Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by nhindian:
4.1/5 rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750ml bottle poured into a Cigar City snifter. Bottle generously provided as an extra by thagr81us, thanks Calton!
A - Pours a dark goldenrod color with flecks of amber within the deepest parts. About a finger's worth of cream-colored head with pretty good retention and a thick cap after it's gone. Lacing is nice as well, with long, cascading curtains of foam surrounding the glass.
S - The nose is rich and complex, bringing in deep aromas of the underlying IPA mixed with wood. You can almost smell the juiciness of the citrus, grapefruit, and pine from the hops, and the cedar serves as a way to balance that by adding a big dose of vanilla and a sawdust smell that is like sticking your head into a cedar chest. The malts are no strangers as well, contributing a nice caramel aroma.
T - The depth of this beer continues well into the flavor. At first, it seems rather malty, with a bold caramel sweetness and a slight toffee flavor. The wood definitely serves as the bridge between the malts and hops, with an aggressive cedar taste that is almost like sucking on a stave, but then the vanilla returns to help cut that. As in the nose, the finish is all hops, from the ripe citrus notes to the bitter finish.
M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with good carbonation. A bit syrupy at times, but the carbonation helps alleviate this a bit. Finish is long and bitter.
D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. Up to this point, Dogfish Head's Burton Baton has set the bar for me in terms of wood-aged IPAs, but this definitely makes it close. I would say this beer is a bit more complex than Burton, but is more bitter and the amount of cedar is like getting a face-full for sawdust, which isn't necessarily bad. I haven't had Burton in too long, but I faintly remember it being a bit more smooth. This is still a great beer though, and definitely in the top tier for it's style.
Serving type: bottle
09-17-2011 04:50:41 | More by nhindian
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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