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Brew Bus Brewing Last Stop IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 8.68%
Wants: 5
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: shand on 10-27-2013

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Ratings: 179 | Reviews: 21
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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With a kiss of citrus, why would any Florida brewer do anything less than a beer with citrusy influence? But Cigar City knows their vernacular ways and joins the path of their fruity origins and also the trends of which craft beer followers are drinking.

True to form, the ale pours with a hazy golden orange color. Beautiful with its diffused back light, the ale sheds a creamy blanket of foam which bridges its surface edge to edge. Long lasting in its foam stance, the ale trails with spotted leopard prints against the glass with each fleeting sip.

And those citrusy aspirations are known immediately as bright and saturated citrus character capture the scent of white and pink grapefruit with all its tangy glory. Freshly zested oranges, lemon peels and lime all fold into the sharp hoppiness while the malty scents rise from beneath with mild bread, caramel and honeycomb biscotti

What follows is an early sweetness of honey and caramel that is thin and subdued. But while its bready structure reign true afterwards, its sweetness halts and allows the hops to command its taste thereafter. Turning citrusy with grapefruit, lemon and orange in taste, the ale continues to dry as the hops develop from citrus and toward pine and grass- in the most pleasant sharpness possible to finish.

What was creamy and semi-sweet early quickly turns dry and resinous late as the ale sheds its residual sweetness and espresses its bubbles. What's left behind is a sharp acidity from hops and a resinous bittering that enhances dryness and drinkability.

It doesn't matter what anyone in Florida does to try to capture its down-home taste, but simply put- this beer wins that game! I hope I can find it everytime I visit the Sunshine State- this beer easily lives up to its aspirations!

Photo of chinchill
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

7% ABV listed on the 12oz can.

Pours a medium amber color with a very good white head.

Fairly strong aroma features citrus and herbal hops. Would rate higher but too much pine resin with the citrus and herbal notes.

Flavor reflects grapefruit and other citrus aspects and, like the aroma, is rather herbal. Better, however.

Lively carbonation with a palpable presence from the hops.

O: an IPA for hop heads.

Photo of SomethingClever
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can dated 9/26/14 poured into a brandy snifter

A: light pour so not much of a head, dark gold color with fair clarity

S: grapefruit rind, oranges, a little bready

T: a little fruit on the front of the tongue then more bready and herbal hops taste finishes fairly clean with maybe some cracker taste like saltines do on the back end

M: light doesn't linger finishes clean

O: it's a very balanced IPA it's not too anything it's right down the middle and that's not necessarily a bad thing maybe a touch more fruit as it warms

Photo of StevenMilligan
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Murky golden yellow, with sediment. Big foamy white head, with considerable lacing.

S: Pineapple, tropical fruit. This is a delight.

T: Light and refreshing. Not overly complex, but this IPA does it right. Pineapple again, sweet subtle malt, with a slightly bitter finish.

F: Well carbonated.

O: This IPA just gets it right. It's not perpluxing you with its intricate malty backbone or sticky resin hops. It light, floral and dangerously drinkable. I could drink this daily! I undoubtedly got a fresh can living just over two hours away from Cigar City. I like Jai Alai, I love Last Stop.

Photo of tone77
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%

A big thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is full of citrus hops. Taste is hoppy, citrus, some bitterness, very smooth and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, despite the abv, is a beer I could easily go through several of.

Photo of rlee1390
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Semi cloudy yellow orange, not much carbonation, one finger head that leaves some lacing.

S-Some malt, tad bit of citrus but not much carbonation.

T-Rather malty, too malty, some citrus and a tad bit of hops.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation.

O-Less than three months old when I had it but it seemed too malty for my tastes.

Photo of CHickman
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour from the can into a pint glass, the brew was hazy yellow gold color with a lot a sediment floating around which made it look like beach water leading up to a thick foamy 2 finger off white head that was full of bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving great spotty lacing and foamy rings as it went down. The yeast sediment looked like it was suspended animation as none of the specs moved, it was a great looking beer from the can that left a foamy layer on top.

Smells of bright fresh citrus with a fruity mix of tangerine, orange, lemon, grapefruit pith, piney hops, fruity candy, biscuit and some other fruits like mango or papaya. Not much in the way of balance, but the fruit was so fresh and delicious smelling that it was wonderful to inhale. It was like being in an orange grove.

Taste was almost identical to the nose but there was more malt and graham cracker in the mix that worked well with the fresh citrus hops and fruity mix of tangerine, grapefruit, orange, lemon, piney hops, fruity candy like Razzles, biscuit, caramel, light brown sugar, mango, honey and some mild spices that are herbal like tea leaf. Balance is much better and the bitterness is very light, letting the bready hop sweetness combo fade together on the dry side. The sweetness and citrus linger on, but this ends clean and easy.

Mouthfeel is smooth and kind of creamy, with very mild carbonation, a medium body that has some chewy moments, and a nice easy finish that's on the dry side.

This beer was a gamble since I had never heard of it, but my local beer guy said that Cigar City made this and suggested I try it since he knows I love IPA's. I'm very glad I followed his advice since this was a very tasty IPA that hides the 7.2% ABV perfectly and is so smooth that it is a definite session beer for me. Really, really good stuff. Get on the bus and grab a six pack, this brew won't disappoint.

Photo of shand
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Alright, here we have the first official beer from the re-christened Brew Bus Brewing. I didn't add them as a seperate entity because it's brewed at CCB, Brew Bus considers CCB their address, and it's a recipe from the lead brewer at CCB. And let me tell you, this is the best new East Coast-style IPA I've had in a long time. People are so strung up with the west-coast IPA craze that they're ignoring their maltier brothers. It'd be a shame to ignore this one, because it's an awesome beer that has a huge East Coast style hopping helped out by just a touch of Citra to give it a modern flair. The malty backbone makes its presence known and is a pivotal part of this beer's flavor, and it's remarkably well integrated. It's rare that I write reviews these days, but this beer deserves one since I feel that it will be criminally under-appreciated. If you still dig East Coast style IPAs, do yourself a favor and pick up a sixer of Last Stop.

Photo of Evango
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

average. canned one month. probably better fresh.

Photo of mikeg67
3.47/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Pours golden, with long lasting, fluffy, white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy and piney hops, biscuit malt and orange. Body is full and tangy. Biscuit malt, citrusy hops and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Some taste of cooked vegetables. Finish is long and dry. There are plenty of better IPAs.

Photo of MPSTARR
3.27/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

No tropical notes with this offering, probably due to the age. Was canned six months ago. Will definitely try again with a fresher date.

Photo of jopezu
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

single can into a wine glass (damn rental house). reminds me very much of jai alai, but with a lemongrass citrus undertone instead of jai alai's orange note. otherwise, a similarly terrific ipa.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LOOK: Out of the can comes a light pale yellow colored brew with a slight haze. Sticky white head forms and leaves spotty lacing on the glass.

SMELL: Raw grapefruit, pine, herb, pith. Pretty fantastic aroma if you're in the mood for an IPA. Citrusy, tropical, and inviting.

TASTE: The taste is piney, bitter and grapefruit like. Light malt body allows citrus, herb, pine and resin to dance on the palate. Bitter yet refreshing. Very enjoyable.

FEEL: Full bodied, well carbonated, semi dry with a hop bite and amply crisp. The kind of beer an IPA lover could drink all day, as it is uber drinkable.

OVERALL: Another impressive beer from Cigar CIty. Really solid IPA that would be my go to if available.

Photo of dar482
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a hazy light orange.

The aroma has orange candy, with some resinous dank quality in the back.

On the flavor, there's light green vegetal qualities in the front, with some bitterness, almost of escarole, heavy floral notes. A medium breadiness in the middle. On the back is grapefruit pith with a medium plus bitterness on the back, verging on astringency.

A well made IPA that almost reminds me of Jai Alai.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pitted snow foam that laces over hazy golden sunshine. 4.25
Sugared grapefruit, mashed papaya and pineapple - intoxicating, if slightly greasy. 4.25
Sugar cookies, then tangerine, spruce, and grapefruit rind. 4
Overripe peach end and powdery bitterness that cuts hard.
Lt-med, dry, salty. 4

Magnum, Centennial, and Columbus

Throw Lagunitas shapes to see, which is promising. And it follows through, but where Lag goes juicy, this heads for the IBUs. And there’s a slightly queasy rotten-fruit aspect to the hopping which I’ve had before - just too much oil? But balanced and citrussy and all that, still. If Florida is a poor man’s California, then so is this. 3.75

Photo of JackMcAwesome
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I always give a glance at the cigar city brewing section of my local bottle shop just to see if I find something new. Then a couple of days ago, there it was.

A shiny silver can, with those blasted hard plastic tops holding the six together. Brew Bus Brewing. I'm not really into the comings and goings of the brewing world, but I was curious... what is this? It says "Brewed and canned by Cigar City Brewing, Tampa, FL for The Brew Bus, Tampa, FL." Auto-grab for me, as I love to support the local guys if I can.

After fighting the can off of the dreaded plastic do-hicky (What? I can't figure the thing out man!) I poured this into my pint glass. A nice frothy two finger head. Light golden in color. Throughout the session, the lacing was optimal.

Smell: The usual suspects here. Citrus, grapefruit, and floral notes. Nothing that stands out, but it lasted throughout. It never fell off, which is always awesome in my book.

Taste: The first thing that struck me was the balance. Bitter? Yes. But it has a very good malty backing that really makes it sweet at the end.

Feel: Very light in feel. If I were comparing it to say Jai Alai, where it has a bit of heaviness to it, in all it's awesome glory, this has a lot in common with that, but the feel. Very light textured, and for it being a 7% brew, there was nothing noticed on the abv. A very sneaky brew to be sure.

Overall: I'd be interested to know more about how involved CCB is with this, as it taste, to me anyway, very much like a Jai Alai. The feel is the only thing that was different. Next time, I'm going to grab a six of both and do a side-by-side. But either way, another great addition for us Florida guys and gals!

Photo of jkrich
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a freshness dated 12 oz. can: slightly hazy, orange-yellow hue with a foamy, sustained white-head. According to the can, this IPA is from the "Brew Bus Brewing" but it is canned by Cigar City Brewing. If you review the Brew Bus website, it is a company that specializes in brewery tours....In any event, this is a very good, refreshing ale.

Upon opening the can there was a fresh explosion of mellow tropical fruit and tangy malt. The ale was canned a couple of months ago, but the aroma is strongly indicative of freshness.

The flavor is very balanced with bittersweet tropical fruit and a pleasing malt in the aftertaste. I could not detect much pine in the hop profile, only citrus. The lingering bitterness complements the sweetness of the malt.

The body is rather light and thirst-quenching with moderate carbonation and clean mouth feel.

At 7.2 % ABV this is a dangerously drinkable IPA; I finished the can in very little time and immediately opened a second. Since Brew Bus Brewing is not actually a brewery, Cigar City Brewing has created and brewed another excellent IPA to complement their superb Jai Alai IPA.

Photo of BMMillsy
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Trade from burg. Thanks bud! Had this right after downing a bottle of Alpine Nelson so hopefully that didn't wreck my palate too badly. Can pours into my tulip a pretty golden copper with a massive white fluffy head and lots of lacing. Nice biscuit malts and vegetal hops on the aroma, good bit of grass, hay, and some pine. Sweet bready malt is prominent with the backdrop of sweet, yet vegetal grassy hops. Light on the bitterness but it is there. A bit on the earthy side and rather pleasant overall. Medium carbonation, light mouthfeel. Solid brew.

Photo of JRed
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%

Pours dirty gold with a mound of sugary head. Smells of zesty tropical fruit, Belgian yeast, and spices. Flavors of tropical fruit such as pineapple, mango, spiciness, grass, and hop bitterness and mild booze flavor. Medium bodies with medium carbonation.

Photo of worussell3
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Solid IPA

Photo of babaracas
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light amber with huge white head. settles slowly to
a thin layer, firehose spray of lace all down the glass. Smell: light biscuit with a sweet stone fruit note, highly floral with pops of sweetened citrus. It could be cranked up some, but it's nice. Taste: grapefruit, pine note, lime, leafy, light biscuit and melon- like sweetness in the back. Sticky finish. Drinks more like 5% than 7. nice.

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Brew Bus Brewing Last Stop IPA from Cigar City Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.