Clipper City Winter Ale | Heavy Seas Beer

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Clipper City Winter AleClipper City Winter Ale

Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-13-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of Bigpetebigpete
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours medium dark brown with a huge (3 finger) long lasting head. The aroma is caramel malt, alcohol, English hops, yeast and a very slight vegetal aroma. The flavor is dark caramel yet dry and hoppy. Also present is a very slight chocolate flavor. Finish is bitter hop dryness. The body is medium.

I think the hops are Fuggle.

12 ounce bottle, bottle conditioned, notches on label at April and 03.

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Photo of Darkale
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, red-orange in color. Thick, large-bubbled head with an uneven, wavy surface. Little appreciatble aroma at first, which may have been a function of temperature (my refrigerator is too darned cold). First taste is smoky and malty with a good hops burn. Some alcohol is present as you swirl it around in your mouth. Thin, not as chewy as I would like. Charcoal aftertaste.

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Photo of foamee
4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite beers. It's a robust IPA, dark and heavy looking. When held to the light it's a warm red. It tastes a bit malty, fruity; quite complex. As it is bottle conditioned, it tastes quite a bit different than the draft version, and keeps getting better. There is a little warmth in the mouth due to the alcohol, so it's not an easy beer to pound down. Better to savor every sip.

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Photo of Gusler
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a winsome deep burnished copper color, the head walloping in size, spumous in texture and a light tan in color, with the lace a glutinous sheet that occults the glass. Nose has a distinct floral aroma up front, sweet malt underneath, clean fresh and quite appealing to the senses, with a large malt and slightly sweet start. Top is skinny in feel, and the hops vigorous in the spicy bite, the acidity tolerable and the aftertaste droughty and long lasting, a quite drinkable and refreshing brew from a decent brewery.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bronze-ish auburn with a nice creamy light brown head. Leaves decent lace. Solid floral hop aroma; very hoppy when fresh. Great Balance ! Solid malt backing with a pleasant (bitter) hop finish resulting in awesome hop burps. Medium bodied and creamy. Overall impression: American IPA+

Label States: "Bottle Conditioned, Yeast in Bottle"
CCBC Flyer for the 99/00 version states: Galena, Centennial and Liberty hops. O.G. 16.5 Plato ABV: 6.5%

Tasted 2001/02 Version: Purchase Before: 02/02 Tasted: 01/17/03

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The nose is the first thing that you notice about this beer. It's loaded with citrus, orange rind, pineapple, and resiny/lightly spicy pine over a caramel tinged malt - the aroma jumps out at you as soon as it's poured! The reddish-amber body is slightly hazy (bottle conditioned); and the creamy ivory head holds exceptionally well and leaves really nice lace throughout the glass. The body is medium and the mouthfeel is smooth and creamy due to a natural carbonation from bottle conditioning. The flavor starts with a simultaneous sweet maltiness and bitter surge, leading into a tug of war between citrusy & pine hoppiness and a caramel & biscuity maltiness. It's a good balance and they compliment each other nicely. The bitterness is solid, but easily balanced by the firm, sweet malt. It finishes dry with a lingering bitterness and piney hop flavor that dissolves to reveal a layer of sweet toasted malt underneath. Quite rich and surprisingly complex, but also astonishingly drinkable. Remarkably well done. An exceptional IPA that's absolutely worth trying!

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Photo of marc77
3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cream ale? Are you kidding me!? Clear light garnet hue. The initially thick light tan head settles slowly into a thin layer. Spotty lace. Citrusy hop nose, w/ dark caramel malt, biscuit and hints of roasted malt. Sharp upfront hop bitterness leads into a biscuit malt and slightly astringent, tannic grain bitterness. Overshadowed dark caramel malt provides token sweetness and contrast. Simultaneous citrus pith like hop bitterness and flavor. Lightly bodied, agreeably smooth mouthfeel. Well attenuated and borderlining on dry. Finishes w/ toasted malt and non descript bitterness fading. A decent twinter brew that was marred by distracting tannic bitterness. A bit unbalanced, and hop and tannic bitterness taken together make this quite bitter. There's sufficient malt backbone to partially offset this, however. Nonetheless quite drinkable for the hophead.

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Photo of yen157
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure of the age of this beer, but I was excited to pick it out of the "make your own 6-pack" bin. The beer was supposed to be dated by notching the month and year on the side of the bottle. "Feb" was notched, but the years were left alone. The years on the bottle only went up to "'01". I assume that they used old labels and thought everyone would understant that no date meant 2002. Assuming this, I saw on the bottle that the beer was bottle conditioned and immediately took the remaining four. Hopefully this improved the beer, however I don't know how the bottles were treated in the ten months.

It was a deep red-amber brew with a head that hangs around for a while then melts into the beer leaving a nice lace on top and stuck to the glass. Fruity hop aroma and a deep maltiness, with hints of dust and toasted grains.

The beer had a thinner body than the malt aroma would indicate, but the malt flavor is strong enough to support the moderate bitterness of this one. There are also slight flavors of bread, yeast, and metal. It kind of reminded me of an american IPA. The metallic taste was a little too much unfortunately.

I would like to find a new example of this just to compare. I feel the time cut the malt and the body. I'm not sure I can find an example of this. I'm surprised I even found a Clipper City beer in northern NJ in the first place.

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Clipper City Winter Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 9 ratings
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