Hopped On The High Seas Dry - Hopped With: AHTANUM | Cigar City Brewing

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Hopped On The High Seas Dry - Hopped With: AHTANUMHopped On The High Seas Dry - Hopped With: AHTANUM

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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by cyrushire on 01-10-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"A tropical IPA dry-hopped on the high seas with one of our favorite hops: Ahtanum". Brewed in the style of an American IPA and dry hopped with varying hop varietals. Available in 12 oz. can 6 packs and limited draft. I am reviewing this beer alongside two other varietals, Citra and Calypso (find my review on their respective profiles). Limited rotational release.

Poured from a 12 oz. can to a tulip glass. Served above 52º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy frothed cream white head over a hazy peach-amber body with specked sediment. Retention is very good, lacing is spotty. 4

(Smell) Biscuit and cracker malts accented by a moderately bitter hop profile. Ahtanum generates a bouquet of lemony, grassy, peppery and earthy tea spice notes with undertones of pithy citrus rind and muted tropical fruit. The most off putting impression I get is the smell of bubble wand solution, but I won't let that stop me. Potency is moderate. Of the three variants, I find this one the most unique. 3.75

(Taste) The presence of the Ahtanum hop generates a light lemony and grassy character with a peppery and earthy blend of characters, finishing with an herbal tea blend. The malt profile is simple, clean and light with just a hint of body to balance. Bitterness is light to modest. It’s such a unique hop character and while it doesn’t blow me away, I am looking forward to seeing this used in more beers in the near future, as it has some real flavoring potential. Arguably superior to the Calypso in terms of flavor, although the Citra variety seems to win out on both. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, clean, mildly dry. Carbonation is soft, generating a mild airiness for a mellow mouthfeel. The carbonation is a bit too shy in this beer. Body is light-medium for the style, light/medium overall. Balance is slightly bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is low and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) A very unique lightly bitter hop with a lot of interesting mild-mannered flavor potential. The tea character comes out particularly strong and could play a fair role in mustier, herbaceous styles. I don’t see it ever becoming a leading hop in IPA use, but am excited about its potential in other endeavors. My second favorite of the three varietals, ahead of Calypso and behind Citra. 3.75

Cigar City Brewing's
Dry Hopped On The High Seas: Dry Hopped With Ahtanum

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Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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: Ahtanum"; "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. I am a self-avowed hophead, but I CANfess to ignorance regarding this particular varietal. No pre-CANceived notions will come into play during this review. I still managed just better than a finger of dense, eggshell-white head with good retention from my pour. Color was a deep-gold (SRM = > 5, < 7) with floaties in evidence, but if it was okay for the Humidor IPA, it does not deserve to be dunned here. The unholy trio of Midas, Croesus and Mammon suddenly appeared, slavering for a taste. Nose smelled of tangerines, oranges, grapefruit, highly citrusy. Suddenly, the long-dormant hops monkey on my back awoke and began its incessant chatter! I reached into the nearby drawer, pulled out the rubber hose set aside for just this purpose, tied off, and hit a vein. The hops washed through my system like an old friend, unseen for far too long. I slowly put the CAN and the glass on the counter and sat back as the hops did their job. Being that it was also 4-20 Day, I dipped my J in the beer and sparked up. The mouthfeel was medium, but the intensity of the hops was like I had poured hydrofluoric acid on my tongue. It burnt away all of the old, weak, overused taste buds and then began to worm its way into all of the soft, exposed surfaces. One site suggests Ahtanum as an alternative to Cascade or Amarillo, but this was plenty for me. The finish was as dry as the Zephyr winds blowing across the Sahara Desert and I was left gasping for air. Great stuff!

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Photo of Florida9
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear light golden yellow in color. Forms a moderate sized fluffy white head. Decent retention, eventually falling to a thick chunky surface coating. Moderate lacing.

S: Fairly strong aroma. Mostly dry bitter citrus like grapefruit and orange pith, but with notes of pine and earth as well.

T: Taste is dry and bitter. Biscuity malt. Grapefruit, citrus pith, pine, earth, and pine resin. A hint of orange. Earthy on the back end.

M: Medium bodied. Fairly bitter, if not somewhat abrasive. Appropriate carbonation.

O: Not a bad beer, though I have yet to figure out what makes this a "Caribbean Style IPA." Tastes rather typical of the Ahatnum hop. That said, there is a reason why no one creams their jeans over an Ahatnum beer the same way they do about a Citra or Mosaic beer. It simply isn't as juicy, tropical or inviting as those hops, but it is what it is.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. can into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Mildly hazy gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly. Medium visible carbonation.

S: Light hoppy aroma (grassy and melons), a light cracker malt - but not much aroma here at all.

T: Bitterest of citrus pith, grapefruit, and bitter resin. This seems to be one of those bitter bombs without much accompanying flavor. Minimal cracker malt character.

M: Light body, good carbonation sensation, and the alcohol is well-hidden.

O: I really didn't enjoy this one much. Strangely low aroma and flavor, just letting flavorless bitterness come through. Nothing horrendous but I don't think I'd seek it out. Worse than the Simcoe version by a significant margin.

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Photo of d5001986
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into tulip.
It must be noted that this can is 3 months old - beyond it's prime.

A: Pours marmalade-orange with 2 fingers of off white head. Clear, but for the many clumps of hop resin floating around.

S: Pretty weak overall. Some citrus, banana, and pineapple. A touch floral and stale.

T: Pine resin up front, followed by a floral taste and moderate bitterness.

M: Seems a little heavier than the other HotHS, but it could be just me. Pretty smooth.

O: Can't really say this is a bad IPA, but there are much better options. As far as the HotHS series goes, I'd stick with the 'Citra' as it is in a league of it's own.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.24/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. can poured into a snifter. December 20th, 2013. This is old.

Appearance - Orange body. Huge white head. Great lacing and retention.

Smell - Piney hop. Musty. Toasty malt. Getting weird.

Taste - A little tropical. Sweet and citrusy. Pine and grassy hop bitterness and some toasty malts.

Mouthfeel - Bitter. Medium bodied and well carbonated.

Overall - Probably way too old. But I didnt like the hop profile.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can received as an extra, thanks Elliott!

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with very little whitish head, subtle lacing.

S: Lots of citrus - pineapple, lemon and grapefruit at the core. Some earthy and piney undertones but this smells tropical as advertised.

T: Nice citrus up front with lots of grapefruit, lemon, and bitter orange peel. Some pine and resin come through as well.

M: Light to medium bodied with mild bitterness and a clean crisp finish that coats the palate. Very easy drinking.

O: Another good beer in this series from CCB. I have enjoyed every beer I've tried from this brewery and this does not disappoint.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Canned 12/19/13.

Pours a hazy light orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, tea, citrus zest, and slight tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, herbal, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a hop presence that is more herbal than anything in my opinion.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Deep gold body with ridicuous bubbles on the body, head is subtle maybe 1/4" off the body coming off white. After one sip,settles pretty quick. Almo

Smell: Citrus hops and light forest scent, not the best of scents

Taste: Nice smooth bitterness but is missing something. I'm personally attracted to complexity which is something this beer lacks. Grapefruit,bitter, and floral. Feels a bit like an extra hopped American Pilsener.

Mouth: Medium to heavy carbonation...average stickiness. Feels a bit chewy...not a bad thing.

Overall: Not bad brew at all, but there's much better options factoring price and availability. Split pack with your friends, would be worth it. Salud!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a Dogfish Head IPA glass. Canned Dec 20th 2013.

A Bronze and very bright orange body but a little bit cloudy strangely, with lots of fast rising thin carbonation. Head is four fingers, a little off white and thick shampoo retention and clumping.

Nose is interesting for a hop angle. Interesting smoke earth, a possible hint of citrus fruit. A little buried and subtle though. Some time the aromas are a little more noticeable with a nice orange tangerine sweetness.

A real wonderful nice juicy and full palate. Great mouthfeel that coats, nice thickness without a lot of syrup sugar sweetness and brings the flavors out nicely. Cool mint and refeshing hop aromatics on the mid palate, the tangerine and bitterness matches with a good slick malt sweetness. Complimenting earth like hop and pine aromatics on the swallow linger nicely after finishing, with some great minty mouthwash freshness to boot.

So incredibly easy drinking, and I love this hinting creamy full perfect mouthfeel.

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Photo of BMMillsy
2.92/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Can snagged from Gator Beverage. Pours very clear golden with a nice white fluffy head. Dank and grass aroma, pine, some floral notes unique aroma and this is a new hop to me. Flavor is earthy and a bit muddled with an awfully dirty unpleasant finish like a cheap wheat ale. I get the dirty finish from all of those in this series but this takes it to a new level. Some light sweetness and mostly like biting into a pile of dirt and dead grass. Resinous and medium carbonation with a slick mouthfeel. Really not feeling this one.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden hue with bright white craggy head. Lots of citrus fruits on the nose, lemon zest and tangerine. Very oragney. On the lighter side of being medium bodied with brisk carbonation. Sweet citrus fruits through with sweet bready undertones. Bitterness is pretty high. A littler hebal and earthy on the back end. Lots of citric rind bitterness. Sweet breads combined with hearty herbal bitterness and bitter sweet citric marmalade. Pretty good.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a tulip pint.
Dry-hopped with Ahtanum.

Gold with 2 fingers of fluffy, off-white head. Excellent clarity with low carbonation.

Pineapple, lemon, pink grapefruit and candy sugar.

Biscuity and bready malts with touches of candy sugar. Pineapple, pink grapefruit and florals. Quite a bit of residual sugar lingers on.

Medium bodied, crisp and moderately bitter.

Easy drinking and rather standard IPA. I expect more from Cigar City.

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Photo of babaracas
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Pours a semi hazy vibrant orange color with a thin layer of frothy white head. Tons of lacing. The aroma is of light tropical fruits. Mango, orange, guava and passion fruit. The taste is bitter orange peel with some more of the tropical fruits. Piney hop notes as well as a fairly present malt backbone. Pretty balanced IPA. Oily mouthfeel. Overall, well made IPA I'd look for again.

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Photo of MarcWP
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into Sam Adams Classic glass.

Appearance is traditional light gold color with white head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is citrus, herbs, coconut (ironically), and faint papaya.

On the palate you get a definite herbal and citrus forward hop character with a pilsner like malt bite. Lingering bitterness on the finish with lemon pulp.

Mouthfeel is actually nice for a standard IPA. Nice carbonation that cleans out the bitterness somewhat and enough body to help the flavors unfold.

Overall a refreshing IPA, but in no way a revelation or groundbreaking brew. Just standard tastiness here.

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Hopped On The High Seas Dry - Hopped With: AHTANUM from Cigar City Brewing
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