nuplastikk (4138) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Cloudy, practically blood orange brown. Thin, oily head. Thick caramel malt and orange hop aroma. Thick, with quite a rich, sugary mouthfeel. Quite well done, the alcohol is masked perfectly between the balanced malt tones and steady hoppiness. Big and bold, but easy drinking. Awesome balance, great beer.
DeputyAndy (632) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2013 Bottle with James. Great looking pour with nice head and intense grapefruit nose. This is the best IPA i’ve had in a long time. The balance of bitter to grapefruit to malt to mouthfeel is nearly perfect. Highly drinkable if you are even like IPAs in passing. Would love to try more from Cigar City.
BREWMUSKCLES (2155) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
a little sticky and sweet, the beer has good body and a full citrus hop flavor. some fruit and a bit of scotch like malt with some fresh grass. a moderate finish that is bitter and then sweet.
bleeng (1474) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Glowing orange color with a fading white head. Nose is citrusy hops with alcohol present. Taste is sweet/sugary, with the citrus hops giving some bitterness on the end. Alcohol is definitely in play here. Nice fluffy body. Good stuff.
StefanSD (2017) - Lakeside, California, USA - NOV 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2011 12 oz bottle courtesy of manny57. Thanks. Pours a cloudy copper color with a big white head that has fair retention. The aroma is choc full of pine and toffee with some faint citrus. The taste is biter hops forward with pine, oranges, and loads of caramel. The palate is smooth and full with soft carbonation. Finishes medium in duration and dry. Overall: Very nice, but I’ll bet this stuff is much better when its fresh and on tap.
SanfordBrewer (1382) - Sanford, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lucent copper, dense beige head, creamy full body, high carbonation.
Aroma: piney floral hops, caramel malt.
Taste: sweet caramel malt, bitter herbal piney hops.
Nice, but much better with a little wood-ageing. Malt profile is good but overrun with hops.
kmyers8807 (176) - Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. via trade. Pour was amber color, with very little orange creamy head. very good taste blend of grapefruit and citrus oranges, mixed with a nice hop, caramel, and pine to finish of the beer. Very enjoyable beer.
FudgeSociety2 (311) - Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2011 Small but delightfully creamy head. Nice smell of melon, maybe even peaches, mangoes or honey. Great malt balance in this IPA; taste of mango hops. Very smooth. A little thin, but a quite nice beer. Seems to be inconsistent from bottle to bottle.
Brigadier (2830) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle
A great barrel aged beer needs a good base to stand out. The Jai Alai series from Cigar City is a great example. After trying the Humidor version I wanted to see what was underneath. No disappointment this is a beer that is worth the price of admission even if it wasn’t already affordable. Thanks to Beerlando for the bottle in a recent trade.
Aroma / Appearance - A strong vanilla colored head combined with the caramel carbonated body gave this a vibrant and colorful presence on the table. Orange peels, lemons, honey, and melon form a bright, glowing, and festive atmosphere that plays with the senses.
Flavor / Palate - Roses, citrus peels, and shavings from a sapling create a warm glow on the tongue. Fruity and fluid the mouthfeel transforms into a smooth bitterness gradually. Dry firewood remains in the finish. Well balanced alcohol is hidden in the background and never gets out of control. An excellent IPA this is to Florida what Head Hunter is to Ohio. I hope the standards at Cigar City remain high for a while to come.
dagimp (685) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2013 Re-rate. From a can. Canned on 12-27-12 so it’s about 2 weeks old. Very much improved from my previous taste! Tropical fruit, mango, great! As always, get those IPAs fresh!
From a 12oz into a pint glass. No bottled on date???!!!! Pours a kinda nasty brown muddy color. Sticky lacing is stuck on strong. Aroma of alcohol and mango. Mouthfeel is really nice and thick with just the perfect amount of carbonation. Taste is straight up skunk! Tons and tons of hops. Iâ€™m not a big fan of skunky IPAs. Good thing is that itâ€™s not too bitey-bitter either. Good IPA if you like this style but just not for me.