Alexander And The Grapes | Cigar City Brewing

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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
We support local because we know that doing so makes a difference in sustainability as well as local economy. And also our local community is just rad. This beer is an IPA with Muscadine grapes. We pressed said grapes with friends in Plant City. This project came about out of a mutual respect between the band and the brewer. Alexander and the Grapes is an indie rock band from St. Petersburg Florida. They are releasing a 7” record to commemorate this collaboration. Live local music + Local craft beer = Good times. True Story. Tis the season.

Added by Bartos on 02-02-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A grape like purple hue casts a shadow on a amber colored ale. The head was thick but fizzy with tremendous retention.

The aroma holds obvious grape sweetness, grape must, piney hops, and citrus fruits like oranges and tangerines.

The flavor is musty, not just grape must but actually cobwebs musty. The more you delve the more barley grain is found and then it closes with a bitter pine.

The feel is astringent in the finish but it has a good heft and a smooth drinkability.

I was not particularly happy with this but do applaud the effort to mix it up and experiment with nothing I've seen before.

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750ml bottle into my Stone IRS snifter
Notes taken on 08//03/2014

Big thanks to Dopplebockulus for this one – Cheers Charley!

A: Dark caramel amber body with a murky reddish-brown tone throughout. Visible bubble action along the glasses edge. Produces a nicely thick khaki cap of suds that holds over for a few short moments. Light etchings and specks of sticky lace are left clinging to the empty glass.

S: Pressed concord grape juice with candied nuts and spices. Has a light caramel malt sweetness throughout. Not like any IPA I have come across that is for sure. Sweet malts with red grape juice and earthy spices.

T: The flavors carry through a mild red grape juiciness that actually works well with the rest of the brew. I get lots of caramelized sugars, toasted nut, and bready cracker malts at the foundation billed with a progressive earthy spiced hop bitterness. Tangy dark stone fruit and that red grape layered in. Has a nice resinous hop bite yet everything comes together smoothly and balanced with little alcohol showcased. Quite the unique experience.

M: Moderately to heavier filling malt base with a some fair amounts of carbonation it seems. Keeps rather smooth and sleek on the tongue however with a mild hop bite and decent drying effort in the finish. Slightly resinous but fairly clean and balanced overall.

D: This is very different and I have a hard time calling it a DIPA yet it actually comes together quite nicely. Didn’t know what to expect here but CCB did a good job with this. Really fun to try out but not something you would ever go chasing trucks over.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750mL bottle into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy, light to medium brown - pretty dark for an IPA. Forms a big light tan head that fades fairly quickly on top of moderate visible carbonation with a few hop floaters.

S: Toffee sweetness, bready malts, resin and grapefruit rind hoppiness.

T: A distinct, grape-y vinous flavor hits first, and is something I really didn't really pick up in the nose. Then grapefruit citrus and resinous hops, some floral hops, and bready malt sweetness with a touch of toffee and light caramel. Has a vinous dry finish with a modest hop bitterness lingering after.

M: A bit heavy-bodied for style. Average carbonation, and the alcohol is maybe a touch more noticeable than expected.

O: This was different, and interesting. I'm not certain this is an IIPA (versus an IPA) - it's not listed as such on the bottle, nor is the ABV. Either way, I don't think it's anything that I would pick up regularly (even were it available as such). Just not sure the grape flavors meshed well with the hops, but personal preference comes into play here. Worth a try, for sure.

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