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Beer Review: Heavy Seas/Clipper City, Dubbel Cannon

May 13, 2011

Ding Points = 50.50

Pour: 60, Nose: 50, Palate: 50, Feel: 40, Global: 50

Tasting Notes:

12 oz single from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. The pour produces a somewhat disappointingly lifeless beer, with head, retention and lace all significantly lacking.

The color is certainly ‘IPA like’ in as much as it gives an amber hue, but at the same time it looks dreadfully ‘washed out’. A weak looking beer.

Nose offers some light malts and a touch of sweet Belgian candy, but again it seems somewhat light and underweight.

The mouthfeel has a very odd feel. There is a weird, fine-bubbled carbonation that I wouldn’t exactly call prickly (so it’s not annoying in THAT respect), but it is still annoying! A weird, ‘hydrogen peroxide decomposing into oxygen gas’ feel about it!! The tastes are strange. It drinks like a malt-starved Oktoberfest with the addition of a bitter finish!

The beer is really quite dry and offers literally NONE of the charm of a beer like Houblon (maybe that’s an unfair comparison, but when I think about Belgian IPA’s that’s where I go). Dry is the final impression here (that and the odd mouthfeel), and the seems dreadfully lightweight to me. Frankly, it doesn’t seem like a very good example of the style at all.

Other: Belgian IPA,  7.25% ABV.


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