110K+OT Batch #5 | Cigar City Brewing

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110K+OT Batch #5110K+OT Batch #5
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by shand on 05-25-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
118
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
15.28%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
17
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 118
Photo of scottyshades
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you like fruity IIPAs, this is the new benchmark

A: Pours pretty dark for an IIPA - deep dark golden color, almost brown. The soapy head is pretty small for a beer of this gravity, decent retention

S: Tropical fruit-forward IIPA...tons and tons of either guava or papaya notes along with sweet, ripe citrus (grapefruit, orange). You can tell that this beer has some residual sugar in it. Malts give a seemingly sturdy caramel balance to it. Alcohol is noticeable as this decants.

T: This is a big, sweet beer. Not too sweet by my standards. Again, tons of tropical fruit notes in the flavor (guava, pineapple, mango, orange), solid bitterness that definitely helps to balance the sweetness. Malts give a little support and balance, but this is a fruity, hop forward Double IPA.

MF: Creamy velvety feel to it. Pretty big in body as well. Carbonation is right on par. The massive 11% ABV is surprisingly well hidden but warms your face and chest.

O: One of the most tropical-fruity beers I've had - drastically surpasses CITRA, Just Outstanding, Yulesmith, and anything else that I have put in a glass in terms of fruit. Very solid offering from CCB, but splitting a bomber is probably best

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Photo of Mora2000
2.76/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Dixonian for sharing this bottle. This is the first of the 110K+OT beers that I have tried and I am looking forward to it.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is incredibly sweet with a ton of sugar and toffee and a hint of fruit. Definitely not what I expected from a DIPA. The aroma is unfortunately more of the same. I get a lot of sweet orange and toffee notes, with some sugar thrown in. The beer tastes about like orange marmalade or jelly, with not real bitterness or other notes that resemble a DIPA. This beer is simply a sugary, sweet mess that doesn't work at all. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I don't understand the higher ratings because this is a mess that is just simply not drinkable.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at CCB tasting room. Poured into a CCB snifter.

A: A nice, deep reddish brown. Forms a small, just off-white head.

S: Tropical fruit, citrus hop aroma.

T: Dried tropical fruit (mango, maybe guava? figs?), citrus & pine hop flavors, but not overly bitter. There is a bit of spiced character. The sweetness in the beer reminds me of caramelized sugar.

M: Heavy, sticky mouthfeel. There is certainly an alcohol presence but, given the ABV, I think well-hidden.

O: Definitely good, and I left the tasting room with multiple bottles. I was just a touch underwhelmed though. Personal opinion - I think this leans more toward a hoppy barley wine, although my drinking buddy disagreed.

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Photo of zac16125
4.67/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bomber poured into a snifter
Bottled on: May 23rd, 2012

per the Brewery this is billed as a "double IPA or hoppy barleywine", let's see

A: Pours a murky, very dark amber with reddish hues, and 1 fingers width of light tan head, which dissipates down fairly quickly and leaves a small amount of spotty lacing.  

S: Tons of citrusy hops and tropical fruits.  I get pineapple, lemon zest, mango.  The curaçao peel is certainly noticeable and is nice. There is a touch of malt sweetness and some booze.  Smells incredibly light, fruity and citrusy.  Just awesome.  

T: The initial sip is much heavier than the nose implies, very malty, and lots of sugary sweetness, with citrus on the finish. The first couple of sips I thought this was merely alright, but wow does it grow on me as I drink it.   The citrus from the nose comes out in the taste, and is strong, and there is a degree of hop bitterness as well.  The hop presence is big, in fact huge, but the malts are equally large.  It is such a great combination of hops and malt sweetness.  As it warms in the glass the malts becoming stronger, as does the booze, but never to a fault.  The palate profile here is terrific.  

M/D: Very smooth, with moderate carbonation that allows it to coat the palate nicely, a fairly chewy mouthfeel, on the fuller side of medium bodied.  The 11% ABV is extremely well masked, and drinkability is impressive.  

O: Overall, this is great. This is hands down my favorite non imperial stout offering from CCB, and that says something. The only negative I can find in this beer is giving ratebeer.com a shoutout on the label but not beeradvocate. As far as if it's a double IPA or Barleywine, well Id lean towards IIPA due to the huge hop presence, however, the geek in me did some research and found the OG and SG's (which are printed on the label) don't meet the standard qualifications of a double IPA, but do for a Barleywine.   But really who cares, its all arbitrary.  Whats important is this beer is absolutely fantastic.

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Photo of shand
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Cigar City Brewing taproom.

This beer pours a hazy orange color. It has a full, hoppy aroma with a strong malty presence as well. Very strong smelling. The taste is ridiculous. Lots of hops. Lots of malts. Lots of everything. Very strong, and very delicious. The mouthfeel is full and very carbonated, and the drinkability is good. Overall, this is a great beer that toes the line between a strong DIPA and a barleywine. In the end, I feel the very strong hop presence tips it over farther to the DIPA side of the scale. Semantics aside, it's a very good beer that is much better than last year's 110K+OT.

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110K+OT Batch #5 from Cigar City Brewing
3.73 out of 5 based on 118 ratings.
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