Dry-Hopped On The High Seas Caribbean-Style IPA - Cigar City Brewing
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3.98/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
11-16-2013 16:09:17 | More by metter98
4.04/5 rDev +3.9%
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
11-08-2013 00:14:41 | More by brentk56
3.86/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
11-12-2013 18:11:59 | More by Slatetank
3.84/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
10-14-2013 17:28:37 | More by mdfb79
3.5/5 rDev -10%
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.
10-24-2013 00:46:26 | More by corby112
4.36/5 rDev +12.1%
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).
01-02-2014 00:50:38 | More by woodychandler
3.73/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
11-04-2013 00:41:31 | More by Billolick
3.74/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
02-10-2014 16:31:24 | More by stakem
Dry-Hopped On The High Seas Caribbean-Style IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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