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Humidor Series - India Pale Ale by Cigar City Brewing
American IPA
0.00 % ABV


 
Review by bakes on 02/14/11  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2011
OK, it's rare that I do this, but everetends' review is almost spot on with my thoughts so I'll piggyback off of his. A few minor differences that I found:

Aroma: Getting more of a honey/caramel malt in the nose, followed by that cedar and hop kick and faint whiffs of alcohol. No meat, orange or otherwise, noted.

Flavor: The cedar aromatics are really pronounced to my senses, in a good way - it's like the vapors from the brew permeate the sinuses with a sweet woody spiciness and carry some of the citrusy hops with them. Probably one of the most aromatically satisfying (in the flavor rather than aroma) beers I've tried. Very "tight" beer in that the flavors are extremely coherent and work well together.

Overall: Had this with grilled salmon and a sambal chili aioli and it worked exceedingly well together. Almost scarily so - this would kill with a spicy Thai or southeast asian dish. Definitely a repurchase - they only had one left at Halftime but next time I see it I'll happily buy more. A neat twist on an IPA.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by everetends on 12/17/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 2010
Got this 750 ml bottle from All in One Exxon in Coosa County, Alabama. This may have been the first shipment to the state, not sure but I am glad it landed in my lap. Served up in a tulip.

A: Pours a medium orangish brown color. Held to the light, it brightens a bit in the orange department but stays pretty much the same. The body has a touch of haze to it but it remains mostly clear and see through. The pour got me about two fingers of fluffy, pillowy white head. Retention is pretty long lasting and falls very slowly, ultimately faltering to a half finger. Even at its lowest, it still has a slightly higher raise pillow like center. Sticky as all hell in the lace department, and leaves plently of lacing all over the glass. Very nice looking IPA.

S: Mostly just smells like your run of the mill IPA. Getting notes of orange peel and meat along with some grapefruit aroma as well. Light sweetness coming across from the malts. These aromas dominate but in the backend of the aroma there is absolutely a spicy and sweet cedar aroma. It adds a nice dimension without dominating or overpowering. The only other quality in the aroma is a very light, sweet tobacco note. Very nice.

T: The cedar kicks it up a notch in the flavor. It does start off with the cedar here. Blatant notes of that spicy and sweet nature that cedar has. It is a more woodsy sweetness than spicy, but there is a nice peppery note kicking up from the wood. These cedar notes blend rather nicely with the IPA qualities. The cedar almost works as a clone of certain hops notes. The IPA notes are that of citrus hops, orange and grapefruit. Light malts are sweet but muted, more like a sweet bready like flavor. Everything blends nicely and is well put together.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation that feeds that big head on this bad boy. Just a slight notice of the ABV on the throat but otherwise undetectable. Sticky on the palate with a mostly dry finish. Aftertaste is some lingering cedar.

OA: For my first full Cigar City brew, it really didn't disappoint. I was afraid that the cedar treatment may be too much for me because I really don't like cedar treatments in the culinary world. This stuff comes together nicely. If this stuff was slightly cheaper and easier to acquire, I would absolutely pick this up on a regular basis. Will absolutely pick up again if I see it again.

Served In: Tulip

Review by younger35 on 06/27/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 3 7 14 5 7 2010
Enjoyed this brew with scoobydank while watching the Twins not long ago and thought tonight seemed like a good reason to drink the 2nd one. The regular version was tasty but I know what Cigar City’s cedar treatments do to beer. Dominate. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Appearance- Murky orange with a beautifully full two finger off white head that’s rich and fluffy. A great cap and collar is maintained the entire beer along with a fair amount of thick lacing.
Smell- Holy balls, smells like this thing is LOADED with black pepper. Seriously, pure black pepper. Hints of orange peel and grapefruit peak in but play second fiddle to the cedar. I’m just amazed at how spicy this brew smells.
Taste- The IPA has been very much taken over by the cedar. It’s full of spicy black pepper from the wood but the beer really isn’t overly “woody”. A bit of pineapple and orange mix in adding some fruitiness. Not overly hoppy but it is fruity at times but I can’t get past the freaking black pepper. The finish is somewhat dry and spicy.
Mouthfeel- Great body as the beer is somewhere around medium bodied with a light zip of carbonation.
Drinkability- This is my second time around trying this beer and I definitely enjoyed it a bit more than the first (of course it was after we drank a ’06 BA Speedway). The nose smells exactly how I remember but the taste seems a bit hoppier and fruitier than I remember. I’m still not a huge fan of Cedar but I’ll keep trying em’ if people keep making em.

Served In: Flute Glass

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