Homefront IPA | Cigar City Brewing

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Homefront IPAHomefront IPA

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Maple Wood-aged India Pale Ale with Orange Peel

Added by shand on 05-25-2012

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the tasting room

Bright orange gold. Mainly clear. Large white frothy head. Lots of lacing.

Smells kind of musty, like an old wooden boat, with a bunch of citrus.

Very strong orange and rind flavor along with a decent amount of wood. A little bit of corriander like spice. More malty than hoppy. Quite a bit of bread.

The carbonation seems a bit high. Kind of prickly. Also a little on the hefty side.

This beer offered a lot more wood character than I was expecting, which was nice. It is definitley a unique flavor and a very good beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz can into a dimpled mug. This is the Hops for Heroes edition of the beer.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a moderate haze and a finger of frothy ivory foam which has an OK retention. Not too bad!

Smell: earthy, slightly dank hops that have a good amount of pop atop a rather richly sweet malt base. Pretty decent!

Taste: earthy hops with a dash of citrus character over a sweet malt base and a rather strong, raspy bitterness. It's pretty good, although a little bit of a muddle.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: this beer is a little muddled, but for the most part is a decent IPA.

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Photo of Dave_Treat
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hops for hero's special edition. Love the idea and effort from these breweries. Starts off a nice hops profile, with a great citrus aroma and taste. Very smooth, chewy feel. Very nice beer for a great cause. But, for some reason, I can't taste the Louisville bats used. ..

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Photo of KensWorld
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The idea behind this beer release makes it taste and feel much better. Written on can " Homeland IPA was created in 2011 by craft brewers with one goal in mind: to honor and support the men and women of America's armed forces. Homefront is aged on donated Louisille Slugger maple bats, brewed with donated hops from Yakima's Puteraugh Farms and donated grain from Cargill, and packaged in donated cans from Crown. Released every year around Memorial Day. 2015's Homefront IPA team is: 21st Amendment, Center of the Universe, Cigar City, Fremont, Left Hand, Maui, Palmetto, and Stone Brewery. All proceeds from the sale of Homefront IPA are donated to military-based charities. For more information on this effect, please visit: WWW.HOPSFORHEROES.COM". This is the kind of stuff that makes America great!

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Photo of mdfb79
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 07/01/15 at the brewpub in Tampa. 16 oz. pour in a pint glass.

Brewed on baseball bats apparently. Not very hoppy, lots of malts, easy to drink. Not my favorite.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very good, interesting ipa. Didn't know what to expect with the aging on baseball bats but it's pretty awesome. Nice orange flavor with some citrus and a vanilla esqe flavor. Would love to try again

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can gifted to me by stillmatic2232, this one was a little weird.

Pours a murky orange, with a huge 3 inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like citrus and tropical fruits, with some vanilla and oak.

Creamy and fruity taste, almost like a creamsicle, with a woody taste, from the Louisville Slugger bats. This is good, but there's just something off-putting I can't put my finger on. I feel like this one would honestly be better blended with ice, it's so goddamn creamy and fruity.

Really weird mouthfeel on this one- it's weirdly thick, with a sort of off-putting carbonation that's hard to describe, almost like it's a cask in a can.

Not bad, but it's one of the weirdest IPAs I've ever had.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Despite being fresh a multitude of floaters courses through a coppery cloudy body. The head was a bit dull but had a stiff bubbly build.

The nos was filled with pithy grapefruit, citrus tangerines, maple syrup, lemon sweetness, and a stable caramel malt.

The flavor is strong on maple with a touch of vanilla, which adds a creaminess. There's a strong citrus finish that reminded me of Orange rinds, with an oiliness.

The feel is thick but the orangey oily taste translates to feel. Otherwise the astringency is low and it's fairly easy to drink.

This has very little overriding IPA qualities but it's so different and interesting that one can easily overlook it and enjoy.

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Photo of cbutova
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to my cousin down in Tampa for sending this one up to me along with endless other CCB brews. Baseball bats and orange peel eh?

A- Poured from the 12oz can to a deep tulip glass with a hazy, floatie chunk filled golden-orange body. An off-white cap forms to about a finger with a creamy texture. Some pillows remain in the center and a medium ring deposits lacing in the form of spots and sheets.

S- Planks of wood come to mind instantly as I pour this beer, I guess those Sluggers weren't put to waste. Hops and orange peel provide a bright aromatic base to this one with stone fruit, citrus zest, pine and floral notes. A slight bit of malts.

T- Once again planks of earthy, woody baseball bat land on the palate with bright orange zest and hops. The orange peel picks up here and the aftertaste actually feels close to OJ. Hops of citrus, fruity, floral and resin character.

MF- Light-medium bodied with a crisp, silky texture. Carbonation hits the taste buds at a moderate level and is smooth. Light bitterness and zesty finish.

Reading the description sounds like one of the stranger things in beer production (aging on donated baseball bats) but it works. The earthy maple provides a dimension to bright citrus peel and hops.

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Photo of Barhoppin13
4.56/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This came from a 6pk of cans. Limited run, proceeds are donated to Operation Homefront.
Pour- very nice. Color is golden. White foam head
Smell- like an orange
Taste- lots of citrus up front with slight hints of maple from the bats
Mouthfeel- very nice, balanced
Overall- great solid IPA to drink.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle with my FW snifter glass
Notes taken from 11/16/13

Big thanks to Dopplebockulus for this one!

A: Homefront IPA pours a hazed caramel orange body with a burnt sienna look to it overall. A dense layer of khaki froth forms over the top with some fair retention efforts that leave behind etches of cotton like lacing upon the glass walls.

S: Malt and spice with a distinct honey-maple like sweetness. Light earthy wood and tobacco mixes with some berry fruits. Add in a dash of tropical botanics that start to perk up more as the beer comes to temp. Interesting nose and pleasant overall.

T: Tastes of spiced bread, caramels, earthy wood, and a prominent maple like character. It is on the sweeter side but very dry and tannic. I get some spicy guava and other tropicals mixed in as well. A touch astringent with a higher level of bitterness on the palate. Finishes out more on the fruity side with some tangerine and golden raisin there. Has a malty twang to it that I just can’t quite pinpoint. Alcohol is completely blended in making it practically undetectable. A curious beer. Not sure what to make of it. It is just okay for the most part.

M: Medium fullness in the body with a light frothy texture and high perceived bitterness. Very dry and tannic in the finish with a slight sappy residual effect from the malt sugars and hop oils.

D: Not a favorite by far but a real fun to try…especially for the great cause The malt, spice, and maple wood bats are standout however they get a bit muddled by this sharp tannic bite. To think this was actually dry hopped with Louisville Sluggers. I mean seriously??? I wonder if they used whole bats or the pellets. I actually think the maple bats were pretty distinct and would probably serve much better in a bigger ABV brew like say a barley wine.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/16/2013. Pours very hazy deep orange amber color with a 2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of tangerine, grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, pine, grass, herbal, honey, light caramel, light wood, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of hop notes with a moderate malt, spice, wood balance; and good strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, grass, pine, light pepper, honey, bread, light caramel, light wood, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, floral, grass, pine, honey, bread, light caramel, light wood, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of citrus hop flavors; with a moderate malt/wood/light spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, lightly creamy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice IPA. All around nice complexity and balance of hop, malt, and light wood flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of TheChef18
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- hazy to dark orange

S- some malt and pine

T- more malt than comes through on Jai Alai. while it does have some citrus to it I feel the pine/woodsy characteristic is what comes through most on this IPA

M- solid mouthfeel similar to a Jai Alai

O- a good overall IPA that would be better if I didn't have to compare it to Jai Alai in my mind. Since CCB produces this for such a great reason i am always willing to buy plenty of the bottles

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

a hazy orange/copper color with 2 fingers of fluffy white head, great retention. smells of piney/grapefruit hops, lots of caramel, tropical fruits. citrusy sweet at first, followed by lots of caramel and then some grassy bitterness hits the palate.. finishes with a nice caramel bready flavor, honey-like sweetness in the finish.
this is a really thin ipa, low carbonation, but so damn tasy that it doesn't even matter that it feels like a light beer.

i'm not getting much of the maple wood flavor, but it is a pretty "tasteless" wood unless it's been charred/smoked.. which i'm not sure this has been since it just says aged on baseball bats.. still, it's a pretty cool/patriotic concept. a pretty good ipa, not as good as jai alai, but good nonetheless.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Cloudy orange, one finger head, leaves some lacing.

S-Rather malty, maple not much in the way of hops.

T-Only three months old but rather malty, good deal of wood and maple notes. Ends with moderate bitterness and grass.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation with a very slight hop bite.

O-Three months old, it shouldn't be this malty. Maybe I'd have it super fresh in the future, but to be this lacking in hops after three months makes me wonder if it would even be worth it.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a hazy, cloudy dark orange amber color with a thick two fingered head and super sticky lacing.

S - The aroma is delicate and faint: citrus, coriander, floral, woody, grapefruit.

T - Pine and grapefruit bitterness up front followed with some spice, lemons, floral bitterness, and some bready malt. Orange and lemon comes through with some mild tang, some woodiness, and ends with a citric/piney bitterness.

M - Light medium body, prickly carbonation, coats the mouth with a bready caramel/spice/and zesty citrus bitterness.

O - Drinks quite well, interesting, not my favorite in the way of IPA's but it works.

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Photo of AdamF625
3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- hazy and orange with a two finger white fluffy head
S- subtle citrus hops, orange, tangerine, coriander
T- more of the same from the nose tangerine and citrus hops flavors, sweet caramel malts, you get faint wood characteristics towards the finish.
M- pretty sticky and sweet for an ipa with a slight bitterness on the finish, resinous.
O- not as exciting as I expected after reading the label. I would have like a more pronounced "maple" flavor but a descent beer for a good cause.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle. Bottled 5/16/13. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

Pours a clear golden hue with a full finger of white head which fades to a thin layer and leaves a good bit of lace.

Smells like a hoppy citrus syrup. Subtle pine, oranges and a sweet syrup-like aroma.

Flavors of oranges, tangerines, pine, citrus rind, woodsy sweetness, soft maple syrup, mild peppery spice and a touch of biscuit. A nice sweet blend that goes down easily.

Slick, medium body with moderate carbonation. Sweet caramelized orange finish.

An strangely enjoyable wood aged IPA. Nothing stellar but this is a tasty and slightly different IPA. Sweeter than an average but not malty. I'm glad to have tried it and would recommend giving it a try.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A pleasant and somewhat interesting IPA, if not Earth shaking. It's a tad murky from the yeasty sediment at the bottom if not poured carefully, and it's perhaps a touch too soft. On the plus side, there is a nice balance between the earthy, slightly citrusy hops and the tannic bite of the maple baseball bats (you don't get to say that very often in a review!) An interesting idea, and the perfect beer for this 4th of July.

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Photo of mverity
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber and orange color, with good white head that is fairly uniform in bubble size. Great lacing on the sides of the tulip glass. Nose is well balanced between sweet citrusy hops and tangy/earthy hops. Taste is much like any other decent IPA but a touch sweeter. I'm not picking up on any of the spice notes. Not quite what I was expecting. For the price of $7, definitely worth the 750mL.

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Photo of DmouthCaliBrewz
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip

A: Pours a deep honey amber, with moderate haze (probably chill) immediately frothing to a 4 finger white head. Real great head retention on this one, receding to a 1 finger head after a minute or so, which hung around for most of the beer. Heavy lacing.

S: Little in the way of aroma here. Some sweet caramel malts, honey, faint hop bitterness, and spices. Almost get a bit of mint.

T: Far less hop bitterness than expected. Obviously the hops only contribute a straight up bitterness, with little else, due to the aging. Very little in the way of floral notes here, just a subtle bit of pine notes and a vague bitterness. This guy starts very sweet, almost cloying. I get carmel and butterscotch at first, and then some slight vanilla, with the hop bitterness increasing over time. Some herbal notes and spices become evident in the middle, but slightly overshadowed by the sweetness from the grain. Definitely get the maple in the middle. Finishes very sweet and slightly bitter, with slightly more prevalent spices. Slight hints of enamel and phenol, or some other chemical compound. Might be from those Louisville sluggers....

M: On the heavier side for an IPA, a bit sticky and moderate carbonation.

O: BA IPAs are pretty hard to pull off, since they sit in limbo between a barleywine and an IPA, but this was definitely pleasant to drink. A bit cloying, but still in the realm of enjoyability. Spices were not overdone, but I didn't really get any barrel character here. Maple was good, but may have made it a bit too sweet for my taste. Mouthfeel was great, and damn did this guy have some head retention! Decent, and worth a try.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass.

A – Poured out a hazy honey brown color with about a finger of frothy white head that settled down to a nice cap.

S – Grapefruit. Piney. Floral notes. Moderate smell all together.

T – Very nice citrus pop with a strong grapefruit flavor burst. Good but subtle hop bite. Definitely not a hop bomb but you get a nice taste of it. Piney. Tiny bit of bitterness. Seems to finish off with a little caramel sweetness.

M – Nice carbonation with a light body. Touch creamy and alive on the palate the whole way.

O – This is a nice drinking IPA. It is not a hop bomb by any means. Goes down well with some nice subtle flavors. I dug it and it is well worth a try.

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Photo of bcm75
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours an attractive hazy orangish color. Maybe a little too nuclear orange, but still nice. Aroma of hops is a bit faint, but works well with the spices. Flavors are fairly subtle but I dig it. Nice fluffy head disappeared fairly quickly. Light, smooth body, an easy drinker. However, it is quite a bit under carbonated for what I am looking for in the style.

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Photo of TheCrowsNest
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aged on Louisville Sluggers - expectations were high. Undercarbonated for the style, could be the resin from the bats. Nice hop aroma is confused by an unknown mixture of spices that add undesirable sweet/spicy profile. It's a relatively light-bodied IPA that would be great without whatever spices are in here, just confusing.

Would not encourage someone to open a bottle if I was around.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

May 16, 2"13 bottle date. Pours cloudyish orange with medium sized head. Big grapefruit, orange rind, lemon zest aroma and a sweetness I assume is faint maple. Citrus flavor up front but slightly watered down. Hops there but subdued by a sweetness that I assume is because of being aged. Slight dry wood on the finish. Pretty good beer with some interesting flavors, but overall nothing special. Gimmick, but the baseball fan in me loves drinking baseball bat flavor.

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