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The Last Spike - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
California Common / Steam Beer |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: shand on 08-27-2013)
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

CJS, Sep 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

npala86, Dec 31, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev +12.7%

The color to this beer was perfect for a CA Common/Steam; a nice deep amber/red with a nice tan head. Head didn't retain very long and the lacing was fairly good; however, the edges of the glass had a constant supply of bubbles that when the sun hit them sparkled an array colors (pretty cool). Aroma was muted hops and muted caramel sweetness and not much else. Taste was pretty good; think Anchor Steam mixed with Stone Levitation. Mouthfeel was crisp and light considering the style which made it refreshing for the pool side atmosphere. Enjoyable brew, but even at $6.99 I probably wouldn't give it another try.

mverity, Sep 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

TKEbeerman, Sep 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Zonian1, Jan 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

dsauter, Sep 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

johnyb, Feb 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

InfernoBoss, Oct 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Gonzoillini, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Dark amber. Big off white head. Leggy for an IPA. Wispy surface.

Smell - Grapefruit hops. Deep caramel. Almost a bit of chocolate.

Taste - Grapefruit hop again. Piney flavor follows. Bitter hop builds up. The caramel hop is not as sweet as I expected, but rich. Drops off in the very end.

Mouthfeel - Medium-high carbonation. Feels heavier than it really is.

Overall - Just doesn't elevate itself above the masses.

Alieniloquium, Sep 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

GRG1313, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of joshbhs04
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%

A- Amber/Bronzish appearance, A nice foamy white head.

S- Roasty biscuit malts, a very lil of hop aroma, pinish.

T- Kinda get some booze in this, not much. Def malty with a nice bitterness.

M- A lil hot and heavier than I expected. Good carbonation.

O-Glad I got a few more, I was having issues really placing this one. Its an interesting concept and cant wait to try it again.

joshbhs04, Oct 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

brudz2134, Oct 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

cyrushire, Sep 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

dvmin98, Oct 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

tarheels4life23, Oct 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

mobrockman, Oct 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

jegross2, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of Vec2267
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

A - copper, clear, lots of bubbles, frothy head, great lacing

S - very aromatic, mostly spruce

T - bitter, piney hops dominate, the toasty malts provide a mellow background

M - well carbonated, richness from the malts

O - hardly my favorite style, but this is well executed, the hop bitterness dominates but there is plenty of malt balance, a very flavorful brew

Vec2267, Sep 08, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev +5%

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a medium copper amber with a fine two finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Constant carbonation and looks nice. Aroma of sweet caramel and biscuit malt, toffee and mild grassy hops. Flavor is malt forward; biscuit and bready malt, light grassy hops, grain. Finishes with a quite dry, lightlly toasty malt and almost tannic dry bitterness. Medium bodied with nice peppery carbonation. An off-beat take on a California common, perhaps maltier than normal; the finish is more astringent than herbal bitterness. I like the malt bill, but the finish is a bit off. Still enjoyable and interesting.

LiquidAmber, Dec 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

jivex5k, Sep 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

st9647v3, Dec 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

mendvicdog, Nov 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

dannyfayy, May 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

manutdfan, Sep 30, 2013
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The Last Spike from Cigar City Brewing
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