Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, Florida. I enjoyed and reviewed the version aged on Grapefruit Wood about six weeks ago as well. The label on the wine-sized bottle again depicts a map of the US with a winding path from California to Florida, brewery to brewery.
Nice aroma with bright lemon and orange citrus standing out. Yeast is also a very noticeable factor in the bouquet. Flavors are also great from the beginning. Fruity, juicy orange and sweet candied lemon rind are really terrific. Upper-level carbonation contributes to the experience from the start, creamy and with some zip.
Honey flavors and sweetness usher in the spices listed on the bottle, though I taste the coriander much more than the ginger. The spices nicely knock down the sweetness a bit. Fruit and citrus persist throughout. The 9% alcohol is well-disguised but really steps up when it comes to accentuating the fruit flavors. A little heat too.
Speaking of Cigar City, I bumped into the very sexy Phil fka @DosBeerigos at Total Wine yesterday. In fact, we bumped into each other right at the same spot we first met a few years back, by the classroom. How romantic! Phil works for Cigar City now. Feel free to stop by the new Whole Foods in Pembroke Pines this Saturday 3/31/12 for a beer tasting. If you say "Beer Drinker Rob" to Phil, you wont win anything, but you will get a priceless smile. Guaranteed!