Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, Florida. This one just arrived in our neck of the woods, so I picked up a sixer over at Total Wine this afternoon. I must say that this better be the most spectacular beer I've ever tasted, better than drinking the second best beer in the world while simultaneously having the most incredible sex ever! That is how built up this beer is. My beer geek friends look at me like I have three heads when I tell them I've never had it. Well, people, tonight's the night!
The label is neat, with a jai alai player seemingly throwing a hop with his stick. If my terms don't meet the Jai Alai dictionary standards, too bad, and blame it on the time I went to the Dania Beach Fronton and they were closed that night; otherwise I'd have been more knowledgeable. There's a story about the history of jai alai on the back of the bottle and bottom of the six pack, which I photographed so I don't need to actually tell you more (see picture below). Label design by Matt Callahan at www.manmademurals.com (the bottle says that, but the only reason I threw in the www was because I know this one chick that has a coronary every time she sees that!)
Pine aroma with really nice orange and tropical pineapple fruits floating on top of it--really nice though not particularly strong. Sweet and malty to start, yet bitter and piney all at the same time. Really an attractive start! Tropical fruit flavors and plenty of orange and citrus are complimented by a hoppy black pepper and spicy kick. Now the bitter bite is not huge, just a solid nip to tell you it's there. The carbonation is perfect, right in the middle, while the 7.5% alcohol makes itself known more toward the end, providing a drying aspect to the beer. Lightly bitter by the end, and those flavors are left behind on your palate as well. The drying toward the end was a little much. But finally I have tried this superb beer. And I have five more and a new best friend that visits all the time! This was a terrific beer all around!
I Love Jai-Alai Party Decoration Necktie
Wham-O Trac Ball Racket Game
Custom Beverage Can / Bottle Cover (Coolie) with I Hate Jai-Alai
Click the picture to the right to read the Jai Alai story.