superspak (1895) - Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/17/2012. Pours extremely hazy orange amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big orange, mango, orange rind, grapefruit, pineapple, caramel, cedar, floral, grass, toast, and herbal earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great hop complexity and good balance. Lots of sweet hops with minimal pine or spiciness balance. Taste of big orange zest, pineapple, grapefruit, orange rind, caramel, floral, grass, toast, light cedar, light pine, and herbal spiciness. Good amount of citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pineapple, caramel, toast, light pine, grass, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance of hop flavors with a nicely balanced malt backbone; zero cloying flavors noticed after the finish. Cedar wasnít too noticeable, but it probably also smoothed out the beer flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice creamy, lightly slick, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with pretty much zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent IPA! Great hop complexity and flavor balance; very smooth and easy to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering as I expected.
Xenon (48) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - DEC 3, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Damn this was good. So many flavors unique to this beer. Dank and piney transitioning into a perfect bready bitterness. Well bodied. Very floral as well. It just had all the proper phases of a good ipa. Hops then yeast then malts. The cedar wood just took this to the next level. It was a cool alternative to oak and really worked wonders with the hops. Almost like a pinewood derby car was dipped shortly
Daniel719 (35) - Safety Harbor, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from the glass. Pours a nice copper gold color. Smell is amazing. Smokey, piney, citrus, grapefruit. This is such a good beer. Taste is more of the same. Not to Smokey. Just the right amount of citrus. Great!
-- via beerbasher/winphone
RLiddell (37) - Valrico, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery. I have always been a fan of CCB Jai Alai. This takes a great beer and adds another layer of complexity. Same great IPA character with the addition of the cedar treatment. Great beer
Homer321 (535) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Cirus in the nose with some soft woody character. Minimal white head. Wood is slightly offputting. Flavor starts with a malt sweetness then the hop bitterness kicks in. Finishes with a drying hop character. A lot of citrus but not obnoxious. Enjoyable.
mverity (113) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Proof Bottle Shop. Poured into a snifter. Clear amber orange with tiny white chunks suspended throughout. Some white head, thin white collar and poor lacing. Aroma is citrusy, sweet earthy cedar, some caramel, lots of orange, some grapefruit and lemon. Taste is mostly the cedar and orange/grapefruit with a touch of the medium malt. Mouthfeel is slightly under carbonated and a little thin too. I finally sat down to write this review after a few four packs over the past few years. Decent, but Iíll take Jai Alai any day of the weeks.
BluePhish (89) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer smells amazing with the cedar surfing a wave of hops. Taste is maybe a touch too heavy with cedar but still pleasant.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
jmgreenuk (2589) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the November PINT Den Haag tasting 2013 @ ABC Beers. Poured a cloudy medium amber with a thin white head. The aroma is hoppy caramel toffee and citrus fruit. The flavour is medium to strong bitter. Medium to full bodied with a malty alcohol liqourice bitter palate and a long bitter finish. Gorgeous.
merc7186 (1462) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Hazy Golden Straw/Amber Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head, Some Lacing
T: Cedar, Floral, Mild Floral
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Drying, Semi Bitter
Overall, yeah...definitely a cedar aged IPA, over powering Cedar..a nice change to their Jai Alai but definitely overpowering cedar.
Chad9976 (1017) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2013
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I received a 12oz bottle from a friend in Florida (thanks, Matt!). I poured it into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date.
Appearance: A hazy shade of dark copper/orange, though it almost glows in the sunlight. There is plenty of visible sediment floating in the liquid. Pours to a small, white, frothy head which doesnít completely dissipate and leaves nice lacing.
Smell: Strong aroma of cedar, garlic, and something akin to tomato sauce. Not your usual IPA scent.
Taste: Given the name of the brewery, itís no wonder Cigar City wanted to create a line of "Humidor Series" beers - which is some of their regular offerings aged on Spanish cedar. Iím not really sure what the point of that is, since cedar doesnít really complement beer all that well and this beer is a good example of that. The cedar completely overwhelms the base palette and makes the beer rather one-dimensional.
To describe the beer as spicy is a bit of an understatement. Not spicy in a hot way, just spicy in a peppery way. It tastes of fresh ground black pepper and garlic. The malts and the hops are pretty well obscured. There is some piney bitterness on the back end, but itís not enough to counteract the cedar flavor. Whatís weird is I actually used to like this beer, but I havenít had it in about 2 1/2 years. Interesting how my palate has changed over time.
Drinkability: If you can appreciate the flavor, youíll have no trouble drinking Cigar City Humidor Series IPA. The mouthfeel is rather calm, comfortable and smooth on the finish. There is a spiciness that lingers, in fact, I can even feel it on my lips. The body is pretty hefty at 7.5% ABV, though thereís no alcohol component per se. This probably would be a great beer if the situational pairings were perfect, but otherwise itís too odd for my taste.
theothermatt (100) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Falling Rock for GABF week. Bitter and citrus aroma. A bit of woodiness and lots of citrus. The cedar really balanced out the rest of the bitterness and makes the entire thing really well without anything being overpowering. Itís really easy drinking and awesome.