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Dry-Hopped On The High Seas Caribbean-Style IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
88
very good

519 Ratings
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Ratings: 519
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 20
Gots: 30 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SkinnyT on 10-02-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Batch 1- Simcoe
Batch 2- Ahtanum
Batch 3 - Experimental hop #529
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 519 | Reviews: 63
Reviews by RonfromJersey:
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy orange-gold body, topped by four fingers of snow white bubbles of all sizes. Thick lacing.

Big citrus aroma, plenty of orange among a host of other fruits.

Strong sturdy semi-sweet malt foundation. Big burst of juicy fruits. Orange, maybe some mango. Sudden bitter snap at the swallow. Fruity finish.

Smooth medium mouthfeel.

A very nicely done IPA, with a quick distribution to PA, adding some extra freshness.

More User Reviews:
Photo of mverity
4.69/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Can from Proof Bottle Shop. I had this beer directly from the can while a t the pool earlier today. Aroma was sweeter than Jai Alai in the way of more mango and pineapple. Aroma was also a touch of pine and earthy grassiness. Taste was sweet tropical fruits, only slightly bitter hops, and lightly roasted malt. Well carbonated and good body to this beer. I should have bought the full 6 pack.

Photo of Billolick
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

32 oz. growler filled at Vista bev., South Salem, NY

Pours near clear, slightly ligher then almond amber. Nice fine head, leaves a delicate collar, tiny bubble film and super fine sheets of lacing. Nice lookin'...

Muted nose with some grainy hops

Decent butt really nothing special kinda AIPA.

More grainy/resiny hops in the forefront. Hoppy with nearly enough malt to reflect some balance. Not overy impressed. The look of this one was the highlight, and thats not a good sign.

Photo of far333
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear apricot colored with a thick and dimpled rocky off-white head that lingers long. Inviting aroma of bright tangerine and pine. Taste fairly matches the nose, very fresh citrus flavor, tangerine and pine, some ruby grapefruit and orange rind. Some subtle malt flavors ride beneath, but the hops are front and center on this one. Firm bitterness. Full and round mouthfeel. Very tasty beer.

Photo of AdamF625
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ahtanum batch
A- straw, light gold, transparent, thin white head that disappears quickly
S- tropical fruits, floral hops
T- grapefruit, pine, floral hops, little malt flavor, passion fruit
M- thin and light body with medium carbonation. Resinous hop aftertaste.
O- seems more like a pale with the very light body but it's very tasty and has wonderful aroma

Photo of mediumtommy
3.17/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The bubbles/carbonation are very fine on this beer, almost sharp. It is definitely dry hopped but seems as if hopped very little during the boil. There is not a strong hop flavor up front, but a larger one as an aftertaste. Still not as strong as the smell is. The packaging is awesome though. Six pack cans in a new kind of holder that protects the tops from dirt and such. Not worth the the $14 for the six pack in my opinion, but I am glad I tried it. I would definitely rank this as a lighter IPA. The can says Caribbean Style IPA and that is a dead on description.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just doing a comparison between Jai Alai and Dry-Hopped On The High Seas; both from the can, both in between fridge and room temp.

They look very similar- bright, clear golden amber with minimal head and very nice wash of lacing. Jai Alai is a little bit darker and has better retention.

Smells are distinct- dry hopped has lots of tropical fruit notes; pineapple, mango. Jai Alai is a lot earthier; fresh pine, just earthy but clean. Both are very clearly defined and lovely and enticing smells.

Taste follows the nose- jai alai is much earthier and has a good dose of pine hop bitterness and dry hopped on the high seas follows a more tropical citrus bent with minimal bitterness. Both have relatively little malt characteristics but are well backed up because it doesn't get too bitter.

Mouthfeel is markedly different between the two- dry hopped on the high seas is much smoother and less carbonated. Jai alai is a little fuller bodied but still only medium, more carbonated and a little stickier.

Overall both are exceptional IPAs and if you see either you should get it. However, I do think Jai Alai is better because it has a really distinct earthy flavor that I've never quite tastes before and is incredibly well balanced. Cheers!

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden orange. My CCB snifter can't hold the whole can, so the head overflows. Silly snifters that hold exactly 12 oz. Laces quite nicely. Disparate islands of foam on the surface.

Smell - Simcoe is strong. Grapefruit and that garlic/onion aroma. Sweetness dampens it a smidge, allowing some tropical fruits through.

Taste - Grapefruit hop, nothing as exciting as the smell. Some tropical fruits and an estery fruitiness that belies some unintended fermentation. At least, that's how I interpret it. Sweet caramel toastiness from the malt.

Mouthfeel - Fairly bitter. Medium carbonation. I didn't anticipate this being as large as it is.

Overall - Well, it's a CCB IPA. They're never perfect, but they're always decent. No exception here. I suppose I was imagining more of a "Boat Beer" from the name. Not that I ever go out on a boat, but if I did, I would want something lighter.

Photo of Gmann
3.37/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a golden color with lots of yeasty particles floating about. The head is short and dense and settles into a light cap. Some soapy lacing. Not sure why there is yeasty floaters in an IPA.

The aroma is of a lightly bready malt with a hint of caramel. Light honey sweetness. The hops are herbal with notes of citrus and pine. Some metallic notes.

The taste is of a metallic bready malt, quite English like. There is a general fruitiness to the malt as well. The hops are steely, peppery and grassy; perhaps faded. I want to say some unripe apricot. A bready, bitter IPA/APA.

The feel is moderate with softish carbonation. Slightly sweet on the palate but finishes with a dry, astringent bitterness. Quite asprin like.

An meh IPA. Too dry for my liking. Hops are blah.

Photo of KYGunner
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clean filtered looking copper color yields a loosely built but high stacking head. The lacing was thick with a sticky line of froth.

Very fruity hop character but light in aroma. Scents of oranges, lemons and tangerines mix with some caramel malt sweetness and tea leaf.

This keeps a more malty taste at the fore front with a pronounced tea leaf. The hops come on late with subtle grapefruit, lemon and piney bitterness.

The feel is bitter lightly astringent but thinner than most.

This really is well done with good diversity and flavorful moments. This can was less than one month old so I would have to presume it's just a lighter IPA, perfect for the Caribbean Sun.

Photo of tone77
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another canned beer from the creator of the canquest, woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of mango, tropical fruits. Taste is hoppy, fruity, bitter, just all around yummy. The glass is getting empty quick. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a fine quality beer.

Photo of TheHopBrewKid
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 10/5. Got a six pack from my go to beer guy here in Westchester County NY.

a - Pours lighter orange/pale yellow as if you mixed a Caribbean lager like a Carib with an amber IPA. Nice foamy head which dissipates much quicker than Jai Alai.

s - Nice burst of floral and slight citrus hops. Definitely more floral in the nose than Jai Alai which surprised me a little. You definitely get that piney simcoe aroma for sure.

t - Nice medium bite as is goes down. Again, slightly more bitter than Jai Alai in my opinion which, again, surprised me. Definitely packs citrus flavors but is rather light (not in a bad way), but just light.

m - Light body with medium carm. Again, bitter bite as it goes down which is completely gone in the finish.

o - Good IPA. The whole idea of a Caribbean IPA intrigued me, but I had something totally different in my mind than what this beer ended up being. For me, Jai Alai is better. I'd definitely get this again if given the chance, even at 7% ABV I still think this could be a sessionable IPA.

Photo of BSK_ONE
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured can into a 15 ounce glass. Golden, copper color with a huge lingering off white head. This is the best quality of this beer from an entertainment point of view. The creamy head slowly dissipates until only a single mountainous island is left in the middle of the glass.

S: Hints of Banana, grapefruit, lemons and prevalent hops.

T: The taste remaining from the ahtanum hops is truly unique. Bitter, but not off putting.

M: Bitterness on the tongue, but not overwhelming.

O: To me this is a good beer which is made better with a supporting cast of the right foods. Solid IPA, but nothing from a taste point of view that makes it stand out.

Photo of THANAT0PSIS
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cigar City Dry-Hopped on the High Seas

Appearance: This dry-hopped beauty pours a nice honeyed orange-gold with a distinct haze that can only be attributed to hops. The creamy, rocky head amounts to about two fingers at its height and leaves behind very nice lacing as it eventually disperses after a period of ample retention. The carbonation is perfectly active. It looks exactly how an IPA should look, but it has this glow to it that really sets it alongside the better-looking examples of the style out there. 4.5/5

Aroma: If the can did not proclaim that this was dry-hopped with Simcoe hops, it still would be apparent. Big orange aromas, backed up by some grapefruit, mango, papaya, pineapple, and a little piney resin, hit out of the gate, and are eventually displaced by sweet fruit flesh and a nice, subtly sweet, cracker-like malt bill. This is a really nice smelling beer, but the Simcoe really dominates the nose in a big way, which sort mutes the rest of what is going on here. 4/5

Taste: It is really a shame how much the Simcoe destroys the rest of this beer, because the base beer appears to be very good indeed. As in the nose, orange zest, orange juice, and subtle mango lead the way, but the dry-hopping quickly makes itself known adding an ample, domineering bitterness that somewhat impairs the rest of the beer. Still, it is not a wholly unbalanced beer. The mango pith and some papaya, along with some earthy, mildly oniony hops that are a surprise (but welcome) guest all make themselves known, though the aforementioned piney bitterness is what lingers on the tongue. As the beer warms, the malts come out quite a bit more and improve the beer somewhat, but make no mistake: this is a Simcoe bomb, which unfortunately hides some really nice stuff going on underneath the dry-hopping. 4/5

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium, with a very nice drinkability, crispness, refreshing nature, and a perfect amount of carbonation. It really fits what this style of beer should be going for, and, apart from the aggressive bitterness that lathers the mouth up after each drink, this is perfect. 4.5/5

Overall: Unsurprisingly, this is another good beer from Cigar City, who have just been killing it lately. While this is not as good as Jai Alai (or any of its variants), it is still a great IPA that is held back by its own namesake, the dry-hopping. Some more restraint on that part of the beer really would have pulled this otherwise awesome beer together. It set out to be a tropical IPA, and it succeeded admirably. I would like to see CCB can some more variants of this with different (and less) dry-hopping. 17/20

Photo of Vec2267
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - orange with fluffy white head, considerable lacing

S - tropical sweetness that is overwhelmed by piney hops, quite aromatic

T - sweet citrus background that is overwhelmed by the piney hops, very dry due to the bitterness

M - quite clean and crisp, surprising for something with this much going on

O - the contrast between the tropical sweetness and the bitter hops keep this interesting even though the hops clearly dominate

Photo of Greywulfken
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep amber body, nice and clear; full head of ivory foam left lotsa messy lace down the glass

S: tropical and orchard fruits meet piney, resinous, woodsy hops

T: follows nose across the palate, with flavors of apricot, passion fruit, coconut, wood and pine resin

M: medium-light body, crisp, carbonation is ample, drier finish than start

O: a very nice, woodsy, almost barrel-aged character, featuring Simcoe hops (I think this is a single-hop beer, but don't quote me). IPA fans need to give it a try.

Photo of EN27
3.36/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Poured a clear orange with a one finger white head into a tulip glass. Head dissipates into a very thin layer after a couple of minutes with no real noticeable lacing.

Scent- Very fruity initially followed by a blast of piney/earthy notes.

Taste- Fruit flavor hits initially, followed by the bite of the hops. Fruit flavor comes back as you swallow. Pretty pleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with medium carbonation. A bit heavier than I anticipated.

Overall- Decent. Not as great as I was hoping, but decent nonetheless. The strong fruit flavors add a nice dimension to the beer.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

appearance: Dark gold, mostly clear. Nice fat white head on the pour that settles to a pretty thick lingering head.
smell: Not getting the "bright tropical aroma" Cigar City advertises, at least not up front. A little darker and dankier. Maybe the tropical thing will show stronger as it warms.
taste: Hoppy, tropical and dry. Crisp. Not sure if i'm projecting here based on the High Seas thing but I'm getting salt in there too.
overall: Very nice and different IPA in a market flooded by IPA's. Well done.

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that has good retention properties and gradually died down, consistently leaving a short head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of grapefruit are present in the nose—it's almost like you are sniffing a glass of fresh grapefruit juice.
T: Much like the smell, the taste his packed with lots of grapefruit flavors from the hops but only has just shy of a moderate amount of associated bitterness. The grapefruit flavors linger through the aftertaste. The bitterness seems to become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: If you like grapefruit, you'll really enjoy this dry hopped beer as it completely dominates the smell and taste.

Photo of rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear orange, some carbonation, one finger head that leaves some lacing.

S-Toast, bread, then some tropical hops and citrus.

T-Starts rather bread/toasty again. Ends with the same citrus/tropical notes from the nose with some bitterness. However the balance isn't quite there.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation.

O-The bread and tropical combination just do not seem to mesh perfectly.

Photo of fmccormi
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dry-Hopped on the High Seas: Citra
Straight pour from a 12oz can to a teku glass; canning date of, I think, January 8, 2014 printed in black ink (it’s hard to read, on account of being very blurry) on the underside of the can (“CANNED ON JAN 8 2014”). If I’m reading it correctly, that’d make this can nine days old at the time of consumption. Freshhh.

Appearance (4.0): About two fingers of cream-colored foam rise out of the pour, capping a somewhat hazy orange-tan body. The head dies down at a moderate pace, leaving thick, holey clumps and splotches where the collar sat for a while, linked up by webby legs of lace. Generally it’s got a great look, but the lacing is just a bit sparse for my taste.

Smell (4.5): Classic Citra: some tangerine and passionfruit, which is sort of like melony pineapple juice, is paired with a dank, resinous tone that underlines everything else going on . . . the malt is pale, plain, and a little sweet, like a floury biscuit with a little honey drizzled on it. Citra dry-hopping really makes for a good aroma for IPAs.

Taste (4.25): The flavor of the Citra largely follows the nose, but with more of a bitter, resinous edge to underscore all of the juicy sweetness within. Tangerine flesh, a little more of the kind of melony passionfruit sweetness, and then a hefty, oily grapefruit juice bitterness that lasts well into the finish, which brings in some minty, grassy bitterness along with it. Generally speaking, it’s not mind-blowing in any way but it’s very, very good in every way.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Some modest carbonation foams up softly and lightly, tingling but stopping short of prickling . . . the body behind it is medium-weight or a little under, and chased out with a very dry, resinous finish that fits the style very well.

Overall (4.25): I love these single-hop IPAs for showcasing the properties of one hop or another, but generally the base is made so straightforwardly that the end product is anywhere from somewhat above average to very good, but almost never mind-bending. This one falls into the very good (or a bit higher) range, thanks to Cigar City’s ability to brew a solid base beer and deft use of Citra and its unique character. $11/six-pack? Definitely worth a buy.
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Dry-Hopped on the High Seas: Hop #529
Straight pour from a 12oz can to a teku glass; canning date of January 30, 2014 printed in black ink on the underside of the can (“CANNED 1/30/14”), making this can twelve days old.

Appearance (4.5): Two full fingers of bone-white head come off of the pour, capping a lightly hazy, honey-colored body. As the head dies down, it leaves a thick, clumpy-lumpy collar of foam all the way around the glass, along with a second collar of wide swaths of lace here and there an inch lower on the glass. Scattered suds here and there around the glass besides . . . this is a fantastic-looking beer.

Smell (4.25): Not surprisingly, it’s a tropical sweetness—but rather than dryly acidic, it’s mellower and a little richer, showing the nectary smoothness of papaya, melons (honeydew and a little cantaloupe) and passionfruit . . . there’s a bit of orange, pineapple flesh, and key lime underneath that stuff, brightening it up a bit. Any malt is pale, a little sweet, and bready, and lost within the fruit.

Taste (4.5): Markedly different from the nose. Fruity, sure; hoppy, without a doubt. But it’s got some of that smooth, melony fruit up front, followed up quickly by a bittersweet key lime flavor that pushes forward into a nearly astringent, raw grapefruit peel bitterness that stops just short of parching. The malt’s a little more present, but pleasantly and dryly bready, like dry, yeasty biscuits and common crackers. As it warms up, the hop profile turns very grassy, which I like, but it still retains a crazily citric, hard-to-pin fruit bitterness. Passionfruit and key lime juice, maybe? This is really great stuff.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Hits spot-on for the style, but extremely tight: kind of loose, lightly tingly carbonation all through the body, with a light-side-of-medium-weight body, and a veeery dry finish. Exceedingly easy to drink and begging for more.

Overall (4.25): Really digging these #529 hops, whatever they are/will be. I prefer hop varieties that have flavor that goes beyond juicy sweetness, and this definitely does. I like all that just fine, but give me something a little more dynamic and uncommon, and I’m a happy camper. #529 does that very well, and the IPA built around it is, as always, sturdy, flexible, and generally well-executed all at the same time. I heartily enjoyed this beer.

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4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well I wanted my 1900th review to be special so I guess with such a high review this one is good enough. $3.50 for the single.

A - You can tell its dry hopped since how hazy this amber brew is. Head is massive full inch plus that sticks around for a while,
S - Juicy and mildly nostril stinging Citra Hops. Pineapple and lemon peel smell is balanced with the malts though gram cracker goodness.
T - Not super bitter balanced herbal hops meets citrus and mango hops. Balanced malts and tea leaves herbal ness buried underneath in all its very good. Reminds me of Sculpin in a way.
M - Not super easy to drink but for around 7% this beer drinks well. Balanced flavor the entire visit.

Overall I will not say this beer blew my mind since a lot of breweries are using Citra hops and making very balanced IPA's. This is a very solid beer regardless. I think the only deterant is the price which is on par with Sculpin.

Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Another single can that has been sitting in the fridge for a while now.
As pictured...what is 'Caribbean-Style' I ask myself.
The beer poured slightly hazy, dark yellow orangish color, lots of carbonation bubble streams.
Big, white head with good retention and lots of lace string.
Lots of hoppy aroma, citrus and grapefruit.
Taste has a ton of grapefruit flavored hops, lots of floral and fruity bitterness.
I would say medium body, carbonation crispness on the tongue, bitter aftertaste.
A nicely done dry hopped beer, and in a can!

Photo of woodychandler
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I CANnot hold back my elation at the idea that my 2,500th review on this site is in support of The CANQuest (TM)! It has been a long, arduous journey and while there has recently been a pooh-poohing of "tickers" on this site, when you review nearly 1,000 CANned beers, you may talk to me.

From the CAN: "Drink fresh! Do not age! Pour gently into a glass."; "A tropical IPA dry-hopped on the high seas with one of our favorite hops, Simcoe."

The Crack! revealed another brimful craft CAN and I would have liked to have employed an inverted Glug, but I made a promise to my ex-Old Lady that I would not do so if the label specifically forbade it. This is one of those instances. Once underway, I did get a little more aggressive so as to build up some head and release the esters, which is my underlying reason. This all resulted in a finger-and-a-half of dense, rocky, tawny head with decent retention. Color was a slightly hazy coppery-amber (SRM = > 13, < 17). Nose was absolutely tropical, evoking coconut, papaya, mango, tangerine and even banana. I always think of a roll of Tropical Fruit Life Savers from when I was a kid. I used to take one of each flavor and pop all of them in my mouth at once and this is of what I am reminded. Great lacing had begun to form as I typed. The mouthfeel was medium and the taste was not as pronounced on the tongue as it had been on the nose, but it was still quite tropical. Fruity and bitter at once - what a sensation. The finish was dry, not downright gasping, but enough to really get my attention. I would absolutely drink more of this and especially on Hula in the Coola Day (01 Feb, annually).

Photo of LCB_Hostage
3.29/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Gonna keep this short, cause I honestly don't think this brew deserves more. The whole "Caribbean-style" IPA thing led me to believe this would be a big, juicy IPA redolent with fruity goodness. Instead it was a relatively run of the mill mass produced IPA with nothing to distinguish if from any of a 100 others. Even the dry-hopping didn't seem to have any real effect. Not a bad beer, but nothing I'd make an effort to seek out.

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Dry-Hopped On The High Seas Caribbean-Style IPA from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 519 ratings.