Humidor Series India Pale Ale - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by woodychandler:
3.8/5 rDev +3.3%
Cigar City is becoming a major CANtributor to The CANQuest (TM) and I am happy to have them. Granted, not everything that they have put into a CAN has been to my liking, but good on them for making the transition.
From the CAN: "Drink fresh! Do not age! Pour gently into a glass."; "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."; "Cedar Spirals provided by: The Barrel Mill Premium Barrels and Infusion Spirals".
A nice, loud Crack! presented a brimful craft CAN, but these guys must have been talking to my Old Lady, who was scandalized by the inverted Glug. It's beer, kids! It ain't gonna bruise, but I promised that I would use a gentle pour when so directed. I still managed to create a finger of dense, tawny head with good retention. Color was a floatie-filled light-copper (SRM = > 9, < 13). Nose had a spicy, peppery cast, undoubtedly the result of the admixture of the hops and the wood spirals. Mouthfeel was medium, approaching fullness on the tongue. Unlike the Cascadian/Black IPA that I reviewed yesterday, nothing was getting in the way of the hops here. In fact, the cedar was making the hops more pronounced and providing a really enjoyable beer. Piney hops and cedar wood - I felt like I was drinking a forest! Not a bad sensation at all. It was almost enough to make me wish for a cigar, but I gave up smoking them almost a decade ago, when I developed adult-onset asthma. The finish was bone-dry, cool, not quite minty, but definitely peppery in the back of my throat. Phew! A worthy addition to The CANQuest (TM).
04-20-2014 13:27:40 | More by woodychandler
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3.86/5 rDev +4.9%
Canned 3/something/14 hard to read on the bottom of the can, pours with a cloudy amber body two fingers worth of khaki head fine speckled lacing.
The aroma has a nice cedar kick to a base of a solid IPA canned by the folks who brings us Jai Alai IPA one of my favorite IPAs, so it has to be good. Throw in herbal citric hops in the smell and we have something special, complemented with vine ripened white wine grapes this beer smells great off the bat. Hints of plum and raisin add to the malt layers that I'm really appreciating.
Flavor has vinous, white wine grape notes, rich cedar earthiness, herbal hops through the whole sip with ample bitterness to equal out to a nice drinking beer. Big ripened raisin and white wine note goes down the palate with each sip, lingering bitter hops with hop proteins floating around in the glass.
Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied slick oily resinous beer in the can, from a big beer brewery like Cigar City it's nice to see a cedar aged IPA going to market in the can. Overall carbonation is smooth and mouthfeel is dead on something most beer drinker's who smoke cigars want to try.
Overall, I'm a fan since the first time I had a Jai Alai IPA, great beers great brewery enough said.
06-12-2014 19:08:43 | More by WVbeergeek
3.73/5 rDev +1.4%
12 oz. can poured into a Teku.
Appearance - Copper body. Nice white head. Medium collar. Pretty lacing inside the glass.
Smell - Pungent grapefruit. The cedar amplifies the grapefruit. Very woody. Eventually becomes all cedar.
Taste - Citrus hop. Sweet caramel malt. Grainy cracker malt. Then cedar overwhelms everything. Again, it amplifies the grapefruit. Bitter and very woody.
Mouthfeel - Excessively bitter from the wood. A little creamy. Well carbonated.
Overall - So there's a bucket of cedar in this. It overwhelms everything, but I like it. Really complements the hop flavor.
03-28-2014 03:34:55 | More by Alieniloquium
Humidor Series India Pale Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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