Beer Review: CIGAR CITY CORONADO THE LAST SPIKE

Beer Review: CIGAR CITY CORONADO THE LAST SPIKE

DAN Beer Reviews introduces the Cigar City Coronado The Last Spike, a collaboration between Coronado Brewing and Cigar City Brewing. This Not-So-Common IPA brings a fusion of styles, showcasing California Common with heightened hop presence, debuting in Florida and making its way to select beer retailers in Southern California.

Style Fusion and Unique Balance

The Last Spike presents a distinctive blend of California Common with intensified hop characteristics, allowing its IPA qualities to shine. Despite having more maltiness than hoppiness as a California Common, the finish boasts a pronounced American-style hop aroma. Head brewer Ryan Brooks’s “San Diego-ized” touch incorporates significant malts and dry-hopping, resulting in an earthy, fresh aroma in each pour.

Tasting Notes

In a 750 ml. bottle poured into a goblet, The Last Spike reveals a copper hue with a quickly subsided white head. The aroma leans towards fruity hops, dominated by sweet citrus over pine, accompanied by sweet and toasted malt notes. The taste experience unfolds with mild American C hops, presenting a fruity and dank profile without excessive bitterness. Toasty caramel malts contribute to a balanced flavor, finishing with a medium bitterness.

Mouthfeel and Overall Impressions

The beer exhibits a full-bodied character with average carbonation, contributing to a satisfying mouthfeel. Contrary to expectations, the reviewer expresses a positive surprise, admitting to enjoying The Last Spike more than anticipated. Even for those not typically fond of Common/Steam Beer, the infusion of ample hops proves transformative, turning this collaboration into a genuinely tasty experience.

Modern Table

AttributeDetails
PublisherDAN Beer Reviews
GenreIPA
Print LengthNot specified
ISBNNot specified

In conclusion, Cigar City Coronado The Last Spike emerges as a successful collaboration, challenging preconceptions and delivering a flavorful experience that surpasses expectations, proving that a well-executed infusion of hops can redefine taste preferences.