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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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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 327
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 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 Lare453
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Large format bottle into two dfh glasses

A rose gold, 2 finger high head, beautiful lacing, head dissipates fast, crystal clea

S heavy pine, sap, little spicy, grapefruit, light oak/maple

T super bitter! Big bold piney, citrus and sappy beginning and middle, the ending has a sharp lemon and grapefruit and resin. The after tastes stays for a while and has a drying pine sap and maple wood flavor.

M sharp, prickly, a little harsh

O not a bad beer, but nothing I would drink regularly. A little too much like a pine tree for me. I have not had a cigar city I did not like and they make excellent beers. If you get a chance try this one.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a straight sided glass. Bottled 5/17/2012. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Pours a bright orange with a hazy body. Good head. Distinct bubbles.

Smell - Dull aroma. Citrus hops, maybe some wood? I'm probably imagining that. Piney.

Taste - Definitely hoppier, but not by much. Balance of pine and citrus. Light malt presence, but balanced. Bitter immediately, but it doesn't build.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated and light bodied. Easy drinking.

Overall - Kinda dull, really. Need more aromatic hops. This is the malt content I'd like in an IPA, but more hops.

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Photo of oline73
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adam perfect pint. I'm really excited to try a beer aged over baseball bats!

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy amber with a golden hue at the edge of the glass. There is just under a finger of thick, fluffy off white head that fades as the pour sits and leaves some decent lacing.

Smell: The overall smell is rather mild. I'm getting some grapefruit peel hops, but not a lot. There are some other fruit notes and I swear I'm picking up some wood.

Taste: A bit more assertive than the smell, but not overpowering. I'm getting some citrus peel hop bitterness along with a bready malt backbone. There is a strong woody characteristic. I don't enjoy this as much as the cedar IPA. The finish is bitter and woody.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation and a finish that isn't as dry as it should be.

Overall: Very interesting and pretty good. I'd definitely suggest the cedar IPA if you want a Cigar City wood aged IPA.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from MeadMe, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a mostly clear deep golden color with a nice head that shows remarkable staying power. Smells of citrus and resin with a bit of a woody earthy aroma mixed in there amongst the bread and caramel. Smells like an Ipa so we're off to a good start. Taste is resinous and bitter with just enough biscuity malt to provide balance. There's a woody earthy component that neither hurts nor enhances the flavor of this beer but just seems out of place. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a resinous off sticky mouthfeel. Spices and baseball bats, well they get the creativity award that's for sure. Decent IPA, but the earthy aroma and flavor seems to detract from my enjoyment of this one. Glad I got to try it, probably wouldn't seek it out.

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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 ehammond1
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for opening this with me, DarthKostrizer!

Hazed dark orange with a small off-white head that leaves dots of lacing down the glass.

Initially, the aroma was quite nice, with tropical fruit and citrus notes, along with a bit of sweet cracker malt. Once it warmed a bit, a strange, mild sulfur aroma emerged.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, with mild citrus and tropical fruit flavors leading the way, along with cracker malt and just the hint of maple, though that could even be my imagination.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

Good enough, though another gimmick from Cigar City.

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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 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 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 srhoadsy
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served chilled into a tulip.

Pours a burnished copper color with an inch of beige head that quickly recedes leaving light surface layer and lacing.

Aromas of citrus, leather and pepper.

Overall flavor of citrus with a musty leather and spice background.

Medium bodied with a dry finish, moderate carbonation and musty aftertaste.

Overall a decent IPA. Reminds of milder cousin to their Humidor IPA without the complexity of that beer. Not one of my favorites from CC but reasonably priced and worth a try.

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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 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 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 stakem
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle that I picked up at the Cigar City tasting room on Thursday. It survived the flight home yesterday so im cracking it now that it is cold. Poured into a matching Cigar City snifter, the brew appears a golden color that is quite hazed. A finger of slightly off-white head sits atop and slowly fades leaving a full wall of lace sticking to the glass. A light swirl effortlessly revives a finger of off-white to yellowish stained cap back to the surface.

The aroma of this brew is tropical initially with bright, enjoyable hop characteristics that smell of citrus coupled with a bit of melon. More sniffs get herbal mixed with some earthy aspects. Grass, pine and a bit more focus on that earthy quality. Well, the cat is out of the bag, I looked closer at the label. Had I not looked, I never would have guessed this was aged on baseball bats... however, that might explain this earthy aspect I pick up on that is very atypical from the normal wood-aged experience.

The taste is peculiar. Hops are present providing a bit of rindy and pulpy citrus bitterness that blends into a bit of cheesy and earthy characteristics. Under the herbal hop bitterness is a bit of earthy quality that is almost leathery or tobacco-like. While that isn't a horrible flavor, it just doesn't mingle all that well for me. Strangely enough, for all this strange stuff going on, there is still abit of tropical hop flavoring that lasts into the aftertaste mixed with something like coriander and mild lemon.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The alcohol is integrated quite well and it is a unique experience to say the least. I cant say that I was thrilled with this and would have it again but it is one to write down in the books. Give it a try if you get the chance but dont expect fantastic things, its a middle of the road ipa with some strange twists.

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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 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 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 rudzud
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this in a trade, shared with JLindros. Poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear honey golden hue with a one finger head that left a nice sticky blanket.

S - Rather sweet for an IPA with a strong malty backbone. As it warms, the maple bats start to come out. Nice faint maple/wood aromas.

T - Like most Cigar City beers there is that nice typical yeast strain with strong caramel malts. There is some faint light citrus hop undertones and as it warms the wood turns into more of a cedar presence.

M - Nice carbonation, which is typical with Cigar City. Works really nice with the sweet malts.

O - Overall this beer wasnt necessarily bad, jut wants too good either. Its a fun little experiment that I was glad I got to 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 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 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 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 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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