Clipper City Gold Ale | Heavy Seas Beer

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Clipper City Gold AleClipper City Gold Ale

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stirgy on 11-23-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 77
Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Why did this beer ever retire!? Usually poured from tap into plastic cup at Camden Yards during an Orioles baseball game. The beer is clear, light gold in color with a small white head, and has a fresh, mild hop aroma. There's low carbonation here and the body is light, but not watery. Definitely the type of beer you could have a few of without feeling gross. Flavor was a bit fruity - apples and apricots perhaps. The hops gave the ale a little kick, but were by no means a dominating characteristic. The finale had a pleasant lingering bitterness. Great summer beer with some personality. Updated: Changed name to Heavy Seas Gold Ale. We are back in business!

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very slightly clouded lift golden color with a white head. The nose is some very mild hops along with some light grainy bread. Mild fruit in the taste with the malt. Thin body win good carbonation. Drinks fairly well and is a nice lawnmower beer.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of zebco
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Clear but burnt orange in color. Hsss. I went to Texas A&M. Semi-sticky head but creamy. Hoppy, grassy, sweet aromas. Crisp, clean taste. Full carbonation. Dry, slight bitter finish. About as drinkable as they come. Pound em all night.

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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.

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

I got this as part of a BOTMC. It pours a pale, clear gold with a medium white head. The aroma is light and grassy. It has slight grassy hops up front and finishes briskly with a pleasant bitterness. The beer is light in body and well carbonated, a nice beer to drink on a hot day.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of thain709
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A very bright and translucent golden body with lots of carbonation bubbles racing towards the top...the small white head was very short lived and didn't lace much

S - Your typical caramel malts (which added a nice sweetness) and some bready notes as well

T - The taste was above average for a blonde ale...the sweetness from the caramel malts was nice...I got an almost true caramel flavor...the bread and grain notes played a part as well...they presented a biscuit malt presence too...the hops were almost incognito throughout the entire beer

M - Light bodied with adequate carbonation...crisp and refreshing

D - This one would be very nice during the warm months...I sampled it when it was 30* out so I could only imagine the refreshment it would give you on an 80* day

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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.

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Photo of mjw2808
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The color was a very transparent gold color. There was a small head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing. All I got from the smell was caramel malt and very small fruit notes. the taste was lacking, just some citrus fruits as it goes down. Very watered down, a little too much even for a blonde ale. Very drinkable. Fan of clipper city, but this is definitely not one of their better brews.

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Photo of zeff80
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, short-lived head of white foam. It left no lace.

S - It smelled floral with notes of caramel and citrus.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel with a slight hop bitterness. Not much else going on here.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a slightly dry mouthfeel. A light bodied brew.

D - This is a pretty standard blonde ale. But it is easy drinking and tasty.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep yellow/gold/amber color. There is an off-white foam head that quickly dissipates.

S: Not much happening here, some faint sent of malts ands some grassy hops.

T: I was surprised by the taste. It was a very balanced beer. A good mix of toasted bready malts with some grassy hops. Nothing overpowering, but very tasty.

M: A little crisp taste left on the palate. Decent light bodied beer with decent carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink and very sessionable.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clear golden color with a thick frothy foam that leaves some lacing.

S- Sweet malt and citrus nose with a light piney hop bitterness. Some floral and spice are present as well.

T- A sweet floral/citrus flavor with sweet pale malt and honey. A light hoppy bitterness in the finish for a nice balance.

M- Light bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Easy and crisp.

D- A really drinkable brew with a nice easy flavor.

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Photo of gdfan47
3.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- pours a nice yellowy straw with a little white head and very little lacing
S- bread , yeast, hops , malt
T- a nice hop bite with some wheat and bread notes
M- nice , nothing too offensive nor too crazy
D- a great session beer, very mild tasting not too offensive

a nice session beer

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Photo of armock
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a clear golden color with a thin white head

S - Is of fruity sweet malt with some bitter hops

T - Sweet malt start with a decent hop finish

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

D - This is a well made beer thats easy to drink with a good taste to it a good session beer worth trying sometime

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Photo of iceball585
4.17/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Yellowish gold color, clear, half finger thick fluffy white head that lowered slowly

S- Citrus, flowery hops, grains, light malts, slight bitterness

T- Sweet, pale malts, sugary, wheat, oranges, hint of lemon

M- Light/medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, clean, overall light

D- Decent session beer

This beer is a nice summer beer. Light but still full of flavors, great for a hot summer day.

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Photo of Pencible
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a slightly hazy bright gold with almost no head. It smelled like lemon and orange hops with some malt. It tasted like a mix of lemon and copper hops, with yeast and mild malt flavors for some balance. It was watery with no carbonation and had a tart aftertaste. Overall this wasn't bad, but its yeast over malt flavoring wasn't good for me.

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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.

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Photo of orangedive
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Orangish golden. 25% opaque. 3/4 inch of head.

S - Slightly hoppy. Not complex but very balanced. A little earthy. Slightly floral.

T - A little more bitter than I would have expected but very nice. A very solid taste. It's not overwhelming--doesn't have "wow" flavor, but quite good.

M - Smooth. The slight bitterness intially sits sharply but soon fades for a nice balanced feel.

D - Excellent drinkability. Could have several of these. A great, solid standard ale.

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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.

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Clipper City Gold Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
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