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El Monstruo Lúpulo - Cigar City Brewing

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90
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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 7.18%
Wants: 7
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Cigar City’s new Rare Beer Club-exclusive IIPA is a hefty, highly focused beer which has spent some careful aging time on both Spanish cedar and spruce – the result going way beyond the imperialized version of the cedar-aged Jai Alai we first imagined. But it still sings like that beer does: revolving around the careful marriage of wood and hops.

(Beer added by: smithj4 on 07-13-2014)
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Ratings: 45 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
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4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a hazed, medium-toned orange body with a medium-sized, leisurely receding, whitish head.

Smell: Displays an aroma that's very enjoyable, if you like the hops displaying a rich, bounding fruitiness. Very citrusy, very tropical and altogether juicy. Some lightly caramelly, bready malts present, along with additional notes of zippy cedar, subtle pine, and green herb.

Taste: A light caramel maltiness quickly weighed down to the hoppy depths with an exceptional fruitiness. Vibrant tangerine, orange, grapefruit, pineapple and cantaloupe laced with a blistering, piney resinicity and dense herbal back note. Medium-high bitterness aided by some alcohol warmth. Spicy cedar wood, as within the nose, is present albeit restrained, but with such a zestful fruitiness present, it's understandable. Juicy, fruity finish, a little acidic and still a bit sweet, though the bitterness and alcohol warmth steer us in a drier direction at its closing moments.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. At times a bit chewy, at others a bit oily, but an overall smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: Monstruo Lúpulo is positively brimming and bursting with hop flavors of the fruity nature, it's a mighty fine imp'd-up IPA.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 10, 2014
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A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with a healthy quarter finger high white head that has good retention properties and hardly died down and left lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops and cedar wood are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of citrusy hops—grapefruit stands out in particular—along with notes of cedar and spruce from the woof aging.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the the palate and has a moderate moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This tastes a lot like a souped up version of Cigar City's Jai Alai IPA and has a nice balance between the hops and wood.

metter98, Aug 02, 2014
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A: Pours a hazed orange hue with 1 inch frothy white head that quickly dissipates. Moderate lacing persists throughout.
S: Soft grapefruit and pine, fresh melon, white pepper, spruce, and a hint of cedar.
T: Soft and sweet grapefruit hits first, quickly followed by strong pine hops and spruce in the mid-palate, and finishing with a sweet, almost fruity, cedar note. Hint of mango and white pepper in there too. I love the taste progression here. Additional citrus notes emerge with warming...namely orange and tangerine. A berry note too emerges. Soft toasted malt backbone is present, but well in the background. This may be a bit odd to say, but burping after having a swig of this one produces a quite pleasant sweet spruce note.
M: Medium body. Amazingly soft and smooth for such a hop-forward IIPA. Moderately astringent. Finishes sweetly dry. Taste lingers nicely on the palate with even more spruce coming through in the finish. Alcohol is present, but overall well hidden (especially given the ABV).
D: Highly refreshing and drinkable. A very well constructed brew with good complexity. I love the taste transitions across the palate. Seek it out!

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This beer is fabulous. I received it in my Rare Beer of the Month package on Monday. Spanish Cedar has been one of my favorite woods since I can remember, and the taste REALLY sticks out in this. Grapefruitty smell and taste, with a huge sent of Spanish cedar. It was extremely fresh and delicious. Little head on initial pour, and a very smooth, low carbonation brew. Worth every penny.

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El Monstruo Lúpulo from Cigar City Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.