Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
3.79/5 rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle that I received as part of a Cigar City sampler pack. There is a bottling date engraved (?) on the curve of the bottle where the neck meets the body, but it is a bit marred. From what I can tell, it looks like a bottling date of 10/6/2013. Poured into the IPA-specific Speigelau glass for maximum IPA-ness.
Appearance - Looks much like the base beer, Jai Alai, with the overall tone being a ruddy orange-copper color, but this one has a bit more reddish element to it. There is a noticeable amount of particulate in the glass, showing off the fact that this is an unfiltered IPA. Atop the body sits a frothy head of about two fingers that begins to dissipate slowly almost immediately. However, it moves at a snail's pace, and never completely dissipates. As it shrinks, it leaves healthy sheets of lacing on the side of the glass, as well as some faint rings that eventually disappear with time.
Smell - Notes of tropical fruit, again much like the base beer, but there is another element there that is hard to detect on it's own, but definitely changes the characteristic of the IPA. Some faint woodiness and the pleasant bite of astringency. I was hoping for more cedar characteristic, but approaching three months after bottling, I suppose that hope is misplaced. Still a nice smelling IPA.
Taste - The wood is a little more present here, with some subtle spice imparted by the cedar, but then the tropical hops are again present with mango and pineapple, but with a malt profile that is heftier than I initially detected from the smell. Rye biscuit and toasted whole grain bread along with some grapefruit bitterness on the finish.
Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a somewhat bitter aftertaste.
Overall, it's hard to be a fair judge of this beer, given the age it's seen and the likelihood that said age has hindered the flagship characteristic of this beer--the cedar. However, it is a nice IPA in it's own right and I'm impressed that the hops have held up well, especially in contrast to the cedar. Would love to try this a tad fresher sometime.
Serving type: bottle
01-08-2014 05:22:39 | More by LambicPentameter
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4.24/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Gainesville House of Beer - on-tap
A - pours a clear burnt orange. 1.5 fingers of thick off white head. Nice carbonation coming up.
S - earthy, oak, some citrus. A lot like the base Jai Alai but much more woody! Great nose.
T - sweet malts at the front, in comes this nice woodiness and slight smokiness. Hops are so perfectly placed and balanced. This is what its cracked up to be! Has nice spice notes in there as well.
M - medium body, very drinkable. Carbonation isn't a whole lot going down, but nice.
O - great. Could drink a few. Definitely feel the 7.5. Very good, as all CCB is.
Serving type: on-tap
04-11-2014 22:14:12 | More by da_beers
3.95/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A-Semi cloudy yellow-orange, nice carbonation, one finger head that tries to leave some lacing.
S-Wood, oak, spice, lots of spice, some earthy notes, not much citrus.
T-Good deal of wood and spices. Earthy, some dirt and grass. but the spice is the main flavor. Some bitterness.
M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation.
O-The cedar dominates the beer, the citrus/tropical notes of the base beer are overpowered by the oak.
Serving type: can
04-11-2014 18:41:01 | More by rlee1390
Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
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