Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, Florida. The little story on the side of the label talks about this being a West Coast (US) to West Coast (FL) effort, with the beer "cheerfully meandering off the beaten path".
This was a $15 wine bottle, a bit out of my price range for an unknown product. But I was peer pressured into buying it and the two other versions (cedar and lemon) as well. I guess I'll need to have my kids watch the after-school specials to learn how not to give in to temptations because I surely haven't figured that out yet. What a poor role model!
The artwork depicts a nicely colorful map of the US, and it's pretty cool since it wraps around about a quarter of the bottle. You know, the world is not flat! There is a meandering path from CA to Southwest Florida, highlighting the style expectations while noting the destinations of the two breweries involved. Finally, I'll take a stab at why these two breweries used Spanish while naming this beer. Actually, let me just ask you a question and we'll see how smart you are. Have you ever been to Florida and/or California?
OK. Let's do this thing. I've got a lot to say. Originally the aroma was floral and with some bright citrus. As the beer warmed, there was much more of a yeasty saison quality to it. Orange and grapefruit are noticeable, with coriander adding a huge scent too.
The coriander is very noticeable and stands alone, no friends. A unique wood component adds interest and differentiates the beer. Carbonation is good, making all flavor profiles stand tall. The beer seems a little more sugary as you put the bottle down for the final time (if you get my drift).
I really enjoyed how you could pick out many different cliques and flavor gangs in this beer. Very fun and interesting beer. My overall critique is that this ultra-flavorful beer was a bit too sweet and had way too much coriander (and perhaps ginger, that all got muddled eventually). I'd have preferred a little less off the beaten path, because the fruity flavors and saison qualities from the yeast were fabulous. My last comment is that I don't like paying $15 for beer in wine bottles, the equivalent of a sixer that costs $42.52. (I'll leave my lesson there since I've been asked to refrain. Call me if you'd like me to do a group lecture for you though.) However, when I win the lottery... Watch Out! Check it out if you are rich or have a serious beer-drinking problem or are a Cigar City and/or The Bruery Groupie!