Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Cigar City Jai Alai Cedar Aged IPA
I picked up a bottle of Cigar City Jai Alai Cedar Aged IPA, as part of the Humidor Series, from Al's of Hampden (hooray for bottles of Cigar City making it to Central Pennsylvania!). The beer pours an opaque golden-orange color with a lofty and frothy white head that really sticks to the glass. As the head settles, it looks a bit like hot tub foam. The aroma consists of caramel, pine hops, orange, lemon, tangerine, and cedar. The taste is smooth and first with a big helping of caramel before triggering a pine hop transition. Then the fruit accents come out to play; lots of lemon, orange and tangerine. The finish dries out a little bit with hints of cedar. The alcohol content is 7.5% ABV. The Jai Alai shot right up near the top of my favorite IPAs, with such a diverse amount of citrus accents, great caramel base, and the wonderful cedar twist thrown in at the end of the experience.