Florida Man
Cigar City Brewing

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,664
Ranked #16,259
3.88 | pDev: 9.54%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Very Good
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Notes: The world needs heroes, and in our home state of Florida only a very special hero will do. A hero with a shark tooth around his neck, a Grim Reaper tattoo on his arm, and a rap sheet longer than his mama’s mustache. A hero who’s forgotten more about amateur taxidermy and alligator rasslin' than you’ll ever know. What better way to pay tribute to our beloved Florida Man than with a big ol’ Double India Pale Ale brewed with a nearly-criminal amount of hops and a moderate bitterness that just about matches Florida Man’s general disposition. This hopped-up whopper of a beer is big in character and guaranteed to sear itself into your memory, just like "the world’s worst superhero," Florida Man.
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Photo of zeff80
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of sweet caramel, citrus, honey and bubblegum. Sweet caramel and citrus taste with a very subtle bitterness.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque orange color with a nice head which recedes quickly. Smell is Orange ,mango, Tang. Taste almost identical the smell, much citrus, a Tang or orangeade flavor, other tropical fruits, nice malt bill to even things out. Feels medium to light bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation.Finishes juicy with a nice hop zing. Excellent IPA , better than Jai Lai in my opinion. Highly recommend.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rugged, bitter, dry... these are things that wouldn't normally describe a person who has access to so many beaches. But that's exactly what Cigar City puts together with the inspiration of the quirky, maverick and shrewd male hood of Florida.

Pouring a basic light and hazy amber, Florida Man Imperial IPA quickly builds a lathery eggshell froth. As an equally basic scent of citrus and spruce emerge, the nuanced character of tropical fruit and herb align along the periphery of the nose. A caramelized malt base swoops in to coat the early palate with a lighter honey and granola taste.

But any insistence from the malts are short lived as the hoppy overcast of citrus brings the classic orange peel and pink grapefruit medley. As hints of pineapple and a floral bubblegum fruitiness tows closely behind, the beer quickly tightens its bitter grip and trails into a late palate of fresh pine resins, fresh cut grass and an herbal kiss of cannabis.

Medium bodied but drinking malty-dry, the stronger strength IPA finishes cleanly bitter, refreshed and with an herbal suggestion of gin spice. A long and bitter grip on the gullet ensures an extended aftertaste with the taste of pine and citrus peels growing bolder and bolder.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy, almost opaque orange appearance with an eggshell white head.

Smells like orange zest, orange marmalade, mango, and a touch of earth.

The mango is prominent, with a bit of papaya. A cooked orange marmalade sweetness mixing with creamy biscuit and honey malt. The finish is slightly earthy and suppresses sweetness just enough. A bit of orange peel on the finish, but no lingering bitterness.

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Photo of JediMasterLenin
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into an IPA glass. Review from notes.

Look: Pours a dark, clear orange-amber. A fluffy white head with good retention leaves sticky lacing down the glass.
Smell: Orange/tangerine, light grapefruit, pineapple, pear, peach,a sweet sugary note, and a bready maltiness.
Taste: Follows the nose with a dry/sticky/earthy bitter finish.
Feel: Medium-full body, good carbonation, dry/sticky finish.
Overall: Fantastic balance. Very glad I checked out this DIPA. Might even go back for another sixer.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one is for two of my favorite BAs whom I have had the pleasure of braking bread and sipping Kettlehead with. Dave @DoctorZombies and Vann @Ocalafox this is a old school DIPA.

Poured into a 16 oz Snulip glass canned on 1/10/2020. Pours a dark clear orange with a 2 finger sticky white head that leaves big thick lace all over the sides of the glass with excellent retention. 4.5

Smell is peach, tangerine, pineapple, hard candy apple, apricot, and a big hit of grapefruit rind. 4

Taste follows peach, tangerine, hard candy, pineapple, upfront with apricot and grapefruit in the bold, but not overly bitter finish. 4.25

Mouthfeel is big, a tad dry, plenty of life, and at 8.5% extremely approachable. 4.25

Overall at $12.99 a 6 pack not much to complain about, 5 years ago before the haze craze this would have scored higher. Recommend for sure. 4.25

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz can into a shaker pint glass.

Look is a hazy orange amber.

Aroma is orange candy.

Taste is hop candy with a orange blossom honey malt.

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Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent gold with a thumb of ivory colored head. Some floaties, good head retention & pretty good lacing

S: Pears, breadyness, some citrus

T: Follows the nose, some tangerine up front. Sweet orange, dry breadyness, a little pear & kiwi fruit as this warms. Finishes sweet & bready with plenty of orange

MF: Medium body, moderate carbonation good balance

Drinkable, this pretty fresh less than 3 weeks old, a solid DIPA. ABV is well hidden

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Photo of Livyatan1996
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

15 days old when i popped this can, which is always fine by me. fairly clear a tad lighter than copper with a decent white head that's left a rim and another rim and so on. nose is a massive smack of tropical fruits, grapefruit, pine(though it's nearing that "dank" pine thing) and a helping of booziness. not much in the way of malt presence on the nose but enough to keep things almost in check. flavor is more of a balance, with a bit more grapefruit and pine with other various fruitiness, and a caramel and bready base giving it quite a sweet punch. lingering bitterness but not overpowering, and doesn't care to show too much of it's 9.3%. it's got quite the oily quality, but otherwise drinks pretty smooth. coats the mouth, leaves it a bit numb. not sure if this is different from older batches based on reviews but gonna snag a few more of these.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear orange body with decent head and lace patches. Aroma is earthy, bready and has nice citric notes. Smooth, crisp, earthy, oily, bitter, with a dry snap of dirty citric hops on finish for an old school IPA. Enough malt base gives off heft to beer along with a touch of sweetness.

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Photo of Billolick
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can - 3/16/17 way fresh

Hazed orangey amber

Pungent tropical sniff w heavy mango

Solid DIPA with waves of mango, resinous hops, tropical goodness...fresh, tasty and delicious - going to get some more

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Photo of larryarms847
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 10/6/2016:

Pours a crystal clear bright golden orange with a thick pillowy two finger head of off-white foam.

Tropical notes of pineapple, mango, and melon. Citrus fruit dances around but is a side note. The strong caramel malt backbone provides a breath of sweetness to the strong fruit notes.

Slightly earthy hop flavor up front, but gives way to a tremendous amount of tropical and citrus fruit flavor. Strong fruity flavors given a nice supporting cast played by the caramel malts to give the beer just enough sweetness.

Medium-bodied, medium-high carbonation, juicy, tropical, creamy smooth.

Overall, I'm glad I snagged a 6 pack of this from the brewery when I visited as it is fantastic. I would most certainly pick up a pint of this again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

we all had much higher hopes for this one, its just really average for a brewery known well for such distinctive ales. for me, this lacked a lot of what i like in the style, but freshness wasnt an issue, which has me even more confused. its thick and grainy, over balanced, a little coppery in color, but also in a weird sort of penny metallic presence, and although its hoppy, it really isnt very distinct at all, aside from being a bit sweet and a bit oily, but the flavor just isnt there for me, at least not to the level of our expectations. a little honey flavor to the grain base, but more or less generic under fermented sweetness. the hops have some bitterness, but it seems over balanced to me, without any unique hop elements in here hardly at all. the feel is fine, fluffier and and kind of bigger, soft not harsh, but boozy and overall really really lackluster. they cant all be good, but the specialty stuff from far away markets always get me so stoked, so to have a beer like this come up so short is a real let down...

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Photo of Nhens0016
3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

So I had a higher hope for this beer but it just tastes like an overly sweet IPA. The hop profile is meh and it is rather too sweet for my taste. I can't get over the sweetness! I really enjoy jai alai, but hoping for a jai alai on steroids isn't this beer.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle acquired by a friend from the brewpub (Tampa, FL) 10.00. Bottled 3/9/16. Served in a Cigar City teku.

Pours bright orange copper with about three fingers of near white head. That froth shrinks back to a few patchy islands and a thin rail that fails to leave any lace.

Smells of spent orange peels, soft passion fruit, a vague almost watermelon note and a hint of crackery, sweetish malt. Not bad at all once the chill wears off.

Flavors of overripe oranges, bitter grapefruit, piney mango, vague earthy vegital character, some slightly sweet, bready malts and a nip of alcohol. At first this seemed overly bitter and lacking in hop character. As it drew closer to room temperature and my palate adjusted, more subtle tropical and citrus hop flavor became apparent.

Slick, hop oily, medium full body with moderate carbonation. The lingering, pleasantly bitter aftertaste mixes earthy citrus rinds, faint tropical fruit and hints of hearty, mildly sweet malt backing.

Cigar City delivers a enjoyably bitter, subtly tropical double IPA with their nod to everyone's favorite Twitter news feed, the infamous Florida Man. I suspect as this nears two months old that it is less vibrant than it once was but it is still ultimately quite tasty. It has been a while since I've had Jai Alai but this reminds me of a beefed up version.

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Photo of surfcaster
2.9/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Picked up during trip to Fla in bomber and not three weeks on it.

Love a Cigar City but this one really missed the mark. Bitter boozy mess--hoppy nose but completely unintegrated bittering hops first followed by a bit of a malty mess on the back end. Some have likened to Ruin Ten and see some similarities but IMHO-not near as good.

Love most Cigar City but really missed the mark and big dissappointment

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a Cigar City tulip. Bottled March 9th 2016.

A nice glowing dark amber orange body, hinting more on the orange than red side, with some real slow creeping fine carbonation in the middle. Head creation is about a two fingers, off tan to yellow like head, and a creamed thin bubbled top. Ring like lacing as the beer settles down making a nice lengthy sheen.

Caramel sweetness on the nose, but also with a noticeable hop angle of florals. Perfume like bent but staying away from soapy character just enough but accents much of the malt sugary qualities, almost into a brown sugar sensation. Solid, and balanced but malt forward and noticeably sweet.

Palate gives much of the same sensed before. Soft caramel malt notes and a bit of stinging needle like pine on first sip. Easily settles down into simple caramel qualities in flavor that dominate. Quite sweet with a mild sense of soft bitterness that manages a little bit of cedar and woody sweetness just a little bit.

Not a bad IPA, but definitely not in the hop head realm. This is also just a little too sugary for my tastes, but a solid brew otherwise.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Solidly orange hue with minimal head and little lacing.

I get a lot of Asian fruit aromas, in addition to papaya, pear, green apple candy, and even bright yet dank lime zest.

There is a spicey hop bite to Florida Man that is rounded out by a big caramel malt presence.

The old lady loved this one, but not as much as 110k. I'm actually the other way around, but I'll nod and agree as is advisable.

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Photo of JasW
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A decent DIPA in the RuinTen mode: intense hoppiness set off by an almost treacly malt sweetness. Good, but not as good as RuinTen. Unfortunately Cigar City believes it is and has priced it accordingly: $10.99 for a bomber, a buck more than a six pack of their infinitely superior (though obviously easier to produce) Jai Alai. Glad to drink it, though.

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Photo of jhartley
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Belgian tulip.

Look: That amber-orange colored body that you get from Jai Alai. Got no real head formation off of this one, not a lot of lacing left in the glass.

Smell: Plenty of citrus, orange, lemon, pine.

Taste: Like Jai Alai on meth and steroids! Tons of citrus and a little too much sweetness. But this still has enough hops to give you a spicy bite and even it out.

Feel: Pretty light feel, surprisingly. That alcohol is hidden well, dangerously so. Lingering amount spiciness from the hops.

Overall: Really enjoyable DIPA. The sweetness from the malts is a little to prevalent, but I am not hating it at all. Definitely a crazy beer for a crazy time!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.22/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle purchased at Cigar City in Tampa, FL.

This one pours a medium dark amber, with a half inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like a lot of caramel malt, some grapefruit rind, and bitter pine.

This isn't all that impressive, unfortunately.
The malt is too overpowering, and the hops are too astringent, and lean towards a perfumy character.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp mouthfeel, but not a whole lot of drinkability.

I wouldn't get this again.

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Photo of Kratman
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great DIPA offering from Cigar City Brewing. Aroma came off with citrus/floral Feel was smooth Taste was great. the citrus and hops were balanced very well. Feel was smooth. Overall-would definitly purchase this DIPA again and enjoy during a nice florida vacation.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours slightly hazy copper amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a light layer and laces very well.

S: Citrus, grapefruit and orange, fruity melon notes, tropical fruit, caramel malt sweetness, and a hint of alcohol.

T: Tropical fruit, mango, citrus, orange, a little grapefruit and lemon, fruity, peach, melon, cantaloupe and honeydew, caramel malt sweetness, and a hint of alcohol.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Tasty stuff, wish there was a little less melon though.

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Photo of Reds76
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Heavy on the malt. Taste is a bit too sweet. Nose is sweet and sour. Not a bad beer but far from excellent. I want DIPA's that are bright, clean, hop showcases and this is a bit murky, thick and heavy.

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Photo of PHBoiler
2.83/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours unassuming of what is to follow. Typical orange bodied Cigar City ale. Smell is offputting. The taste is a malty mess. Sticky sweet malt bomb that is completely out of balance. No sign of hops in the nose or the taste. The booze is also very apparent with the thin mouthfeel.

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Florida Man from Cigar City Brewing
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