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

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Ratings: 915
Reviews: 451
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 186
Gots: 88 | FT: 1
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tpd975 on 05-26-2009

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
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Photo of Lerxst
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Pours a hazy amber with a one finger white head that has good retention and leaves spotty lacing.

S-Citrus and piney hops at the forefront, an earthy woodiness as well and a touch of biscuity malt. Smells really good.

T-The Cedar adds a very interesting and pleasing aspect here. The hops (citrus and pine) still lead but the woody cedar is prevalent and is a wonderful complement to the hops. They work really well together. Add a touch of malt backbone and you have a delicious IPA.

M-Carb is a bit prickly, but it works for this beer. Smooth, with a dry finish.

D-This bomber went down extremely easy and I wanted another, but stopped myself.

The regular Jai Alai is a decent beer, but it didn't knock my socks off. But the Cedar adds an entirely new layer to this beer and it works in a big way. I'm already planning a trip back to pick up some more. A great job by CC!

Photo of saintwarrick
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tremendously aromatic brew. The next county over can tell this is cedar aged. Pour is hazy for an IPA, dark orange or grapefruit in color. Aroma is like a cedar mill aged in cedar casks with extra cedar juice. Slight tinges of citrus and hop oils behind that. Taste is fresh hop leaf on a bed of cedar chips. A distinctive taste for this IPA, which is rare these days, as so many are good but copycats with little variation. Finish is dry and bitter with some citrusy hop flavors. A true original here. Wouldn't mind putting down a bottle or two to see how the aggressive cedar flavor changed.

Photo of Damian
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint 9.4 fl.oz. bottle
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a slightly hazed, deep orangey-amber color with a billowing, four-finger head of light tan foam. Thick, sticky chunks of lacing coated the glass from top to bottom. Possibly the most impressive lacing I have ever seen.

Lots of powdery, dry yeastiness came through in the nose. Slightly spicy. Apparently some of this spicy dryness was from the cedar aging. Moderately hoppy and fruity. Citrus notes were apparent. A touch sweet. Caramel malts were also noticeable, and they became more prominent as the beer warmed.

The flavor profile was super hoppy and complex, yet very well balanced. Lots of caramel malt sweetness up front. This beer almost falls into barleywine territory. Peaches, apricots, tangerines and tropical fruit notes came through in the center. Mango and pineapple were quite apparent. Slightly piney on the back end. The finish was crisp and just a touch bitter. I would guess that the cedar aging helped mellow out much of the bitterness from the hops.

The body was somewhat syrupy yet thinner than I anticipated. Carbonation was fine and medium.

Drinkability was impressive, as this beer is quite tasty and hides its alcohol prowess remarkably well.

I sampled this beer both on-tap and from the bottle and each time I thought it was fantastic. My only complaint would be the somewhat thin mouthfeel and the fact that I could hardly detect any cedar nuances. In any case, this is an interesting and highly drinkable IPA.

Photo of Radome
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle from the Rare Beer of the Month Club; poured into a goblet.

A - Beer is orange-amber and slightly cloudy but not opaque. It has a thin, incomplete layer of off white foam and lots of lacing on the glass.

S - The aroma is amazingly complex and inviting. Its base is the super-hoppy, grapefruit smell of a classic West Coast IPA. On top of that is the spicy wood aroma of a fine cigar box and a whiff of alcohol.

T - The taste is first dominated by hop bitterness and grapefruit notes, then the cedar wood flows in. The wood both mellows and adds complexity to the taste. There are also some malt notes and alcohol.

M - The mouthfeel is light enough to be drinkable but has enough body to be suitable for the style. The alcohol is warming.

D - This beer is definitely for sipping and contemplating, not chugging. American IPAs are not my thing and I'm not a hophead, but I am a huge fan of this beer. The flavor and aroma are among the most complex and interesting I've ever had. The cedar character is incredible and very similar to the effect Dogfish Head gets with Palo Santo wood.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of PretzelCity
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice mahogany color with a decent fluffy white head. Smells like cedar. Taste is spicy, peppery, with a little bit of citrus and a lot of cedar. Light to medium body and really drinkable. The Cedar blends with the hops perfectly making for a very balanced yet complex flavor. If you like cigars at all, this beer is worth a try. It looks, smells and tastes like a cigar box and I mean that in the best way possible. Not a huge fan of the Jai Alai IPA by itself but it is totally transformed with cedar aging. Really enjoyed this brew both times I've been able to try it.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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Photo of scottyshades
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hop-hazed bright gold color with a fluffy head. Retention is good.

S: Ceder, wet wood, bright/earthy hops, and a firm malt base. Pretty straight forward, but really unique and delicious

T: Almost like Jai Alai with a ton of ceder...lots of wood, wet wood, bitter hops, touch of vanilla and a little spice. Hops are pretty citrusy, but the wood plays well off it

MF/D: Semi-dry feel, medium in body, ceder finish.

Notes: Really glad I picked this up...very unique, but very delicious. Not necessarily to-style or anything, but I can't seem to put it down.

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