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Tropical Heatwave Wheat Ale | Cigar City Brewing

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3.54/5
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140 Ratings
Tropical Heatwave Wheat AleTropical Heatwave Wheat Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by babaracas on 03-07-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
140
pDev:
11.02%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
10
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 140 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of kylehay2004
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 3 finger frothy head with nice lacing on a murky pale golden yellow body.

S: mostly malt and bread with a mild lemon note.

T: the fruity notes are mostly sour with light malt and wheat and a slightly tart finish.

M: light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: Its a little bland. Highly drinkable. Not a bad beer just not very memorable.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of oline73
2.94/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I had this on-tap at Churchkey in DC. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a layer of white head that fades to a rind around the pour.

Smell: I'm getting tropical fruit, pickles, and a mild vinegar note. Very light.

Taste: Like the smell but a bit less tart. Fruity with some mixed vegetables and pickles. I am getting some passion fruit. The finish is fruity and crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This was a really weird beer for me. I didn't enjoy the other flavors that I was getting. I wouldn't have another.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to drabmuh. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a clear straw yellow with a thin white head and some spots of lacing. Thin cap. The nose carried some light grain and a touch of stone fruit. Flavor is very grainy with some tannins in there. Far too tannic. Light body. Crisp. Just okay.

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Photo of nickfl
4.01/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. The head settles slowly and leaves extremely thick lace on the glass.

S - Some slightly spicy wheat and a touch of pine hops.

T - Some thick wheat up front with a lemony acidity. Notes of vanilla and pear in the middle with a hint of citrus. Finishes with lemon and more vanilla as well as thick, bready malt.

M - A thick, chewy body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - Very nice, this is more reminiscent of a Wit bier than a German or American wheat beer and in that regard it succeeds quite nicely, Eminently drinkable with an acidity that helps cut through the thick body.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

The beer is golden yellow hued with a small, fleeting white head. The appearance is mostly clear, with only a slight haze. The aroma offers wheat and some pungent malt. Smells ok. The flavor is dry and tart with an abundant wheat character. Dank hops play a major role as well. Again, ok. Lingering dryness and mildly tart wheat. Overall, mediocre beer from an outstanding brewery. Still worth a try.

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Photo of Lare453
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter, beer is yellow and hazy with a wispy thin white head, some lacing, moderate carbonation, looks fine.

Aroma is grainy and mildly sweet with a hint of hops, interesting but not a great aroma.

Beer is light with this grainy finish, mildly bitter, mild tropical hops in the midpalate but they are a little lost in the yeastiness of this beer, not a great wheat ale unfortunately, less yeast and mroe hops would have helped this beer a lot.

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Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of flagmantho
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16oz tall can into a weizen glass. This is the 2013 brew.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a moderate haze and effervescence. Head is a thick finger of pillowy ivory foam. I think it looks quite good.

Smell: wheaty malt aroma with grassy, slightly funky hops which are not as tropical as I wanted them to be. There's also a slightly off-putting phenolic character that, to me, just doesn't belong here.

Taste: better than the aroma, with a definite tropical feel to it. Hops feel fruity and bitterness is quite smooth. The sweetness, though, is a little bit cloying; a bit too much with the tropical fruitiness. Not bad, but not super balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a great carbonation and a nice, satisfying creaminess. Good stuff.

Overall: this beer is kind of all over the place for me. I love the idea of a fruity-hopped wheat beer, but the execution here is a bit lacking. Still totally quaffable, but I hope later iterations of this recipe turn out a little more balanced.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of lemons and wheat, with a good dose of coriander thrown in. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of tropical and citrus fruits such as lemons and oranges, as well as some orange and wheat notes. There is also a low amount of bitterness. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very refreshing, easy to drink wheat ale.

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Photo of pat61
4.04/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From tasting notes. Appearance: cloudy, straw color, 2” fluffy, rocky, persistent head. Smell: Bread, yeast and a little sweet malt. Taste: This is an American style wheat ale with no banana or clove lurking around. It starts with sweet, fresh bread flavors and then the hops wrestle the flavors to a dry finish with just the right amound of lingering hop bitter accent. Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium high carbonation, medium full body.

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Photo of waddellc2
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of DucksFan16
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cjgator3
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of corby112
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml picked up at the brewery.

Pours a slightly cloudy, pale golden yellow color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Zesty, spicy aroma with lots of pepper, coriander and clove along with some bready yeast and a strong citrus presence. I'm picking up some subtle banana character but it's overpowered by the prominent lemon zest. Nice balance of yeast, fruit and spice.

Medium bodied and a bit fuller than expected for the style. List of bready yeast adding fullness to the palate and another dimension of flavor. Strong peppery spice presence with lots of peppery clove countered by lemon peel and other citrus zest. The citrus flavor isn't as strong as the aroma suggests so the bread and spice flavors really dominate. Could use some more sweetness for balance but it's still refreshing and decently drinkable.

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Photo of iL0VEbeer
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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Tropical Heatwave Wheat Ale from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 140 ratings
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