Just when I think I'm getting good....
I thought this beer was good fresh, but entirely too hot. I thought it was just young. I thought a year would help it out. I thought wrong. Still drinkable after 13 months in the cellar, but still a mess. I'm all about supporting Clipper City - I think the Heavy Seas line is an often overlooked and underrated batch of brews - but it's time for them to step their game up to the next level. They obviously have the potential and skill to make great beer, but the next step is to conform to the ever changing market. Once this craft beer growth period dies down (it's going to, I swear it), brews like Oxford Raspberry, Balto-MarzHon, and McHenry are not going to cut it. They need more Loose Cannons, more Hang Tens, and more Red Sky at Nights. This is one of those many breweries that is on the verge of becoming a smash, but needs that extra something to get them there. I wish them well.