Clipper City Gold Ale - Heavy Seas Beer

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Clipper City Gold AleClipper City Gold Ale

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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Heavy Seas Beer visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 11-23-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 76 | Reviews: 61
Reviews by rtratzlaff:
Photo of rtratzlaff
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Heavy Seas Golden pours a light gold body with a small white head that sticks for a bit and settles out to a thin layer.
Aromas are earthy hops and perhaps some buttery notes as well.
The taste is bready malt up front with just enough hop bittering. Creamy in the mouthfeel which is always good for a "cream" ale. This is a decent beer that isn't overly complex but simple and pleasant to drink.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Spring House Drafting Room,poured a nice medium gold with a great creamy,sticky head,the aroma was slightly fruity.Tasted pretty fruity with a dry finish,a nice soft malty backbone makes this extremely drinkable.Pretty darn good brew.

Photo of steelerguy
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Very clear gold with moderate carbonation. Nice head that fades fast to a lacing.

S - A little malt aroma, not much else.

T - Clean malt, light caramel, touch of hops to finish.

M - Thin and crisp.

D - If you are looking for something refreshing and don't want water this will do. If you want to drink and enjoy some good beer, look elsewhere.

Photo of Billolick
2.71/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dull orangy light amber, very clear, with a larger bubble head, some bubbles slowly rising to the top. Also some lacing sticking around. Mild nose of barely discernable vegatation, cabadge? This is pretty tame stuff, middle of the road all the way. Very moderate malt base, with more slightly off notes picked up, more cabadge, some cardboard? bleech, why oh why dont American "Blond ales" have any resemblance to Belgian " Blond ales"??? Maybe next life time, in this life time I will remind myself to pass this type of useless beer by.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle of Gold Ale is from the Clipper City Sampler. A great introduction to a new brewery.

Pours a nice gold color with a frothy head with aggressive carbonation that lingered. Hoppy floral aroma present. Taste is light and crisp with little bitterness to speak of. Very easy to drink and satisfying to the palate.

I would like to try this beer in the summer and see if I like it better. Not what you'd want to drink while curled up with a book in front of a roaring fire on a snowy winter night.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear, deep amber body is topped by a frothy head of white foam that drops steadily to an average collar and lacy surface covering but somehow manages to leave some sticky lace behind. Yeasty fruitiness (berry-like with a hint of cherry) and slightly citrusy and floral hops appear in the delicate nose over a sweet and subtly toasty biscuit malt that's kissed with light caramel. The body is medium-light, and it's very fine and moderate carbonation just lightly caresses the tongue. Everything that the nose suggests is displayed in the flavor; and it's backed by a balancing bitterness that leads to a short and dry finish. And although the different flavors are very well-balanced and wrapped into one perfect package, it just doesn't "wow". Perhaps it's too perfectly balanced, with none of its components standing apart from the others. And it could be argued that that goes to drinkability, but that also heads towards lack of character. It's a fair enough beer, clean and without flaw; but it seems held back from what it really wants to be.

Photo of RickS95
3.09/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Worst looking thing I've ever seen...ginger ale with no head in the glass.

Almost no smell, if you really try, you can pick up a hint of floral notes.

Not a bad taste, mostly hops.

A clean, crisp refreshing taste. Not too bitter, just enough to let you know it's a beer.

Looks and smells like nothing, but has a decent taste with a refreshing feel to it. A good warm weather beer.

Photo of Southernbrew
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with orange hues. A large, bubbly head sits on top. Not much staying power but leaves some decent lace down the glass.

Aroma is made up of sweet malts and a light floral scent.

Light-medium bodied, grassy malt flavors hit first followed by the faintest hoppy fruitiness as well as a light bitterness. Ends with a faintly dry finish.

Nothing stands out about this beer, very balanced, almost in a bad way. Supremely drinkable however, probably very nice in the spring/summer.

Photo of silver0rlead
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle best before Jul 2010 pours a clear golden color with a thin white head that retains OK. The aroma isn't particularly interesting with notes of bread dough, biscuit, piney and minty hops and some lightly fruity esters. The taste starts off with some bready/biscuity malt, a little honey sweetness, minty and floral hops, fruity esters, and a minor alcohol note. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing and drinkability is impeccable. This isn't a particularly interesting blonde ale, but it is very clean and well structured and quite sessionable.

Photo of fattyre
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear moderately dark copper color with a moderately large off white rocky head. The smell was with a hint of malt and a slight herbal hoppiness. The mouthfeel flavor was a sort of "watery" maltiness followed by a very mild earthy hoppiness and a moderate mouthfeel. This is a very mild pale ale.

Photo of TAMU99
2.48/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, I've never been too impressed with Clipper City
Their gold is no exception.

This beer is middle of the road all the way.
However, the taste is hoppy but just off blanace. Too bitter for the sweet, too spicy for the malt...They just didn't hit the mark on this one.

Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet with some notes of malts. Taste is crisp, a good combination of malts and hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall a decent selection here.

Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into nonic

Crystal clear golden hue with an off-white one finger frothy head that slowly settles to almost nothing. Some lacing is left sticking on the side of the glass as the head settles.

Light grain with some fruity esters, along with a bit of hop aroma.

Light grain with some mild hop bitterness. Similar to a lager but with a bit more of the flavors from the yeast coming through (light fruit flavor). Ligth bodied with some fizzy carbonation. The finish is pretty dry, with a little lingering grain.

Not a bad blonde ale. Nothing spectacular ever comes out of this style. I think this one would make a great summer beer.

Photo of tugdriver7
4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is easily my favorite Clipper City product. I took the tour, so I got the free samples (actually more than samples) at the begining--and the end. [Take the tour, if you can. Great learning experience.] Brewer Hugh Sisson suggested that the product be poured right into the glass to create a nice foamy head and to "release all of the subtle smells and flavors the brewer intended." After tasting the malted barley (tastes like Grape Nuts) and crushing the hops petals in my hands, the flavors stayed with me. And when I tried the Golden Ale, I was shocked to note that they were all there--in the beer--as crisp, and clean tasting as in their original state. Needless to say, dark golden color, rich mouthful, sophisticated hop bite that softens as you taste it. And oh so fresh--even from the local stores. I bought a case!

Photo of thekanna
2.78/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear, gold body with a thin, dissipative white head.

S: Mostly clean, some hops and fruitness.

T: Slightly strange. I felt that it was almost salty at the outset, which then devolved into a malty, gassy complexion that had some hoppiness, but not enough to poke through significantly and give it character.

M: Filling, carbonated body with a very dry finish that almost leaves the palate feeling dehydrated.

D: Don't really know what to say about this one. I certainly haven't had a beer that I felt was salty.

Photo of cubedbee
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden yellow with a thin white head that perists for a while. Aroma is fairly light, with a little floral hops coming through. Taste is pretty malty, the hops are there at the end, but just barely. Mouthfeel is light bodied and the carbonation is at just the right level for a nice crispness.

Overall, this beer is a very drinkable and refreshing, even though there's nothing exceptional about it. Easily good enough for me to order this over the big national beers at my local bars. Still, I'd prefer anything from Clipper City's Heavy Seas line to this.

Photo of SundeyPSU
5/5  rDev +41.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have not seen, smelled and tasted many beers like this. This Ale has it all. When poured in a glass, you truely see why it is called a gold ale. It shimmers. The bouque is remarkable too, and it tastes as remarkable as it smells. When you tilt back your glass and smell the beer, that very same sensation transfers over to taste upon hitting your mouth.

I am not a professional reviewer, so I am not sure I can do it justice. But I have lived in and visted many areas of the country, tried many different beers, and couldn't be happier to have moved to Baltimore and found this Ale. If you have the opportunity to try this Ale, don't pass it up. Example: I had a friend from England visit me in Baltimore, and he could not believe how great this Ale is. He comes from the land of Ales!! He loved it. I sent him a six pack for Christmas, and he said it was the best gift he ever recieved.

Photo of Brent
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

During a quick overnight business trip to Baltimore, this was the only local offering at the restaurant, so I jumped on it. Gold? Maybe it was the lighting, but the beer had an odd, very yellow glow, almost artificial looking. Slightly fruity aroma, and the hops followed suit with a mildly fruity bouquet, which for some reason reminded me of the old Pete's Wicked Ale, way back when it first came out, before they tinkered with it. A good companion to the meal, as the beer was quite mild. A session candidate, but not a lot of stand-alone qualities.

Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer decamps the 12-ounce brown bottle a clear golden amber color with a modest semi-creamy light tan head that erodes leaving a thin concealing sheet of lace. Nose is crisp and clean, sweet malt and quite refreshing, start is sweet and nicely malted with the top medium in its effect on the palate. Finish is moderately acidic and the hops pleasing in their spiciness, a quite dry aftertaste lingers long on the taste buds, a nice drinking beer, and one I see rarely, mores the pity.

Photo of BuckSpin
3.29/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got to try this one via a friend in the area. Poures a honeyesque golden amber, nothing spectacular but not dull. Initially epvervescent, but that faded. Head was a lackluster 1/2 finger of off white foam that faded very quickly with no lacing.

Nose is sweet, citrus flowers, honey, clean, sea air. A mild hop peak on the tongue, some very mild orange qualities, perhaps a wisp of some pepper, but otherwise flat, a little dull. The initial taste is better than the palette where it fades pretty quickly into a watered down mosh pit of dull malts & hops. It does finish on a hop high note (where it came from I have no idea) and a little sweet, but still watery. There is a clean aftertaste but no real flavor.

Not much to see hear...move along people.

Photo of CHickman
2.88/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Came with the Beer of the Month Club. Pours crystal clear yellow in color with a 1 inch off white head that dissipates fast and leaves a little lacing; the carbonation shows through this clear beer as the bubbles fly up the glass.

Smells of malt, grains, grass and faint hops. The malt and grain almost smell roasted, or at least very dry.

Tastes of malt, light caramel, dry grains, bread, some light lemon, faint hops, hay or wheat, clove or some mild spice and a slight metallic taste. The finish is crisp and bitter at the same time and leaves the taste of grains lingering.

Pretty watery taste and feel, this beer is very light, very crisp and highly drinkable, but just not very flavorful. Clipper City generally makes some very tasty beers, but this one is dull and not one I would seek out again.

Photo of mooseisloose
2.23/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A BOTMC selection that arrived at my door. so lets give it a whirl. Popping the top yields a funky smell like a braunschweiger sandwich and dandelions. Pouring into a glass I get a well, gold colored ale with a small head that fades quickly. Taste is rather unimpressive. Mouthfeel is flat and uneventful. Taste is balanced but stale. This must be a bad bottle? I will re-review if I get the chance. If this isn't a bad bottle it is quite undesirable.

Photo of Dithyramb
4.18/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap last night at Camden yards. I was being punished for being late and not hitting Wharf Rat before the game. A 20 oz. plastic cup was $6.
"Gold" ale really fits the look of the beer. It pours a beautiful, clear gold. Lots of rivulets of carbonation bouncing of the sides of the glass, feeding a nice off white head. Nice retention and lacing for a plastic cup at the ball game.

Aroma was slightly muted, but had some bready malts in there somewhere.
Medium bodied, tasty brew. There was a nice malt base, mostly bready in nature. There was no hop bite to the beer, but there was a nice medium bitterness that was in there for the finish, which was slightly astringent.
Very drinkable, a perfect brew for the summer and baseball games.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear golden color with almost no head. Spotty lacing on the glass.

Very faint aroma - an extremely light smell of malt and a bit of hops come through as it warms.

Taste is crisp and malty upfront with a slight fruitiness. A mild hop flavor and bitterness set in and last through the finish. Finishes very clean and quite dry.

Medium-light body, well carbonated.

There's nothing amazing about this beer, but it truly fits the style. It's light flavor and body make it quite drinkable on a warm day - which I suppose is what is intended. It is certainly enjoyable for what it is, and knocking back a six pack requires no effort.

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a BotM club shipment.

Poured into a tulip pint: a clear gold (nice color), with a finger of head that drops to a collar & dusting. A few streams of tiny, slow bubbles. Leaves spiderweb lacing.

Smells of tart fruit (green apple, lemon, crabapple?) & grassy hops. Slightly doughy, like mildly sweet pastry.

Fruity sweetness up front in the taste, like pineapple. Clean hop bitterness to balance out, turning into a "green" bitterness like salad greens; "leafy." A subtle biscuity malt to round it out, ending with a mineral taste.

Thin-bodied, crisp, in a way that suits it very well.

About as clean & lager-like as an ale can get, I imagine. Reminiscent of a kolsch. Nothing outstanding here, but decently flavorful & a solid drinker.

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Clipper City Gold Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
81 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.