Beerguzzler: Cigar City Trio 

All that hype sets the anticipation bar high—fortunately this trio did not disappoint.

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Cigar City Trio

New to the valley, the Tampa-based Cigar City Brewing is about as hot as a torch lighter on a Maduro-wrapped robusto. It has only been around for 10 years, but its brews are gaining national attention, with its Jai Alai one of the fastest-growing IPAs. All that hype sets the anticipation bar high—fortunately this trio did not disappoint.

Cigar City Guayabera Citra Pale Ale, $10.49, 6-pack

There's a bit of haze to this golden brew with a thin head that leaves a sticky lacing. Just a hint of malt hides behind the earthy, citrusy hop aromas, with notes of mango, papaya and melon. It's an extremely well-balanced ale with flavors that echo the aromas, adding sweet berry and lime. Fruity hops color the crisp, clean finish.

Cigar City Jai Alai India Pale Ale, $10.49, 6-pack

A thick, pillowy head head covers this pour that leans toward light amber. It opens with sweet biscuit and soft, resiny hops on the nose. Compared to most head-banging Northwest IPAs, this one is remarkably subdued, which is not a bad thing. The flavorful, fruity hops are matched by creamy malt, with tangy orange and apricot coming through on the finish.

Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale, $9.49, 6-pack

It's a dark, coffee color in the glass topped by a thin, caramel-colored froth that quickly fades away. There's a lot of toasty malt on the nose backed by sweet, creamy coffee with a sprinkle of chocolate. More creamy coffee comes through on the palate, mixing with caramel-colored malt, cocoa and toasted nuts. The finish is smooth and mostly dry with just a touch of sweetness.


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