alexsdad06 (11223) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2011
750 ml bottle thanks to cmillward. Pours a hazy orange amber color with a small white head. The aroma has a big dose of tropical fruits, caramel sweetness with a mild woodiness. This is more like a barley wine than an imperial ipa. The flavor is big sweet caramel malts, loads of ripe tropical fruit, citrus, woody with some earthy hops. Fairly smooth and syrupy. Again, I see this more as an English barley wine than an Imperial IPA. The sweetness does take away from the overall enjoyment of this beer. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2011
750, capped. Thanks bvc! Pours cloudy dark orange with a loose whitish head. Big orange, toffee, caramel, and must on the nose. Sticky thickish body. Caramel, white sugar, and oranges on the mid palate. Cloying finish. riversideAK (6265) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2011
Nose is sweet, doughy, floral, caramelly, sugary. Pours hazy golden amber, head and lace are minimal. Fuck. Sweet as fuck, hot as fuck. Caramel, dough, cake, floral hops, citrus later. Hella residual sugar. Fuck this. This is giving me heartburn. bvc (1244) - Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2011
750ml capped, thanks Dave. Clear dark caramel golden with tight beige head. Sweet, green, woody, pine, resin. Whoa!...sweet as hell. Pineapple, mango...under attenuated, syurpy. Still has some hops in there, but this is a sweet, out of balance mess. Sammy (12995) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2011
Cigar City smokes NYC event at Rattle N Hum. This dark amber and lacey offering was listed incorrectly as a barleywine, which it was corrected by the Florida Cigar City sales rep to this listing. Neutral aroma, this is the batch from six months back, and the hops are present but subdued in taste and aroma. I found it hard to drink.
IPAsavedMYlife (346) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2011
I like beers that change my mind. Having heard this selection was rather sweet, I decided to taste it for myself. Just glanced at the specs for a second, and wonder how this has 110 IBU’s. The smell the taste and the finish all indicate a brew with a distinct amount hops, however, this beer is just not that bitter. Color is hazy orange to golden with a white head. Smell is citrusy, but not pungent, more like apricots, over-ripe peaches and carrot cake. Mouthfeel is solid, not too thin. Taste is something out of a homebrew. Not sure what to think here... there’s some resemblance of beer, but it is rich, rich to a fault. Alcohol flavor remains non existent. Finish is sweet and mildly hoppy. This sucker would be much more enjoyable if it was not so darn sweet. At it’s best: an easy introduction to the style. At it’s worst: Poor example of the ceiling of the style. This beer has not changed my love for the style, however is has taught me to be wary of what it might become. Drink Responsibly. patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2011
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Split with and courtesy of James. Pours a dank hazy caramel toffee brown. Head is perfect; half finger of beige cream. Brilliant lacing down the sides of the glass. Aroma of malty caramel hops, juicy hop resin, vanilla, oak, and massive amounts of pine and honey. Medium, mellow body on this IPA. The first sip is smooth and creamy, followed through by oaky vanilla flavors and finishing with a caramely, malty burn The finish is so delicious and rewarding. This beer is outstanding. Another VASTLY underrated Cigar City ale. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2011
750ml from Beerlando - thanks, Bryan! This bottle went on quite a journey, passing between several RB folk between its arrival at JCB manor and its eventual consumption. Thanks to Josh and Spencer for the eagle eye! Anyways, not super impressed with the beer after all that. I wasn’t too worried about sitting on a DIPA, since it was supposed to be quite faded and malty from the get go. And in fact, it was both of those things, with an intense dose of sweetness at the center, almost like one of those weird bubble gums that contain sugary ooze inside. Body also a bit thin, making for an overall disappointment. otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2011
Appearance: pours thick with no head, just a thin white collar. Amber sap and blood orange hues; clear. Swirls with dotty lace which recede back into a thin white collar.
nuplastikk (6512) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Nose: apples, peaches, and orange skins. Fresh whole hop cones; herbaceous and a touch fruity. Dew-dropped green grass blades glistening in the sun. Forests waking up to the gentle touch of morn, damp sweetness in the air. Pith, red apple skins.
Palate: full sweet sticky mouthfeel coats everything and leaves licks happily sticky. Honey dipped apples. Dry and bitter underneath with apple skins and green grass blades. Long after each swallow are apple slices and honey married as one and yet still individualistic. Hop cones. Pretty much everything is drenched in amber hued honey. Warmth slowly ekes through back of throat and chest. Cinnamon sticks and spice tickle the back of each quaff along with the warmth of her hearty ABV.
Final Thoughts: wonderful. A fusion of east coast IPA meets west coast IPA with a dab of England thrown in for good measure. Either way I call it tasty.
750 ml bottle. Thick, murky orange-brown. Steady beige head. Resinous, thick hop aroma, a little faded/devolved over time I’d guess. Creamy and sticky sweet, this one really has a different mouthfeel than most beers. Mellow carbonation, but that could be the fault of age. Thick caramel vanilla tones. The hops don’t really jump out at me, just seem to offer a thick, sticky pine backdrop. Big and sugary, but the big ABV is downplayed quite nicely. Some Barleywine notes for sure. Another World Class beer from Cigar City.