For those who have been living under a log, Cigar City Brewing is a hot young brewery out of Tampa. This is a risk-taking brewery that swings for the fences quite a bit, with mixed results. Papaya IPA is a treatment of its regular IPA, “Jai-Alai,” with dried papaya added after fermentation.
What a pour this gives. Burnt orange body, sticky foam that leaves a ton of lacing.
It smells sweetly floral, not explicitly papaya, but a more generic “tropical fruit” aroma. I’d probably guess passionfruit if I had to.
This is a great-tasting IPA. I get a lot of tropical fruit hop flavor without a lot of residual soapy bitterness. I believe the flavors I’m getting are more from the hops than the fruit addition – I’m not sure just how much the dried papaya contributed to this beer, but it’s an excellent beer either way. My lone criticism would be that perhaps I’d like to get a bit more actual papaya taste, but this is splitting hairs. Excellent beer. I don’t know what those geeks at Ratebeer are smoking with their 3.63!
I might add, I don’t know if I’d pair this with too much other than a passionfruit flan. Who makes a passionfruit flan? I don’t know, but I want one, and I want to pair it with this beer.
Overall Impression 5.0
Beer Advocate 4.07