Gypsy IPA | Cigar City Brewing

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Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Gueuzedude on 01-31-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 4
Photo of jale
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Greg for this treat.

A: Pours a cloudy orange-amber with two fingers of tan head.

S: Citrus hops and some peach.

T: Mild citrus hops upfront moving into some piney hops. Edgy hop aftertaste.

M: Medium body with great carbonation.

O: Nice solid IPA.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler graciously shared by jale at a small tasting at Jackie O's (thanks Jim!). This is one of the first beers we opened, and it was a very good warm-up. It pours a dark orange color, murky-hazy with a thick off-white wet looking foam. The aroma was hoppy of course, floral and piny, but there's an odd character behind that which reminds me a little of Kopi-IPA. VERY flavorful, loads of citrus, a little sweet up-front but turning slightly bitter in the aftertaste. Again a lingering flavor that reminds of Kopi-IPA, not a bad thing.

Light carbonation, maybe a slightly old growler, still nice body. Loved this beer.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared at the epic jackie o's tasting with brad and co

A-hazy amber with a little whisper of head
S-just a hop bomb of awesomeness. Nothing distinct but definetly alot
T-exactly like it smells. Total hop bomb with nothing ele coming through
m-very bitter. Almost too bitter, but that isn't possible!
O-ddecent beer with not much more to it than a bunch of hops

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, when held up to the light this beer shows a massive hop haze, that is really not unexpected considering the ridiculous amount of hops that this thing was dryhopped with. It is hazy and is a orange tinged, light amber color when held up to the light. The beer on tap is over-carbonated so ends up with a huge, frothy, dense, pale tan colored, three finger thick head in the Cigar City Snifter. The aroma is just hugely about the hops. There is no real malt character noticeable, but it is an awesomely satisfying hop nose; floral, herbal, pine and a massive fruity hop character scream out of the glass. The fruit hop character is the most dominant of the hop aromatics and contributes notes of amped up citrus, lychee and floral tropical fruit. The fruit character is nicely balanced / held in check by herbal and pine aromatics though. While the hop aroma on this beer is totally agro, it is still in check and balanced for those hop-heads that can't get enough.

Hoowhee, that last bit of thought certainly doesn't apply to the flavor; huge, aggressive, scathing, tongue flagellating bitterness, astringency and over the top green hop flavors grab on to the palate, run rampant and thrash it all to hell. The body is fairly light actually (nicely hits the needs of a good IPA) and would be quite quaffable if the hop character wasn't so utterly depraved.

Theoretically more than 300 IBUs and it certainly tastes like it.. No mercy is shown with this beer & note of the beautiful, though aggressive, floral and fruity hop character (and don't even pretend to ask about any puny malt notes) from the nose doesn't have remotely enough showing in the flavor to make this conventionally enjoyable. But, but, I still enjoyed this beer; not just as an exercise in excess, but it manages to be fun and also goes to show that yes, you actually can over hop a beer .

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Gypsy IPA from Cigar City Brewing
4.02 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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