Smurf2055 (1255) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours orange, large off white head
Smell big juicy pineapple and tropical fruit, light vanilla oak sweetness
Taste smooth fresh and hoppy front, oaky middle, bitter rindy finish with a sweet oak aftertaste
Solid, and Iím not usually a fan of oaked IPA
italianjohn (2208) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear copper pour with a thin soapy white head and sticky striped lacing .... aroma of vanilla, dill, oak and citrusy hops ..... taste is bitter and of oak, light vanilla, light dill and citrusy ..... dry oaky and bitter citrusy bite in the finish with a nice lingering light bitter hop .... mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy .... very well done abv hidden very well
DocJitsu (700) - Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear orange-golden color with a short creamy white head. Perfumy hop and a candy corn-sorghum nose. Quite a bit of astringency in the mouthfeel. A lot of complexity in the flavor. Sweet candy corn competes with extraordinary bitterness. In reminded if Old Guardian. The bitterness fades in an average length finish. But the candy corn remains on the palate after the bitterness finishes. The oaky flavor is easily noted with some mild smokiness appearing mid palate. Everything works together in this beer. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
mike5326 (616) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a tap. Clear golden color, mild white head. Sweet floral hop aroma. Great sweat with a fairly complex hops flavor.
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HonusWagner (1140) - Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2014
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
No matter how many times I give this beer another shot, I never can get past the overwhelmingly oaky character, which imparts a really odd astringency and meshes badly with the sweet-ish tropical fruit thing. The dill note overpowers, and I cannot easily finish even a single can. Itís not godawful by any means, but itís not a pleasant drinking experience.
As it warms, it picks up a heavy buttery note, gross, I really hate this beer.
Weezel (76) - Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In my opinion one of the best two or three beers from Cigar City. I wait every year for this release and there is never enough to go around. Huge tropical aroma of melons, mango and grapefruit. Taste is very solid IPA up front and you pick up a lot of the Jai Alai character in the beginning. Mid way through there is a flood oak, vanilla and more of the tropical hoppiness, and you would swear there is some kind of fruit in there. Finish is long, but not bitter, intensely smooth. If you can find it buy as much as you can.
suprchunk (1928) - Crestview, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden, clear, pour. Sizable white head that sticks around. Plenty of lacing. A distinct dill aroma. Canít really ascertain anything past that. Taste is malty with some vanilla notes. A slight bit of dill pokes it head again, but just fleetingly so. Finishes creamy smooth with just a touch of sweetness. Pretty good.
onceblind (3575) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Clear copper with a thin sticky white head. Nose has a sharp white oak twang, with a sweet an juicy mango/melon tone, maybe a little pineapple rind as well. The flavor is sharp and woody with that fresh chopped white oak twang, a little pineapple rind, a mild char note, and mango. That oak tone is just a little too abrasive.
snoworsummer (1503) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 31, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a can in Miami. Pours clear golden brown with a thin white head and decent lacing. Tastes awesome, like sweet tropical fruits, roasted nuts and caramel, marshmallow, and dry pine and resin. Light/medium body and low carbonation. Smells like mild tropical fruits, nutty, and light pine.
sonnycheeba (2966) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 31, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can. Pours clear amber with a creamy pillow of off-white head. Aroma is floral and grassy hops, pineapple, mango, oak, toasted malts, and light lemon zest. Flavor is dynamic with sweet tropical fruit up front that transitions to toasted and caramel malts before evolving again into floral hop goodness with a touch of pine; dry finish with some of the tropical notes lingering. Medium body and carbonation.