1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series)Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

895 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 895
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 13.58%
Wants: 170
Gots: 84 | FT: 1
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 895 | Reviews: 450 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by marvin213:
Photo of marvin213
marvin213

North Carolina

2.4/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A murky brown pour contrasts with a vibrant white foam. Legs cling a little to the glass sides. The nose is a woody bittering hop. I'm not really good at distinguishing hops, but smell seems Saez or Czech, or Hallertau, or maybe even Willamette. Are these even accurate? Point is, the hops I do smell really aren't like the delicious Simcoe or Cascade or Centennial that I was expecting...and certainly no Citra. I detect only like bitterness hops, and that's a tad disappointing.

It tastes better than it smells, but not as good as it looks--not as good as the cool-looking bottle and label suggest, and definitely far short of the hoopla I've encountered surrounding CC Brewery. I'll try not to let my let-down overly contaminate my review here, but this beer is not that impressive. It's not that it's too malty; it's that the hops/ingredients seem inferior! [Edit: maybe it's the cedar?!?!?]. I think beers in big bottles--particularly 750s--should taste better than their 12oz peers. Though I bought both at the same time and place, this is my second such beer. For me, it's the hops in this IPA that just aren't that good.

The feel is also lacking. Though bittering hops seem to dominate, there is no enamel-ripping or cool-like bittering feel. It's beers like this that make me wonder if my palate is suffering! :-0 It's also dark-ass pale ales like this that remind me that I hate Irish reds. This is what the beer most reminds me of. It's not even Thanksgiving yet, but oh how I want a Hopslam....

Edit: after reading other reviews, maybe it's the cedar wood that I found overwhelming and off-putting. For me, it totally masked any citrus or grapefruit (interestingly, the wifey picked up some grapefruit...but she likes the wood more than me ;-). As for a comparison to Burton Baton, I guess I've concluded I like oak better than cedar.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 21:42:26 | More by marvin213
More User Reviews:
Photo of D_toxic_AVENGER
D_toxic_AVENGER


4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

07-09-2014 05:25:11 | More by D_toxic_AVENGER
Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
PsilohsaiBiN

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

07-07-2014 03:59:54 | More by PsilohsaiBiN
Photo of Nick_isthatstillcool
Nick_isthatstillcool

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

07-06-2014 06:14:02 | More by Nick_isthatstillcool
Photo of Lorianneb
Lorianneb

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

07-05-2014 21:21:21 | More by Lorianneb
Photo of TheFunkyBuddhaAdvocate
TheFunkyBuddhaAdvocate

Florida

5/5  rDev +23.5%

07-01-2014 03:04:38 | More by TheFunkyBuddhaAdvocate
Photo of BeastLU
BeastLU

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-30-2014 20:32:45 | More by BeastLU
Photo of TBlightning
TBlightning

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

06-27-2014 00:40:11 | More by TBlightning
Photo of yankeej13
yankeej13

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

06-23-2014 14:17:33 | More by yankeej13
Photo of Fulmonte21
Fulmonte21

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

06-16-2014 22:24:17 | More by Fulmonte21
Photo of MikesnoHSL
MikesnoHSL

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

06-16-2014 21:06:28 | More by MikesnoHSL
Photo of jrkcubs
jrkcubs

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

06-15-2014 22:53:17 | More by jrkcubs
Photo of Kurmaraja
Kurmaraja

Washington

4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-13-2014 04:34:46 | More by Kurmaraja
Photo of moshea
moshea

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-09-2014 23:47:47 | More by moshea
Photo of Pipelovejoy
Pipelovejoy

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

06-09-2014 17:31:20 | More by Pipelovejoy
Photo of amano_h
amano_h

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

06-08-2014 04:59:49 | More by amano_h
Photo of I_BYE_MI_BEER
I_BYE_MI_BEER

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

06-01-2014 15:28:47 | More by I_BYE_MI_BEER
Photo of Jpgatorbait
Jpgatorbait

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

06-01-2014 05:04:22 | More by Jpgatorbait
Photo of elgatoborracho
elgatoborracho

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

05-31-2014 05:27:45 | More by elgatoborracho
Photo of ryanpj
ryanpj

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

05-30-2014 03:12:17 | More by ryanpj
Photo of The_Drunken_Sniper
The_Drunken_Sniper

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

05-28-2014 21:42:48 | More by The_Drunken_Sniper
Photo of jkermitj
jkermitj

Mississippi

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

05-22-2014 23:33:37 | More by jkermitj
Photo of chinchill
chinchill

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can(!); canned March 2014; served in a lager glass.

A: Excellent semi-creamy head over a deep amber liquid full of suspended particles.

Very hoppy aroma of the piney/citrus persuasion. Mild bitterness for style, with some nice cedar wood aging effects.

Feel: smooth and full for style.

O: tamer, more interesting, and easier to drink than the very fine Jai Alai Ale that serves as the base.

Serving type: can

05-14-2014 01:26:50 | More by chinchill
Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
EyePeeAyBryan

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

05-13-2014 18:32:56 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
Photo of Alieniloquium
Alieniloquium

Florida

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes from 2012.

Appearance - Light copper colored. White head. Sticky looking with a ton of lace.

Smell - Tons of grapefruit hops. The cedar aroma adds to the pungency of the grapefruit. Some caramel malts.

Taste - Fresh grapefruit hops. Intense cedar. The cedar pairs very well with the grapefruit hops. Slightly sweet pale malt in the back. Bitter finish with an intense woody cedar lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation. A little bit creamy.

Overall - I don't really like cedar in most beers, but this works well.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2014 21:54:13 | More by Alieniloquium
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 895 ratings.