Homefront IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 303
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 8.95%
Wants: 14
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: shand on 05-25-2012

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Photo of mverity
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber and orange color, with good white head that is fairly uniform in bubble size. Great lacing on the sides of the tulip glass. Nose is well balanced between sweet citrusy hops and tangy/earthy hops. Taste is much like any other decent IPA but a touch sweeter. I'm not picking up on any of the spice notes. Not quite what I was expecting. For the price of $7, definitely worth the 750mL.

Photo of ehammond1
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for opening this with me, DarthKostrizer!

Hazed dark orange with a small off-white head that leaves dots of lacing down the glass.

Initially, the aroma was quite nice, with tropical fruit and citrus notes, along with a bit of sweet cracker malt. Once it warmed a bit, a strange, mild sulfur aroma emerged.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, with mild citrus and tropical fruit flavors leading the way, along with cracker malt and just the hint of maple, though that could even be my imagination.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

Good enough, though another gimmick from Cigar City.

Photo of AdamF625
3.16/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- hazy and orange with a two finger white fluffy head
S- subtle citrus hops, orange, tangerine, coriander
T- more of the same from the nose tangerine and citrus hops flavors, sweet caramel malts, you get faint wood characteristics towards the finish.
M- pretty sticky and sweet for an ipa with a slight bitterness on the finish, resinous.
O- not as exciting as I expected after reading the label. I would have like a more pronounced "maple" flavor but a descent beer for a good cause.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a straight sided glass. Bottled 5/17/2012. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Pours a bright orange with a hazy body. Good head. Distinct bubbles.

Smell - Dull aroma. Citrus hops, maybe some wood? I'm probably imagining that. Piney.

Taste - Definitely hoppier, but not by much. Balance of pine and citrus. Light malt presence, but balanced. Bitter immediately, but it doesn't build.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated and light bodied. Easy drinking.

Overall - Kinda dull, really. Need more aromatic hops. This is the malt content I'd like in an IPA, but more hops.

Photo of TheChef18
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- hazy to dark orange

S- some malt and pine

T- more malt than comes through on Jai Alai. while it does have some citrus to it I feel the pine/woodsy characteristic is what comes through most on this IPA

M- solid mouthfeel similar to a Jai Alai

O- a good overall IPA that would be better if I didn't have to compare it to Jai Alai in my mind. Since CCB produces this for such a great reason i am always willing to buy plenty of the bottles

Photo of KYGunner
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Despite being fresh a multitude of floaters courses through a coppery cloudy body. The head was a bit dull but had a stiff bubbly build.

The nos was filled with pithy grapefruit, citrus tangerines, maple syrup, lemon sweetness, and a stable caramel malt.

The flavor is strong on maple with a touch of vanilla, which adds a creaminess. There's a strong citrus finish that reminded me of Orange rinds, with an oiliness.

The feel is thick but the orangey oily taste translates to feel. Otherwise the astringency is low and it's fairly easy to drink.

This has very little overriding IPA qualities but it's so different and interesting that one can easily overlook it and enjoy.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can gifted to me by stillmatic2232, this one was a little weird.

Pours a murky orange, with a huge 3 inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like citrus and tropical fruits, with some vanilla and oak.

Creamy and fruity taste, almost like a creamsicle, with a woody taste, from the Louisville Slugger bats. This is good, but there's just something off-putting I can't put my finger on. I feel like this one would honestly be better blended with ice, it's so goddamn creamy and fruity.

Really weird mouthfeel on this one- it's weirdly thick, with a sort of off-putting carbonation that's hard to describe, almost like it's a cask in a can.

Not bad, but it's one of the weirdest IPAs I've ever had.

Photo of rlee1390
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Cloudy orange, one finger head, leaves some lacing.

S-Rather malty, maple not much in the way of hops.

T-Only three months old but rather malty, good deal of wood and maple notes. Ends with moderate bitterness and grass.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation with a very slight hop bite.

O-Three months old, it shouldn't be this malty. Maybe I'd have it super fresh in the future, but to be this lacking in hops after three months makes me wonder if it would even be worth it.

Photo of ThickNStout
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle. Bottled 5/16/13. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

Pours a clear golden hue with a full finger of white head which fades to a thin layer and leaves a good bit of lace.

Smells like a hoppy citrus syrup. Subtle pine, oranges and a sweet syrup-like aroma.

Flavors of oranges, tangerines, pine, citrus rind, woodsy sweetness, soft maple syrup, mild peppery spice and a touch of biscuit. A nice sweet blend that goes down easily.

Slick, medium body with moderate carbonation. Sweet caramelized orange finish.

An strangely enjoyable wood aged IPA. Nothing stellar but this is a tasty and slightly different IPA. Sweeter than an average but not malty. I'm glad to have tried it and would recommend giving it a try.

Photo of oline73
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adam perfect pint. I'm really excited to try a beer aged over baseball bats!

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy amber with a golden hue at the edge of the glass. There is just under a finger of thick, fluffy off white head that fades as the pour sits and leaves some decent lacing.

Smell: The overall smell is rather mild. I'm getting some grapefruit peel hops, but not a lot. There are some other fruit notes and I swear I'm picking up some wood.

Taste: A bit more assertive than the smell, but not overpowering. I'm getting some citrus peel hop bitterness along with a bready malt backbone. There is a strong woody characteristic. I don't enjoy this as much as the cedar IPA. The finish is bitter and woody.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation and a finish that isn't as dry as it should be.

Overall: Very interesting and pretty good. I'd definitely suggest the cedar IPA if you want a Cigar City wood aged IPA.

Photo of DmouthCaliBrewz
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip

A: Pours a deep honey amber, with moderate haze (probably chill) immediately frothing to a 4 finger white head. Real great head retention on this one, receding to a 1 finger head after a minute or so, which hung around for most of the beer. Heavy lacing.

S: Little in the way of aroma here. Some sweet caramel malts, honey, faint hop bitterness, and spices. Almost get a bit of mint.

T: Far less hop bitterness than expected. Obviously the hops only contribute a straight up bitterness, with little else, due to the aging. Very little in the way of floral notes here, just a subtle bit of pine notes and a vague bitterness. This guy starts very sweet, almost cloying. I get carmel and butterscotch at first, and then some slight vanilla, with the hop bitterness increasing over time. Some herbal notes and spices become evident in the middle, but slightly overshadowed by the sweetness from the grain. Definitely get the maple in the middle. Finishes very sweet and slightly bitter, with slightly more prevalent spices. Slight hints of enamel and phenol, or some other chemical compound. Might be from those Louisville sluggers....

M: On the heavier side for an IPA, a bit sticky and moderate carbonation.

O: BA IPAs are pretty hard to pull off, since they sit in limbo between a barleywine and an IPA, but this was definitely pleasant to drink. A bit cloying, but still in the realm of enjoyability. Spices were not overdone, but I didn't really get any barrel character here. Maple was good, but may have made it a bit too sweet for my taste. Mouthfeel was great, and damn did this guy have some head retention! Decent, and worth a try.

Photo of shand
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at the Cigar City Brewing taproom.

Wow, this one took me by major surprise! This one pours out out a bright orange with a substantial head for a tap pull. The aroma is bright and citrusy, with a touch of maple and plenty of lighter hops. The taste is also highly citrusy, with lighter hop flavors. Lots of orange, grapefruit, and just a touch of spices and maple. It's very refreshing. There's lots of hops here, but they're all citrusy hops. The mouthfeel is light and crisp. The drinkability is outstanding. I could drink this one all day and all night if it weren't nine bucks for a 750. An excellent IPA from Cigar City Brewing, that's really different from their other IPA offerings.

Photo of cbutova
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to my cousin down in Tampa for sending this one up to me along with endless other CCB brews. Baseball bats and orange peel eh?

A- Poured from the 12oz can to a deep tulip glass with a hazy, floatie chunk filled golden-orange body. An off-white cap forms to about a finger with a creamy texture. Some pillows remain in the center and a medium ring deposits lacing in the form of spots and sheets.

S- Planks of wood come to mind instantly as I pour this beer, I guess those Sluggers weren't put to waste. Hops and orange peel provide a bright aromatic base to this one with stone fruit, citrus zest, pine and floral notes. A slight bit of malts.

T- Once again planks of earthy, woody baseball bat land on the palate with bright orange zest and hops. The orange peel picks up here and the aftertaste actually feels close to OJ. Hops of citrus, fruity, floral and resin character.

MF- Light-medium bodied with a crisp, silky texture. Carbonation hits the taste buds at a moderate level and is smooth. Light bitterness and zesty finish.

Reading the description sounds like one of the stranger things in beer production (aging on donated baseball bats) but it works. The earthy maple provides a dimension to bright citrus peel and hops.

Photo of zac16125
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bomber poured into a pint glass
Bottled on 5/19/12 , written on the release day

A: Pours a translucent light amber with huge 3+ fingers sea foam white head, great retention takes forever to dissipate down, leaves tons of great lacing.

S: Big, great citrus hop aromas of orange, lemon lime, peach, and mango.  Anoticeable woody character,  awesome.

T: The wood aging is really more apparent in the taste, quite dominant at first actually.  But once you get past it, other flavors come out including grapefruit and orange citrus hops, some piney bitterness, and a solid malt backbone.

M/D: Decently heavy carbonation, medium bodied,  drinkability is average,rather unremarkable here.

O: The aroma is awesome, taste is very unique and wood heavy from the aging on maple baseball bats (such an awesome idea btw).  The taste doesn't live up to the fantastic nose, but is still quite good.  I appreciate what they attempted to do, in terms of trying smething unique and really pulling it off.  Plus it supports a great cause.  Win win situation here.  Well done.

Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Rudzud for sharing.

Big creamy head 2fingers fades slowly sticky lacing, hazy honey orange color.

Nose big golden like malts, hint woody like, some floral earthy hops, citrus, light fruity, same typical Cigar City yeast strain and malt aromas.

Taste starts with a hint of maple that fades almost instantly, then sweet malts and slight caramel, light woody caramel oak. Then hops, earthy slight citrus and hint of pine, chewy. Finish is drier but still a bit sweet, chewy spicy earthy hops lingering, with hint of fruit and hint of oak. Later as it warms some cedar like wood and more maple flavor.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, decent carb.

Overall ok, interesting flavors, a bit strange but not too out there. Nothing really wrong, although the maple and oak are very faint, and the hops are not the best flavors but they seem to blend well with the beer.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle with my FW snifter glass
Notes taken from 11/16/13

Big thanks to Dopplebockulus for this one!

A: Homefront IPA pours a hazed caramel orange body with a burnt sienna look to it overall. A dense layer of khaki froth forms over the top with some fair retention efforts that leave behind etches of cotton like lacing upon the glass walls.

S: Malt and spice with a distinct honey-maple like sweetness. Light earthy wood and tobacco mixes with some berry fruits. Add in a dash of tropical botanics that start to perk up more as the beer comes to temp. Interesting nose and pleasant overall.

T: Tastes of spiced bread, caramels, earthy wood, and a prominent maple like character. It is on the sweeter side but very dry and tannic. I get some spicy guava and other tropicals mixed in as well. A touch astringent with a higher level of bitterness on the palate. Finishes out more on the fruity side with some tangerine and golden raisin there. Has a malty twang to it that I just can’t quite pinpoint. Alcohol is completely blended in making it practically undetectable. A curious beer. Not sure what to make of it. It is just okay for the most part.

M: Medium fullness in the body with a light frothy texture and high perceived bitterness. Very dry and tannic in the finish with a slight sappy residual effect from the malt sugars and hop oils.

D: Not a favorite by far but a real fun to try…especially for the great cause The malt, spice, and maple wood bats are standout however they get a bit muddled by this sharp tannic bite. To think this was actually dry hopped with Louisville Sluggers. I mean seriously??? I wonder if they used whole bats or the pellets. I actually think the maple bats were pretty distinct and would probably serve much better in a bigger ABV brew like say a barley wine.

Photo of TheCrowsNest
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aged on Louisville Sluggers - expectations were high. Undercarbonated for the style, could be the resin from the bats. Nice hop aroma is confused by an unknown mixture of spices that add undesirable sweet/spicy profile. It's a relatively light-bodied IPA that would be great without whatever spices are in here, just confusing.

Would not encourage someone to open a bottle if I was around.

Photo of One2Remeber
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden maize color, light transparent body. Thick, bubbly white head. Tons of carbonation bubbles rushing to the top.

S: Smell of summer with hints of grass and light fruit (watermelon, peaches). A little tang going on, like an apricot and zesty spice.

T/M: The maple is subtle but stays throughout acting as a great backbone to let the tangy hops shine. Extremely light body, the only hefty characteristic is the wood/spices poking out and staying around near the end. After taste is sticky sweet like a kiwi.

O: Solid IPA. Great for the summer season. Subtle spice and wood tastes with full-frontal hops makes for easy drinking. Tons of carbonation without any bitterness. Tastes of a big IPA with a body of a sessionable pale ale.

Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very good, interesting ipa. Didn't know what to expect with the aging on baseball bats but it's pretty awesome. Nice orange flavor with some citrus and a vanilla esqe flavor. Would love to try again

Photo of johnnnniee
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from MeadMe, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a mostly clear deep golden color with a nice head that shows remarkable staying power. Smells of citrus and resin with a bit of a woody earthy aroma mixed in there amongst the bread and caramel. Smells like an Ipa so we're off to a good start. Taste is resinous and bitter with just enough biscuity malt to provide balance. There's a woody earthy component that neither hurts nor enhances the flavor of this beer but just seems out of place. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a resinous off sticky mouthfeel. Spices and baseball bats, well they get the creativity award that's for sure. Decent IPA, but the earthy aroma and flavor seems to detract from my enjoyment of this one. Glad I got to try it, probably wouldn't seek it out.

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/16/2013. Pours very hazy deep orange amber color with a 2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of tangerine, grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, pine, grass, herbal, honey, light caramel, light wood, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of hop notes with a moderate malt, spice, wood balance; and good strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, grass, pine, light pepper, honey, bread, light caramel, light wood, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, floral, grass, pine, honey, bread, light caramel, light wood, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of citrus hop flavors; with a moderate malt/wood/light spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, lightly creamy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice IPA. All around nice complexity and balance of hop, malt, and light wood flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of jzeilinger
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a hazy, cloudy dark orange amber color with a thick two fingered head and super sticky lacing.

S - The aroma is delicate and faint: citrus, coriander, floral, woody, grapefruit.

T - Pine and grapefruit bitterness up front followed with some spice, lemons, floral bitterness, and some bready malt. Orange and lemon comes through with some mild tang, some woodiness, and ends with a citric/piney bitterness.

M - Light medium body, prickly carbonation, coats the mouth with a bready caramel/spice/and zesty citrus bitterness.

O - Drinks quite well, interesting, not my favorite in the way of IPA's but it works.

Photo of stakem
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle that I picked up at the Cigar City tasting room on Thursday. It survived the flight home yesterday so im cracking it now that it is cold. Poured into a matching Cigar City snifter, the brew appears a golden color that is quite hazed. A finger of slightly off-white head sits atop and slowly fades leaving a full wall of lace sticking to the glass. A light swirl effortlessly revives a finger of off-white to yellowish stained cap back to the surface.

The aroma of this brew is tropical initially with bright, enjoyable hop characteristics that smell of citrus coupled with a bit of melon. More sniffs get herbal mixed with some earthy aspects. Grass, pine and a bit more focus on that earthy quality. Well, the cat is out of the bag, I looked closer at the label. Had I not looked, I never would have guessed this was aged on baseball bats... however, that might explain this earthy aspect I pick up on that is very atypical from the normal wood-aged experience.

The taste is peculiar. Hops are present providing a bit of rindy and pulpy citrus bitterness that blends into a bit of cheesy and earthy characteristics. Under the herbal hop bitterness is a bit of earthy quality that is almost leathery or tobacco-like. While that isn't a horrible flavor, it just doesn't mingle all that well for me. Strangely enough, for all this strange stuff going on, there is still abit of tropical hop flavoring that lasts into the aftertaste mixed with something like coriander and mild lemon.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The alcohol is integrated quite well and it is a unique experience to say the least. I cant say that I was thrilled with this and would have it again but it is one to write down in the books. Give it a try if you get the chance but dont expect fantastic things, its a middle of the road ipa with some strange twists.

Photo of macrosmatic
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into pint glass.

A: Hazy dark golden color. Forms a big white head that lasts.

S: Grapefruit rinds, flowers, pine, and the wood aroma. A bit of spiciness to the nose also.

T: Follows the nose, with the addition of a solid caramel malt backbone. The hop bitterness & wood flavors stay in the hang.

M: Minimal alcohol presence. Heavier mouthfeel than typical for IPA, but nice.

O: Good, pretty darn good. Better than I expected, but makes me want the Humidor Jai Alai even more.

Photo of lazjuarez
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Bottle dated: May 2012 ONESEVEN

A: Pours a beautiful golden orange in color, slight haziness, might be chill haze, and about a finger and a half of off-white foamy head. Head recedes to a ring, leaving behind a great amount of spotted lacing. Carbonation is streaming off the bottom of the glass, looks very enticing.

S: Nose is great as well, some big tropical notes, grapefruit, light astringency, and finishes with a hint of malty sweetness. I can't put my finger on the spices used, maybe coriander, but the maple bats are evident as a woody element lingers, almost a bit like cedar.

T: Taste is of earthy pine, astringent but not overwhelming whatsoever, great balance. The maple is not coming through, but it could also be what makes this brew taste so balanced. Great semi-dry finish as well.

M: medium bodied; This is one of the most quaffable drinks I've had, even for an IPA. Nice biscuity mouth feel, good carbonation, and the 6% ABV is not apparent at all. Overall a great IPA and a great cause, if it weren't for the "Brewery Release Only" limited status, this would be my go to IPA.

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Homefront IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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