kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 9, 2012
12oz bottle, purchased from Luekens Liquors. Pours a deep, clear orange-amber color; creamy, light-tan head with nice retention and lacing. Juicy red fruitiness along with citrus and pine hop character; really generous aromatics for an amber, with its emphasis on the hops. Medium-full body; medium-high CO2; a bit of clean alcohol warmth coming through gives this a slightly leaner feel than it would otherwise have; reasonable acidity and effervesence; highly drinkable; following the aroma, plenty of red fruits and vinous alcohol and the generous doses of citrusy, piney hops; generally balanced overall, with its tilt toward bitterness; ok, a definite tilt toward bitterness. Juicy, tasty stuff. Lasting finish of citrusy bitterness and a toasty, lightly grainy core. deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 7, 2012
A - pours golden red with high fluffy head that dissipates quickly. Strong lacing. S - strong caramel and bread malts, over powering, hint of orange and soap. M - relatively heavy lightly syrupy feel. Malt heavy, lingering sticky mf. T - malty malty malty, caramel and vegetal malts. A bitter grassy grapefruit palate, to a lingering malty end. O - malt heavy red. 6
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone TheHOFF43 (2052) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark red with a little wispy head. Flavor is chocolatey followed by a typical red. Nice amber beer. KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2012
12oz Bottle. The pour was a hazy medium caramel brown with a small (1 finger or less) off white rocky head that reduced to a large puddle and medium collar, with very good streaky lacing.
The aroma was of a light bread malt, pine and citrus hops and a soapy yeast with notes of caramel, citrus (grapefruit) and a mild fruity ester.
It tasted lightly bitter with a nice malty sweetness, a hint of caramel and a slight fruitiness early on, and then it became very hoppy with a big grapefruit presence towards the end. The flavor was about average in duration with a slightly sweet hoppy citrus taste that was left to hang out a tad longer.
Mouthfeel was almost medium in body and dry in texture with a moderate carbonation.
Overall this was a brew that possessed a bold hoppiness with mild fruity sweetness and a smooth drinkability. This one a really enjoyed and plan on drinking again...
DietPepsican (1591) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - OCT 23, 2012
amber. Ale. So. Amber. Beer. Tootsie rolls, hops, sour cherries, some dirty, caramel. grass. dough. cheese. Really, not bade for an amber ale. Much better than normal.
medallaisla (91) - PUERTO RICO - OCT 21, 2012
Sabe a fresas frescas, ciruelas, frambuesas. So many sweet fruits with a perfect malt balance to match the fruity hops. Otra cerveza perfecta de Cigar City! Swans (134) - FRANCE - OCT 19, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2016 Pours a deep copper colour with red hints. The foam is creamy but don’t lace the glass. Sweet, hoppy and a bit sour, Lovely brew, Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2012
Bottle at home. Pour is murky amber with a frothy, long-lasting, off-white head and wonderful lacing. Tropical fruits upfront in the aroma, grapefruit, orange peel, mango, and pineapple with light notes of caramel on the backend. Taste is big grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine, light caramel, a touch of bread, and resin with a medium bitter finish. Medium body with medium-to-soft carbonation. Great beer, but really more like an India Red Ale or American Strong, than an amber. Anyhow, it is very delicious. jhliesen (832) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Bottle-how do they keep doing this? What a great beer and unexpected surprise. Looks more like a brown ale with a nice beige head and a good bit of lacing. Wow, a fruity, hoppy aroma hits right off the bat. The taste was fruity floating a nice base of caramel and malts. Nice, chewy finish with the right amount of bitterness. Great, great stuff. Produce place 1.79. Huhzubendah (3705) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 23, 2012
Bottle shared by Chaney. Thanks Brandon!
The beer is russet brown, with orange to crimson highlights. The head is an inch thick, composed of dense, off white sea foam. The snifter is utterly caked with lacing.
The aroma brings some nice hop character, along with a faint malt presence. The scent is reminiscent of many Cigar City brews I have had, with notes of dense smoke.
Great flavor and quite interesting. Not your ordinary red ale. The smoke and hop flavors are integrated elegantly. This beer is great for sipping or rapid consumption.
Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Alcohol content is minimal.
Overall, an interesting and unique brew. Fun to drink. I am glad for the opportunity to sample this.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-28-2011