Dry-Hopped On The High Seas Caribbean-Style IPA | Cigar City Brewing

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Dry-Hopped On The High Seas Caribbean-Style IPADry-Hopped On The High Seas Caribbean-Style IPA

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Batch 1- Simcoe
Batch 2- Ahtanum
Batch 3 - Experimental hop #529

Added by SkinnyT on 10-02-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 520
Photo of kudos
3.14/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tastes like a more astringent piney Jai Alai. To be honest the smell is amazing and the taste was a let down. I was expecting more fruitiness. The after taste was kind of bad. Other than the aroma it's average at best. On the plus side it's distributed better than other Cigar City beers so at least people in NY and Philadelphia can try something of theirs easily (well while it lasts).

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Photo of mediumtommy
3.17/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

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Photo of LCB_Hostage
3.29/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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Photo of Sorcerer
3.31/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Photo of Gmann
3.37/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden orange. My CCB snifter can't hold the whole can, so the head overflows. Silly snifters that hold exactly 12 oz. Laces quite nicely. Disparate islands of foam on the surface.

Smell - Simcoe is strong. Grapefruit and that garlic/onion aroma. Sweetness dampens it a smidge, allowing some tropical fruits through.

Taste - Grapefruit hop, nothing as exciting as the smell. Some tropical fruits and an estery fruitiness that belies some unintended fermentation. At least, that's how I interpret it. Sweet caramel toastiness from the malt.

Mouthfeel - Fairly bitter. Medium carbonation. I didn't anticipate this being as large as it is.

Overall - Well, it's a CCB IPA. They're never perfect, but they're always decent. No exception here. I suppose I was imagining more of a "Boat Beer" from the name. Not that I ever go out on a boat, but if I did, I would want something lighter.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of BSK_ONE
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy, bright golden orange color with tangerine edges and a one finger frothy white head that very slowly settles into a lasting ring. Nice retention with streaks of soapy lacing coating the glass on the way down. Looks great!

Floral, earthy hop aroma with grassy pine and resinous oils followed by subtle tropical fruit notes and a pale malt backbone. Pine needle, flower petal and dank buds along with a subtle onion/summit presence. Faint fruit sweetness with some grapefruit and pineapple. Pale malts with lots of bread and biscuit as well as some grainy cracker-y character.

On the lighter end of medium body with a blast of dry, sticky hop bitterness than lingers throughout over the pale malt backbone into a dry finish. The hop presence is somewhat one dimensional with dank, grassy bitterness that's very earthy/soily with lots of pine needle flavor. The tropical/citrus fruit character was faint in the nose and is even more subtle in the flavor. Just a bit of sweetness coming in for balance but it could use a bit more. Pale malt backbone balances things out with lots of bread, biscuit, graham cracker and subtle light fruit notes. The ABV is nearly invisible with only slight boozy sweetness in the finish, making it pretty easy to drink. The mouthfeel falls off a bit mid-palate and finishes slightly watery/thin. A decent drinkable IPA with some nice flavor but doesn't really stand out from other options.

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3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of AdamF625
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
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

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Photo of far333
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of Huffs
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a sam adams glass, with a nice thick head developing, off white in color, with great retention and lacing. Appearance was hazy with a nice orange / copper color. Aroma was very distinct in its tropical fruit sweetness, mango and papaya. Also strong hop notes and some grain and grass mixed in. Very hoppy taste and bitter on the back. Notes of grass and pine. Medium mouthfeel with a bitter aftertaste. Nice beer, just thought the bitterness was a bit off balance.

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Photo of TheHopBrewKid
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 10/5. Got a six pack from my go to beer guy here in Westchester County NY.

a - Pours lighter orange/pale yellow as if you mixed a Caribbean lager like a Carib with an amber IPA. Nice foamy head which dissipates much quicker than Jai Alai.

s - Nice burst of floral and slight citrus hops. Definitely more floral in the nose than Jai Alai which surprised me a little. You definitely get that piney simcoe aroma for sure.

t - Nice medium bite as is goes down. Again, slightly more bitter than Jai Alai in my opinion which, again, surprised me. Definitely packs citrus flavors but is rather light (not in a bad way), but just light.

m - Light body with medium carm. Again, bitter bite as it goes down which is completely gone in the finish.

o - Good IPA. The whole idea of a Caribbean IPA intrigued me, but I had something totally different in my mind than what this beer ended up being. For me, Jai Alai is better. I'd definitely get this again if given the chance, even at 7% ABV I still think this could be a sessionable IPA.

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Photo of Billolick
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

32 oz. growler filled at Vista bev., South Salem, NY

Pours near clear, slightly ligher then almond amber. Nice fine head, leaves a delicate collar, tiny bubble film and super fine sheets of lacing. Nice lookin'...

Muted nose with some grainy hops

Decent butt really nothing special kinda AIPA.

More grainy/resiny hops in the forefront. Hoppy with nearly enough malt to reflect some balance. Not overy impressed. The look of this one was the highlight, and thats not a good sign.

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Photo of stakem
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, canned 10/11/2013, poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 10/24/2013, after dinner. Thanks R.J. for sending a sixer of this my way.

Pours a hazy, though with some good clarity, orange body with a nice fluffy 2cm white head that retains quite well. Leaves tons of leafy lacing all over the glass as it recedes, and as it makes its way into my liver. Great looking IPA.

Faint pine oils, earthiness and floral notes round out the nose. Balanced out quite a bit by a solidly bready, honey'd up, crackery malt backbone. Not the most hoppy smelling beer, but a nicely balanced one.

Tastes smooth, with a good sweet earthiness and crackery pale maltiness, balanced out by a nice floral bitterness at the end. Not explosively hoppy, but pleasantly so. Somehow the floral hops complement the malt very well rather than taking over the flavour on its own. Good balance.

Medium bodied, great carbonation, resinous and spreads the hop love all around. Bitterness is very floral and pleasant. Yet this is somewhere in between in terms of how easy it is to drink.. the floral notes on the aftertaste make this interesting but not amazing. Minimal hint of ABV.

Overall, an interesting IPA that delivers a nice piney, floral bitterness. Wouldn't take this over Two-Hearted or even Flower Power which I just had recently.

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Photo of babaracas
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Simcoe. Pours a mostly-clear orange with thick off-white colored head. Settles slowly, meringue-y blobs of lace down the glass. Smell: grapefruit, simcoe cattiness, lime, pine note, a little caramel in the back. Nice, not as assertive as expected. Taste: milk caramel and a little biscuit upfront quickly overrun by grapefruit, astringent pine and leafy flavors. Lowish carbonation, in the finish the body thins out and flavors get a bit messy. 4/3.75/4/3.5/3.75

Ahtanum. Pours a hazy amber with one finger of white foam, spray of thick lace on the glass. Smell: grapefruit rind, floral, honey-ish pale malt. Taste: rindy, spicy, white grape and apricot with biscuit towards the finish. Liked this one better than the simcoe focused one. 4/3.75/4/4/4.

Citra. Pours a hazy light amber, billowing white head, settles slowly to a big clump in the middle of the glass with a dense spray of lace left behind. Smell: fruit loops, grapefruit, mango, apricot, whiff of cut grass. Taste: mango, sweetened pink grapefruit segments, orange zest, lime leaf. Intense fruit forward hopping over lightly sweet caramel-tinged pale back. Canned about 10 days ago. Just when I was thinking that the high seas line wasn't stacking up to jai alai + invasion regulars, this one is a complete knock out. 4/4.5/4.25/4/4.25

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Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this on tap at Warwick served chilled in a pint.
The tap list did not differentiate the hop utilized, but it was the first I heard of this beer so I am willing to guess it was the simcoe

The color is tarnished golden with amber accents and tinge of rust with thick beige cream with very fine bead and ringlets of lace collect. The smell is kind of muted, I am not sure if it is the temperature it is served at or the beer ... but as it warms it becomes piney with a mild smell of grapefruit and mild herbal odor with light fruity yeast ester. The feel is very good moderately bitter with generally higher than average carbonation semi-dry finish with low alcohol influence.

The taste is very good with gentle bitterness up front leading to a fruity and citrus taste with light sweetness and slight pine element from the hops with dry bitterness in the backend and almost grassy finish but low alcohol in the taste. Overall I enjoyed this -solid but not that out of the ordinary in a sea of IPA's on the market(pun intended) still well worth trying.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 10/12/13 notes. Had this on tap at The Jeffrey at their grand opening party. A 14 oz. pour into a tulip, ran $8...was excited for this one.

a - Pours a somewhat hazy, medium bright orange color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of fruity malts, toasted malts, citrus hops, grapefruit juice, lemon, and floral hops. Nice and hoppy, pretty good nose.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, fruity malts, toasted malts, light floral hops, with a medium bitter bite to it. Decent, not as hoppy as the nose and bitter...a step down for me.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Medium bitter bite in the mouthfeel.

o - Overall a decent DIPA, though I was slightly disappointed as I had high hopes for this one. Nose was good but the taste was more malty and less hoppy, and had a decent bitter bite to it. Worth checking out but not a hop bomb or anything.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the can. Pours a gorgeous clear copper with a nice frothy white head. Smelled the fresh hops as soon as I cracked the can and they just scream resin, pine, grapefruit, and darkness. Mouthfeel is slick and resinous with prickly yet lowish carbonation. Flavor is big bitter pine up front with a nice tropical finish. The dry finish is not quite as clean as one would expect, which takes away from the tropical juiciness that I want this beer to give me. Overall a nice bitter hop bomb that would go nicely on the beach. Other than that, not sure what makes this Carribean style besides the gimmick.

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