I have heard a lot of things about Cigar City but never had any of their brews. According to their site, it's only available in 3 states -Â Florida, Pennsylvania, and New York. I guess I couldÂ trek to NYC If I wanted and spend something like $80 in gas, tolls and parking to get some, or I could contact our residentÂ Florida blogger to send me a bottle! I talked back and forth with our dear friend in the Southeast and about a week ago I received the package from him - I ripped it open like a kid on Christmas. Inside, I found a bottle of Papaya IPA. I couldn't be more excited and I couldn't wait to make this post, so here how it was:
A - The beer poured an orange amber with a fingers worth of head that lasted throughout the pint. The lacing just clings to the side of the glass and does not want to go back into the beer. You can almost keep track of every sip with all the build up in the glass.
S - This beer smells real fruity but not overly sweet, its kind of mild with notes of the unsweetened papaya, citrus from the hops and sweet caramel smell from the malts.
T - Just like the the smell, everything is real light. You definitely get the papaya up front but it fades away to make way for fruity hops and those caramel malts which really balances out the beer and takes away some of that bitter hop flavor and leaves you with a dry finish.
M - Medium mouthfeel, loaded with carbonation, and very drinkable at 7.5%. I could kick this back on a warm spring day after mowing the lawn, no problem.
O - Being that this was the first beer I have had from Cigar City, I must say I wasn't blown away. It was a well crafted beer and a very interesting take on the India Pale Ale style but I just over hyped it for myself thinking it was going to be this sweet hop bomb. That being said, I would definitely like to try an original Jai Alai to compare this too or even some of their other fruity IPA's.