a pilsner.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Throws a pale yellow in color, with a sticky white head. Mild carbonation. Very nice aroma—spicy hops and citrus (lemon peel and oranges). A large come and go blast of juicy hops combined with sweet malts. The body is sufficient and will offer up some wheat malt and bread dough type flavorings. Crisp herbal notes and day old grapefruit juice resides on the palate. Very nicely done.

Photo of copasetic
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark gold, light apricot that appears hazy. Poured with a 1/2 inch head, quickly dissapating into thin lacing. Crisp light lager smell with hints of wet dog. Mild floral hop aroma --Saaz? Tettnang? Starts out feeling medium-bodied, but as it warmed, it transitioned into the heavier character of other Heavy Seas beers from Clipper City. Taste is clean, slightly malty (with a hint of caramel malt?), herbal, and a bit alcoholic. Lingering finish with a strong floral/herbal note of European hops.

Overall, smooth and drinkable. Almost exactly what I'd expect of a classic Pils taken to a higher gravity. If were slightly lighter-bodied, I'd call it excellent.

Photo of mmmbeer
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. with Nov. '05 notched, but another 3 months can only do so much damage to 7.5% right? It pours into the pilsner glass a hazed gold that is unfiltered and bottle-conditioned, and is paler toward the bottom of the glass. It has fairly good visible carbonation and a 1 finger off-white head that slowly recedes and leaves lots of nice lacing. One bottle produced a head so dense you could poke at it and it would move - never seen a head that thick on a pilsner. It smells of citric and piney hops with notes of malts and perhaps a vinous quality. The taste is about the same with a decent bitterness, some fruitiness, and a medium body that is pretty smooth and leaves a medium finish. Pretty tasty, but I bet it tastes better when fresh. Seems like a good style but I need to find other examples.

Photo of TongoRad
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Label notched May/06

Deep golden yellow color with a two-finger rocky head that sticks around for a while and then settles down to a fine layer atop the beer.

Aroma is milder than expected but it has a definite presence. Creamy malt hits you first and an instant later the grassy hops come on. The sensation comes across as a gust of fresh air. Some alcohol makes an appearance soon after that.

The palate is as smooth as silk; grassy and dairy-like. Bitterness is a constant gate keeper but it takes a back seat to the burly maltiness. The alcohol is there if you look for it.

12oz. is the proper size serving for this beer- any more and it could get cloying pretty quickly. As a one shot deal this is good stuff indeed on its own, but when paired with real smoked BBQ it becomes more of a quaffer.

Photo of mentor
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from detailed notes. A gift of Higravity ala SS'05. Thanks so much for the opportunity! Poured a 3-finger pillowy banana-meat-colored head. The liquid was slightly cloudy and slightly particulated and light apricot in color. Smelled of honey and flowers. Hallertauer hops is my guess. Orange essence. Tasted oranges, woody drying finish. Nice and crisp. Some hop bitter that combines nicely with a hint of carb sting. Some alcohol flavor? I wonder if it's just flat hop co-ho. I'll have to check the ABV when I type this in. Light body with a chewy character. Md carbonation. Substantial lacing. A bit hoppier than I was expecting, but enjoyable.

Photo of SupaCelt
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A bottle with a freshness date! Pours a golden colour with some light orange accents. A small white head proliferated at the pour, but crashed into nothingness in rapid fashion. Crystal clear in body with some relaxed and freely flowing carbonation. Looks like a treat.

Smell: The strange liquid corn scent is readily detectable, only amplified from the standard pils as this is the "uber" variety! Noble hoppiness dances along with a pleasant sweet character. Not a bludgeoning cloud of character, but as a pilsner style it is very nice. The alcohol accents seem to lend some definite dimension to the nose as well.

Taste: Corny elements and alcohol character are the first aspects to come across for me. The hops show their colours toward the middle and hold strong to the end, creating an almost minty phenomenon on my tongue as the other flavours blend. The bitterness is well defined and cuts through the wet sweetness.

Mouthfeel: I may be tempted to tag this as medium with the pils influence thickening the body beyond a light qualification.

Drinkability: Easily dispatched with here. The "double" billing, while somewhat undefined stylistically, seems to detract from the more refreshing nature of the pilsner style, but this is good nonetheless.

Photo of carln26
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dull straw color, topped by a thick off-white colored head. Nice aroma. Nobel hops give this a mild citrus aroma backed by a touch of fresh hay and hop flower. Just a hint of sweetness in the nose. Nice mild bitterness up front. A little orange citrus, not sweet, just fruity. The malt shows mid taste with a bit more sweetness. This really presents itself as a dry IPA. Nice balance of the citrus hop, and a mild sweetness that cuts the bitterness. Slick and full mouth feel with just a touch of alcohol heat. It does hide the ABV well. Nice beer. A great alternative to an IIPA.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle, best by 6/05.

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a fluffy white head that thins. Nice lacing around the glass.

Fairly neutral aroma. A light sweet hint of malt and no discernable hops.

A delicate sweet maltiness upfront followed by a slight crispness and light hop bitterness. No hop flavors. Finishes slightly sweet and super clean.

Nice rich body and creamy texture.

This is easily drinkable for 7 months past the "best by" date. I can only imaginge that it used to have some hop character in it's younger days. I will be on the lookout for some fresh stock....

Photo of Foxman
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a surprisingly hazy honey yellow. A thin finger of frothy white head settles soon to a mottled bed of foam. Sticky lacing adheres to the inside of the glass.

The aroma delivers a treacly malty sweetness along with a hint of berry fruit. A mild tang of noble hops tries to mitigate the almost saccharin sweet bouquet.

Upon sipping, there comes a lightly toasted malt sweetness, considerably more subdued than in the aroma. There's bread and fruit, perhaps apple, and a deep grounded maltiness assuages the palate, and is soon followed by a mellow, glowing hops spiciness. The finish is gradual, with some residual sweetness ceding to a clean hop bitterness. The flavor is definitely more balanced than the aroma, helping to get things closer to back in line.

Medium bodied, the carbonation combines with the malt to coat nicely, and a delicate glow lingers a comfortable while.

Things started a little rocky, but the ship righted itself on the palate. Smelling more like a bock, the flavor brought the craft safely into port. Perhaps the big presence started things askew, because initially I wasn't clear where it was headed. On flavor alone it's quite drinkable, but the overall impression brings the sail down the mast slightly. Still, I'd have no real issue partaking in the future, should it sail my way again.

Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Am enjoying a couple of 12oz bottles of this at the moment. Initially tried some vom Faß at the American Beer Fest last fall. Pleasantly surprised to find some available in the area.

Reminds me, in one way, of a German Pils, in that it takes a while to pour due to the prodigious head! On the other hand, there is some cloudiness within, due to a slight bit of bottle-sediment. Bier itself was a robust golden hue, with the aforementioned haze. Plentiful carbonation rises topside, towards the 1.5" fluffy mound of billowy, white foam crowning the liquid. There is great lacing left behind, as the head very slowly devolves into a creamy layer of suds. Aroma emits some citrus-like notes along with a breadiness and perhaps a hint of hoppy spiciness. Small Craft has a medium body; no more, no less. Relatively smooth on the tongue, too, for a Pils.

Down the hatch it goes, with a bready maltiness laying a baseline for the flavor profile. Lightly fruity, with a sort of tropical aspect, which segues into a spicy hop character, which lasts long afte this vessel has passed over the horizon. As for the 7.5% abv, I didn't notice it at all, save for perhaps lending something to the spicy action I pick up. This is characterized as an American Double Pils. While I have read the style description, it's not one I am overly familiar with. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it at ABF, and I'm glad I picked up a six of Small Craft.


overall: 4.1
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


Photo of Zorro
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 Oz bottle Sampled through the efforts of SS 05 BIF and Meathookjones. Best before date is Feb 06.

Pours a clear exceptionally deeply golden beer. There is a slight orange tint here but holding this up against some white bond paper the color of this beer is the richest golden color I have seen in a beer. Good fine bubbled head. This looks great in the glass.

Smell is deeply rich bread and malt with a spicy hop edge. Lots of good Pilsner malt in the scent with some floral scents from the hops. Hops are faintly citrus and strongly herbal here with a slight caramel scent from the malt.

Taste is thickly malted with a slight sweetness and a solid hop kick in the first sip. Very smooth Pilsner flavor with an equally well controlled spicy hops bite. Mild to sip with a nice hop bite from a full mouthful. Hop sensation is a bit oily here.

The only fault here is that the mouthfeel is a bit too full for a Pilsner. It is thick to the point it seems a bit flat even though there are abundant bubbles.

Nicely drinkable especially for a Double Pilsner. Very good flavor without getting harsh and no detectable alcohol. Only fault is the weird thickness to this. Still I would gladly drink a second one.

Photo of hustlemuscle
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first brew from Clipper City, a brewery to keep an eye on, apparantly.

Big foamy head, a little deeper yellow than most pilsners, maybe uber-yellow. Nice crisp pilsner saaz scent. A little fruity, very saazy. Big and bold, a little bready. Smoth and easy to drink, a little tart. I like this one, one to seek out again.

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