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

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87
very good

62 Reviews
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Reviews: 62
Hads: 519
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 2.82%
Wants: 21
Gots: 32 | 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
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Reviews: 62 | Hads: 519
Reviews by THANAT0PSIS:
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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 (2,641 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of npala86
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.84/5  rDev -1.5%

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. (393 characters)

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. (482 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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. (392 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.84/5  rDev -1.5%

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 (358 characters)

Photo of lowfatevan
4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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Dry-Hopped On The High Seas Caribbean-Style IPA from Cigar City Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.