Space Pope
Cigar City Brewing

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American IPA
Ranked #917
Ranked #7,325
4.01 | pDev: 6.98%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Is the Space Pope reptilian? That question remains to be answered, but in the meantime, we have his eponymous IPA to consider. Brewed with an astronomical amount of Mosaic, Citra, CTZ and (what else?) Galaxy hops that lend notes of passionfruit and melon to the clean flavors of base malt and a touch of crystal malt for depth of character. When your ecclesiastical jurisdiction encompasses the entire universe, only Cigar City's Space Pope IPA will do!
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4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy and golden with a fading off white head, this beer looks decent. Potent citrus and pineapple/ tropical nose to this beer, again nice. Flavor translated from the nose pretty well with the tropical flavors mixing with a slight sticky bitterness. Medium carbonation with a sticky bitter feel and oh so slight heat.

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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania, May 11, 2020
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3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass.

L: Light, creamy orange-golden pale and completely hazy. Thin head that laces the edges.
S: Not particularly powerful but cirtus and soapy? Hop-forward and rich malt sweetness.
T: Orange and tangerine peel and medium bitterness but not overwhelming. Not a ton of sweetness, but is kinda like an orange creamsicle.
F: Medium to heavier bodied and mild carbonation.

Cigar City don't miss.

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graysonslamsbrews from Pennsylvania, May 08, 2020
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4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: slight haze; deep gold in color; 1 finger finely pored ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; OK lacing;

S; strawberry, peach, orange, and floral;

T: citrus first, then peach, then apricot, and then orange in the aftertaste; mild bitterness on the finish;

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

O: really nice flavor;

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CTHomer from Connecticut, Apr 22, 2020
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3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Glad to finally Poured from a can into a tulip.

Pours lightly hazed medium gold with a good foamy head and enduring lacing.

Vague tropical aromas mix with orange and pine resin.

Caramel malts are very present and forward on the tip of the tongue. Citrus flesh, zest, and pith all arrive in midstream. The brew closes with resin and white pepper. The ABV is well hidden.

The brew is medium bodied. Well carbonated and not crisp, but drying.

A solid IPA. Not Jai Alai, but tasty.

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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota, Apr 12, 2020
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured in to a nonic glass.

Look- Hazy golden amber color. Large off-white head that recedes slowly to a thin cap of foam, solid lacing. Moderate carbonation streams visible.

Smell- Big tropical fruit (pineapple, papaya and mango), melon, citrus (orange/tangerine, grapefruit and lemon), peach/nectarine, green grape, bready malt, faint pine and floral/grassy hop notes.

Taste- Similar to the aroma, tropical fruit, citrus, nectarine and melon, a bit of green grape skin, light pine, lingering aggressively bitter finish . Fairly well balanced.

Feel- Medium bodied, dry and crisp. Moderate carbonation on the tongue.

O- A very solid IPA, somewhere between a WC IPA and a NE hazy. Worth checking out.

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Mister_Faucher from Washington, Mar 31, 2020
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3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-amber can pour with a deep haze and a light fruity and floral aroma. The flavor is of tropical fruit with strawberry notes. The brew has low to moderate hop bitterness. The hop profile is well-balanced and tasty. I enjoyed these.

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Bluecrow from New York, Mar 19, 2020
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4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've had so many IPAs (and it's not even my favorite style) that they all are beginning to taste the same, but this one was definitely unique...

Great hazy look for an IPA with a bright-white, frothy head, and a smell that was all juicy, sweet, and simply enjoyable. Mouthfeel, though carbonated, was not distracting at all, and the smell of sweet juiciness translated perfectly to the taste. Truly a distinct offering from the style - something that sets itself beyond others in the field. Another great job from CC.

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2.85/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Included in a 12 pack variety box I had delivered from my local beer store while under Coronavirus quarantine:

Brewed with Mosaic, Citra, Hallertau Blanc and Galaxy hops.

Hop profile isn't anything special, with Hallertau Blanc taking a backseat to this beer's dominant vague tropical fruit character. It's dry and unrefreshing. Lacks Citra's clean citrus and Mosaic's subtle blueberry flavours, but I guess it somewhat delivers on the desirable traits of Galaxy in that there's some passionfruit flavour.


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kojevergas from Colorado, Mar 18, 2020
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3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can with a 19 January 2020 BB date stamp on the bottom of the can.
Pours with a hazy golden-amber body topped with a decent white head that leaves ample lacing on the glass.
The aroma is somewhat dank despite a mix of citrus juice and citrus peel notes, including both organ and tangerine. The flavor follows, but with less orange and more passionfruit. Moderate bitterness for style but the flavor is, perhaps, a touch stronger than average.
Medium body and carbonation.

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chinchill from South Carolina, Feb 17, 2020
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4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a snifter

A- pours a clear golden color with a one finger foamy white head that has good retention and leaves lacing behind

S- Dank tropical fruit aromas of mango, papaya and melon, herbaceous mosaic notes, tangerine, clean malt

T- loads of tropical fruit notes up front; mango, cantaloupe, pineapple and tangerine, earthy and herbal notes, hint of toasted malt on the finish

M- medium body with moderate carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and crisp finish

O- full flavored tropical hops with great drinkability

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Treyliff from West Virginia, Feb 02, 2020
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3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Less 24 days old!

Pours an effervescent gold with a pinky of pearl colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Oranges, breadyness,

T: Follows the nose, some lime & grassyness up front. Pomelo, dryness & a little bready sweetness as this warms along with leafy hops. Finishes dry, with a little pomelo & crackery notes

MF: Light/medium body, fairly firm carbonation, decent balance

Not a bad IPA, but not one I would buy again

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russpowell from Arkansas, Jan 30, 2020
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3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Duchesse de Biurgogne glass. Space pope is extremely hoppy and quite bitter, which is what it says on the bottle, so I can't fault it for that. It does quite a good job at what it's meant to do, however. Carbonation is fairly low in this IPA, and it's not particularly fragrant. But if you're into discerning different shades of hopps in your IPA, it's got plenty to work with. Overall, it's not my type of an IPA as I prefer something as Goose Island Next Coast IPA, but it's a matter of preference. Gotta love the name though.

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4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with moderate head. Heavy citrus scent with some pine. Taste follows, with some fruit flavors coming in. Light mouthfeel and an aftertaste that starts with pine and mellows to citrus/fruit

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Buckeye55 from North Carolina, Dec 20, 2019
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3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 11/06/2019
A: Poured into Teku glass. Golden orange body with a bubble white head that dissipated quickly to a slight white rim of small bubbles on the outer edge.

S: Sharp aroma of citrus: grapefruit rind and orange. Some bitter melon and pine.

T/MF: Getting some bitter grapefruit and citrus up front with a juicy hop pine in the middle. That being said there's a nice dryness to this in the finish that makes drinking this one easy.

O: This is a fairly decent offering from CCB, however this one is a little underwhelming, hop-wise, for an IPA. I would like to have seen a little bit more from the hop bill. I would definitely choose the Jai Alai or Guayabera before this one though. It's not a bad beer, I was just expecting more.

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jhartley from Florida, Dec 01, 2019
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3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can from sampler pack. Bright, clear golden, small lasting creamy head. Aroma is piney with light caramel. Taste is grainy, toffee, with a sharp bitter bite.

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stevoj from Idaho, Nov 07, 2019
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2.83/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours slightly hazy, gold in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is citrus hops, tea, and cracker. Light bodied, moderate carbonation, and bitter. An OK ipa. Nothing really jumps out to me about this one. Will pass in the future.

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tigg924 from Massachusetts, Nov 04, 2019
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3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slight chill haze on gold, thin white head, ok retention, lace ain't so great
Super tropical aroma, pineapple, mango, guava, passionfruit, etc. It's all in there!
Pretty much follows aroma, but could stand to be more crisp and bitter.
Soft mouthfeel, could use a bit more carbonation.
It seems like they're going for something between a WCIPA and NEIPA. I applaud the effort, but don't really like the results.

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MrOH from Maryland, Oct 30, 2019
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4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Quite a nice IPA from a brewery that’s always solid and reliable. No date on can. Pours a slightly darker honeyed golden color with some fluffy white head and spotty lingering lacing. Also some small sticky rings that lasted for a long time. Smells of ripe mango, grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine and lemon. Also some malt, nuts, bread, caramel, vanilla and light piney notes. Taste follows the nose, good balance between the more bitter hit of hoppiness and the sweeter malt backbone. Smooth, mildly sticky, gently coated the palate, good carbonation. A very enjoyable beer.

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beersampler6 from Michigan, Oct 21, 2019
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Space Pope by Cigar City 7.2%ABV 57 IBU

Appearance: pours hazy gold, nice head, some lacing rings stay

Aroma: citrus, hops, pale malt

Taste: hoppy, citrus peel, dry

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, average carbonation, resin

Aftertaste: citrus, astringent

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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked-up three cans as part of a mixed twelve-pack at Kappy's in Norwell for about eighteen dollars. My third brew reviewed from these guys. Pretty solid, would put even with JA, liked CPA better.

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brewme from Massachusetts, Oct 04, 2019
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4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can, into glass

pours a slightly hazy darker yellow color, white head. nice well rounded hop aroma, fruity, but also some dankness and grassy notes. similar flavor, moderately bitter. medium bodied, nice feel.

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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania, Sep 23, 2019
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3.39/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can 2 months old gotten via their variety 12 pack. Lots of citrus on the nose, hoppy, piney, some bread crust. Taste follows the aroma closely. Chewy mouthfeel. Don't understand how they can produce such an underwhelming IPA and put it in the same 12 pack as Jai Alai. I would not buy this beer as a single or if I saw it in a six pack.

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Beertsipper from New York, Sep 16, 2019
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3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Honestly not my favorite. Still a tasty IPA no doubt. The smell was a little off I wasn’t a big fan but that was really the only detractor. Buy again for me.

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jmc65267 from Georgia, Sep 13, 2019
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4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear amber with fine, soft foam.

Smell is piney with notes of resin, grapefruit and int of sweetness.

Taste is piney and citrusy with a potent bitterness that is bouyed by a slightly sweet malt base. Notes of grapefruit and grass, very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a very nice IPA, bordering on west coast. My favorite from Cigar City so far.

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JamFuel from Sweden, Sep 10, 2019
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3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 08/02/2019.

L: Pours a cloudy yellow-gold with off-white head with low retention.
S: Citrus, melon.
T: Tropical fruit, citrus. A bit of bitterness lingers on the finish. Clean malt base.
M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

I like this one. The hop combination provides a good flavor and the malt flavor mostly takes a back seat. The flavor on the finish isn't that strong and doesn't bother me too much, but it's the only thing holding this back from a higher score.

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WA_Brian from Washington, Aug 26, 2019
Space Pope from Cigar City Brewing
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