Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) recently announced that their Florida Man Double IPA will soon be available in cans for the first time.
Named after a constant stream of news headlines that seem to always begin with “Florida Man . . .” (ex. “Florida Man Claims Wife Was Kidnapped by Holograms” and “Florida Man Jailed for Golf Cart DUI at Parents’ Retirement Home”), Florida Man Double IPA is Cigar City’s way of paying homage to the “unintentional official state animal” of Florida. Brewed and adjusted repeatedly with careful attention, the final recipe for Florida Man boasts six hop varietals to produce a Double India Pale Ale “big in flavor [and] bold in bitterness.” Spicy notes are sourced from Simcoe hops, and prominent tropical flavors are supplied by Azacca and Pacific Jade. Weighing in at 10.1% ABV, Florida Man still has a sweet malt character capable of laying down the needed level of balance.
“While we’ve dabbled with Double IPAs in the past, I think we’ve really nailed the style with this latest batch of Florida Man. Our Brewmaster Wayne Wambles tweaked the hop bill a bit to feature more prominently Azacca and Pacific Jade hops, adding big notes of mango and papaya. It’s got a bit of honey malt for some sweetness and body to balance the assertive bitterness but the hop flavor is definitely front and center. The beer was fermented with a different yeast than our Jai Alai IPA, creating esters that accentuate even more tropical fruit and citrus quality in this massive DIPA. It’s just intense enough to stand up to the Florida sun and our state’s more… um, interesting local residents.”
-Neil Callaghan, Cigar City’s El Lector
Previously only released in 22 oz. bottles, it was decided that Florida Man Double IPA would make the move to 12 oz. cans this year to “to put this beer in a container that Florida men and women could bring to a gator farm, an arena football tailgate or any other Florida Man-approved activities.” Look for these 4-packs of cans to start hitting shelves at craft beer-friendly retailers within Cigar City’s distribution area in Florida any day now. Get yours while you can because this limited release of Florida Man is sure to disappear just as quickly as it arrives. Prost!
Vital Information for Florida Man Double IPA from Cigar City Brewing
Style – Double India Pale Ale
Availability – Specialty Release, available at the end of September 2016
ABV – 10.1%
IBUs – 132 (!)
Ingredients – American hops, British malted barley
Packaging – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans, 1/6 bbl and 1/2 bbl draft
Recommended Glassware – IPA glass
Distribution – Florida
Fun Fact – If you would like to track the exploits of the “Florida Man”, you can keep up with all the shenanigans by clicking here.