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Humidor Series American Sour Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 11
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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Reviews by itsscience:
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4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

itsscience, Apr 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

CRon_T, Apr 26, 2014
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3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Alieniloquium, May 13, 2014
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HoldenDurden, May 21, 2014
Photo of jegross2
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

jegross2, Jun 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


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.

JulioH, May 19, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

rlee1390, Jul 05, 2014
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Humidor Series American Sour Ale from Cigar City Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.