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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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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Homefront IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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