Ironshore Bock - Cayman Islands Brewery Ltd.
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3.8/5 rDev +19.9%
POured from a bottle into a plastic cup ( its all there was in the condo)
Appearance. I have thus far found the Cayman Island beers to be lacking significantly in the appearance department. This beer being the biggest exception. It pours a medium to light brown ( lighter than new castle maybe) with a 1/4 of a fingers worth of light tan head that immediately dissipates. I have found a major lack of head retention in the island beers I am assuming this is because of the powerful thirst that develops being in the tropics... aint no body got time for head retention. Much darker than the other caybrew varieties. Pretty!
Smell- I got nuttiness like butter pecan ice cream nuttiness. I light sulfur typical of american light lagers and a hint of whole wheat toast.
Taste- That wholewheat toast is on the front end followed by i bit of piney hop. The whole thing finishes rather dry (another characteristic of these island beers-you can drink um all day)Not as sweet as say a newcastle brown, not as rich in color or as malty as anchor steam's bock (my fave bock so far).
Mouthfeel- Dry like i said with a carbonated bite (this is less so on draft I have experienced)There is little to know alcohol warmth but when buying this beer the locals warn that it is 7%. cleans up nice.
Overall- my favorite caybrew so far. Dark, malty, but not too sweet or heavy for the hot temperatures and it's strong enough to take the sting out of the sunburn. So far I have been following a schedule of having a Cay light in the morning after my island run and an Ironshore bock in the evening after my open water swim.
Not a bad vacation
03-15-2014 20:04:31 | More by Uncle_Jimmy
3.98/5 rDev +25.6%
This is the best beer I have ever bought that was brewed and consumed south of Miami. I don't think anything from the Caribbean or Mexico comes close. It is just one beer, but it tasted really good after a boring beer vacation, and I had two of them.
It is seems to be more of a red ale by taste, but bock works for me. Maybe it is in fact a bock and thus will hold up better in the warmth.
It has a nice rich flavor that does not get old. Malty, with a hops balance (more than usual for a bock) and a bit of yeasty flavor too. Just all around a nice balance and certainly a huge surprise.
There may have been other beers to discover in the Caymans (I had been there once before and had Caribe and some other swill), but I liked this a lot and had two rather than try something else unknown. Recommended, in fact, if I come back to the Caymans for a longer stay, it will be a minor draw for me, knowing that there is a decent local brew that I could drink 5 or 6 of and enjoy.
11-23-2013 22:53:17 | More by schoolboy
3.78/5 rDev +19.2%
Tired of the bland lager-types that perverses the Carabean islands? The dark taste of the tropics come alive with this malty-sweet German-style Bock beer.
The very un-tropic looking lager starts with a dark brown color and ruby highlights. Its dense appearance releases an equally dense looking creamy tan foam stance to cap the beer session-wide and lacing the glass lightly with spotty foam after each sip.
The full aroma of malt is on prominent display with deep toffee and molasses. Burnt caramel, light chocolate, nutty and meaty scents follow closely behind. Lightly vinous in its tone, a slight wine-like note peaks through the malt. With really no hop presence, the sheer malty sweet scent is balanced by alcohol alone.
The taste is even sweeter. Savory in its rich molasses and dark with toast, walnut, and a hint of maple all create a complex matrix of sweetness that keeps it from becoming one-dimensional. A late charge of brandy-like alcohol and mild woodish bitterness may keep the beer from cloying but never attempts to balance the malt sweetness.
Full bodied from head to tail, the sheer weight of residual sweetness is thick, creamy and dense on the palate. A slow and somewhat incomplete fade never reaches even malty-dry status. Warm and sweet late, the ale is destined to a dessert unto itself.
07-18-2013 04:06:36 | More by BEERchitect
3/5 rDev -5.4%
This was about the only easily locatable and marginally potable offering I found during a recent trip to Grand Cayman. There was truly a dearth of beer to drink there. At 7.0% alcohol, it was also far heavier than the much more terrible Caybrew lager. Reviews below are accurate.
If you visit the Cayman, try it. Also, head over to Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in Camana Bay. He does some home brewing and gets the occasional shipment of non-BMC beers, the quality of which varies, but you're more likely to find something less offensive there.
05-12-2013 16:00:28 | More by SnoozeDoctor
2.3/5 rDev -27.4%
Friend brought this back for me to try.
Light brown in appearance.
Sour/bitter taste not in a good way.
It did very little for me, so much so that I had a few sips and decided to toss the rest. It was drinkable but having other options in the fridge I didn't think it was worth it. If I was in the Caymans and this was an option I'd choose it over some of the others I've tried from there.
04-22-2013 02:22:55 | More by deac83
3.35/5 rDev +5.7%
Poured from the can into a plastic cup at The Cayman Islands Turtle Farm snack bar.
A- poured a translucent dark brown color with a little bit of an off white head.
S- somewhat malty, some notes of grass.
T- very malty, some light corn sweetness. Finishes like most macro domestics.
MF- light and thin, but not as thin as I was expecting.
Overall, this was a great beer to drink in the Islands on vacation. I wouldn't say "no" if offered one in the future, but I don't see myself seeking to import any.
05-22-2012 21:02:30 | More by phideltashaggy
3/5 rDev -5.4%
The smell is bready and sweet.
Taste matches the smell, bready and sweet, lightly hopped. This beer is not as malty as one would expect, but its not terrible. I can only describe it as something like a Foster's draft in "bock" form if that makes any sense.
This is not a world class beer by any means, but it is a refreshing beer with a little more body than typically offered by the warmer climate breweries. I will order it again, but its nothing to get excited about.
02-26-2012 14:48:24 | More by diverite
3.28/5 rDev +3.5%
Had this on tap at our dive resort.
A: amber brown, with a good inch or so of head. Head dissipated but left a decent amount of lacing on the glass. A pretty decent looking beer.
S: bread, brown sugar, some toffee. Not bad.
T: tastes a little sweet, brown sugar and caramel. Not a lot of hops in this one. Some alcohol on the finish. Not bad.
M: average on the mouthfeel. Decently carbonated. A little alcohol bite.
O: not bad for a local brew. Other reviews are hard on this one, but it isn't that bad. Maybe it's not as good from the can, who knows.
10-09-2011 23:49:28 | More by evilkalla
1.75/5 rDev -44.8%
Poured into a pint glass...
Appearance-Nuetral watery brown with no head, no lacing, no retention. Just looks ugly.
Smell-Sour, Bready, light caramel malt.
Taste-Pretty gross. Soggy stale bread. Sweet malts, some hops on the finish. Unbalanced and disguisting.
Overall-My 4th and final caybrew beer and probably the worst. Theres nothing good about this beer.
07-30-2011 23:12:37 | More by SWMeyer4141
2.8/5 rDev -11.7%
poured out of a can into standard bar glass overlooking the Caribbean.
Light brown, clear one finger head that quickly dissipates leaving no lacing after the beer is done.
Floral aroma maybe some light malts but mainly floral.
Floral tasting with little malt character so far the best out of the Caybrew selection on the island.
Watery mouthfeel with no sweetness left on the tongue.
Overall the Best Caribbean beer I have had so far. A good way to not drink the BMC's of the world or Hieniken. Like someone earlier stated it is a vast desert out here at Cayman, go with this beer instead of the others out there.
07-19-2011 03:45:57 | More by jeremy2027
3.35/5 rDev +5.7%
a: This was a clear, golden amber color and it poured with a large but short lived fizzy head.
s: Sweet and toffee and maybe some light fruits. Kind of sugary overall.
t: I tasted sweet bread, brown sugar, a hint of something fruity, and a little heat at the finish.
m: A little on the watery side with fizzy carbonation.
o: A very pleasant surprise in the beer desert of the Caymans.
06-08-2011 10:48:15 | More by DIM
Ironshore Bock from Cayman Islands Brewery Ltd.
76 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.