Humidor Series American Sour Ale | Cigar City Brewing

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Humidor Series American Sour AleHumidor Series American Sour Ale

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ThatsThatDude on 04-10-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 142
Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Semi cloudy orange, slight carbonation and a one finger head that lingers.

S-Grapefruit and Cedar. Lots of both. Some grass and very slight tartness. But mainly grapefruit and cedar.

T-Graprefruit. And Cedar. Lots of both. Starts with the grapefruit and ends with the cedar. more tart than sour.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation, crisp almost dry finish.

O-Not really balanced as the cedar and grapefruit are in your face but good nonetheless. If it was a tad bit more sour the beer would be greatly improved.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, dated 4/9/2014, poured into a Cigar City snifter 6/15/2014.

A- Hazy light copper body. One finger white head, good retention, drops into a medium sized collar that persists for a while. Not much lacing.

S- Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. And that's really about it. No cedar, malt sweetness. Smells acetic and fresh. Definitely not a bad thing, though, but certainly not a complex nose.

F- Even better than it smells. It literally tastes like freshly squeezed grapefruit juice soaked in cedar. The cedar is distinct and unique, which I enjoyed. However, as a whole this is not very complex.

M- Medium bodied, well carbonated with a good balance of fizzy and softness to it. Very drinkable sour ale. Finish is faint cedar with more acid.

O- Not a complex sour but certainly an unique sour ale due to the cedar aging.

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Photo of cbutova
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks cousin Sonny for hooking me up with this one.

A- Split into four pint glasses for our tasting with a slightly hazy, fairly clear for a sour, deep golden body. A white head forms to about one finger with a foamy texture. Cap falls after a few moments to a thick ring and nice islands in the middle. Lacing starts with a thick pillow but only a few spots below that.

S- Cedar cigar boxes explode out of the bottle and glass immediately reminding me of the boxes I used to make homebrew stir bars. Just pure, fresh spicy cedar invading the nostrils. Musty, dusty old cigars really come to mind for me with some citrus and tart lemons.

T- Compared to the nose, this is a whole other beer for this portion. The cedar is still dominant up front and lingers in the finish but between it changes. After the initial cedar fades I get a blast of grapefruit citrus and sourness like biting into a fresh lemon. Other hints of passion fruit, vinegar, spice, gin, herbs and musty cigars (its hard to separate the two).

MF- Light-medium bodied with a fizzy and silky texture. Carbonation is medium-high. Fairly high sours linger like lemon juice on the palate.

This beer is... interesting. I enjoy the taste quite a bit but the cedar is certainly out of control in the aroma and dominant in the flavor. I like the lemon, grapefruit citrus sours and they work well with the cedar.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shared by CAMRON at last nights tasting. Reviewed from phone notes.

Appearance - Pale orange with some haze. A white head of a finger or so retains as a full cap and leaves some lace as well.

Smell - Huge cedar, quite perfumey and musty. Wooden cigar box, mint, cologne, old melons, some tart fruits.

Taste - Quite sour here, lots of grapefruit and lemon juice, plenty of cedar wood, acid, earthy minty ginger. Kinda oddball but good, an improvement on the nose.

Mouthfeel - Kind of a light feel with good carbonation spritz. I'd peg the ABV in the 6-7% range.

Overall - Cedar bomb to the face, pretty interesting. Good sour kick and some unique flavors for sure.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at the post-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, grain, wood, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, fruit, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but quite sour in the taste.

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Photo of jegross2
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Humidor Series American Sour Ale, a wild ale aged on Spanish cedar from Cigar City Brewing out of Tampa, Florida.

Score: 94

2014 vintage bottle served in a mini wine goblet and enjoyed on 06/04/14. Thank you Jon for sharing this treat.

Appearance: Pours a honey-amber color with a thin fizz of head that quickly settles to a ring around the glass. Poor lacing, okay retention. 3/5

Smell: Bright, lemony cedar and grapefruit! A faint waft of funk. A bit of grassiness too. 4.5/5

Taste: Cedar hits first, and lasts throughout as a nice backbone underlying tart lemon, grapefruit juice, and black pepper. Lasting cedar-y finish. Everything here integrates well. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, appropriate carbonation. Nice sour zing on the mid-palate, but it is not bracingly sour. Juicy mouthfeel and finish. 4.5/5

Overall: Different, strange, and delicious! You would not think cedar would marry so nicely with a sour/wild ale, but it really does when done right like it is here. This was unexpectedly excellent brew and a great addition to Cigar City's 2014 release lineup. I will definitely be revisiting this one in the future.

Cost: $10 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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Photo of JulioH
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Tastes like cider with lime juice on it. I found it to be a bit too acidic for me.

Pours a nice yellow beer. Smells like limes, sour, maybe lambic. Taste is straightforward. No magic. It could easily be sold as cider. Strong taste of lime and grapefruit. I tasted no depth, like barrels or funky yeasts. A light beer that could pass like chardonnay.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Vine & Barley Palm City. Served in a snifter.

Appearance - Deep orange. Huge white head. Beautiful lacing inside the glass. Medium collar.

Smell - Smells like a fresh grapefruit. Lots of cedar. A little musty.

Taste - Tastes like grapefruit, too. Lots of cedar, but it comes more in the aftertaste. It has a moderate sourness. Woody finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, despite the low ABV. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Straightforward grapefruit and cedar. Thankfully, they work well together.

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Photo of TheBeerDrinker
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours out dark orange in color with a nice two-finger, white head with nice retention and some nice lacing.

Smell is sour lemon, lots of citrus, and I fail to be able to describe this as a little sour to the nose.

Taste is much like the nose, sour lemon, orange, I get a little cherry, certainly a little barnyard funk but is really quite nice. You can smell the acidity and feel it in your stomach..

Mouthfeel is about the middle of the scale for thickness and definitely more thick than I would have expected for this beer.

Overall I really like this beer. The smell and taste really are similar although you get more funk in the taste. Great mouthfeel. I would definitely love to have more access to this beer as I really like. Nothing to complain about here. I am a fan of sours so this is right up my ally.

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Photo of itsscience
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served hazy orange with a short white head. The nose brings a fresh ripe peach, squeezed lemon, floral and herbal hops, and a hint of cedar wood. Drinking it, there's a consistent level of sourness throughout that is high enough to be interesting and low enough to avoid Warhead territory. It has notes of granny smith apples, lemons, Tang powder, black pepper, and a real grapefruit juice taste. Not "kinda sorta reminds me of grapefruit" but like poking a hole in a grapefruit and drinking from it. There's a nice hint of cedar in the finish and again in the aftertaste. The beer has a medium mouthfeel with low carbonation, which is good because the sourness makes it prickly enough.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Cigar City snifter.

A: Light bronze with garnet highlights, hazy. Forms a thin white head that fades quickly and relatively low visible carbonation.

S: Funky, tart, and citric with mild cedar dryness, barnyard grassyness, and some biscuit malts.

T: Citric lemony tartness, Humidor cedar character in moderation, and a touch of funk. Clean citric grapefruit/lemon and lactic on the finish with some more funk.

M: Medium body and moderate alcohol. Carbonation sensation towards the low side prevents a champagne-like mouthfeel.

O: This was not a sour bomb at all - lightly sour only - or maybe more tart. The cedar presence was restrained, letting the other flavors come through and results in a different beer that's quite drinkable and tasty. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of outsidah
2.68/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Available on tap and in bottles ($12) @ CCB and to see limited distro.

This beer was explained to me as being started as an IPA that was soured and cedared. It has a cool golden color and smells slightly sour and hoppy.

Taste wise, the main thing that stood out was a peppery like taste like in some rye IPA's I've had. It is somewhat sour, while a hoppy type character also tries to fight for attention. All in all, I can't really say that this is a beer I would want to have again which for me was a huge disappointment since I love CCB and LOVE their other sours.

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Photo of SkinnyT
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap at CCB and I also bought several bottles but I have not tried it out of the bottle yet. Appearance is a nice golden color similar to the Lacto Guave Grove. The smell is sour and slightly hoppy. I believe the base is an IPA. Taste is great, not mouth-puckering sour. You get some subtle cedar, but it's definitely not overpowering like it is in the Humidor IPA. The taste on this is similar to the Lacto Guave Grove minus the Guava. Overall this is a pretty good sour. Not the best i've had but I would definitely buy it again at the $12 price point.

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Humidor Series American Sour Ale from Cigar City Brewing
4.04 out of 5 based on 142 ratings.
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