Guayabera Citra Pale Ale | Cigar City Brewing

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Guayabera Citra Pale AleGuayabera Citra Pale Ale
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Guayabera Citra Pale AleGuayabera Citra Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Traditional throughout Latin America, the guayabera shirt combines style, functionality, form and tradition in it’s four-pocketed design. We at Cigar City feel the same reverence and appreciation for the guayabera that we do for the Citra hop varietal, an ingredient that imparts notes of tangerine, lime and berries to this traditional American Pale Ale. The exclusive use of Citra hops in this beer creates a flavor that’s at once unique and recognizable, while it’s dry, crisp character and moderate alcohol make it as refreshing and functional as a crisp linen guayabera.

Added by SkinnyT on 10-07-2014

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Ratings: 720 |  Reviews: 152
Reviews by SimplySinister:
Photo of SimplySinister
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured standard 12 oz can into standard pint glass. Pours golden sunset, opaque cloudy, with quickly dissipating 1 finger head. Very nice lacing.

S - Huge nose on this one. Tangerine and Lime notes are accompanied by a grapefruit scent.

T - Unbelievable. Delicious and totally unique. I've heard murmurings and now I know what all the fuss is about with this one. Huge flavor. The citrus is (obviously) a big player here though it's hard to nail down the dominant fruit. The front end seems to bounce back and forth from tangerine, to lime, to grapefruit. Sweetness is dialed back but not overly bitter. Either way, the taste is totally one-of-a-kind.

M - Finishes very clean for everything that's going on in this one and, let me tell you, that's saying something. Very clean, very crisp but not too dry. This is still a refreshing beer. No synthetic taste at all, totally pure. This is a real beer as confirmed by every metric that I employ.

D - Absolutely drinkable and absolutely unforgettable. Even though I'm a Bay Area Resident, I went into this one totally impartial. Florida's brewing scene is hit and miss; I've been disappointed before. Add to that all the talk about this brew and I was more than a little suspicious. Regardless, this one is the genuine article. That's not hot air. I'm not sure about availability outside of Tampa Bay but if you can find it, don't hesitate. Pull it off the shelf and stuff it in the cart. Amazing.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy lemon yellow with a creamy head that falls clinging in rings. You can just see a subtle orange blush. Nose is tangerine and lemon. Cracker and tropical fruit. Sweet grasses and dank spice. Peppery hops. Drinks just like the nose and is accented by a light but lasting bitterness. Firm malty finish but abundant with hop flavors. That light tasting , juicy orange steals the show and the low abv keeps it going down easily. The bitterness is just enough to cleanse the palate and leave you with lemon, cracker and a tiny bit of white pepper. I'd say this brewer just winked at me with a pleasant and easy drinking beer that is a compliment to both Chinese and Indian food. Delicate and enjoyably sessionable.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Lillies in NYC. Please come to MA Cigar City! Why are you not there but we have useless Stella Artois. Any ways....this is a very fruity blast - not overwhelming with the good. Nice 5.5% er. Good work - and screw you Stella Artois

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Photo of Act25
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love a beer at 5.5% that tastes stronger and more robust, this could be an every day IPA
A) Over a clear golden body a robust lasting head that laces well.
S) Robust and ample. Onion and earth first, along side mango and grapefruit, both the front and back of the flower shop.
T) Seesaw’s through the manifold flavors in the aroma. On a caramel malt base. Nice bittering dry finish.

Taste: Up front there is this slightly floral caramel flavor with a hint of pine. A light mango flavor comes through and a nice grain flavor.
F) Woody, with a long drying finish.
O) Excellent, better than the 7+% Jai Alai (also great and their flagship)

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Golden, maybe a tinge of amber and fairly clear, capped by a thinnish, white head.

Smell: Garden variety pale malts with aromatic hops smelling of green herb of the kind bud variety, sharp citrus and some pine.

Taste: Pale malts, minor hint of toasted grains, a bit bready. Little showing of malty sweetness. Robustly herbal, pulped citrus fruits and (again) some pine. Moderate bitterness. Hop flavors and their imparted bitterness carry one through the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's a hoppy ale, alright.

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Photo of oberon
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sicilian
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Delicious Citra Bomb!

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Photo of thecraftbeersocial
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can, canned on 8/21/17. Pours very hazy golden orange with a medium pillowy white head that retains fairly well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet bready malt with citrus hops.

The flavor is sweet malts with citrus fruit and a bitter grassy hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice fruity hoppy pale.

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Photo of TTripp725
3.44/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can...canned 3/23/17 according to the bottom of the can

Pours hazed lighter amber, under a large and frothy khaki cap, leaving all kinds of froth, and thicker lacing all over the glass, nice looking stuff.

The nose is dully of ripe fruits.

Tasty and enjoyable pale ale, with a nice mix of fruity notes and resiny hop notes....with a little perfume/ginger in the finish....yummy stuff...

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Photo of ledouge
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of asuburbanman
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Unclevince
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JC333
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of deebo
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery. Golden and clear with a ringing of white tiny bubbles. Aroma is spicy citra. Passion fruit with white pepper. Cracker malt. Taste is like the aroma but lacks as mouth citra flavor as my favorites. Mouthfeel has a longer more bitter finish like a zombie dust and less like a pseudo sue. Overall a good citra pale but a step behind the leaders for me.

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Photo of PprBurke
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NRajtarski
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beer pours a brilliant orange color with just a small amount of head (maybe one finger). The smell is tropical, pine and a hint of berry. The taste is more of that of an IPA and that's okay with me. This beer has a nice mouthfeel and is a flavor bomb for an APA. I wish I could get it locally.. Excellent beer.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper colored with a light haziness. There's a fingernail of off white covering the top. The aroma is of lemon lime and ginger. I'm tasting that lemon lime which also provides a pleasant cooling sensation to the tongue. Light malt is also in the mix to counter the citrus fruit.

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Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of juicebox
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RC_Saunders
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yellow golden color, not too cloudy and not overly hoppy. Great Pale Ale! It is relatively smooth,with a good subtle flavor. This one definitely made me a fan of cigar city

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Photo of MattyG85
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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