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Clipper City Pale Ale - Heavy Seas Beer

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Clipper City Pale AleClipper City Pale Ale

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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

Name changed to "Heavy Seas Pale Ale".
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(Beer added by: pezoids on 10-11-2002)
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Reviews by OldFrothingSlosh:
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3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. amber bottle with 4/03 stamped as "best buy" date. Included in the Clipper City "Chesapake Sampler".

Appearance: Clear and sunny bright gold color. Lots of carbonation. Head is crystal-white but didn't last very long and lacked "covering power" of the glass.

Aroma: Hoppy-citrus dominates.

Taste: Crisp and clean describe this beer. The hops clearly assert themselves, yet the malt flavor can be detected if looked for. Finishes with some bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Nothing to get excited about. Crisp and dry.

Drinkability: Above average, but I have had better APA's.

Not up to scratch with some of my favorite APA's like Sierra Nevada or Anchor Liberty.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2003 17:15:18 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

02-17-2012 14:21:11 | More by RoryOMoore
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3/5  rDev -18%

01-15-2012 20:38:11 | More by AndrewMichael
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3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper like the bronze medal I won at the 2000 Summer Olympics. High jump. Ha. Head was gone at the 3rd sip. Not sure what happened. Hoppy, earthy aromas. Maybe some sharp citrus notes as well. Hops on the taste. The label states 3 different kinds of hops: Fuggles, Goldings, & Cascade. The hops balance well with the malt flavor. Comes with a bitter aftertaste. Nice carbonation. A nice pale ale. Compliments to the brewer. I will keep my eye out for Clipper City products as it's obvious they brew some good product.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 21:56:39 | More by zebco
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3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in the BotM shipment. Labeled Heavy Seas Pale Ale, which I'll assume is the same.

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pale golden color with one finger of head.

S: Mild hops here - a little earthy and floral. More malt smell than I am accustomed to in a pale ale.

T: Nice crisp English pale ale. A decent hop bitterness with a smooth malt in the finish. Nothing notable, but drinkable.

M: Moderate carbonation and a little creamy.

D: Easy drinker here. Wouldn't buy this, but will gladly drink my three.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 01:58:44 | More by kirkpjr
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4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Deep gold. Two fingers of head.

Aroma- Grass, wildflowers and earthy hop notes. Very English and very good.

Taste- Pale malts, crusty bread (in a good way), a smack of English hops, lightly resinous.

Mouthfeel- Medium to light bodied.

Drinkability- Another hot day, this beer hit the spot! For the amount of flavor present it was pleasantly sessionable. I could see myself drinking several of these without being overwhelmed. A great beer for spring and summer.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 00:25:09 | More by Akerris
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3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a BotM Club.

Poured into a tulip pint: Attractive medium amber, clear, with two fingers' sudsy head. A few streams of tiny, slow bubbles. Spots of tenacious foam stick to the side, but no significant lacing.

Smells of restrained, peppery hops, orange & lemon peel. Kind of grassy, earthy.

Taste has semisweet tea-like character up front, followed by some of the pepper & citrus found in the smell. Finishes a little flinty, with a lingering "green" bitterness in the aftertaste.

Light-bodied, crisp with just a real subtle stickiness that hangs around.

Not bad. Like Clipper City's Gold, a very clean, crisp ale suitable for summer porch-sitting. Can't say I'd rush out & look for it, but I wouldn't be unhappy having this as utilitarian fridge-stock.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 21:23:37 | More by OneDropSoup
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New York

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear, gold, nice carbonation, decent head that faded to a covering pretty quickly.

S - A little sweet malt, just a touch of hops.

T - Simple and clean malt profile, a little lit on the hops but it balanced the malt good enough. One dimensional but that dimension tastes good.

M - Light and easy drinking, finishes clean.

D - Goes down easy with a good taste. Does not really stand out so although it is refreshing, it just kind of goes down.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 01:34:13 | More by steelerguy
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3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer of the Month Club selection, served in a pint glass. I was going to dock this beer some points for not tasting what I think an American Pale Ale should be -- but according to the bottle it's an English Pale Ale. It also won a GABF award in 2008 in the English Pale Ale category, which didn't appear to exist as a category in 2009, so maybe that's why it's listed as an APA?

A: Clear golden amber in color, thin head, lots of tiny bubbles.

S: Gentle grapefruit citrus smell

T: Here's where I get confused. The taste is smooth, almost malty, not picking up any of the hoppy citrus tones in the taste. But according to my documentation, this is characteristic of the English Pale Ale style, so that's likely intentional. I do pick up some bitterness in the finish, but it's well balanced with malt characteristics as well.

M: Well carbonated/fizzy, a bit light bodied, but OK.

D: OK, especially if you're looking to drink a few. Went well with a spicy Indian dish I was having.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 04:06:52 | More by chaz01
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New York

3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came with the Beer of the Month Club. Pours clear copper orange in color with a 1/4 inch creamy beige head; OK lacing that leaves a little residue. Smells of malt and light hops, with some citrus mixed in.

Tastes of sweet malt, light caramel, citrus hops, faint floral hops, grains and a little lemon or grapefruit. The flavor is malty overall with biscuit and grains on the back end and a slight sweetness with the bitter finish. Flavor is not very exciting, but it's a drinkable beer.

Mouthfeel is creamy and crisp with medium to light carbonation and a medium body. Easy drinking and quite smooth, just not very exciting flavor. Could drink these all night as it was enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 23:59:48 | More by CHickman
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3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mine is a Heavy Seas Pale Ale which I think is the same. Nice drinkable english style pale ale...Aroma has some earthy notes and the taste has a nice caramel flavor...not very bitter...a lot of nice malt flavor and a bit of earthy hoppiness.

Nice drinker..would be a nice session beer at a BBQ...nothing to sit and contemplate...a nice drinker..

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 04:23:48 | More by ZAP
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New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this as part of a BOTMC. I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic. It is clear gold in color with a 2 finger white head, decent lacing. It has a slight grassy hoppy aroma. The flavor follows the nose, slight hoppiness up front. It finishes with a lingering bitterness. A medium bodied beer that could be drank all day. A solid APA.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 21:44:31 | More by bonkers
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3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light copper in color, thinnest layer of head, crystal clear - 3.50, S: The nose is quite unique, there's a definite doughy sweetness to it, and what I perceive as egg nog with vanilla, lots of caramel and a slight toastiness, hops are not something that I am able to isolate in this beer - 4.25, T: Malts dictate this beer, loaded up with caramel malts which imparts a slight syrupiness, there is also the smallest amount of hop bite that gives the beer a grapefruit flavor - 3.50, M: Medium mouth feel with a sugary body - 4.00, D: A very enjoyable APA and one I would go back to though I see myself enjoying much more if Clipper City were to up the hops - 4.25

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 03:13:07 | More by deereless
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3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Served with a darker golden body but had plenty of clarity to it...carbonation bubbles running to the top and producing a small white head...the head faded and not much lacing was left

S - A strong caramel malt forefront followed by a pleasant floral hoppiness

T - The caramel malts play a big role in this APA...they are really sweet and have a nice caramel roast to them...I'm not picking up any biscuit malt...the hops are detectable but I was hoping for more of a punch...they do come across with a slightly sweet bitterness at the end of the beer

M - Light bodied...refreshing and crisp

D - This one is pretty easy to drink...I would have liked more hops in it but the mellowness makes it pretty easy to put a few down...it would be nice to have this one year round

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2010 22:24:55 | More by thain709
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3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich amber. Little head that completely dissipates within minutes. Very weak lacing.

Aroma about average -- malts with floral undertones. Nothing remarkable detected.

Strong initial taste on the pallette but does not linger long. Malts and a distant hint of bitter hops. Fruity undertones counterbalanced by a hint of butterscotch.

Mouthfeel is good -- crisp, with a dash of robust viscosity.

Drinkability good -- again: a strong, full feel, not heavy yet with viscous undertones.

Generally a decent pale ale but un-remarkable in any one arena -- that is, the strength of this beer lies in the sum of its parts each of which is unremarkable. I do appreciate the background hint of bitter hops as I think it adds an interesting dimension.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 00:19:30 | More by Kitt
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Clipper City Pale Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
83 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.