Fancy Papers
Cigar City Brewing

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American IPA
Ranked #2,912
Ranked #18,398
3.91 | pDev: 7.67%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Just as handsome designs printed on fancy papers and applied to cigar boxes are used to entice cigar lovers, we use Strata, Sabro, and Idaho 7 hops to draw in lovers of fruit-forward Hazy IPAs.

60 IBU
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 47 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass.
Canned Feb-20
Today 5-27-2020
Appears hazy yellow with a nice foamy head that dropped quickly to a nice foamy cap.
Smells lightly crackery, fruity, piney, mango, orange and pineapple.
Taste follows the nose with some mango, and slightly astringent.
Mouth feel is medium for the style, with good carbonation.
Overall, a nice example of a hazy IPA I'd love to try on draft sometime in the future.

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Singlefinpin from North Carolina, May 27, 2020
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3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fresh, fruity and funky, Cigar City toes the line of experimentation with an Idaho 7, Strata and Sabro hop fueled hazy hop bomb that straddles the fence between traditional bitter IPA and the newer juicy ones; all this rolled up in fancy papers.

Hazy, but reasonably so, Fancy Papers emerges on the nose with a fruit forward scent of citrus, tropics and herb along with a soft cereal sweet scent. As the malts allow for sweet introductions, hints of agave, lychee and spongecake all seem to come to mind.

But the hops quickly steal the show as the hops fade and the fruit flavors grow on the on the middle palate. Passionfruit, lime, grapefruit, kiwi and honeydew wash the tastebuds with a unique fruit blend from hops. Under ripened fruits like mango, guava and orange play secondary rolls ahead of a fairly bitter late palate of verbena, green tea, hemp and hay.

Medium bodied and fairly crisp, the refreshing New England styled IPA finishes pleasantly herbal with a peppery bite of hop derived astringency. As its grassy, tea and woodsy taste lingers past the fruit flavors, it highlights the problem of trying to get the best out of all bitter and hazy worlds.

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BEERchitect from Kentucky, May 20, 2020
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4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy amber yellow in color and has some particulates resting on the bottom of the glass. It poured with a half finger high white head that quickly settled down but consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S:Moderate aromas of melon and mango are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has additional notes of stone fruit and hints of coconut. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very juicy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is packed with a variety of aromas and flavors from the hops but is exceptionally drinkable.

Serving type: can

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metter98 from New York, May 19, 2020
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3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 fl oz can on April 13, 2020. Canned 02/10/20. Brewed with Strata, Sabro and Idaho 7 hops. Nice juicy sweetened peach notes.

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4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Golden with some haze as well as a frothy white head
S - Sweet tropical note and slight hints of hops
T - Sweet tropical notes - some pineapple and passionfruit - and a slight amount of hops. Some biscuit as well.
F - Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Some creaminess
O - A pretty benign hazy IPA. Flavors could be more pronounced but overall not bad.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mostly hazy maize gold with a tall poofy off-white head slowly settling to a creamy film and bubbly collar.

Crackery malt pairs with citrus rinds and a little pine wood and cruciferous herbality via a medium body with a mild crisp carbonation finishing dry, bringing out a touch of Sweet Tarts.

This actually reminded me of Fat Head's IPA, despite being hazy.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Apr 05, 2020
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4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a sixer for another coronovirus evening. Light amber hazy body with a big rocky white head. Nose is mango and pineapple and orange and biscuit and a touch of white pepper.

This has a ton of flavor, with fruit sweetness kind of riding the hop wave to balance it out. Although this is well hopped, at no point is it bitter in a traditonal sense. Alcohol is completely hidden. Might be a little sweet for serious sessioning, but definitely worth a try. Cigar City continues to think outside the box.

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daliandragon from Maryland, Mar 24, 2020
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4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I loved this beer, especially at $12/6 pack on the shelf. Surprised only at 87 right now.
Nice golden, medium haze with 1 finger fluffy white head.
Tangerine, clementine, slightly soapy/perfume (pleasant!) aroma. Lovely.
Taste follows the nose. Dry tangerine seltzer, Fanta soda, with dry (slightly astringent, but pleasant) finish.
Nice carbonation, medium not full mouthfeel, but covers the entire palate. The feel suits the smell and taste.
Overall, very impressed with this mass distro shelfie. Love Cigar City, even up here in CT! This will be a go-to beer during this covid Spring and Summer.

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bwarner2015 from Connecticut, Mar 19, 2020
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3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The pour is light orange with a lot of sediment floating about. The taste is apricot, peach, pear, & plum. It's an okay IPA i Just expected some more taste out of it but oh well this style of beer is not something that Cigar City is known for, i'm sure they will produce a more flavorful IPA in time. Cheers! B

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Nass from Florida, Mar 18, 2020
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4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottom of the can: "CANNED01/24/20 @13:06: 244 3219"

Appearance: The body of the beer is a medium shade of orange with notes of orange-brown and orange-gold. It is opaque. The head is fluffy and off-white with a large rocky cap that has very good retention.

Aroma: Even before pouring the beer the aroma lept to the nose. It has notes of mango, pineapple, passion fruit, and orange. It smells a lot like a tropical mixed-fruit drink.

Taste: It has a big flavor up front that has pineapple and agave nectar, which is joined with some mango in the middle and a bit of cracker flavor and white flour. Towards the end it has fresh peach flavor. Excellent flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and light bodied. No bitterness and easy to drink. It has texture without feeling too thick. Perfect body.

Overall: The beer is awesome. It has a very tropical feel and the flavors taste very fesh. The beer is head and shoulders above most competitive New England IPAs. This would be an awesome beer to drink near a pool during the Summer. I really enjoyed it and I will add it to my lineup of beers to buy if this is regularly offered. I would highly recommend it if you enjoy New England IPAs or if you enjoy tropical flavored IPAs in general.

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teromous from Virginia, Mar 12, 2020
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3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque orangeade color with a smallish foamy/creamy white head. Smell is some mango,apricot?,some mild pine resin. Taste is mango, papaya, very tropical. None of the flavors really stand out ,tastes sort of like muddled fruit.Some beady/biscuit notes. Feels light bodied, possibly watery. Adequate carbonation. Pretty good, but mediocre in most respects.Overall I would drink again but not seek out.

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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey, Feb 27, 2020
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3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, sample form the brewery.

Hazed out golden straw hue, great looking froth on top. Zesty, orangey, peppery, citrus juice, & mild grassiness in the nose and on the palate. Smooth drinking, slightly warming. Just enough bitterness, tons of hop flavor and a bit of malt that struggles to balance.

Decent drinking but tastes like 90% of the other Hazy IPAs.

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Jason from Massachusetts, Feb 24, 2020
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I’m often impressed with Cigar City. Like Behati Prinsloo walking down the cat walk, they usually bring it. Here though, well, it’s no Behati. Think more of an H&M model - which is fine - but it’s still H&M, you know? Like, I would totally introduce her to mama. But put a ring on it? Nah.

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RaulMondesi from California, Feb 13, 2020
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3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fansah paypahs.
Canned 1/7/20 yo.
Parish Teku.

I dropped this can in my garage while shuffling beer around and it developed an injury on the side - it was quite grotesque, fluids squirting everywhere and whatnot. I figured the best thing was to put it out of its misery and give it a proper eulogy. So here we are.

A hazy bulby orange color with a creamy head of 2 fingers, receding to 1, leaving lots of lace on the Teku walls.

Aromas of cereal mash and OJ, slight grapefruit and old dried apricot.

Flavor is much the same, bringing cereal mash and OJ, with light hints of grapefruit and pepper. Some cedar and sage show up as well, with biscuit, lemon, and a distinct apricot tea bitterness on the finish.

Feel is semi-creamy with a medium body and moderate to heavy carbonation. Very light citric acidity. Mild to moderate warming alcohol.

Overall a bit underwhelming even relatively fresh. Glad I paid $2 for a single instead of $10 for a 6 pack, I got the much better deal.

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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota, Feb 11, 2020
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3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

32oz growler. Poured out a hazy, golden orange color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of orange, mango, pineapple and caramel. Very fruity and sweet with a toasted caramel finish.

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zeff80 from Missouri, Feb 03, 2020
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3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very juicy tasting with grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, tea leaf, biscuit, light peppery spices, grains that give a malty sweetness and then trailing citrus bitterness.

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CHickman from New York, Feb 02, 2020
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2.76/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Picked up a 6 pack of cans at my local Total. Poured into standard pint glass. Not my cup o tea. Looks like a typical hazy. Feels ok. But the taste reminds me of the smell of a woman getting a perm. Like a touch of burnt hair. They use Strata, Sabro and Idaho 7 hops, so I suspect one of these tinges the brew in a funky way. I'll pass, especially at $12 for 6 and only 6.5abv.

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Fancy Papers from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 47 ratings