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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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Reviews: 113
Hads: 144
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 19.94%
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: 113 | Hads: 144
Photo of mattreitz49
4.08/5  rDev +23.3%
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 macrosmatic
4.25/5  rDev +28.4%
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 ATLbeerDog
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (646 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev +19.3%
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)

Photo of codynevels
3.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Eric for sharing this along with other Cigar City brews.

750mL Bottle poured into a Rodenbach Grand Cru Tulip
Reviewed from Notes

This beer pours an opaque hazy amber hue with 1 finger of off-white head. The aroma is dominated by cedar, oak, and sweet caramel maltiness. The hop notes are very subdued, and the caramel sweetness comes through a lot but is not overpowering. Does not smell like any IPA I have had before. The taste has a lot of oak and caramel. It tastes more like a barleywine than a West Coast IPA to me. This beer is medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation with no alcohol coming through. It goes down easy and I could have enjoyed this beer over many glasses.

Overall I found this beer to be enjoyable, however, it does not taste like any West Coast IPA that I have tried. Much more malty with almost no hop characteristic. Very interesting second beer I’ve tried from Cigar City. (924 characters)

Photo of RodneyX
2.22/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer looks like a hazy orange IPA with a moderate sized white head that leaves behind some lace. It smells like burnt sugars with rotting vegetable matter and smelly hops. I don't like the taste much better and it is kind of hard to drink. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer and i don't understand the name at all. Pass. (326 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From my old notes on the 110K series beers.

A: The beer pours a somewhat murky/yeasty orange color with a slightly off-white head.

S: Some nice citrus hops to start with, and a little bit of tropical fruitiness, but overall this beer is too sweet for me. Moderately bready with quite a bit of caramel. Hints of brown sugar and booze.

T: There are some good points to the flavor, for instance it has a nice citrus and tropical fruit note. Unfortunately, it's absolutely too sweet and sugary. Minimal pine bitterness can't save that.

M: Medium in body with a definite stickiness and medium carbonation.

O: Too sweet and malty (and yes, this was when it was pretty fresh). Not my kind of IPA. (694 characters)

Photo of stageseven
1.06/5  rDev -68%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Ap- cloudy copper, next to no head. No retention. Cloudy.

Ar - sweet, like an old ale. Slightly oxidized? Caramel and bready. Very thick smell. No hops at all.

T - very sweet, cloying even. A little cardboard. No hop flavor at all. Really pretty gross.

M - lightly carbed. Heavyish body. flavor is so bad it's distracting.

O - pretty much awful. Drain pour for sure. There is nothing about this beer that says IPA. It's sweet, cloying, and undrinkable with no hop presence. I don't know what the guys from Cigar City were thinking with this, I usually love their stuff. Avoid this beer. (594 characters)

Photo of BrewCrew2010
2.58/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a muddy orange with no head regardless of a hard pour. No lacing.

S: A sweet malty aroma of caramel malts, honey, and vanilla. Very little hops.

T: Loads of sweet caramel malts, bready malts, & candy sugar. Finishes with a twinge of bitter citrus hops.

M: Full body; no carbonation; slick and oily texture.

O: Before I told my spouse what style this was, I asked him what he thought. He said American Barleywine. I totally agree! Although I liked it, I would never thought this was an DIPA. Not very well balanced, very sweet, and wouldn't recommend this for hop heads. Feel bad giving it a bad score, but this is a bad example of the style. Put that aside and I really enjoyed it. (694 characters)

Photo of ShogoKawada
2.23/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Ah, the backlog of cellphone reviews. I've hit the maximum, so time to start entering. Consumed summer 2010.

shared w/ portia99, fluffymctingle, and mr. jlindros, I do believe.

A- Caramel amber on the pour with a moderate head. Some pretty sticky lacing, but it's spotty.

S- Wow, sugar-coated hops. Sweet caramel and vanilla.

T- Is this a barleywine? Hops are there, but this is a malty malty malty beer. Too sweet- like someone stirred in a spoonful of sugar. Hops take the backseat- I even lose sight of them at some points. Some nice fruit flavors but they're fleeting and replaced with an overall sugar bomb taste.

M- Thick, syrupy, heavy. Lingering sweetness hurts my teeth. OK, maybe not, but this stuff is sweet.

O- Did not finish. This is a pretty bad DIPA- too sweet to enjoy. I really have to have a bad impression to drainpour a DIPA... (855 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.31/5  rDev 0%
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. (333 characters)

Photo of mistakebythelake
2.44/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy orange with minimal head and a bit of lacing on the glass. a slight floral nose with a bit of malts, but really not much else for a big IPA. Some bitter hops and way to much of sweet maltiness for me. Almost a syrup bomb that was not very pleasant to my liking. Hard to finish a 6 oz pour. (304 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-burnt orange with nice lacing that sticks around awhile
S-slight bit of piney hops. Not much else there.
T-hops have faded leaving more of a malty taste. Leaves a really weird taste that I cannot put a finger on it.
M-medium bodied and smooth
D-nice drinkability considering the abv (284 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a murky orwngish brown. Minimal head. Not super pretty. Smells really strongly of oak and hops. Lots of pine o the nose. Tastes syrupy and sweet. Tons of hops on the tongue. Mostly pine but some slight citrus. Overall not very drinkable and honestly tastes like they dumped extra hop ext act into it. Kinda meh overall but still finished my glass! (353 characters)

Photo of vapodge
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber poured into a Dogfish Head snifter

A - cloudy, dark amber, nice head, great lacing

S - some funky citrusy hops action combined with a little sweetness

T - very sweet; very warm from the alcohol; hops are there but are not all that bitter -- realize this beer is about six months old, but is quite similar to what I remember when fresh

M - creamy, light carbonation

D - a little too sweet to have more than one; similar to Southern Tier Gemini for me, although with less hops and more sweetness (505 characters)

Photo of aepb1
3.36/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (678 characters)

Photo of jsanford
1.9/5  rDev -42.6%
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. (673 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
4.12/5  rDev +24.5%
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 phishgator
1.95/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured into a snifter. Little to no head. The color is deep orange/copper hue. The aroma is of alcohol, juicy/fruity hops, and citrus/rose hips. The taste is alcohol throughout. Then there is some bitteress that tries to poke through. A LOT of unferemnted sugars that do no good for this brew. The hop oil just coats our tongue; like hop syrup. The body is big and full with no carbonation. I shared this with a buddy during the first quarter of the national championship game and neither of us went for a second pour. CCB missed on this one. (542 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
2.18/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Burnt orange color with a small head that didn't leave much behind. Fairly unremarkable in its look.

S - Really sweet, carmel, followed by some rotted hops smell and some burnt sugar. This smells somewhat unpleasant, don't care a whole lot fo it.

T - Wow, this tastes horrid. Burnt sugar, sweet carmel malts, rotted grapefruit, floral hops, bad tea. Basically a multitude of things that don't necessarily taste good and definately don't taste good together. This is really bad.

M - Medium bodied, a little syrupy. Moderate carbonation.

D - Ugh, couldn't really get a ton of this down, although I think it might be not quite as bad as I rate it, as I don't like sweet stuff. (681 characters)

Photo of CharlatanSin
2.85/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Split with the ladyfriend from a 750ml bottle into tulips.

A: The beer pours a hazy burnt sienna color with a minuscule tan head that soon disappears. No lacing.

S: It's tough to pick anything out at first. A bit of caramel. As it warms, the aroma comes out a bit more. It's a lot of caramel accented with some floral hoppiness. Not too exciting but pleasant enough.

T/M: This is where 110K goes off the rails. First of all, were I reviewing to style, this would be even lower. It tastes more like an old ale or English-style barleywine than anything. Cloyingly sweet with caramel and fruit, and a brandy-like booze presence. Hardly any hops to speak of. It's extremely sticky and flat. The overall experience is like sampling your homebrew after fermentation but before carbonation and aging. It tastes unfinished in that way.

D: We couldn't even come close to finishing the bottle between us. A rare misfire from Cigar City. (931 characters)

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a recent trade with fogdog. Thanks Kevin!

Poured into a Cigar City snifter.

Appearance: Dense, foamy, khaki-colored head slowly fades to a sticky crown. The orange-amber body looks surprisingly thick and syrupy for an imperial IPA; resembles a barley wine. Each swirl highlights the syrupy character, coating the glass walls in a thin, oily film. Spotty lacing. Style-wise, I'm not too impressed. It still looks decent overall though.

Smell: Big caramel, followed by flowery hop notes and a touch of alcohol. Very malt-forward and one-dimensional.

Taste: Follows the aroma very closely: caramel, flowery notes, toasted bread crust, light pine, and even a hint of roastiness. I can't find any fruit flavors. This is a simple, yet tasty, barley wine.

Mouthfeel: Full and malty with a lot of residual sweetness. Again, think barley wine.

Drinkability: This was a tasty beer, but a lousy imperial IPA. JustinA1 and I both enjoyed drinking it, and I definitely would have given it a higher score if it was classified as an American barley wine or strong ale. (1,071 characters)

Photo of pmlondrigan
2.7/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours murky reddish brown with very little carbonation. What carb there is is loose and fleeting. Aroma is lacking, but what is there is slightly piney and resinous hops, but it isn't bright. Pretty lack luster. Taste is syrupy, sweet and tastes very un-attenuated. Pretty unbalanced tasting, not all that hoppy tasting. Feels thick and syrupy on the tongue, not hot but clearly alcoholic. Basically a drain pour. I like CCB but this missed the mark just too unbalanced. (470 characters)

Photo of MrChopin
2.02/5  rDev -39%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Murky tea-orange with a thin set of beige bubbles after the pour. Nose of heavy orange and grapefruit, marshmallow sweetness and a lightly woody ethanol. Ultra sweet flavor, grapefruit and slight tea. Sticky, cloying palate, carbonation minimal. A synthetic experience, extremely boring yet nearly undrinkable. Easily the worst IIPA I've had, the equivalent of a screwdriver with three spoons of sugar. (402 characters)

Photo of sholland119
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blind beer #11, Blind BIF Round 3. Bomber labeled #9.

A-Looks like another big'un. murky honey amber with a frothy off white head and huge sticky lacing.

S-Lots of malt, hints of booziness, light on the hops.

T-A bit syrupy sweet in the front, caramelly, a bit of warming alcohol and possibly some oakiness in the finish as the beer warms.

M-Heavy, medium carbonation.

D-A big strong ale, I think. Nicely sweet, moderately boozy, definitely one at a session. (463 characters)

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110K+OT Batch #3 - The Other West Coast IPA from Cigar City Brewing
76 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.