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Hopped On The High Seas - Calypso - Cigar City Brewing

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181 Ratings
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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 0
Gots: 10 | FT: 3
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBeast on 03-28-2014)
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T-34-85

New York

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

04-16-2014 01:21:14 | More by T-34-85
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msumike89

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

07-15-2014 22:33:31 | More by msumike89
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"A tropical IPA dry-hopped on the high seas with one of our favorite hops: Calypso". 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, Ahtanum and Citra (find my review on their respective profiles). Limited rotational release.

Poured from a 12 oz. can to a tulip glass. Served above 53º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foamy copper-tinged white head over a pale copper amber body with fair clarity and some slight haze. Retention is very good, lacing is spotty. This was the clearest and darkest colored of the three varieties I examined. 4

(Smell) Denser bready malts with a light sweetness and grainy body suggest a more robust malt profile than the other two variants. Calypso hops are very mellow in their aromatic presentation, with traces of sweet grapefruit, floral and and fruit tones, none of them particularly profound. The aroma from the hops is very weak overall. Potency is low. 3.5

(Taste) The malt body of the Calypso variant is different from the other installations, with a slightly more viscous sweetness, a fuller malt body and a heavier presence. Again, the Calypso hop doesn’t impart much flavor aside from some herbal and peppery character to this beer, while fruit and citrus are stretched thin. A moderate bitterness can be expected, suggesting that Calypso may be a good bittering hop. The least potent and least impressive flavored of the three varieties, even with the change in the malt profile, it’s nothing spectacular. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is chewy, slick, slightly full. Carbonation creates a mellow crispness for a creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Body is medium+ for the style, medium overall. Balance is slightly bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) I can understand a slight malt recipe change in Calypso because the bitterness is likely the most intense, although as a dry hop it’s still a far cry from DIPA bitterness, one needs to keep in mind the balance necessary to make an enjoyable beer. Regardless of these changes, I didn’t find Calypso the best choice of hop in this series as the flavors weren’t well carried into the beer, which makes a significant difference in a beer where hops should be stealing the show. Calypso seems best rendered as a bittering hop used in conjunction with a musty or peppery hop to amplify the dankness or perhaps teamed up with a hop known for its tropical fruit properties and citrusy nature for even more flavor diversity. In the end, it was the least impressive of the three varieties, despite being the freshest of them all. 3.5

Cigar City Brewing's
Dry Hopped On The High Seas: Dry Hopped With Calypso
3.44/5.00

Serving type: can

07-14-2014 21:05:20 | More by Jadjunk
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. Pours a translucent reddish ornage color with over an inch of frothy white head. Some lacing. The aroma is tropical and citrus fruits. Some dankness. Not a big nose on this one. The taste is herbal hops with a noticeable malt presence. Tastes boozier than expected and somewhat medicinal. Tropical fruit notes but mostly its that medicinal and herbal taste. Aspirin aftertaste. I thought this one was going to be fruit forward but instead its mostly herbal hops. Mouthfeel is oily with a lot of carbonation. Overall, all set with this one.

Serving type: can

07-14-2014 00:34:00 | More by PicoPapa
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Jmbbabson

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

07-11-2014 14:18:04 | More by Jmbbabson
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DerrickW

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

07-10-2014 00:51:48 | More by DerrickW
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jshusc

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

07-09-2014 21:03:18 | More by jshusc
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yankeej13

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

07-09-2014 17:45:13 | More by yankeej13
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pat_usher

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12.4%

07-08-2014 22:35:10 | More by pat_usher
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a light, vibrant, caramel-copper coloring with a tall, foamy, fluffy, off-white head. Nose of tropical fruit (pineapple and melon), with a caramel backbone, and herbal hops highlights. Flavors are spicy and sweet forward, with a pepper spice overtone throughout. Caramel, pineapple, and melon, with a hint of tart grapefruit, highlighted by herbal hops, a solid resinous character, cut grass, oregano, and subtle tobacco notes. Very interesting blend of fruit and herbs. Smooth, mid-bodied, with a dank, resinous, and spiced aftertaste. The finish is slick, smooth, and dry. Solid, unique beer.

Serving type: can

07-06-2014 01:53:26 | More by GarthDanielson
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BryanK

New York

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

07-01-2014 02:06:07 | More by BryanK
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creepinjeeper

Illinois

4/5  rDev +12.4%

06-29-2014 13:16:58 | More by creepinjeeper
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xbrettfavrex

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

06-28-2014 09:22:15 | More by xbrettfavrex
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JDV

Texas

3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Awesome extra in trade. Thanks! Pours rich golden with creamy small white head. Smell is subtle hops on this 3 month old can. Kind of creamy smelling with a papaya/guava type fruity nose not typical of most IPAs. Taste is much more bitter than the nose would lead on. Kind of a sharp grassy almost pilsner like bitterness to the flavor with a subtle tropical fruit flavor and a bitterness that borders on medicinal/aspirin. Full body, but not syrupy or heavy with appropriate refreshingly prickly carbonation. Very Good IPA overall but the slightly aspirin like bitterness holds it back from being great, even though it does have a unique fruitiness to it that I like.

Serving type: can

06-28-2014 03:48:58 | More by JDV
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

06-21-2014 00:44:46 | More by Knapp85
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HamdenHector

Connecticut

3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; amber; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin film; very nice lacing;

S: subtle; some pear, a little lemon, a bit earthy as well;

T: follows the nose; the earthiness is more in the forefront, with the pear and lemon behind; moderately bitter on the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; crisp;

O: calypso hops are interesting; this is a bit different, but enjoyable;

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2014 15:57:35 | More by HamdenHector
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Chingringo

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

06-20-2014 15:00:59 | More by Chingringo
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Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -15.7%

06-17-2014 02:35:13 | More by Fettpopps
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Florida

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

06-16-2014 05:18:17 | More by GuttaMane138
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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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New York

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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South Carolina

3/5  rDev -15.7%

06-06-2014 22:40:30 | More by Damian74Shensky
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New York

2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

06-06-2014 21:17:32 | More by coobstar
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Hopped On The High Seas - Calypso from Cigar City Brewing
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