Friday, May 9, 2014

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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1096) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 9, 2014

I poured a 12oz can into a goblet. It was canned on 1/30/14 and given to me from a friend (thanks, Jesse!).

Appearance: Apricot hue of golden orange. Extremely hazy, though no sediment chunks are visible. Pours to a small, white, soapy head which laces and retains well.

Smell: Light nose of citrus and a mild herbal component.

Taste: This is my second time trying Cigar City’s “Hopped on the High Seas” series of experimental hop IPAs. I have to say, that Hop #529 is much tastier than the Kohatu, which was extremely cedar-like. In this case, it’s more of a mild New England-style herbal or spicy component. The palette as a whole is not that complex, light and amber malts create for a strong backbone. The hop is bitter to be sure, but not intense – just a consistent bitterness with actual flavor. Orange is a prominent flavor up front, though there’s a hint of pepper on the finish. This isn’t especially unique or innovative, but at the very least it’s a good, solid IPA.

Drinkability: The mouthfeel to Cigar City Hopped on the High Seas (Hop #529) is exactly what you want in an IPA: bigger bodied, slightly crisp, but still with a smooth texture. Some mild dry bitterness in the aftertaste, but easily tolerable. It doesn’t seem to be quite as big as a 7% ABV brew, but there’s nothing obese about it, either. 
Grade: 7/10

1 comment:

  1. Westmere has this with the Calypso hops right now (yes really). I bought it yesterday. Not a fan, way too oniony for me. The community agreed it seems.