5 Beers For 5 Years - The Cellar Team - New Zealand-Style Double India Pale - Cigar City Brewing

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5 Beers For 5 Years - The Cellar Team - New Zealand-Style Double India Pale
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95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mattvandyk on 03-14-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 95 | Reviews: 3
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Photo of Gotti311
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Had this beer fairly fresh, less than 1.5 months old. Seriously one of the most juicy IPA I have ever tasted. The 5 Beers for 5 Years Series has been a homerun!

Photo of macrosmatic
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into an Upland pint glass.

A: Pours a caramel-amber color, very hazy, with a thin white head and a fairly low amount of visible carbonation.

S: Caramel malts with melon, spice, and citrus rind hops. There's some booziness and a bit of roasted toffee in the nose as well.

T: Follows the nose – caramel sweet malts, spice and melon hops. There's noticeable alpha-hop bitterness that lacks some supporting flavors as well, and some ethanol sweetness. Malty sweet caramel and alpha bitterness in the hang with a bit of burn from the alcohol.

M: Full mouthfeel and fairly low carbonation sensation, which lead to the body feeling a little bit too heavy. The alcohol is obvious but not quite obnoxious.

O: I don't think this was a bad DIPA, but unfortunately had almost all the characteristics I don't prefer in the style. I expected more from a Cigar City anniversary offering, and I'm not terribly impressed with the first bottle I opened. Drinkable, but not what I'd hoped.

Photo of maximum12
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Popping open the first of the series that we picked up over Huna Day 2014 (maybe you've heard of it?). 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

The pour is dark orange sprinkled with red, plenty of carbonation, & a half-tablespoon of dandruff-sized floaties. Nose is lightly tropical, perhaps pineapple, mango, but only smelt at a distance. Tame.

5 Beers For 5 Years New Zealand Style Double IPA is juicier than a rotten banana. Tastes better, too. The tropical fruit that's so standoffish in the nose gives a good pegging on the rebound. Huge mango & papaya is cut with an oily earthiness that puts the brakes on my happy. Palate clearing bitterness arrives mid-palate & punches a hole in the top of my mouth with a crowbar. Nice spicy hit, almost rye-like, cleans everything up. Thick for a IIPA. I might try standing my mouse up in it later. Half a bomber is about right.

Some beautiful components here, but the dank loam right in the kisser keeps this off the 'top shelf' list. Still a good, solid IIPA.

5 Beers For 5 Years - The Cellar Team - New Zealand-Style Double India Pale from Cigar City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.