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Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) - Cigar City Brewing

Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series)Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series)

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Ratings: 865
Reviews: 447
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 13.55%

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our flagship beer in the Humidor Series is Humidor Series India Pale Ale. We start with Jai Alai IPA as a base beer and add the cedar during secondary fermentation. The cedar provides a perfect balance with the assertive hops of Jai Alai to create an entirely new experience.

70 IBU

(Beer added by: tpd975 on 05-26-2009)
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Reviews by flagmantho:
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3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. I think this is the first cedar-aged beer I've had.

Appearance: murky dark-orange hue with plenty of haze, some floaties and a barely visible but fairly strong effervescence. Head is two fingers of pillowy ivory foam with an orange cast. Attractive indeed!

Smell: rich, sweet malt, citrusy hops and a wham-bang of spicy, resiny cedar. I like cedar in furniture, but it really seems like a foreign element here. I like it for the novelty and underlying character, but I think the cedar itself is a negative point for me.

Taste: beautiful maltiness with a more subdued hop and cedar character. I think the cedar works a lot better in the flavor than in the aroma; I think its reduced prominence helps. Bitterness is quite high and the cedar leaves an interesting woody afternote. Definitely an interesting beer.

Mouthfeel: rich and smooth with a big body and a nicely well-integrated carbonation. I like it.

Overall: this is a tasty and interesting beer. Perhaps it is still taking me awhile to wrap my palate around cedar-aged beer -- but that's what makes it good. It's challenging.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 02:04:14 | More by flagmantho
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

04-12-2014 21:23:29 | More by smokeypeat
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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
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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.

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04-11-2014 18:41:01 | More by rlee1390
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4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in a snifter. Bottled on date 1/23/13.

Bright copper body with some darker auburn highlights, the cap is a dense, orangey-white foam that builds to almost two-finger's. It leaves behind a good amount of sheet lacing on its slow decay.

Whoa! That is a spicy nose! Fragrant dried tobacco leaves and woodiness almost sting the nostrils, this mingles with a peach-y and mango-like tropical quality. Man, that bouquet is so spiced and sweet, and pouring out of the glass. There also feels like a honey-ish scent is buried, too. Honestly, it may just be the wonderful fragrant spice that keeps delivering new hits with each new sniff.

The palate of flavors plays almost exactly like the nose. And there is nothing wrong with that. The herbal, woody, tobacco-like, peppery fragrance blends with a sweet tropical accent, with a nice bittering resin flavor on the finish. Some slight grass-like flavors also develop with a crackery malt base as the finish progresses.

This Humidor offering is more bitter, and therefore lends a drying finish. The hops do a nice job of clinging long to the cheeks, with a medium heft rounding things out.

This was a fantastic beer and quite unlike anything that has crossed this palate before. The cedar imparts some fantastic spiced qualities that make it almost impossible to not take another drink. And as a lover of the little green wonder buds, this beer delivers a great bitter kiss with notes of sweet tropical fruits to add to the complex and spiced character. Truly a special beer, and one that should certainly be experienced if given the the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 12:24:57 | More by Pintofbrown
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Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
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