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The Last Spike - Cigar City Brewing

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102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 10%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: shand on 08-27-2013)
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4.14/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with one finger thick cream colored head, settles slowly into a thin ring with a few fingers of lace on the glass. Smell: pine, citrus peel, woodsy, milk caramel, slight apricot. Taste: pineapple, peach, caramel, citrus peel in the finish. Creamy feel with residual sugars cut by prickly carbonation, bitterness and little booze note. This is essentially an IPA right? Doesn't matter either way, tasty beer.

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4.11/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a coppery amber in the tall Maredsous glass with an average head but loads of lacing. Aroma of french toast and fresh mango. Sprightly on the tongue with a medium body. Interesting fruity flavors along with the tasted I wish I could describe better-- cedar and blackberries?

The toasty flavor is distinct and really adds to the style. Winey mouthfeel with a sharp, tannic sensation and some woodiness. Some sweet malt and a hint of burnt sugar. The bitterness is moderate and leaves just the right burn. For the record, hops are Northern Brewer, Chinook, and Pacific Jade. I like the alcohol strength here. For once, it seems appropriate to be on the strong side with plenty of flavors to support it.

This is one of the most tasty and drinkable beers I've had this year, in any category. Anchor should taste this one. From the 750 ml capped (thank you!) bottle purchased at Olive Tree Market in Ocean Beach.

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4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of shand
3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Last Spike is an interesting amped up version of a California Common. The distinct toasty and slightly grainy malts that are the hallmark of a California Common are out in full-force, but backed up with a pretty big hop kick that doesn't overpower the malts, but is given plenty of room to shine. The Last Spike is a tasty east-meets-west collaboration.

Photo of joshbhs04
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Opened a 750ml bottle on 01 Oct, 2013, thanks to beernads (Hunter) for the trade! Not sure why this beer has a lower rating, but this was a nice all around IPA. Amber in color and not as hoppy as thr bigger IPAs, but very smooth and very nice. Had a lot of nice flavors going on here. I think a score in the low 80s does not serve this beer justice!

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3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another bottle from my FL-based man-crush, moose3285, among a warehouse full that just arrived for no particular reason. That's not a bad way to start a Saturday. 22 oz. bomber split with my wife.

The pour is IPA orange, middling clear, middling carbonation. Nose doesn't come on strong, but is a touch hoppy, sweet, even a bit of mint (?) in there. Faint. Or weak. Choose your semantics.

The Last Spike plows up a new field of wierd. Stinging-sharp tannic notes up front & strong mouthfull of lager year (yager?) from the backdrop, & right behind is a strong dose of citrus hops that drag along a nice bittering in the middle. Swerves into graininess with a side of sweet malts, but the bitterness kicks in to dominate the end. Drinkable...so odd that I'm sipping constantly to tease out what comes next.

I can honestly say I've never had a beer like this, & that's appealing in & of itself (& bonus for being good). This is Cigar City at its best, ignoring the rules to make something wacky. A very good beer.

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The Last Spike from Cigar City Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.