Dry-Hopped On The High Seas Caribbean-Style IPA - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by THANAT0PSIS:
4.13/5 rDev +6.2%
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
Serving type: can
10-28-2013 23:22:14 | More by THANAT0PSIS
More User Reviews:
3.38/5 rDev -13.1%
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.
Serving type: can
07-20-2014 03:05:27 | More by Gmann
United Kingdom (England)
3.24/5 rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
Alright, I have to review this beer now while it is here in front of me again. The Memorial Day Weekend had the hop heads of the family sharing brewskis in a taste festival, and this beer was unanimously greeted with respect and revulsion!
First of all we had already been through about 6 different IPAs, and you might discount this review on that, but again, here I have the beer in front of me in a snifter, and two of us a trying to gag it down. We haven't had any IPA yet today, and yet it is still difficult to drink.
I give it a 3 overall because it really does something special. The looks on the face produced by this bitter brew are highly entertaining.
Looks and mouth feel are excellent. Slightly hazy and peach orange, the one looks very good. The pour yields a lovely inch foam that dissipates into nothingness over the long minutes it takes to get through it, leaving alcoholic legs, like dried maple syrup on the snifter walls.
Look out! As soon as this beer bashes onto your tongue you are into a world of hurt!
Bitter up front, and bitter to the end, I find descriptors like wet cigarette butts, sucking the end of an old rope, rank wet sneakers, and old baseball glove come easily to mind, as the palette struggles to come to grips with what is the gnarliest beer we've had all year, perhaps in our !ives!
Good lord, did they filter this through an old dish rag? What mischief inspires a brew that curls the tongue with herculean taste cramps. I find the tiniest of sips blossom into huge flavor bomb blasts layered with the assorted subtleties of the finest piney IPAs however draped in a jungle camouflage of dank midew molds and fermented mangoes, and rotten mung beans in reconstituted shiitake mushroom, with twisted old rancid terry cloth tennis wrist band juice thrown in for a salty insult. We almost gag.
Yet over the time it takes to drink oh so slowly, it warms to ambient temperature, and opens up, transforming from an ugly duckling to a majestic swan. I'm pretty certain this beer teaches respct and tolerance, and by the time you are down to the last flat and warm inch of beer in the bottom of the glass you at rewarded with something unusually complex and deliciously palatable, after all the grueling suffering, not quite stomach churning, but tongue twisting.
A slow drinker. Approach with caution. Not for the uninitiated.
Serving type: can
05-26-2014 22:44:13 | More by Sorcerer
Dry-Hopped On The High Seas Caribbean-Style IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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