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

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Dry-Hopped On The High Seas Caribbean-Style IPADry-Hopped On The High Seas Caribbean-Style IPA

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61 Reviews
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Reviews: 61
Hads: 519
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 27.23%
Wants: 20
Gots: 32 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with an inch or so of foam capping the clear amber liquid: curtains of lace sheet the pint glass

Smell: Toasty and biscuity, with tropical fruit aromatics

Taste: The toasted malt flavors kick in, at first, with the tropical fruit flavors (papaya, white grapefruit and lychee) building in the middle; rather piney in the finish with lingering residual sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: Hard to discern exactly what makes this a Caribbean IPA; still, I rather enjoy it

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Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this on tap at Warwick served chilled in a pint.
The tap list did not differentiate the hop utilized, but it was the first I heard of this beer so I am willing to guess it was the simcoe

The color is tarnished golden with amber accents and tinge of rust with thick beige cream with very fine bead and ringlets of lace collect. The smell is kind of muted, I am not sure if it is the temperature it is served at or the beer ... but as it warms it becomes piney with a mild smell of grapefruit and mild herbal odor with light fruity yeast ester. The feel is very good moderately bitter with generally higher than average carbonation semi-dry finish with low alcohol influence.

The taste is very good with gentle bitterness up front leading to a fruity and citrus taste with light sweetness and slight pine element from the hops with dry bitterness in the backend and almost grassy finish but low alcohol in the taste. Overall I enjoyed this -solid but not that out of the ordinary in a sea of IPA's on the market(pun intended) still well worth trying.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 10/12/13 notes. Had this on tap at The Jeffrey at their grand opening party. A 14 oz. pour into a tulip, ran $8...was excited for this one.

a - Pours a somewhat hazy, medium bright orange color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of fruity malts, toasted malts, citrus hops, grapefruit juice, lemon, and floral hops. Nice and hoppy, pretty good nose.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, fruity malts, toasted malts, light floral hops, with a medium bitter bite to it. Decent, not as hoppy as the nose and bitter...a step down for me.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Medium bitter bite in the mouthfeel.

o - Overall a decent DIPA, though I was slightly disappointed as I had high hopes for this one. Nose was good but the taste was more malty and less hoppy, and had a decent bitter bite to it. Worth checking out but not a hop bomb or anything.

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Photo of stakem
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kegatron for gifting me with this. Batch 2 Ahtanum version poured from a can into a matching CCB snifter. The brew appears a hazy golden color with a finger of white head. Soapy lace coats the glass.

The aroma is a bit tea-like with grass, herbs and trace pulp-like elements. As it warms up, a bit of fruity elements come out. Not a bad smelling brew at all, just a little different.

The taste is tea-like with some astringency coupled with grassy and pulpy zest/pith and herbal bitterness. A slight fruit quality is also present seemingly all coming from the hops. There is very little in the way of malt profile to this which I guess is to be expected based off the way this can reads.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Pretty much all bitterness with little depth of flavor. Not a bad brew but not that memorable either. I appreciate the chance to try this Heath, I just dont see myself buying this in any quantity.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
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).

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Photo of Billolick
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can into a tulip. 10/2/13 canning date.

Pours a standard copper color with a nice inch thick head. Par for most quality IPAs in appearance. Smell is quite fruity (of the tropical variety) and also very hoppy..i know this one is fresh. Taste remains true to smell with a good amount of hop profile as well as a good amount of sweet fruitiness. Ends with a nice bitter finish actually. Very drinkable, medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall a good beer all around here. Not quite on Jai Alai level but good nonetheless! very much recommended.

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Photo of corby112
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy, bright golden orange color with tangerine edges and a one finger frothy white head that very slowly settles into a lasting ring. Nice retention with streaks of soapy lacing coating the glass on the way down. Looks great!

Floral, earthy hop aroma with grassy pine and resinous oils followed by subtle tropical fruit notes and a pale malt backbone. Pine needle, flower petal and dank buds along with a subtle onion/summit presence. Faint fruit sweetness with some grapefruit and pineapple. Pale malts with lots of bread and biscuit as well as some grainy cracker-y character.

On the lighter end of medium body with a blast of dry, sticky hop bitterness than lingers throughout over the pale malt backbone into a dry finish. The hop presence is somewhat one dimensional with dank, grassy bitterness that's very earthy/soily with lots of pine needle flavor. The tropical/citrus fruit character was faint in the nose and is even more subtle in the flavor. Just a bit of sweetness coming in for balance but it could use a bit more. Pale malt backbone balances things out with lots of bread, biscuit, graham cracker and subtle light fruit notes. The ABV is nearly invisible with only slight boozy sweetness in the finish, making it pretty easy to drink. The mouthfeel falls off a bit mid-palate and finishes slightly watery/thin. A decent drinkable IPA with some nice flavor but doesn't really stand out from other options.

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Photo of tone77
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of dar482
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in an amber orange color with a foamy white head.

The aroma is fantastic with floral hops, grapefruit, orange, some tropical fruit, as well some sweet caramel malt.

The flavor follows with a punch of citrus orange and tropical fruit in the front, a bit of floral spiciness, and then some clean bready sweetness. There's a good bitterness on the end that lingers.

The body is to light medium.

A nice hop bomb of an IPA.

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Photo of drpimento
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer and another one from these guys I wish we could get around here. Poured slightly warm with a large, cream-colored, thick, & fast settling to a sudsy thin cover with lots of clingy lace. Color is a slightly hazy amber with a few bubble trails. Aroma is an earthy hop, malt, resin. Taste is fantastic- a perfect blend of bitter and sweet, with just enough tang. Body is great, carbonation a touch soft. Finish is like flavor, stays true all the way thru to an an average tapering end. Super drinkable beer!

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Photo of maximum12
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to moose3285 for two cans of this wanted new brew with quite the rabid back-story. One can for me, one for my beer-loving wife. 12 oz. cans.

Mine poured into my lovely Cigar City glass, also courtesy of the ever-generous moose3285. The beer is a highly burnished copper, crystal clear, moderate carbonation. Nose is very sweet, tropical, grapefruit. Matches the marketing & name, at the least.

Dry-Hopped on the High Seas brings the kitchen sink to the brew kettle (hopefully it was a sterilized). Lovely, juicy, oily burst of tropical fruit hits the palate immediately: mango, papaya, orange, sweetness rampant on the flying flag. But wait, that's not all! Tangy bitterness sweeps through the mid-palate hard enough to make the top of my mouth ring. Drinkable as hell: if this were 5% it could be an all-nighter.

Exquisite. Most of the time when you get an IPA that's fruity there's no bitterness, & my sad face appears. Or when you get a ton of bitterness, there's not enough flavor. This one hits that balance with a sledgehammer. Excellent beer.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

picked up a can locally. canned date october 2nd (month and a half)...enjoyed from a CCB humidor series tulip.

a - brew poured a soft transparent orange yellow with a massive head that filled the remainder of the glass. the head hung out forever, but as it dissolved, milkshake like chunks coated the sides of the glass. great visible carbonation could be seen when held to the light.

s - spot on. dank sweaty tropical hops. caribbean indeed.

t - once again, fairly spot on. dank sweaty tropical hops...not as dank as the nose suggests, but still fairly pungent. sweet. very mango

m - soft carbonation, subtle bitterness on the finish. watery body with dankness to give it some depth.

o - overall, really glad to see ccb back in the local shops. what a nice treat to go along with jai alai...very tropical and tasty. will definitely be picking up more of this.

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Photo of FLima
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber color with a thick head with medium retention.
Delicious aroma of tropical fruits with notes of pineapples, leeches, mango and further citrusy. Pine comes later and milder than usual. In my opinion, its nose is superior to its sister Jai Alai.
Tropical-citrus flavor with notes of grapefruits, spices, pine, and peppery yeast. Dry aftertaste with a long lasting bitterness.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
Very balanced and flavorful beer, bold in both fruits and hops without over exaggerating. You can picture yourself on a tropical island, but with American colonization influence off course.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, canned 10/11/2013, poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 10/24/2013, after dinner. Thanks R.J. for sending a sixer of this my way.

Pours a hazy, though with some good clarity, orange body with a nice fluffy 2cm white head that retains quite well. Leaves tons of leafy lacing all over the glass as it recedes, and as it makes its way into my liver. Great looking IPA.

Faint pine oils, earthiness and floral notes round out the nose. Balanced out quite a bit by a solidly bready, honey'd up, crackery malt backbone. Not the most hoppy smelling beer, but a nicely balanced one.

Tastes smooth, with a good sweet earthiness and crackery pale maltiness, balanced out by a nice floral bitterness at the end. Not explosively hoppy, but pleasantly so. Somehow the floral hops complement the malt very well rather than taking over the flavour on its own. Good balance.

Medium bodied, great carbonation, resinous and spreads the hop love all around. Bitterness is very floral and pleasant. Yet this is somewhere in between in terms of how easy it is to drink.. the floral notes on the aftertaste make this interesting but not amazing. Minimal hint of ABV.

Overall, an interesting IPA that delivers a nice piney, floral bitterness. Wouldn't take this over Two-Hearted or even Flower Power which I just had recently.

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Photo of Gmann
3.37/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the can. Pours a gorgeous clear copper with a nice frothy white head. Smelled the fresh hops as soon as I cracked the can and they just scream resin, pine, grapefruit, and darkness. Mouthfeel is slick and resinous with prickly yet lowish carbonation. Flavor is big bitter pine up front with a nice tropical finish. The dry finish is not quite as clean as one would expect, which takes away from the tropical juiciness that I want this beer to give me. Overall a nice bitter hop bomb that would go nicely on the beach. Other than that, not sure what makes this Carribean style besides the gimmick.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Dope
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on October 14th, 2013. My birthday, hooray!

A: Pours a clear amber. Big, tall frothy off-white head. Head fades slowly with substantial lacing left behind. Decent retention.

S: Surprisingly mild aroma. Very mild. A little bit of grapefruit.

T: A little hoppier here but not hugely. Spicy pine and bitter grapefruit. Pretty mild though. Strong bread crusts for the malt kicks in in the finish. Mild wave of bitterness and then a long lingering bitter, spicy and drying finish.

M: Mild and medium bodied. Fairly dry.

O: Not a bad IPA but lacking in a few areas (especially aroma). Pretty mild and easy drinking except it's surprisingly dry and bitter in the aftertaste. Not a huge hop aroma or flavor, just all bitterness. Surprisingly for something that explicitly states "dry-hopped" in the name.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on 2014-02-02 in Columbia, PA

A - Moderately hazy orange with a 1-finger white head that leaves good lacing.

S - Fresh pineapple, passion fruit and some hop floral. Not much malt. No pine or dankness. Sweet and pleasant. Not real strong.

T - More hop forward that I expected from the smell. Grapefruit peel, pine then some pineapple and orange flesh sweetness. Just a touch of bready malt. Dries quickly with a strong, bitter and minty aftertaste with some moderating fruit sweetness.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Prickly and resinous. Substantial.

O - An enjoyable beer. Clearly focused on the Citra hops. I like it but prefer their more complex Jai Alai.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A good beer with plenty of aromas and flavor.
The nose has aromas of fruity hops plus some sutle hints of pine and floral.
The taste is equally good and mirrors the nose with fresh tasting fruity hops along wih floral and piney notes. Malts are a minor player but I do like the residual sweetness that lingers. Not very bitter and highly drinkable.

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Dry-Hopped On The High Seas Caribbean-Style IPA from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.