Hopped On The High Seas- Citra | Cigar City Brewing

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Hopped On The High Seas- CitraHopped On The High Seas- Citra

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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by GatorLCA on 01-08-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at AndrewK's tasting.

Canned 1/8/14.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and grapefruit juice aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, citrus zest, and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with really nice citrus forward hop qualities all around.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm quite certain that you can pee in a can, dry-hop it with Citra, and it would make an outstanding beer. The secret is out- Citra hops is a lot like bacon: it makes everything better!

This self-proclaimed "Caribbean-style IPA" pours with a bright golden-amber appearance despite its mildly hazy gaze. As its ivory head builds a creamy lather, it's long foam stance and broken lace ensure vibrant aromas and a beautiful display session-wide.

Mouthwatering and knee-weakening aromas of tantilizing citrus and tropical fruits leap out like candy and dessert. Everything from orange cream sickle to Hawaiian punch, sherbet, and key lime pie come to mind as the drippy goodness of red grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, apricot, passion fruit, lemon and kiwi layer upon the olfactory senses. With just enough honey and caramel impressions to give the citrus a riper and juicier tone, the malts largely lurk in the background. Going into taste, hey- is that fruit roll-up a smell?

Its short-lived sweetness provides just enough of a buffer of malt so that its caramel and honey sooth the taste buds before the onslaught of fruit that rises in the middle. All that citrus, tropical and orchard fruit goodness of the nose manifests beautifully on the palate before trending with a smooth fruity bitterness in finish. Light leaf, chive and herb (aka- cannabis) wrap things up as the beer's crisp flavors are dry, clean and with echoes of fruit.

Creamy-dry on the palate, there's the light sweetness that wraps around the carbonation and keeps the ale creamy despite its dry tendencies. Light but not watery, the ale finishes with light fruity warmth and a dry malt structure.

Its quite to dismiss the beer's utmost quality because of both seduction of Citra and the effortless sense of drinkability. The beer was simply drank before I knew it. Beers this effortless usually don't get the respect that they deserve.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's Easter Sunday and I am trying to reduce some of the backlog of CANQuest (TM) CANs that built up while awaiting picture approval, name correction, time, money, the bevy of bikini-clad beauties to depart the premises, the Russians to get the f**k out of the Crimean Peninsula ... Suffice it to say that things were getting away from me and I am CANmitted to getting back on an even keel.

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: Citra"; "Caribbean-style ale".

A nice, loud Crack! presented a brimful craft CAN, but these guys must have been talking to my Old Lady, who was scandalized by the inverted Glug. It's beer, kids! It ain't gonna bruise, but I promised that I would use a gentle pour when so directed. On this one, I was a tad more forceful, resulting in two dense, rocky fingers of ecru head with good retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy orangish-yellow (SRM = > 5, < 7). The nose was filled with ripe tropical fruit - mango, papaya, tangerine, pineapple, light banana, even coconut. This was like a perfect counterbalance to the intensity that I experienced with Ahtanum. Citra came across more user-friendly, at least on the nose. Mouthfeel was medium, almost thin, but the utter fruitiness on the tongue more than made up for it. Fruity?!? It was like someone had taken Carmen Miranda's hat and thrown it into the boil. Fruit salad. Deelish! The lacing that began to form was going to need a jackhammer to remove. Finish was semi-dry, rendering it eminently drinkable. If the name is Maori for "Stone", then this killed it! Stonekiller beer.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy bright orange body. Nice white head. Great lacing and some surface wisps.

Smell - Citrus. Bright orange. A little tropical fruit. Some faint cracker malt.

Taste - Citra dominated here as well. More tropical fruit, but overwhelmingly orange-y. Minimal sweetness. A little bit of that cracker malt just before it the bitterness comes to fruition. Grapefruit lingers in the back.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Bitter. Medium carbonation.

Overall - I'm really digging this one. Exceptionally good IPA from Cigar City.

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Photo of tone77
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A big shout out to woodychandler for this wonderful beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is bursting with citrus and hops. Taste is bitter, hoppy, grapefruit, dry at the finish, full of flavor. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an exceptional beer worth seeking out.

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Photo of maximum12
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to moose3285 for handing off this can during our recent Florida trip, which he made even better with his august presence. 12 oz. can hogged all to myself.

The pour is a fogged orange Florida sunset with plenty of life in it. Nose is fruity in a way that presents a moving target. Every time I think of a tropical fruit it appears as if summoned by an act of Merlin. Orange, citrus are the two that seem to keep coming back. Sweet & fruity.

Hopped on the High Seas - Citra is a tastes like a compulsive Hoarder dumped all his fruit into the mash tun. Bejesus amounts of tropical fruits pummel the palate, set off awkwardly by a moderate bitterness. Big citrus & oranges, sans rind, with a fleetingly sweet pin of caramel. Bitterness swells on the finish. Berry juicy, yet strangely dry....do I smell a new fruit? Chiquita engineers? I suppose it's drinkable. I keep sipping & sipping & sipping trying to ferret out whether I like it or not.

The quorum says yes. Not sure at first, but warmed up nicely. Not the red carpet experience that the dry-hopped version is, but a very good brew.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Grabbed a can from Tipples. Should be fresh. Pours a hazy/murky light orange color with a small head that recedes quickly. Immediately I can smell the huge Citra hops with pineapple and grapefruit. Man this smells nice. Very west coast style aroma. Flavor is big pineapple, mango, grass, and grapefruit with a decent malt backing that provided plenty of sweetness to go along. Big and juicy flavor but a relative dry finish on the palate. Slick and medium bodied with medium carbonation. This highlights the Citra so beautifully! On the finish I do get a dirty wheaty flavor. Had the same thing with the Simcoe. Not sure what the deal is with that and it really takes away from this beer for me. It would otherwise be among my favorite IPAs.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.38/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is clear golden orange with a tight white head. Nose has some grain up front, resin hops with notes of mango and peach. Taste has a bit more sweet malt, still has the underlying grain, stronger resin hop with faint mango and tropical fruit. Body is fuller, well carbonated and fairly dry.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-golden amber color with a nice white head and decent lacing

S-tropical fruit, citrus, slight floral, malt, very aromatic

T-bready malt, citrus, tropical fruit, floral, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation crisp

O-tasty IPA hopped with one of my favorite varietals

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can into cigar city snifter...
hazy golden orange color...sticky lacing.
Obvious fresh hop aroma...super fresh dank hops.
Taste is citrusy juicy hop with a slight bitterness....really nice. Nice balance here and its not overwhelming on the hops. Nice and fresh.
Overall a great brew...well worth the praise and great companion to jai alai. I would seek this out as its a fairly unique brew...very juicy and drinkable. I can crush a whole 6er of these...

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes.

A: Hazy dark yellow, with a finger of white fluffy head and moderate visible carbonation.

S: Tropical fruit, citrus, melon, dank, and a bit grassy over the light biscuit malt.

T: Tropical, dank, and melon hops - though not terribly bitter - and the cracker malt shows up for a beat, then disappears under more tropical, citrus, and dank hops that linger. Lightly bitter in the hang.

M: Light body, good carbonation sensation, low alcohol presence.

O: Very, very tasty. An excellent beer, and by far the best Hopped On The High Seas offering of the three as yet released. Highly recommended.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a shaker pint.

Slightly hazy gold with 1 finger of creamy, off-white head. Decent retention with low carbonation.

Mango, lemon and caramel with somewhat herbal aromas. Hints of peach and passion fruit.

Biscuity malts sprinkled with confectioner's sugar. Mango, lemon and dank florals. Somewhat spicy and woodsy. Slight hints of peach and pineapple. Finishes fruity and spicy with notes of resin.

Medium bodied, crisp, oily, sticky and semi-dry.

I like this one only slightly better than the previous Simcoe and Ahtanum releases. I don't really know where Cigar City is going with this series of releases, but I guess it's an excellent business plan seeing that I keep buying each one and will continue to do so. Always fun but never groundbreaking.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Nat!

Ap - Deep straw, little to no head, thorough spotty lace.

Ar - Onion/garlic. Much like a Summit hopped IPA. Subtle hints of pineapple/pine/resin.

T - Not as much onion/garlic that's in the nose as slightly tart/acidic fruit (Pineapple?) takes the front seat along with some delicious classic 2 row/marris otter malty notes.

M - Classic CCB IPA. Sticky, sweet, subtle lingering green hops. Very enjoyable.

O - Delicious! Not as good as the Ahtunum version I feel, but, I'm a part of the 1% that aren't obsessed with Citra hops. Very good, just not the best! I feel it's worth seeking out if you're a fan of the Citra hops/IPA's/CCB.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy blonde ochre color with an inch of white bubbles. Looks good in all of its unfiltered glory.

Ah, the swan song of Citra hops. Tropical fruit medley with a green leafy rawness and juicy sweetness. Pale malts are not what's contributing to the aromatic sugars. There's a light crackery vibe to the grain. This nose is all mango and pineapple, and it smells delicious.

Crispy and fruity, but less juicy than the nose had been promising. Raw hop leaf, starfruit, green mango, lemon, grapefruit, honeydew, and unripe pineapple. Malts are effectively dry and biscuity. Very pale, as in, no kiln flavors. A light hop salad, if you will. Awesome.

Lighter body. No diss on the feel, it's as easy as the premise that it's a Caribbean IPA. Plenty of carbonation keeps the liquid rolling. I'm all over this one.

This is an awesome IPA in a can. Fresh, dry, and full of tropical flavors; it's what I want for the style.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Light straw yellow, grapefruit juice white. 1/2 inch foamy white head, Unfiltered floaters.

Smell - Very citric, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, coconut, apricot, lemon, orange. Has a mixed drink at the beach aroma, smells amazing.

Taste - First sip is loaded with tropical fruits. Lots of pineapple and coconut, mixed in with some oranges and grapefruit. I get a familiar flavor like a beer that is aged in rum barrels. Very smooth, mild bitterness with just enough sweetness. Near the finish some malts and a little honey adds a bold flavor.

Mouthfeel - The citra, tropical hop punch caots the tongue. Palate gets a lot more fruits, with some malts. Aftertaste is a little dry, tropical fruity and bitterness on the tongue.

Overall - Really tasty and super easy to drink. Unique twist on a citra hopped beer. AS hop forward that this beer is, its nice to get some malts also, that just adds complex and balance. This would be a awesome summertime beer for sure.

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Photo of Kendo
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on January 8, 2014; consumed on February 17, 2014 - making this one less than 45 days old.

A: Poured from the can into a pint glass. Body is hazy dark golden with a half-finger white head. Leaves a decent amount of lacing,

S: Citrusy hops, tropical fruit and apricot. Wonderful IPA nose.

T: Modest crackery malt foundation is followed by hops: apricot, lemongrass and tropical fruit, with a touch of grapefruit pith. Pineapple juice comes to mind at times as well. Finishes with a lingering apricot-like hop flavor and a touch of lemony bitterness.

M: Call it medium in heft; carbonation is modest, with a nice creamy feel.

O: Wow. Overall impression is of brightness; it's vibrant with a hop profile that makes it seem lighter than it really is. Very impressed.

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Photo of babaracas
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 measuring up to jai alai + invasion regulars, this one is a complete knock out.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from box to fridge to mouth and generously sent by Alex. Thanks again buddy! Canned on date is smudged into oblivion.

Nice hazed yellow-orange pour with a sticky long lasting fluff.

Smells of cracker and fresh citrus rind. Not so much juicy as it is a dry rindy citrus....smells fresh.

Taste and mouthfeel are of moderate thickness with a healthy drying bitterness on each sip. As in the nose, the Citra hops are not big and boisterous, but rather play a nice supporting role with the citrus a tad muted as it toils with the malt and bitterness. Lots of what I have always described as baby aspirin. I know I'm an idiot.

Cigar City just makes great beer and I'm always happy for the opportunity. A good and slightly different Citra beer that has enough going on that it doesn't just fall into the Citra bomb category.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - A hazy orange with an impressive one inch head. Slowly dissipates leaving a gracious amount of lacing around the glass.

Aroma - I could not stop smelling this one. Smells of fresh, dank, citrusy hops. Combination of grapefruit, orange, and a nice floral aroma. Amazing!

Taste - It was so hard to pace myself on sipping this. Just incredible citrus and dank hop flavors. Too bad I only have one can.

Mouthfeel - So smooth and drinkable. Just the right amount of bitterness on the finish. A nice medium body as well.

Overall - I've had a lot of amazing IPAs and IIPAs the last few months, but this one really stands out with the best of them. It may be my favorite brew of the year this far.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cigar City Brewing - Hopped On The High Seas - Citra, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a hazy orange straw with a massive soapy head that retains gloriously (seriously, get out of the way so I can drink this!). Great lacing.

Smell - Malt is present but well balanced, delicately crafted AIPA here. Citra is glorious and grapefruity, as per usual.

Taste - Rich caramel malt with some pineapple (loved this touch) and a nice classic Citra finish of grapefruit.

Mouthfeel - Full-medium bodied with medium carbonation. Some malty warmth. Good drinkability.

Overall - Solid tasty brew, one of the few with this much malt (read: most aipas anyway) body that I can really get behind. Well crafted.

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Photo of Shaw
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely honey-like color into my glass with a foamy white head.

Awesome hop aroma that smells like oranges and citrus. Now I know how the Citra hop got its name. Fantastic.

Big orange rind flavors in this one with a great (as in both large and good) bitterness. A bit of sweetness from the malt.

Body isn't as full as -- say Jai Alai -- perhaps in keeping with this beer's "Carribbean style."

After tasting this beer I realize that Citra plays a big role in CCB's flagship Jai Alai IPA. This is a great beer and I look forward to trying the other variants.

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Photo of d5001986
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into tulip.

A: Pours a hazy tangerine-orange with medium off-white head.

S: Very aromatic. Sweet. Orange, grapefruit, mango, and pineapple.

T: Pretty sweet. Delicious, pure citrus and tropical hop flavor. Very little bitterness to speak of.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Clean feeling with moderate carbonation.

O: My first of the 'Hopped on the High Seas' series. A great example of the single hop 'Citra' IPA. Really just excellent overall.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to my girlfriend for finding this little gem in Wilkes-Barre!

Poured into tulip; translucent glowing orange/amber with a moderate white head that fades slowly into a nice ring of foam and topping.
Smell is awesome...pure citra. Sweet citrus and mango, passionfruit, grass.
Taste is huge citra hops...big citrus and tropical fruit, tons of hop resins coat the mouth, followed by a big, flat wave of vaguely piney bitterness that doesn't leave much behind. Finish is very bitter and lasting, almost numbs the roof of your mouth.
Mouthfeel is clean and smooth, with a dry bitter finish.
Overall, an awesome IPA with tons of flavor. You can really taste how much hops they packed into this beer. Delicious stuff, another hit from CCB.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can from 6-pack received in trade from ASuarez, canned 1/8/2014.

Hazy, yellow-orange elixir poured into DFH chalice. Two finger, rocky, white head, replaced by thick rim during tasting. Plenty of lacing coats the glass.

Fantastic aroma that is all Citra: pineapple, orange, mango, peach--awesome!

The taste certainly follows--citrus as above with a smooth bitterness and the alcohol well hidden. Minimal malt that let the hops shine.

Medium body, smooth, nicely carbonated.

A nice representation of a single hop brew. The Citra hop is allowed to present itself in all its glory. If this is one of your favorite hops, grab this brew while you can.

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4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I must say, I love this beer!

Appearance- nice hazy looking golden I color, good lacing and head retention when poured gently into proper IPA glass.

Smell- Total fruit bomb, smells of oranges, lemons, mango, apricot and a slight earthy essence like grains and fresh cut grass.

Taste- Exactly like it smells, very fruity.

Mouthfeel- Very easy drinking with this stuff, good smooth texture with little to no after taste. I am really impressed.

Overall- Very memorable, impressive beer with a near perfect finish. It tastes quite similar to Pseudo Sue and Zombie Dust, almost more flavor than both of them.

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