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Brew Bus Brewing Last Stop IPA | Cigar City Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by shand on 10-27-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
216
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
24.88%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
42
For Trade:
0
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Reviews by JackMcAwesome:
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4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I always give a glance at the cigar city brewing section of my local bottle shop just to see if I find something new. Then a couple of days ago, there it was.

A shiny silver can, with those blasted hard plastic tops holding the six together. Brew Bus Brewing. I'm not really into the comings and goings of the brewing world, but I was curious... what is this? It says "Brewed and canned by Cigar City Brewing, Tampa, FL for The Brew Bus, Tampa, FL." Auto-grab for me, as I love to support the local guys if I can.

After fighting the can off of the dreaded plastic do-hicky (What? I can't figure the thing out man!) I poured this into my pint glass. A nice frothy two finger head. Light golden in color. Throughout the session, the lacing was optimal.

Smell: The usual suspects here. Citrus, grapefruit, and floral notes. Nothing that stands out, but it lasted throughout. It never fell off, which is always awesome in my book.

Taste: The first thing that struck me was the balance. Bitter? Yes. But it has a very good malty backing that really makes it sweet at the end.

Feel: Very light in feel. If I were comparing it to say Jai Alai, where it has a bit of heaviness to it, in all it's awesome glory, this has a lot in common with that, but the feel. Very light textured, and for it being a 7% brew, there was nothing noticed on the abv. A very sneaky brew to be sure.

Overall: I'd be interested to know more about how involved CCB is with this, as it taste, to me anyway, very much like a Jai Alai. The feel is the only thing that was different. Next time, I'm going to grab a six of both and do a side-by-side. But either way, another great addition for us Florida guys and gals!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With a kiss of citrus, why would any Florida brewer do anything less than a beer with citrusy influence? But Cigar City knows their vernacular ways and joins the path of their fruity origins and also the trends of which craft beer followers are drinking.

True to form, the ale pours with a hazy golden orange color. Beautiful with its diffused back light, the ale sheds a creamy blanket of foam which bridges its surface edge to edge. Long lasting in its foam stance, the ale trails with spotted leopard prints against the glass with each fleeting sip.

And those citrusy aspirations are known immediately as bright and saturated citrus character capture the scent of white and pink grapefruit with all its tangy glory. Freshly zested oranges, lemon peels and lime all fold into the sharp hoppiness while the malty scents rise from beneath with mild bread, caramel and honeycomb biscotti

What follows is an early sweetness of honey and caramel that is thin and subdued. But while its bready structure reign true afterwards, its sweetness halts and allows the hops to command its taste thereafter. Turning citrusy with grapefruit, lemon and orange in taste, the ale continues to dry as the hops develop from citrus and toward pine and grass- in the most pleasant sharpness possible to finish.

What was creamy and semi-sweet early quickly turns dry and resinous late as the ale sheds its residual sweetness and espresses its bubbles. What's left behind is a sharp acidity from hops and a resinous bittering that enhances dryness and drinkability.

It doesn't matter what anyone in Florida does to try to capture its down-home taste, but simply put- this beer wins that game! I hope I can find it everytime I visit the Sunshine State- this beer easily lives up to its aspirations!

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.08/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.04/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

7% ABV listed on the 12oz can.

Pours a medium amber color with a very good white head.

Fairly strong aroma features citrus and herbal hops. Would rate higher but too much pine resin with the citrus and herbal notes.

Flavor reflects grapefruit and other citrus aspects and, like the aroma, is rather herbal. Better, however.

Lively carbonation with a palpable presence from the hops.

O: an IPA for hop heads.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can dated 9/26/14 poured into a brandy snifter

A: light pour so not much of a head, dark gold color with fair clarity

S: grapefruit rind, oranges, a little bready

T: a little fruit on the front of the tongue then more bready and herbal hops taste finishes fairly clean with maybe some cracker taste like saltines do on the back end

M: light doesn't linger finishes clean

O: it's a very balanced IPA it's not too anything it's right down the middle and that's not necessarily a bad thing maybe a touch more fruit as it warms

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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