Hopped On The High Seas - Simcoe
Cigar City Brewing

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IPA - American
3.91 | pDev: 9.21%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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BigBry from Canada (AB)

4/5  rDev +2.3%

Another single can that has been sitting in the fridge for a while now.
As pictured...what is 'Caribbean-Style' I ask myself.
The beer poured slightly hazy, dark yellow orangish color, lots of carbonation bubble streams.
Big, white head with good retention and lots of lace string.
Lots of hoppy aroma, citrus and grapefruit.
Taste has a ton of grapefruit flavored hops, lots of floral and fruity bitterness.
I would say medium body, carbonation crispness on the tongue, bitter aftertaste.
A nicely done dry hopped beer, and in a can!

Aug 31, 2014
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Gmann from New York

3.37/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a golden color with lots of yeasty particles floating about. The head is short and dense and settles into a light cap. Some soapy lacing. Not sure why there is yeasty floaters in an IPA.

The aroma is of a lightly bready malt with a hint of caramel. Light honey sweetness. The hops are herbal with notes of citrus and pine. Some metallic notes.

The taste is of a metallic bready malt, quite English like. There is a general fruitiness to the malt as well. The hops are steely, peppery and grassy; perhaps faded. I want to say some unripe apricot. A bready, bitter IPA/APA.

The feel is moderate with softish carbonation. Slightly sweet on the palate but finishes with a dry, astringent bitterness. Quite asprin like.

An meh IPA. Too dry for my liking. Hops are blah.

Jul 20, 2014
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Sorcerer from England

3.31/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Alright, I have to review this beer now while it is here in front of me again. The Memorial Day Weekend had the hop heads of the family sharing brewskis in a taste festival, and this beer was unanimously greeted with respect and revulsion!

First of all we had already been through about 6 different IPAs, and you might discount this review on that, but again, here I have the beer in front of me in a snifter, and two of us a trying to gag it down. We haven't had any IPA yet today, and yet it is still difficult to drink.

I give it a 3 overall because it really does something special. The looks on the face produced by this bitter brew are highly entertaining.

Looks and mouth feel are excellent. Slightly hazy and peach orange, the one looks very good. The pour yields a lovely inch foam that dissipates into nothingness over the long minutes it takes to get through it, leaving alcoholic legs, like dried maple syrup on the snifter walls.

Look out! As soon as this beer bashes onto your tongue you are into a world of hurt!

Bitter up front, and bitter to the end, I find descriptors like wet cigarette butts, sucking the end of an old rope, rank wet sneakers, and old baseball glove come easily to mind, as the palette struggles to come to grips with what is the gnarliest beer we've had all year, perhaps in our !ives!

Good lord, did they filter this through an old dish rag? What mischief inspires a brew that curls the tongue with herculean taste cramps. I find the tiniest of sips blossom into huge flavor bomb blasts layered with the assorted subtleties of the finest piney IPAs however draped in a jungle camouflage of dank midew molds and fermented mangoes, and rotten mung beans in reconstituted shiitake mushroom, with twisted old rancid terry cloth tennis wrist band juice thrown in for a salty insult. We almost gag.

Yet over the time it takes to drink oh so slowly, it warms to ambient temperature, and opens up, transforming from an ugly duckling to a majestic swan. I'm pretty certain this beer teaches respct and tolerance, and by the time you are down to the last flat and warm inch of beer in the bottom of the glass you at rewarded with something unusually complex and deliciously palatable, after all the grueling suffering, not quite stomach churning, but tongue twisting.

A slow drinker. Approach with caution. Not for the uninitiated.

May 26, 2014
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

appearance: Dark gold, mostly clear. Nice fat white head on the pour that settles to a pretty thick lingering head.
smell: Not getting the "bright tropical aroma" Cigar City advertises, at least not up front. A little darker and dankier. Maybe the tropical thing will show stronger as it warms.
taste: Hoppy, tropical and dry. Crisp. Not sure if i'm projecting here based on the High Seas thing but I'm getting salt in there too.
overall: Very nice and different IPA in a market flooded by IPA's. Well done.

Apr 29, 2014
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mediumtommy from New York

3.17/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The bubbles/carbonation are very fine on this beer, almost sharp. It is definitely dry hopped but seems as if hopped very little during the boil. There is not a strong hop flavor up front, but a larger one as an aftertaste. Still not as strong as the smell is. The packaging is awesome though. Six pack cans in a new kind of holder that protects the tops from dirt and such. Not worth the the $14 for the six pack in my opinion, but I am glad I tried it. I would definitely rank this as a lighter IPA. The can says Caribbean Style IPA and that is a dead on description.

Apr 18, 2014
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Omnium from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From Notes:
Served on-tap at House of 1000 Beers on December 3rd 2013

A - Clear orange with two fingers of fluffy white head, tight small lacing
S - Pine, pepper, dank grassy hops, mild malt
T - Huge dank flavor, lots of pine, grassy, very earthy, some dark peppery kinda spice coming through, creamy malt
M - Well balanced, not overly bitter.
O - Good Ipa, strong dank flavor that I really like.

Apr 11, 2014
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ThePorterSorter from Oregon

3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a clear, coppery amber with a foamy off-white head that laces. The nose is citrusy, caramely, and metallic - little in the way of hoppy aromatics. However, the beer drinks with good balance between the potently bitter hops and honey-like malt backbone. Though I think the beer's malt profile is on point, the crushing, repetitive insult from the hops make this beer's finish unenjoyable - a factor that improves as the beer warms. This beer is medium bodied with abrasive hops, exceptional malt sweetness/grain flavor, and a lingering grapefruit rind bitterness. This is a tasty hopped up ale that's a bit overly bitter, but has tremendous flavor.

Feb 25, 2014
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well I wanted my 1900th review to be special so I guess with such a high review this one is good enough. $3.50 for the single.

A - You can tell its dry hopped since how hazy this amber brew is. Head is massive full inch plus that sticks around for a while,
S - Juicy and mildly nostril stinging Citra Hops. Pineapple and lemon peel smell is balanced with the malts though gram cracker goodness.
T - Not super bitter balanced herbal hops meets citrus and mango hops. Balanced malts and tea leaves herbal ness buried underneath in all its very good. Reminds me of Sculpin in a way.
M - Not super easy to drink but for around 7% this beer drinks well. Balanced flavor the entire visit.

Overall I will not say this beer blew my mind since a lot of breweries are using Citra hops and making very balanced IPA's. This is a very solid beer regardless. I think the only deterant is the price which is on par with Sculpin.

Feb 18, 2014
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fmccormi from California

4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dry-Hopped on the High Seas: Citra
Straight pour from a 12oz can to a teku glass; canning date of, I think, January 8, 2014 printed in black ink (it’s hard to read, on account of being very blurry) on the underside of the can (“CANNED ON JAN 8 2014”). If I’m reading it correctly, that’d make this can nine days old at the time of consumption. Freshhh.

Appearance (4.0): About two fingers of cream-colored foam rise out of the pour, capping a somewhat hazy orange-tan body. The head dies down at a moderate pace, leaving thick, holey clumps and splotches where the collar sat for a while, linked up by webby legs of lace. Generally it’s got a great look, but the lacing is just a bit sparse for my taste.

Smell (4.5): Classic Citra: some tangerine and passionfruit, which is sort of like melony pineapple juice, is paired with a dank, resinous tone that underlines everything else going on . . . the malt is pale, plain, and a little sweet, like a floury biscuit with a little honey drizzled on it. Citra dry-hopping really makes for a good aroma for IPAs.

Taste (4.25): The flavor of the Citra largely follows the nose, but with more of a bitter, resinous edge to underscore all of the juicy sweetness within. Tangerine flesh, a little more of the kind of melony passionfruit sweetness, and then a hefty, oily grapefruit juice bitterness that lasts well into the finish, which brings in some minty, grassy bitterness along with it. Generally speaking, it’s not mind-blowing in any way but it’s very, very good in every way.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Some modest carbonation foams up softly and lightly, tingling but stopping short of prickling . . . the body behind it is medium-weight or a little under, and chased out with a very dry, resinous finish that fits the style very well.

Overall (4.25): I love these single-hop IPAs for showcasing the properties of one hop or another, but generally the base is made so straightforwardly that the end product is anywhere from somewhat above average to very good, but almost never mind-bending. This one falls into the very good (or a bit higher) range, thanks to Cigar City’s ability to brew a solid base beer and deft use of Citra and its unique character. $11/six-pack? Definitely worth a buy.
Dry-Hopped on the High Seas: Hop #529
Straight pour from a 12oz can to a teku glass; canning date of January 30, 2014 printed in black ink on the underside of the can (“CANNED 1/30/14”), making this can twelve days old.

Appearance (4.5): Two full fingers of bone-white head come off of the pour, capping a lightly hazy, honey-colored body. As the head dies down, it leaves a thick, clumpy-lumpy collar of foam all the way around the glass, along with a second collar of wide swaths of lace here and there an inch lower on the glass. Scattered suds here and there around the glass besides . . . this is a fantastic-looking beer.

Smell (4.25): Not surprisingly, it’s a tropical sweetness—but rather than dryly acidic, it’s mellower and a little richer, showing the nectary smoothness of papaya, melons (honeydew and a little cantaloupe) and passionfruit . . . there’s a bit of orange, pineapple flesh, and key lime underneath that stuff, brightening it up a bit. Any malt is pale, a little sweet, and bready, and lost within the fruit.

Taste (4.5): Markedly different from the nose. Fruity, sure; hoppy, without a doubt. But it’s got some of that smooth, melony fruit up front, followed up quickly by a bittersweet key lime flavor that pushes forward into a nearly astringent, raw grapefruit peel bitterness that stops just short of parching. The malt’s a little more present, but pleasantly and dryly bready, like dry, yeasty biscuits and common crackers. As it warms up, the hop profile turns very grassy, which I like, but it still retains a crazily citric, hard-to-pin fruit bitterness. Passionfruit and key lime juice, maybe? This is really great stuff.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Hits spot-on for the style, but extremely tight: kind of loose, lightly tingly carbonation all through the body, with a light-side-of-medium-weight body, and a veeery dry finish. Exceedingly easy to drink and begging for more.

Overall (4.25): Really digging these #529 hops, whatever they are/will be. I prefer hop varieties that have flavor that goes beyond juicy sweetness, and this definitely does. I like all that just fine, but give me something a little more dynamic and uncommon, and I’m a happy camper. #529 does that very well, and the IPA built around it is, as always, sturdy, flexible, and generally well-executed all at the same time. I heartily enjoyed this beer.

Feb 12, 2014
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another canned beer from the creator of the canquest, woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of mango, tropical fruits. Taste is hoppy, fruity, bitter, just all around yummy. The glass is getting empty quick. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a fine quality beer.

Feb 11, 2014
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kegatron for gifting me with this. Batch 2 Ahtanum version poured from a can into a matching CCB snifter. The brew appears a hazy golden color with a finger of white head. Soapy lace coats the glass.

The aroma is a bit tea-like with grass, herbs and trace pulp-like elements. As it warms up, a bit of fruity elements come out. Not a bad smelling brew at all, just a little different.

The taste is tea-like with some astringency coupled with grassy and pulpy zest/pith and herbal bitterness. A slight fruit quality is also present seemingly all coming from the hops. There is very little in the way of malt profile to this which I guess is to be expected based off the way this can reads.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Pretty much all bitterness with little depth of flavor. Not a bad brew but not that memorable either. I appreciate the chance to try this Heath, I just dont see myself buying this in any quantity.

Feb 10, 2014
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on 2014-02-02 in Columbia, PA

A - Moderately hazy orange with a 1-finger white head that leaves good lacing.

S - Fresh pineapple, passion fruit and some hop floral. Not much malt. No pine or dankness. Sweet and pleasant. Not real strong.

T - More hop forward that I expected from the smell. Grapefruit peel, pine then some pineapple and orange flesh sweetness. Just a touch of bready malt. Dries quickly with a strong, bitter and minty aftertaste with some moderating fruit sweetness.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Prickly and resinous. Substantial.

O - An enjoyable beer. Clearly focused on the Citra hops. I like it but prefer their more complex Jai Alai.

Feb 03, 2014
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BSK_ONE from New Jersey

3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured can into a 15 ounce glass. Golden, copper color with a huge lingering off white head. This is the best quality of this beer from an entertainment point of view. The creamy head slowly dissipates until only a single mountainous island is left in the middle of the glass.

S: Hints of Banana, grapefruit, lemons and prevalent hops.

T: The taste remaining from the ahtanum hops is truly unique. Bitter, but not off putting.

M: Bitterness on the tongue, but not overwhelming.

O: To me this is a good beer which is made better with a supporting cast of the right foods. Solid IPA, but nothing from a taste point of view that makes it stand out.

Jan 30, 2014
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rodlavers from Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into a snifter...pale orange translucent minimal white head some dispersed lacing. Looks good.

Distinct flora hops, perhaps the ahtnanum which admittedly I've never knowingly consumed. Lack of any pine-smelling hops made up for with a bit of spice...

Which is detected more so in the taste, well-balanced with floral hops, dry in nature. Fruity and flowery, less piney, in terms of hop. I like.

Feel is confusing; can't decide how much I enjoy the light bite finish with a smooth front end. It's interesting for sure, drinkable and refreshing.

Overall tastes IPA, never had Caribbean style IPA before but this is good. Definitely seek it out.

Jan 27, 2014
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KYGunner from Kentucky

3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clean filtered looking copper color yields a loosely built but high stacking head. The lacing was thick with a sticky line of froth.

Very fruity hop character but light in aroma. Scents of oranges, lemons and tangerines mix with some caramel malt sweetness and tea leaf.

This keeps a more malty taste at the fore front with a pronounced tea leaf. The hops come on late with subtle grapefruit, lemon and piney bitterness.

The feel is bitter lightly astringent but thinner than most.

This really is well done with good diversity and flavorful moments. This can was less than one month old so I would have to presume it's just a lighter IPA, perfect for the Caribbean Sun.

Jan 18, 2014
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jaasen64 from Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ahtanum batch canned 12/19 (~3weeks ago). Poured into a wine glass.

A- Pours a translucent, glowing orange gold with just a slight head that recedes fairly fast to a perfectly flat top, slightly below average carbonation that dies down a bit.

S- Mangoes, papaya, a bit of earthiness, balanced malts. Nice tropical flavors balanced with malts, not quite as aromatic as some IPAs, seems to be falling off slightly after 3 weeks.

T- Mangoes, oranges, lemons, a bit of earthiness, light balanced malt body. Nice juicy, earthy tropical hop presence that finishes a bit bitter but has a nice balance with the malts. Not the most flavorful hops in the world but a nice taste.

M- Medium bodied, carbonation a bit on the low side, sticky, fairly drinkable.

O- This was a nice beer that I enjoyed drinking that used an interesting but gimmicky concept and a fairly unique hop varietal that Im not sure if I've had before. That being said there are much better IPAs out there and this is far from some of CCBs best beers. This is a nice beer to try but I think I prefer Jai Alai a bit more.

Jan 15, 2014
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AdamF625 from Massachusetts

3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ahtanum batch
A- straw, light gold, transparent, thin white head that disappears quickly
S- tropical fruits, floral hops
T- grapefruit, pine, floral hops, little malt flavor, passion fruit
M- thin and light body with medium carbonation. Resinous hop aftertaste.
O- seems more like a pale with the very light body but it's very tasty and has wonderful aroma

Jan 10, 2014
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I CANnot hold back my elation at the idea that my 2,500th review on this site is in support of The CANQuest (TM)! It has been a long, arduous journey and while there has recently been a pooh-poohing of "tickers" on this site, when you review nearly 1,000 CANned beers, you may talk to me.

From the CAN: "Drink fresh! Do not age! Pour gently into a glass."; "A tropical IPA dry-hopped on the high seas with one of our favorite hops, Simcoe."

The Crack! revealed another brimful craft CAN and I would have liked to have employed an inverted Glug, but I made a promise to my ex-Old Lady that I would not do so if the label specifically forbade it. This is one of those instances. Once underway, I did get a little more aggressive so as to build up some head and release the esters, which is my underlying reason. This all resulted in a finger-and-a-half of dense, rocky, tawny head with decent retention. Color was a slightly hazy coppery-amber (SRM = > 13, < 17). Nose was absolutely tropical, evoking coconut, papaya, mango, tangerine and even banana. I always think of a roll of Tropical Fruit Life Savers from when I was a kid. I used to take one of each flavor and pop all of them in my mouth at once and this is of what I am reminded. Great lacing had begun to form as I typed. The mouthfeel was medium and the taste was not as pronounced on the tongue as it had been on the nose, but it was still quite tropical. Fruity and bitter at once - what a sensation. The finish was dry, not downright gasping, but enough to really get my attention. I would absolutely drink more of this and especially on Hula in the Coola Day (01 Feb, annually).

Jan 02, 2014
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CaptCleveland from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured in pint glass.

Orange-amber elixir, thin white head, thick lacing.

Pine, citrus, orange rind, mango, subtle earthiness.

Hops really come through: citrus, orange, mango. Minimal malt overwhelmed by nice hop bitterness.

Medium body, a bit slick, well carbonated.

Well done canned IPA.

Dec 22, 2013
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drpimento from Wisconsin

4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer and another one from these guys I wish we could get around here. Poured slightly warm with a large, cream-colored, thick, & fast settling to a sudsy thin cover with lots of clingy lace. Color is a slightly hazy amber with a few bubble trails. Aroma is an earthy hop, malt, resin. Taste is fantastic- a perfect blend of bitter and sweet, with just enough tang. Body is great, carbonation a touch soft. Finish is like flavor, stays true all the way thru to an an average tapering end. Super drinkable beer!

Dec 21, 2013
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far333 from Connecticut

3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear apricot colored with a thick and dimpled rocky off-white head that lingers long. Inviting aroma of bright tangerine and pine. Taste fairly matches the nose, very fresh citrus flavor, tangerine and pine, some ruby grapefruit and orange rind. Some subtle malt flavors ride beneath, but the hops are front and center on this one. Firm bitterness. Full and round mouthfeel. Very tasty beer.

Dec 20, 2013
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Nugganooch from California

3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Beer Authority in NYC
12/12/13 – Served in a tulip glass

A: Dark caramel amber body with mostly fine clarity topped by a nice frothy two fingers of khaki suds. Sufficient stay power with this one. Cascades of sticky lace adorn the glass all the way down the drink.

S: Malt bomb full of lightly toasted breads, caramel, and biscuit. English style all the way. Hops are secondary bringing a subtle combination of spice and herbs with a faint hint of citrus fruit. Mostly pale malts on the nose really. Not the aromas I was hoping to get. Nothing tropical here.

T: Tastes more like an ESB where it is all about the malts. Toasted caramel biscuit with a moderate to low amount of actual bitterness. A soft mix of hop spice and garden herbs are there with a just hint of orange peel. Finishes out with some mineral flavors and the alcohol is kept completely masked. Slightly resinous. Not overly sweet so there is some balance and craft here but it just doesn’t do anything for me.

M: Moderate body that maintains a relatively light physique. Creamy texture and has a nice drying effort in the finish. Fairly clean and balanced in mouth feel overall.

D: Not much of a fan. I guess if they were trying to replicate the old world English style of the IPA then this is fairly successful or so one could imagine.
Give me the Jai Alai.

Dec 20, 2013
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LCB_Hostage from Pennsylvania

3.29/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Gonna keep this short, cause I honestly don't think this brew deserves more. The whole "Caribbean-style" IPA thing led me to believe this would be a big, juicy IPA redolent with fruity goodness. Instead it was a relatively run of the mill mass produced IPA with nothing to distinguish if from any of a 100 others. Even the dry-hopping didn't seem to have any real effect. Not a bad beer, but nothing I'd make an effort to seek out.

Dec 08, 2013
RADRACING from Connecticut

3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A light copper with thick head that dissipates after a bit

S good nose not very floral

T very good. sharp and bitter

M good body very dry

O very good beer. awesome concept. wish i had more to say but just getting out of work very tired. in shorty, You should try this beer there is no reason not to.

Dec 06, 2013
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FLima from Brazil

4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber color with a thick head with medium retention.
Delicious aroma of tropical fruits with notes of pineapples, leeches, mango and further citrusy. Pine comes later and milder than usual. In my opinion, its nose is superior to its sister Jai Alai.
Tropical-citrus flavor with notes of grapefruits, spices, pine, and peppery yeast. Dry aftertaste with a long lasting bitterness.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
Very balanced and flavorful beer, bold in both fruits and hops without over exaggerating. You can picture yourself on a tropical island, but with American colonization influence off course.

Nov 29, 2013
Hopped On The High Seas - Simcoe from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 519 ratings