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Cigar City Pilot Series Passionfruit and Dragonfruit Berliner Weisse

Formerly brewed at Cigar City Brewing
Style: Berliner Weisse
Tampa, Florida USA
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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.34   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
50belair (2338) - Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2011 On tap at CC for the Huanhpuís release. Vibrant fusion of garnet and pink in color (think Johnny Rottenís wildest punk rock hair dreams) with a small pinkish head. Fantastic berry/fruit aromas. Crisp and refreshing. The tart fruit notes blend harmoniously with the traditional flavors of this invigorating German wheat beer. As the day heated up, CC released this ruby masterpiece just in time to cool off the overheated crowd. A brilliant change of pace from the heavy lumbering stouts. The crowd was whipped up into a frenzy by this tie-dye gem sauntering throughout the festival, and the keg blew within the hour.....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MeadMe (1319) - Riverview, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2011 A: Poured an electric color of magenta, sorta the bright color of pink that kids create by putting a highlighter in water to spice up liquor bottles in a dorm room. Small fizzy head with no retention. The sight of the beer alone sent people to the tap in droves. S: The aroma was bold and citric. Fresh fruity undertones with hints of acidic sharpness. T: The color may have sent people running it was the flavor that brought them back. The beer was awesome simply put. Nice sharp tartness right up front. Slighty citric, my guess this was provided by the dragon fruit After the initial blast of tartness it actually smooths out real nicely. A nice mild sweetness comes through almost guava like which I will attribute to the passion fruit. A Yin and Yang of a beer, tart, sweet, awesome, and stunningly beautiful. M: Medium in body starts tart finishes sweeter with only a mild acidic character. D: Awesome. It is one I would have revisited all day. Too bad everyone else had the same idea and it lasted a whole 10 min or so on draft. Cheers JW it rocked!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
FreshBeerCesar (8) - Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2011 does not count
On tap at CCBís Huna day 2011. The color on this thing just screams dragon-fruit. It was my second beer of the day the first being a breakfast glass of 4 Roses BB Zhukov so this was a wake up call. Aroma was all passion for me and strawberry jolly ranchers??! Taste was serious business dragon fruit/passion fruit and yes strawberry jolly ranchers was a great description. It made me smack my chops three or four times after each sip and it made my mouth water for more. The Tartness was spot on as it didnít over power but caught you right at the tip of the tongue then made way for all the fruity goodness. Great work J-Dub!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2011
on tap at Hunahpu 2011. Poured a velvet light red color with a pinkish type head. Aroma was tons of berries, passion fruit, sweet tarts, and jolly ranchers. Flavor was so mouth puckering dry that it made my face turn sideways and yell "thatís slap yo mamma sour." The flavors were just so amazing that I couldnít believe the blends of fruit in this thing. Raspberry, passion fruit, red berries, tropical fruit, and on and on.....This was easily one of the best beers on the day.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Maltzilla (38) - Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2011
On tap at Hunah 2011! This beer was, hands down, one of the days major show-stealers. The minute the beer is poured into the glass, your attention is brought into focus, the color is a translucent blood-ruby with a pink "weisse" head. The aroma is a sweet fruit pungency and tartness, nose-full of passion fruit and some hints of the dragon fruit follows suit. Palate starts with some tart passion fruit which quickly leads into the traditional, berliner weisse refreshing wheat tartness. Sweet fruit melds into the background and the backpalate is then left with a clean citrus finish. Excellent beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (8507) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 14, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2012 Tap at Hunahpu 2011. Everyone was carrying around the festival something that looked like Kool-aid burst so I decided to find out what it was. Lo and behold, Dragon Passionfruit Berliner Weisse. The pour is a hilariously deep, clear pink with a nice, fizzy pink head. Looks like a fruit juice spritzer. Aroma is heavy seedy raspberries, odd phenol character. Taste is heavy berry tannic, fully tart like a passionfruit smoothie. Some people at the festival claimed it wasnít very tart, which is incorrect. Very refreshing and nicely done. Definitely something to pursue for the normal CCB lineup- bound to be the most loved beer in the world by women in their 20s. If you want more girls getting into good beer, this is the winning ticket. 3/14/2011 7/4/7/4/14=3.6

Tap at Berliner Bash thanks to JW77. Gorgeous purple pink pour. Full haze. Creamy and glowing. Whoa. Nose is super intense rhubarb/strawberry, dragonfruit, fresh mango. Taste is very nice- super seedy, sharp and zippy, loads of acid, small wheat beer graininess remains. Very nice. Heavy citric acid. Zippy, lactic yogurty palate. Delicious though I like the Rhubarb Pie and Miami Madness a lot more. 5/18/2012 8/5/8/4/16=4.1

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
steelcitybrew (430) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Had this gem on hunahpus day. Pours a blood red. Sour grapefruit aroma. Very tart acid taste. Pretty drinkable for a sour. Maybe not a 5 but a very good drinkable sour.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2012 Pours an amazing ruby purple red with effervescent bubbles. Just carrying this beer around started a buzz. People were saying, "what is that?!?! I want that!" Nose was fresh fruit, funky lactic sourness, sweet fruit and hints of wheat and grain. Flavor was refreshing sour fruits, berries, unripe fruit, sharp acidity. Overall an amazing beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
daknole (9174) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2011
Hunahpus 2011. Pours the most amazing scarlet red color Iíve ever seen in a beer. Aroma is completely awesome. Passionfruit, Dragonfruit, sour jolly ranchers...leads to a flavor profile that is as good and unique as any beer Iíve ever tried. Amazing balance of mouthpuckering sourness, tropical fruit heaven. So juicy, such wonderful carbonation. Best beer of the day. And thatís saying a lot! A masterpiece.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2013 This one was on Tap at Hunahpu Day 2011. Pours a blood red, light lacing, a little sour, puckered aroma. Very sour, mouth puckering grapefruit. Nice. Damn Dak gave this a 5... it was good... but that good? Maybe I need to find some more of it.

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