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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 shand
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at the Cigar City Brewing taproom.

Wow, this one took me by major surprise! This one pours out out a bright orange with a substantial head for a tap pull. The aroma is bright and citrusy, with a touch of maple and plenty of lighter hops. The taste is also highly citrusy, with lighter hop flavors. Lots of orange, grapefruit, and just a touch of spices and maple. It's very refreshing. There's lots of hops here, but they're all citrusy hops. The mouthfeel is light and crisp. The drinkability is outstanding. I could drink this one all day and all night if it weren't nine bucks for a 750. An excellent IPA from Cigar City Brewing, that's really different from their other IPA offerings.

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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 VncentLIFE
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the beer I was looking for from Heatwave33, little did I know the box had Dark Lord as well! I think youll get my left kidney in your next box.

slightly cloudy light amber body with a huge white head.

All citrus fruits (and I love it). All Mangoes, pineapples, apricots, and juicy oranges. Light hint of bitterness. I get a subtle hint of maple (iits like a spicy woody type deal). buried by the sweet (but not too sweet) malt. Kind of reminds of Two-Hearted, only more complex.

Not as much hop flavor in the taste, but its sweet. Lots of lemons and mangoes and pineapple and apricot, but its balanced. I like how it feels like slick, sweet citrus fruits in the middle. The maple is kind of an afterthought, but tastes like light maple syrup. Underlies everything, but comes late. dry wood late, but comes through. the odd part is this leafy, woody type flavor I get that comes out my nose. Its kind of bitter, which balances out all those sweet juicy flavors.

only slight bitterness comes out late. Finishes clean and smooth.

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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 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 babaracas
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy light amber with two finger thick creamy white head. Settles to a quarter inch with big chunks of lace on the glass. Smell: grapefruit peel, sweet orange, spice (cardamom?), pine needles. Not aggressive, but very nice. Taste: aggressive! Blam of grapefruit, juice orange, spicy, as it warms a pine attack, mild pale malt sweetness. Juicy, fluffy-ish feel, hop and spice soaked semi-sticky finish. This one is really good. Bottled 5/16/13.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into pint glass.

A: Hazy dark golden color. Forms a big white head that lasts.

S: Grapefruit rinds, flowers, pine, and the wood aroma. A bit of spiciness to the nose also.

T: Follows the nose, with the addition of a solid caramel malt backbone. The hop bitterness & wood flavors stay in the hang.

M: Minimal alcohol presence. Heavier mouthfeel than typical for IPA, but nice.

O: Good, pretty darn good. Better than I expected, but makes me want the Humidor Jai Alai even more.

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Photo of zac16125
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bomber poured into a pint glass
Bottled on 5/19/12 , written on the release day

A: Pours a translucent light amber with huge 3+ fingers sea foam white head, great retention takes forever to dissipate down, leaves tons of great lacing.

S: Big, great citrus hop aromas of orange, lemon lime, peach, and mango.  Anoticeable woody character,  awesome.

T: The wood aging is really more apparent in the taste, quite dominant at first actually.  But once you get past it, other flavors come out including grapefruit and orange citrus hops, some piney bitterness, and a solid malt backbone.

M/D: Decently heavy carbonation, medium bodied,  drinkability is average,rather unremarkable here.

O: The aroma is awesome, taste is very unique and wood heavy from the aging on maple baseball bats (such an awesome idea btw).  The taste doesn't live up to the fantastic nose, but is still quite good.  I appreciate what they attempted to do, in terms of trying smething unique and really pulling it off.  Plus it supports a great cause.  Win win situation here.  Well done.

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Photo of One2Remeber
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden maize color, light transparent body. Thick, bubbly white head. Tons of carbonation bubbles rushing to the top.

S: Smell of summer with hints of grass and light fruit (watermelon, peaches). A little tang going on, like an apricot and zesty spice.

T/M: The maple is subtle but stays throughout acting as a great backbone to let the tangy hops shine. Extremely light body, the only hefty characteristic is the wood/spices poking out and staying around near the end. After taste is sticky sweet like a kiwi.

O: Solid IPA. Great for the summer season. Subtle spice and wood tastes with full-frontal hops makes for easy drinking. Tons of carbonation without any bitterness. Tastes of a big IPA with a body of a sessionable pale ale.

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Photo of lazjuarez
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Bottle dated: May 2012 ONESEVEN

A: Pours a beautiful golden orange in color, slight haziness, might be chill haze, and about a finger and a half of off-white foamy head. Head recedes to a ring, leaving behind a great amount of spotted lacing. Carbonation is streaming off the bottom of the glass, looks very enticing.

S: Nose is great as well, some big tropical notes, grapefruit, light astringency, and finishes with a hint of malty sweetness. I can't put my finger on the spices used, maybe coriander, but the maple bats are evident as a woody element lingers, almost a bit like cedar.

T: Taste is of earthy pine, astringent but not overwhelming whatsoever, great balance. The maple is not coming through, but it could also be what makes this brew taste so balanced. Great semi-dry finish as well.

M: medium bodied; This is one of the most quaffable drinks I've had, even for an IPA. Nice biscuity mouth feel, good carbonation, and the 6% ABV is not apparent at all. Overall a great IPA and a great cause, if it weren't for the "Brewery Release Only" limited status, this would be my go to IPA.

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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 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 inlimbo77
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cigar City
Homefront IPA
750ml, May '12
Central Waters globe

A: Pours a totally hazy bright orange color, typical west coast IPA look.  Initially about a finger of bright white head.  Fades into bubbling on the surface.  There is a little bit of alcohol feet and lacing left on the glass.  Not a ton at the lower ABV.

S: I get a lot of tropical fruits on this one, coupling with the piney notes.  I get mango and papaya and that orange marmalade notes.  I actually do get some of that fresh wood smell buried beneath it all.  It's there but faint.

T: Nice hop bitterness right on the tip of the tongue.  You get those wonderful piney flavors initially then they blend into some of the fruity hop hints you got on the nose.  Some of that orange marmalade for sure.  Some mango too.  Middle of the mouth, there is a touch of bready malt to help balance that bitterness.  Definitely more hop than malt, for sure.  Not get much maple woodiness on the sip initially.    As the beer warms, I do pick up some of the maple sweetness actually.  The close is very dry, and the bitter hop flavors stick with you.  

M: It's a medium bodied IPA.  Very good body for the style.

O: A-.  I liked this one for sure.  Good IPA from CCB.

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

750ml bottle purchased from CCB. Stamped date of May 2012.

Hazy, orange/amber elixir produces thick 2 finger head, settling to one finger of tight, off-white bubbles during the tasting. Beautiful, copious Belgian lacing coats the glass.

Citrus, lime, lemon zest, subtle pine. The maple wood blends nicely with the rest of the aromas.

Smooth hoppy bitterness in the form of piney hops, lemon/lime and zest. The maple wood comes in at the end.

Medium body, nicely carbonated.

Nice sessionable IPA. Low ABV for the style but flavorful. Brewed for a good cause.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to DarthKostrizer for sharing this one at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted by mrbubbler.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some slight tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight woody flavor. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with an interesting concept in terms of using the maple baseball bats in the aging process.

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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 jlindros
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Rudzud for sharing.

Big creamy head 2fingers fades slowly sticky lacing, hazy honey orange color.

Nose big golden like malts, hint woody like, some floral earthy hops, citrus, light fruity, same typical Cigar City yeast strain and malt aromas.

Taste starts with a hint of maple that fades almost instantly, then sweet malts and slight caramel, light woody caramel oak. Then hops, earthy slight citrus and hint of pine, chewy. Finish is drier but still a bit sweet, chewy spicy earthy hops lingering, with hint of fruit and hint of oak. Later as it warms some cedar like wood and more maple flavor.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, decent carb.

Overall ok, interesting flavors, a bit strange but not too out there. Nothing really wrong, although the maple and oak are very faint, and the hops are not the best flavors but they seem to blend well with the beer.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass form a 750ml bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy light copper color with some golden hues on teh edge. There is a nice 0.5 inch head that is white with some medium dense bubbles.

Citrus hop aroma starts things off with some interesting woody notes. Some malty bread notes can be perceived in the nose.

Taste is off citruus hops with some nice resin. Bright and spicy grassy hops. Nice bready malt backbone with toasty malt notes. Light and refreshing. Light refreshing and hoppy.

Pretty good IPA. Its a bitt different than the Perennial version but still has that interesting woody note from the bats.

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Photo of siege06nd
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Rhettroactive for sharing this cool brew.

A. Pours a mostly clear golden orange. About two fingers of eggshell white head settles to a half finger. Really good lacing adorns my glass.

S. Orange pulp, tangerine, lemon, some pinecone, some caramel, and a little smokiness, but faint.

T. Follows the nose with orange zest, pine resin, caramel malt, and a slight tannic character from the wood. A little smokiness. This is very tasty. The effect of the Louisville slugger bats is subtle.

M. Crisp, balanced, and very light.

O. I mean, the damn beer is aged on Louisville sluggers!!! Can't get any more American. It's a solid IPA, but the way it was concocted is probably the best thing about the beer. Worth a tick just to say you did.

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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 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 maximum12
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to that finest purveyor of Cigar City brews, moose3285, for another shipment. Always a pleasure to see that FedEx bill with a point of origin in Florida. 750ML bottle split with my wife.

First, let me nod to the charity, & second, to the aging on maple baseball bats. As a part-time season ticket holder watching my beloved Twins flail through the 2012 season, I was hoping to get to try one of these. And here it is.

Pour is a frothy, fervent dark orange. Nose is primarily floral.

Homefront IPA brings the big bats & no steroids. Nose doesn't foreshadow the taste at all. The wood is prominent but doesn't slug you like the Cedar-series from the brewery, just puts good wood on the beer. Floral hops ease in behind, faint tropical breeze, then a moderate slap of bitterness. Touch of orange. Light & happy. Goes down like you're in the bleachers of Target Field.

Great twist. The maple lends a nice touch that neither overpowers nor bows to the underlying beer. Very good brew.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle thanks to dolfan54fl for shipping me this fresh from the brewery!

Interesting Concept- beer aged with spices on maple Louisville Slugger baseball bats (not sure if that's really going to do much for the flavor), hope they weren't used before hand.

Poured into CCB snifter.

A- Pours a slightly reddish grapefruit orange, hazy but translucent, quarter finger of white foamy head that quickly recedes, not too much carbonation- definitely below average with bubbles here and there. Not really much on the lacing.

S- Hops, spices, maple, floral notes, light tropical fruits- oranges, , tangerines, grapefruit, etc.. Not too aromatic, but I kind of like this smell. Smells interesting + a little bit unusual between the hops, spices, maple, citrus, etc.. Could have just used a little bit more strength.

T- Layered tastes- lightly hopped tropical fruits- oranges, tangerines, clementines, etc.; followed by a lightly spiced sweet maple flavor; ends a little bit bitter with more citrus flavors and some spices. Definitely a nice refreshing taste.

M- Fairly light bodied, not too much carbonation but it doesn't ruin the beer, I actually think I like this beer without much carbonation. Goes down very smooth and easy.

O- I enjoyed this beer. It was a little bit different then most IPAs I'm used to having because of the maple taste (I guess the bats did something). It had a nice tropical fruity taste that wasn't too citrusy or bitter. I rated the taste a little bit higher because I liked the complexity and balance the maple added. I would like a little bit more strength in the aroma and maybe even the taste. Overall a beer that I definitely enjoyed and would have again, but wouldn't go out of my way too much to retrieve. Recommended if you are ever at the brewery. I think this would be a great beer to drink on a nice summer day watching a baseball game.

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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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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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Homefront IPA from Cigar City Brewing
3.85 out of 5 based on 327 ratings.
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