Argh… There Be Smooth Sailing Ahead Cap’n!

small-craft.jpgI took a trip to New Beer Distributors here in New York City. That was a cool experience in itself which I’ll definitely be reporting on again this week. But first I wanted to tell you about Clipper City’s Heavy Seas Small Craft Advisory. Heavy Seas is an entire line of beers from Clipper City Brewery that they describe as “our highest expression of the brewer’s art”. I decided to try out the Small Craft Advisory because it was a pilsner, or as they describe it, an uber pils. I was surprisingly pleased by this beer. Pilsner is a beer I frequently have a hard time with. I think this is because I tend to associate the pilsner with mass-produced beers like Miller, Coors and Bud, even though these are actually considered lager. Go figure. I wonder what made me do that? So now I have a whole different view on Pilsners. Thanks Clipper City! Any way… I digress…

The Small Craft Advisory was pretty good. A great level of carbonation, this beer poured into a nice head and was a clear amber-gold color. This beer smelled pretty similar to an IPA with a hoppy, citrusy smell. On taste, this is a little sweet, but then you start to taste the hops and malts. In contrast to the smell of citrus, the aftertaste is a little more grassy. For a high ABV, they managed to keep the alcohol from being too prevalent, but it still is pretty prevalent. Overall, an easy to drink, fairly smooth beer.

The Facts:
ABV: 7.25



  1. Kevin Marley said,

    March 9, 2007 at 6:48 pm

    While Pilsners are a subcategory of Lagers the stye has a bit of a range. It is often said that the American light lagers are styled after traditional European Pilsners.

  2. Puffy said,

    March 10, 2007 at 6:31 pm

    Thanks Kevin, good call. It’s amazing how broad a range the Lager style includes

  3. jon said,

    September 21, 2007 at 6:35 pm

    this stuff tastes good and shivers me timbers

  4. jon said,

    September 21, 2007 at 6:36 pm

    uri uni and a bottle of this.

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