Tony Jannus Pale Ale | Cigar City Brewing

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Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Tilley4 on 08-22-2012

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the pub in Tampa Airport.

A light golden straw color. Big sticky white foam head that leaves tons of lacing.

Aroma is prett muted. Some pale, cracker like grains, a little musty/earthy, and very light citrus.

The flavors are a different story. It has a nice spicy bite right of the bat along with some grapefruit rind, lemon, and distinct cedar wood. A nice consistent bitterness. I saw Bravo hops on the menu to thank for that. That woody (haha) flavor really lingers along side the grainy pale malts. Excellent.

Overall this is a very tasty. I really, really like the cedar aspect. Invasion may still be a better pale ale overall though.

The carbonation seems a bit on the too high side, but otherwise it is soft and light bodied.

I should note here that I went back and bumped the smell a tad because the cedar starts to come through a lot more as it warms.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A body similar to jai alai - pale golden yellow with a thin white head that fades quickly. The nose is citrus and malt upfront with a hint of Guinean pig in this finish. Wood and malt are upfront in the taste with a lingering bitterness that's slightly earthy and floral. It's relatively medium bodied and well carbonated with a fruit/malty pop midway and harmonious cedar/hop bitterness in the finish. Definitely a delicious airport beer, which is easy to drink by the pint and one that I'd gladly order again - though I prefer the regular humidor IPAs instead (more cedar).

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Photo of Tpm1971
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tried this on a recent trip - on tap. Solid head, great lacing, very smooth on the front end and hoppy on the back. Very drinkable, great feel, good hop flavor and aroma. Solid beer!

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

October 28, 2014

Draft, shaker pint

A – Light gold, high clarity, dark straw notes. Mild bubbly head, does not last long, light traces of white bubbles remain.

S – Very high hop aromas, grapefruit and tropical citrus. Some mild pine and resin. Almost no malt or yeast character on the nose.

T – Despite the aroma, there is a lightly toasted bread malt presence to hold up the hops. Mild hop bitterness, and similar to the aroma, grapefruit and resin, with some tropical notes. I might not have placed the cedar if not for reading the description, but it does add a mild, woody bite.

M – Moderately malty, juicy up front, with mild hop and woody bite and moderately dry finish.

O – A very drinkable pale ale with a unique blend of hops and the wood addition. Great beer.

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Photo of Dr_Death
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is now listed as being brewed exclusively at the TPA bar; slightly hazy honey-colored with a medium white head, big pine oil hops nose, medium body, surprisingly hoppy (pine oil, citrus), a bit of malty sweetness late, medium-long and smooth finish. The flight is late? Who cares?

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Photo of mverity
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at CCB. Pours a hazy gold with a good amount of white head, decent lacing, thick wisps and a medium collar. Aroma is tangerine and floral hops with a little cedar. Taste is really cedary, some of the citrus as well. Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of JayQue
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this in a 20 or so oz glass at Carrabas at the Tampa International Airport. pours a nice hazy golden color with a fairly big white head. Good retention and lacing. Good strong aroma of citrus and piney hops.

Very good taste. This beer is pretty much on the edge between a Pale Ale and an IPA. Citrus hops are up first, then you notice a fresh hops piney/oily flavor going on. It seems there is a slight taste of tobacco to go along with the good bitterness. There is some balancing dry, biscuity malt here as well.

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp. Good bitterness with a little balance. Very refreshing. Would go well for sipping or with food.

I like this Pale Ale.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the brewery. Pours a hazy golden color with an awesome fresh hop smell. Just like the bags I get from the homebrew shop. Flavor is all hop with nearly no malt, and I think that’s how they want it. Like chewing on fresh hops. Just awesome. This is what I'm looking for in a dry hopped APA with highlighting the hops 100%. It is so easy drinking and dank. Just fantastic.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 08/18/13 notes. Had this on tap at a restaurant in the Tampa International Airport. Poured into a 16 oz. pint glass.

a - Pours a hazy golden yellow-orange color with one inch of bright white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, pale malts, wheat, grains, bread, and dough. Nice nose, the citrus hops up front are pretty good.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, pale malts, fruity malts, bready malts, and some wheat. Nice taste, better than the nose with more fruit to it.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty solid APA. Some nice citrus hops throughout drinking and nice fruit in the taste. Easy to drink, would have it again.


From 07/15/15 notes: Had on tap at the brewpub and found it MUCH better. Really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.16/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

32 oz. poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Pours with a small white head. Faint surface wisps.

Smell - Citrus and tropical fruit hops. And then a bucket of diacetyl. Ugh.

Taste - Zesty orange. Grainy. Interesting hop flavor. Like a spicy orange hop finish. Tastes really good and then diacetyl.

Mouthfeel - Medium light. Low carbonation.

Overall - Could have been an interesting pale ale. Just a diacetyl bomb.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Arrives a bright, clear golden amber color with a white head. Retention is just OK and no lace is left behind.
Smell is a mix of pine and citrus hops with some malt and a hint of wheat and pepper.
Taste is a clone of the nose exactly. Balance is quite good, great even.
Tangy effervescence up front fades fast to a mellow middle and finish. Medium bodied, light effervescence overall. Reasonably clean finish.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the brewpub. From notes.

A - Light golden pour. Bright with decnent carbonation. Spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Very peppery. A little odd. Lot's of citrus too.

T - Definite pepper note there. Citrus as well. Lot's more dank hop later as it opens up.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, citrussy and litghly bitter finish.

O/D - Peppery note was a tad offputting. OK pale ale though. Being held back by that pepper though.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz pour into a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a one finger white head. Dissipates after a minute or two leaving a nice covering of lacing on the sides. Average amount of visible carbonation.

S: Great citrus hop aroma, grapefruit and mango dominate. Pine characteristics are very intense from the cedar.

T: Very good pale ale, starts off with a hop bouquet. Hops are similar to the aroma, citrus with a strong pine backing. Finish is what makes this beer great, very robust malt comes forward. It's a light malt but the flavor is a perfect compliment to the hop.

M: Medium body with ample carbonation. Crisp and refreshing finish.

Overall the cedar really gives this a unique taste. A very smooth pale ale that is real good for only being available at the airport.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had this last week at CCB. I got it for my wife because I thought it was "light" ale and wouldn't be too hoppy for her. Needless to say, I ended up with it while she went over to cider.

Anyway, it was a crisp and "light" in color only, ale. Not really strong enough for me in ABV or hops but very respectable for the style.

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Photo of Florida9
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

CCB Tony Janus Pale
4, 3, 3.5, 3.5, 3.5
Clear pale light yellow in color. Served with a modest bubbly white head. Aroma is very light some pale malts, some citrus and little else. Taste is a very generic pale. Light caramel malts , some citrus and a little pine. Very simplistic. Medium body. Strong bitterness is not balanced. Appropriate carbonation.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Tampa airport, "Brewed exclusively on-site for our passengers".
$6.41 for a pint.

Light yellow, pale orange elixir, minimal white head sinks to a thin ring, copious lacing.

Floral hops, subtle pine and a wisp of cedar.

Tangy hops lingers with the cedar up front, gives way to a citrus finish.

Light-medium body, nicely carbonated.

The cedar is well balanced here which is a nice surprise. Refreshing brew and a nice find at TPA.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint on Tap at Cigar City Tampa FL for 5$

Appearance - Slightly hazy yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, caramel, lemons/grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and hops. There is also some grapefruit and lemon (both juice and zest) and a bit of a graininess. It ends with a light bittersweet aftertaste.

Overall – A very drinkable APA that has a nice balance of flavours. It's actually quite refreshing and has a decent amount of hop bitterness. I can see this working as a good gateway beer to get people into hoppy brews.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Cigar City, Tampa, FL

Nice simple pale ale here. Golden-yellow pour, hazy, somewhat effervescent, capped off with a finger or so of foamy white head that retained well and laced the glass. Nice aroma of fresh citrusy hops, biscuity malt undertones. Basically the same in the taste, citrus and pine hops, nice balance of pale biscuity malts. Light-medium body, easily drinkable. Nothing new and amazing, just a solid pale ale overall.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a pint glass at the brewpub in the Tampa airport. Light golden body with a slightly over one-finger white head. Decent retention and light lacing.

Nice citrus hop aroma leaning slightly toward the tropical fruit spectrum. Light, sweet malt in the background. Very good aroma for an APA.

The flavor follows the aroma very closely. Solid hop flavors leaning a little more toward pine than I noticed in the aroma. No interference from the malt flavors as they nicely take a complimentary back seat.

Light to medium texture in the mouthfeel and very drinkable. One of the better APAs I've had.

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Photo of shand
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 32oz growler into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This guy pours out a golden color with a smaller head. The aroma is sharply hoppy, citrusy and grainy. The taste is excellent, it's a highly hopped pale ale with a nice light backbone of malts and grains. The mouthfeel is light and well-carbonated, and the drinkability is great. What else is to say here? This is just an excellent hop-forward pale ale, perfect for something light and refreshing for the hop-head.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at CCB tasting room. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden yellow with a bit of haze, and a one finger lacy white head. Fair amount of visible carbonation.

S: Citrus/grapefruit and pine hops, with a bit of cracker malt. Aroma is overall a little subtle - not punch-in-the-face lake an IPA.

T: Follows the nose very nicely. The balance is hop-forward, but seems more of a result of the light malt rather than being overly hopped. The palate adds a bit of tropical fruit flavors. The finish is citrus/lemony pith.

M: Light mouthfeel, good carbonation sensation. No alcohol presence to speak of.

O: This is a really good APA. It's not a style that lends itself to anything spectacular generally, but this is a quality example. This could be very sessionable.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer at the Tampa airport where it is brewed exclusively... i was excited to get to try this...

Arrives looking hazy and golden...lots of active carbonation.. almost looks unfiltered...

Surprisingly pungent hop aromas waft out of the glass...this has amazing hoppy appeal. Very reminiscent of their Jai Alai... terrific aromas...

A huge burst of hoppiness right out of the gate have me surprised as hell... this may say APA but its screaming IPA... sharp and biting... this may be one of the best APAs I've ever had... amazing...

Well frankly I was shocked at how amazing this was... an awesome brew that floored me with its hoppiness...

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Tony Jannus Pale Ale from Cigar City Brewing
3.83 out of 5 based on 202 ratings.
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