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Several years back, Cigar City had some beers in Minnesota. Now, I was just getting into craft beer at the time, so I don’t know if they were collaborations with other breweries (perhaps the New Belgium/Cigar City release of Lips of Faith) or actual liquid from the mothership, I’m not sure. My memory is leaning towards the latter, but it’s hazy. Regardless, it’s here and it makes me happy. While we don’t have their full lineup in the market as of right now, we do have their flagship beers. These beers are award-winning and for all the right reasons! Grab a cigar, sit back, and enjoy some fantastic beer!

– Tyler

And Now, the Brews


 

Cigar City | Invasion | Tropical Pale Ale
Cigar City Invasion
As far as I’m concerned, there are two types of people in this world. First, there are those who like pirates, and then there are people who don’t like pirates. Regardless of which side you land on, Invasion is a solid beer that everyone can enjoy. With a slight haze that gives way to smells of grapefruit peel, fresh pine, mango, and pineapple. On the tongue, mango, grapefruit, pineapple, and pine help balance out the off-dry finish. Easy drinking and sessionable with only 5% ABV. Perfect for pillaging on the high seas or for watching all five of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies… in a row. At least the more you drink, the better the movie will get.
6 pk Cans | 5% ABV | 36 IBUs

 


 

Cigar City | Maduro | Brown Ale
Cigar City Maduro Derived from an Old-English style Brown Ale but Americanized by giving it a bit more ABV and adding flaked oats to the malt bill, Maduro is a treat! Intense aromas of chocolate and coffee with hints of caramel carry up from the glass. Filling the palate of deliciousness are notes of semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, and a touch of almonds. All of this follows through with a wonderfully dry finish. The glass was empty way too quickly, and at 5.5% it’s okay because you can just pour yourself another!
6 pk Cans | 5.5% ABV | 25 IBUs

 


 

Cigar City | Jai Alai | India Pale Ale
Cigar City Jai Alai Probably the most popular offering from Cigar City currently in the Minnesota market, Jai Alai is a workhorse. Always delicious and always consistently good. Based off a sport of the same name, Jai Alai, in which the ball can travel up to 188 mph (click the link and watch the video… it’s crazy). Fragrant with grapefruit, orange oil, pine, and woody malts. The flavor is full of the grapefruit right up front followed by a solid malt backbone and orange peel. The alcohol is hidden in all the flavorful arrangements, and at 7.5% ABV, it won’t take long until you can’t feel your face anymore. I’m not saying that happened to me… but it could have. Seriously, though, watch the video…
6 pk Cans | 7.5% ABV | 70 IBUs

 


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