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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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117 Ratings
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 11.71%
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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3.08/5  rDev -12%

Thanks to drabmuh. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a clear straw yellow with a thin white head and some spots of lacing. Thin cap. The nose carried some light grain and a touch of stone fruit. Flavor is very grainy with some tannins in there. Far too tannic. Light body. Crisp. Just okay.

03-18-2012 19:59:12 | More by Thorpe429
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

04-11-2014 00:39:54 | More by kjkinsey
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

04-11-2014 13:54:42 | More by Texasfan549
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

03-18-2012 19:55:13 | More by ygtbsm94
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3.43/5  rDev -2%

A: 3 finger frothy head with nice lacing on a murky pale golden yellow body.

S: mostly malt and bread with a mild lemon note.

T: the fruity notes are mostly sour with light malt and wheat and a slightly tart finish.

M: light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: Its a little bland. Highly drinkable. Not a bad beer just not very memorable.

04-19-2012 02:17:30 | More by kylehay2004
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

11-12-2013 04:10:19 | More by jaydoc
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

04-22-2014 04:41:14 | More by SocalKicks
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4.03/5  rDev +15.1%

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.

04-19-2012 02:18:26 | More by nickfl
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Poured into a snifter, beer is yellow and hazy with a wispy thin white head, some lacing, moderate carbonation, looks fine.

Aroma is grainy and mildly sweet with a hint of hops, interesting but not a great aroma.

Beer is light with this grainy finish, mildly bitter, mild tropical hops in the midpalate but they are a little lost in the yeastiness of this beer, not a great wheat ale unfortunately, less yeast and mroe hops would have helped this beer a lot.

03-27-2012 04:30:28 | More by drabmuh
Photo of oline73


2.95/5  rDev -15.7%

I had this on-tap at Churchkey in DC. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a layer of white head that fades to a rind around the pour.

Smell: I'm getting tropical fruit, pickles, and a mild vinegar note. Very light.

Taste: Like the smell but a bit less tart. Fruity with some mixed vegetables and pickles. I am getting some passion fruit. The finish is fruity and crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This was a really weird beer for me. I didn't enjoy the other flavors that I was getting. I wouldn't have another.

06-13-2012 03:07:13 | More by oline73
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3.68/5  rDev +5.1%

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of lemons and wheat, with a good dose of coriander thrown in. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of tropical and citrus fruits such as lemons and oranges, as well as some orange and wheat notes. There is also a low amount of bitterness. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very refreshing, easy to drink wheat ale.

07-06-2012 01:13:07 | More by Mora2000
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

05-05-2013 00:18:38 | More by mendvicdog
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

04-29-2013 00:06:25 | More by beernads
Photo of corby112


3.53/5  rDev +0.9%

750ml picked up at the brewery.

Pours a slightly cloudy, pale golden yellow color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Zesty, spicy aroma with lots of pepper, coriander and clove along with some bready yeast and a strong citrus presence. I'm picking up some subtle banana character but it's overpowered by the prominent lemon zest. Nice balance of yeast, fruit and spice.

Medium bodied and a bit fuller than expected for the style. List of bready yeast adding fullness to the palate and another dimension of flavor. Strong peppery spice presence with lots of peppery clove countered by lemon peel and other citrus zest. The citrus flavor isn't as strong as the aroma suggests so the bread and spice flavors really dominate. Could use some more sweetness for balance but it's still refreshing and decently drinkable.

06-28-2012 02:48:48 | More by corby112
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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev 0%

Shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

The beer is golden yellow hued with a small, fleeting white head. The appearance is mostly clear, with only a slight haze. The aroma offers wheat and some pungent malt. Smells ok. The flavor is dry and tart with an abundant wheat character. Dank hops play a major role as well. Again, ok. Lingering dryness and mildly tart wheat. Overall, mediocre beer from an outstanding brewery. Still worth a try.

03-18-2012 20:02:12 | More by Huhzubendah
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

10-27-2012 15:56:26 | More by sendbeer
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

05-20-2012 21:54:14 | More by PEIhop
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

05-17-2013 18:33:13 | More by iL0VEbeer
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3.53/5  rDev +0.9%

Poured from 16oz tall can into a weizen glass. This is the 2013 brew.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a moderate haze and effervescence. Head is a thick finger of pillowy ivory foam. I think it looks quite good.

Smell: wheaty malt aroma with grassy, slightly funky hops which are not as tropical as I wanted them to be. There's also a slightly off-putting phenolic character that, to me, just doesn't belong here.

Taste: better than the aroma, with a definite tropical feel to it. Hops feel fruity and bitterness is quite smooth. The sweetness, though, is a little bit cloying; a bit too much with the tropical fruitiness. Not bad, but not super balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a great carbonation and a nice, satisfying creaminess. Good stuff.

Overall: this beer is kind of all over the place for me. I love the idea of a fruity-hopped wheat beer, but the execution here is a bit lacking. Still totally quaffable, but I hope later iterations of this recipe turn out a little more balanced.

06-12-2013 22:00:23 | More by flagmantho
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

06-15-2012 00:38:55 | More by bsuedekum
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

04-03-2013 20:21:33 | More by Lare453
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

04-09-2013 13:36:08 | More by KevinGordon
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New York

3.5/5  rDev 0%

05-02-2013 23:41:47 | More by BGsWo22
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

09-12-2012 00:42:40 | More by Hanzo
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

04-17-2012 23:03:41 | More by Gatordaddy
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Tropical Heatwave Wheat Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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