jcwattsrugger (11071) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
@Tampa Weekly Gathering-Thanks retorp–hipothicary jar–pours a white head and cloudy orange/gold color. Aroma is guave/pine, secondary medium malt. Taste is guava, lemon/grapefruit rind, secondary medium malt.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 7, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to daknole for shipping a grower to me and a Huge thanks to elnadeau for helping recarbonate after the shipping company caused some leakage.
Amber beer, nice hoppy presence and flavor but the guava adds some sweet/tart characteristics that are very nice.
argo0 (11328) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(DC Local Gathering, "growler," thanks ygtbsm94) Medium off-white head atop cloudy amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, catty, guava, kiwi. Taste is moderately sweet, guava, catty, some pineapple/grapefruit. Medium body, some resin, light acidity. Nicely drinkable, alcohol well hidden.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy deep orange color with a moderately thick off-white head. Interesting slightly sweet tropical fruit aroma, not overtly citric, more apple-like. The taste has guava up-front and the hops appear more on the finish. A good combination.
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUL 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler shared by StFun. Murky muddy with faint dirty white head. The nose has an odd fruit aroma. I guess its guava. I certainly get the ceadar. That’s interesting. Cedar flavor with a bit of fruit finish. Medium body. Balanced finish. Very interesting to say the least.
ChainGangGuy (4348) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours a hazed, dark orange-amber body with a slim, creamy-looking, off-white head.
Smell: Aromatic scent of fruits, both guava and citrus, coated with a fine dusting of spicy white pepper, light pine, caramel, and some soft florals.
Taste: Pale maltiness combined with sweet tastes of toffee and caramel and a light toastiness. Fruity taste of guava with it’s alternately sweetish and sour qualities with transitions into hoppy flavors of grilled citrus fruits and pine. Moderate bitterness, though there’s plenty of maltiness left to balance things back out. Big spicy kick like teaspoon of finely-ground white pepper. Small hint of florals arrives late. Finishes dry, spicy, and bitter.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. There’s even some chewiness to it.
Drinkability: Excellent! Another lovely, unique release from Cigar City. Very drinkable but also packed with flavor.
soicanbreathe (13) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very floral aroma, cloudy orange in color, the guava seemed to mellow out the hoppiness of this IPA, guava and hops though a great pair
daknole (8863) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 28, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at berwery. Hell yeah. They did it again!! Orangish color. Aroma of citrus hops, caramel, and the guava is just noticeable along with the wonderful toasty cedar. Flavor is really nice. Good and malty but has a nice hop bite and the notes of the cedar and guava meld together perfectly. Another great CCB! Thanks Joey and Wayne.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery: Hazy cloudy copper amber pour has a thin, wispy-lacing white head. Aroma of fresh grapefruity hops and toasty sweet caramel malt. Has a good lightly sweet caramely maltiness and lots of fresh grapefruit and a touch of woody cedar with a bittersweet finish. Full bodied, refreshing and enjoyable.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap as part of the 12th Anniversary celebration at the Brick Store.
Pours was a bright cloudy yellow orange with a small whitish head that recedes to a small soapy swirl on top and leaves a little bit of lacing.
The smell really surprised me, especially since I was at least partly expecting something like the Jai Alai, which featured a good bit of piny floral hops in the nose. What I was greeted with was a blast of tropical fruit sweetness - mangos, oranges and a little bit of grapefruit. The floral presence is still there but outweighed by the citrus. The more a smell it, the more I get the cedar as well or at least I think I do.
The flavor stays fairly close to the aroma and is loading with sweet tropical fruits initially, before a bit of the malt sweetness shows through in the middle. The finish is an interesting mix of floral and fruity hops and the lightly spicy cedar.
The mouthfeel is fairly slick and sticky with juicy fruit hops. The carbonation is light and soft and overall a refreshing feel, though maybe a tad thinner than I would expect.
This is another complex and original beer from CCB, which is what I’ve come to expect from these guys. Big props to Ben and the Brick Store boys for scoring this for the festivities.