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Pilot Series Passionfruit Dragonfruit Berliner | Cigar City Brewing

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Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pro-Am collaboration with homebrewer Jonathan Wakefield using Cigar City's pilot system.

No longer brewed at Cigar City. Batches produced after March 2012 should be reviewed under Wakefield Brewing.

Added by shand on 03-13-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was holding off reviewing this until J. Wakefield Brewing was listed, but I'm impatient. Had this on tap at Hunahpu Day 2013, reviewed from notes. Got to meet Jonathan himself briefly, so that was neat.

This bear is beautiful. It's like a radioactive neon pink, with a bright fluffy glowing pink head. The head might actually be a white that just picks up the coloring from the regular beer, who knows? At any rate, it's mesmerizing. Definitely the most interesting looking beer I've ever seen.

The smell is this huge tropical fruit bouquet, really strong passionfruit. Lots of fruit sweetness, but it's cut a bit by a noticeable tartness so it never comes across as cloying. It's very bright smelling, like if I close my eyes it's like I'm just surrounded by wonderful fresh fruits.

The taste ratchets the nose up a notch. Really tart, citric, big tropical fruits, very slight wheat backbone. Really the best word that came to mind was "vibrant." Just a stunning, delicious beer.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, slightly dry. Punchy, active carbonation that doesn't overwhelm. Perfect.

This is without question the best beer I have ever had; I can think of no flaws. I definitely try to take a "it's just beer" attitude, but I think this is the first time in my life where I finished a glass and was genuinely bummed out to not have more. Who knows when I'll get to try this again... Anyone want to trade me some sweet Wakefield growlers?

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

PFDF pours a radiant, neon-like maroon hue with medium head -- unlike any beer I've ever seen. The liquid erupts with freshly picked fruit aroma that made my olfactory senses tingle. Jesus, this smells incredible!

Strong blasts of Passionfruit and citrus; no idea what a dragonfruit tastes like but I'm sure it was out in force. Hearty lactic backbone, and pretty darn sour for a Berliner. Body is somehow simultaneously creamy and active. This beer's sole flaw is its impossibility to acquire.

Hard to describe in words just how magical PFDF is: this is one of the very best foods/beverages I've ever consumed. Props to Wakefield -- the guy knows his stuff.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ive had this beer several times on tap at CCB. pours an insance pink/purple/reddish color. Aroma is juicy and tart, just loaded with tropical fruit notes and is amazingly fragrant. Flavor is sour and fruit. The fruit bursts onto the tongue like no other beer I have ever tasted. A true masterpiece. Wow.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From backlog notes. On-tap at Hunahpu day. This beer is stunning in every regard, from the radiant beet-red appearance, to the crowd's reaction (it caught on like wildfire.) The brew is lightly acidic but seems to rely equally on the inherent tartness of the tropical fruit addition; at any rate, it is a stunning take on a Berliner (and living near Peg's Cantina, I know a thing or two about stunning takes on Berliner.) As creative and delicious as a brew can be. I would love to see this again.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Hunaphu's Day. One of the beers that stole the show for those that were fortunate enough to try it.

A - This is one of those beers you see and immediately don't think it's a beer due to the amazing color. I had the Funky Buddha Passion Fruit Berliner, but that was a straw yellow. This is a bright and vivid fuchsia color that looks like it could power a neon light. Small white head was slightly pinkish tinged, probably more due reflecting the beer than the actual color, and left some minor spots on the sides. Guessing the color is due to the the Dragon Fruit, which I looked up on Wikipedia and found it to be the appropriate color.

S - Slightly citric in it's smell with big passion fruit aroma. You can tell it's got a potent tartness to it.

T - Sweet with a ton of passion fruit and a touch of sharp citrus that I am assuming is due to the dragon fruit. It's packed with so much flavor I am curious to know what the ABV is on this. If you like passion fruit, this is very faithful to the taste and expressed the fruit nicely. Even if you don't, it's such a great tasting beer I can't see anyone not liking this. Amazin.

M - Tartness gives you a little pucker. Lighter side of medium bodied works perfectly for this. Good carbonation. Spot on.

O - This one blew it out of the water. Great taste all around, couldn't drink enough of this. Unfortunately every one else had the same idea and this batch blew in about 10 min or less. Did I just rate this one of my highest beers ever? I think I did.

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Pilot Series Passionfruit Dragonfruit Berliner from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.77 out of 5 with 48 ratings
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