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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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by tpd975 on 05-26-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.83/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 6/4/2010. Bottle. Pours a murky deep burnt orange with a thick, foamy off-white head. Aroma of citrus fruits, lots of caramel malts and toffee. Flavor of sweet caramel malt, a touch sticky, with prickly citrus in the finish. As others have said, this definitely has a barleywine feel with all the maltiness and residual sugars. Overall, it was hard to drink and I just couldn't get into it.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.15/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip shaped Duvel glass.

A: Hazy, bright orange color with a thin cap of white foam which surged back up when the brew is swirled. Lots of chilled haze and mediocre head retention, leaving no lace.

S: Straight on tangerine with some other floral, citrus fruits and a bit of grassy hops. Pretty sweet and fruity overall, though.

T: Sweet roasted caramel malt and citrus sweetness up front with a bit of sticky, cloying malt in the middle. Slightly doughy and yeasty as well, although the citrus malt sweetness pulls through and the slight hop bit lingers near the finish. Just sorta tastes like calcium was added and the brew is flat, citrusy and lacks a DIPA hop wallop or intriguing balance.

M: Full-bodied, sweet and a tad chewy given the haziness, yeast and viscosity of the brew. Not tough to get down, but not the best either.

D: I had high hopes for my first foray into Cigar City and was maybe expecting too much, but this 10% ABV DIPA just didn't cut mustard for me. Too chewy, orange-like and flat for my tastes. It is a sweet sipper, but not one that I'd likely revisit.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.82/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle from Kingdom Spirits, Brandon, FL. Served in a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a dark, hazy, frothy goldenrod, a particularly unattractive hue truth be told. Murky, turgid, and dirty looking, but not anywhere as dirty looking as it is thick looking. The head emerged from this one about as slowly as I've ever seen a head emerge from a beer, a dense morass of fine, creamy bubbles. Despite the speed at which it arrived, however, it did disappear a little more quickly, fading to an erratic collar and a thin, light layer of surface lace. It does leave a nice amount of stick on the sides of the glass, however, with some thick, crunchy, crispy patches lazily strewn along the sides of the tulip.

Aroma: Faint, but pretty good. What is here is nearly uniformly fruity, like a freshly squeezed tropical fruit juice. White grapes, cherries, strawberries, and non-acidic citrus (white grapefruit, mainly) dominate what's here, though there is a faint minty herbalness in the background, along with some acidic hop astringencies that mingle with a very faint amount of alcohol.

Taste: Pleasantly good. First, the bad. This beer is insanely sweet, too sweet. It's also so highly hopped that it's astringently herbal at points, which is a little off-putting, particularly as this one warms. Indeed, the astringent hop overtones mingle with the (slight) alcohol to lend a bit of an unappealing chemical-ly note that's hard to shake.

But the rest is pretty solid. The malts (though almost sickly sweet at points) are honey-like, caramelly, and slightly reminiscent of light brown sugar. They intermingle interestingly with the fruity overtones from the hop notes - a veritable fruit cocktail (complete with the canned syrup/HFCS notes), with apples, white grapes, peaches, orange, and berry notes. Slight pine mingles with the aforementioned herbal astringencies to round out the flavor profile. Nothing's overwhelmed by bitterness, here - in fact, this one could likely benefit from way more bitterness to counteract the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Very thick, syrupy, and chewy. Fortunately, carbonation escapes from this beer very slowly and it is fairly well carbonated, so there's enough lift here that it never quite fully crosses in to cloying territory (at least, as of the time of this typing).

Drinkability: Amp up the bitterness, please. There's a lot here that can be traced back to that - more balance, and this would be a big, boisterous, flavorful beer with no hint of alcohol that never comes close to crossing over in to cloying territory. As it stands, the flaws are all still here, all obvious, but none beyond repair - the alcohol's high, the hop astringencies strong, and the malts a little too sweet. I was happy to try it anyway, and look forward to more $110K + OTs from Cigar City in the future.

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Photo of Kegatron
2.56/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

750 ml capped bomber into a couple of tulip glasses. Batch #3. Thanks go to Jw347 for this in a recent trade.

Pours a hazed coppery amber, with a finger cap of slightly off-white foamy head. Good flare-up here leaves back some thick and heavy lacing. The aroma is heavy in the nose with sweetness and warmth, as thick sugars and fruit control the nose. Some floral and piney character from the hops does hang on the edges but did I mention how sweet this is?

The taste is very similar, with loads of thick grainy malt that is made even sweeter by the notes of tropical fruit and heavier alcohol that are present. Hops are much more aggressive on the backend of the profile with sharp resins and spice that spread out into the mouth. Residual sweetness hangs with some heft in the finish. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a smooth and creamy feel across the top of the mouth that then gives way to some sharpness underneath. Alcohol heat is kept to a minimum, probably because it all went into the sweetness of the profile.

I was just not a fan of this. Unbalanced, cloyingly sweet, and heavy feeling, I don't know where they went wrong with this one. I don't think that I finished even half my glass. Oh well. I'll just chalk this one up to an aberration and move on.

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Photo of steve8robin
4.35/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at five points in athens, ga. So surprised to come across cigar city outside of florida! Only 1 bottle of this was left. 2010 batch 3, 750 ml bottle...

A: its a deep golden copper color with a 1 inch white head that fades slowly. Very good.

S: I can smell it from the table. I get some nice sweet booze soaked malts blended with some candy sugar. Follows quickly is a nice caramel with some strong white grape on the backend. Very good.

T: I get heavy caramel malts upfront blended with a sweet floral flavor. The middle brings forth the white grape and the back brings a nice apple and sweet sugars. Sweet, but very good.

M: full body with a nice carbonation blend. Finish is a little dry. Good.

D: this is surprisingly drinkable once you get past the sweet wall. Good.

All in all, another great brew from CC. I've tried hunahpu and absolutely loved it, I tried jai alai and enjoyed, and this is my third brew from them, and this is great. Def try if you like sweet beers, if not, don't bother. This is definitely not an IPA as advertised on here, more like an american barleywine.

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Photo of beer2day
3.52/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours orange with a thin fingernail of cream head. No retention and light lacing. Moderately hazy.

Big herbal nose. Lots of malt behind this, lending a strong peat aroma. Very earthy, with light figs and raisins.

Very sweet - almost too much so. Very strong alcohol presence. Slightly cloying in the finish and becomes even more so as the glass warms. Getting dates and raisins up front, herbal hop finish. Just too sweet for my standards.

Heavy syrup body. Very filling. 750 is way too much for one drinker.

Glad I tried it, but I wouldn't want it again.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.11/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to ktrillionaire for the bottle.

Pours a nice orange color with a white head and some pretty good lacing. The nose is pretty strange with some nice tropical notes followed up with a bit of cardboard and moderate citrus. The taste has some cardboard but is mostly fairly sweet with some mild citrus and tropical notes. A bit cloying in general. Drinkability is low and I'm a bit disappointed with this one after being quite excited to try it out.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.15/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750mL bottle thanks to Jason! Poured medium plummy-amber with a thin creamy head. The aroma picked up some strong, odd sugars.. overripe oranges and apples, some apricot, biscuit and noticeable alcohol. The flavor is very sweet even at colder temperatures. Fairly hoppy but the sweetness and alcohol really mask any bitterness. Some lemon peel finish and a slightly astringent soapiness. Long, warming finish. Heavy body with a sticky, oily texture. This beer took some time to kill. It's a little "heavy-handed." I don't know if aging would really help this much. Perhaps it would be smoother. The text on the label was off-putting. Do we really have to resort to all this "big-boy" trashtalking on beer labels? One Stone Brewery is about all I can handle. (Perhaps CC was making fun, but I sure couldn't tell.) Just tell us about the beer. Don't make it a test of your manliness, please.

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Photo of beersensei305
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this once on tap at cigar city's tasting room and once in a bottle I bought a local liquor store.

The beer is a hazy deep orange with good carbonation and a white head that heads rather quickly with good lacing. Good citrus hoppy and sweetniess scent profile. This is actually a very sweet Imperial IPA, its brewed with an insane amount of honey and you can taste. The honey subdues nearly all of the hoppiness that a typical double IPA has. You still have the citrus and piney flavors. Overall, this is a great beer good ABV and great drinkability.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.08/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to g311 for the trade! Poured from a 750ml bottle into a mini snifter on 10/24/10.

A - Poured a hazy "sunkist" orange with reddish tones and virtually no head save for a thing ring around the glass and some wavy, spotty lacing.

S - Nose is quite sweet and fruity with citrus and tropical fruit as well as a slight catbox aroma. Hops are kind of muted and didn't produce the pungent aroma I was anticipating.

T - Sweet and fruity but not really hoppy per se. Instead, this DIPA is quite malty. While there is not a lot of true hop bitterness present, the hops take on a fruity character that gives the flavor a borderline cloying sweetness, unfortunately. Factor in underlying sweet caramel and toffee notes and you're in for a malty extravaganza that leaves you wondering where the hops are.

M - Medium to full bodied for the style with an oily, slick mouthfeel and fairly thick, syrupy texture. Carbonation is fairly light overall. Finishes with mild bitterness on the palate with tons of residual sweetness.

D - Disappointing to say the least. Not sure if this is just too malty or dates, but I've come to expect more from Cigar City. This one did absolutely nothing for me.

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Photo of stakem
3.01/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes taken on 9/8/10.

Big thanks to Kegatron for giving me this bottle. I really appreciate it Heath! Opened and shared with 2 friends who are big ipa fans.

Poured into a pint, this brew appears a clear orange color with a finger of yellowish stained foam. The head receeds slowly leaving an abundant amount of lace all over the glassware.

The nose is full assault of sweetness. It smells rich like candied oranges and a heavy scent of caramel sugars that has a hint of vanilla about it as well.

The taste is strikingly sweet. The first thing that comes to mind is unfermented wort. This taste is more in line with what I was expect from an overly sweet aged barleywine or old ale. Really wasn't expecting this taste. A minor indication of alcohol and hop flavoring and bitterness exists but this brew is so over bearingly sweet that it dominates all the other characteristics of the brew. This brew leaves a lasting cling of sweetness inside the mouth. As it warms, it becomes quite cloying with more alcohol becoming evident and some hops start to show a bit of an herbal touch. The sweetness of this brew really distracts and degrades the experience. I prefer my ipas to have some nice residual sugar flavor in them but this one is out of control, one sided and not balanced.

It is a full bodied brew with a moderate level of carbonation. I am glad I got a chance to try this but am equally happy I was not trying to take down an entire 750ml myself.

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Photo of thetomG
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this in a trade a couple months ago, so it is admittedly a bit old, but has been stored in the fridge since I got it... that being said..

This is a HUGE malt bomb. The pour is a nice hazy orange color with some thick white foamy head.

Aroma is alcohol and sweet malts. Flavor is almost ALL malt. Overly sweet and quite thick and syrupy - I get almost NO hop flavor or bitterness off of this one.

Overall this is the first beer from CCB I've that wasn't amazing.

Will not seek this out again.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.16/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter on 9/29/10

Courtesy of PDXHops

A slow-to-rise, one finger head sits atop a dense amber, copper colored beer that looks somewhat murky. Head retention is decent, blending smooth foam & bubbles. Decent lace to start. Granular lace throughout.

Wow, this critter smells like a sugar-bomb. Candied malts, caramel & such. I find the aroma to be reminiscent of DFH 120 Minute with a sweet, alcohol heat laden, sherry-like nose. It's also has some chemical cleaner notions; though not overly harsh, it is potent. The hops seem lost in the mess, leaving a vague penchant for floral overtones.

The taste is very similar to the nose & reminds me of a toned down 120 Minute. Very sugary without much hop offset. Bitterness is at a minimum. Nail polish remover alcohol heat, near-cloying flavors of candied malts & darker sugars intermingle with sparse hints of dark fruits. Even as a barleywine this would be way too sweet. Industry-inspired chemical burn toward the finish.

This beer is full bodied & very heavy. The sugars seem to have a sticky, grainy underpinning, while the alcohol heat adds a slick counterpoint. The two viscosities never seem at ease with each other. Rather low carbonation. The finish is rough; cloying sugars linger long after the finish. Thankfully the abv doesn't strike me as more than 10%.

Drinkability is "meh" at best. I worked on it for a while but only finished about 2/3rds. If Cigar City intended to make this beer as obnoxious as its supposed namesake, then I'd wager they have succeded.

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Photo of wedgie9
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from a bottle obtained in a trade. Pours a thick and hazy deep orange with a thick and long-lasting tan head. Nose is mostly sweet malt with caramelized lemon and zesty kumquat. This beer is undoubtedly sweet, thick, and viscous with decent fruitiness. Lemon, mandarin, kumquat, honey, and bread are all prevalent on the palate. The body of this beer is huge with low carbonation and a long bitter finish.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.03/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cloudy and deep orange color with good carbonation, plenty of lacing and a dirty white head

S: Hops, booze and fruits

T: Big malt presence, sweet, caramel and holy freakin apricot. Had a hint at funk from time to time, with floral notes

M: Well carbonated, good sweet feel, booze, dry, not to much hop bite

D: Very good and easy to drink

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Photo of BTPete
3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shared with my beer tasting group to tulips.

110k + OT batch 3

A: hazy amber, small head dissipates to just some swirls on top.

S: nice citrus hop profile. Sweet.

T: surprisingly sweet! Sweet malt, citrus up front, ends with a more piney bitter end.

M: full bodied, medium carb, bitter end.

D: really nice beer, abv & sweetness would limit my intake.

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Photo of gunnerman
2.48/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a pint glass pours a orange hue with a minimal head that leaves no lace on the glass. Smell is very sweet like nectar, with hints of light sweet molasses. Taste?, where is the hops on this beer it is all sweet with no malt and hop finish, like drinking tropical fruit nectar. Overall this has to be one of the dissapointing beers that I have had from this great brewer, drain pour.

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Photo of John_M
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Generously provided at the recent Baltimore BA gathering at Max's.

The beer pours a golden, amber orange color with considerable head retention and plenty of sticky lacing. This beer looks almost viscuous and thick... alas, that was to be as good as things got with this beer. On the nose, I get honey, sweet malt by the boatload and a hint of brown sugar and chocolate. To say the least, this beer smells very, very sweet. Not surprisingly, this beer was every bit as sweet on the palate, with a long, almost cloying finish. When I read that this beer is supposed to be a DIPA, I was stunned. I got almost no hoppy bitterness in this beer, and would have assumed that it was made more along the lines of an English barleywine. The flavor profile otherwise replicates the nose pretty closely in this sweet, boozy beer. This is a very full bodied beer, with the sweetness coating the mouth almost like a blanket. Drinkability is an absolute laugh. I cannot begin to imagine trying to drink an entire bottle of this stuff. The combination of sweetness and noticeable alcohol is almost nauseating, and it's very hard for me to believe that this was what the brewer was going for when he made this beer.

So far I can't say I've been hugely impressed by anything I've had from CCB, though certainly some of the humidor series beers have been interesting. Regardless, this beer struck me as a particularly poor effort from this brewery. Can't imagine that this beer would be very popular with anyone.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
2.09/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A - Medium brown/reddish orange color. Quick fading white head. Lots of lacing and slightly unfiltered.

S - I was taken by surprise on this one since it's supposed to be a DIPA because there is hardly any hop aroma but a lot of residual malt sugar and fruit juice-like aroma. Strange....

T - After a sip my concerns for this beer not being a DIPA were justified. There is ZERO hop flavor but a lot of super sweet candy flavor, oranges, and caramelized sugar.

M/D - Medium to heavy body that is pretty much the density of watered down pancake syrup. Way under carbonated and finishes way too sweet. A little hard to drink this one because of the sweetness and weird sugar flavors.

First beer from CCB that I have tried and I was not impressed at all. Calling this beer a DIPA is just wrong.

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Photo of Phelps
4.48/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to tlay10 for sharing this one during this year's Deliverance release at Lost Abbey.

Looks: like caramel. Mostly clear and the color of the sugary treat, with a sudsy head of khaki-orange that grips the sides of my glass in lovely arcs.

Smells: like an aged barleywine. Heavy with citrusy orange and burnt sugar aromas. Rose, lavender, juicyfruit, lime, caramel-dipped pineapple.

Tastes: like candy. Super malty and sweet, with flavors of honey, vanilla, lightly floral lilac, lime and caramel-dipped orange sticks. The finish is very sweet, with just a hint of bitterness in the back.

Feels: muted. The carbonation is extremely subtle for an IPA, but the body is medium and smooth about the tongue. The 10 percent ABV is only hinted at in the flavor, and this beer goes down so easily it's dangerous.

Drinks: so smooth, so sweet. I'm a fan of maltier IPAs, and this beer hits all the right notes in that regard. A treat.

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Photo of Gobzilla
2.82/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a copperish golden orange with a. Finger of head that left a little lacing on the glass. The aroma showed no signs of a DIPA but did have lots of sweetness which consisted brown sugar, raisins, malts, some type of other dark fruits, slight citrus, and sign of any hops whatsoever. The taste was just that, no hops grapefruit or any bitterness but was very sweet with raisins, brown sugar, malts but did have a little booze and citrus; still no hops to be found. The brew was medium with a good amount of carbonation that had a whole lot of sweetnes and malty frothy finish; but still no hops. Drank pretty good even though it was all sweetness and really intrigued me that it was labeled a DIPA with no hop profile in the nose or the taste. CCB try again.

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Photo of robwestcott
4.03/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle a hazy amber honey to a dogfish head signature glass with a full finger super frothy off white bubbly head with lots of retention lacing.

super sweet aroma, caramel, brown sugar, and cotton candy.

IPA ? wow, really ? this is the sweetest, maltiest, barleywine-like IPA ever. this is a great beer, i'm not sure i see how it's categorized as a DIPA, but i couldn't care less. the malt remains forward while the beer warms and a hint, but just a hint of piney hops emerges.

creamy, thick, smooth as silk. sweet on the tongue with a hint of bitter toward the back of your mouth - but only if you look for it.

drinkable - i'll finish the 750ml before the night is out.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
3.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle in a box of goodies from the Charleston Beer Exchange and am really excited to try it out.

A - Pours a murky amber reminiscent of copper that has just begun to slightly patina from fingerprint smudges. A faint white head settles atop this brew.

S - Really sweet aroma. Light brown sugar, golden raisins, overripe peaches, lots of malt.

T - Look, there's hops here, just buried underneath the malty sweetness. The immediate finish reminds me of Barenjager honey liqueur but that mellows out.

M - Really chewy, viscous, syrupy consistency.

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Photo of BigTomZ
1.93/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured a nice burnt orange/gold color with 1 finger of head of head and nice retention.

Aroma is of raisins and brown sugar. Can't really detect much hop character. Overall the smell is not bad, but it is not an IPA aroma.

Ok this stuff is just plain bad. I do not detect a hop presence. Malty, sweet, syrupy, raisins, brown sugar, more sweetness. Tastes like a blend of orange soda and prune juice.

This was very sticky and sweet and too thick for this level of sweetness.

Drinkability was obviously not good. I drank only a few sips before this became a drain pour. Someone brought me a bottle some time later. I gave it a second chance and it seemed even worse than the first time.

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2.26/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Unfortunately, this beer is listed a double IPA, so i must review it as such.

AP- Dark gold in collors with a slight haze either from the yeast or the chill.

A-No hop aroma at all. Sweat malt with an almost orange jelly nose. For an IPA i keep asking myself where are the hops?

T- Taste is very similar to that of the aroma. Very sweet. Possible under attenuated, lots of residual sugars in this one.

M- Sticking and Syrupy. Had to drink a whole glass of water to clear this one.

O- might make a nice barley wine in a few years. but most defiantly not an Double/Imperial IPA. Absolutely no hops in this one at all.

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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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