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Humidor Series American Sour Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Humidor Series American Sour AleHumidor Series American Sour Ale

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

99 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 8
Gots: 16 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 04-10-2014)
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Ratings: 99 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by itsscience:
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itsscience

Florida

4.34/5  rDev +7.2%

Served hazy orange with a short white head. The nose brings a fresh ripe peach, squeezed lemon, floral and herbal hops, and a hint of cedar wood. Drinking it, there's a consistent level of sourness throughout that is high enough to be interesting and low enough to avoid Warhead territory. It has notes of granny smith apples, lemons, Tang powder, black pepper, and a real grapefruit juice taste. Not "kinda sorta reminds me of grapefruit" but like poking a hole in a grapefruit and drinking from it. There's a nice hint of cedar in the finish and again in the aftertaste. The beer has a medium mouthfeel with low carbonation, which is good because the sourness makes it prickly enough.

04-23-2014 07:05:44 | More by itsscience
More User Reviews:
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CRon_T

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.2%

04-26-2014 14:00:00 | More by CRon_T
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jokermanboy

Florida

5/5  rDev +23.5%

04-11-2014 00:20:35 | More by jokermanboy
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johnyb

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

04-14-2014 14:17:09 | More by johnyb
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

04-19-2014 20:22:42 | More by acurtis
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.93/5  rDev -3%

On tap at Vine & Barley Palm City. Served in a snifter.

Appearance - Deep orange. Huge white head. Beautiful lacing inside the glass. Medium collar.

Smell - Smells like a fresh grapefruit. Lots of cedar. A little musty.

Taste - Tastes like grapefruit, too. Lots of cedar, but it comes more in the aftertaste. It has a moderate sourness. Woody finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, despite the low ABV. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Straightforward grapefruit and cedar. Thankfully, they work well together.

05-13-2014 20:37:20 | More by Alieniloquium
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blindpiggie

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

08-19-2014 17:40:31 | More by blindpiggie
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cyrushire

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

04-27-2014 04:36:47 | More by cyrushire
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kbuzz

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

07-07-2014 16:34:20 | More by kbuzz
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TheSamKuehn

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

06-29-2014 22:44:29 | More by TheSamKuehn
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HoldenDurden

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%

05-21-2014 20:06:26 | More by HoldenDurden
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jegross2

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +9.4%

Reviewing the Humidor Series American Sour Ale, a wild ale aged on Spanish cedar from Cigar City Brewing out of Tampa, Florida.

Score: 94

2014 vintage bottle served in a mini wine goblet and enjoyed on 06/04/14. Thank you Jon for sharing this treat.

Appearance: Pours a honey-amber color with a thin fizz of head that quickly settles to a ring around the glass. Poor lacing, okay retention. 3/5

Smell: Bright, lemony cedar and grapefruit! A faint waft of funk. A bit of grassiness too. 4.5/5

Taste: Cedar hits first, and lasts throughout as a nice backbone underlying tart lemon, grapefruit juice, and black pepper. Lasting cedar-y finish. Everything here integrates well. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, appropriate carbonation. Nice sour zing on the mid-palate, but it is not bracingly sour. Juicy mouthfeel and finish. 4.5/5

Overall: Different, strange, and delicious! You would not think cedar would marry so nicely with a sour/wild ale, but it really does when done right like it is here. This was unexpectedly excellent brew and a great addition to Cigar City's 2014 release lineup. I will definitely be revisiting this one in the future.

Cost: $10 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

06-05-2014 06:07:12 | More by jegross2
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jivex5k

Florida

5/5  rDev +23.5%

04-24-2014 00:02:34 | More by jivex5k
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DerrickW

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

07-10-2014 00:53:00 | More by DerrickW
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JulioH

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

SOUR.

Tastes like cider with lime juice on it. I found it to be a bit too acidic for me.

Pours a nice yellow beer. Smells like limes, sour, maybe lambic. Taste is straightforward. No magic. It could easily be sold as cider. Strong taste of lime and grapefruit. I tasted no depth, like barrels or funky yeasts. A light beer that could pass like chardonnay.

05-19-2014 05:12:19 | More by JulioH
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

A-Semi cloudy orange, slight carbonation and a one finger head that lingers.

S-Grapefruit and Cedar. Lots of both. Some grass and very slight tartness. But mainly grapefruit and cedar.

T-Graprefruit. And Cedar. Lots of both. Starts with the grapefruit and ends with the cedar. more tart than sour.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation, crisp almost dry finish.

O-Not really balanced as the cedar and grapefruit are in your face but good nonetheless. If it was a tad bit more sour the beer would be greatly improved.

07-05-2014 02:47:55 | More by rlee1390
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coachrummy

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

04-12-2014 03:23:35 | More by coachrummy
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BGsWo22

New York

4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-11-2014 01:53:39 | More by BGsWo22
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hopkrid

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.2%

04-13-2014 21:05:13 | More by hopkrid
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Oliversarmy1085

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

07-01-2014 21:08:29 | More by Oliversarmy1085
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Imperial_Sapient_Groat

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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TonyY

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

06-10-2014 09:35:31 | More by TonyY
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jorrx003

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

07-30-2014 01:32:45 | More by jorrx003
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CraftBeerFTW

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

08-04-2014 00:22:09 | More by CraftBeerFTW
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev -3.5%

Thanks cousin Sonny for hooking me up with this one.

A- Split into four pint glasses for our tasting with a slightly hazy, fairly clear for a sour, deep golden body. A white head forms to about one finger with a foamy texture. Cap falls after a few moments to a thick ring and nice islands in the middle. Lacing starts with a thick pillow but only a few spots below that.

S- Cedar cigar boxes explode out of the bottle and glass immediately reminding me of the boxes I used to make homebrew stir bars. Just pure, fresh spicy cedar invading the nostrils. Musty, dusty old cigars really come to mind for me with some citrus and tart lemons.

T- Compared to the nose, this is a whole other beer for this portion. The cedar is still dominant up front and lingers in the finish but between it changes. After the initial cedar fades I get a blast of grapefruit citrus and sourness like biting into a fresh lemon. Other hints of passion fruit, vinegar, spice, gin, herbs and musty cigars (its hard to separate the two).

MF- Light-medium bodied with a fizzy and silky texture. Carbonation is medium-high. Fairly high sours linger like lemon juice on the palate.

This beer is... interesting. I enjoy the taste quite a bit but the cedar is certainly out of control in the aroma and dominant in the flavor. I like the lemon, grapefruit citrus sours and they work well with the cedar.

06-08-2014 19:23:36 | More by cbutova
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Humidor Series American Sour Ale from Cigar City Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.