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Humidor Series India Pale Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Humidor Series India Pale AleHumidor Series India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
83
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302 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 302
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 4
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: KVNBGRY on 11-23-2013)
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JackMcAwesome

Florida

4.11/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a pint glass.

I had a moderately aggressive pour, and it produced a three finger head. The lacing so far, it very paramount. Although it says it's unfiltered, it's surprisingly clear. There are tiny floaties suspended in the brew. It's kind of beautiful, haha.

Smell: I didn't know what to make at first. I got the initial thought that it reminded me of an old wet box that I found in the attic. Then I started to pick things out. The cedar is what must be giving it the "old, wet box" smell. The rest is ground pepper. I feel like I'm dipping my nose in a bucket of pepper. Wouldn't mind having a third scent (at least for me to pick out) perhaps the hops or some of the malty goodness, but I'm just getting cedar and a whole lot of pepper.

Taste: That pepper is making it's presence known! It translates to taste better than smell, and even the cedar is way better translated as taste. Picking up on the bitterness of the hops, but again, the other two taste are very overpowering. I don't fault it for that here though, just because of the uniqueness. (More on that in a bit)

Feel: Medium bodied, high in carbonation, a bit slick.

Overall: The uniqueness of this beer is why it is given high marks from me. I'm not sure I'll have this but once a year or so, but it is something to definitely try. This is the first beer out of the 150 I've had where I've said "Wow, this is something different." I know they want to classify this as an IPA, but if they called this a chili beer, I'm pretty sure it would fool everyone. An awesome attempt at something new/bizarre, so high marks from me!

Serving type: can

03-20-2014 22:28:53 | More by JackMcAwesome
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"An unfiltered India Pale Ale brewed in the Cigar City of Tampa, Florida and aged on Spanish Cedar. Pairs well with spicy food and medium to robust cigars." Brewed in the style of an India Pale Ale aged on cedar spirals. Available as a year round in 12 oz. cans and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 57º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a banana cream white head of a creamy frothed consistency over a deep melon orange body. Carbonation is moderate and lively. Retention is very good, lacing is moderate and caked around the edges of the glass. 4.5

(Smell) Some wood aging is apparent by the nose, as a modest twiggy dryness pairs with more common malt characters of biscuit, light bread and a dash of caramel syrup. Hop notes are mellow, with mild grapefruit, ripe citrus, and fruit notes attempt to match the intensity of the cedar but sadly fall short. At the aroma, there isn't much differentiating this from a non-cedar-aged IPA. Potency is modest. 3.5

(Taste) The flavor is far more pronounced over the aroma. Slick sticky bread and grainy malts with a moderate syrupy sweetness are joined by a mellow citrus juice, slightly resinous and peppery hop profile with a moderate bitterness, slightly amplified in its intensity by the mellow spiciness and woodsy character of cedar, generating a dry finish. The Spanish Cedar comes through most in the finish, with a lingering of pale wood. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, slick, mildly grainy. Carbonation generates a soft frothiness for a lightly crisp mouthfeel. Body is medium+ for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is slightly bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is light/medium and off characters are minimal. 3.75

(Overall) A unique one-time visitation for me to see the impact of spanish cedar on an India Pale Ale, although I can't far justify even the occasional return to this beer over superior beers like their Jai Alai, which have better hop presentation and flavor. Despite the addition of cedar, this is about as much a one-and-done experiment for me as it should be for the brewery. Unique and enjoyable, although I expect a wider deviation than usual on this beer. 3.75

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Humidor Series India Pale Ale from Cigar City Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.