Hopped On The High Seas - Hop #529 - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by farrago:
3.63/5 rDev -4%
Pours an unassuming half finger of pure white foam, even surface, fairly dense weave, good retention given it doesn’t start from much, the lacing has super stickiness, forms solid rings around the glass sides. Mild filminess to the deep golden hue, the bubbles are tiny but fill the glass from side to side, only the merest yellowing at the rims, looks like it wants to be taken seriously. While the nose has a sweeter base in orange and grapefruit citrus, it leaps at you with leafy herbaceous matter, pepper and biscuit, some black tea leaf, it’s fruity with peach, apricot, pineapple notes but never seems sweet nor juicy, minerally, what it may lack in complexity it more than makes up for with raw power. In the mouth it’s full-bodied, quite dry with a tacky, sticky mouth feel. The pink and white grapefruit, blood orange citrus more zest than pulp, any pine sap or florality no match for the peppery to minerally bite and crisp leafy earthiness, some tar or charcoal accents mixed in. The papaya, pineapple, nectarine fruit fights like the dickens but does not reach the finish line, adding to its overall bitterness. The carbonation is taut and keeps the rhythm up tempo. Not particularly longlasting at the end, can’t call it a casual sipper but clean and direct enough to serve well as a food beer.
03-11-2014 23:08:05 | More by farrago
More User Reviews:
3.99/5 rDev +5.6%
12 oz can with something printed on the bottom that I cant make out. Oh Well freshness/canning date info would be nice with a beer like this....
Pours hazed medium amber, moderate off white head, that leaves nice looking fine sheeting all the way to the top of the glass.
Tropical fruit and hop resin on the noise.
Pleasingly hopped, hop character is mostly tropical fruit with some resinous qualities tossed in.
Fresh tasting, went nicely with some cheddar cheese. Worth a try.
04-16-2014 22:17:51 | More by Billolick
3.94/5 rDev +4.2%
Poured into fluted snifter; mostly clear yellow-orange with a slick white head that fades after a bit, leaving fine spotty rings of lacing and a nice chunky cap of foam.
Smells interesting; tropical fruit is present, with some interesting sweetness with something else behind it...coconut? Also some bitter pine resin.
Taste is piney hops over clear soft malt, light tropical fruit and citrus with some pure sweetness hiding behind it. Strong bitterness is present in the form of citrus rind and pine resin, leaving a lingering sticky bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is smooth and light-bodied, dry.
Overall, a nice bitter dry-hopped IPA with nice tropical fruit and pine flavors.
03-08-2014 04:36:36 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
4.14/5 rDev +9.5%
From the can. Born on 1/30/2014. Purchased at the brewery on 2/6/14.
I'm very impressed with the HOTHS series of IPA's. Pours a clean golden hue into a pint glass with only a modest bit of lacing and foam. Beautiful aroma of mango, citrus and bread malt. Very mild hops flavor without much bittering. Lots of citrus and tropical essence on the tongue with just enough malt middle to balance it out. Soft, creamy mouthfeel is reminiscent of a very fine cream ale with low carbonation by IPA standards. Completely clean aftertaste with no lingering flavors would lend well to food and repeated glasses. Overall, very drinkable and a welcome beer on a warm Carribean day.
02-09-2014 02:14:56 | More by OPJohn
3.55/5 rDev -6.1%
12 oz. can poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Clear golden orange body. Nice white head. Some lacing inside the glass and some islands of foam.
Smell - Tropical fruit hops, but a lot of herbal and grassy notes. Something sweet to it that isn't malt, though. Like coconut or something.
Taste - Tropical fruit and grapefruit. Sweet caramel malts. Herbal character comes out more in the grassy bitterness. A little musty.
Mouthfeel - Bitterness lingers on the palate. The grassy bitter finish is intense. Medium body.
Overall - The hop tastes really good up front. Maybe too bitter, but it's a well made IPA.
02-09-2014 23:30:10 | More by Alieniloquium
Hopped On The High Seas - Hop #529 from Cigar City Brewing
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