I poured a 12oz can into a tulip glass. It was canned on 2/20/14.
Appearance: Hazy shade of light orange/honey amber. Carbonation visible.
Pours to a one-finger, white, frothy head which retains and laces
Smell: Sweet orange juice concentrate but a spicy, peppery, cedar-like aroma as well.
Taste: Cigar City is known for making experimental, and interesting
beers to say the least. They also have a strong Caribbean influence, so
it’s no surprise they’d make a “Caribbean-style IPA.” This particular
beer is one of several variations of a brew done in Puerto Rico and
dry-hopped with a different hop, in this case – Kohatu. I’ve never heard
of this hop before, but it definitely seems to fit CC’s modus operandi.
The result is a peppery, cedar-like flavor with restrained bitterness.
It’s interesting to be sure, though not all that appealing to me.
There’s a definite orange flavor up front. This isn’t surprising
considering the style. Akin to orange juice, but not as rich. Some
gradual bitterness throughout the first half, but it immediately
transitions to something much more peppery and dry. Fresh ground black
pepper combined with cedar wood give it a spicy sensation. It finishes
with an astringent quality, almost harsh or tannic. Nothing so bad to
make it a bad beer, though I am not too crazy about this flavor
combination. I’m also wondering where the rest of the flavors are as I
can only taste the hops – the base malt foundation is a little too
subtle for its own good.
Drinkability: I was a little surprised to see that Cigar City Hopped on
the High Seas (Kohatu) weighed in at 7% ABV, as it drinks and feels like
something much lighter in terms of taste and weight. The mouthfeel is a
little thin, though its lightly carbonated which makes it quite smooth.
Though the peppery flavor takes some getting used to, I found myself
drinking this in smaller sips as I went on.