The Last Spike | Cigar City Brewing

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The Last SpikeThe Last Spike

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by shand on 08-27-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

single finger thick off white head with good lacing on a hazy copper body. Aroma of biscuit, caramel malts, chardonnay, spruce and syrup. Flavors include more bready and biscuit malts, candied orange, earthy hops, wood and pine resin. medium body and moderate carbonation. This almost tastes like an underflavored and less boozy barleywine. IIts a little strange. Not a bad beer, worth trying just wouldnt be something I would look to have again.

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of nickfl
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Small head of white foam on a amber body. Lots of caramel and toffee in the aroma with a bit of spicy hop character. Caramel and more floral hop character. Finishes with light hop character, some dense toffee and a fairly thick body. Kind of mediocre, the hop character is musty and bland and the malt is a bit cloying,

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Photo of mactrail
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a coppery amber in the tall Maredsous glass with an average head but loads of lacing. Aroma of french toast and fresh mango. Sprightly on the tongue with a medium body. Interesting fruity flavors along with the tasted I wish I could describe better-- cedar and blackberries?

The toasty flavor is distinct and really adds to the style. Winey mouthfeel with a sharp, tannic sensation and some woodiness. Some sweet malt and a hint of burnt sugar. The bitterness is moderate and leaves just the right burn. For the record, hops are Northern Brewer, Chinook, and Pacific Jade. I like the alcohol strength here. For once, it seems appropriate to be on the strong side with plenty of flavors to support it.

This is one of the most tasty and drinkable beers I've had this year, in any category. Anchor should taste this one. From the 750 ml capped (thank you!) bottle purchased at Olive Tree Market in Ocean Beach.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Dark amber. Big off white head. Leggy for an IPA. Wispy surface.

Smell - Grapefruit hops. Deep caramel. Almost a bit of chocolate.

Taste - Grapefruit hop again. Piney flavor follows. Bitter hop builds up. The caramel hop is not as sweet as I expected, but rich. Drops off in the very end.

Mouthfeel - Medium-high carbonation. Feels heavier than it really is.

Overall - Just doesn't elevate itself above the masses.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from MeadMe, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a brilliantly clear deep reddish brown with a good sized creamy off white head that shows moderate retention and lace. Smell of caramel and brown bread with a woody spicy minty hoppy aroma. The flavor is moderate brown sugary maltiness with a bit of woody earthy minty hop flavor. low to moderate hop bitterness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Decent brew, flavorful, but a bit on the dull side. I'd like a bit more hop all around, but I had no problem imbibing of this one.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a medium copper amber with a fine two finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Constant carbonation and looks nice. Aroma of sweet caramel and biscuit malt, toffee and mild grassy hops. Flavor is malt forward; biscuit and bready malt, light grassy hops, grain. Finishes with a quite dry, lightlly toasty malt and almost tannic dry bitterness. Medium bodied with nice peppery carbonation. An off-beat take on a California common, perhaps maltier than normal; the finish is more astringent than herbal bitterness. I like the malt bill, but the finish is a bit off. Still enjoyable and interesting.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of jbaker67
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliantly clear deep reddish brown with a good sized creamy off white head that shows moderate retention and lace. Smell of caramel and brown bread with a woody spicy minty hoppy aroma. The flavor is moderate brown sugary maltiness with a bit of woody earthy minty hop flavor. low to moderate hop bitterness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a teku glass.

dark red in color with a mild head. attractive pour. smell is much more malt forward. bready malts dominate the taste. slight bit of hops but really its a malt bomb. the body is also very mild. its decent.

overall not a favorite but not bad either. an okay beer.

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Photo of BGsWo22
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of maximum12
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another bottle from my FL-based man-crush, moose3285, among a warehouse full that just arrived for no particular reason. That's not a bad way to start a Saturday. 22 oz. bomber split with my wife.

The pour is IPA orange, middling clear, middling carbonation. Nose doesn't come on strong, but is a touch hoppy, sweet, even a bit of mint (?) in there. Faint. Or weak. Choose your semantics.

The Last Spike plows up a new field of wierd. Stinging-sharp tannic notes up front & strong mouthfull of lager year (yager?) from the backdrop, & right behind is a strong dose of citrus hops that drag along a nice bittering in the middle. Swerves into graininess with a side of sweet malts, but the bitterness kicks in to dominate the end. odd that I'm sipping constantly to tease out what comes next.

I can honestly say I've never had a beer like this, & that's appealing in & of itself (& bonus for being good). This is Cigar City at its best, ignoring the rules to make something wacky. A very good beer.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Gainesville HOB on 9/7/13. Pours a dark amber with small white head. Aroma is mostly malt with dead smelling hops. Flavor falls flat with basic malt, some pine flavor maybe? There is barely anything going on here and it reminds me more of a mild ale or poorly done ESB. Update: I see now that this is a spin on California Common when reading the small print. Now this makes more sense. If so, then don’t put "IPA" on the freaking bottle. If you are looking for an IPA, go elsewhere. as far as a Cali Common goes, this is not bad. Seems drinkable but I have no interest in a full 750 of this. Not much choice at the bar. Guess I should have read the full description in small print.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Zonian1
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of macrosmatic
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Russian River pint glass.

A: A clear bronze pour, with a couple fingers of white head and a good amount of visible carbonation.

S: Biscuit malts, lager yeastiness and mild grassy hops. Overall impression is quite malt-forward. It smells more like a California Common than an IPA for sure.

T: Follows the nose. Quite malt forward with grassy and citrus hops in the background. Lager yeast flavors, but essentially no sulfurous qualities. A light hop bitterness lingers after the swallow.

M: A bit heavy-bodied for the style. Alcohol flavors are noticeable but don't dominate. Carbonation sensation a bit low.

O: Nothing offensive here, but it just isn't an exciting beer at all. Glad I tried it once, but there won't likely be a second go round.

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The Last Spike from Cigar City Brewing
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