Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) - Cigar City Brewing
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4.49/5 rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Had this in a snifter. Bottled on date 1/23/13.
Bright copper body with some darker auburn highlights, the cap is a dense, orangey-white foam that builds to almost two-finger's. It leaves behind a good amount of sheet lacing on its slow decay.
Whoa! That is a spicy nose! Fragrant dried tobacco leaves and woodiness almost sting the nostrils, this mingles with a peach-y and mango-like tropical quality. Man, that bouquet is so spiced and sweet, and pouring out of the glass. There also feels like a honey-ish scent is buried, too. Honestly, it may just be the wonderful fragrant spice that keeps delivering new hits with each new sniff.
The palate of flavors plays almost exactly like the nose. And there is nothing wrong with that. The herbal, woody, tobacco-like, peppery fragrance blends with a sweet tropical accent, with a nice bittering resin flavor on the finish. Some slight grass-like flavors also develop with a crackery malt base as the finish progresses.
This Humidor offering is more bitter, and therefore lends a drying finish. The hops do a nice job of clinging long to the cheeks, with a medium heft rounding things out.
This was a fantastic beer and quite unlike anything that has crossed this palate before. The cedar imparts some fantastic spiced qualities that make it almost impossible to not take another drink. And as a lover of the little green wonder buds, this beer delivers a great bitter kiss with notes of sweet tropical fruits to add to the complex and spiced character. Truly a special beer, and one that should certainly be experienced if given the the opportunity.
Serving type: bottle
01-14-2014 12:24:57 | More by Pintofbrown
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Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
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