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Clipper City Gold Ale | Heavy Seas Beer

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BA SCORE
3.53/5
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77 Ratings
Clipper City Gold AleClipper City Gold Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States
hsbeer.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by stirgy on 11-23-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
77
pDev:
13.6%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
1
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 61
Photo of papat444
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Flashback #425

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Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Photo of GClarkage
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of rorjets
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of BillRoth
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of hokieguy95
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of DrFunkenstein
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of yourefragile
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of uturn
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of cliff1066
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of bconsidine
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of avisong
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of dugly2ugly
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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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Clipper City Gold Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 77 ratings
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