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
Ratings: 895 | Reviews: 450 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Evan
Evan

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

04-14-2012 00:16:08 | More by Evan
Photo of ryanpj
ryanpj

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

05-30-2014 03:12:17 | More by ryanpj
Photo of mattreitz49
mattreitz49

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

01-20-2014 01:43:10 | More by mattreitz49
Photo of rab53
rab53

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

12-01-2011 05:00:12 | More by rab53
Photo of Schwantz
Schwantz

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

03-17-2013 02:05:55 | More by Schwantz
Photo of RuckusDu
RuckusDu

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

08-04-2013 19:50:12 | More by RuckusDu
Photo of KVNBGRY
KVNBGRY

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

03-27-2013 00:42:25 | More by KVNBGRY
Photo of oglmcdgl
oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A late night xmas bottle with my boy onix1agr. Poured into duvel snifters.

A- three huge fingers of fluffy sticky head that holds wonderfully. Head very slowly recedes leaving tons of sticky chunks on the glass and a large floating island. Hazy deep orange in color with a light red hue. One of the best looking brews I've ever had in my hands.

S- tropical and citrus fruits with a very floral slightly sweet touch. Hints of yeast.

T- satsumas and ruby red grapefruit with some powered sugar on top. I get a bit of honeysuckle and camemille Good bitter hit that rolls into a creamy sweetness and a touch of vanilla.

M- a few notches above medium in body with a bit of slickness to it. Slow building carb that let's your palate get the whole spectrum. Mild tannic finish.

D- I really enjoyed this beer. I've had the regular version and like it but the cedar has done some cool stuff. First time with a cedar aged beer so I don't have much of a flavor comparison but this is super tasty. I would have easily been able to take on a whole bottle. Ill have to get another one soon.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 05:33:02 | More by oglmcdgl
Photo of Casey3236
Casey3236

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

06-30-2013 00:06:49 | More by Casey3236
Photo of jkermitj
jkermitj

Mississippi

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

05-22-2014 23:33:37 | More by jkermitj
Photo of brewdog444
brewdog444

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

07-07-2013 01:14:29 | More by brewdog444
Photo of mpayne5
mpayne5

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

05-27-2013 23:13:43 | More by mpayne5
Photo of da_beers
da_beers

Florida

4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
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
Photo of superspak
superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/17/2012. Pours extremely hazy orange amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big orange, mango, orange rind, grapefruit, pineapple, caramel, cedar, floral, grass, toast, and herbal earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great hop complexity and good balance. Lots of sweet hops with minimal pine or spiciness balance. Taste of big orange zest, pineapple, grapefruit, orange rind, caramel, floral, grass, toast, light cedar, light pine, and herbal spiciness. Good amount of citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pineapple, caramel, toast, light pine, grass, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance of hop flavors with a nicely balanced malt backbone; zero cloying flavors noticed after the finish. Cedar wasn’t too noticeable, but it probably also smoothed out the beer flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice creamy, lightly slick, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with pretty much zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent IPA! Great hop complexity and flavor balance; very smooth and easy to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering as I expected.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 05:30:40 | More by superspak
Photo of Huhzubendah
Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by afdempse. Thanks Adam!

The beer is transparent and orange colored, sporting a half inch of white head. Lasting retention and ample lacing.

The aroma is unique and wonderful. A bold scent of freshly lit cigars and cigar smoke take center stage, followed by floral hops.

The taste is not quite as delectable and intriguing as the aroma, but well balanced and enjoyable nonetheless. I can understand why some may dislike this beer, as it is certainly not for everyone. When viewed solely as an IPA or DIPA, this will not hold its own when matched against the upper tier brews of this ilk. That said, Humidor IPA is a complex, unique, and creative brew to be sipped and savored. I applaud Cigar City for this "outside the box" beer. While I was not expecting to enjoy this nearly as much as I did, I would certainly have this again. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 21:05:28 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of Mora2000
Mora2000

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ktrillionaire for sending this bottle my way.

The beer pours a hazy orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is very heavy on the cedar with some mixed citrus fruit (mainly pineapple) and pepper mixed in. The flavor is dominated with cedar notes. There are some orange and pine hops in the flavor and the aftertaste is a mix of cedar and orange. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 04:56:32 | More by Mora2000
Photo of chilly460
chilly460

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark orange/straw color with about a finger's worth of cream-colored head. Good retention, thick cap to the bottom of the glass, good lacing.

S - Definitely interesting nose on this one. Juicy citrus, grapefruit, but with some pine. Cedar spiciness is apparent as well. Get some vanilla in there, finishing up with some caramel malt.

T - Surprisingly malty up front, bold caramel with some deeper toffee. Spicy wood comes in the middle, a bit earthy. Finishes with the citrusy hops.

M - I liked this one, medium to heavy body with lower carbonation.

O - Really nice balanced beer, quite complex but easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 18:48:35 | More by chilly460
Photo of portia99
portia99

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle received in trade from BeerLovinGrl. Thanks Chrissy for the chance to try another great Cigar City beer. Really appreciate this! Shared with nonstick. Poured into a Russian River Belgian glass.

A - Nice clear, orangey amber with an off-white 1 finger head comprised of various sized bubbles. Head lasts a minute and then dissipates leaving nice lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Piney hops with a helping of citrus, grapefruit and pineapple...also some spicyness - is this the cedar?...hmm, can't identify it. Underlying sugary malt balances things out.

T - Piney and citrusy hops come thru and dominate this beer. Nice caramel and sugary sweet malt balance, and some woodiness rounds things out. Some alcohol flavor also. Everything blends really nicely.

M - Medium bodied, ample carbonation. Lingering woodiness and bitterness into the aftertaste with a little fruitiness mixed in. Very good.

D - A little bit on the heavy side, and 7.5% alcohol impedes drinkability, but this is a very tasty beer. I would definitely like to have another one of these. Really interesting wood flavor with the cedar aging. Very good overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 23:46:59 | More by portia99
Photo of Georgiabeer
Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very solid beer all around, with the nice notes of Jai Lai deepened and given some extra dimensions. Pours a nice amber with an excellent head that leaves some decent lacing. Definite cedar note right off the bat in the nose, nice cigar box note. After that some earthy hops that have been somewhat muted, and a creaminess at the end. The taste is where it all comes together. Still lots of cedar, but it melds seamlessly with the spicy hops and fades into a slightly chewy but creamy finish. Quite a bit of wood here, but the cedar doesn't overwhelm the IPA or make it feel like you're chewing on a block of wood. Also, the spicy notes in cedar are a natural for the pairing with an IPA. In this case, the wood enhances the beer, and so often that's not what happens. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 01:43:24 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of hophead247
hophead247

California

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep amber color with a large creamy beige head. The aroma is pale malts with touches of caramel, woody spicy cedar, with grassy, citrus and herbal hops. The flavor is pale malts with more caramel than in the nose. Grassy and citrusy hops. The cedar provides a tingly spiciness that sets this apart from other beers. The finish is dry and bitter with the addition of the cedar that is different. Medium bodied with moderate bitterness. Extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 01:59:27 | More by hophead247
Photo of BDJake
BDJake

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky coppery-brown with a finger of foamy head that laced and retained well. Aroma of pine cones, citrus, grapefruit and caramel. The cedar aging plays off the hoppiness classically, and creates a woody sort of bite as opposed to just a slap of hops. Mouthfeel is decent, with a medium body and bitter aftertaste. I really enjoyed this beer, and thanks again to BigBlacke for sending this in a trade showing me that the South can make a few decent beers if they tried.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 10:51:14 | More by BDJake
Photo of Knapp85
Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice looking orangey yellow color with a strong fluffy white head on it. The lacing was chunky and thick down the glass. The smell of the beer was hoppy much like the regular Jai Alai. The smell didn't really have much of the cedar on the nose. The taste of the beer was very good, lots and lots of hoppy flavors mixed with a light taste of fresh wood in there. The cedar gives off a little spice in the beer I think. The mouthfeel was very drinkable and very easy to gulp it down. Overall I really enjoyed this one, Haven't had anything from Cigar City so far that was a disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 17:01:14 | More by Knapp85
Photo of Brez07
Brez07

Maine

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing from notes. 750ml bottle, poured into an Allagash 25cl glass

A: Pours an tangerine color, fairly opaque. My first pour yielded a 1 finger head, but I got 2 fingers worth on next pour. Pretty good retention. Leaves a tiny amount of lacing

S: There is mellow juicy citrus, accompanied by biscuit and caramel malts. Notes of wood (cedar) remind me of being in a cigar shop. Wonderful

T: Lots of citrus, orange and grapefruit. Nice hop pine bitterness follows. I detect a little vanilla from the aging process. Has a crisp, dry wood finish

M: Medium bodied. Dry, bitter aftertaste

D: This was a really tasty IPA. The cedar aging added nice complexity. Would definitely drink this again

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 22:42:51 | More by Brez07
Photo of MasterSki
MasterSki

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Dave (dukedevil0) for busting this out for New Beer "Saturday". Served in an Upland pint glass.

A - A couple fingers of darker blonde foam that dissipates and leaves some patchy lacing and a nice cap. Really dark and hazy glowing red-orange color - perhaps one of the darkest IPAs I've had in a while.

S - The smell is super-intense and full of cedar and ripe Valencia orange. I'm a little confused - the smell reminds me of cedar chests, orange wood polish, and tobacco, which I generally wouldn't associate with beer, but somehow it's good nonetheless. I think the hops and humidor have combined to create a dank earthy character which I also enjoy. I think the wood presence might be a little to aggressive at the expense of the IPA flavors.

T - The taste, while still having plenty of cedar, is less woody and more orange peel, tropical fruits, and piney hops. There's some nice doughy malt presence the balances things out. Some nice mild bitterness in the finish - I get the sense that most of the hop flavor has been imparted from dry-hopping, which has keep the alpha acids down.

M - The mouthfeel is similar to many of my other favorite IPAs - lower carbonation with only a touch of zing, chewy medium body, soft texture, and lots of residual resins.

D - The cedar flavor builds a little bit keeping this from being a super session beer, but the other qualities are eminently drinkable - great ABV, carbonation, solid taste. I'd have one of these to mix things up, but it would never be my go-to brew.

I'm guessing I'll like regular Jai Alai a little more, but this was an excellent brew nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 21:56:55 | More by MasterSki
Photo of thryn
thryn

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess this is what I've got?

It is a very hazy, dark honey color with a nice fluffy cream colored head that leaves wonderful lace as it recedes. A millimeter or so of film hangs out atop the beer as I drink it and it leaves nice sheets of lace.

Smell is nice an hoppy -- lots of citrus hops in this one -- with some cedar and a hint of tobacco. Maybe I'm imagining that. but sweeter than a typical AIPA for sure. It smells delicious.

This is a wonderfully mellow IPA! It's got a lot of big hop flavor but the bitterness is really well smoothed out. The cedar imparts a nice bright woodiness to it, and there really is some tobaccoey character, but it doesn't taste like a cigarette -- it's a spicy character, more like fresh tobacco smells, in a way? A nice bitter finish has me reaching for the glass again.

A bit sticky and oily on the palate, with a medium body and a moderate and creamy carbonation. Slightly dry at the finish.

A little too easy to drink, but worth lingering over. Switching to a regular AIPA after this should be interesting.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 07:10:35 | More by thryn
Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 895 ratings.