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763. Cigar City Brewing Captain of the World

Cigar City Captain of the WorldPicked up a 4-pack of this beer at Hill Farmstead. I read the description when I was there and thought an IPA with Galaxy, Citra, Simcoe, Topaz, Chinook, Cascade sounds great. Somehow I missed the most important part of all of this, rosemary.

Appearance is great with a deep orange and thick off white head. Aroma was my first hint that I was not going to like this beer; big roasemary herbal aroma. Taste was dominated by rosemary and not enjoyable at all. There was also a big bitter finish that confirmed there was no need to finish the beer.

This was probably a good IPA before the rosemary killed it, next time I need to read the entire description.
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Cons: Rosemary….why?
Alcohol Content: 7.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Cigar City
Brewers Description: Captain was brewed with a blend of Galaxy, Citra, Simcoe, Topaz, Chinook, Cascade and Columbus hops. Tim also added in plenty of rosemary.

762. Funky Buddha Brewing Floridian

Funky Buddha FloridianI can’t even remember how this beer ended up in my fridge, probably an extra in a trade but I was excited to try it as I enjoy the hefeweizen style. This style is great when the weather gets warm so I was hoping a brewery from Florida would make a good one.

Floridian pours a slightly hazy orange with almost no head that disappeared right away. Aroma is typical of the style; banana, clove and slightly sweet. Taste is wheat and clove. The beer seemed heavier than it needed to be which made it not as refreshing as I had hoped.

Completely average beer and many better options in the style.
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Alcohol Content: 5.2% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Funky Buddha
Brewers Description: Our unfiltered and refreshing German-style wheat beer is full on flavor yet light on the palate. Authentic hefeweizen yeast creates the compelling aromas of bananas, citrus, and cloves, while the all wheat and malt body perfectly captures the brilliance of a golden Florida sunset.

690. Sierra Nevada / Cigar City Yonder Bock

Cigar City Sierra Nevada Yonder BockI am a little late getting to the Beer Camp 12-pack from Sierra Nevada. I purchased it when it was released and stuck it in the fridge at work until last week when I finally had the time to open it. The 12-pack includes 12 different beers that were brewed at Sierra Nevada’s facility in Chico, The list of breweries involved is a who’s who of craft beer across America.

My first beer is the Yonder Bock from Sierra Nevada and Cigar City. The can describes this as a tropical maibock which sounded very interesting. An aggressive pour leaves a nice copper colored beer with a single finger off white head. Aroma is mostly malt with some hints of fruit. Nothing too crazy happening in either the appearance or aroma. 

Taste improves on this a little with a well balanced mix of those sweet malts in the beginning with a subtle tropical fruit finish. A solid beer but honestly glad there was only one included as I doubt I would seek this beer out again. 
Pros:
 well balanced

Cons:
Alcohol Content: 7.7% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 45
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Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp
Brewers Description: Yonder Bock is a summery twist on the robust blonde bock. Its silky, semi-sweet malt body is bolstered by a blend of new and experimental hops that impart bright, fruity hop aromas of guava, mango and passion fruit.

389. Cigar City Brewing Jai Alai IPA

Cigar City Jai Alai IPAThis one came back from Florida with Doug from Rock Island Hop Farm. We exchange beer quite often and he was down there for a week and brought back a couple of Cigar City varieties for me to try.

I heard good things about this one so opened up it up shortly after receiving it. Color is a bit darker than I expected with a thick off white head. Aroma has plenty of citrus and tropical fruits. Taste is solid IPA with a nice amount of hops up front and then the sweet malts take over. It’s always interesting how some IPAs have the hops up front and other start with the malt sweetness.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer and can imagine sitting in the hot Florida sun drinking a few of these. Thanks Doug for bringing it back for me.
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Alcohol Content: 7.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 70
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Brewers Website: Cigar City
Brewers Description: Jai Alai, a game native to the Basque region of Spain, is played on a court called a fronton. Jai Alai players attempt to catch a ball using a curved mitt whilst the ball travels at speeds up to 188mph! Proving they have a sense of humor the Spanish dubbed this game, with its ball traveling at racecar speeds, “the merry game.” Tampa was once home to a bustling Jai Alai fronton but sadly all that remains of Jai Alai in the Tampa Bay area is this India Pale Ale that we brew in tribute to the merry game. The India Pale Ale style of beer has its roots in the ales sent from England to thirsty British troops in India during the 18th century. Pair Jai Alai India Pale Ale with Beef Empanadas, Deviled Crabs and other spicy dishes.

Pours copper in color with notes of citrus and tropical fruit in the aroma. Flavor has upfront citrus bitterness with a hint of caramel and citrus and tropical fruit hop notes in the finish.