Hopped On The High Seas Dry - Hopped With: AHTANUM - Cigar City Brewing
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 207 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
3.74/5 rDev -1.6%
"A tropical IPA dry-hopped on the high seas with one of our favorite hops: Ahtanum". Brewed in the style of an American IPA and dry hopped with varying hop varietals. Available in 12 oz. can 6 packs and limited draft. I am reviewing this beer alongside two other varietals, Citra and Calypso (find my review on their respective profiles). Limited rotational release.
Poured from a 12 oz. can to a tulip glass. Served above 52º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a creamy frothed cream white head over a hazy peach-amber body with specked sediment. Retention is very good, lacing is spotty. 4
(Smell) Biscuit and cracker malts accented by a moderately bitter hop profile. Ahtanum generates a bouquet of lemony, grassy, peppery and earthy tea spice notes with undertones of pithy citrus rind and muted tropical fruit. The most off putting impression I get is the smell of bubble wand solution, but I won't let that stop me. Potency is moderate. Of the three variants, I find this one the most unique. 3.75
(Taste) The presence of the Ahtanum hop generates a light lemony and grassy character with a peppery and earthy blend of characters, finishing with an herbal tea blend. The malt profile is simple, clean and light with just a hint of body to balance. Bitterness is light to modest. It’s such a unique hop character and while it doesn’t blow me away, I am looking forward to seeing this used in more beers in the near future, as it has some real flavoring potential. Arguably superior to the Calypso in terms of flavor, although the Citra variety seems to win out on both. 3.75
(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, clean, mildly dry. Carbonation is soft, generating a mild airiness for a mellow mouthfeel. The carbonation is a bit too shy in this beer. Body is light-medium for the style, light/medium overall. Balance is slightly bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is low and there are no off characters. 3.5
(Overall) A very unique lightly bitter hop with a lot of interesting mild-mannered flavor potential. The tea character comes out particularly strong and could play a fair role in mustier, herbaceous styles. I don’t see it ever becoming a leading hop in IPA use, but am excited about its potential in other endeavors. My second favorite of the three varietals, ahead of Calypso and behind Citra. 3.75
Cigar City Brewing's
Dry Hopped On The High Seas: Dry Hopped With Ahtanum
07-14-2014 20:56:42 | More by Jadjunk
Hopped On The High Seas Dry - Hopped With: AHTANUM from Cigar City Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.