Cigar City – Humidor Series IPA

Tasting: April 28, 2011
Style: IPA

My wife is off to another school tricky-tray tonight, so that means get the kids to bed on time and a couple of hours of uninterrupted peace with a beer and the Met game. I think I’ve picked a special one for myself. According to Cigar City’s website, they only have distributors in Florida, NYC and Philadelphia. Luckily, I was able to pick up a bomber on a recent trip to PA. This is my first Cigar (city offering that is). Hopefully, I don’t turn as green as I did when I smoked my first (and probably only) cigar. I read that this is aged “on” Spanish cedar. Putting two and two together, I surmise that this is truly a tribute to the cigar mecca of bygone days in Tampa Bay and is meant to replicate the smell of a humidor.

The pour — wow, that’s a thick head. It may take a minute to settle enough to drink it. That’ll allow me the time to admire the strong cedar nose (like cedar sawdust). Isn’t that unique? My first couple of gulps and I get that strong cedar and some peppery notes. I get the hops as understated. I’m thinking the cedar is lending the lingering bitterness here — not so much the hops.

My overall impression, this is a “conversation piece” beer. A nice one to share with other beer geeks. It isn’t a classic “must have” every year beer and the cedar does get tiresome, kind of reminds me of chewing on a pencil (paint, lead and all) but plus marks for the unique quality and the ability to execute a unique flavor like a cigar box.

Now I’m curious to try the “Bolito Brown Ale” bomber I picked up on the same trip. Hopefully, they weren’t going after the smell of a crowded bingo hall on a mid-summer Florida day.

The first few sips were high 80’s for me…but ultimately, I’ve given up half way through (much like my Mets) — I’ll give this one 78.

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