Pours cloudy, purposely, with three-quarter inch of slightly off-white foam. The head doesn't last but leaves residue sporadically along the glass through consumption.
Aroma isn't as large as I expected. Led by a caramel, toasty malt profile. Spice and fruity hops are inside as well.
Taste, similar to the aroma, doesn't really bring it. I don't get the maple at all. I can tell that the aging on wood has helped smooth out the bitterness as it is minimal. Refreshing but not ground breaking.
Body is firm with a thick, almost creaminess. Carbonation is medium. Dries the palate.
Nothing wrong with this beer, just not as great as some beers that Cigar City puts out. This makes me wonder if the price tag is warranted. I would have it again but the price scares me a bit. Enjoy!
Reviewed: Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 21:37:33
Tasted: Thursday, July 11, 2013
$12.99 for 750 ml bottle
One fine body…
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Homefront IPA was created in 2011 by craft brewers with one goal in mind: to honor and support the men and women of America’s armed forces. Homefront is aged on donated Louisville Slugger maple bats, brewed with donated hops from Yakima’s Puterbaugh Farms and infused with fresh orange peel. In 2016, a minimum of $150,000 from the sale of this beer will be donated to Soldiers Angels, an organization providing aid and comfort to the men and women of our country’s armed forces.
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