Humidor Series India Pale Ale - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by woodychandler:
3.8/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
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).
Serving type: can
04-20-2014 13:27:40 | More by woodychandler
More User Reviews:
3.74/5 rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
"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
Cigar City Brewing's
Humidor Series India Pale Ale
Serving type: bottle
07-18-2014 22:35:09 | More by Jadjunk
Humidor Series India Pale Ale from Cigar City Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 300 ratings.