Hopped On The High Seas - Hop #529 - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by woodychandler:
4.14/5 rDev +9.5%
I am trying to reduce some of the backlog of CANQuest (TM) CANs that built up while awaiting picture approval, name correction, time, money, the bevy of bikini-clad beauties to depart the premises, the Russians to get the f**k out of the Crimean Peninsula ... Suffice it to say that things were getting away from me and I am CANmitted to getting back on an even keel.
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: Hop #529"; "Caribbean-style ale".
A nice, loud Crack! presented a brimful craft CAN, but these guys must have been talking to my Old Lady, who was scandalized by the inverted Glug. It's beer, kids! It ain't gonna bruise, but I promised that I would use a gentle pour when so directed. I wonder how an experimental hybrid hops strain ranks as one of their favorites ... Hmmm. This one was MUCH more active than its brethren in terms of its carbonation and I was quickly overrun by a foaming action! I backed off, then poured the rest, resulting in two dense, rocky fingers of fluffy, bone-white head with good retention. Color was a deep-gold (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity and loads of CO bubbles in evidence. Nose was prevalent with peach, but I CAN definitely get behind another reviewer's mention of fruit cocktail. Warming, I also got fresh mint and coconut. Beautiful lacing also began to appear. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, thanks to the carbonation and the mintiness was immediately discernible on the tongue. It was not until the swallow that I began to perceive the fruitiness of the nose again. This rendered it semi-dry, not fully dry and after this AIPA marathon, I was kind of glad. It ain't easy being a self-avowed hophead on a CANQuest (TM)!
04-21-2014 18:12:32 | More by woodychandler
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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