Sunday, August 7, 2011

Game Day Beer Review: Cigar City Brewing's Papaya India Pale Ale

(7.50% ABV). Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter. Papaya IPA pours a deep gold, with a two-fingered head that leaves behind some serious lacing. Its smell is hops and tropical fruits, as you'd expect from a brewer in the Florida tropics. The papaya is there, very present in the taste, and its natural mellowed sweetness has the effect of calming down the hops.  The hop bitterness finally comes out in the beer's long finish. It's a decent IPA, and quite a nice switch from your every day drinker: B+.

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