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Batch #69 - Double Cream Ale - Cigar City Brewing

Batch #69 - Double Cream Ale
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85
very good

99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.32%


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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koopa

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the CCB Event at Capone's on 6.5.10 during Philly Beer Week.

Appearance: Pours tangerine with honey folds and a 1 finger while crown that displays little retention or lace.

Smell: Orange, pine, and a hint of grapefruit over little to no sweet malt presence.

Taste: Same as nose with a strong orange note and an even stronger pine note over a sweet malt base.

Mouthfeel: Heavy side of light bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2010 00:28:09 | More by koopa
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had an orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Smelled of citrus, hops, and sweet malt.

T: Lots of hops here, along with some citrus, sweet malt, and perhaps a little vanilla. Very vibrant tangy.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An extremely drinkable beer.

Serving type: growler

06-13-2010 13:59:51 | More by avalon07
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Symptomu

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is pale amberish and yeasty looking. Served 5.5oz due to limited availability. Had a minimal amount of dense creamy head.

Aroma was good. Somewhat vanilla and somewhat lemon meringue. Slight citrus hops.

Taste is quite good. Slightly sweet and citrus. Finish is the highlight being warm slightly smoky and peppery.

Mouthfeel is very good. The peppery finish adds to this as you sip.

Really very drinkable. Great balance of flavors. Really love the way the flavors linger on the tongue.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2010 19:09:04 | More by Symptomu
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's on 6/7/10 for the Cigar City event during Philly Beer Week.

A - Slightly hazy amber/orange tinted liquid with a fluffy dollop of white foam on top that transformed into a thin sheet of lace around the glass.

S - Aroma is pretty timid, actually, although the citrus hops are well represented.

T - Balance of citrus and pine notes, resulting in a hop-dominated flavor, although there is a backing of sweet caramel malt. Finishes with a hint of pepper and fruity notes reminiscent of orange and spicy pear or other tree fruit.

M - Medium bodied with a creamy texture and subtle carbonation. Finishes dry and mildly spicy on the palate.

D - Fine IPA-esque ale with lots of fruity citrus flavor. It didn't blow me away, but I certainly wouldn't turn down more if offered.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2010 13:41:55 | More by ffejherb
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2010 23:08:36 | More by rfgetz
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on draft at Capone's.

Pours a hazy golden amber/orange color with yellowish orange hues when held to a light source and a one finger off-white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadicchunks of lacing left behind.

Subtle citrus and piney hop aroma wth some zesty spice, lactic cream and crisp light fruit. There's also a touch of alcohol sweetness in the nose.

Medium bodied with a nice balanced of dry and sweet citrus hops, zesty spice, malt backbone and alcohol warmth. Very hop forward with subtle dry pine bitterness but mostly sweet and citrusy. Nice caramel malt backbone with hnts of toffee provides decent balanced. Slightly dry finish with strong alcohol warmth.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2010 16:48:05 | More by corby112
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at capones. God bless philly beer week.

A- slightly hazy copper orange in color with a cm or two of white head.

S- floral and spicy with some sweet caramel notes.

T- floral again with spice like clove and cardimon. Semi sweet with some honey wheat bread and light brown sugar.

M- medium body and carb with a dry finish.

D- the abv is unseen and I'm having a hard time believing its 9.5. Very tough stuff to get my head around. I like it but I can't really dissect it too well. Good stuff none the less.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2010 15:57:32 | More by oglmcdgl
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FLBeerGuy

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2010 02:04:38 | More by FLBeerGuy
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rmolledo

Florida

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2010 02:02:11 | More by rmolledo
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: hazy orange in color with a short 1" head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: malt sweetness, honey, and a bit of grass comes through to the nose.

Taste: grainy malt profile with some honey, pears, grass, and a nice bitterness. Alcohol is noticeable and there is a bit of earthy tones that arrive late.

Mouthfeel: medium in body. Smooth throughout and a bit creamy late. Aftertaste is long on the malt sweetness.

Drinkability: slow sipping beer at 9.0% ABV. Not a bad brew but one glass was enough.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2010 22:35:22 | More by Gavage
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glid02

Georgia

4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2010 03:57:21 | More by glid02
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Gtreid

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery, into a CCB tasting glass.

A: Golden, straw, yellow color. The pour produced a finger of slightly off white head, that left some spotty lace.

A: Sweet citrus, grain, and sugar cane. Some citrus hops and light sugary grains.

T: Very sweet. Milky hoppy, maltiness. A little corn field with some orange grove mixed in. Honey and barley with a little pils, and some sweet honey. Finishes slick with a good alcohol burn.

M: Medium body, good amount of carbonation. Good feel for the style.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is somewhat limited due to the alcohol strength, but all in all not too bad. Overall, one that I would have again, but not something I would session. Skal.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2010 05:38:00 | More by Gtreid
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at CCB

A - It is a really bright colored golden-brass hue, slightly hazy, with a smallish head that recedes into floating patches of lace.

S -The smell is an unusual combination of cedar-y hop, solvent alcohol, cereal grain, and a vague mineral aroma.

T - It is a strong beer, heavily flavored with mostly mild elements, but so richly brewed that it is on the gnarly side of robust. It has a strong suggestion of cedar over a rich and bitter pale malt base, an astringent herbal hop, and a yeasty suggestion of pears and green apples. The alcohol is fairly prominent, and it is reminiscent of a Euro strong lager. And it perhaps even owes a debt to good ol' malt liquor, except that this would literally be the Rolls-Royce of malt liquor, were it to be. The finish is long and hot, but manages to maintain a smoothness regardless.

M - Very crisp on the good side, a tad hot on the not-so.

D - I can drink the hell out of this stuff; it is very crisp and quite an interesting brew.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2010 07:11:09 | More by ktrillionaire
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Patrick999

Florida

3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

On tap at Abraxas. Amber gold, decent head but no retention.

Hoppy, with the stereotypical cigar-box aroma you get from CCB.

Tasty, but holy shit, this burns going down. Hoppy, with a shit ton of alcohol. Big beer. Like a really alcoholic DIPA, with much of the typical CCB cedar taste. Harsh....if I find one knock against CCB, it's that many of their beers show some of this alcoholic harshness. Yet this one is the harshest I've had.

Burns too much going down....crazy, it almost feels like a sour, it's burning a hole in my stomach. It's in the feel where this really suffers.

Just too rough to drink a glass of. Cream ale my ass! Big CCB fan, but this is not my favorite. While I do appreciate Abraxas pulling in beers like this, it's tough to drink, IMO. Never felt a beer burn like that.

I'm not opposed to the idea of a Double Cream Ale, but this needs to be dialed down a little, IMO, and should be "creamier" in feel.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2010 04:59:30 | More by Patrick999
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-21-2010 04:46:31 | More by mikesgroove
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tpd975

Florida

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the brewery.

A: Pours a cloudy lighter shade of orange. Nice tall creamy white head. Excellent retention and crazy amount of lace.

S: Nice light fruits with hints of apple. Very bready with notes of fresh crushed grain and hints of grassy hops.

T: Nice light roasty malt for sure. Sort of grainy, almost picked up a bit of corn in there. Hints of grassy hops and lemon grass with a fairly boozy finish. Different, yet enjoyable.

M: Medium in body, very smooth, great carbonation, bit of boozy sting in the finish.

D: One pint would be enough.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2010 00:58:46 | More by tpd975
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Batch #69 - Double Cream Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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