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.