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Ratings: 314
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Hops: Amarillo, Centennial, Simcoe
Malts: 2-row, Biscuit, Crystal

(Beer added by: tgdigital on 06-17-2009)
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Photo of Daniellobo
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hefty and tasteful DIPA, great on the style around the malty side, and missing a bit of complexity in particular as it regards aroma.

Presentation: 22 oz bottle. Lazy pirate skull design, keeping with the pirate theme which is fine but the graphic work seems a bit overlooked. Pirate narrative describing the general style of the brew without going into much detail. Does not display date of bottling or freshness, shows IBUs (75), and Alc. by Vol (10.5%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Dark orange look with a medium frothy head that goes down to a nice persistent layer with light attractive lacing.

S - Sweet malts, caramel and dried fruits, orange peel and a faint hop hint at the end.

T - Matching the smell there is a predominant malt sweetness and a range of fruitiness, with a subtle piney resin and hoppy feel.

M - Smooth with a medium to large body, and a balanced carbonation within a bit of a sticky feel.

D - It´s a nicely balanced standard and very drinkable if you are not disappointed by a DIPA that feels, a bit short of hop subtleties.

Notes: Sure, it may have a bit of a road to travel, but it is a great beer and I´m looking forward to see batches of this brew in the coming years and see how it grows. It is already a delight to be had and the potential is there to be truly extraordinary. Pity, that being probably the closest thing I have to a local brewer around, these bombers are so hard to find. Anyhow, this was my second try and I look forward to the third one that I have locked up for this season.

Photo of beerman207
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured an amber body with about 1 finger of white head

S - Burnt sugar and hops coming through the nose as well as alcohol. Lots of alcohol.

T - The taste of this is more malt than I prefer. The hop presence is there but so is the alcohol. the 10.5% comes through pretty strong in the taste.

M - Sticky with a lingering bitterness that lasts.

D - Not a bad DIPA but it's a bit too hot and the malt profie is out of sync in my opinion. I believe the hops should dominate and that isn't the case here.

Photo of FickleBeast
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a Rock Bottom Rocktoberfest pint glass

10.5% ABV, 75 IBU. Bottle claims 5 lbs of hops used per barrel.

A - pours a clear orange color with one finger of sticky foam clinging to the glass. Sheets of lace cover the glass as I drink.

S - citrusy hop bitterness up front, sweet crystal malts also poke through

T - initial burst of sweet wort flavor that is quickly consumed by a rush of hop flavor and finished with a sharp bitterness.

M - very chewy, bready, thick. Bitter sticks around with you for a while.

D - I don't detect any trace of the 10.5% abv
- this is very sneaky drinkable. The sweetness really masks any alcohol flavor

An excellent DIPA. I prefer mine a little drier and more hop forward, but can appreciate the balance of malts that power this beer. Much better than Prosit!

Photo of ericj551
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Th Big DIPA pours a light amber with a thin head that lingers in a paper thin layer. The aroma is big piney, citrusy west coast hops, mostly grapefruit with alcohol coming through in the mix. A bitter punch hits upfront followed by tons of resiny, grapefruit and orange rind. There is some malt there backing everything up, but it's so hidden by the intense bitterness and hop flavor I can't quite pick it out. This is a rugged DIPA, I can feel a bit of heartburn creeping up for sure (maybe this is a compliment).

Photo of younger35
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this brew recently from masterchiefMD in a recent trade. Can't say I remember ever drinking anything from Clipper City so I look forward to trying. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Appearance- Pours a semi hazed reddish orange with a decent one finger head that is creamy and ivory in color. A super puny cap is left along with a so-so collar that somehow manages to leave a bit of lacing.
Smell- Has a fairly pungent smelling bitterness with a big fruity grapefruit and orange peel aspect. Maybe even a touch of key lime before the malt kind of washes over. A bit of candied peach and red licorice is detectable as it sort of melds with the caramel.
Taste- The alcohol is very noticeable upfront before a wave of bitterness washes over my mouth. Crab apple and white grapefruit are at the forefront as a bit of candied orange peel creeps in. The bitterness sort of turns from semi citric to piney and earthy as it settles. There is almost an underlying sweetness that tries to tame the bitter but it sort of fails in the end. A touch of red licorice and bubblegum to finish but it's fleeting.
Mouthfeel- Very crisp and fairly full bodied with a slight bit of hoppy oiliness.
Drinkability- I think the alcohol is a bit much in this brew but otherwise it's pretty tasty. It's more brashly bitter than I like too but for some reason I'm totally not caring. Maybe it's the 10%? Who cares? Thanks much Chris!

Photo of cameraman
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A medium amber color, with a large two inch thick, cream colored head forms on top. The head gradually slides down the sides of glass, clinging to the walls along the way. A grassy fragrance hits the nose right at the front, then blending to a strong citrus aroma. There is a small twinge of alcohol at the end. Malt attacks even when it begins to hit your lips, the maltiness and bread flavors dominate till about midway. That is when the hops take over, bringing earthy, and grapefruit citrus flavors. The final lasting flavor is of bitter tobacco that lingers on the palate for some time. A heavy water feel, gradually gain some weight as it crosses to meet its destination. This beer is not as strong as I was hoping for, a massively hoppy DIPA. No it is very much an American IPA, with a strong aroma, with balanced malt backbone to counter the hop flavor. The look of this beer is appealing and the feel was maybe little heavy. Either way it is not drink all day beer, rather sip and ponder for an hour beer.

Photo of TLove
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber into a Chimay goblet.

Beautiful, syrupy amber color with an off-white cream head with decent lacing and a thick, full body. Sweet, syrupy malt with a scent of molasses, citrus, and pine. Alcohol hits you right up front. Hop structure is not overly bitter, but it is a bit grainy and pungent (sour, in this context), which fights with the caramel malt for dominance in flavor.

Moderate carbonation, sweet finish. Smooth on the back end and the flavors carry through well on the tongue. Tart finish, with alcohol following all the way through to the end.

My first Clipper City Brew. I'm impressed.

Photo of BarrelO
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

200th review!

22oz bomber poured into a mug.

A: Dark reddish-orange body. Decent head that leaves good lacing.

S: Plenty of citrusy hops. Also a lot of what appears to be noble hops, which I would prefer to not have in an IPA.

T: It feels like three beers in one. First, you have the piney citrusy bitterness of a DIPA. Second, you have clean pilsner-ish noble hop bitterness. Third, you have the caramel maltiness of a barleywine. The flavors don't mesh well together, and the result is a bit of a mess. Grassy aftertaste.

M: Heavy and syrupy.

D: The Heavy Seas beers I've tried haven't done much for me, so I had low expectations going in. And sure enough, this is one of the weaker DIPAs I've had. It is a bit better than I expected it to be, for what it's worth.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into a snifter

Pours a reddish copper with a small, ecru cap. Head rose maybe a finger and subsided quickly. Only a collar was left behind with some spotty lace.

Sweet caramel is not the first thing I want to smell when I lean in to a DIPA. There is a good portion of pithy grapefruit and oranges with just a touch of pine but the sweet caramel seems to dominate a bit too much.

I get a weird reaction on my palate with this beer. A quick rush of sticky caramel followed by another quick rush of grapefruit and oranges. A bitterness lingers from the citrus, but a sweetness lingers from the caramel and does not mix well with the bitterness. It's almost like when you take a sip of orange juice shortly after you brush your teeth, the flavors don't seem to meld...that's what I was dealing with here.

Sticky, resiny flavors really coat the mouth and leave a funky bitter/sweet flavor in your mouth. Medium to full body.

I honestly couldn't wait until this bomber was over. The grapefruit was there, the bitterness was there, but it was just too malt forward for me and the flavors didn't mesh.

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this one up @ Nikki's. $5.99, 'The Big DIPA', 22oz bomber. Poured into standard pint glass.

A- Pours a burnt sunset amber with a nice but quickly disseminating head. Great lacing.

S- Hops, floral and pine most forward. Not an incredible bouquet.

T- Hop-forward, balls-out DIPA. Not my favorite hop profile. Bitter, pine, with a malty sweetness. Still solid, just not my favorite. Alcohol is pretty stealth. This has a resin-heavy hop profile.

M- You know, as the bomber goes down, the ABV comes out. A heavy hitter, this is the big DIPA.

D- Moderate. Enjoyed this one, would not buy again, but a solid beer. I'm picky about my hops, and this one just didn't do it for me. Still a solid effort and nice to see a beer @10%+... worth the purchase.

Photo of smcolw
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Steady and thick off-white head; two-fingers thick. Clear with a neutral amber color. Good ring lace.

Earthy and hoppy nose. Overall, well-balanced aroma. Pine and citrus notes.

The taste has more alcohol warmth than I expected based on the smell. Great hop as a counterbalance. Borderline extreme. The body is as I expected. With the alcohol level, I couldn't have many of them, but I am enjoying this one.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I love this style of beer, but this was a bit of a disappointment. In a snifter, the beer was a hazy amber color with a medium-sized off white head. Minimal lacing. Mostly a citrus aroma, maybe a little floral, couldn't tell for sure. Grapefruit taste, tiny bit of pine. The alcohol was well-hidden, but still a pretty tepid beer. Not one I'd try again.

Photo of GJ40
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at Doherty's in Pawtucket, RI.

A golden ale with a slight haze and a moderate off-white head. The aroma isn't especially strong but it has a nice blend of floral and fruity hops. The flavor is dominated by rich hop oils that overshadow any malt or bitterness that might be underneath. I found it a bit harsh but interesting. It's got a silky consistency with a nice low carbonation. Big DIPA is a good beer but it's not outstanding.

Photo of gford217
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep, clear amber with a small soapy beige head that recedes to a small collar and leaves no lacing.

The aroma is heavy on astringent citrus hops with lots of oranges and grapefruits. A big sugary sweetness is also present as well as some caramel.

The taste is more of the same with a large sweet citrus presence up front that gives way to a sugary sweet malt backbone and a finish that is only slightly bitter. There's a sticky sweetness that lingers for a while after each sip.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied but still seems almost syrupy with the sweetness dominating.

This is a big, sweet DIPA that doesn't really deliver the hop profile that I was expecting. The sweet malts are the main feature in this one with the only hops being of the sweet citrus variety - this all limits the drinkability a tad.

Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Mellow Mushroom Brandon.

A: Poured a nice orange hue with a touch of haze. Nice tall creamy head that exhibited pretty good retention and some lace.

S: Nice sweet malt aromas. Mostly caramel but a touch of darkened brown sugar as well. The middle is very fruity and sweet. Hints of sweet pine as well.

T: Nice sweet toasted malt, bold caramel, light toffee. Apples in the middle pretty sweet with lots of citrus and sweet tangerine. The finish has a touch of citrus and grass. Did I mention it was pretty sweet?

M: On the fuller side of medium, great carbonation from the tap really carries the sweetness.

D: One glass is enough. A good DIPA, but not great.

Photo of HopHead84
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed on 8/28/2009 and poured into a snifter. Thanks Checkii. The beer appears amber with a fluffy beige head and good retention. The head hangs around for a long time and leaves some nice lacing.

The nose is sweet caramel malt and a touch of sugar. The hops impart some pine and a small amount of citrus. The booze is readily apparent.

The flavor is malty caramel and sweet, with pine and a moderate-high level of bitterness. There's a lot of hop bitterness but not much flavor, but the malt seems to make up for that. The booze is noticeable throughout. The finish is sweet and bitter with lingering alcohol.

A boozy well balanced Double IPA.

Photo of TurdFurgison
2.93/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber purchased for $5.50 in Columbus. The beer is dark amber orange with just over 1 finger of foam that recedes quickly. The aroma set me back a little, it's clear from the smell that this beer is stepping way over the fence into barleywine territory. Lots of caramel malt (way too much really) and pine needle hoppiness, some ethanol too, this smells a lot like Bigfoot to me. The taste is likewise Bigfooty, the sweetness from the malts takes the lead here. Maybe there's some candi sugar here too, it's hard to tell but definitely this beer could use more balance towards the hops side for my tastes. Full bodied and so on, my main beef is that this wasn't the type of DIPA I enjoy. Mislabeled or old bottle? I think mislabeled.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange/amber with good clarity and a decent head. Smells quite malty, with loads of sweet, honeyed malt. The taste has that same malt slam, but there is also quite a bit of piney hops wedded to the malt. Overall its a bit unbalanced in the malt direction, but still fairly satisfying.

Photo of callmemickey
2.7/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Rich orange-amber body. Big white cap which receded quickly. Spotty lacing.

S: Malt. Lots o' malt. At 75 IBUs I certainly am not detecting much over the syrupy sweet caramel malts and toffee.

T: More of the same. Except it manages to get even more one dimensional. All caramel malt.

M: Medium bodied, yet thin on the palate. No quantifiable finish. The syrupy beer just coats the mouth and sticks around forever.

D: Utterly disappointing. However, I used what I didn't drink (which was a lot) for the base of a minestrone soup I made the lady. It worked in that role, but not as beverage.

Photo of DIM
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This was a clear coppery/peach color. It poured with a large off-white head that quickly faded to sheets of lace.

s: Lemon rind and grapefruit hops, vanilla sugar cookis, and just a trace of warmth. On the subtle side for a DIPA, but I love the lemony sugar cookie smell.

t: The hops are on the mild side for DIPA, but the lemon comes through strong enough. Fortunately, the malts that fill in the void aren't the astringent, overdone toffee or caramel I often find in DIPAs. Instead I tasted sugar cookies with a little vanilla. This pairs very well with the lemony hops. As it warms, the finish does become fairly astringent, so drink this one on the cold side.

m: Gentle, creamy carbonation and a nicely chewy body.

d: Best brew I've tried from these guys. Bit of a different take on a DIPA, but it works pretty well to me.

Photo of aubuc1
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured in to a goblet.

Pours a clear orange amber with a somewhat thin off white head.

Smell is very sweet and biscuity. Small citrus hop follows.

Taste is a rich, hoppy malt with a sort of cloying finish.

Mouthfeel is very thin, and the bitter, hoppy finish without the citrus payoff makes it less drinkable than others.

Photo of ffejherb
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber into goblet on 7/28/09. Thanks to Deuane for sharing.

A - Poured a slightly hazy amber/orange body with a reddish tint and a slim, creamy white head that settled into a thin film and patchy lacing.

S - Initial aroma is pretty heavy on burnt sugar, caramel and toffee. This is followed by a waft of alcohol and some citrus hops, the latter of which emerged as the liquid warmed up a bit.

T - Very alcoholic and warm initial flavor. You can definitely taste the 10.5% ABV. This is also a very malt-forward DIPA with toffee, caramel and burnt sugars. There are some citrusy hops in there, but they are buried.

M - Medium bodied with a sticky, syrupy texture and fairly creamy mouthfeel overall. Carbonation is actually pretty soft. Lots of alcohol heat is present. Finishes with lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue.

D - Not bad overall, but I find this DIPA to be a bit too warm and malty for my tastes. Also, the hop profile is decent at best.

Photo of Proteus93
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a copper-like hue, with a modest white head atop. Retention is fine, and plenty of sticky sheets of lace are left behind which make for an attractive looking glass of beer when it reaches the half-way point. Something about it during the pour appeared almost viscous, though that could potentially be an illusion.

S: There's a rather pleasant spiciness, and a touch of leafy hops... I don't pull a whole lot of citrus from it, but there is certainly a bit of orange zest there. Malts are rather robust for the style, at least in terms of balance... overall, the aroma seems to be a touch muted. Pleasant, but I would have expected something a little more aromatic from a DIPA.

T + M: Flavour is a little more assertive, still with a big toffee-like sweetness... maybe not so rich and sugary-sweet, as 'toffee' may suggest, but the general flavour is there. Hops bring in a flavour that I find quite similar to the nose... soft orange zest notes, a bit of sappy-residue, quite probably exaggerated by the bit of stickiness in the body. It's a heavier feeling beer, though I did find myself thinking it might be a lot bigger bodied when pouring. The chewiness tends to serve the style well, giving it a big, gooey 'hopjuice' character that complements flavours of hops very nicely.

D: There is a notable warming of alcohol on the way down (that doesn't really translate into alcohol in the flavour, strangely) that serves as a reminder that this is a big brew. It does well with some time to breathe as well, so it's certainly worth it to give the experience some time and savour it. In a time when DIPAs carry some high expectations with some of the heavy hitters out there, I think this one manages to hold itself up just fine. If nothing else, it's a solid performer.

Photo of blackie
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: piraat snifter, gorgeous deep amber in color with a one-finger head that recedes to a thin layer and frothy ring

s: monster caramel malt body infused with a big pulpy, steeped hop aroma - decidedly on the fresh citrus peel and pine tea side of things, candied orange, loads of fruits, hot and sweet ethanol fumes, a bit messy and brash but in a rustic big barleywine kinda way

m: full bodied with a delicate level of carbonation, very pleasant feel

t: full-on wall of fruity caramel grain immediately gives way to a pulpy citrus and pine flavor that gradually nudges out (and perfectly balances) the lingering barley sugars to impart a moderate-high bitterness late in the finish, aggressive but somehow smooth in its strength, really enjoying both the aroma and flavor, may deserve a kick up on one or both scores - but I'll settle here for the moment

d: a sipper that's well hindered by its alcohol presence and heavy body, the dipa is a good beer but varies pretty widely from what is typically expected of the style - scores would undoubtedly be higher if this were labeled a barleywine, based on what's been written I went into this one skeptical but finished completely satisfied, at $5.49 I'll definitely pick up another bottle or two

bomber from Grape & Gourmet, Virginia Beach, VA

Photo of jnn4v
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Right on the line between brown and orange. If I were to break out my Crayola set, I'd call it burnt sienna. About 1/2 inch of cream / light tan colored head. No sediment. Mild haze.

S: Rust / copper metallic scents, followed by orange and tangerine up front. After a minute or so, some grapefruit began to come out.

T: I can sort of see why some people think this is too sweet or is a syrupy mess, but I personally disagree. It is definitely sweet, but it has a decent amount of citrus flavor and some bittering hops as well. It's no hop bomb, but if you like candied orange flavor, you're in for a treat.

M: Very thick, heavy texture to it, but with enough carbonation to keep it relatively balanced. It's appropriate for the style and for its ABV.

D: Quite drinkable for a 10.5 ABV beer. There is a slight burn in the aftertaste, and some may find the sweetness to be cloying after a while. My wife and I enjoyed it, though.

Heavy Seas - Big DIPA (2009-2011) from Heavy Seas Beer
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