Space Pope
Cigar City Brewing

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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #1,260
Ranked #11,365
3.99 | pDev: 7.02%
May 07, 2022
Dec 30, 2016
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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3.81 by Beersilio from Massachusetts on Jun 20, 2021
3.5 by BdM from Netherlands on Jun 18, 2021
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3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

L: Pours an opaque amber in color with a decent off-white head.
S: Smells rich of citrus, pine resin, earth, faint amount of malts.
T: Follows the nose, the malts show up way more in the taste which is nice.
F: Medium-bodied, high carbonation, crisp, biting.
O: Not shabby, I would buy again.

Jun 09, 2021
3.5 by archero from Texas on May 22, 2021
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3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Sigmund from Norway

355 ml can, from Vinmonopolet (Kvadrat or Nettbutikken). ABV is 7.2%, IBUs 45. Hops are Mosaic, Citra, Hallertau Blanc and Galaxy. Moderately hazy golden colour, moderate white head. Aroma of tropical fruits and crushed grapes, hints of sweat. Flavour of citrus, tropical fruits and pine needles, decent bittering hops.

May 17, 2021
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4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Zythophile from District of Columbia

Can Date: 2/24/21
Palate Contaminants: peppery pasta and a chocolate chip cookie

Moderately opaque with a really nice amber color. Good amount of very fine white head, as well as a moderate amount of lacing. Pretty much what I think a nice IPA should look like.

On the nose, sharp pine resin. Moderately acidic and very sweet pineapple. Very light lactose. Could stand to be a bit stronger.

Taste is like a forest floor. Mossy/grassy, with some bark flavor. As it warms up, there's more wood. Fruit taste is buried pretty well, and yeah, it's still citrus, but I can't tell which one. Bitterness is moderate.

Aftertaste is about the same as the taste, although the bitter character is stronger. Alcohol is detectable, and it would be fine if the fruit flavor or something else were there to compete. Carbonation is fine and smooth.

May 08, 2021
3.78 by 22Blue from Kansas on May 01, 2021
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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by PSanger from Connecticut

Had on draft at cigar city

Apr 30, 2021
4 by Manthon from Pennsylvania on Apr 19, 2021
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3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by StJamesGate from New York

Hazy pale amber with crusty white head that speckles; weed, papaya, lemon creme + blueberry nose; grapefruit, white melon, diesel, white pine, mild scallion, white pepper; crisp, chalky, lt-med.

4 4 3.75 3.75 3.75

Citra, Mosaic, CTZ, Galaxy

Mar 10 canning - 5 wks, which is remarkably fresh for a Transatlantic import. Unfortunately, that doesn’t equal big hop flavour, nor does it match the ABV or the hop bill. Hops are the mean side of Citra + the savoury side of Mosaic, all sharp edges.
This is the light malt, low bitterness (45 IBUs), fruity, + strong school of IPAs, a la Voodoo Ranger, but that only works if you bring the buds. As it is, there is nothing else going on, especially in the body, which is dangerously thin.
I’m especially not sure what Galaxy is bringing here because this could actually use the big, blousy tropical notes that usually make this hop so overpowering.

Reviews as recently as last year mention Hallertau Blanc - did this recipe change?
If so, based on previous reviews, it’s for the worse.

Apr 18, 2021
3.85 by mickyge from Massachusetts on Apr 11, 2021
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4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

With a hop combination that's simply not fair, Cigar City resists the haze and embraces the bitter. With a base taste that circulates around the Columbus-Tomahawk-Zeus hop combination, they also employ the international cheat code of Citra-Mosaic- Galaxy for a beer that's out of this world.

Bright in a golden pour, the modestly hazy Space Pope builds a creamy ivory froth before hitting the senses with a fruity, tropical, citrusy scent laced with herb and pine. A crisp malt sweetness introduces to the palate with hints of honey, light caramel and gently toasted wafer.

But the stars of its taste are the hops that share a generous fruitiness of orange, lime and grapefruit with a more tropical lead of passionfruit, pineapple and green papaya. As hints of berry, lemon and wine ebb and flow throughout the session, there's always that backdrop of bitter resins that add a piney, peppery and grassy bitterness that only grows as the session closes.

Medium bodied and trending dry, the work of alcohol and hop resins only aid the bitterness and crispness in a way that's seldom seen in the contemporary beer aisle. It finishes earthy, dank, grassy and sprucy with a refreshing, off-clean hop spice and a long linger of pithy resins. It's a classic American IPA with a modern tilt and is simply a beer that's both heavenly and out of this world.

Mar 23, 2021
3.94 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida on Mar 20, 2021
3.94 by Gagnonsux from Texas on Mar 19, 2021
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4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

Attractive clear amber appearance, large white head, good lacing. Hop-centric aroma striking notes of citrus, soft fruit and tropical fruit. Settles nicely on the taste buds, bitter but not in a way that is off-putting. Citrus stays firmly in control well into the aftertaste. Dry, acerbic, lasting finish.

Mar 16, 2021
3.99 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Mar 13, 2021
3.87 by Boone757 from Virginia on Mar 05, 2021
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4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Winzlow from Florida

Very good... Found it in 6ers at Total Wine - previously, only seen in the variety 12er.

Feb 13, 2021
3.98 by Griphon from Florida on Dec 02, 2020
4.14 by chris826 from Mississippi on Aug 12, 2020
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3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by Radome from Florida

Poured from a 12 oz can into a red wine glass. No date on the can, but it's been in my fridge for months, so it could be aged more than is optimal for an IPA.

L - Straw-colored beer; hazy. White head is not too tall, but has a thick, rocky appearance; fairly persistent and leaves solid lace on the glass.

S - Strong hops aromas of citrus and tropical fruit. Malt is only present as a vague sweet note. Clean fermentation with no yeast character.

T - Tropical fruit hops are at the forefront of the flavors. Mid-palate is a bit muddled and then there is sweet malt that fades into an off-dry finish.

F - Medium body; low to moderate carbonation. Slightly creamy mouthfeel. Hops bitterness could be described as medium at the most, surprisingly low for an IPA. Low to medium alcohol presence.

O - For me this is a disappointing IPA. Certainly not a crisp West Coast hop bomb, but neither is it truly a NEIPA. I'd call it closer to an American Pale Ale, but it is not a great example of that, either. This is the first time I've not been impressed by a Cigar City beer. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt for an aged example and it certainly doesn't hurt my overall positive opinion of the brewery.

Aug 08, 2020
3.99 by jtk21351 from California on Jul 31, 2020
4.12 by Branlott42 from Missouri on Jul 23, 2020
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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by clayrock81 from Florida

Poured a seethru straw-gold body with one-finger head and then left a lace ring down the glass. The aroma is classic hop presence of grass and citrus. Smooth beer with a medium body, slight malt stickiness and good balance in this beer, has some grass notes and finishes dry and overall very easy to drink.

Jul 17, 2020
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4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

Space Pope pours a hazy bright golden color, with a small, but long lasting lacing head. Big tropical fruit aroma. Flavor is sweet and smooth, lots of tropical fruit, with a great hoppy, bitter finish. Good body and feel. Overall, very solid IPA, sweet and bitter, well balanced, with great strong flavors.

Jul 05, 2020
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3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by VoxRationis from New York

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) can into a conical pint glass; canned on 04/11/20, code DENEB.
A: Pours a clear, hazy dark golden color with foamy, white colored head, cap retention, but somewhat spotty lacing.
S: Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, cocoa, caramel, cracker, and eucalyptus. Plastic/Band-Aid® note, as it warms.
T: Semisweet. The palate certainly follow the nose with the plastic coming on strong at the end without necessarily detracting (I may just be sensitive. Moderate bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
O: I was really excited about this from pour through nose, less no with consumption, but still a solid American IPA. Deneb is in the constellation Cygnus (the Swan) and part of the so-call Summer Triangle; I suppose that is the "space" element.

Jun 27, 2020
3.9 by RPM3334 from South Carolina on Jun 25, 2020
4.09 by 61Fergus from Maryland on Jun 25, 2020
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3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Parmesan from Colorado

L:. Pours a hazy dull golden orange with a very foamy white head and no lacing.

S:. Lots of tropical fruit, including a very strong punch of pineapple followed by orange but other than that most of it is muddled.

T:. Lots of ripe tropical fruit including pineapple and lemon rind, a very light bitterness. It's tropical and juicy but it all kinda just blends together.

F:. Smooth creamy body and medium feel.

O:. This is a very average hazy IPA.

Jun 23, 2020
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3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Paradox1000 from Florida

Good IPA, but prefer their Jai Alai ipa!

Jun 15, 2020
4 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida on Jun 06, 2020
4 by SAUbrewcrew from Michigan on May 19, 2020
4.88 by DarkLordsAxe from Florida on May 16, 2020
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4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

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.

May 11, 2020
4.33 by saymike32 from New Jersey on May 08, 2020
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3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by graysonslamsbrews from Pennsylvania

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.

May 08, 2020
4.08 by rangerred from Tennessee on Apr 28, 2020
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4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by CTHomer from Connecticut

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;

Apr 22, 2020
4 by craigbelly from Iowa on Apr 18, 2020
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