Citrus Wizard
Cigar City Brewing

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American Amber / Red Ale
4.16 | pDev: 11.06%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: This guy is an American red ale aged on orange wood, Spanish cedar, dry-hopped with New Zealand Motueka hops and aged on some citrus elements. What that all means is that this is a citrus bomb. Huge grapefruit flavor! Tasting room exclusive. We're selling growlers to go as well, both quarts and gallons! Come stop by and see if the wizard puts you under his spell.
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Photo of corby112
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very hazy dark copper/chestnut brown color with deep mahogany edges. Two finger frothy beige head that very slowly settles into a thick,lasting ring/cap. Great retention, taking a while to settle and completely coating the glass with soapy lacing on the way down.

Very inviting aroma with subtle char/toothpick along with juicy tropical/ citrus notes and caramel malt sweetness. The faint oak compliments the sweeter fruit and malt character. Hints of grapefruit, pineapple, melon, mango and papaya along with some caramel and toffee. Really interesting with odd interplay of subtle char, tobaco and juicy tropical hop sweetness.

Medium body with a really nice oak/cedar presence along with juicy citrus sweetness and delicate malt undertones. Slightly dry with subtle toothpicks along with nice cedar character giving off subtle hints of tobacco smokiness and leather. This is excellently countered by juicy orange peel, tangerine, grapefruit, melon and pineapple flavors. Surprised how juicy and tropical the flavor profile is. However, there's nice balance with the malt presence complimenting the oak/cedar and the juicy sweetness very well.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This might be the best red ale I've ever had - huge hop/fruit flavors and super drinkable. I brought a growler to a share and wanted to take it back immediately and drink it all myself! Take a bow Cigar City, this is what all ambers should aspire to be.

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Photo of Moose90
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served from 32oz Crowler, fill date of May 26, 2015, tasted June 5, 2015, thanks floridadrift

A — Pours a deep red hued amber, almost looks like the color on the accent on the crowler, there is a fluffy light amber colored head here as well, thanks for crowler freshness! Lacing is large, sticky, and consistently left behind.

S — Smells of bright tangerine, citrus, lemon peel, orange rind, grapefruit pith, quite bitter and sweet all at once.

T — Tastes like a gigantic citrus explosion. Orange juice, grapefruit juice, lemon peel, lime rind, Ugli fruit, blood orange, cedar wood, spanish cedar like the inside of a cigar box, exceedingly bitter and amazing, what wizardry is this? Unbelievably complex and unique, never experienced a citrus profile like this before. Lots of bright excellent citrus notes without any unnecessary sweetness.

M — Medium bodied and dry, the finish is long and drawn out quite nicely, really does dry out the palate though, wonder what the IBUs are here.

O — Absolutely unlike any beer I have ever had before, huge citrus and light woodiness to dry it all out, this is like a big glass of Orange, Grapefruit, Cedar juice, OGC juice, is that a thing? Great work CCB, keep up the Wizardry!

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into shaker pint on tap

A: Very muddy brown orangish hue really not much of a head on this beer

S: smelled of pure grapefruit candy very sweet smelling and maybe a little wood

T: Super citrusy, syrupy sweet, and a minor touch of wood

M: cloying very thick and syrupy on the tongue unpleasant at best

O: Except for being overly sweet and very cloying the taste is pretty good it's just hard to drink more than one of these and after the first one I'm not really sure you'd want to anyway.

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Photo of One1Asterisk
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

This beer absolutely caught me by surprise. The first several sips, I wasn't sure what to make of it. The nose was very perfumed, I caught some (what I interpreted as) cedar and huge grapefruit. By about 1/3 of the glass, I was entranced. It's fruity and magnificent, and worth your time and a full pour. A sample will simply not do this justice.

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Photo of razorsdescent
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, I just had this with a brandy aged Hannahpu and Perennial Barrel Aged Sump, yet this is the beer I was most impressed by. I felt compelled to write a review to tell the world how great this beer is.

I had this on tap at a very crowded event, the second glass was as good if not better than the first.

A- A beautiful dark amber color. A head like aged parchment, it looks oh so drinkable.

S- If I could give a medal on smell alone, this would be the beer. Cut a grapefruit open, sprinkle on some sugar and take a sniff and you would only get half the intensity of the same smell of this beer. Truly amazing, I consider myself jaded, but this was bringing a delighted smile to my face as well as those even more jaded than myself.

T- hmmm, citrus and more citrus. Sweet and enjoyable, there is nothing else quite like it. T

M-Pretty much perfect.

O- Wow, this is IMHO the best thing CCB has made. Their famed Hannahpu is excellent and perfect within the confines of its own style, but this is almost a new style in and of itself.

CCB, please make this a regular brew in your lineup. I am in awe of this beer.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

A: Deep red brown in color with some haze. One finger's worth of just-off-white head and moderate visible carbonation.

S: Citrus punch (grapefruit & orange), tropical fruit (pineapple, mango), woody cedar, a smidge of pine, and some roasted malt in the background. Flat out smells amazing.

T: Follows the nose, and it's a good thing. Fruitiness stays forward with the cedar wood, and a hint of spiciness, and just enough malt to try to balance it out.

M: Sticky, resiny mouthfeel, smooth texture, medium body. Overall a little sweet. Alcohol well-hidden.

O: I am blown away by this beer. This is insanely good & fresh. My only (small) quibble is that if anything, it tastes like someone poured a little fruit juice into my beer. But it's still very, very good. Highly recommended.

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Photo of AltBock
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Citrus Wizard Red Ale

American Red Ale that was aged on orange wood, Spanish cedar, dry hopped with New Zealand Motueka hops and aged on citrus elements. This beer was on tap at the CC tap room on Sep 29. I got this in one of their 32oz growlers. I drank it on the same day. Served in a CC pint glass.

This beer poured a dark amber almost ruby like color. The head of foam was a faint beige color and about 1/2 an inch in height. Great retention that left behind a big foamy string of rings along the edge and streak after streak of lace. Top notch appearance!

Interesting aroma. It could have been a hop bomb but the wood aged toned it down. The hop aroma was on the mild side. There were citrus hops with mostly the scent of grapefruit and a little lemon and orange. Behind the hops/fruits was a touch of Spanish cedar and a pinch of pine. The aroma then finished up with a very subtle caramel malt aroma.

This beer comes out swinging. The first thing that came out was the citrus hops. The strong taste of hops doesn't back down. Following the hops was a touch of bitter grapefruit, tart lemon, orange, and pine. I got a little orange wood and Spanish cedar in the taste but I clearly know who runs this taste. After all the hops, citrus fruits, and cedar, the taste finishes up with a subtle caramel malt taste. Great!

Medium bodied, lively carbonation, and a full flavored aftertaste. Aftertaste was hoppy with a touch of cedar, a dab of pine, and a pinch of caramel malt. The hops will linger on for a little bit longer.

A session beer? It's a little bit more than that. I've had a few cedar aged IPAs, but this one is the best I've had so far. The cedar aging added a nice little touch to this beer. I would grab another growler if I had the chance.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this one. The aroma here was intense orange and tangerine with a pine hop bite. Pour is amber colored with a white head. Flavor is intense hops, with a ton of citrus and pine flavors and a malty backbone. unsure on the style but it was definitly an IPA style beer fairly dark/red body with tons of citrus flavors.

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Citrus Wizard from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 56 ratings