110K+OT Batch #3 - The Other West Coast IPA | Cigar City Brewing

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110K+OT Batch #3 - The Other West Coast IPA110K+OT Batch #3 - The Other West Coast IPA

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by tpd975 on 05-26-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Kelly88
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured bomber a couple times into my Kentucky ale snifter.

A- one of the darkest ipas I have ever seen. Like the color of liquified pennys. Small white head that quickly fades. Spotty lacing and no carbonation that shows up.

S- such a great smell. The smell is spot on fruit punch, literally fruit punch.

T- This is one of the sweetest ipas I have ever had. So much fruit and juicy-ness. I'm only tasting a bit of hops at the finish. Can't believe an ipa can taste like this.

M- the one knock against this beer is the syrupy thick mouth feel. I was expecting a medium bodied refreshing beer and I get a beer that is thicker than some Russian imperial stouts.

D- the taste is great but the sweetness and syrupy feel make this one hard to have a lot of. With that being said the high abv is hidden extremely well.

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Photo of crusian
2.17/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle from Über generous MCLK...

Pour a rich amber color with little head...

smells... like a malt bomb, they call this a west coast IPA? Wha?

tastes... like a malt bomb, this is NOT a west coast IPA. Tastes like a bad homebrew attempt. Malty, sweet, carmel, mapley... I taste no hops at all... isnt that the backbone of an IPA? yeesh.

Mouthfeel... little carbonation, thick molasses feel...

I dont like this... seems like a failed homebrew attempt, so they just threw it in a bottle and sold it. how they can call this a west coast IPA is laughable. It is a pathetic attempt. Cigar City is a great beer, but this is a fail.

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Photo of portia99
3.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle shared with several BA's...poured into a Corsdendonk tulip.

A - Pours a mostly clear orangey amber with a finger of cream colored head that fades quickly. No lacing on the glass.

S - Sugary sweet malt is way up front on this one, blended with a heavy dose of caramel, some fruity esters, and citrusy/grapefruity hops. Balanced way towards the malty side. Very good - probably the best aspect of the beer.

T - As the aroma indicated, this is one sweet beer. Almost candy like in its intensity and ends up being somewhat cloying. Good contribution of citrusy hop flavor, mild hop bitterness, but nothing can touch the malt. Sugary sweetness and heavy doses of caramel shine here, if you like that sort of thing. Enjoyable in small doses, but this would be difficult getting too far into a bottle without some help.

M - Medium bodied with a somewhat low, but creamy carbonation. Mouth is just overwhelmed with sugar leaving a sweet, sticky coating after each swallow.

D - A slow sipper to be sure. For a 10% beer, it doesn't really show it, but the sweetness just overwhelms the taste buds and makes this a really slow sipper. Probably more barleywine like than DIPA, perhaps better on a cold winter night or paired with some food that can cut through the sweetness.

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Photo of jlindros
3.72/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to portia99 for cracking this guy.

A: Fluffy head of 1/2 finger (generous size) fades quickly over a semi clear reddish mahogany colored beer.

N: Nice strong ale aroma, lots of malts, semi sweet. Little fruit, apple, apricot, oak, a little whisky, fruity and juicy. Touch of an eathy hop aroma too. Great aroma, but not what I expected.

T: Sweet, holy fuck it's sweet! Hard to drink with how sweet it is. Again lots of malts, not really a DIPA. A strong ale taste, almost barleywine. A little booze with warming feel. Oak with a little whisky, lots of fruit, peace even, apricot, apple, etc. Chewy malts, even a little white chocolate. Creamy, some bitterness and a hint of earthy flavors.

M: Medium to thicker body, little syrupy, decent carbonation.

F: Little spicy and warming booze. Still really sweet, more oak and whisky, some fruit still. A little honey even. A little sticky, still barleywine-esque, creamy and lingering.

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Photo of largadeer
1.76/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Nickd717 opened this one. Thanks!

Amber hued and quite hazy, this beer pours with a finger of off-white head that quickly settles to a collar. It has a chewy, viscous appearance. The aroma has a massive caramel character, sweet and rich with a light grapefruit hop note behind it. This smells like it's going to be pretty cloying, and surely enough, it is. Intensely sweet, you can almost feel the sugar sticking to your teeth. It's moderately hoppy, there's a touch of candied grapefruit and pine, but the malt character is simple, dominant and cloying. This is exactly how I don't like my IPAs, pretty awful stuff.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Big thanks to DosBeerigos and the Quick and Easy High Card BIF for this bottle!

Digging the bottle's depiction of bling. Word. Anyway, it pours a hazy rosy amber topped by a finger or so of ecru foam. The nose starts off heavy on the pine, but return sniffs reap a good deal more caramel in the background. And that about sums it up, simple and good. The taste is therefore not as surprising as it would be otherwise: heavy caramel notes met by a slightly piney touch, which somehow lends further sweetness to the proceedings. There's still some bitterness biting in the back, but it's not enough to make a strong enough call for a self-governing state. Sorry, my hands are tied by the customary international law of beer. Look it up if you don't believe me. The body is a heavy light, with a light carbonation and a somewhat thick feel. Overall, not bad, but very unbalanced and hard to really enjoy as the experience progresses.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.4/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From 7/11/10 notes. Thanks to nimbleprop for sharing this one.

a - Pours a murky amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of caramel malts, sugar, alcohol, and fruit.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, lot of sugar and sweet fruit, and alcohol.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, very smooth and easy to drink.

d - A bit of a disappointment. I thought it was was too sweet and the alcohol was too prevailent in the taste. Wouldn't really look to get again.

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Photo of nickfl
4.33/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers of off-white head on top of a clear, copper colored body. The foam settles slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - Spicy hops with a strong malt backbone. Notes of pine, cedar, orange, caramel, and toffee.

T - Sweet, light caramel up front with some bread and pine hops. The caramel intensifies in the middle as the hops become fruiter with notes of candied orange. Finishes with perfume-like jasmine and orange hop flavors as well as toffee, and sweet, caramel syrup malt character. The malty sweetness lingers after the beer with an orange candy character and just a hint of spicy bitterness.

M - A thick, syrupy body, moderately low carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - When they say the other west coast, there should be an emphasis on "other". While this beer is no doubt hoppy, it has an overwhelming malt presence that emphasizes the fruity aspects of the hops and almost completely washes away the bitterness. The result is a really unique brew with a hop profile that reminds me of orange flavored hard candy, but with a vibrant fruitiness to the orange that one would never find in Grandma's candy bowl. There is just enough bitterness to keep this drinkable and while there are some hints of the resinous pine character that I associate with traditional west coast IPAs, the sweetness seems to strongly select in favor of fruity orange and fragrant jasmine notes that make this a really unique example of the style. A somewhat strange, but very nice beer; try it if you can get it.

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Photo of babaracas
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy dark orange with one finger creamy eggshell colored head, good retention. Smell: floral, a little earthy and boozy in the back with a ton of tropical fruit upfront. Nice, but the sweetness upstages the loads of hops that must be in here. Taste: pineapple, ripe papaya. Orange citrus and a medium bitterness at the end of the sip. Again it's sugary sweet. Mouthfeel: syrupy, but I'd like a little more carbonation. The flavors are great and it's a nice hop profile, but it's all around much too sweet for me.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.05/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

CC 110k OT batch #4
IIPA meets barleywine
Copper orange in color, nice cratered khaki head and rentention.
Aromas and tastes;
Bold orange marmalade reduction, mild booze notes, medium dark caramel malt sweetneess. Citrus grove Cordial/liqour.
Mouthfeel is full body, medium carbo, slick on palate.

Enjoyable but big @ 10% and 110 ibus.
Don't make plans later as this one is a sipper and you can't rush it.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
2.4/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Very low carbonation I couldn't even raise any type of head out of it. Lacing doesn't stick at all. Looks like syrupy liquid in my glass. A turbid amber hue. Smells very sweet and boozy. Caramel and floral hops blend well into the aroma. Taste is hot, sweet and malty. Perfume-esque/floral hops linger on the tongue. I was disappointed in this one. I expected something much different yet was surprised with something very different. I like the uniqueness in this DIPA but I'm not really feeling it overall.

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Photo of maximum12
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks as usual to moose3285, who promised me a bottle of this sight unseen. Cigar City w/hops? Sign me up, twice.

Poured into our matching Cigar City goblets, purchased during our January trip to the tasting room. Pours a dark/light orange, with pulp, plenty of stuff making it impossible to see through. The nose is less IIPA & more Hawaiian Fruit Punch, sweet, with pineapple, mango, & all that jazz.

110K+OT #3 is a sweet-bomb. The pineapple/mango comes roaring out of the glass, & I can almost taste the palm trees on the Florida coast. A gentle suggestion of hops circles tentatively & is blown away by the sweet malts & Gulf breeze. The finish is sweetlayersofsweet. Although I normally groan in agony at any IIPA that doesn't contain enough hops to induce a mild stroke, I'll make an exception this once.

Very good beer. Surpassingly easy to drink, & even though there's a distinct lack of hop aggressiveness, the sweetness hits a g-spot even without the normal bittering. Nice twist on the style, which is what I should have been expecting in the first place from Cigar City. Looking forward to #4.

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Photo of boss302
3.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A This is a cloudy muddy brown color. Head was good to start, but didn't stay for long. It is fine to look at, but will probably turn the clear beer fan off. There is so much more to this beer than its appearance.

S Sweet aromas, not much hop aroma at all. I really expected more hop from a DIPA. Just a wee bit disappointed with the aroma.

T Sticky sweet comes to mind. Lots of malt, very little hop balance. This really tastes more like a Barley wine than a DIPA to me.

M Heavy body that feels thick, chewy, and smooth. Carbonation was a little light, and probably would have improved with more.

O A good drinkable beer. I wouldn't want to have two in a row, and I felt like I needed something a little lighter to go with it. Definitely worth a try if you can find it.

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Photo of aubuc1
3.7/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler bottled on 6-15-10 poured in to a goblet.

Pours a deep orange with a darkish offwhite.

Huge smell of citrus and pine with a sweet malt base.

Taste is a huge sweet, almost kids cereal. Not quite the normal dipa. Sort of a tobaccoish sweet then some bitter.

Mouthfeel is good and drinkability is better than most others in this style.

Definitely let down by this.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.35/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Regardless of the previous reviews... This is a well made beer. I think others are taking the style noted too literally. This can easily be it's own style. Don't compare to other DIPAs... it's different.

appearance: golden orange and cloudy complexion, lovely lacing speckled my whole finished glass.

smell: heavy citrus, orange peel and some nice floral aroma, strong pineapple and tropical aromas.

taste: This is one complex brew. Lots of citrus mixed in with tropical fruits like pineapple and mango. Even some some cedar on the back that lingers a little too long.... There's alot going on with the huge malt backbone it has.

mouthfeel: medium full bodied

drinkability: overall a great beer and I think they should promote this heavy malty DIPA style. Could be a new thing started out in FL. Maybe we can be known for something good for beer for once. Reminds me of a heavier, bigger Hopslam

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Photo of Gyle41386
3.84/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Popped open a 750mL bottle tonight to celebrate my University of South Carolina Gamecocks winning the NCAA men's baseball national championship.

The pour is your standard IPA/DIPA orange/amber. But, hell, let's say there's a little garnet in there. Just a bit more than a finger of rich off-white foam retains the whole way, and the glass is completely coated with sticky lacing. They don't look much better than this.

The nose is all tropical sweetness. No mistaking this is an East Coast DIPA. The sweetness is only briefly interrupted by a perfume-y scent. It's pretty much entirely sweet malt and sweet, tropical hop smells, but you can tell there's some more substance underneath.

Flavor is also quite sweet. Very tropical and sweet. Pineapples, mangoes, and, fittingly, Florida oranges. Pretty solid hoppy bitterness in the finish offers a little bit of balance, but this one is mostly sweet. Again, no shocker, given that it is an East Coast DIPA.

Great, great texture. Big, thick, syrupy body. Carbonation is absolutely perfect. Slick, oily feel. Love it. Nice and chewy. The 10% ABV is never apparent in the smell or the taste, and really there's no boozy warmth in the throat/stomach. It's only noticeable in my vision and typing. So there's that. Solid beer, and an enjoyable drinking experience.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle

A- 750ml bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a nice dark amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma has a lot of sweet malt. The hops are citrusy with tropical fruit (maybe a little pineapple anyone?)

T- The taste like the aroma has a very nice malt backbone. Sweet and malty up front with a nice dose of bitterness in the finish from the hops. This is definitely one of the sweeter DIPAs I've tried.   

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, not a bad DIPA but not not one of my favorites either. The 10% ABV limits the drinkibility, but the high level of sweetness is the biggest deterrent. 

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Photo of kfsv034
3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a coppery orangish with a thick white head that left a thin ring around the edge

S - Very little hop smell, maybe a slight citrusy note but not much. Instead brown sugar, toasted marshmallow, carmel and some gram cracker. Im a bit surprised I expected a stronger hop profile.

T - wow same thing almost no hop profile. Carmel, brown sugar, maybe a little hop bitterness at the end. tasted more like a green barleywine

M - Medium Bodied

D - at 10% this one will catch up with you quickly

Cigar City really missed the mark on this one. I am a huge fan of CC but this one doesnt taste at all like a DIPA to me. But it might be a killer barleywine in a few years.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

got this from HeyOhhh in our 2nd great trade! Was going to save this one for my birthday, but couldn't resist

Prickly mouthfeel is full, but well carbonated. The beer is oily and coats my mouth thusly. Very little bitterness-- instead, a sweet and fruity hop profile makes this a real treat. The sweetness is reminiscent of 120 minute-- but the hops offer up some tropical fruit notes; mango, pineapple, orange, and papaya.

My wife, who is by no means a hop fan, took a sip and said she liked it. She has never liked ANY other IPA I've let her try, and she has had many that are considered the best in style! I personally would say the beer is a bit too sweet-- lots of thick unrefined sugar. The sweetness is this beer's only real flaw-- but it's big enough to keep this from world class.

The beer itself is coppery orange with 3 fingers of tan, sand colored head. Excellent retention and thick lace clinging hard to the side. This looks incredible.

From across the room, the Citrusy sweet hop noted can be smelled--- very nice. Very strong.

Save a few sips for the wife, I'm having no problem with the whole 750 ML bottle. This drinks very easily. I actually wish I had 3 more bottles!! (not all for tonight!)

overall, I must say that I loooove what Cigar City does with IPAs. This one is no exception! Pick one up- you won't be sorry!

don't get one now. The hops are waaay faded and the beer is even MORE sweet than before.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.32/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickbacks Gastropub in Jacksonville. Poured into a Unibroue tulip. Off-white head, and resinous, oily, oily, sticky lacing and big bubbles. Aroma is dominated by Papaya and tropical fruits with a bit of alcohol aroma. Taste is actually dominated by sweet malts but there clearly is a ton of hops additionally. Quite barleywine-ish. I think given the name of this one, we expected Cigar Cirty's interpretation of a west coast IPA but we got something way more complex and different. Great beer just not what most of us were expecting. I'm sure if they wanted to make an unbalanced double, they would have.

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Photo of mullenite
3.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very hard pour produced a small amount of large soapy white bubbles on the top of the beer. Nice red color with a nice set of legs left on the glass. I really like the color a lot but the lack of a real head on such a hoppy beer is a bit of a disappointment. The legs are nice to look at though.

Smell is sweet and fruit forward. Lots of tropical fruit scents coming through as pineapple, peach and mango. Some alcohol comes through the nose but it is not strong at all, just kind of lingers in the background.

Wow, very sweet and very barleywine-esque. Reminds me of fresh 120 Minute or Devil Dancer. Lots of sweet caramel malts and not a whole lot of bitterness. This is a very sweet beer that really misses the mark as a double IPA but would make an amazing barleywine. There is also a distinct bready malt character that comes through as the beer warms up that is really nice. Again there is some alcohol warmth but not enough to consider it a drawback.

Low carbonation and very thick, kind slimey mouthfeel. I can feel it in my mouth even a few minutes after taking a sip.

Overall, this is not a great DIPA but it is a great barleywine (aside from the slimey mouthfeel that is.) I'm happy to try it but probably won't get any more bottles.

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Photo of ahatcher78
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Holy Sweetness! Over the Top Man! Picked up a few 750's from the best one off bottle shop in PB county BX Beer Depot.Very nice of Sally and the guys to hook up PBC with some goodness.

A- Murky orange color(vienna?),can't see through this one kiddos.. A slight white head that gradually fades and leaves a thin layer of lacing around the glass..

S-I'm in heaven! Very malty. Citrus and tropical fruits. Maybe pine, but more of stickiness than anything.

T- Sweet, sweet, and with a touch of sweet. Nice maltiness with some honey and perhaps Brown sugar. A nice hop balance of hops to edge to add to the sweet. Tropical fruits and piney resin.

M- Smooth and creamy. Not what I was expecting. I guess low carbonation for the style?

D-Reminds me of Pisgah Vortex I without the carbonation. Up the carbonation on this and it would be awesome. I even poured a pint into a SA Perfect Pint and the bubbles cant break through the sweetness of the gravity. A little tinkering with recipe...

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Photo of RustyDiamond
3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip...no head whatsoever. Murky orange in color.
Aroma of boozy white grapefruit with some rock candy and caramel.
Not any carbonation.
Tastes like a sweet barleywine. Apple juice, plums. Very dense and syrupy yet flat. Boozy grapefruit. No bitterness.
Again, more barleywine-ish due to the sweetness. Good but would not seek out again.

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Photo of adkirkish
2.69/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy yellow amber, w/ a thin white head that dissipated quickly

A: Sweet caramel malts upfront along with brown sugar that dominates the aroma. I couldn't pull any hop aroma out of this beer.

F: Just as in the aroma, the sweet caramel malts and brown sugar dominate the flavor profile. No hops detected in the body or finish. This beer starts and ends very sweet.

M: Medium high body with medium carbonation. No creamy / astringency character detected.

O: This beer reminds me alot of Brown Shugga from Lagunitas, which is considered an American Strong Ale. I wouldn't classify this beer as an Imperial IPA. The malt character is great, but this beer is seriously lacking in hop flavor and aroma to be in the "west coast IPA" category. Appearance was also a little hazy. Would have liked a little more clarity / head retention. This beer still has some good mouthfeel and drinkability. I do love me some brown shugga!!

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Photo of Shaw
4.07/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As a longtime fan of West Coast IPAs, I was really looking forward to trying this beer. As it happens, I was on vacation in Southern California at the time Cigar City released it, so I thought I would miss it. But Mr. Beery's in Sarasota got a keg of it and tapped it tonight, so I made a bee line over and had a glass.

It's a cloudy amber in color without much head.

The aroma is hoppy, but not hugely so. Big alcohol aromas.

The taste is classic San Diego Pale Ale: sweet and bitter with a big alcohol bite. Caramel, toffee and pineapple flavors are very prominent, with fusel alcohol flavors rounding it out. I've fried my palate on big IPAs, so this is probably a massively bitter beer, I just can't tell anymore.

The body is syrupy and slick, in short: wonderful.

Overall this is a great beer. Cigar City brews in a West Coast style and essentially one-ups California. I know: I've just been there.

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110K+OT Batch #3 - The Other West Coast IPA from Cigar City Brewing
3.28 out of 5 based on 145 ratings.
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