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 IronLover
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Honey yellow in color with an amber hue and heavy chill haze. Poured with a thick, dense, white foam that reduced to a steady cap that draped sticky lacings down the glass. Huge, floral aroma, with citrus grapefruit and ripe pineapple in the background and a piney hop twang at the back end. Hop aromas are backed up by a sweet, caramel malt backbone. Medium bodied with tangy, rich carbonation through the middle. Fresh tropical citrus and floral flavors up front followed by a wave of pine hop bitterness through the middle to the end. Finished dryly with a lingering, resinous, pine hop aftertaste. A nice showcase of hop aromas and flavors.

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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 mverity
4.69/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Can from Proof Bottle Shop. I had this beer directly from the can while a t the pool earlier today. Aroma was sweeter than Jai Alai in the way of more mango and pineapple. Aroma was also a touch of pine and earthy grassiness. Taste was sweet tropical fruits, only slightly bitter hops, and lightly roasted malt. Well carbonated and good body to this beer. I should have bought the full 6 pack.

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Photo of dar482
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in an amber orange color with a foamy white head.

The aroma is fantastic with floral hops, grapefruit, orange, some tropical fruit, as well some sweet caramel malt.

The flavor follows with a punch of citrus orange and tropical fruit in the front, a bit of floral spiciness, and then some clean bready sweetness. There's a good bitterness on the end that lingers.

The body is to light medium.

A nice hop bomb of an IPA.

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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 micromaniac129
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A good beer with plenty of aromas and flavor.
The nose has aromas of fruity hops plus some sutle hints of pine and floral.
The taste is equally good and mirrors the nose with fresh tasting fruity hops along wih floral and piney notes. Malts are a minor player but I do like the residual sweetness that lingers. Not very bitter and highly drinkable.

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Photo of jhawth
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a snifter. Pours a clear copper orange with a creamy-looking finger and half head.

Aroma: Some mild tropical fruit notes, as well as earthy, herbal, piney notes.

Taste: Piney and earthy hop bitterness up front, smooth malt presence follows, then more hop notes, primarily tropical fruit,

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, light carbonation. Very nice.

Overall: Very nicely put together IPA with an interesting origin story. Glad I got my hands on this.

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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 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 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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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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