Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by Patrick999:
4.35/5 rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
I've had this a number of times, but have not reviewed, and never out of the 750ml bottle. Think that means it's time for a proper review.
Poured into a tulip glass. Nice appearance...rousing head above a sinister, sparkling reddish-gold. Excellent lacing. A shade darker than I'd expect.
Smell is all IPA to begin with, mostly Pine-Sol with a bit of lemon zest and grapefruit. Some slightly funky overripe strawberry as it warms, I think this is the cedar coming through - I pulled a similar note from the Japanese Classic Ale from Hitachino Nest, also cedar-aged.
The wood doesn't come through quite as much here as in previous batches I'd had, but it's still there. It seems to really serve to dry out any residual sweetness left here; it has that flinty, woody dry finish. Before that, it's the grapefruit and pine you get from the standard Jai-Alai, with some overarching flavor of strawberry-and-whiskey for which I'm crediting the cedar. Still, not as much obvious wood as in earlier batches, I think. The earlier batches were "like licking the floor at Home Depot," lot of wood-shaving taste. This seems to have more balance, with the hops coming through a lot more; it's closer to what you'd typically think of as a beefy IPA.
Feel is rather soft and agreeable, while maintaining plenty of active carbonation. Outstanding. It seems to have the lush feel of a bigger beer, not that 7.5% is exactly small.
At this strength, probably more drinkable than it should be. Yet, I'll stop at 4.0, as it feels like a big beer, and has big-beer flavor.
Serving type: bottle
06-23-2010 22:41:39 | More by Patrick999
More User Reviews:
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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