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What we're drinking - Cigar City Guayabera

This month, Nick, Blake, Craig, Chris and Sean tasted Cigar City's Guayabera. They have thoughts and we thought we'd share them. Note, Craig and Chris clearly have different views from the rest of the guys on what is hoppy and what isn't. As always, our homework is better than yours.

The Basics:

· Type: Citra Pale Ale

· ABV: 5.5%

· IBU: 50

Cigar City's description: Traditional throughout Latin America, the guayabera shirt combines style, functionality, form and tradition in its four-pocketed design.  We at Cigar City feel the same reverence and appreciation for the guayabera that we do for the Citra hop varietal, an ingredient that imparts notes of tangerine, lime and berries to this traditional American Pale Ale.  The exclusive use of Citra hops in this beer creates a flavor that’s at once unique and recognizable, while it’s dry, crisp character and moderate alcohol make it as refreshing and functional as a crisp linen guayabera.

Nick: Pretty hoppy initially which is unusual for beers that exclusively use citra hops. Definitely a bit of a citrus flavor, but it is mild and lingers in the background that actually tastes a bit like melon as it warms up. Dry and crisp finish.

Blake: The hops hit hard on the first taste, but I warmed up to it and appreciated the fruit flavors more with each sip.

Craig: A smooth pale ale that's not too hoppy. I tasted a nice blend of tangerine and lime which made for a good finish.

Chris: Crisp, refreshing and a little sweet. I didn't find the hops overwhelming, but I enjoy hoppier beers so consider the source of this review. Could have definitely had another.

Sean: Very hoppy smell with a hint of citrus, mostly lime. The flavor is bold, but not overpowering. Great for a lingering Indian Summer day.