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Cigar City Criterium Ale (2013)

Cigar City Criterium Ale (2013)
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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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This American wheat ale is light gold in color and has a slight haze from the use of wheat. Criterium Ale is a crisp wheat beer that has a refreshing hop flavor that is contributed by New Zealand and Australian hop varietals. Motueka, Galaxy and Pacifica lend a complex melange of citrus character and mesh beautifully with bitter orange peel to provide a full flavored yet light refreshing beer. Pair this beer with food truck fare and cycling while sitting at the world’s longest bar.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
burg326 (3523) - Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2013
On draft at CCB, poured a cloudy yellow color with aromas of citrus, light wheat and some grapefruit. Flavors follow suit with some husk qualities, ok beer overall.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2013
Chewy and a bit leafy. Moderately bitter with a bit of citrus rind. Light grain in the background.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcartamdg (1864) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2013
Pours a hazy yellow, big white head. Aroma of bitter citrusy hops and grain. Taste follows very bitter grapefruit with a fresh milled grain finish. Nice hop profile but too much grain on the finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gkost (1711) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2013
Pours a hazy yellow. Nose is citrus and heavy grains. Flavor is grainy, worty with hints of grapefruit and lemon peel.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
sloshgator (401) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2013
Cigar City Criterium Ale (2013) is pure delight -- so good that I had two in one sitting. Getting it fresh from Cigar City Brewpub definitely helped this rating, I’m sure. Aroma is very prominent with a slight yeast quality and fresh fruit notes. Criterium pour is a shiny golden color with a nice head. Taste is well-balanced with a distinct citrus note -- like a fresh ruby red grapefruit. Get Criterium Ale while you can. I understand they make it only once a year, so it might be in short supply.


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