long crazy week, I arrived home last night to the delight of a brown
paper wrapped package perched atop the Welch Farm milk box on my front
porch. The back address
made me smile as there could only be on thing inside a box from
Maryland, and it was beer. Yes,
Wino Johnís Winery of the Month selection paid dividends to me as a
sampling of Clipper City arrived at my doorstep.
Iím not trying to over step my bounds, but I strongly suggest
he name Screaming Eagle WOTM, my milk box waits.
Not knowing what to expect, I hurried inside, found a sharp
object and began slashing away at the packaging like it was a Red Ranger
BB Gun. I dug passed the
bubble wrap; newspaper and foam wrap to unveil the prize sitting at the
bottom of the box. To my
glee, I found six bottles from the High Seas collection of Clipper City
Brewery. This particular
bottling was from the Red Sky at Night series,
which boasted a descriptive name of Saison Ale. Educating myself along the way, Saison is a summer ale that
is top yeasted, slightly sour with a hoppy overtone, fragrant and dry.
The label contains a purchase before date of November 2004 so I
am assuming I am enjoying this in its prime.
But it wasnít until I went on the Clipper City home page and
saw the 7.5% ABV for this beer that I understood the saying on the neck
label; ďItís Heavy Seas that separate the men from the Boys!Ē
Having recanted my early childhood fishing expeditions with my
father in previous entries, I know what they mean.
am not a brewmeister in words so all I can say is that this is a
powerful drink and not for the faint hearted.
A full, rich brew, the yeast was initially apparent and the sour
style of this beer follows closely behind.
The hoppiness hit me on the clean dry finish.
I am tasting and then reading and trying to build up a knowledge
base on beer, and I look forward to input from Beer Boy John and Hugh
from Clipper City. Note to
Beer Boy, I will supply you with a few bottles from me sample so you can
give me your impressions. I
am still in search of the High Seas Uber Pils, and will be hunting my
local stores. Next time I
head to the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, I will make time to tour the
brewery and sample all the offerings.
If you have enjoyed any of the Clipper City brews, send me an
email and I will post up your comments.