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Cigar City Hopped on the High Seas IPA (Hop #529)

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RATINGS: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
This 60 IBU Caribbean-style IPA was brewed at the Cervezas del Sur Brewery in Ponce, Puerto Rico by Cigar City Brewmaster Wayne Wambles. The mango tree-lined streets of Ponce put us in a tropical mood and Hopped on the High Seas is the result of that Caribbean feeling. High Seas is a 7% ABV IPA dry-hopped exclusively with one variety of hop; 165 lbs of them in fact! And since we wanted to put this beer in our favorite container, the 12 oz can, a sea journey was required to get the beer back to Tampa for canning. We took the opportunity to add the dry-hops to the refrigerated shipping container prior to racking. Which means this beer truly was Hopped on the High Seas. As the beer made its way home, the gentle motion of the ocean worked to infuse the luscious aromatics of the hops. The result is big tropical aromas and flavors, light balancing malt backbone and a clean bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BillWyce (1000) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Poured lightly hazy golden color with a 1-finer white head. Light citrus aroma, possibly mango. Body is medium, lightly oily with a dry finish. Citrusy flavor that is notable, but lighter than many IPA’s. A touch of yeast at the back.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
phaleslu (9380) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2014
12 oz. can from Fritz123 - thanks again, Mason! Pours a hazed goldenrod color with a lot of yeast floaters and an explosive, rocky, large-bubbled off-white head that sticks to the glass a little. Can kind of gushed, honestly. Aroma of bread, straw, citrus peel, pine, mango, and spice. Flavor of bitter grass and leaves, citrus rind, pine, soap, crackers, and minerals - has a bitterness that’s just...off. Has a sort of chemical quality. Light-bodied, with carbonation that’s all in the head and a dry, alcoholic mouthfeel. Not the worst thing ever, but this is definitely a pretty big misfire for Cigar City.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
Art (3121) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Something was wrong here. Can came in a trade and the top was so distended I was scared to hold it. I made the mistake of opening this one in my sink. Should have opened it outside! The beer rocketed into the sink and sprayed everywhere. Emptied nearly the entire can in a split second. The small pour that I got was overly sweet and syrupy. Seems like an unattenuated beer made it into cans. Pretty gross and dangerous.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (5681) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Crisp, slightly hazy golden and honey coloured body with a nice two centimetre tall off-white head that leaves a very ugly lace. Aroma of honey, flowers, herbs, grass and hay with a decent malt nose and some light alcohol as well - not too hoppy in the traditional sense. Medium-bodied; Assertive grassy and very floral hop notes with a light malt and honey flavour that finishes nicely. Aftertaste shows more of a malt profile with some sweetness, a light herbal flavour and a hint of alcohol as well. Overall, a solid IPA but with a much lighter flavour and taste than I’d expect and less hops compared to the others from this series that I’ve had. I sampled this twelve ounce can purchased a few minutes ago at New Beer Distributors in New York, New York a few minutes later in my hotel room here on the LES of New York on 18-July-2014 for US$2,50.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (11006) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - JUL 18, 2014
Bottle shared at the DSH tasting. Pours hazy golden with a white head. Aroma of caramel malt, orange peel, citrus, biscuity malt. Flavour is light sweet and moderate to heavy bitter. Some grapefruit coming out in the palate. Medium bodied with light carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sic1314 (4775) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUL 18, 2014
Poured light amber with a small white ring. Aroma of medium citrus and light caramel malt. Medium body, flavour as the aroma, light milk chocolate, biscuit and bitter citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
deanso (8989) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 18, 2014
can courtesy of Podjebier, shared @THT July. Thick white head. Hazy golden pour. lovely bitterness. Nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2014

Can 12fl.oz. @ cgarvieuk [ Lets do a chrisO Tasting ], Edinburgh, Scotland.

[ As Cigar City Hopped on the High Seas IPA (Hop #529) ].
Clear light medium yellow color with a small average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting to diminishing, white head. Aroma is moderate malty, pale malt, moderate hoppy, grass, orange - citrus. Flavour is moderate sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a long duration, citrus, tropical fruit, hoppy. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20140315]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alobar (3532) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Pours a cloudy orange color with a white creamy head. Aroma of mango, pineapple, pine, and hint of bread. Flavorful with pineapple, mango, bread, and pine with a subtle hop bite. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (10594) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 5, 2014
Can at Craig’s. Pours golden yellow amber, sweet, dry and fruity citrus finish.

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