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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 mdaschaf
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes 2/11/11. Thanks to THECPJ for sharing.

A: Pours a hazy orange with two fingers of thick foam on top. Great retention and lacing!

S: A little woody, nice citrus - I get some papaya, pink grapefruit, and maybe some guava.

T: A little oaky with a nice hop bite. The citrus fruits return and are extremely pronounced. Crisp finish, not very bitter.

M/D: Medium bodied with great carbonation. A really good beer, very impressed with the fruit flavors that come forward in this beer. Cigar city ipas continue to impress me.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of OddNotion
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of SDDanC
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of zoso493
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a not-quite-dry Piraat tulip.

Appearance: The cedar aged version of Jai Alai pours a brilliant copper-amber color that looks sufficiently hazy without containing any noticeable particulates. A vigorous (almost violent) pour produces a large three-finger head that looks thick and full. It recedes slowly, leaving some nice globs of lacing on the side of the side of the glass as it goes.

Smell: This is unlike any other brew I have had. The cedar is unmistakable and plays a big part in the nose. This beer has all the fruity, citric hoppy goodness of the standard Jai Alai but also smells like a timber-framed log home. This is a pretty impressive nose for an IPA, so let's see how the taste measures up.

Taste: The taste, unfortunately, is not so articulated as the nose would indicate. Make no mistake, this is still a very good beer, but the flavors are not so intricately woven together as the scents are in the smell. This is a really bitter, hoppy IPA, just as God intended them to be, so I can't fault Cigar City for that. The cedar for the most part blends itself in with hops rather than standing out on its own, which I think just serves to jumble up the tastes a little bit. Still, this is a really good beer and certainly one of the more unique IPAs I've tried.

Mouthfeel: As with the regular Jai Alai, the cedar aged version is somewhere between an IPA and a DIPA in terms of mouthfeel. This is definitely crisper than the original, however, and is an exceedingly refreshing beer.

Drinkability: Despite the heavy presence of cedar in the taste, this is an exceptionally drinkable IPA. This is especially true in light of the fact that it's pushing 8% ABV. I'm taking my time getting through this 750 ml bottle, but every sip is a pleasure.

Overall, the cedar aged Jai Alai IPA is a hella good beer, in my opinion. It bears out the standard Jai Alai in complexity and individuality and the brewers at Cigar City have done a really nice job making this heavily wooded beer very drinkable as well. It's bitter, it's interesting, it's big and it's certainly a beer I would have again if given the chance.

Photo of adam42381
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy medium caramel brown with a 2-3 finger frothy off-white head. Excellent head retention. Excellent lacing throughout.

Smell: Sweet floral hops, caramel, warm spices and cedar.

Taste: Sweet citrus up front followed by black pepper and cedar in the middle and ending with grapefruit bitterness. The aftertaste is a mix of cedar and bitter grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability. Goes down quite smooth.

Overall: Great variation of Jai Alai. I'm not sure that I would want to drink the cedar aged version all the time but I'm glad I bought it. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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!

Photo of Durge
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This time I try the bomber to compare to my previous sample on tap at the brewery. This brew shows a light but cloudy amber color with a big sturdy light oatmeal colored head and great lacing. The aroma is suggestive of the humidor moniker with tobacco tinged herbal/pine hop and marshmallow - graham cracker sweetness. Very nice. The flavor offers a smooth piny hop with caramel candy corn malt. Sweet but balanced with a pleasant peppery grain overtone. Quite drinkable despite a medium plus bodied brew with a luscious feel and hint of alcohol. Well done, though I obviously preferred the fresh on tap versus this bottle that got waylaid with my luggage for an extra day.

Photo of birchstick
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of Tucquan
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2011-01-07 in Columbia, PA from a 25.6 oz bomber

A - Murky orange-amber with a 2.5-finger head and great lacing.

S - Tropical fruit, sweet orange, mild cedar, mild grain and yeast.

T - Very nice. Similar to the smells with the addition of a wallop of flavor from the cedar plank aging. The tropical fruit, sweet orange, vanilla and grapefruit flavors are nice and bright at first and then the hop bitterness begins to assert itself. It finishes with the sweetness and bitterness vying for your attention. It takes awhile for the bitterness and wood taste to finally assert themselves in the finish. The tannin/cedar flavor hangs in a for awhile on the aftertaste.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Resinous, oily, creamy, thick and a little prickly.

D - This is my first time for a Cigar City brew and I am quite impressed. While it is labeled as an IPA, it tastes and feels like a rich DIPA. It's pretty sweet without being cloying. I'd seek this out again. Well done.

Photo of AltBock
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of htomsirveaux
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle tried 6 Jul 2010. Courtesy of ktrillionaire, thanks! Served in the 0.4 L Steiner Pils snifter.

Large thick cream colored head. Moderate carbonation. Hazy ruby orange in color. Aromas of papaya, cedar, vanilla, hemp and black pepper. Beer is woody, peppery with a touch of mango. Somewhat boozy tasting for 7.5%. Cedary from start to finish. Medium to heavy body. Finish and aftertaste are reminiscent of a cigar box.

Will keep the moths away.

Photo of nickd717
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very generically labeled bottle without "jai alai" on it anywhere from what I could tell, shared at a BA tasting by mfielden - thanks, Mark!

A - Pours a cloudy golden-amber with noticeable sediment and a creamy white head that leaves some nice foam.

S - Aroma is citrusy hops, sweet malt, and lots of cedar, which I think works well here.

T - Sweet pale malt and cedar balanced by grapefruity hops. A little spice as well, especially lemon pepper. Another winner from CCB flavor-wise.

M - Palate is nice and smooth with soft carbonation.

D - High. I got through this one way too soon.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to erikkoppin for this great beer! Cheers!

Appearance - Pours a clear amber color into my SA Perfect Pint. About a finger and a half worth of tan head is achieved with a moderate pour, leaving some decent lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Pine, bitter hops, citrus flavors such as orange and lemon. There is a distinct earthiness to the nose also, and I can definitely smell the cedar.

Taste - A well done east coast IPA. While this is a bit more sweet than the nose, it is a very balanced beer. The bitter hops are at the forefront which melds with semi-bitter citrus flavors explained in the smell. The whole thing ends with a slight caramel/malt backbone toning down the bitterness, but not making it a cloyingly sweet IPA. As the beer warms more grassy/earthy notes come through, and I really can taste the cedar (or is it all in my head?)/

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - Quite so. I'm quaffing this down right now without an issue. No alcohol taste nor burn. A very nice IPA and am very glad I was able to try it. Went into this expecting the "worst" knowing it was from technically the east coast (no offense everyone, just don't like many east coast IPAs). Damn drinkable.

Photo of devilben02
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of steve8robin
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
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! :)

Photo of dudecandle
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask into shaker at Rattle n Hum Cigar City night:

A: Orange-mango, murky body with soapy off-white head

S: Mango, herbal hops, and apples

T: The mango remains the strongest flavor from the hops, but the herb is well represented. The apples really show up on the finish, giving the beer a nice progression from fruit to fruit. The cedar gives a pleasant dynamic, but nothing all-too-significant. Definitely some caramel sweetness going on throughout.

M: It was on cask, so it was a bit thin, but the long finish was very respectable.

D: Hops don't really pop, but there's a nice variety among them. It's pretty well-balanced, and I think the cedar really mellows it out.

Photo of bbeane
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a DFH snifter... Starts with a very nice white pillowy head with very nice retention and lacing. Beer is a cloudy amber color

S- Has a nice aroma... somewhat sweet. Thought I'd get more earthy notes, but not there. Smells delicious none the less

T- This one tastes like it was brewed on the west coast... pretty intense hop taste with the same hint of sweetness in the aroma, present in the taste. Finishes dry and earthy

M- Light/medium body with medium carbonation

D- A very nice east coast IPA... one of the best I've had. Don't remember what I payed for it, but pretty sure I'd pay it again... definitely give this one a try

CHEERS!!

Photo of mikey711
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this in a trade with Markwise.

I am very interested in trying this one because of the cedar aging.

A: It's a nie copper color with a bubbly slightly off white head. A nice ring of layers remains after each sip.

S: The cedar is very present, providing a mix between tobacco and pepper. I have never smelled a beer like this before and am pleasantly surprised. The hops there to but not as strong as the cedar.

T: It starts out with a nice grapefruity citrus bitterness and finishes a bit peppery and smoky.

M: Very full and refreshing. Nothing unpleasant here.

D: Another easy one to drink. The 750 doesn't stand a chance, but I wouldn't go after another.

This was my first beer from Cigar City and my first cedar aged beer. I was extremely happy with this beer because it was a bit unusual. I wouldn't be surprised if other breweries start to experiment with cedar as a result, but this was definitely a hit.

Photo of rfgetz
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely hazed orange amber color with moderate poof of off white head, decent retention and sticky lacing with some oily residue. Scent is dominated by tropical and citrus - grapefruit and mango - backed up by some pine and ceder scents. Only a faint hint of pale malts. Taste brings tropical fruits backed up by some grapefruit - the ceder aging adds a hint of pine but also softens the bitterness. Slightly noticeable alcohol presence. Nice medium body, oily with a very very dry finish. A really really good base beer in Jai Alai, but to be honest, the ceder aging only really softens the bitterness and adds a modest touch of character.

Photo of sjccmd
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to Lerxst!

Pours slightly hazy amber with a large off white head that slowly recedes leaving quite a bit of lacing.

Juicy hops with earthy cedar in the aroma. Spicy and interesting. The spiciness from what I'm guessing is the cedar almost seems Belgian-esque. Pineapple and a bit of mango rounded with malty sweetness.

Pine and citrus hops. Not overwhelming, but nicely balanced with caramel malts. Finishes with the cedar. Sweet, spicy and slightly earthy.

This beer coats the mouth nicely but is sufficiently carbonated, which helps deliver spicy and citrusy flavors.

Another winner from CCB. The cedar seems to provide a more mild flavor than oak. It compliments the citrus flavors quite nicely.

Photo of nhindian
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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