Continental Drift
Cigar City Brewing

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IPA - American
3.9 | pDev: 7.69%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: Collaboration with Knee Deep Brewing Company
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 51 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from (very) long-standing notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Cigar City Brewing goblet. Consumed on 8/8/16. Bottle purchased at the brewery on 7/15/16.

A: Nearly clear deep gold, with a good amount of visible carbonation. Forms a two-finger, just off-white head with great retention for style. A very attractive beer.

S: Citrus rind and resin up front, with tropical fruits, melon, and bready malts on the back end. Nice, albeit a bit old school perhaps.

T: Hmmm. Different than what I got on the nose. Big melon, with less fruity and dank hops. A touch spicy and some tropical fruits. Bready malts add a bit of sweetness to the drink though without any particular caramel flavor. Some more melon and citrus rind in the hang with a modest bitter character.

M: Medium body, low alcohol presence. The carbonation sensation maybe a touch on the low side.

O: On re-smelling this after tasting, I guess there’s more melon there than I got initially. Other than that – a solidly made IPA, but I sure wouldn’t have picked these hops for my personal preference. The malt bill is clean and largely stays out of the way as in most West Coast IPAs; but still adds more sweetness than, say, a Pliny. Good, and I’ll look forward to the other bottles I have. But it isn’t quite something that I’d wish would become a regular offering or anything.

Jul 26, 2019
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; deep gold in color; 1 finger off white head that receded to a splotchy cap; nice lacing;

S: mango, orange, pineapple, and grapefruit;

T: tropical fruit from the nose is still there, but much less intense; some astringency throughout; moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: good, but considering the breweries involved, a bit of a let down;

Jul 06, 2017
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Nearly clear golden orange pour. Two fingers of foamy white head leaves great lacing.

S: Sweet malts and citrus. Grapefruit and orange peel... tropicals.

T/F: Nice malt/bready sweetness to open and provide nice body. The hop profile is nicely balanced... tropical and fruity. Candied grapefruit, mango, guava, and passionfruit. A little floral, with a sticky mouthfeel. The finish is more tropical. Bitterness is subdued.

O: A delicious collaboration from 2 outstanding breweries. It may err a bit on the sweet side, but still very tasty and uber-drinkable. Love the fruit flavors they got out of the hops, and worth picking up.

Jul 03, 2017
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KensWorld from Florida

4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Massive floral aroma and taste. Not sure what hop has produced this character but it's quite unique. A little on the sweet side but still Very good IPA

Apr 22, 2017
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Brolo75 from California

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a clear dark orange with an off white head, lots of lacing, no head retention, I was expecting something hazy.

A: Slight tropical notes like guava, mango skin, hint of pine, sweet syrupy malts on the finish, very subtle.

T: Like the nose, taste is subtle, slight hints of guava and mango, bitterness is like citrus zest with a dry finish.

M: Medium bodied with a dry finish, grapefruit peel dryness.

O: I was expecting a hazy and tropical beer, instead it drinks more like a slightly tropical west coast IPA with a touch of pine, must be an April Fool's joke!

Apr 01, 2017
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jakecattleco from California

3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Draught pour at Davis Beer Shoppe 6th Anniversary into a shaker pint.

L: Vibrant copper with finger of white medium density head that had moderate retention and left mixed windshield and ringed lacing.
S: Nose is mute, mostly tropical.
T: Follows the nose but with some additional citrus. Nothing overly special. Finishes with a bit of astringency and some bitterness, astringency lingers for quite a bit.
F: Light bodied with higher carbonation, led to some tingling on the tongue.
O: Just a 'middle-of-the-road' APA/IPA, expected more from these heavyweights.

Mar 19, 2017
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mdfb79 from New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery in Tampa on 08/28/16.

I liked this one a lot. Awesome citrus hops and tropical notes to it, can definitely taste the KD IPA influence on it. Worth checking out for sure.

Sep 07, 2016
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TX-Badger from Texas

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light coppery color with white head. Citrus fruits, orange, lemon, peach, and berries with some cereal grain on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium to full bodied. Finishes with more fruitiness, and adds in a decent but not overpowering bread note.

Aug 02, 2016
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SFC21 from Florida

3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a teku, dated 7/13/16.

There is no doubt this is a west coast style IPA. Pungent, bitter, resinous hops immediately overwhelm the palate, in a good way. As it warms the bouquet of cannabis really asserts itself.

While nothing groundbreaking it is a very tasty brew

Jul 27, 2016
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