Hopped On The High Seas - Hop #529 | Cigar City Brewing

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Hopped On The High Seas - Hop #529Hopped On The High Seas - Hop #529

Brewed by:
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 Bartos on 02-02-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 252
Photo of OPJohn
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the can. Born on 1/30/2014. Purchased at the brewery on 2/6/14.

I'm very impressed with the HOTHS series of IPA's. Pours a clean golden hue into a pint glass with only a modest bit of lacing and foam. Beautiful aroma of mango, citrus and bread malt. Very mild hops flavor without much bittering. Lots of citrus and tropical essence on the tongue with just enough malt middle to balance it out. Soft, creamy mouthfeel is reminiscent of a very fine cream ale with low carbonation by IPA standards. Completely clean aftertaste with no lingering flavors would lend well to food and repeated glasses. Overall, very drinkable and a welcome beer on a warm Carribean day.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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: Hop #529"; "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 wonder how an experimental hybrid hops strain ranks as one of their favorites ... Hmmm. This one was MUCH more active than its brethren in terms of its carbonation and I was quickly overrun by a foaming action! I backed off, then poured the rest, resulting in two dense, rocky fingers of fluffy, bone-white head with good retention. Color was a deep-gold (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity and loads of CO bubbles in evidence. Nose was prevalent with peach, but I CAN definitely get behind another reviewer's mention of fruit cocktail. Warming, I also got fresh mint and coconut. Beautiful lacing also began to appear. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, thanks to the carbonation and the mintiness was immediately discernible on the tongue. It was not until the swallow that I began to perceive the fruitiness of the nose again. This rendered it semi-dry, not fully dry and after this AIPA marathon, I was kind of glad. It ain't easy being a self-avowed hophead on a CANQuest (TM)!

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clean orangey copper pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Smells citrusy, and bready.. Pretty weak in aroma. The flavor is real nice.. Slightly bitter up front with lots if citrus, mango notes.. A fruity hop profile with bready malt backbone.

Medium body with modest carbonation.

Overall a nice ipa. Tasty and refreshing, and full of flavor

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Photo of babaracas
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light amber, thick soapy white head, settles slowly and coats the glass in lace. Smell: orange peel, apricot, snappy grain hit, vague tropical note. Taste: cracker, pine, huge grapefruit flesh flavor, finishes rindy and drying with sticky edges. Comes off as a grapefruit bomb to me, less tropical aspects than other versions, but quite nice.

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Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a ipa glass, it has a golden color body with a foamy sticky head. The smell is citrus and tropical. The taste has a citrus up front then the bitterness of the hops come in on the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and leaves a bitter aftertaste. Over this citrus and tropical hop beer is awesome.

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Photo of Billolick
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can with something printed on the bottom that I cant make out. Oh Well freshness/canning date info would be nice with a beer like this....

Pours hazed medium amber, moderate off white head, that leaves nice looking fine sheeting all the way to the top of the glass.

Tropical fruit and hop resin on the noise.

Pleasingly hopped, hop character is mostly tropical fruit with some resinous qualities tossed in.

Fresh tasting, went nicely with some cheddar cheese. Worth a try.

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Photo of portia99
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can (1/30/14) poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a pale golden color with hints of orange. Good clarity with a touch of haze. A thin finger of white foam lingers briefly and leaves behind a small amount of webby lacing and a small collar.

S - Lots of tropical fruit up front - mangos especially with some pineapple mixed in. Juicy peaches and some requisite grapefruit round things out. A bit of sweet malt at the base and a medium level hoppy bitterness. Smells really nice.

T - As the aroma would indicate, plenty of tropically fruity hop flavors are present along with citrus and a bit of a floral hop presence as well. Much more bitter than the aroma shows giving a firm but somewhat dirty, muddled bitterness. Lightly sweet malt base with some yeasty bready malt flavors as well. I wish the bitterness was a bit on the cleaner and sharper side - a minor detraction to an otherwise flavorful hoppy beer.

M - Medium bodied, perhaps just a touch on the thin side. Firmly bitter, slightly medicinal. Medium carbonation that is a touch on the dull side, but still works fine. Finishes dry with a lingering bitter aspirin quality.

O - Overall not a bad IPA at all. Mostly satisfying, but a bit more residual sweetness would push forward the tropical fruits more and may time a somewhat harsh bitterness from the hops. Interesting and enjoyable, but could have been much more in my opinion.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into fluted snifter; mostly clear yellow-orange with a slick white head that fades after a bit, leaving fine spotty rings of lacing and a nice chunky cap of foam.
Smells interesting; tropical fruit is present, with some interesting sweetness with something else behind it...coconut? Also some bitter pine resin.
Taste is piney hops over clear soft malt, light tropical fruit and citrus with some pure sweetness hiding behind it. Strong bitterness is present in the form of citrus rind and pine resin, leaving a lingering sticky bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is smooth and light-bodied, dry.
Overall, a nice bitter dry-hopped IPA with nice tropical fruit and pine flavors.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A decent IPA, and some fairly interesting flavors here as well. Golden with very little head, and a fairly strong herbal aroma with a citrus and grain edge to it. The taste is also herbal, but a bit more citrusy than the aroma, and has a crackery flavor as well. A little thin in the mouth, I'd like to see a bit more crispness and body to make it an every day thing. Enjoyable enough for a six-pack, though.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cigar City Hopped on the High Seas

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Cigar City snifter. Served chilled... Perhaps a little too chilled. Had to let this warm a bit to really open up.

A) Hazy golden amber brew. Really not much head. Perhaps a half finger of suds, that dissipated quickly.

S) Plenty bitter initially, but after letting this rest, a pleasant tropical fruit aroma revealed itself. I got pineapple chunks, peach syrup, and light citrus.

T) Near the nose... Piney hop bitterness, lemon zest, citrus rind, balanced with a fruit cocktail sweetness. Wouldn't have guessed the ABV is 7%.

M) Lighter medium body. Lighter carbonation. It's crisp and refreshing. Bitter with a slightly dry finish.

O) A very enjoyable IPA. Glad to have given this a try. Wouldn't mind having more of this in the fridge.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Grabbed a can from Tipples. Super fresh. Pours like the other High Seas variants, just a slightly hazy golden orange color with a one finger white head. Juicy mango and citrus aroma, pineapple, grass, some sweet malts in the background. Big juicy mango and orange peel flavor, sweet citrus but more tropical fruits, light malt backing here, and again with a somewhat unpleasant finish as I have had with all of this series. Medium bodied, juicy, with medium to high carbonation. This is such a great series to me, I just wish CCB would do something about the weird finish on the base beer. Worth a try and hoping they do some more with this hop. The Citra is still far and away the best of these.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Skuter, ChewyLewy, and scribe594 for sharing this one at Skuter's tasting.

Canned 1/30/14.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, tea, floral, and tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with tea and floral 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 pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of Act25
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Love this brewer
A - long standing islands of creamy foam and lace on top of a hazy apricot body.

S - Pertinent to the tropics: tropical fruit up front - mangos with pineapple, citrus, flowers, flower shop, and a bit of baked bread.

T - Follows smell but more pronounced floral hop, then completing more bitter than the aroma. The bitterness and finish is a bit soapy, sudsy. clammy.

M - Medium, bitter, slightly medicinal. lingering cloudy, sudsy finish mars it.

O - Nice profile, but not a great finish.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

So are there actually 529+ hop varietals out there? Or is this like a Seal Team Six thing, where we're being duped into believing there are more than there really are?

Pours mildly clouded with an amber touched gold. Minimal head. Flavor carries tones of citrus with some pine; mostly the latter. Kind of a resin thing. Easy to drink, somewhat rustic, and pretty good. Not going to blow you away, but I like it.

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Photo of Omnium
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can > Pint Glass

A - Clear yellow gold with a finger of fizzy white head, very tiny tiny spotted lacing.
S - A lot of malt in here, biscuit and caramel, light citrus, a little tangerine.
T - Sweet malt of a candied type, then transforms to a biscuit kind, light pine notes, some citrus flavor.
M - Average, a little lingering bitterness, a tad chewy.
O - Just OK, whatever #529 turns out to be isnt going to be a big deal

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Photo of Treyliff
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 1/30/14

A- pours a clear golden color with a two-finger creamy white head that retains long after the pour, with bubbles continuously shooting to the top

S- fruity hop aroma with notes of citrus, papaya and mango. Toasted grainy malt with some grassy aroma

T- lots of fruity flavors coming from the hops; mango and pineapple. Floral and grassy notes kick in mid-palate, leading to caramel malt and a minty and candied peach syrup finish

M- medium body with low carbonation, smooth mouthfeel and slightly creamy finish, high drinkability

O- enjoyed the fruity hop flavors, unlinke most that I've had in an IPA. Enjoyed this more than the Kohatu

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Photo of Powderhornphil
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours nice golden straw color. Soapy head with great retention.

Aroma is of tropical mango and citrus. A bit of graham cracker sweetness.

Flavor is a drinkable mix of grassy mango hoppiness and a beady graham cracker sweetness.

Medium mouthfeel. Medium carb.

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Photo of farrago
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an unassuming half finger of pure white foam, even surface, fairly dense weave, good retention given it doesn’t start from much, the lacing has super stickiness, forms solid rings around the glass sides. Mild filminess to the deep golden hue, the bubbles are tiny but fill the glass from side to side, only the merest yellowing at the rims, looks like it wants to be taken seriously. While the nose has a sweeter base in orange and grapefruit citrus, it leaps at you with leafy herbaceous matter, pepper and biscuit, some black tea leaf, it’s fruity with peach, apricot, pineapple notes but never seems sweet nor juicy, minerally, what it may lack in complexity it more than makes up for with raw power. In the mouth it’s full-bodied, quite dry with a tacky, sticky mouth feel. The pink and white grapefruit, blood orange citrus more zest than pulp, any pine sap or florality no match for the peppery to minerally bite and crisp leafy earthiness, some tar or charcoal accents mixed in. The papaya, pineapple, nectarine fruit fights like the dickens but does not reach the finish line, adding to its overall bitterness. The carbonation is taut and keeps the rhythm up tempo. Not particularly longlasting at the end, can’t call it a casual sipper but clean and direct enough to serve well as a food beer.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a shaker pint.

Pale gold with a 1/2 finger of head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity with low carbonation.

Lemon, bubblegum, green tea and biscuit.

Lemon meringue, key lime, green tea, and bubblegum. Touches of under-ripe mango and sweaty pineapple. Biscuity malts with touches of toast. Finishes with some light pine resin, dry florals, and lemon zest.

Medium bodied, crisp, oily, and dry.

Hop #529 is certainly interesting. Has a sweet presence that is herbal, floral, and lightly fruity. Good amount of lemon with lighter notes of musky tropical fruits.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. can into a Cigar City pint glass.

A: Pours a light gold, mildly hazy, with a finger's worth of white head and medium level of visible carbonation.

S: Lemon and citrus rind hops, very light cracker malt, and a bit grassy - but not a big nose overall.

T: Sharp citrus up front, with floral and grassy hops following. Light cracker and crystal malts, bordering on a grainy, husky pilsner taste. Very light bitterness in hang.

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

O: This IPA really lacked in the bitterness department. Seemed almost more in line with a pale ale, and not a well-made one at that. Really nothing offensive, but fairly disappointing.

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Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yes, this is another canned beer provided by the legend of canned beer, woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, a touch of citrus. Taste is hoppy, some bitterness, piney, just a touch of hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer, but there are better IPA's brewed by Cigar City.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden orange body. Nice white head. Some lacing inside the glass and some islands of foam.

Smell - Tropical fruit hops, but a lot of herbal and grassy notes. Something sweet to it that isn't malt, though. Like coconut or something.

Taste - Tropical fruit and grapefruit. Sweet caramel malts. Herbal character comes out more in the grassy bitterness. A little musty.

Mouthfeel - Bitterness lingers on the palate. The grassy bitter finish is intense. Medium body.

Overall - The hop tastes really good up front. Maybe too bitter, but it's a well made IPA.

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Photo of d5001986
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into tulip.

A: Pours hazy golden with medium off-white head.

S: Floral most of all, with tangerine and pineapple. I'm surprised how weak the smell is,being that the Citra variety was quite intense.

T: Bitter up front. Very floral, finishes with pine and a little tropical fruit. Bitter taste remains.

M: Medium-light bodied, feels clean.

O: I recently had the 'Citra' variety and was blown away. This one on the other hand leaves much to be desired. Too bitter and too floral for my tastes. It's just okay.

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Photo of Paincane
3.09/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Bright gold body topped by white head and great lace. Excellent head retention.
S: Tropical fruit, pineapple, lemon & floral aromas.
T: Citrus, lemon zest flavors and light malt presence that starts sweet and finishes with a dry, clean, bitter back end.
M: Nicely balanced IPA with good carbonation.
O: Decent Caribbean style IPA with tropical feel and flavors.

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Photo of micromaniac129
2.8/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

THis beer pours a semi hazy golden color with a white frothy head.
It smelled good at first, with apples and pears but towards the end I could not get away from the sour kraut aroma. Perhaps it is infected I don't know.
The taste was marginally better with it being dry and peppery. Semi malty and only hints of hops to cut through.
Drinks thin and taste thin.
I'm glad this is only brewed once.

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Hopped On The High Seas - Hop #529 from Cigar City Brewing
3.75 out of 5 based on 252 ratings.
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