Cigar City / Mikkeller Gypsy
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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.77/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Approaching double IPA strength this hoppy monster of a beer was brewed by Mikkel of Mikkeller on our pilot system here at the brewery.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (11370) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2011
An orange amber IPA with a thick creamy moka head. In aroma, a superb fragrant hops, pinhey and resinous, wild grass, quite nice. In mouth, a classic resinous hops, biscuitty malts, super smooth, oily mouthfeel, rich and balanced. On tap at brewery, Jan 5 2011.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10180) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2011
Growler… Tampa “Farewell to Sebletitje” Tasting… Pours cloudy and golden with a small, creamy, white head. The aromatics consist almost exclusively of musky, funky, tropical fruit hops – the muskiness dominates as this baby literally smells like my armpit after kicking back in the Florida sunshine in January for about an hour and then realizing I forgot to deodorize. In other words, not as pungent as going to the gym and doing an hour and a half of cardio without deodorizing - but certainly musky, musky, musky! Medium to full-bodied with soft carbonation. The flavor is bitter, bitter and bitterer. Lengthy ridiculously bitter finish… even a touch metallic (nickel). Growler courtesy of TampaBrew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (8008) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 16, 2011
Growler @ Seabass going away party, Jan15th ’11. Courtesy of Tampabrew. Couleur donnant dans les teintes orangées/brunes, col bien mousseux beige. Une bonne IPA qui a tout pour plaire, remplit de houblon avec des bonnes notes de citron, pamplemousse donnant une présence de fruits tropicaux. Épaisse en bouche, le houblon et l’amertume domine le tout donnant un ton d’herbe et fleuri, laissant peu de place au malt pour s’imposer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (7565) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 21, 2011
On tap at Cigar City Brewing. It pours deep pure gold with huge tan head, due to the one slim they were serving from was a bit over carbonated. The aroma was pulsing mega watt powered citrus hops that were here, there, they were everywhere along with much lesser amounts of spicy hops and pine. Yum! The taste is equal to the nose with assertive malt sweetened tangelo, grapefruit and pineapple like hoppiness that runs from front to back in this brew. It was crisp and refreshing with loads of hop flavor and only sprinkles of hop bitterness around the edges. I could drink a ton of this stuff. It hides the ABV very well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (7095) - Georgia, USA - JAN 24, 2011
1/15/11. Growler shared at the Sea Bass going away tasting! Huge tropical fruit aroma full of guava and mango. Awesome sweet malty flavor couples nicely with bitter hops and lovely tropical fruits. Very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6796) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2011
Swingtop. Thanks dave! Pours a cloudy burnished medium amber with a loose and sudsy white head. Huge forceful grapefruit nose. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Toast, caramel, and tons of oily grapefruit on the mid palate. Grapefruit and blood orange finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6428) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Big bottle shipped up by Greg. Thanks! Pours a rich malty brownish amber pour, dark, with a big tan head that laces small, turns into a soapy film with spotty lacing. Pretty and fiery. Aromas are rich and hoppy, florals and light citrus, grass, rich toffee and caramel. Bigger citrus rind, with a suitable sweet malt backing, some tropical fruit. Initial is medium bodied, some sweet caramel, toffee, rich flowers, grass, touches of citrus and faint spice. A decent soapy and bigger bitterness, but the bitterness falls behind the malts. A bigger bodied malty yet fairly hoppy, in a bitterness sense, DIPA by the group. The hop mix isn’t complex, it’s bitter with a touch of citrus shining through at times, but isn’t balanced necessarily. Tasty, bitter, and big. But, lacking a citrus bite and complexity for the better DIPAs in profile. Aroma and appearance held up well, but the beer itself seems to be it’s own issue - Too much bitterness and a huge malt body take away the complexity I like from a hop profile. Still, it’s a good beer, large, and a priviledge to try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2011
Floral hoppy nose on top of some toasted dry malts, some caramel is there as well. Lightly fruity cityrus and lighter fruits such as apricots. Pours amber, sone haze, bubbles, thin foam ring. Caramel, toasted malts, a little much caramel here and there but the dryness is nice and kills the light iced tea notes. Nice bitter floral hops, citrusy. Bitter and dry. Chewy lingering resins. Long dfry finish. Thankd Dave!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (4882) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Thanks TampaBrew for sharing the growler. Pours orange-yellow with a white head. Nose is malt, lots of citrus, booze, honey, apricot, and hints of pine. Flavor is similar with a huge hop burst that balances out. Good amount of malt comes out to balance the hop attack. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4000) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2011
Wow, when held up to the light this beer shows a massive hop haze, that is really not unexpected considering the ridiculous amount of hops that this thing was dryhopped with. It is hazy and is a orange tinged, light amber color when held up to the light. The beer on tap is over-carbonated so ends up with a huge, frothy, dense, pale tan colored, three finger thick head in the Cigar City Snifter. The aroma is just hugely about the hops. There is no real malt character noticeable, but it is an awesomely satisfying hop nose; floral, herbal, pine and a massive fruity hop character scream out of the glass. The fruit hop character is the most dominant of the hop aromatics and contributes notes of amped up citrus, lychee and floral tropical fruit. The fruit character is nicely balanced / held in check by herbal and pine aromatics though. While the hop aroma on this beer is totally agro, it is still in check and balanced for those hop-heads that can’t get enough.

Hoowhee, that last bit of thought certainly doesn’t apply to the flavor; huge, aggressive, scathing, tongue flagellating bitterness, astringency and over the top green hop flavors grab on to the palate, run rampant and thrash it all to hell. The body is fairly light actually (nicely hits the needs of a good IPA) and would be quite quaffable if the hop character wasn’t so utterly depraved.

Theoretically more than 300 IBUs and it certainly tastes like it.. No mercy is shown with this beer & note of the beautiful, though aggressive, floral and fruity hop character (and don’t even pretend to ask about any puny malt notes) from the nose doesn’t have remotely enough showing in the flavor to make this conventionally enjoyable. But, but, I still enjoyed this beer; not just as an exercise in excess, but it manages to be fun and also goes to show that yes, you actually can over hop a beer :-)

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