110K+OT Batch #3 - The Other West Coast IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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110K+OT Batch #3 - The Other West Coast IPA110K+OT Batch #3 - The Other West Coast IPA

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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 23.62%
Wants: 9
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tpd975 on 05-26-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by Gyle41386:
Photo of Gyle41386
3.84/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Popped open a 750mL bottle tonight to celebrate my University of South Carolina Gamecocks winning the NCAA men's baseball national championship.

The pour is your standard IPA/DIPA orange/amber. But, hell, let's say there's a little garnet in there. Just a bit more than a finger of rich off-white foam retains the whole way, and the glass is completely coated with sticky lacing. They don't look much better than this.

The nose is all tropical sweetness. No mistaking this is an East Coast DIPA. The sweetness is only briefly interrupted by a perfume-y scent. It's pretty much entirely sweet malt and sweet, tropical hop smells, but you can tell there's some more substance underneath.

Flavor is also quite sweet. Very tropical and sweet. Pineapples, mangoes, and, fittingly, Florida oranges. Pretty solid hoppy bitterness in the finish offers a little bit of balance, but this one is mostly sweet. Again, no shocker, given that it is an East Coast DIPA.

Great, great texture. Big, thick, syrupy body. Carbonation is absolutely perfect. Slick, oily feel. Love it. Nice and chewy. The 10% ABV is never apparent in the smell or the taste, and really there's no boozy warmth in the throat/stomach. It's only noticeable in my vision and typing. So there's that. Solid beer, and an enjoyable drinking experience.

More User Reviews:
Photo of TKEbeerman
3.67/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into my pint glass, this brew pours a deep orange yellow with a pillow like orangy tan head. Not exactly what I was expecting from a beer that is based off a West Coast IPA.

S: The aroma is very sweet and bitter. Interesting, unique. Fruity with slight hints of bready malt.

T: This is not a DIPA, or even close to that. This is like a slightly hoppy sweet malt bomb. Fruity with a little hop bite. Triple the amount of hop here and I think CCB would be on to something. This is very similar to the malt profile of their Big Sound Scotch ale. Its almost like they took that and tried to make a big IPA out of it.

MF: The MF is fine without being too exciting. Medium mouth feel with a very smooth carbonation.

D: Because of the sweetness, this brew's drinkability is going to suffer. Unless you have a sweet tooth, you wouldn't want more then a 750ml.

Overall, it is a shame Batch 3 was not a stout, but I would like this to continue in the big IPA direction. Like I said, with triple the hops, you'd have an amazing DIPA. They can also spin this one off into an amazing barely wine if they darkened up the grain bill, and doubled the hops. CCB has proven to be malt artist. If you'd like to sample a world class IPA, get your hands on some Jai Alai, or Humidor IPA.

Photo of glid02
3.9/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by a generous soul - thanks!

Pours a hazy dark copper color with a half-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sticky sweet caramel malts with good amounts of leafy hop aromas. Also present are mild amounts of toffee.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Thick caramel malt flavors with large amounts of toffee influence kick things off. Midway through the sip the sweetness subsides just a bit as leafy and somewhat herbal hop flavors work their way into things. The hops then fade out into a sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without any problems however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this wasn't a bad beer but I just found it too sweet. If you're a fan of English barley wines you'll likely be a fan of this beer but as long as you know what to expect you may find yourself a fan even if you're normally a hophead.

Photo of azorie
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at beer release at the source as they say: Was served at 55-60f on cask. The beer pouring guy poured it very nice with only about 1/2 inch of head in a nice pint sized shaker glass, no sorry ass sniffers here boys. I had 2 of these so this review is from notes in Late May 2010

A: lace lasts for about 10 minutes as I drink this one down, orange and cloudy in color. Looks like a hefe to me, good stuff.

S: ah very nice flowery pineapple citrus nose, one can tell its an DIPA, some candy sugar detected, me know I am going to like this as it NOT a hop bomb. so glad they made one I can drink too bad the HOP nuts are NOT going to enjoy this 1 that I can tell, but I have to review the bottle to know for sure. Some said it seemed like a barley wine and it did remind me of SN barley wine.

T: aah well now this is a damn fine beer and I can tell from others that are into Hoppy DIPA they are not going to like this 1.
ME I loved the fruit tart pineapple and citrus malts flavors its very balanced and seemed like a less hoppy version of hop-slam.
DID I say I loved it, ok its strong beer, but easy to drink. Sure the hops are in there and the sugar but its nice. Not much alcohol burn to it but after 1 you know you have some, can you say slight buzz I can.

M: rich, thick, no carbonation, its a cask as I expected it to be.

D: I had 2 and if I did not have to drink the 2 oak aged one next I would have 3! good stuff, I am glad now I have 2 DIPA I like, yea me.

Photo of ahatcher78
3.95/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Holy Sweetness! Over the Top Man! Picked up a few 750's from the best one off bottle shop in PB county BX Beer Depot.Very nice of Sally and the guys to hook up PBC with some goodness.

A- Murky orange color(vienna?),can't see through this one kiddos.. A slight white head that gradually fades and leaves a thin layer of lacing around the glass..

S-I'm in heaven! Very malty. Citrus and tropical fruits. Maybe pine, but more of stickiness than anything.

T- Sweet, sweet, and with a touch of sweet. Nice maltiness with some honey and perhaps Brown sugar. A nice hop balance of hops to edge to add to the sweet. Tropical fruits and piney resin.

M- Smooth and creamy. Not what I was expecting. I guess low carbonation for the style?

D-Reminds me of Pisgah Vortex I without the carbonation. Up the carbonation on this and it would be awesome. I even poured a pint into a SA Perfect Pint and the bubbles cant break through the sweetness of the gravity. A little tinkering with recipe...

Photo of Sammy
3.31/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cigar City smokes NYC event at Rattle N Hum. This dark amber and lacey offering was listed incorrectly as a barleywine, which it was corrected by the Florida Cigar City sales rep to this listing. Neutral aroma, this is the batch from six months back, and the hops are present but subdued in taste and aroma. I found it hard to drink.

Photo of cjgator3
3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle

A- 750ml bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a nice dark amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma has a lot of sweet malt. The hops are citrusy with tropical fruit (maybe a little pineapple anyone?)

T- The taste like the aroma has a very nice malt backbone. Sweet and malty up front with a nice dose of bitterness in the finish from the hops. This is definitely one of the sweeter DIPAs I've tried.   

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, not a bad DIPA but not not one of my favorites either. The 10% ABV limits the drinkibility, but the high level of sweetness is the biggest deterrent. 

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.23/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pulls a cloudy dark amber color with a nice fluffy head. Some very nice lacing hangs around for quite a long time.

Smells like pineapple and citrus with some pine toward the end.

Tastes of pineapple and citrus. The hoppy finish is more cedar and pine than the cask version. Great finish to balance the sweetness.

The feel is nice and creamy, typical of CCB beers.

This drinkability is almost absurd for a 10 percent beer. Wow.

Photo of branimal9
4.57/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle shared at the Upstate BA Gathering - 6/9/2010.

Murky orange in color with little carbonation. Aroma is honey & citric sweetness, with a very nice tropical fruit-hop component as well. Flavor leads very sweet with tangerine & honey, then turns bitter, with a hoppy syrup-like texture to reign it back into balance. The low carbonation and sweetness made it taste a bit wort-like, but the interchange of tropical fruit flavor and fresh hop bitterness made it strangely drinkable. Weird...and very good.

Photo of russpowell
3.97/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review based on notes consumed about a month ago

Pours a hazed caramel with a sliver of sand colored head. Stays murked up, average head retnetion & lacing

S: Breadyness, toffee & much orchard fruit

T: Toffee, oakyness & hints of caramel, & a touch of boozey pears & apricots. Vanilla/oaky notes as this warms, much dryness, pineapples, finally grapefruit & piney resin surface as well. Finishes toffee sweet, with booze warmth & tropical fruit

MF: Very chewy, warming with low carbonation, has syruppy & juicy aspects to it too; great balance

Great drinkability, I liked this more than the draft version, but it the draft was more hop forward I thought

Photo of Kegatron
2.56/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

750 ml capped bomber into a couple of tulip glasses. Batch #3. Thanks go to Jw347 for this in a recent trade.

Pours a hazed coppery amber, with a finger cap of slightly off-white foamy head. Good flare-up here leaves back some thick and heavy lacing. The aroma is heavy in the nose with sweetness and warmth, as thick sugars and fruit control the nose. Some floral and piney character from the hops does hang on the edges but did I mention how sweet this is?

The taste is very similar, with loads of thick grainy malt that is made even sweeter by the notes of tropical fruit and heavier alcohol that are present. Hops are much more aggressive on the backend of the profile with sharp resins and spice that spread out into the mouth. Residual sweetness hangs with some heft in the finish. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a smooth and creamy feel across the top of the mouth that then gives way to some sharpness underneath. Alcohol heat is kept to a minimum, probably because it all went into the sweetness of the profile.

I was just not a fan of this. Unbalanced, cloyingly sweet, and heavy feeling, I don't know where they went wrong with this one. I don't think that I finished even half my glass. Oh well. I'll just chalk this one up to an aberration and move on.

Photo of thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Bell's stemmed tulip. Poured a murky red-orange with a half finger slightly off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, caramel hop, and subtle alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, caramel hop, brown sugar, and subtle sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. This one accidently got placed in the back shelf of my cellar and sat for a little while. I know this was not what CCB intended, but it was still a pretty solid brew even after this. Really reminded me of the flavors of a nice barleywine if I am honest. Lots of sweetness with just a hint of alcohol remaining. Pretty nice combination for sure. Worth trying even after this long of a time.

Photo of Gmann
3.41/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy honey brown color with amber hightlights. The head is thick, dense and creamy which slowly settles leaving a wall of lacing on the glass. The aroma is very sweet; candied tropical fruit and honey. Some light pepper notes as well. Don't pick up much hop aroma. Very much reminds me of a barley wine. The taste is big on the malt. Flavor is very sweet, candied fruit and heavy honey. There is some hop flavor tucked away but nothing that would tell me that this is a DIPA. Just as in the aroma there is some pepper notes. The feel is quite thick, syrupy and sticky. Just enough carbonation to avoid having a flat feel. This sucker showcases the malt too much for my liking of the style. Definitely would like to see some hop bite to offset the sweet heavy malt. Not a big fan of this one.

Photo of aepb1
3.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy burnt orange with a huge creamy off-white head

S- Floral hops with a lot of sweet caramel, caramel first, then the hops, shoulda written that the other way around...

T- Sweet caramel malts up front, moves into some subdued floral hops, bready toasted malts finish this up. There's not a whole lot of hop presence here especially for a DIPA

M- Full-bodied, good carbonation and a syrupy coating to the mouth

D- With the toasty malt, I really look forward to aging this one and seeing what that brings. The high marks for drinkability are because I do like this beer a lot but the lower-ish marks elsewhere are because it doesn't really fall in line with the style.

Photo of jsanford
1.9/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A - Pours a cloudy orange-copper with a thin white haze on the surface. Looks a bit thick, syrupy, and under-carbonated.
S - Very sweet smelling with tons of caramel and dark honey malt, along with some pineapple and mandarin orange hop aromas. I don't think I'm gonna like this, not what I want in an IPA at all...
T - Yeah, I hate this. Cloyingly sweet caramel malt with some canned pineapple and orange peel. Slight bitter grapefruit finish, and a whole bunch of alcohol. Messy and sweet.
M - Thick, viscous and syrupy with very low, almost flat, carbonation.
D - Drainpour. I hated this beer, and I'm starting to think I'll never be a fan of Cigar City's IPA offerings.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +38%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thrilled to be able to crack this one open. I had been hearing some interesting things about how this turned out, I for one think it is brilliant. Consumed on 06/09/2010.

The pour was thick, dark yellow color with a deep cloudiness and weight to it that could be visually seen. A hefty head of white comes up and caps the top of the glass, settling down only briefly and coating the sides with thick white lacing.

Enormous aroma is very, very sweet. Lots of candied sugar, orange Popsicle, just really sweet hops. Cannot say enough in that regard and it carries over brilliantly into the flavor as well. Super saturated with juicy, sweet and sticky hops, this one is a monster. Rich orange and tangerine notes, creamsicles, honeydew, buttery malts, just wonderful. No bitterness to it at all, in fact just the opposite as it came off really sublime. Thick feel, almost syrup like at times save for the great carbonation that it carried through. Long, long finish was again soaked with sweet notes that turned out beautifully.

Overall I was in love with this beer. Not at all what I was expecting, rather a strikingly different take on the style. I was thrilled to death to have tried this and even more so to have some more bottles. Everyone deserves a taste of this one, really just that good.

Photo of largadeer
1.76/5  rDev -46%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Nickd717 opened this one. Thanks!

Amber hued and quite hazy, this beer pours with a finger of off-white head that quickly settles to a collar. It has a chewy, viscous appearance. The aroma has a massive caramel character, sweet and rich with a light grapefruit hop note behind it. This smells like it's going to be pretty cloying, and surely enough, it is. Intensely sweet, you can almost feel the sugar sticking to your teeth. It's moderately hoppy, there's a touch of candied grapefruit and pine, but the malt character is simple, dominant and cloying. This is exactly how I don't like my IPAs, pretty awful stuff.

Photo of tfield
3.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a .5 L bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter.

A - Golden orange, cloudy, with just a little head.

S - Not much here. A bit fruity - not citrusy, more like apple or grape.

T - One word - Sweet. Taste of honey and orange Gatorade. Not bad, just very, very sweet, like a Sunkist soda, minus some of the carbonation.

M - Very little carbonation, very syrupy. Disappointing.

D - One is enough. Again, this isn't bad, it just isn't really what I expected from a double IPA.

I've seen the 110K compared to a barley wine. To me, this is more like a wheat wine, and it seems more like Terrapin's Gamma Ray than any DIPA or barley wine I've ever had. I was looking forward to this, but am a little disappointed. It is unusual to say that a DIPA needs an infusion of hops bitterness, but this one does.

Photo of WeisGuy
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a - pours a deep burnt orange color, one finger white head with little retention and light lacing, quite hazy

s - big aroma of orange marmalade mixed with heavy doses of caramel and sweet malt and booze

t - burst of sweet orange marmalade and caramel up front with a considerable citrusy bitterness on the midpalate, lingering orange and caramel sweetness on the finish along with strong booziness on the finish

m - full-bodied with very minimal carbonation, almost syrupy, good deal of alcohol warming

d - not very drinkable between the sweetness and booziness, not all that interesting or complex either

Not a bad beer, but I just can't get into it. For just being released, there just doesn't seem to be any kind of freshness to it -- tastes more like a DIPA that's been sitting around for too long.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.32/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickbacks Gastropub in Jacksonville. Poured into a Unibroue tulip. Off-white head, and resinous, oily, oily, sticky lacing and big bubbles. Aroma is dominated by Papaya and tropical fruits with a bit of alcohol aroma. Taste is actually dominated by sweet malts but there clearly is a ton of hops additionally. Quite barleywine-ish. I think given the name of this one, we expected Cigar Cirty's interpretation of a west coast IPA but we got something way more complex and different. Great beer just not what most of us were expecting. I'm sure if they wanted to make an unbalanced double, they would have.

Photo of mullenite
3.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very hard pour produced a small amount of large soapy white bubbles on the top of the beer. Nice red color with a nice set of legs left on the glass. I really like the color a lot but the lack of a real head on such a hoppy beer is a bit of a disappointment. The legs are nice to look at though.

Smell is sweet and fruit forward. Lots of tropical fruit scents coming through as pineapple, peach and mango. Some alcohol comes through the nose but it is not strong at all, just kind of lingers in the background.

Wow, very sweet and very barleywine-esque. Reminds me of fresh 120 Minute or Devil Dancer. Lots of sweet caramel malts and not a whole lot of bitterness. This is a very sweet beer that really misses the mark as a double IPA but would make an amazing barleywine. There is also a distinct bready malt character that comes through as the beer warms up that is really nice. Again there is some alcohol warmth but not enough to consider it a drawback.

Low carbonation and very thick, kind slimey mouthfeel. I can feel it in my mouth even a few minutes after taking a sip.

Overall, this is not a great DIPA but it is a great barleywine (aside from the slimey mouthfeel that is.) I'm happy to try it but probably won't get any more bottles.

Photo of wedgie9
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from a bottle obtained in a trade. Pours a thick and hazy deep orange with a thick and long-lasting tan head. Nose is mostly sweet malt with caramelized lemon and zesty kumquat. This beer is undoubtedly sweet, thick, and viscous with decent fruitiness. Lemon, mandarin, kumquat, honey, and bread are all prevalent on the palate. The body of this beer is huge with low carbonation and a long bitter finish.

Photo of jpmclaug
2.69/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into my SA Perfect Pint glass. I'm lucky to have a great mom that picked this up for me from Knightly Spirits on her last trip to Orlando.

A - Dark orange with an amber hue. A big yellow tinted head rests on top. Lots of sticky lacing.

S - Grapefruity hop flavor is the fist thing I pick up followed by other citrusy hop notes. A hint of booze and sweetness rest at the tail end of this one's aroma. I'm really trying hard to pick up the aroma in this one however.

T - A nice fruity hop flavor in this one that reminds me of oranges. Really sweet at the finish and not much bitterness at all. A bit of a warming alcohol sensation is present. Reminds me of some kind of tropical fruit cocktail. Originally I had it rated as a 3.5 for taste but as I drank this the sweetness got worse so I lowered it.

M - medium body that is kind of sticky. There looked to be some carbonation when I poured this and it had a nice head at first but when drinking it I don't pick up any carbonation. Strange.

D - Drink's pretty easy but is way too sweet for the style. I don't pick up any bitterness in this. I dunno... this is good but not as amazing as I expected from the much hyped CCB. I dunno this really isn't much of a DIPA however and certainly not a west coast one.

Photo of BearsOnAcid
2.4/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Very low carbonation I couldn't even raise any type of head out of it. Lacing doesn't stick at all. Looks like syrupy liquid in my glass. A turbid amber hue. Smells very sweet and boozy. Caramel and floral hops blend well into the aroma. Taste is hot, sweet and malty. Perfume-esque/floral hops linger on the tongue. I was disappointed in this one. I expected something much different yet was surprised with something very different. I like the uniqueness in this DIPA but I'm not really feeling it overall.

Photo of gunnerman
2.48/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a pint glass pours a orange hue with a minimal head that leaves no lace on the glass. Smell is very sweet like nectar, with hints of light sweet molasses. Taste?, where is the hops on this beer it is all sweet with no malt and hop finish, like drinking tropical fruit nectar. Overall this has to be one of the dissapointing beers that I have had from this great brewer, drain pour.

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110K+OT Batch #3 - The Other West Coast IPA from Cigar City Brewing
75 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.