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

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 519
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 20
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
Photo of Mikecap
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a nice golden orange with two fingers of fluffy white head that fades to a solid lacing.

Smell: Citrus dominant, with mango, pineapple, and grapefruit dominant. Followed by some earth and grass; piney notes come through later.

Taste: Mango up front, and it certainly tastes tropical. Well balanced citrus fruit with earthy hop character.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and quite refreshing with mild bitterness. Easy drinking with a creamy texture and crisp finish.

Overall: Another awesome beer from CCB. Not as good as Jai Alai but still extremely impressive!

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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 Hopdaemon39
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just doing a comparison between Jai Alai and Dry-Hopped On The High Seas; both from the can, both in between fridge and room temp.

They look very similar- bright, clear golden amber with minimal head and very nice wash of lacing. Jai Alai is a little bit darker and has better retention.

Smells are distinct- dry hopped has lots of tropical fruit notes; pineapple, mango. Jai Alai is a lot earthier; fresh pine, just earthy but clean. Both are very clearly defined and lovely and enticing smells.

Taste follows the nose- jai alai is much earthier and has a good dose of pine hop bitterness and dry hopped on the high seas follows a more tropical citrus bent with minimal bitterness. Both have relatively little malt characteristics but are well backed up because it doesn't get too bitter.

Mouthfeel is markedly different between the two- dry hopped on the high seas is much smoother and less carbonated. Jai alai is a little fuller bodied but still only medium, more carbonated and a little stickier.

Overall both are exceptional IPAs and if you see either you should get it. However, I do think Jai Alai is better because it has a really distinct earthy flavor that I've never quite tastes before and is incredibly well balanced. Cheers!

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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 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 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 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 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 Huffs
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a sam adams glass, with a nice thick head developing, off white in color, with great retention and lacing. Appearance was hazy with a nice orange / copper color. Aroma was very distinct in its tropical fruit sweetness, mango and papaya. Also strong hop notes and some grain and grass mixed in. Very hoppy taste and bitter on the back. Notes of grass and pine. Medium mouthfeel with a bitter aftertaste. Nice beer, just thought the bitterness was a bit off balance.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy orange-gold body, topped by four fingers of snow white bubbles of all sizes. Thick lacing.

Big citrus aroma, plenty of orange among a host of other fruits.

Strong sturdy semi-sweet malt foundation. Big burst of juicy fruits. Orange, maybe some mango. Sudden bitter snap at the swallow. Fruity finish.

Smooth medium mouthfeel.

A very nicely done IPA, with a quick distribution to PA, adding some extra freshness.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass: color is gold to copper, head is brighter, frothy white, great lacing and webbing on the glass, presents dense but dissipates to a rings and bubbles.

Smell is a great mix of hop citrus and bitterness with light malt toast and sweetness. hops dominate and bitterness comes through well in the nose.

Taste is just as solid as the scent, big hop front, citrus bursts forth, solid hop bitterness, nice grapefruit and lemon zest, hints of earth and bitterness. Malt flavors are subtle as expected, nice light toast and maybe some bread.

Mouthfeel is spot on, good lingering bitterness and light malt to balance, a nice mix to make the stronger bitterness work well.

Overall, a great brew, big citrus rind flavors and hop bitterness on the tongue, malts are there in background form but provide quality light sweetness.

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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 Vec2267
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - orange with fluffy white head, considerable lacing

S - tropical sweetness that is overwhelmed by piney hops, quite aromatic

T - sweet citrus background that is overwhelmed by the piney hops, very dry due to the bitterness

M - quite clean and crisp, surprising for something with this much going on

O - the contrast between the tropical sweetness and the bitter hops keep this interesting even though the hops clearly dominate

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, 10/1/13
DFH IPA glass

A: There is some floaters in a new beer? Orange color. Two fingers off white head. Lacing bits.

S: Lots of Simcoe. Pine. Earthy hops. Floral.

T: Good hop bitterness. Good malt backbone. Dry finish.

M: Medium bodied. Nice little IPA here.

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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 JohnG190
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely golden straw with a thick, quickly dissipating head. Lots of lace. Aroma full of floral, pine and citrus notes, a real hop bomb! Tropical fruit sweetness hits the palate first, especially mango and pineapple. Grapefruit and apricot mid-palate give way to pine resin on the back end. Finishes dry and bitter. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, an interesting and very tasty IPA. Balanced and well crafted, good job CCB.

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4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. can into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Pours a nice copper-ish gold, mostly clear with a few floaters in suspension. Lots of visible carbonation and a half-finger of white head.

S: Pine, grapefruit and spicy hops with some tropical and herbal character as well, all with a nice cracker malt base underneath.

T: Follows the nose primarily, and more spicy and melon character to the hops than would be my preference. Minimal citrus character - maybe just a bit of grapefruit rind. Has a nice biscuit malty backbone, but certainly plays second fiddle to the hops. Significant bitterness present, and persists into the hang.

M: Medium body for style, alcohol very well-hidden, and good carbonation sensation.

O: This give the impression of being more bitter than Jai Alai, although I have no idea where the IBUs would shake out. It's tasty, there's nothing wrong with it. But I prefer Jai Alai by quite a bit.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz can into a Dogfish Head fluted type pint glass. Pours clear golden amber in color with a stiff and fluffy white head that remains at least 1/4" thick for the duration of the consumption. Plenty of lacing as well.

Aroma is piney and citrusy. Loads of citrus with some heavy piney resinous aromas. Malt backbone is steady with a nice, sweet caramel aroma. Slightly fruity and floral. Seems as though this one has a bit of everything.

Very nice flavor profile. More pine than anything in the flavor. Not quite balanced, as far as malt versus hops, but I prefer the bitter, dry IPAs over the more "balanced" ones. Fruity flavor on the tip of the tongue lends a bit of upfront sweetness which lends some semblance of balance. Caramel malts take a back seat to hop flavor and aroma.

Quite dry in the finish, which gives it less body, but more drinkability, in my opinion. Clean and crisp and damn near perfect. Quite bitter with piney resins and oils giving a bit of slickness to the beer. Pungent and pithy.

From memory, I prefer this to Jai Alai. I am now going to do a side by side with Jai Alai and this one (JA Vs HS):

JA is much more fruity and citrusy, almost like grapefruit juiced compared to HS. JA seems to be more balanced with slightly less bitterness and more of a floral component. HS is certainly drier and more bitter, way more bitter. I am guessing the dryness adds to the stark bitterness and difference in overall mouthfeel and perceived bitterness. The alcohol flavor seems more detectable in the JA but both seem equivalent in perceived alcohol.

After the side by side, I prefer the High Seas over Jai Alai. I prefer the drier IPAs and the more bitter, so HS is right up my alley. Either way, there is NO loser here, only preferences.

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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 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 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 justintcoons
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 can poured into a shaker pint.
Dry-hopped with Simcoe.

Gold with 1 finger of off-white head. Good clarity and retention. Moderate carbonation.

Tangerine, pineapple, papaya, lemon and honeydew.

Not as juicy as the nose lets on. Bitter grapefruit rinds and papaya skin. Some tangerine and honeydew melon. Pine resin sticks to the back of the throat. Thin backbone of pale malts and candy sugars.

Medium bodied, crisp, bitter and dry.

My only complaint would be that the moderately high bitterness seems to hide some of the tropical fruits that were detected in the nose. However this is still a solid IPA.

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Photo of themind
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A smooth drinking IPA thats very drinkable. This beer pours a golden color with a decent aroma. The hops are subtle but present. If your a hop explosion lover this is not your beer but its very tasty. This is a beer that you could truly drink all day long. I am very impressed with this brew. All in all I would buy this for sure.

Bottom Line: Spectacular beer!

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep amber body, nice and clear; full head of ivory foam left lotsa messy lace down the glass

S: tropical and orchard fruits meet piney, resinous, woodsy hops

T: follows nose across the palate, with flavors of apricot, passion fruit, coconut, wood and pine resin

M: medium-light body, crisp, carbonation is ample, drier finish than start

O: a very nice, woodsy, almost barrel-aged character, featuring Simcoe hops (I think this is a single-hop beer, but don't quote me). IPA fans need to give it a try.

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