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Tropical Heatwave Wheat Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Tropical Heatwave Wheat AleTropical Heatwave Wheat Ale

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BA SCORE
80
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119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: babaracas on 03-07-2012)
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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Cgscub, Jul 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

DIPADude01, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of babaracas
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw color with dense, pillowy two finger white head, settles to a quarter inch leaving a sheet of delicate lace down the glass. Smell: tropical fruit, whole grapefruit, floral, somewhat weedy/vegetal. Taste: lemon juice, grapefruit rind, tropical fruit notes (passion fruit juice?), buttery wheat cracker. Medium+ bodied, fluffy/creamy feel. Interesting, tasty, and refreshing are adjectives that could describe this beer. Bottled Feb 24, 2012.

babaracas, Mar 07, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. The head settles slowly and leaves extremely thick lace on the glass.

S - Some slightly spicy wheat and a touch of pine hops.

T - Some thick wheat up front with a lemony acidity. Notes of vanilla and pear in the middle with a hint of citrus. Finishes with lemon and more vanilla as well as thick, bready malt.

M - A thick, chewy body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - Very nice, this is more reminiscent of a Wit bier than a German or American wheat beer and in that regard it succeeds quite nicely, Eminently drinkable with an acidity that helps cut through the thick body.

nickfl, Apr 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

HOITINK, Aug 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

sunofneurot, May 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

JohnQVD, Jun 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

mendvicdog, May 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

adam42381, Jun 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Tyler1tiger, Jun 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

PEIhop, May 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

BillHem, May 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

mrjmann, Jun 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Arsenal0328, Apr 24, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bomber into a regular old bulb glass.

A – Poured out a very cloudy straw color with a massive two fingers of stark white head that left solid lacing all down the glass.

S – Smells of lemon peel, banana, grain and wheat with a slight sour back end.

T - Follows the nose with a burst of tropical fruit. Mostly get the lemon, banana and orange. Has just a slight hop bitterness to it. Pretty solid wheat and grain flavors.

M – Medium bodied with nice carbonation and a bit drying mouthfeel.

O – Had this the day after I had CC’s Criterium wheat. Both are very solid and easy drinkers. This one had a nice tropical flavor as advertised. Another great beer for the summer. I favored this one slightly over Criterium.

GallowsThief, Mar 23, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours a hazy white-yellow color with two fingers of head. The aroma is rather unique. It kinda has that witbier banana thing going on, along with a bunch of hops and tropical fruits. The taste is very good, not as good as the recent Criterium wheat, but still very quaffable. It's got more of a witbier thing going on at first with the banana flavor, but with plenty of hops to keep things interesting. These hops are very tropical a-la Jai Alai, and actually work very with the base. The finish provides a strong kick of wheat that lands this pretty firmly in the American Pale Wheat category. The mouthfeel is solid, and the drinkability is great. I don't like it quite as much as this year's Criterium Wheat, but it's still a great ale worth trying.

shand, Mar 15, 2012
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3.89/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Somewhat cloudy orange body with tons of floaters in it. Fluffy white head that leaves a ton a lacing all over.

S- Lots of fruity, tropical hop aroma, very yeasty, almost slightly sour like a lager yeast, grainy wheat.

T- Lots of wheat from beginning to end. Very nice hop presence that adds the tropical fruit flavors.

M- A little fuller body than I expected from a wheat beer. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, I guess the wheat adds some body.

O- Very good for the style. Great hop selection, perfect beer for a can.

stephenjmoore, Apr 12, 2013
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3.84/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to my Florida homey for picking this up at CCB and bringing it back to MN. Poured from a festive 16oz can into a shaker pint.

Appearance - dark yellow/gold body with a very small head that disappears quickly. It leaves light lines of lace around the glass.

Smell - very subtle on the nose. Light hints of fruit and hops along with some wheat.

Taste - definitely the high point of the beer. Watery fruit flavors and lemon blend with a grainy finish.

Mouthfeel - light but flavorful. Mild carbonation and extremely drinkable. I'd kick a few of these back in the summer.

Overall - a decent brew. Very tasty for the style.

mnphish, Apr 01, 2013
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3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 16 oz. can into an Upland pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy orange-gold color with 1.5 fingers of white head. Visible carbonation on the low side.

S: Wheat predominates, although the impression is only a bit grainy. Faint citrus as well, but overall not a ton in the aroma.

T: Wheat and cracker malt, light orange citrus or perhaps orange zest, very light spiciness. Hop bitterness is in balance, not a punch-in-the-mouth profile. A clean finish with a bit of sweet grain flavors and a very slight hop bitter. The pilsner malt character of the beer grows some as it warms.

M: Medium body, essentially no alcohol presence. Good carbonation sensation.

O: This wasn't terribly exciting, but isn't flawed and it's well-made to be an easy drink during a hot concert.

macrosmatic, Apr 28, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - cloudy straw yellow with a huge creamy head, great lacing

S - fruity, lemon, wheat twang

T - tropical fruits (mango / banana), tangy followed by a grapefruit hop bitterness

M - crisp, light, refreshing, sparkling

O - a nice refreshing tropical take on the style

Vec2267, Apr 14, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy orange yellow color, with aromas of wheat, banana, and citrus, not much tropical aromas coming through. Flavor is a light combo of the aromas, very sessionable beer in my book, mostly a lighter wheat beer, that would be good to grill out with in the heat. Good Summer beer.

beergod1, Jul 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Keith_R, May 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

KevinGordon, Apr 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

st9647v3, Saturday at 08:46 PM
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

hopkrid, Apr 28, 2013
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Tropical Heatwave Wheat Ale from Cigar City Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.