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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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76
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143 Ratings
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 24%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tpd975 on 05-26-2010)
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Photo of Sammy
3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
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 t0rin0
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to ktrillionaire for the bottle.

Pours a nice orange color with a white head and some pretty good lacing. The nose is pretty strange with some nice tropical notes followed up with a bit of cardboard and moderate citrus. The taste has some cardboard but is mostly fairly sweet with some mild citrus and tropical notes. A bit cloying in general. Drinkability is low and I'm a bit disappointed with this one after being quite excited to try it out.

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
1.5/5  rDev -53.8%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +38.5%
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 womencantsail
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
1.5/5  rDev -53.8%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.5/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Slips out a hazed, amber-hued body with a delightfully frothy, long lasting, off-white head.

Smell: Prominently sweet-smelling aroma, with notes of candied citrus peels, sugar-coated berries, and a fruit cocktail tossed with caramel served up with a tall shot glass of liquor.

Taste: The first sip ushers in a hard, sugary sweetness that never lets up. Sadly, any malt complexity is simply buried underneath the raw sweetness. A sip of concentrated fruit juices, some tropical, some citrusy, and some tasting of strawberries. A small splash of pine-scented cleaner. Essentially no bitterness at all. The finish has ample alcoholic heat and an unyielding, cloying simple syrup character to it. Yeesh.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: An altogether coarse brew with its heavy sweetness and alcohol. I wonder what happened here. Quite a letdown, this one, and a real surprise coming from Cigar City. I suppose the moral is: nobody's perfect.

Photo of largadeer
1.75/5  rDev -46.2%
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 TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Big thanks to DosBeerigos and the Quick and Easy High Card BIF for this bottle!

Digging the bottle's depiction of bling. Word. Anyway, it pours a hazy rosy amber topped by a finger or so of ecru foam. The nose starts off heavy on the pine, but return sniffs reap a good deal more caramel in the background. And that about sums it up, simple and good. The taste is therefore not as surprising as it would be otherwise: heavy caramel notes met by a slightly piney touch, which somehow lends further sweetness to the proceedings. There's still some bitterness biting in the back, but it's not enough to make a strong enough call for a self-governing state. Sorry, my hands are tied by the customary international law of beer. Look it up if you don't believe me. The body is a heavy light, with a light carbonation and a somewhat thick feel. Overall, not bad, but very unbalanced and hard to really enjoy as the experience progresses.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.2/5  rDev +29.2%
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.

Photo of nickfl
4.35/5  rDev +33.8%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
2.5/5  rDev -23.1%
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 jlindros
3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to portia99 for cracking this guy.

A: Fluffy head of 1/2 finger (generous size) fades quickly over a semi clear reddish mahogany colored beer.

N: Nice strong ale aroma, lots of malts, semi sweet. Little fruit, apple, apricot, oak, a little whisky, fruity and juicy. Touch of an eathy hop aroma too. Great aroma, but not what I expected.

T: Sweet, holy fuck it's sweet! Hard to drink with how sweet it is. Again lots of malts, not really a DIPA. A strong ale taste, almost barleywine. A little booze with warming feel. Oak with a little whisky, lots of fruit, peace even, apricot, apple, etc. Chewy malts, even a little white chocolate. Creamy, some bitterness and a hint of earthy flavors.

M: Medium to thicker body, little syrupy, decent carbonation.

F: Little spicy and warming booze. Still really sweet, more oak and whisky, some fruit still. A little honey even. A little sticky, still barleywine-esque, creamy and lingering.

Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +23.1%
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 MasterSki
3.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to ArthurPendragon for getting a bottle of this brew into my hands before its actual release. Shared at Sean's place, and served in a Sam Adams taster pint glass.

A - Pours a murky brown-orange color with a finger of off-white foam that dissipates to a big-bubbled cap. Some spotty lacing is left behind.

S - This is not what I was expecting - smells more like a hoppy barleywine with tons of burnt sugar, honey, and caramel notes. There is a good amount of sweet citrus and a touch of dank and spice, but this is kind of a boozy sweet mess.

T - The taste verges on cloying, with a ton of candied citrus character and shockingly low bitterness for a 100 IBU beer. This actually tastes a lot like a Triple IPA homebrew I got from NewGeneric. The alcohol is better masked here, but the brew is somewhat mono-dimensional.

M - Syrupy, low carbonation, sticky, with minimal dryness or residual resin character. There is a little heat as well. A bit more carbonation would have helped keep this from getting overly heavy and cloying.

D - This was split four ways, and I think I ended drinking the most (~8oz). It was tough slugging, and the majority gave up and went back to drinking Parking Violation.

I was really excited when I heard Cigar City was doing a hoppy brew for the 100K+OT series, but this was a misfire. I went out of my way to obtain this at its freshest, but it's just not something most hopheads will dig. However, this may turn into a terrific barleywine somewhere down the road.

Photo of drabmuh
2.17/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not sure who brought this one, thanks for the opportunity to try this though. I do love a good IPA. Beer poured into a snifter.

Beer is almost red and has nearly no head. The head that is there is medium and large bubbles that cling to the interface between the glass and the liquid and somehow manages to leave some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to low.

Aroma is that of a very young barleywine, that is to say that this is a malt bomb. No real hop presence other than the incident hops that may have been in the same building while the boiling was taking place.

Oh gross. Me no likey. This beer is syrupy stick sweet on my tongue. There is no room for anything else in the palate as it is overwhelmed with a diabetes inducing sugar shock to my system. At least it finished quickly before the spike in insulin damaged my nerves. No thank you. This beer turned out to be about as appetizing as the hairy chest of the man on the label.

Photo of mdfb79
3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From 7/11/10 notes. Thanks to nimbleprop for sharing this one.

a - Pours a murky amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of caramel malts, sugar, alcohol, and fruit.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, lot of sugar and sweet fruit, and alcohol.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, very smooth and easy to drink.

d - A bit of a disappointment. I thought it was was too sweet and the alcohol was too prevailent in the taste. Wouldn't really look to get again.

Photo of orangesol
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of stakem
2.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes taken on 9/8/10.

Big thanks to Kegatron for giving me this bottle. I really appreciate it Heath! Opened and shared with 2 friends who are big ipa fans.

Poured into a pint, this brew appears a clear orange color with a finger of yellowish stained foam. The head receeds slowly leaving an abundant amount of lace all over the glassware.

The nose is full assault of sweetness. It smells rich like candied oranges and a heavy scent of caramel sugars that has a hint of vanilla about it as well.

The taste is strikingly sweet. The first thing that comes to mind is unfermented wort. This taste is more in line with what I was expect from an overly sweet aged barleywine or old ale. Really wasn't expecting this taste. A minor indication of alcohol and hop flavoring and bitterness exists but this brew is so over bearingly sweet that it dominates all the other characteristics of the brew. This brew leaves a lasting cling of sweetness inside the mouth. As it warms, it becomes quite cloying with more alcohol becoming evident and some hops start to show a bit of an herbal touch. The sweetness of this brew really distracts and degrades the experience. I prefer my ipas to have some nice residual sugar flavor in them but this one is out of control, one sided and not balanced.

It is a full bodied brew with a moderate level of carbonation. I am glad I got a chance to try this but am equally happy I was not trying to take down an entire 750ml myself.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.03/5  rDev +24%
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

Photo of Huhzubendah
1.6/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Shared at my tasting on August 7, 2010. Thanks to whoever brought it!

A: Slight hazy orange-ish hue. Medium-small sized head that leaves a few traces of lacing on the glass.

S: This is NOT an IPA. Not by any standards. Heavy malt, little to no hop presence.

T: The taste is even more disappointing than the aroma. The beer is way too sweet, with no hops, citrus, floral, or anything else that might be used as a descriptor of a tasty American DIPA. As far as style, this beer gets a WTF rating. There is nothing right about this beer and everything wrong. The taste is odd, off, and overly sweet. The flavor is more like a barleywine gone wrong than anything. Ick...

M: Cloying from the first drop. Awful.

D: I'm grateful for the opportunity to have tried this beer, as I was really looking forward to it. However, it was plain awful. Drain, meet beer.

Photo of John_M
3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Generously provided at the recent Baltimore BA gathering at Max's.

The beer pours a golden, amber orange color with considerable head retention and plenty of sticky lacing. This beer looks almost viscuous and thick... alas, that was to be as good as things got with this beer. On the nose, I get honey, sweet malt by the boatload and a hint of brown sugar and chocolate. To say the least, this beer smells very, very sweet. Not surprisingly, this beer was every bit as sweet on the palate, with a long, almost cloying finish. When I read that this beer is supposed to be a DIPA, I was stunned. I got almost no hoppy bitterness in this beer, and would have assumed that it was made more along the lines of an English barleywine. The flavor profile otherwise replicates the nose pretty closely in this sweet, boozy beer. This is a very full bodied beer, with the sweetness coating the mouth almost like a blanket. Drinkability is an absolute laugh. I cannot begin to imagine trying to drink an entire bottle of this stuff. The combination of sweetness and noticeable alcohol is almost nauseating, and it's very hard for me to believe that this was what the brewer was going for when he made this beer.

So far I can't say I've been hugely impressed by anything I've had from CCB, though certainly some of the humidor series beers have been interesting. Regardless, this beer struck me as a particularly poor effort from this brewery. Can't imagine that this beer would be very popular with anyone.

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110K+OT Batch #3 - The Other West Coast IPA from Cigar City Brewing
76 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.