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Improv (Improvisación) Oatmeal Rye India-Style Brown Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Improv (Improvisación) Oatmeal Rye India-Style Brown AleImprov (Improvisación) Oatmeal Rye India-Style Brown Ale

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85
very good

357 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 357
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.96%
Wants: 39
Gots: 57 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
What you have here is an Oatmeal Rye India-style Brown Ale. Now you might be thinking oatmeal, rye, brown ale, India-style; isn’t that a lot to be going on in just one beer? Well yes, it is. But that is the point. Layers. Flavor elements building on and playing off of preceding elements, like a building wave; a growing crescendum of taste bud temptation; a wall of sound expressed through flavor and channeled toward your mouth. This beer isn’t for everyone. In many ways it is more than just a little weird. It certainly doesn’t fit easily into any category. It isn’t a brown ale, not just a brown ale anyway. It certainly isn’t an IPA. Calling it a rye beer would be selling it way short. In the spirit of all great things that are conceived in the moment, but perfected through passionate repetition it started life as an improvisation and grew from there. And it might not be for you. But if the thought of big spicy rye notes, a wallop of a hop punch, multitudinous layers of caramel, sweet malt and a respectable balancing gravity sound intriguing then you might want to wing it and give Improv a try.

60 IBU

(Beer added by: tpd975 on 03-29-2009)
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Floydster

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4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle acquired in a trade with tpd975, thanks again Greg for sending this, split with a friend Friday night, reviewed from notes, drank from a flute glass, color is dark brown with some orange tones at the bottom of the glass, looked a bit like a black and tan, one inch off white head that is pretty foamy, aroma consists of piney hops, floral accents, earthiness, almonds, cashews, whole grains, bread, roastiness, light brown sugar, and mild hidden citrus, flavor starts off with a nice dry hop flavor, roasted malts and toasted bread in the middle, finishes dry and the oatmeal and rye combination actually sticks out, aftertaste is piney hops mixed with chewy malts, does not change much more as it warms, but already very complex, dry, chewy, roasty, toasty, and hoppy mouthfeel, medium bodied on the thicker side, moderate carbonation, taste lingers a good amount of time, pretty light on the stomach, nine percent is hidden great, goes down like a standard IPA but is really much more as far as flavor profile goes, one of the more interesting beers I have had in a long time, my friend hit on the head when he said it tastes like a heavily hopped blend of an oatmeal stout, rye IPA, and nutty brown ale, it might be for all I know about the brew, would definitely drink again though, recommended

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 20:41:53 | More by Floydster
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Improv (Improvisación) Oatmeal Rye India-Style Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.