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Big Apple IPA | Cigar City Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by mdfb79 on 09-27-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
34
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
10.84%
 
 
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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 34
Photo of seeswo
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you RomaniIteDomum - you are a great trader!

Pours that apple juice color that suggests a malty IPA. Nice off-white head. The smell is somewhat oddly muted. Nose is slightly sweet malts with a hint of hoppiness. The malt sweetness has the slightest sense of apple, which fits in this situation. The taste is very interesting. It is clearly strongly hopped, and yet the hoppiness is pushed to the back by a strong apple maltiness. The apple is pretty apparent, and if you told me apple wasn't involved in the brewing process, I'd hang up my palette. I guess the power of suggestion could be strong. I think this beer would flounder with age, but it is enjoyable right now. Good carbonation and a nice, slightly sweet, but not cloying mouthfeel. Overall, I am enjoying this beer and very glad I got to try it. It is, by definition to me, a B+ beer that I would definitely drink again.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Chris for cracking this open!

Pours a slightly hazy maroon orange. A pretty colour. Sme nice white head. Looks pretty.
Smells apply and not really hoppy. A odd combination. Tastes apple heavy And malty. The apple masks the hops. Sweetness is pretty strong. Well carbonated. Overall i enjoy this a lot more than i expected to

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Photo of jimboween
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

hello: a buddy from tampa went home over break and brought me back a growler of this stuff direct from the brew tour! i may not have said this before, but jai alai ipa is currently one of my very favorites, let's add apple!

appearance: good, clear red copper. perhaps a bit darker than average for the style.

smell: mostly like an ipa, hops and all that, but with distinct fresh apple. maybe cinnamon too? not quite the "oh god, that's a liquid pie" response you get from say a pumpking, but the ingredients are there.

taste: delicious. jai alai ipa with a distinct bite of fresh apple hanging out with the hops. the cinnamon from the nose is not really there until the verrry end. like an afterthought of cinnamon. like someone shows you a picture of a cinnamon stick just after you've taken a hearty quaff.

mouthfeel: perfectly carbonated, good head retention, smooth, just a bit "sticky".

overall: as far as i'm concerned, cigar city is the best of the best for florida microbrews. they have endless varieties of their ipa, and a few wierd things involving guavas. i need to branch me out and find something pumpkin-y from them. i'd say try and get this apple ipa somewhere, but unless you're in tampa, it's probably unlikely. i've never even seen this in daytona, a mere 2 hours away.

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Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$9.99 for a 32 ounce grolwer fill (not cheap) at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.

Pours a nice warm shade of auburn, pretty clear, under a thick, dense and lasting medium tan head. Leaves all sorts of sheeting, and scattered lacing. Nice looking beer.

Nose reveals the advertized spicing, and this is a well spiced up offering. In general it smells like an apple pie. Which is not a real bad thing just sort of a strange thing for an "IPA".

Smell pretty much covers the taste, more of the same. Medium carbonation and body. Spiced apples is the story here. Based on the name, they hit the mark. Tasty and enjoyable enough stuff. With the alcohol not noticable. Cigar City clearly knows how to make a quality product.

Sort of a fall/thanksgiving style IPA. Better then a lot of the pumkin infused offerings that seem to flood the market at this time of year.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 09/26/11 notes. Had this on tap at The Ginger Man in NYC yesterday. Menu said 7.0% ABV, served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a hazy dark orange color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Some nice head retention and lots of lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of cinnamon, apples, fruity malts, and light citrus hops. Cinnamon is strong and not a ton of hops, but very enjoyable. Apples come through more in the nose as it warms up.

t - Tastes of cinnamon, nutmeg, bready malts, apples, fruity malts, and light fruity hops. Again, a ton of cinnamon and nutmeg. Not reminding me of an IPA at all, but tastes great either way.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy, and easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a really good beer, but not very ipa-ish. I thought it was a fantastic fall beer and has a ton of nutmeg and cinnamon, like a pumpkin beer, and the apples come through very nicely in the taste. Would like to try it again sometime.

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Big Apple IPA from Cigar City Brewing
4.06 out of 5 based on 34 ratings.
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