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Cigar City El Monstruo Lúpulo

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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.8/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Created and brewed exclusively to commemorate The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club’s 20 Year Anniversary.

An Imperial India Pale Ale aged on Spanish cedar and spruce wood.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
MrChopin (3428) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2014
[ Bottle ][ 1oz ][ Tasting ][ ][ Snifter ][ 11.09.14 ]
Murky hay-tea, thin white ring oily cap. Tea and playdoh nose, heavy sugar, paper. Lightly bitter brown sugar front, caramel and gritty mid, sticky and thickly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3538) - McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2014
From a 75 cl bottle at the DC Pre-Turkey Day tasting on Nov 9, 2014. Pours a clear copper with an off white head. Arom of pine resin. Flavors of pepper and citrus. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (4943) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Bottle shared at the DC Pre-Thanksgiving tasting. Thanks to GenDV138! Poured a hazy orange color with a small off-white head. Aroma was notes of pine, citrus notes. Flavor was nice resin notes, some woody notes, pine and juicy citrus hops. Pretty tasty and refreshing, even with this crazy abv.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
One2remeber (149) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Bottle. Pine-sol, lemon, fresh grass, strong bready malt, dominant cedar. Malt and cedar flavors shine while an oily, resiny hop aftertaste lingers. Nice transitions in flavors, complex and balanced. Alcohol warmth is apparent as it warms but suits the Imperial style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (4321) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 10, 2014
I really like this one. Golden amber pour. Bitter finish. Average carbonation. Huge pine and citrus aroma with good underlying malt backbone. Bottle shared by GenDV138.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9997) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Bottle. Pours lightly hazy orange with a medium, frothy off-white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is pine, citrus and resin hops with biscuit malt. Flavor is moderate hops and bitterness, light malt and fruity esters with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (13023) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Bottle courtesy of GenDV138, thank you sir! Cloudy golden yellow color, white head. Nice fruity aroma Taste is bitter fruity straw. Nicely balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenDV138 (1638) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2014
750 ml bottle poured into a Spiegelau tulip. Slightly hazy golden orange with 1.5 fingers of off-white head. Decent webby lacing. Aromas of onion, cedar, citrus, floral notes. Tastes of citrus, wood/cedar, floral hops, a bit of tropical fruit. Medium body with a dry finish. Alcohol is well masked. Medium carbonation, juicy mouthfeel. Pretty good, lots of cedar if that’s your thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (9416) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 8, 2014
Clear gold, sticky white head. Juicy hops, citrus, pineapple, and lots of wood. The cedar is prominent. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2014
Serving: Bottle. Pours a hazy amber orange with a thin white head. Strong pine resin notes with a bit of spiciness. There is a slight sweetness quickly washed away by those pine resin, spruce, and cedar wood notes. I feel like I am in some sort of strange wood grove. Long and warming finish. Nice IPA.

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