Hopped On The High Seas - Kohatu - Cigar City Brewing

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Hopped On The High Seas - KohatuHopped On The High Seas - Kohatu

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Ratings: 223
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DrinkSlurm on 02-20-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by woodychandler:
Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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: Kohatu"; "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 found out that this is the Maori word for "stone" and since it is a New Zealand hop, I am getting a facial tattoo to really put me in the mood. I created a tad over of a finger of eggshell-white head with good retention and the nose was already filling the room. Very pine and grapefruit! Man, this could be a great air freshener. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy golden yellow (SRM = > 5, < 7) and of course, I was visited by the Three Golden Stooges - Mammon, Croesus and Midas, all of whom wanted a taste. Fat chance, boys! Warming, I also got some tropical fruit aromas, especially pineapple. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was about as riotous as I might have expected, given the nose. The grapefruit and pineapple seemed to be battling for supremacy in the mouth, while the pine mintiness gave it a clean, breathtaking finish. Dense lacing lined the inside of the glass as I sat in a mellow, CANtemplative state, awaiting my next sip. My my. I have to say that I have been entirely impressed by this series of varietal AIPAs up to this point. Salute!

More User Reviews:
Photo of mverity
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

6 pack of cans from Proof. Pours a orangey amber with decent off white head, good lacing, and a medium collar with wisps of head remaining until the end. Aroma is a great blend of the citrusy hops and caramely malt sweetness. I also get some some sweet grass and faint spice in the nose. Spice comes out a bit more in the taste, but at the end. Up front I get some stone type fruit and citrus, with the malt just behind it. The sweet grass is also really noticeable in the taste. I like the spice linger on the tongue, the hop bitterness is also nice. Body is on the thin side of medium, and the carbonation is fairly low.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into fluted snifter; mostly clear golden orange with a rocky white head that fades quickly into a dense puck of foam with tapered edges, spotty lacing on the glass as the foam pulls away.
Smells great; passionfruit, floral, other tropical, pine, fresh grass, citrus rind.
Taste is an interesting take on the usual tropical IPA. It's very citrus forward, with fresh lime coming to mind amid fresh cut grass and earth, citrus rind and pine, and lighter tropical fruit.
Mouthfeel is smooth, well-carbonated and crisp. Dry bitter finish.
Overall, another entry in the Hopped on the High Seas series that I've enjoyed. I love these exotic hops, and look forward to finding the others. Think I'm only missing Ahtanum now...as long as you don't believe the various duplicate entries for these beers.

Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can

Medium amber with a large, irregular, frothy white head.

Hopped up and moderately bitter but not harsh.
Complex fruity taste with citrus and other tropical fruits. This slowly reduces to bitter grapefruit peel in the aftertaste. Grassy, herbal, and floral notes.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cigar City Brewing - Hopped on the High Seas dry-hooped with Kohatu
12 oz. can, dated "2/20/14" on the bottom

Appearance: Clear yellow-gold body. Fluffy two-finger head of bright-white. Excellent head retention and very good lacing.

Aroma: My first impression was that of a janitor's closet! It's minty and sweetish with a hint of lemony citrus. Some mild malt and some other fruity notes makes their way through if you look hard enough, but the minty hops really take over (for me at least).

Flavor: As in the aroma, the hops seem to be the point of this beer, and that's OK, it's a noble experiment. You get to really know what these hops are like (I've never even heard of them); and as such the malt is just a base for the experiment (straightforward, mildly grainy). I guess that's where the designation "Caribbean-style IPA" comes from. So, again, it's minty, and just subtly piney with background notes of lemon and perhaps other citrus, as well as some pear or melon. It's bitter as would be appropriate for an IPA, and it finishes dry and hoppy but it's not particularly lingering.

Mouthfeel: Crisp. Medium bodied.

Overall: An interesting beer. I enjoyed learning about the characteristics of the Kohatu hops, and it's well-made, and surprisingly balanced, but it's not a beer that I'd particularly return to. Still, I think I've got to rate it pretty well based on it's technical merits and not any hedonistic preferences of my own.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Bright orange. Kinda hazy. Medium white head that settles to a thick collar and some surface wisps. Sticky lacing inside.

Smell - Floral and tropical. Kinda soapy, too. Bit of grassiness to it. Doughy malts.

Taste - Much soapier. Pine hops. More citrus than tropical fruit. Cracker malt and some strong bitterness, like the other versions.

Mouthfeel - Bitterness feels more intense on this one. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Definitely smells better than it tastes, but I'm still enjoying every version of this series.

Photo of Treyliff
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Canned 2/21/14, Poured form can into a pint glass

A- pours a clear and bubble golden-yellow color with a thick and creamy two-finger white head that seems to retain forever, as bubbles continue to shoot up the glass. The head actually grows the longer it sits, huge patches of lace are left behind

S- crackery toasted malt is first noticed, mint and floral hop with a touch of lemon grass

T- very subtle tropical mango/melon flavors up front mesh with some floral notes, sweet malty body mid-palate leads to a toasted malt finish with faint lingers of pine and fruity hops

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a big creamy mouthfeel that continues into a smooth finish, high drinkability

O- this one drank more like a pale ale to me, not enough hops to stand out. Still an easy drinker that went down way to smooth to be over 7%

Photo of tone77
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another beer courtesy of the creator of the canquest, woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, citrus. Taste is bitter and hoppy up front, some citrus, a bit of malts as well, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

Photo of smakawhat
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau glass.

A dull and murky apricot orange body, with some thin off white carbonation coming from the bottom. Head is foamy and fluffy, a little yellow but mostly off white with a very thick foam retention.

Interesting hop nose, woody and hints of tropical pineapple. Feels also a little like kumquat and zesty orange to match, with a smokey sensing angle. Really neat very much dig this, and has a little sweetness of malt just to touch up. Lovely.

This is like drinking breakfast beer. So much orange juice flavor on the palate. A big carton of mango and pineapple juice with a very spritzy mimosa like body. Good drying palate finish with some hop pine dryness to match out. Brings out a nice woody and smoke like feeling. The malt and body is a bit subdued, but it works out nicely and goes down quickly.

THis beer is just downright delicious and dangerously easy drinking. Absolutely love it.

Photo of JohnQVD
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw colored with a wildly foamy head that settles down fairly quickly leaving chunks of foam behind. Clean smell; a little yeast, lemon, banana, slightly bready. Taste is bitter and crisp with a touch of clove and a bitter finish. Feel is light and mildly carbonated. Overall quite a lot of hop bitterness, but clean, light and quite drinkable.

Photo of justintcoons
4.41/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a shaker pint.

Gold with 2 fingers of fluffy, white head. Moderate carbonation with good clarity and retention.

Mango, pineapple, bubblegum, and banana.

Mango, sweaty pineapple, and passion fruit. Honeydew melon, banana, and bubblegum. Candy sugar backbone with nuances of caramel. Maybe a hint of kiwi in the finish?

Medium bodied, smooth, and mellow.

I dig it. Kohatu certainly has the tropical vibe going on. Easy drinking and incredibly smooth.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. Smells bright and hoppy, with herbal, green tea and citrus notes. In the taste, more citrus, generic sweet fruit and herbal tea. Good bitterness, and solid flavor. Overall, this is a decent. Not a world beater but solid.

Photo of jhartley
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a poco grande tulip. Canned on 2/20/14.
Pours a cloudy golden orange with a lot of fluffy white head that leaves a ton of lacing in the glass.
Smells of sweet fruit and a little brewed tea.
Tastes like drinking a glass of peach/mango/papaya juice with a little bitterness.
That same fruit flavor lingers on the tongue well after the first swallow.
A very smooth drinking IPA. Would like a little more bitter bite from this one to even it out, but still a very decent offering from CCB.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. can into a Fat Head's pint glass.

A: Hazy gold, with a big fluffy white head and light visible carbonation.

S: Rich warm grassy hops, light melon hops, bready cracker malt. There's a spiciness that reminds me almost of rye as well.

T: Grassy hops, light melon, lightly fruity - citrusy lemon - and very light cracker malt. Lightly bitter in the hang.

M: Light body, alcohol well-hidden, and a good amount of carbonation sensation.

O: This isn't bad at all, but at the same time, it really isn't terribly good. The Citra version left some big shoes to fill, and this one didn't really come close.

Photo of rudzud
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice slightly hazy golden hue with a nice half finger white head that faded to leave a very small, light creamy blanket. Light side lacing as well.

S - Aromas of peachy tropical mango, light black tea, malt sweetness. Very faint bitterness on the finish.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. The tropical notes are a bit more muted, with more of a herbal tea presence along with malty sweetness. Tasty, but not quite as hoppy as I thought it would be.

M - Mouthfeel is on the lower side, lightly carbonated, feels a bit thin.

O- Overall, not a bad beer. Unique hop notes for certain, did enjoy the tropical nose but the taste was a bit too malty/herbal for my liking.

Photo of BMMillsy
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can from Tipples straight to my tulip. Pours hazy gold with a sub-one finger white fluffy head. Aroma of pineapples, citrus, pine, grass, lots of fruit. Flavor is up front pineapple and pine bitter notes, with a sweet and juicy citrus finish. Somewhat similar to what I get from Citra, but not quite as dank. Resinous mouthfeel, medium, with medium carbonation. This version of the series doesn't seem to have to unpleasant dirty finish that I have gotten from all the others. A nice juicy pineappley medium bitter IPA. One of the best in the series thus far, though it starts turning into a Pilsner-ish type brew as it warms up.

Photo of facundoCNB
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I gotta say they're really hitting it with this high seas series. Pours a hazy golden yellow with 2 fingers of foamy detergent like head. Great lacing slow dissipation. Smells of pineapple and mango, sweet caramel candy. The flavor is citrusy sweet, lots of tropical notes... Banana, mango, pineapple, mint leaf buttering.
Medium light body with medium carbonation. This is a very tasty ipa that's really refreshing and easy to drink.

Photo of SierraFlight
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can, with a 2/20/14 date, poured into shaker pint. Slightly hazy light orange with a half-finger of off-white foam that recedes to a ring and some islands. Looks like there will be plenty of lacing. Aroma is citrus, tropical fruit, soap, grassy, and doughy biscuit malt. Taste is initially lightly sweet featuring citrus juice and bready malt. Soapy, herbal, piney, and grapefruit peel bitterness follows. Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, and a long herbal bitter finish.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.86/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a golden color. The head is about two fingers high, eggshell in shade, with a soapy and inconsistent texture. Retention is decent, and some decent lacing is left on the glass.

S: The nose has a significant lime presence, along with some hints of apple and...maybe guava? There's an almost acidic stink to it that seemingly betrays guava. In addition, it's slightly grainy on the nose - kind of like a tropical lager, but not quite. All in all, a strange nose.

T: The opening flavors are slightly bitter...and very acidic. It's a bit like sucking on a lime. Also, it's weirdly sour on the finish - even a bit like bile. Malts are subtle throughout. Put simply, this is too acidic and biting for me.

M: This deserves credit for being such a crisp and light beer. At first, I like how refreshing it is, until all those alpha acids start burning the esophagus. Carbonation is actually low - the fact it isn't overly sweet with such weak fizz and a fuller body is a damn miracle. All dat acid, though...

O: Holy balls, Kohatu is really acidic. This beer doesn't suffer from the typical mediocre IPA pratfalls, rather it paves its own road towards Mediocreville through its harshly acidic nature. Maybe I'm doing this wrong - I should drink this in the Florida heat instead. It isn't particularly enjoyable, but it *is* quite drinkable. My least favorite offering from Cigar City.

Photo of hops202
2.82/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Can poured into a dogfish spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance is a hazy light golden yellow. Nose has plenty of lime and bitter citrus as well. Taste is certainly bitter and seems almost acidic. Aftertaste really shuts off everything into bitterness. Not the best from CCB.

Photo of MacQ32
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - pours a muddied straw orange color with a dense off white 2 finger head. Fantastic retention, strong lacing as well.

S - holy tropical sweetness. Pineapple and mango overload, smells amazing. I've never smelt so much pineapple in my life, even if I was sniffing pineapple..

T - wow pineapple juicy sweet citrus, minimal dry bitterness is greatly overpowered with the sweet tropical fruits. Finish is decently bitter as is aftertaste. Pineapple steals the show here though

M - lightish bodied, ideal carbonation, easy drinker, leaves my saliva notably thick.

Photo of Quercus67
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

[12 oz. can] pours thick 3 finger white head. told by a friend it might be over carbonated, and to open over sink. carbonated , but not a gusher. golden straw hazy color.

smells fruity with kiwi, bananas, and lemony citrus. very interesting and fresh.

fruits very forward on taste. matches smell. kiwi and citrusy. very sweet and not so bitter. sweetness and fruitiness is this beers game. different, but in a good way. light to moderate mouthfeel, and slightly overcarbonated but not to the point of having to give it away.

finishes more bitter on the end, than front. slightly dry.

pretty good beer by CCB. fruity/different which seems to be what they've been doing with these Hopped on the High Seas beers. good beer overall. I think I will keep getting Hopped on the High Seas in the future. Arrrrggg matie!!!

Photo of Pencible
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured a clear gold with fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like herbal hops and mango, with some light pineapple and bready malt.
T: It tasted like dry herbal hops, with some powdery flour malt and tropical fruit. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with moderate carbonation. Really nice full body.
D: This was a nice IPA with fairly unique scent and taste. Maybe not the most delicious, but still very enjoyable. The body was excellent, and it had a smooth finish, so it was easy to drink. High quality brew.

Photo of garuda
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Smudged date on the bottom of the can - looks like its about 6 weeks old.

A - Golden, slightly hazed, white head has good retention and lacing.

S/T - Herbal hops mostly. Grainy, white cracker malt. Finishes moderately bitter with pine flavors.

M - Medium body, medium to high carbonation, smooth consistency, prickly across the palate. Finishes mostly dry.

O - Nice, drinkable IPA. Good, but nothing too memorable.

Photo of babaracas
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light amber, two fingers thick of white foam, settles to a thin ring, big splotches of lace on the glass. Smell: soapy, green floral aroma, pineapple. Subdued. Taste: grapefruit peel, sweet orange citrus back, raw spiciness, herbal note. Interesting entry in the series.

Hopped On The High Seas - Kohatu from Cigar City Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.