Homefront 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): 6.00%

Availability: Spring

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

Added by shand on 05-25-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
328
Reviews:
48
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
9.09%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
28
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 328 |  Reviews: 48
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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 Boone757
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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 ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nathanmiller
3.14/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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 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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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Homefront IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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