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Batch #69 - Double Cream Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Batch #69 - Double Cream Ale
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86
very good

101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 7
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: tpd975 on 02-04-2010)
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Reviews by Avagadro:
Photo of Avagadro
3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: this pint is amber-gold with a frothy white head, and considerable haze. It is also visually viscous. The bubbles, while enthusiastic at first, are weighed down by the massive thickness of this brew.

S: definitely some high alcohols here. Bubblegum, rose, and tropical fruit are prevalent.

T: the most obvious flaw in this brew is its lack of attenuation. It is much too sweet, with little bitterness to balance it out. Also, the fermentation byproducts are out of control.

M: thick, sticky, unappetizing.

D: I admire the innovation, but this definitely needs some adjuncts to thin it out, and a cleaner fermentation. I can't really recommend this to anyone.

More User Reviews:
Photo of TKEbeerman
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of wo87810
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Brewvival.

Pours a brownish-copper color with a thin white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of grainy malt with light amounts of toastiness. Also present are leafy hops and mild amounts of indistinct fruit aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Grainy malt flaovrs kick things off and are joined quickly by good amounts of earthy and leafy hop flavors. Midway through the sip small amounts of fruit flavors come into play, green apple and pear mostly, before fading out before a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have a few more.

Overall I have to say this is one of the better beers I've ever had that had the word "cream" in it. A far cry from CCB's finest but worth a shot nonetheless.

Photo of johnyb
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of KenC
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of rmolledo
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Nice Reddish Copper color with a foamy white head that retains till the end. Excellent Lacing, Beautiful.

S: Fruit, Hops, Citrus, Adjuncts, and slight malt aroma.

F: The Citrus hits you hard at first sip. Apricots. Fruity Pebbles. Slight Adjunct Flavor, but that is to be expected with a Cream Ale. Tastes alot like a IIPA but without the lingering bitterness. A little too sweet for my taste. Minimal Malt Flavor.

MF: Smooth Finish, Creamy. No Alcohol burn which is impressive for the 9.5% ABV.

D: Can't tell that it is 9.5% which could be dangerous when having at a bar right after Hunupu's Imperial Stout... This is a great beer for a beginner when it comes to Huge craft beers. This is alot like an Imperial IPA but more drinkable IMO. I won't have this beer again because it doesn't interest me, but I do recommend to try it once and decide for yourself.

Photo of cjgator3
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Redlight Redlight in Orlando, FL. Pours a dark orangish amber color. Aroma is sweet malt, tropical fruits, orange and citrus. The taste like the aroma is fruity and malty up front with a very nice citrusy hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation. Overall, this is not your daddy's cream ale. Once again, another solid beer from Cigar City.

Photo of cyrushire
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of lionssoccer13
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of HoldenDurden
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Kevin for se/nding this one my way. It had been a while since I had some new CCB stuff, so this was more then a welcome surprise for me. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 02/19/2010.

Very nice pour, light golden in color with a decent amount of haze to it. Ample carbonation could be seen streaming up towards the top of the glass to form a three inch head of pure white foam that hung on for a good while before settling back down to earth. Light lacing coating the sides really gave a very full and very well rounded look to it I have to admit. Light pears and apples are the first thing I notice as I take a smell. Hints of hops, grapes skin perhaps and a light dose of grain, but all very light and well blended, a bit of an enigma for me so far I have to admit. It starts to warm and I take a sip. Really nice body, well carbonated, light and nice, easy nature to it. Starts off with light fruit, ripe apples and pears, touches of almost fig like notes, a definite hot alcohol bite here though, something is big about this for sure. Creamy and smooth it washes across the palate offering touches of light vanilla maybe? Something sweet and dessert like is mixing in with the light fruit notes. Very well rounded and quite strong.

Overall I am not really sure what to make of this one other then the fact it is quite good. I would have no issue at all having a couple of these, and would love to get a chance to try some of the other treatments they did on it.

Photo of sveil
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of manutdfan
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Capone's during the Cigar City event during Philly Beer Week.

Appearance: Golden yellow with a thin layer of head.

Smell: Had a hoppy, piney and some what creamy nose.

Taste: Very good citrus (especially pineapple) taste mixed with cream and slightly bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and incredibly smooth.

Drinkability: Another good beer from Cigar City, although I felt dirty asking the waitress for a "69". Very tasty and made me even more excited to seek out more beers from Cigar City.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks Gastropub in Jax. Poured into a Unibroue tulip. Moderate, white head on a golden body. Oily, resiny, sticky lacing slides down the glass. Aroma is a touch boozy, nice hop aroma and a bit of malt sweetness, maybe a touch of banana? Feel is only a touch creamy, maybe a touch thinner than expected. Taste includes a bit of the malt sweetness and obviously a ton of hops. ABV is hidden much more than expected considering the nose. No other flavors really stand out but a very solid and tasty and very strong ale.

Photo of BGsWo22
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of hopkrid
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of MinorThreat
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of shand
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, this is what it says on the label for sure. Double the cream, double the booze, double the smooth. The aroma is definitely too hot and sweet. The taste is still primarily sweet malts, but the excellent creaminess from the mouthfeel really smooths out the beer's rough edges. It's really a what you see on the label is what you get situation. This is, for better or for worse, a double cream ale. Pick up a Naragansett Cream Ale if you haven't had a cream ale in a while, and imagine it doubled. You'll get more flavor, more sweetness, and more booze.

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a one finger white head that leaves some good lacing.

Smell is sweet and fruity

Taste is sweet and fruity with a nice dry hop finish

Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy

This is a very drinkable strong ale, though not a session beer with the high ABV, which is very well hidden. Would have rated it higher in drinkability if not for the high ABV.

Overall a very good strong ale.

Photo of DaTimBennett
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of sendsilk
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of rfgetz
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, golden straw color. Scent is of piney and citrus hops with a decent sweet, fresh grained malt background. Taste is very similar to an IPA, hop forward with a decent malt backbone. Body is smooth and creamy, like a nitro or hand pumped beer. Looks, tastes and feels like a nitro IPA.

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Batch #69 - Double Cream Ale from Cigar City Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.