Collaboration No. 5

Missouri
United States
Boulevard Cigar City Collaboration 5 Tropical Pale Ale
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
93
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Combining Cigar City's expertise with tropical fruit flavors and Boulevard's love of pale ales, Collaboration No. 5 - Tropical Pale Ale begins with a base of pilsner malt layered with Marris Otter, Munich, and caramel malts. Huge late hopping with a blend of Mosaic, Citra, Lemondrop, and Azacca lends bright citrus flavors. Freshly sliced grapefruit and passionfruit added at the end of the boil add a refreshing acidity and tropical fruit flavor and aroma.

Profile

ABV: 
7.2%
IBUs: 
55
Served at: 
45° F
Hops: 
Mosaic, Citra, Lemondrop, Azacca
Malts: 
Pilsner, Maris Otter, Munich, Caramel
Judges Review 
Rick Franckhauser's picture
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

New world hops at their finest are on display in this brew. None of the dank, high-alpha varietals are on hand, but rather a tropical fruit punch medley of aromatics highlighting mango, pink grapefruit and tangerine, combine with apricot and a little pine resin. A slightly hazy golden color is topped with a frothy off-white head that eventually drops to a thin creamy cap. The flavor follows the aromatics but includes some residual malt sweetness and a firm, rounded bitterness. The bitterness takes center stage without being at all harsh, thanks to the malt sweetness and moderate carbonation. The finish is not as dry as most American IPAs and the beer is bigger than the average APA, but the specific style is irrelevant as the beer is delicious.