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

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Ratings: 907
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 13.58%
Wants: 181
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 adam42381
4.13/5  rDev +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.

adam42381, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of Durge
4.13/5  rDev +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.

Durge, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of dudecandle
4.13/5  rDev +2%
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.

dudecandle, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of bbeane
4.13/5  rDev +2%
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!!

bbeane, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of htomsirveaux
4.13/5  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.

htomsirveaux, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of mikey711
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

mikey711, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle to oversized wine glass. No ABV, date or batch number indicated. $13 at my local bottleshop.

A: The creamy/frothy head rises to 3 fingers, light brown with orange tints. Very long lasting. The body has a stunning creamcicle orange hue, hazy and completely opaque from being unfiltered and bottle conditionined. Good lacing but not quite great.

S: Light malts, primarily bready with supporting notes of caramel. Hops are heavy with SUPER fresh aromas, especially for an IPA that spent some time on wood. Dried orange peel and grapefruit stand out. The alcohol is probably more noticeable than it should be, now that I know what the ABV is. Slightly solventy, there are some prevailing notes of Sharpie marker.

T: Just enough hops for a serious hop head. Bright and juicy. Additional flavors of fermented peach and pineapple plus a touch of pepper.

M: Full body with creamy texture. The level of effervescence is just a bit low for my preference. Finishes with a bold and heavy bitterness.

D: Honestly, this beer hardly resembles the unmodified Jai Alai. The cedar transforms it into something truly unique, but I prefer the original a little bit more.

FeDUBBELFIST, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of Xul
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GOGRANDE for hooking this up in a trade!

A: Pours a moderately hazy golden orange, capped by a frothy, two finger white head. Retention is good and it leaves light, sticky lacing down the glass.

S: Juicy citrus - orange mostly with some grapefruit in the background - along with some light pine notes. Cedar notes are evident but not overwhelming, and a caramel base pokes through a bit.

T: Starts out a bit subdued before opening into big, citrusy hops with some light tropical fruits and piney notes that transition nicely into cedar. Caramel base brings some balance late in the palate before finishing with a blend of cedar and citrus.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation, could be a touch lighter and more carbonated.

D: Really interesting beer that goes down easily, I'd love to try this on tap at some point.

Xul, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

rfgetz, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of sjccmd
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

sjccmd, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of nhindian
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

nhindian, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of spointon
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I shared a bottle of this with a few friends on 7/3/2010. Poured from a 750ml brown bottle into several half pint glasses.

A= This ale poured a deep amber color with ok clarity and a 3/4" tan head. The head settled very quickly and did not leave any lace behind.

S= Call me crazy but this thing smelled just like a fine unlit cigar! The cedar lent a dry, spicy, woody quality to the nose that was totally reminiscent of tobacco. The hops also made an appearance with mild pine aromas.

T= Started off with a brief malt kick and then went right into a blend of piney hops and dry cedar spiciness. The bitterness was not terribly high, but the hop flavor was very nice. The cedar wood is definitely the star here...its just so unique and spicy. Finished dry with a long cedar aftertaste.

MF= Slightly lighter than medium bodied with a tight bubbled carbonation that never overwhelms. Has a thin feeling overall.

D= Very interesting beer here. I have never encountered any other beers stored on cedar, and that process definitely lent a unique spiciness to this one. Pretty drinkable, but I wouldn't want more than a glass or maybe two in a day.

spointon, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of CosmoHopHead
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a cloudy, dark yellow/orange color with a fluffy, off white, one finger head. Sticky, sparse lacing on the glass

S: piney hops balanced very well with the cedar. I thought the cedar would dominate but it actually compliments the hops perfectly. Smells like hops flavored with cigar smoke and cedar.

T: cedar flavored hops come first mixed very well with the malts. Very piney and lots of citrus all with a cedar twist

M: medium carbonation. somewhat chewy

D: very easy to drink. goes down smooth and the alcohol is almost undetectable.

Overall, very happy to have tried this. A very interesting, unique take on an IPA.

CosmoHopHead, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of bonkers
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very excited when I saw this at Pinnochio's. I poured from a bomber into a snifter, the pour is hazy orange with a fluffy white head. This leaves nice rings of lace. The nose is woody and floral, pine, and cedar dominate. Piney,herbal hops with a backdrop of cedar and tobacco rule the tongue. It finishes with a sticky cedar and some bitterness. The beer is medium in body,slightly sticky mouthfeel, highly carbonated. The beer met my high expectations.

bonkers, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of thetomG
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice orange hue with some dense white head - good retention, and some very spotty lacing. Aroma is excellent - smooth slightly piney hops are the primary element here. Flavor is a bit bitter, but not overwhelming - the cedar aging really does change the profile of the beer nicely. Very enjoyable - well carbonated, but has a certain smooth quality to it as well. Would definitely drink this one again...

thetomG, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of flannelman808
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium orange/brown topped with a decently pronounced off white head which has good lacing.

Cedar wood, orange blossom, orange zest and a suggestion of caramel.

Cedar wood is present on the tongue and quite interesting. The wood adds a welcomed astringency which goes well with the bitter citrus flavors. The nose leads into the flavor of this directly, orange peel and orange blossom meet with a milky subtle caramel. There is a nice bitterness to sweet ratio and the flavors are nice and harmonious.

Pretty sticky for the style but not in a bad way (read as solidly medium body)

good stuff, the cedar is a new flavor for me in the style and I think it works quite well.I would note that there is a slightly odd funky note (infection?) which I have to say I don't dislike. All and all this is an interesting beer.

flannelman808, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of doughanson78
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Big thanks to dimenhetfield for this one.

A: Very orange in color. Very slight haze. Huge three finger head, very rocky/fluffy, slightly off white in color. Decent retention and good lacing.

S: Big awesome Cedar aroma. Citrusy hops are light, but a little grapefruit and a little peach. Slight caramel backbone. An ashy, like wood ashes, aroma.

T: A slight citrus bitterness upfront. A good overall cedar taste. Very caramely from the middle to the finish. A slight woody aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied. Slightly creamy and slightly rough. Fairly dry. Medium carbonation.

O: Much better than the regular Jai Alai. Very nice Cedar flavors. Maybe the woodiest beer I've had. Oak really don't do it for me much. Would love this super fresh to get more hoppiness.

doughanson78, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: crimson amber, very slightly hazy with a two finger head.

S: musty and pungent aroma with hop and floral notes. Cedar is more evident in the aroma than taste for me.

T: nice grassy and pine flavor which remains only mildly bitter through the flavor. Cedar notes but not to the extent I was hoping.

M: medium body and dry finish. moderate carbonation.

Overall: Easy to drink IPA. I was hoping for more cedar in the taste but its a nice addition to the aroma.

kylehay2004, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of chickencoop
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Something completely unexpected, thanks you trader nation. At first your a bit taken by the cedar, but then you get through that taste and realize this is quite a drinkable beer, and quite tasty.
Aroma is a cloudy orange, light head.
Smell is really just old cigar in my opinion, but it works, nothing like those days in colllege drinking a coors light and puffing on a CAO and thinking it was awesome, this works.
Taste is dominated by the cedar, but clears up and finished woody and earthy, not really an IPA, but tasty.
Pretty drinkable, and unique. The flavors carry through the beer enough to finish it off. Not for every night, but still solid.

chickencoop, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of alaimoa
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle which looks to have been bottled June 2013
A: murky amber with off-white 1 inch head and lacing that fully coats glass while lingering. lots of floaties in the glass
S: pretty awesome if you ask me, it smells exactly like a cigar humidor which isn't a typical aging wood used with beers (Cedar I think). Sweet humidor aromas with a touch of cherry notes
T: upfront sweetness, cigar/cedar in the front without much biting hop profile and smooth malt notes really shine through in the back. medium/wet finish which I could imagine pairing great with a cigar
M: medium carbonation, not very aggressive, smooth, subtle creaminess, not overly dry/bitter

Overall seems like a wide range of opinions on this beer, I come away very impressed and yes, its different than the standard Jai Alai but something very unique with the cedar/cigar notes and a really nice sweet malty backbone that isn't as sticky as some of the Rye IPAs I've had. Nice balance and mouthfeel. Would most definitely have again and look to seek out if available

alaimoa, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of ffejherb
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into half pint glass on 9/14/09. Thanks to FooFaa for sharing.

A - Poured a hazy amber/orange colored body, reminiscent of a sunset, with a one-finger rocky, frothy head that deposited lots of sticky foam around the glass.

S - Initial aroma is extremely spicy and woody with fragrant wafts of pine needles, cedar and white pepper. Malt character is sweet and syrupy.

T - Spicy and woody flavor with a dominant cedar character and hints of pine needles. A syrupy sweet malt backbone balances all of the spicy notes. However, plenty of sticky, piney hops emerge in the backend and work quite well with the cedar and woody characteristics.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a syrupy texture with a bit of oily residue. Finishes with assertive bitterness on the palate.

D - Unique and innovative, this cedar-aged ale is extremely aromatic and flavorful. The cedar character is undeniably palpable. I have a feeling this brewery is going to become one of my favorites very quickly.

ffejherb, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of kirkpjr
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a bright tangerine hazy orange with 2 fingers of thick head. Really pretty looking beer. Spotted lacing develops.

S: Soft grapefruit and citrus hops with a musky cedar smell - like a humidor conveniently. As the beer settles the cedar gets stronger.

T: Bright citrus flavors with a balancing malt backbone and cedar taste. I pick up some light vanilla as well.

M: Lively carbonation and a medium body. The wood adds an interesting feel as well. Really crisp and bright in the mouth.

D: Great beer here. Would be interested in trying some of the different versions of this one - more fruit and less malt. Overall impressed here as I normally am with CC.

kirkpjr, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of cwguy5
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into Stone IPA stemware. thanks to sendsilk for the hookup!

A - hazy rusty colored body with a bubbly, white, thin head that faded to thin cap; light spotty lacing

S - cedar and black pepper(lots of both), cigar, leather

T - some malty flavors, probably from the age, but not unwanted; definitely a strong hops presence there still as well though; the cedar is much lighter than the almost overpowering aroma would suggest

M - light-medium body; light carbonation; short, drying linger

O - i liked the proportion of hops to malt to cedar; a very interesting beer that did not disappoint; strong flavors but surprisingly drinkable; a must-try if you can find one

cwguy5, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of liamt07
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle brought out by Jason, 750ml into some stemmed glasses. Thanks dude!

Poured an orange/brown, with a big fluffy white head. Great retention. Nose has some grapefruit zest, some woodieness that I'll guess is cedar (not that I knew what it smelled like in the first place!), light spiciness. Taste is more 'cedar-forward' than a regular IPA, spicy, some more citrus and grapefruit again. Lots of sweet toffee and malt body. Solid bitterness in the finish, an almost full feel imparted by the weight of the body. Good drinkability and a nice variant on what is already a badass IPA.

liamt07, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of rpstevens
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to tpd975 for this extra, I'm always interested in trying new IPAs, a cedar aged IPA sounds interesting to say the least. Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass (quickly becoming my new go-to-glassware). The beer pours a hazy copper/orange with a murky ruby center. The head quickly rises to the top of the glass, it's a very frothy soapy white, leaving thick bubbly lacing behind.

The smell sharp, pungent, citrus hops first and foremost. Nectarines, tangerines and pineapple backed by some sweet melon and a hint of sharper orange peels. There is a slight candied sugar backbone, but the sweetness is mostly citrus notes. The balance in the nose comes mostly from the cedar. It's a very distinct, natural woody scent that works well with all the citrus. The nose is the best part of this beer for sure. As the beer warms the cedar notes come to the fore, and the smell gets even better.

The taste follows the smell pretty closely, but the flavors aren't as distinct as they appeared they would be from the nose. The hops are still first and foremost, and all the balance comes from the cedar, but the flavors are a bit muddled in the finish. The citrus and cedar are accompanied by a sharp pine-cone hop, which adds pleasant bitterness, but is a bit overpowering.

The alcohol is well hidden and the beer is well carbonated. The beer has a crisp, bitter finish. I won't have a hard time drinking this entire bottle, so it gets high marks for drinkability.

rpstevens, Sep 18, 2010
Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 907 ratings.