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El Monstruo Lúpulo - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 6.68%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | 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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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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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!

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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.

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El Monstruo Lúpulo from Cigar City Brewing
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