Clipper City Pale Ale | Heavy Seas Beer

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Clipper City Pale AleClipper City Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Name changed to "Heavy Seas Pale Ale".

Added by pezoids on 10-11-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 76
Photo of zebco
3.94/5  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.

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Photo of kirkpjr
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Akerris
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of steelerguy
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of chaz01
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of CHickman
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of ZAP
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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..

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Photo of bonkers
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of deereless
3.87/5  rDev +6%
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

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Photo of thain709
3.87/5  rDev +6%
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 would be nice to have this one year round

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Photo of Kitt
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of armock
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is of grainy malt upfront then some hops

T - Follows the nose for the most part not as hoppy as most pales

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Overall it's a decent beer I'd just get a different pale over this one

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Photo of thekanna
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice transparent dark gold with about one finger of head.

S: Somewhat yeasty, with a good amount of floral hops and some pine freshness.

T: Great tropical fruit and pine-infused hoppiness at the outset which somewhat devolves into an unappealing malty wateriness.

M: Lightly carbonated. Body is a little too watery.

D: Nice at the outset, but the hop flavors that were enjoyable to begin with are subdued with more sips and the thinness pokes through, making it less drinkable.

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Photo of xenolithic
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark clover honey color into my unfortunately slightly-large-for-this-small-of-a-serving beer mug with a 1 finger white head that very quickly dissipates into a fine layer of large bubbles on the top of the brew.

Smell is hoppy and floral, a sort of springtime freshness you smell from walking around in the woods. I'd also submit that I get a hint of some variant of pine.

Taste is very well balanced. A little hoppy in the beginning with a bitter hoppy finish that stays in the mouth. The beer is inviting sip after sip. More piney and floral notes in the taste, but nothing is out of whack on the balance.

Mouthfeel is true to style, slightly oily with tannins that stick to the tongue on each swallow.

The drinkability on this is superb, it's not at all overwhelming, though I would drink it more with a meal than simply alone. Some days I just feel like a pale ale, and this is something you can reach for without regret.

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Photo of thecarster1
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, one fingers head that faded pretty quick, great bubbly lacing and ring around the glass, light brown almost orange, coppery color.

s- smells of yeasty bread, floral sweetness, malty.

t- malty, nice amount of hops, sweetness and citrus on the backend.

m- nice balanced mouthfeel, not overly carbonated.

d- very drinkable, really tasty, easily a session beer.

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Photo of lstokes
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Malty and with a pretty light, goes-down-easy mouthfeel and minimal carbonation. Minimal head as well. The sweet, nutty malts dominated my experience of the beer, but I tend to like hop-monsters, so my palate is maybe not well adjusted to malty beers.

Pretty classic execution of the style--very solid beer, nothing to go out of my way for, but a great session beer at a great price.

I think it would be great with a meal--pizza or maybe crabs.

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Photo of mpyle
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

App - Rich golden/amber color, gerat clarity. Pours a nice sized white head with good retention.

smell - A solid but not overpowering hop aroma - slight pine/citrus notes. Some malt aroma as well (caramel). No off aromas.

taste - Very solid malty flavor for a smaller APA. Nice hop/malt balance by midmouth, and finishes very slightly bitter. Exceptionally clean flavors, and a wonderfully balanced pale ale. Not a hyperbitter hop bomb.

MF - Medium body and carbonation, no astringency or warming. Feels a bit bigger in body than some pale ales.

D'ability - Off the charts. Has the quality of a Loose Cannon, but in a much more sessionable beer.

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Photo of therica
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A= copper color, very modest head lasting only briefly, modest lacing, a few small bubbles rising. Well... then that was last night, and today I poured one that had a 2-finger head, it sat for 5 minutes and I came back to an ice-cream frothy 3-finger head that was great, tons of lacing and pillowed foaming down the sides of the glass stein. I just changed my A=3.5 to A=4.0 rating.

S= Very Patchouli, apparently Cascade Hops according to applesauce1, below. Very nice, very present. Hints of lilac. On the other hand, I opened another 6-pack and the first bottle instantly hit my nose with memories of shoe-polish. I let it sit in the glass for a few minutes, came back- same thing. Another experience smelled like mems' cologne.

T= nice malts, reasonable hops bitters, slight sweetness. Not strong for an APA; fruity citrus and florals.

M= fairly clean, a slight tartness/sourness or dusty feeling on the tongue.

D= rather drinkable

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Photo of hdofu
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not really an APA fan, but of all the ones I've had (not including specials from Sierra Nevada) this is probably the best one I've had in this category. Not too bitter, not to sweet, a little tart. Smell is hoppy, crisp, pleasant. Taste is hoppy, mouthfeel is bubbly. Beer is copper in color with a white topper. In my opinion, this is a good transition beer for people who drink miller or bud, but want to try something better while not being to far out from what they think beer should taste like.

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Photo of Applesauce1
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I picked this up as part of make-your-own six pack at the Westover Market in Arlington.

Appearance: copper-orange color with a 1/2" white head on the pour
Smell: cascade hops dominate
Taste: cascade hops along with biscuity flavor to balance it out....probably a little more on the bitter side overall
Mouthfeel: light to medium body
Drinkability: good session beer....could do a whole sixer in a night if i wanted

Overall, a pretty good beer. I'll have it again and try some more of Clipper City's varieties.

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Photo of mhewes
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A : Pours a nice golden color with lots of head

S : Good piney hop aroma balanced with some nice malt and bready aromas.

T : Very well balanced but almost a bland flavor. There is a nice biscuity malt flavor at the beginning with some piney hops towards the end

M : Light bodied, good carbonation

D : It was real easy to drink but I was hoping for more from it. Not something I'd turn down but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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Photo of tugdriver7
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep gold color in the glass with soft carbonation and quite a bit of foam that disappeared quickly. A touch of sweet caramel in the nose, and in the initial taste, with a nice (Clipper City trademark) hops bitterness int he aftertaste. Definitely something worth trying. If you can, check out the Clipper City Brewery tour too. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday afternoon. And the libations are great too.

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Photo of ralree
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange-tan with a nice head that lasts a while, and laces nicely. 2-finger white head.

S: Lots of brown sugar, toasted malt, hop aroma is definitely present, as well as just a hint of grapefruit.

T: Well-balanced between toasted malt, brown sugar, strong hop flavor, and a hint of grapefruit. A really great flavor. A slight bitterness in the aftertaste, but not much flavor after swallowing.

M: Feels light in the mouth, medium-bodied. Nicely carbonated, non-astringent.

D: Drinks very well. I will buy more. Would be good after a hard day's work.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle notched to purchase before July '08.

A- pours a really clear and vibrant golden orange with a fluffy white head that builds up very easily and generously. Lots of lacing left on the glass just adds to it.

S- Bready mostly with some faint earthy and peppery hops.

T- Lots of caramel malt in this but very nicely balanced with a little hop zing. The hops surely aren't forefront like a SNPA, Stone Pale Ale, or Firestone Pale Ale that I'm use to out here but it works nicely anyway.

M- The beer is really pretty lively. Carbonation is just enough for the light body.

D- Usually I prefer a hop-centric pale ale but this is so good, and pair perfectly with a sausage & pepperoni pizza. A balanced yet sweeter pale ale. I like it.

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