110K+OT Batch #5 - Cigar City Brewing
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3.63/5 rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
750ml bottle I picked up at the brewery on Thursday. Poured into a matching Cigar City snifter, the brew appears a clouded burnt copper color. It has quite a deep orange look to it that nears more copper towards the middle. A rich yellowish stained froth is quite creamy and sticks atop the brew. As the cap slowly fades, it leaves a webbing of lace sticking to the glass. A light swirl revives nearly a finger back to the surface.
The aroma is quite pleasant with a citrus quality that is bold with an orange character. There is a bit of a melon note mixed with some cheese and mild caramel graininess. The alcohol is present with a solvent to fusel touch that initially accents the fruity citrus qualities and as it warms becomes more apparent with its own standout qualities that draw out more of an herbal to grassy and pine smell.
The taste is herbal and hoppy with fruity and citrus quality. A bit of melon character is present which blends with an earthy and pulpy rind element. It is impossible to miss just how much residual sweetness is left in this brew which helps to mask the alcohol but by the same token also downplays some of the hop flavoring. The combination of bold fusel alcohol, sticky sweet residual sweetness and aggressive citrus/rindy bitterness is a bit taxing on the palate.
This is a medium to heavier bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. All elements you would expect for a DIPA are present but the sticky sweet quality really degrades the overall experience for me. This really reminds me of the last 110k+OT brew I had (batch 3) that I really did not like because of the ridiculous sweetness that overpowered everything else. While I feel this brew has too much residual sugar, it is nowhere near as cloying as batch 3. It is worth a try but not something I would seek out unless you really dig overly sweet IPAs.
Serving type: bottle
07-10-2012 01:03:44 | More by stakem
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