Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine and select auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

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

Not Rated.
110K+OT Batch #3 - The Other West Coast IPA110K+OT Batch #3 - The Other West Coast IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.

113 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 113
Hads: 145
Avg: 3.28
pDev: 26.52%
Wants: 9
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
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.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 113 | Hads: 145
Photo of branimal9
4.57/5  rDev +39.3%
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.

 522 characters

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +37.2%
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.

 1,300 characters

Photo of Phelps
4.48/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to tlay10 for sharing this one during this year's Deliverance release at Lost Abbey.

Looks: like caramel. Mostly clear and the color of the sugary treat, with a sudsy head of khaki-orange that grips the sides of my glass in lovely arcs.

Smells: like an aged barleywine. Heavy with citrusy orange and burnt sugar aromas. Rose, lavender, juicyfruit, lime, caramel-dipped pineapple.

Tastes: like candy. Super malty and sweet, with flavors of honey, vanilla, lightly floral lilac, lime and caramel-dipped orange sticks. The finish is very sweet, with just a hint of bitterness in the back.

Feels: muted. The carbonation is extremely subtle for an IPA, but the body is medium and smooth about the tongue. The 10 percent ABV is only hinted at in the flavor, and this beer goes down so easily it's dangerous.

Drinks: so smooth, so sweet. I'm a fan of maltier IPAs, and this beer hits all the right notes in that regard. A treat.

 937 characters

Photo of steve8robin
4.35/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at five points in athens, ga. So surprised to come across cigar city outside of florida! Only 1 bottle of this was left. 2010 batch 3, 750 ml bottle...

A: its a deep golden copper color with a 1 inch white head that fades slowly. Very good.

S: I can smell it from the table. I get some nice sweet booze soaked malts blended with some candy sugar. Follows quickly is a nice caramel with some strong white grape on the backend. Very good.

T: I get heavy caramel malts upfront blended with a sweet floral flavor. The middle brings forth the white grape and the back brings a nice apple and sweet sugars. Sweet, but very good.

M: full body with a nice carbonation blend. Finish is a little dry. Good.

D: this is surprisingly drinkable once you get past the sweet wall. Good.

All in all, another great brew from CC. I've tried hunahpu and absolutely loved it, I tried jai alai and enjoyed, and this is my third brew from them, and this is great. Def try if you like sweet beers, if not, don't bother. This is definitely not an IPA as advertised on here, more like an american barleywine.

 1,097 characters

Photo of CampusCrew
4.35/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Regardless of the previous reviews... This is a well made beer. I think others are taking the style noted too literally. This can easily be it's own style. Don't compare to other DIPAs... it's different.

appearance: golden orange and cloudy complexion, lovely lacing speckled my whole finished glass.

smell: heavy citrus, orange peel and some nice floral aroma, strong pineapple and tropical aromas.

taste: This is one complex brew. Lots of citrus mixed in with tropical fruits like pineapple and mango. Even some some cedar on the back that lingers a little too long.... There's alot going on with the huge malt backbone it has.

mouthfeel: medium full bodied

drinkability: overall a great beer and I think they should promote this heavy malty DIPA style. Could be a new thing started out in FL. Maybe we can be known for something good for beer for once. Reminds me of a heavier, bigger Hopslam

 903 characters

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.35/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color, with touches of copper around the edges. A fluffly white head gradually subsides and leaves a thin layer and a ring around the glass. Some sticky lace reminds me of where this beer has been.

Smell: Very aromatic. Strong toffee malt notes. Grapefruit, pineapple, and apricot citrus aroma, some herbal notes as well.

Taste: Starts and stays sweet the whole way through, but not cloying at all. Toffee and a bit of honey provide the steady sweet malt presence. A great variety of pineapple, grapefruit, herbal, and pine hops. The pine blends with a cedar, aged flavor, which helps close out the taste amazingly well. The aftertaste is reminiscent of the hop varieties, but a soft sweetness is also present. Huge taste.

Mouthfeel: Strong creamy feel, it is actually creamier than the medium carbonation would let on. Lots of hop oil residue. Very smooth.

Drinkability: This is probably the best DIPA I have ever had, and I love the style. I could not be happier if this was available all the time.

Thanks to hoppy99 for the sample. This was awesome; one more bottle to savor.

 1,163 characters

Photo of nickfl
4.33/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers of off-white head on top of a clear, copper colored body. The foam settles slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - Spicy hops with a strong malt backbone. Notes of pine, cedar, orange, caramel, and toffee.

T - Sweet, light caramel up front with some bread and pine hops. The caramel intensifies in the middle as the hops become fruiter with notes of candied orange. Finishes with perfume-like jasmine and orange hop flavors as well as toffee, and sweet, caramel syrup malt character. The malty sweetness lingers after the beer with an orange candy character and just a hint of spicy bitterness.

M - A thick, syrupy body, moderately low carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - When they say the other west coast, there should be an emphasis on "other". While this beer is no doubt hoppy, it has an overwhelming malt presence that emphasizes the fruity aspects of the hops and almost completely washes away the bitterness. The result is a really unique brew with a hop profile that reminds me of orange flavored hard candy, but with a vibrant fruitiness to the orange that one would never find in Grandma's candy bowl. There is just enough bitterness to keep this drinkable and while there are some hints of the resinous pine character that I associate with traditional west coast IPAs, the sweetness seems to strongly select in favor of fruity orange and fragrant jasmine notes that make this a really unique example of the style. A somewhat strange, but very nice beer; try it if you can get it.

 1,505 characters

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.32/5  rDev +31.7%
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.

 614 characters

Photo of macrosmatic
4.25/5  rDev +29.6%
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!

 822 characters

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.23/5  rDev +29%
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.

 430 characters

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.22/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a US tumbler pint glass from a 32oz freshly-filled growler that was purchased at the brewery on 7/29/10 and consumed later that night.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, floral hops, citrus and brown sugar.

T: The taste starts out malty with sweet flavors of caramel, brown sugar and citrus. The malt character is hearty. The hops presence is strong but not over-powering and brings a good balance. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style although it's one of those beers that dances along the 2IPA/Barleywine line, this is a nice stronger beer to drink for as long as you're able to handle it.

 913 characters

Photo of urwithdave
4.15/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally broke a bottle out tonight after having it on cask a few times. Poured into a over sized wine glass.

A- Pours a thick,dark, cloudy, golden color. A fingers worth of off white head that sticks around only for a lil bit before it leaves a small ring. Sticky lacing left on my glass.

A- Very sweet with a ton of tropical smelling fruits. Pineapple is very dominant. Not a strong hop profile that one would expect.

T- Sweet, sweet, and sweeter. I was wondering if the sweetness was going to be as strong in the bottle after having it on cask ,and it definitely is as sweet, if not sweeter. The fruits are explosive. The pineapple in the nose is just as prevelant in taste. The malts are very strong and the hops are not as prolific as one would expect from a DIPA. With that being said, it still tastes great.

M- Thick for the style fo sure! It's almost syrupy. The finish is sweet and the carbonation is somewhat low.

D- I split this one with another person. I could have finished it off by myself, but it may have taken me a while to do so. The syrupy feel and the sweetness would def limit the drinkability of this. I wouldn't be able to stick to this all night. I'm sure some people are gonna really knock this brew, but I find it to be an interesting take on the style.

 1,285 characters

Photo of htomsirveaux
4.12/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle tried 10 Jul 2010. CServed in the 0.3 L Unibroue snifter. Courtesy of ktrillionaire, thanks!

Medium copper tinged off white head. Lightly carbonated. Cloudy deep copper to burnt orange in color. Aromas of mango and papaya. Quite sweet and lots of tropical fruit. Mangos, candied pineapple, papaya. Strong ethanol presence. Becomes bitter towards the finish but the fruitiness lingers with ethanol in the aftertaste. Syrupy body.

Very tropical.

 459 characters

Photo of mattreitz49
4.08/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm reviewing this beer as an American barleywine. Obviously, with the beer being 4 years old, the hops have faded. In it's place though, is a very nice BW. Cheers!

 164 characters

Photo of Shaw
4.07/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As a longtime fan of West Coast IPAs, I was really looking forward to trying this beer. As it happens, I was on vacation in Southern California at the time Cigar City released it, so I thought I would miss it. But Mr. Beery's in Sarasota got a keg of it and tapped it tonight, so I made a bee line over and had a glass.

It's a cloudy amber in color without much head.

The aroma is hoppy, but not hugely so. Big alcohol aromas.

The taste is classic San Diego Pale Ale: sweet and bitter with a big alcohol bite. Caramel, toffee and pineapple flavors are very prominent, with fusel alcohol flavors rounding it out. I've fried my palate on big IPAs, so this is probably a massively bitter beer, I just can't tell anymore.

The body is syrupy and slick, in short: wonderful.

Overall this is a great beer. Cigar City brews in a West Coast style and essentially one-ups California. I know: I've just been there.

 908 characters

Photo of unclejimbay
4.05/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

CC 110k OT batch #4
IIPA meets barleywine
Copper orange in color, nice cratered khaki head and rentention.
Aromas and tastes;
Bold orange marmalade reduction, mild booze notes, medium dark caramel malt sweetneess. Citrus grove Cordial/liqour.
Mouthfeel is full body, medium carbo, slick on palate.

Enjoyable but big @ 10% and 110 ibus.
Don't make plans later as this one is a sipper and you can't rush it.

 406 characters

Photo of robwestcott
4.03/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle a hazy amber honey to a dogfish head signature glass with a full finger super frothy off white bubbly head with lots of retention lacing.

super sweet aroma, caramel, brown sugar, and cotton candy.

IPA ? wow, really ? this is the sweetest, maltiest, barleywine-like IPA ever. this is a great beer, i'm not sure i see how it's categorized as a DIPA, but i couldn't care less. the malt remains forward while the beer warms and a hint, but just a hint of piney hops emerges.

creamy, thick, smooth as silk. sweet on the tongue with a hint of bitter toward the back of your mouth - but only if you look for it.

drinkable - i'll finish the 750ml before the night is out.

 690 characters

Photo of Durge
4.03/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My first visit to the brewery/pub lucked upon several great flavorful brews including this DIPA. A cloudy dark amber color with a nice light oatmeal colored cap and tons of lacing. The aroma brings a modest citrus and pepper wood with swamp grass overtones. Pleasant. The flavor says thick blackberry and buttery peanut and thick honey malt. Wow! This is a full bodied brew with a thick near syrupy feel and very quiet carbonation. This is pretty thick stuff but complex and fun drinking. Very sweet with a leaning toward the thick honey with a little alcohol for modest drinkability but not bad. A real quality brew. Not sure why so many reviewers find this to be less than really good. I found everything on tap that night to be of very high quality and tasty. While this brew was indeed not high in obvious hop bitterness, more along some other deeper styles, I really don't much care, I still really enjoyed it.

 915 characters

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.03/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cloudy and deep orange color with good carbonation, plenty of lacing and a dirty white head

S: Hops, booze and fruits

T: Big malt presence, sweet, caramel and holy freakin apricot. Had a hint at funk from time to time, with floral notes

M: Well carbonated, good sweet feel, booze, dry, not to much hop bite

D: Very good and easy to drink

 353 characters

Photo of azorie
4/5  rDev +22%
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.

 1,477 characters

Photo of wedgie9
4/5  rDev +22%
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.

 412 characters

Photo of beersensei305
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this once on tap at cigar city's tasting room and once in a bottle I bought a local liquor store.

The beer is a hazy deep orange with good carbonation and a white head that heads rather quickly with good lacing. Good citrus hoppy and sweetniess scent profile. This is actually a very sweet Imperial IPA, its brewed with an insane amount of honey and you can taste. The honey subdues nearly all of the hoppiness that a typical double IPA has. You still have the citrus and piney flavors. Overall, this is a great beer good ABV and great drinkability.

 558 characters

Photo of russpowell
3.97/5  rDev +21%
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

 658 characters

Photo of ahatcher78
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
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...

 985 characters

Photo of thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

 856 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
110K+OT Batch #3 - The Other West Coast IPA from Cigar City Brewing
76 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.