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

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87
very good

434 Ratings
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Ratings: 434
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9%
Wants: 16
Gots: 27 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Batch 1- Simcoe
Batch 2- Ahtanum
Batch 3 - Experimental hop #529

(Beer added by: SkinnyT on 10-02-2013)
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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3.09/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tastes like a more astringent piney Jai Alai. To be honest the smell is amazing and the taste was a let down. I was expecting more fruitiness. The after taste was kind of bad. Other than the aroma it's average at best. On the plus side it's distributed better than other Cigar City beers so at least people in NY and Philadelphia can try something of theirs easily (well while it lasts).

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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.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.29/5  rDev -15.4%
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
87 out of 100 based on 434 ratings.