Homefront IPA | Cigar City Brewing

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Homefront IPAHomefront IPA

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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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