110K+OT Batch #3 - The Other West Coast IPA - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by hayesez:
3.5/5 rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
Thanks to my buddy Shold down in Tampa for shipping this up to me. Similar to one of the Hunahpu's I was sent, this guy arrived with some beer leaking out of the top. Figured I'd better crack it open ASAP. Split with a couple of friends while working on my latest backpacking trip.
A hazy butterscotch colored beer that looks pretty thick coming out of the bottle. A dense light-tan head fluffs up quickly in my Portsmouth snifter, leaving some splotchy lace on the side of my glass as it melts. By the time I'm halfway through it there is just a wispy layer of white on the surface.
This is definitely going to be a sweet IPA. Tons of candied fruit, honey, caramel and about anything else that you can conjure up that has a bunch of sugar in it. Sweet citrus coupled with some obvious booziness...especially as it warms up. I'm curious.
Everything the smell indicates is going to be in this beer is fully represented in the taste. Sweet as hell. Frankly, it toes the line of cloying a bit too tightly for my tastes. Candied malts, some tropical fruit, and a mouthful of sweet, sweet orange. Juiciness...with brown sugar. It has a taste that awakens memories of 120 Minute. I'm very surprised by the bitterness level...it's almost non-existent. Very creamy, thick, and juicy. Low carbonation combined with a syrup-like consistency gives this thing a full mouthfeel that is like drinking warmed syrup. I must admit that as this thing warmed up, it became a bit more tolerant. I'm not sure if it was because I got a little more acclimated or if it was because it mellowed a bit, but I did find myself wishing I could dump a bit more into my snifter.
Probably a good thing that I shared this one with some friends. I'm not a huge fan of anything that is overly sweet, and the batch 3 certainly falls into that category. If the sweetness could subside just a bit and let the hoppy characteristics shine a bit more, this one would be much improved. (Yes, I just used the word "sweet" eight times in one review).
Serving type: bottle
06-16-2010 05:44:20 | More by hayesez
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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
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