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

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Ratings: 906
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 13.58%
Wants: 179
Gots: 86 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of Idodgepucks
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a growler into a beer mug. The color on this beer was a real nice amber, with very little head. I made two pours from this bottle though and on my second pour there was about a finger of head so I think it had more to do with my pour than the carbonation.

N - Real nice nice, not too overwhelming, but solid nose with your typical IPA notes.

T - Loved the malt/hoppy taste on this beer. Has a natural, earthy taste to it. It leaves a real nice feel that makes you want to take another swig.

O - Excellent IPA in my opinion. Doesn't have as much typical bitterness as you might expect from the American IPA's, but definitely feels more like what IPA's were originally meant to taste like.

Idodgepucks, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of pburland23
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Great Divide Brussels glass.

I just returned from shoveling snow and was looking forward to a beer. I was of a small minority of people who wasn't blown away by regular Jai Alai, but I thought I would give Cigar City another try since it is so highly regarded.

Much like regular Jai Alai, the beer pours a rich chestnuty orange color with a thick white head which lingers for minutes before slowly retreating to some nice lacing.

The aroma is of citrusy hops upfront which recedes to a strong cedar scent. I think the cedar smells great...very earthy, musty and different.

The taste combines the citrusy of the hops with some well balanced malt flavor. The cedar taste provides a smoky quality which really ties the beer together well.

This is a medium bodies beer with an appropriate level of carbonation. The drinkability is also quite good. I could linger over a bottle and have a very enjoyable evening.

pburland23, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of urwithdave
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into my cigar city snifter.

A- Golden orange in color. 2" foamy white head. Nice sticky lacing.

S- Really nice here. Big hops and the cedar really comes out. Grapefruit, orange zest, and some floral scents.

T- The hops are big and the cedar adds a interesting twist. It's very piny and the citrus is abundant. The wood and hops are in the driver seat.

M- Nicely done. A very crisp, dry, finish.

D- I could do a cpl bombers. However, I like it better on draft.

urwithdave, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of infi
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a murky and dirty brownish/orange color with a thin white head on top with decent head retention. Sheets of bubbly lacing lined the glass nicely. The aromas were heavily laden with the cedar as it shined the whole way through. Underneath the cedar, however, was a nice duo of pineapple and grapefruit, earthy hops and pine, as well as honey sweetness.

Taste mirrored the aromas quite well with the cedar being the most noticeable flavor above all. The balance of malts and hops is quite evident from the first sip with the cedar just cutting through. It surrounds the palate nicely and finishes upon a gentle hop bitterness. Quite crisp and dry throughout, but still as satisfying.

Mouthfeel was light to medium-bodied with adequate amounts of carbonation on the inner cheeks and tongue. Drinkability was quite good.. the cedar puts the whole taste experience on another level that I've never had before. I had to refill my glass after completing my first- the flavors were very intriguing. Never thought cedar would work well with an IPA until this CC beer. Prost!

infi, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of MenloBeer
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a big beer mug.

A: Hazy, amber-orange. Lots of lace on the a big head that died down but stayed alive throughout the session.

S: The cedar aging is present, but the grapefruit comes across immediately. Hops, too, but that grapefruit just would not quit.

T: The cedar was evident, but like the smell, the grapefruit jumped out and demanded respect. Not as bitter an IPA like I am used to from my west coast brews, but bitter nonetheless. Not a lot of sweetness, a touch of spice.

M: Well carbonated, and very nice. Not sticky on the tongue, and not watery in any way. Well done on this front.

D: I like this IPA because it doesn't hit me over the head with hops. So many IPAs today just attack your mouth. This one is drinkable, but the grapefruit can be a little overpowering after a while. I like grapefruit, so plus one for me. Alcohol taste is masked well, so I could quaff this one without too much trouble.

I was glad to try this beer. Have been following their blog for awhile, and was curious to try their brews. A good beer, and unique in application. I will be looking to forward to more from Cigar City down the road.

Serving type: bottle

MenloBeer, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of CrellMoset
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle from Kingdom Liquors in Brandon, FL. Great folks - stop by if you can. Poured in to a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy and honestly slightly unattractive hue, sort of a dull, brownish goldenrod, absolutely opaque either by virtue of a high hop content or the wood addition. Most notable about this beer is the high quantity of effervescence. Racing and streaming upwards, multiple streams of large bubbles zip towards an eggshell-colored head, initially one finger tall, though it ultimately fades down to a thick, uniform surface foam. Average retention kept it aloft for longer than expected, and the plentiful carbonation does a lot to maintain a thick foamy collar. The lacing on the sides of the glass is similarly foamy, thick, sudsy, and itself showcases some average though not exemplary stick.

Aroma: Much woodier than the taste ... almost one-dimensionally woody, in some ways. Cedar absolutely dominates the olfactory landscape here, slightly woody, very resinous, and very spicy. Slight citrus and slight (faintly woody, even) roast meld to suggest caramel orange, though this nose is mostly dominated by freshly cracked, Spanish cedar.

Taste: An interesting interplay. First, the IPA here is every bit of what I remember from the original Jai Alai, and that's a huge plus in this beer's favor - start with a shitty base beer, and you're nowhere; start with a great one, and you have a lot of wiggle room, regardless of what you do with your final product. The base beer here showcases a nice balance between sweet malt sugars and attenuated malt remnants, mildly roasted, with lots of caramelly toast notes, a dry biscuity cracker-like undertone, and some nice rustic, wholesome bread notes. The hop bitterness is moderate - just enough to balance the aforementioned residual sweetness - and the hop flavors robust, with tons of leafy tobacco, mint, heavy citrus (mostly heavy in a dull, buried sense, not in a "grapefruit and not lemon" sense), and juniper berry-esque pine notes. And then there's the cedar.

Cedar is one of a few things that I think most beer drinkers (beer drinking novices?) likely know far better by aroma than by taste. I mean, you smell cedar trees, or you smell cedar smoke, or you smell cedar potpourri. You don't eat cedar trees. Until now. A definite woody note - slightly spicy, slightly earthy, slightly sweet, and definitely slightly resinous and piney - mingles expertly with both the hop bitterness as well as the hop flavor profile. Jai Alai seems like the perfect candidate for wood aging of this sort (there are a few other similarly profiled IPAs and DIPAs that come to mind that would also do wonders with a similar treatment), and the results seem to bear that out.

Mouthfeel: Plentiful carbonation in a body of average, medium thickness - perhaps a little thinner than the traditional Jai Alai, though not by much - but the excellent balance of attenuated and non-attenuated sugars with the effervescence gives rise to an even, smooth beer, one part creamy and two parts lift. The former augments the slight sweetness of the malt base and the woodiness of the cedar, whereas the latter augments the (admittedly more pronounced) hop bitterness, hop spiciness, and cedar kick. Take it down one notch (out of ten), and you'd be spot on.

Drinkability: Cigar City is a brewery I cannot really forgive myself for taking so long to get in to (a fact intricately tied up with my self-loathing over my inability to visit my family in Florida often enough). So dedicated to the craft, they're brewing not only expert traditional beers (Jai Alai), but pushing them farther and harder than many American craft breweries, and for that we should all be thankful (and this beer is but one of many, many examples). At 7.5%, the amount of flavor you have here is almost sinful, and any beer that can coax this much flavor out of so few ingredients deserves a recommendation.

CrellMoset, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of nhudson
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally Cigar City is being distributed to Alabama and I would assume that this review would be the 1st review of said Cigar City beer sold in Alabama.

a: Golden/Yellow in color, very clear though still minimal hop haze (good thing) with a rocky white head that has pillows that wont go away.

s: The smell is amazingly complex. Cedar hits you up front with some Citrus and Earthy tones. Some vanilla is present, but only as the beer warms up. Not overly hoppy as I expected, you can still smell a good malt base.

t: A very well balanced IPA lies beneath this beer which serves as a great base. Taste up front is wood earthy notes, cedar. The back end is mostly citrus. I am very surprised how well the cedar goes with the hope here.

m: medium body seems really dry, which I like. The cedar just coats your mouth as you keep drinking.

d: Very great beer. One of the best wood aged IPA's out there IMHO. I could drink this again and soon.

Thanks again Cigar City for coming to our great state!

nhudson, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Upon pouring the beer produces a very fluffy off-white head. The head sticks around for some time until becoming a ring that produces some wonderful lacing.

The beer smells interesting. The hops and cedar both come out in the nose and prodce a light grapefruit smell.

There is an initial sweetness in the beer that is countered by the hops and cedar together. There is perceptable grapefruit, but the cedar and hops working in chorus are very interesting. At first it felt like I was slurping a beer from a humidor, but when the beer breathed a little it came together. I blame my overzealousness.

In the mouth it is nice and smooth, even creamy. The carbonation helps prepare your tongue for a nice hoppy kick.

Hell, yes this beer is drinkable. It is a very refreshing drink by the pool on a warm day. I see why this was released this time of year.

RomaniIteDomum, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of OddNotion
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My second visit with this great beer. Split a 750 with my girlfriend who also purchased this for me!

Appearance: Poured into my DFH Signature Glass. The other half poured into a Bell's conical pint glass.One and a half finger light tan pillowy head. Dark red mixed with a light brown color body. Her glass had the bottom of the bottle and poured a very cloudy lighter brown color, probably from the bottle conditioning.

Smell: Lots of cedar in the nose, it is a very distinct spicy wood flavor. It goes very well with Jai Alai IPA, great choice for the wood to age it on.

Taste: The other bottle I had was fresher and better. The spiciness of the cedar melds perfectly with Jai Alai which is one of my favorite IPAs as it is. It is a very interesting mix and one that should be tried at some point by anyone who likes wood aged beers. The hops provide a citrusy and spicy undertone but the main player is the cedar.

Mouthfeel: Pretty active carbonation, medium to light body.

Overall: Good beer and worth trying. Won't be a regular but I would certianly recommend trying to to get an idea of how cedar effects a beer. As a homebrewer it gives me some good ideas.

OddNotion, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of devilben02
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a cloudy orange amber color beneath a fluffy off-white head. The aroma largely features fresh citric hops and an intriguing subtle woodiness from the cedar. The cedar pops out of the flavor at first, particularly in the finish, but it gradually blends into the prominent hop character. Honestly, I thought I was crazy, but it truly tasted just like fresh grapefruit juice to me after a while. This wonderful and interesting flavor combination, along with a pleasantly mouth-filling texture, made this one a truly enjoyable drinking experience.

devilben02, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of SDDanC
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to badboyrsl84 for this one. Poured from bottle into pint glass. Lots of head with this guy, about two fingers even with a very gentle pour. Completely murky, like an unfiltered wheat ale. The nose holds a distinct belgian aroma, like a saison, cedar, calm spices, no hops really. Tongue is amazing. Starts out much like the nose, belgian spice, then shifts quickly into the hops and then finishes with honey and cedar notes. It surely leaves a spicyness, much like a cigar would. Mouthfeel, I think is only mediocre. For being a bottle opened long before my turn, it still was reallly carbonated. But it accented to spicy characteristics of the cedar. Overall, very unique brew and I am quite pleased.

SDDanC, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of maxcoinage
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz bottle (no date) into tulip with a 2 in white head that took it's time to settle down, left some strong lacing on glass. Color is amber / orangish

Aroma - smells like a humidor! The cedar definitely dominates, some citrus and pine if you can get beyond the woodiness.

Taste - some good maltiness and hop bite but still the cedar shines through on this. the finish seems like it's a normal IPA bitter finish but then the cedar lingers at the end

Mouthfeel - medium to strong carbonation and a decent body. nice and easy drinking

Overall - While this is an intriguing twist, I prefer the regular Jai Alai. As suggested on the bottle, I think this would pair fansticially with a cigar, but given the 12 inches of snow on my porch, don't think that is going to happen any time soon. Would love to get some more of this later in the year. Got this bottle as an extra in a trade from velcogrip

maxcoinage, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of birchstick
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours an orangish copper with a really creamy head

S - smells of sweet grapefruit and citrus hops and sweet cedar

T - starts off with some sweet citrusy and grapefruit hops. Buried beneath the hops are some caramel malts. Ends with a spicy, woodsy, cedary flavor from the cedar aging. Tastes how a cigar box smells. Really nice.

M - good body that finishes extremely dry.

D - after this guy warmed up it became a really delicious beer. The cedar helped compliment the hops and added a new dimension to an already delicious beer. Worth the price tag, maybe; worth trying, definitely.

birchstick, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of msubulldog25
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown 750ml bottle, poured to one those sculptural/engineered Sam Adams 'Perfect Pint' glasses. A generic 'Humidor Series Ale' label wraps the lower half of the bottle...without knowing this was the Jai Alai IPA (thanks, Sebletitje!), it could be any from the series. The catch with 'Humidor' is that each ale is aged on cedar, which 'has a more subtle effect on beer than more traditional woods like oak'. Cool.

A: A mildly hazed amber/honey colored pour. Carbonation is modest at best, rising to 1+ finger of ivory creaminess. Good retention, a hanging ring and patchwork of lace.

S: Interesting aroma, light and herbal, indistinct woodsy perfume, flowery. Sweet like honeysuckle, a bit of mown grass. Just a pleasant, if not very distinctive, IPA (disappointing with the 'wood-aging' expectations).

T: Much more noticeable the effects of cedar-aging: a woody tang that has a vaguely 'bourbon' spicing, mild char and a herbal green-ness. Wood offers a slightly vinous, white grape tang; caramel coating balances the flavors beautifully. Initial tastes were a little 'unfamiliar', but once the taste buds got acquainted it was an absolute joy to drink.

M: Zesty feel, a lively spicing and fine prickly carbonation that mellows beautifully to a warmth and coating sheen that covers the whole mouth, working over the tongue and drawing the cheeks ever so slightly. Medium body, seems to get creamier as time wears on.

D: A pleasant drinker with a stealthy ABV; over the course of a couple hours I found a way to knock out the bottle before, during and after dinner [*see below]. Appealing flavors and a fine feel make this worth recommending

*Talk about your fine food pairings. Tonight's dinner was my wife's skillet-seared scallops over a bed of mixed greens, thin-sliced apples, chunked avocado, pan-fried bacon and shaved shallots, with a drizzle of tarragon vinaigrette. Drool. What? Oh yeah, there was beer...the Jai Alai paired wonderfully! :)

msubulldog25, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of AdamBear
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a re-review. Just a note: this is the first Cigar City beer I had that really impressed me. After this, I've had countless that impressed me.

A-dark cloudy amber with a thick cream colored head and some lacing

S-vanilla and hops, but not too hoppy. medium to high strength. the cedar is very evident.

T-hits with a a strong cedar taste with some hops, very odd for an IPA. this lasts awhile until the after-taste comes which is mostly fresh cedar with some hops. the cedar and some bitterness last quite awhile. this is a taste that i have come to love. there is even some vanilla in there at the end.

M-medium carbonation with a creamy finish

D-"well its not too bad of a drinker but the taste just isn't something i want a lot of"-is what i said for my first review. Since then, I've had this a lot and realized that yes, the taste is something I can have quite a lot...and a lot. In fact, I think I know the reason for the bottle change. The H doesn't represent Humidor, it represents Heroin because this beer is gonna have the same addicting effect on you.

AdamBear, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of Kelly88
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks Greg! Poured from bomber into my Kentucky Ale snifter.

A- pours a very bright orange copper with a bright half inch white head. Carbonation bubbles continuously rising from bottom with nice lacing.

S- very weak for an ipa but also very unique. Instead of hops I'm getting the cedar wood and a caramel scent. Good just not great.

T- the cedar plays a great balancing act with the bitter hops and create a tasty treat. Unlike any ipa I've had but really Good

M- medium bodied with Just the right carbonation

D- one of the easiest drinking ipas I've had. No alcohol in sight and a pleasure to drink

Kelly88, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of AltBock
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle with a blurry picture of an old Tampa cigar factory with two hop vines flanking the factory. Below the factory in light gray letters is the name of the beer. To the right of the blurry picture is the Government warning and to the left is a description of the beer and the name of the company who made the Spanish cedar spirals that this beer was aged on. Absent from the bottle and label is a born on date.

When poured into a Cigar City pint glass, this aged on cedar beer was a hazy golden color that had a drop of amber to it. It was a very nice color. If you look closely, you'll see hop particles floating around this golden amber brew. The head of foam was equally as impressive as the color of the beer. The initial head of foam was a good 3/4 of an inch in height and pure pearl white in color. This nice looking head of foam had great retention that left behind a tiny milky white film and a medium sized string of rings. Top notch appearance.

Have you ever walked into a walk in humidor at your local cigar store? That's what this beer smelled like a little bit. Once my nose got passed the cedar, I picked up on a nice whiff of dried pine, dried citrus fruits, and some dried hops. I couldn't tell what kind of hops they were. Very good! It loved the cedar. My nose never got bored of the thick cedar aroma.

The beer was hoppy, but it wasn't a in your face hoppyness like a West Coast IPA. The cedar that it was aged on calmed the hops down a little bit. The cedar put a coating over the hops so it was hard for me to tell if they were citrus, pine, etc kind of hops. Behind the cedar and the hops was a little pine and a few citrus fruits. It was a small variety of citrus fruits. I found a little grapefruit and lemon. I enjoyed the taste of this beer. The cedar had control of the taste, but it never got annoying.

This was a medium bodied IPA with a good amount of carbonation and a cedar based dry aftertaste. There was more cedar, pine, and grapefruit in the aftertaste. This semi dry aftertaste didn't linger.

I'm a fan of IPAs that are aged on oak instead of being aged in oak. The cedar took over this beer and it never let up. That's OK because I enjoyed the taste and the aroma of the cedar. It never got boring. This is an another 12oz. winner from Cigar City.

AltBock, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of wspscott
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle in Duvel tulip (no date)
hand delivered by mom straight from FL

A: A very white, very fluffy, two finger head tops a crystal clear, dark copper/orange colored beer. The head takes a long time to drop, never completely disappearing, as it drops, it leaves a ton of lace.
S: Relatively muted nose, hints of American (C's) hops as well as an odd smell, slightly "dusty". As it warms, the dust reminds me of my mother's old cedar chest, a hint of spiciness becomes apparent as well. Even as it warms, the hop aroma stays muted. I want more aroma hops in an IPA.
T: A sharp hopiness is in front, lots of bittering additions here. As it warms, the citrus hops start to jump out, but never become "obvious". At the back of the tongue is a woodiness. There is quite a bit of caramel sweetness, but it doesn't seem sweet given the hops, it just helps round things out.
M: Medium level of carbonation for the style. Oily hops help with a rich, round mouthfeel. There is enough body that this is more of a sippin' beer than a gulpin' beer.
D: This is a great beer, very unique. The cedar seems to add a nice level of woodiness without overwhelming the beer. Also a different kind of character vs. bourbon soaked oak. It would very interesting to do a side by side with Palo Santo Marron. Highly recommended, I would love to have this on tap.

wspscott, May 28, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh growler sent straight up from Florida, I cracked this puppy open on Saturday afternoon and watched Avatar and ate Pizza while I enjoyed it. Consumed on 04/24/2010.

Nice pour here, mellow amber in color with a nice head of white that caps it off quite well leaving some nice lacing down the sides of the glass. Aroma is citrus, mango, lots of cedar and tobacco notes. Very nice and complex. Smooth, very rich creamy feel really lets the flavor settle in very nicely. Rich notes of cedar dominate here but letting them breathe lets the hops come through and leave the mark. Rich follow though with hints of pine, light herbs, touch of grassy notes, but the wood and tobacco dominate here for sure. Really easy to drink, I would not have even guessed this was 7.5 percent to be honest. Easily polishd off the growler and was looking for more.

Overall I really liked this, it worked well for me, then again I really liked wood aged IPAs.

mikesgroove, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of mullenite
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich copper color with a 2 finger solid cream colored head. Very strong lacing sticking to the glass.

The only way I can describe the smell would be to fill a humidor with an IPA. The cedar is the strongest point and it smells great, the other pine and hop scents are just added to by it.

The cedar is strong in the finish of the beer. Otherwise the beer is a typical IPA. Strong pine bitterness is prominent with little to no malt flavor.

Medium body with active carbonation. Easy to drink but the cedar is strong.

mullenite, Jul 14, 2009
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4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy deep orange with creamy white head that leaves beautiful thick walls of lace and very nice pillowy retention.

S- Very complex, pleasant, and clean combination of aromas. Cedar shines through on the front end with other earthy and herbal notes. Sappy pine, lemon, and citrus hints follow. Nice herbal, floral, and citrus notes from the hops. Underlying notes of sweet caramels.

T- Smooth caramel underneath blankets of floral and pine. Nice citrus notes with a bitter finish. Very hoppy. Very nice balance and great for its style.

M- Nice zing from hops, followed by creamy feel, then a dry a finish. Just like an IPA should feel.

D- Its a big beer a little on the extreme side, so it is a definite sipper, but very well done.

JayS2629, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Got a couple o' these guys in trades with some righteous Floridians. Thanks go out to HeyOhhh for this particular bottle!

Heading into this brew, I've come to learn (and assume for the future) that wood-aging makes beers good, great, even excellent. Never before, though, has the wood been cedar. And, starting off, it hasn't affected the look much: still a clear amber-orange with more than enough sudsy foam toward the top (I'm told this position is normal, but I have no way to prove it). The cedar does come through in the nose. I've gotta admit, I'm surprised; normally the wood isn't this pronounced this quickly. Not content to live alone (wuss) the cedar is joined by a horde of piney hops, citrus peels, and some mild menthol. It's clear that the wood pays most of the bills, but the hops spend the most time in the taste, constantly gabbin' away on the phone, eatin' up all the chips (and chewing so damn loudly!), and always usin' up all the hot water. This means there's a helluva lotta piney bitterness, with some minor orange rind aftershocks, an intimation of buttery caramel, and, of course, the mild nag of the cedar, always hanging in the background. Luckily for these "Real World" rejects, they get along smoothly (after all, why do you think they were rejected?), even if they're not all that bubbly. This is probably the most drinkable wood-aged brew yet, especially considering the lack of alcoholic burn. Bring on more cedar, baby!

TMoney2591, May 15, 2010
Photo of steve8robin
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Glad to try some of the Cigar City lineup this week. Hopefully I will get to try more before the week is out. 750ml bottle...

A: A murky iced tea color with a small off white head that fades at a decent pace and leaves a layer of lace on top of the brew. Good.

S: I get a blend of mild hop, cinnamon, and some nutmeg. I quickly get some maple and cedar in the middle and sweet malt on the backend. Decent.

T: I get a blend quickly upfront. Earthy hop, mild grapefruit, some mild cinnamon, and some piney spices. I get some cedar hints in the middle and a watery floral flavor on the backend. Good.

M: Full body with a great carbonation. Thick on the finish. Very good.

D: This one goes down incredibly easy. Perfect!

All in all, I like this version better than the White Oak version. Definitely worth a try if you like a malt and hop blend in your IPA. If you want bitter brutal hop, this is not for you.

steve8robin, Nov 17, 2010
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4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to kbutler for bringing this back from Florida.

Poured into CC snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of off white head. Good retention with some splattered lace. Color is a dark copper hued orange. Very dark and hazed for an ipa.

Aroma: Tons and tons of cedar with mangoes, tangerines, and grapefruit. The hops are floral but not as present as they would be in a regular ipa. Great nose.

Taste: Very unique beer. Tons of cedar flavor. It reminds me of a sauna. Big fruit citrus - mangoes and tangerines. Some floral bitterness. Pretty solid and very unique.

Mouthfeel: Creamy but bitter and oaky. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends relatively clean.

Overall, this IPA is different but good. I like it and it is very interesting. I couldn't drink an entire bottle, but a glass is perfect. A well done beer from CCB.

mothman, Mar 24, 2010
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4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 5/21 notes. Had at a local DC tasting thanks to nimbleprop.

a - Pours a golden amber color with two inches of white head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of citrus, pepper, cedar, and some smooth caramel malts.

t - Taste is similiar to the nose; pepper, citrus and piney hops, smooth malts.

m - Medium body and light carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

d - I thought this was a pretty good IPA that was very easy to drink. Some nice citrus hops in the smell and taste. Didn't really taste any cedar but could smell it. Would definitely try again.

mdfb79, May 31, 2010
Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 906 ratings.