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El Monstruo Lúpulo - Cigar City Brewing

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El Monstruo LúpuloEl Monstruo Lúpulo

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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.05%
Wants: 5
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:
Beer added by: smithj4 on 07-13-2014

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.
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Ratings: 59 | Reviews: 9
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Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of mwilbur
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
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!

Photo of mikeg67
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle. Pours hazy orange with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy, piney hops, orange marmalade and caramel malt. Body is full and crisp. Citrusy, piney hops, reach caramel malt and tropical fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long, dry, and grapefruity. Delicious brew.

Photo of nmann08
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a bottle, pours a bright orange color with a full active head.

The nose is heavy malt and citrus, pine, pineapple and very faint wood. The flavor is very strong pine, spruce and resin, bitter citrus rinds, great malt backbone. A very bitter, clean finish that dries out your mouth. This is pretty tasty and an interesting spin on the DIPA.

Photo of Tbud
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Dope
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 7/1/14

A: Pours a lightly hazy gold. Very tall and frothy light tan head. Top notch head retention. Light but plentiful lacing.

S: Well, woody and hoppy. Smells a lot like spruce? Is it pine trees, or piney hops? I'm not even sure. The bottle mentions Spanish cedar as well but I'm honestly not sure what that smells like (East coaster here). Quite a bit of sweet malt balances out the hoppy and woody aroma.

T: Taste is much hoppier than the aroma. Huh, surprisingly good combination. Lots of spicy pine up front, immediately married with spruce. A touch of sweet orange. Nice sweet caramel malt in the finish but it's mostly overpowered by the hoppiness. Bitter pine, spruce and a little bit of earthiness carry into the aftertaste, leaving quite a dry and lasting impression.

M: Nice medium body, a little heavy but this IS almost 10%

O: A nice unique DIPA. I've had some wood-aged IPAs and they are usually not very good (I'm looking at you, Great Divide anniversary series). This isn't a big west-coast style IPA either. It has a strong hop presence but it's tempered by the wood and by the substantial malt. It ends up well balanced overall. Surprisingly well balanced. The wood really accentuates the hops instead of overpowering the beer like so many do. Well done, Cigar City.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.77/5  rDev -8%

-Bottle- Poured a kinda hazy, orange color. Head is well done. The aroma is, to me, slightly oxidized. Hops seem to be fading in the nose a bit. It's still pretty hop-forward in the nose. Citrus and pine. I guess I get the spruce but actual, vivid wood aromas I seem to have trouble picking out. The flavor is tasty. The impression of the wood used with this beer is subtle to me. I get some rich, yet not very intense hop flavors. Citrus, tropical fruit and pine. Some hop-spice. Generous malt that is of the paler variety. The worst part of this beer is the wily alcohol sting. This beer does not hide it's booze very well. A rich, sipper of a an Imperial IPA.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

750ml bottle handed to me by my friend, Jacob, at Liquor Shed.

It pours a hazy peach colour with a 1" head of foam that's just sitting there. Doing nothing! Hold on, it's shrinking slowly...enough for me to see some nice lacing.

Gawd, the smell. Plenty of spruce there, just like the label says. But I also notice some varied fruits here and a good solid aroma of caramel malt.

Whoa, it's tasting fine! Spruce tips are maximized with a lighter note of pine and fruit but the finish is something else. VERY woody! I almost expect to be spitting out sawdust when I finish this beauty. Bitter, yes. Malty, yes. Balanced, no but it's not needed here.

Near if not full bodied, the carbonation is respectfully not overboard.

Oh and no alcohol in the taste whatsoever.

This is just bloody amazing.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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El Monstruo Lúpulo from Cigar City Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.