Big Apple IPA - Cigar City Brewing
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Ratings: 34 | Reviews: 15 | Display Reviews Only:
4.15/5 rDev -2.1%
Pours a reddish brown with a two finger head and crazy lacing. Aroma is hops and apples, maybe a little cinnamon in the back. Taste follows the nose. Apples, cinnamon and hops blend so well together it makes you wonder why this isn't done more often. Smooth and really easy to drink, I love it!
10-15-2011 03:29:51 | More by jcartamdg
4.2/5 rDev -0.9%
Pours a hazy orange with a half inch white head. It has moderate head retention.
Smells like hops and apple pie. I love the nose on this beer.
It tastes great. Its a very unique beer. Hops upfront followed by apple pie and cinnamon on the finish. Definitely some fresh apple in there. I agree with the previous reviewer that the apple compliments the hops perfectly.
This beer feels light and refreshing. It is the perfect fall beer. I would rather drink this over any pumpkin beer. As a side note I love Deciccos but there growler fills are not cheap.
10-13-2011 22:49:37 | More by Demer
3.88/5 rDev -8.5%
Pours like apple juice with a nice head.
This is a little light on the nose for an IPA. Some apple, light fruit, and pear. Good, but not what I expect from CCB.
The taste is also on the light side, but it works. Apples, pear, sweet fruit, more apples.
The feel is nice and full as I come to expect from a CCB beer.
Overall this is a light, refreshing, and drinkable beer. Good for summer.
10-11-2011 15:42:13 | More by RomaniIteDomum
3.93/5 rDev -7.3%
Poured from a 16oz swingtop growler from Decicco's Ardsley into a Lawson's pint glass. Shared with my pops.
Pour yields a 2 finer sticky light cream head with moderate retention. Beer is a cloudy, dark peach-brown. Lacing is stringy and web-like and clings closely to the top of the brew. Not a great looking beer, especially given the style.
Nose is citrus hops, cinnamon sugar, and fresh apple slices. Moderately aromatic and simple but very appetizing.
Opens citrus hop bitterness balanced out nicely by notes of apple pie filling, cinnamon sugar, and cane sugar. Fresh apple slices in the middle. Spiceness towards the middle and end with a very well balanced overall hop-malt profile. Finishes spicy with hints of apple skin. Aftertaste is apple skin and a resin hop bitterness. Really tasty. The apple sweetness complements the hop presence very well here.
Light bodied with ample carbonation. Aggressive and prickly in the mouth and refreshingly crisp going down. Finish is accented with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Average.
While CCB's imperial stouts get a lot of hype and attention, I personally think that its their ipas that really shine. This one is a prime example. The apple chosen here perfectly complements the other ipa flavors and this one just goes down easily and provides tons of refreshments. Glad they made this one for NYC beer week.
10-10-2011 00:21:18 | More by SpeedwayJim
4/5 rDev -5.7%
Thank you RomaniIteDomum - you are a great trader!
Pours that apple juice color that suggests a malty IPA. Nice off-white head. The smell is somewhat oddly muted. Nose is slightly sweet malts with a hint of hoppiness. The malt sweetness has the slightest sense of apple, which fits in this situation. The taste is very interesting. It is clearly strongly hopped, and yet the hoppiness is pushed to the back by a strong apple maltiness. The apple is pretty apparent, and if you told me apple wasn't involved in the brewing process, I'd hang up my palette. I guess the power of suggestion could be strong. I think this beer would flounder with age, but it is enjoyable right now. Good carbonation and a nice, slightly sweet, but not cloying mouthfeel. Overall, I am enjoying this beer and very glad I got to try it. It is, by definition to me, a B+ beer that I would definitely drink again.
10-07-2011 22:34:53 | More by seeswo
4.03/5 rDev -5%
Thanks Chris for cracking this open!
Pours a slightly hazy maroon orange. A pretty colour. Sme nice white head. Looks pretty.
Smells apply and not really hoppy. A odd combination. Tastes apple heavy And malty. The apple masks the hops. Sweetness is pretty strong. Well carbonated. Overall i enjoy this a lot more than i expected to
10-07-2011 21:15:04 | More by Urbancaver
4.18/5 rDev -1.4%
hello: a buddy from tampa went home over break and brought me back a growler of this stuff direct from the brew tour! i may not have said this before, but jai alai ipa is currently one of my very favorites, let's add apple!
appearance: good, clear red copper. perhaps a bit darker than average for the style.
smell: mostly like an ipa, hops and all that, but with distinct fresh apple. maybe cinnamon too? not quite the "oh god, that's a liquid pie" response you get from say a pumpking, but the ingredients are there.
taste: delicious. jai alai ipa with a distinct bite of fresh apple hanging out with the hops. the cinnamon from the nose is not really there until the verrry end. like an afterthought of cinnamon. like someone shows you a picture of a cinnamon stick just after you've taken a hearty quaff.
mouthfeel: perfectly carbonated, good head retention, smooth, just a bit "sticky".
overall: as far as i'm concerned, cigar city is the best of the best for florida microbrews. they have endless varieties of their ipa, and a few wierd things involving guavas. i need to branch me out and find something pumpkin-y from them. i'd say try and get this apple ipa somewhere, but unless you're in tampa, it's probably unlikely. i've never even seen this in daytona, a mere 2 hours away.
10-03-2011 21:12:03 | More by jimboween
4.03/5 rDev -5%
$9.99 for a 32 ounce grolwer fill (not cheap) at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.
Pours a nice warm shade of auburn, pretty clear, under a thick, dense and lasting medium tan head. Leaves all sorts of sheeting, and scattered lacing. Nice looking beer.
Nose reveals the advertized spicing, and this is a well spiced up offering. In general it smells like an apple pie. Which is not a real bad thing just sort of a strange thing for an "IPA".
Smell pretty much covers the taste, more of the same. Medium carbonation and body. Spiced apples is the story here. Based on the name, they hit the mark. Tasty and enjoyable enough stuff. With the alcohol not noticable. Cigar City clearly knows how to make a quality product.
Sort of a fall/thanksgiving style IPA. Better then a lot of the pumkin infused offerings that seem to flood the market at this time of year.
09-28-2011 23:31:52 | More by Billolick
4.33/5 rDev +2.1%
From 09/26/11 notes. Had this on tap at The Ginger Man in NYC yesterday. Menu said 7.0% ABV, served in a pint glass.
a - Pours a hazy dark orange color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Some nice head retention and lots of lacing left on the glass.
s - Smells of cinnamon, apples, fruity malts, and light citrus hops. Cinnamon is strong and not a ton of hops, but very enjoyable. Apples come through more in the nose as it warms up.
t - Tastes of cinnamon, nutmeg, bready malts, apples, fruity malts, and light fruity hops. Again, a ton of cinnamon and nutmeg. Not reminding me of an IPA at all, but tastes great either way.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy, and easy to drink.
o - Overall I thought this was a really good beer, but not very ipa-ish. I thought it was a fantastic fall beer and has a ton of nutmeg and cinnamon, like a pumpkin beer, and the apples come through very nicely in the taste. Would like to try it again sometime.
09-27-2011 20:37:30 | More by mdfb79
Big Apple IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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