Ironshore Bock
Cayman Islands Brewery Ltd.

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Cayman Islands Brewery Ltd.
Cayman Islands
Bock - Traditional
3.33 | pDev: 15.62%
Dec 21, 2019
Jun 08, 2011
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Ratings by SWMeyer4141:
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1.79/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5
by SWMeyer4141 from Texas

Poured into a pint glass...

Appearance-Nuetral watery brown with no head, no lacing, no retention. Just looks ugly.

Smell-Sour, Bready, light caramel malt.

Taste-Pretty gross. Soggy stale bread. Sweet malts, some hops on the finish. Unbalanced and disguisting.


Overall-My 4th and final caybrew beer and probably the worst. Theres nothing good about this beer.

Jul 31, 2011
More User Ratings:
3.35 by AD17 from New Jersey on Dec 21, 2019
3.25 by Zekenyce from New Jersey on May 28, 2019
3.6 by JeffSK from Wisconsin on Apr 03, 2019
3.69 by MKrauss from Pennsylvania on Feb 09, 2019
3.65 by Dactrius from Wisconsin on Feb 01, 2019
4.11 by Mustela_Man from California on Aug 26, 2018
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3.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by jcflorian from Connecticut

Enjoyed last night on draft in beautiful grand cayman. I went in with super low expectations , and to be honest it was better than I expected . Drinkable for sure. Not really true to style but ok

May 15, 2018
3 by Pacioli1445 from South Dakota on May 07, 2018
3.75 by paulish from New York on Jul 18, 2016
3.67 by gtermi from Texas on Jul 18, 2016
3.65 by RockyM72 from Florida on Jul 09, 2016
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3.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by rktrat from Massachusetts

Rum point. Draft, pushed the pain aside. .. :-)

Apr 22, 2016
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3.87/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by canucklehead from Canada (BC)

Walked in a bar on Grand Cayman ( Da Fish Bar) and expected to find only the lighter Cay Brew. Very happy to find this dark bock that was probably the best beer I had in the Caribbean outside of Foreign Extra Stout in Montego Bay. Totally drinkable but with a fairly complex caramel malt flavour in the finish. Great to see a local craft brewery stepping up their game and giving the drinker something other than a light lager.

Mar 03, 2016
3.27 by icemanls4 from Switzerland on Dec 22, 2015
2.67 by Jstarr2517 from Connecticut on Nov 09, 2015
3.36 by Brewstradamus from West Virginia on May 17, 2015
3.75 by JRod1969 from New York on May 01, 2015
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4.29/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by MichaelProcton from North Carolina

Tried on draft at a Seven-Mile Beach restaurant. Pours a deep brown, with a nice, creamy head. Great dark beer for island living. Plenty of flavor without too much heaviness.

Apr 15, 2015
2.94 by GreenEggsHam1 from Ohio on Mar 30, 2015
3.31 by TWStandley from Massachusetts on Mar 09, 2015
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3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Mdez from Virginia

I had this last week when I was on Cayman Brac for a vacation. It was probably h the best beer available on the island. Not that it's great, but it has a lot more taste and gumption that the usual macros and the island lagers. Despite the bad beers, though, I'd still rather be down there where it's 83 every day.

Mar 03, 2015
3.37 by AnthonyD12 from Ohio on Jan 26, 2015
3.36 by Mikestaf from South Carolina on Jan 19, 2015
3.73 by Sammy from Canada (ON) on Jan 11, 2015
3.25 by PSU79 from Kansas on Jan 04, 2015
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3.64/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by chinchill from South Carolina

12 oz can with a BB date stamp of May 2015 purchased and consumed near the brewery on GCI.

Clear brown with a decent light brown head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Visible carbonation is very fine-grained.

Pleasing simple aroma of caramel malts with just a faint hint of spicy hops and little sign of the 7% ABV.

Flavor: hops, some darker malts, and alcohol esters are more obvious in tasting.

Feel: Smooth but with some alcohol warming; medium carbonation.

O: A mild bock with pretty good balance and partly hidden alcohol.

Dec 23, 2014
3.5 by SteeleWright from Texas on May 12, 2014
1.5 by mobrockman from Florida on May 04, 2014
3.75 by FFATS from Wisconsin on Apr 12, 2014
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3.81/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
by Uncle_Jimmy from California

POured from a bottle into a plastic cup ( its all there was in the condo)

Appearance. I have thus far found the Cayman Island beers to be lacking significantly in the appearance department. This beer being the biggest exception. It pours a medium to light brown ( lighter than new castle maybe) with a 1/4 of a fingers worth of light tan head that immediately dissipates. I have found a major lack of head retention in the island beers I am assuming this is because of the powerful thirst that develops being in the tropics... aint no body got time for head retention. Much darker than the other caybrew varieties. Pretty!

Smell- I got nuttiness like butter pecan ice cream nuttiness. I light sulfur typical of american light lagers and a hint of whole wheat toast.

Taste- That wholewheat toast is on the front end followed by i bit of piney hop. The whole thing finishes rather dry (another characteristic of these island beers-you can drink um all day)Not as sweet as say a newcastle brown, not as rich in color or as malty as anchor steam's bock (my fave bock so far).

Mouthfeel- Dry like i said with a carbonated bite (this is less so on draft I have experienced)There is little to know alcohol warmth but when buying this beer the locals warn that it is 7%. cleans up nice.

Overall- my favorite caybrew so far. Dark, malty, but not too sweet or heavy for the hot temperatures and it's strong enough to take the sting out of the sunburn. So far I have been following a schedule of having a Cay light in the morning after my island run and an Ironshore bock in the evening after my open water swim.
Not a bad vacation

Mar 15, 2014
3.25 by WoodBrew from Ohio on Feb 22, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by schoolboy from Ohio

This is the best beer I have ever bought that was brewed and consumed south of Miami. I don't think anything from the Caribbean or Mexico comes close. It is just one beer, but it tasted really good after a boring beer vacation, and I had two of them.

It is seems to be more of a red ale by taste, but bock works for me. Maybe it is in fact a bock and thus will hold up better in the warmth.

It has a nice rich flavor that does not get old. Malty, with a hops balance (more than usual for a bock) and a bit of yeasty flavor too. Just all around a nice balance and certainly a huge surprise.

There may have been other beers to discover in the Caymans (I had been there once before and had Caribe and some other swill), but I liked this a lot and had two rather than try something else unknown. Recommended, in fact, if I come back to the Caymans for a longer stay, it will be a minor draw for me, knowing that there is a decent local brew that I could drink 5 or 6 of and enjoy.

Nov 23, 2013
3.75 by sgregory from Connecticut on Sep 02, 2013
3.5 by Volsdawg10 from Mississippi on Jul 28, 2013
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3.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

Tired of the bland lager-types that perverses the Carabean islands? The dark taste of the tropics come alive with this malty-sweet German-style Bock beer.

The very un-tropic looking lager starts with a dark brown color and ruby highlights. Its dense appearance releases an equally dense looking creamy tan foam stance to cap the beer session-wide and lacing the glass lightly with spotty foam after each sip.

The full aroma of malt is on prominent display with deep toffee and molasses. Burnt caramel, light chocolate, nutty and meaty scents follow closely behind. Lightly vinous in its tone, a slight wine-like note peaks through the malt. With really no hop presence, the sheer malty sweet scent is balanced by alcohol alone.

The taste is even sweeter. Savory in its rich molasses and dark with toast, walnut, and a hint of maple all create a complex matrix of sweetness that keeps it from becoming one-dimensional. A late charge of brandy-like alcohol and mild woodish bitterness may keep the beer from cloying but never attempts to balance the malt sweetness.

Full bodied from head to tail, the sheer weight of residual sweetness is thick, creamy and dense on the palate. A slow and somewhat incomplete fade never reaches even malty-dry status. Warm and sweet late, the ale is destined to a dessert unto itself.

Jul 18, 2013
2.5 by inspektor from North Carolina on Jul 18, 2013
2.75 by doremite from Vermont on Jul 13, 2013
3.5 by wiltznucs from Florida on Jun 30, 2013
3.5 by catfan2000 from Kentucky on Jun 01, 2013
Ironshore Bock from Cayman Islands Brewery Ltd.
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 51 ratings