110K+OT Batch #3 - The Other West Coast IPA - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by Ryan011235:
2.15/5 rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
Poured into a snifter on 9/29/10
Courtesy of PDXHops
A slow-to-rise, one finger head sits atop a dense amber, copper colored beer that looks somewhat murky. Head retention is decent, blending smooth foam & bubbles. Decent lace to start. Granular lace throughout.
Wow, this critter smells like a sugar-bomb. Candied malts, caramel & such. I find the aroma to be reminiscent of DFH 120 Minute with a sweet, alcohol heat laden, sherry-like nose. It's also has some chemical cleaner notions; though not overly harsh, it is potent. The hops seem lost in the mess, leaving a vague penchant for floral overtones.
The taste is very similar to the nose & reminds me of a toned down 120 Minute. Very sugary without much hop offset. Bitterness is at a minimum. Nail polish remover alcohol heat, near-cloying flavors of candied malts & darker sugars intermingle with sparse hints of dark fruits. Even as a barleywine this would be way too sweet. Industry-inspired chemical burn toward the finish.
This beer is full bodied & very heavy. The sugars seem to have a sticky, grainy underpinning, while the alcohol heat adds a slick counterpoint. The two viscosities never seem at ease with each other. Rather low carbonation. The finish is rough; cloying sugars linger long after the finish. Thankfully the abv doesn't strike me as more than 10%.
Drinkability is "meh" at best. I worked on it for a while but only finished about 2/3rds. If Cigar City intended to make this beer as obnoxious as its supposed namesake, then I'd wager they have succeded.
Serving type: bottle
10-06-2010 00:47:20 | More by Ryan011235
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4.28/5 rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Reviewed from notes. Had out of a firkin at CCB tasting room. Poured into a snifter glass.
A: Deep caramel in color, translucent, with a one-finger khaki head and no visible carbonation.
S: Sweet malts, a bit of pine & citrus hops, and boozy. Some roasted caramel.
T: Follows the nose very closely. The hoppiness is still trying to hold on but is clearly losing the battle. Still a little alcohol heat but it does seem tamed. Overall a nice sweetness here.
M: Medium body, smooth & silky mouthfeel. Boozy but the alcohol heat doesn't overwhelm. Minimal carbonation sensation, likely due in part to the firkin serving.
O: Wow, this was very good, and I'm glad I had the chance to try it! Guess they had this one aging for the last couple years. I never had the opportunity to try it fresh, but it sure was tasty as is!
Serving type: cask
10-12-2012 00:18:31 | More by macrosmatic
3.48/5 rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Pours a beautiful but thin golden red color – really beautiful. A small white head tops the beer and quickly recedes. Smells of deep citrus hops so very fruity. First sip has shown some age but this one was kept in my fridge since purchase. The hops have so faded but in its place a pleasant maltiness shines thru to the point of being both chewy and doughy. Super candy sweet notes are upfront and in your face without the hops to balance it. Plenty of toffee too. I keep thinking how nice it would be to have this one fresh and on cedar. I had this one fresh and enjoyed it more than the aged version. Pretty tough to drink but I’ll manage.
Serving type: bottle
12-14-2011 01:26:32 | More by ATLbeerDog
110K+OT Batch #3 - The Other West Coast IPA from Cigar City Brewing
75 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.