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

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Reviews: 449
Hads: 923
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 191
Gots: 87 | FT: 1
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Cigar City Brewing visit their website
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 milliCAN
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Dark Horse Brewery pint glass.

It pours a soapy head that diminishes to a beautiful lacing with loads of sediment that suspends perfectly and a few bubbles of carbonation sneaking through. I smell straight up cedar and mild hops. Breathing in while taking the first sip reminds me of my cigar smoking days. The unmistakeable cedar smell and taste gives me a beer boner. What a unique and balancing marriage of flavors. Mouthfeel is a nice and thick but unexpected hearty gulping beer. It's hard to not chug this. Ultimately I want these all day long. I have a theory on people that create art, as this beer clearly is, and that is: weather or not you have direction what you do passionately the only thing that comes out is something not of choice but something that is pure. This is a solid ass beer. (814 characters)

Photo of DMarlinJ
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my last of a 4-pack I bought while in Florida in April this year.
So I'm coming back to it after my first impressions and after reading some threads on BA's forum about ugliest beers and Jai Alai was mentioned because of chunks and floaties.

Well, this one poured Hazy amber with suspended particles, lots of them. It has a fluffy light tan head with excellent retention and lacing. I don't remember the particles from the other pours. Not very appealing to me other wise it looks great. i would rate higher without the floaters

Grapefruit and spicy cedar dominate the nose. Cigar like too. This really smells great and different for a standout. Lasting smell and changing as it warms. More citrus, some overripe banana.

Taste is all grapefruit and cedar. Not balanced for me, too bitter like chewing on the peel of grapefruit. Don't like the lingering after taste.

I wish the taste went with the mouthfeel. It's smooth and creamy but dry at the end. A bit too dry and astringent by the bottom of the glass. i want something else to clean my palette.

Overall this is not one I would prefer but it has merit. I'll give them credit for a good try.
I would like to try the regular Jai Alai, since others are saying they like it better. (1,246 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

HUGE thank you to Coldsnack for just killing it in a recent trade and generously giving me this and many others!

Appearance. Pours a rich and very hazy golden-amber complete with lots of chunks (despite a somewhat careful pour). Topped with a finger of white head.

Smell. Big grapefruits, fresh cedar chips and toasted caramel malts. There are also hints of some lemons and tropical fruit.

Taste. Wow! Spicy, peppery cedar wood, some citrus hops and a touch of sweet and toasty caramel malt. The cedar is pretty interesting and awesome with those hops.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Unique, spicy, and very flavorful. This one stands way apart in a sea of IPAs. So happy to have tried it, thanks again Coldsnack!! (749 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Momar42 for the 12 oz bottle! Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy dark copper color with many yeast particles floating about. The head is a two finger white shade. Retention is fine, but the lacing left behind is great.

S: The cedar qualities here are downright shameless - to the point where they nearly overpower the trademark tropical fruit aromas of the regular Jai Alai. Honestly, though, it works in a strange way. Strong black pepper, smoke, and phenolic notes are prevalent, too.

T: Again, the word 'shameless' comes to mind when describing how the wood aging impacts the flavor profile. Citrusy hops exist as a secondary player behind the cedar, and create a minor effect of emphasizing notes of black pepper, pine, and smoke. One of the more complex IPAs I've ever had. It never balances fully - considering how much of the wood qualities come through, it's probably as balanced as it could ever be. The cedar harshness calms down after several swigs, too.

M: Like the base (Jai Alai), it's very dry yet unclean. The texture is light and crisp enough where I'd call it refreshing. Good ease of drinkability, as well.

O: I applaud the experimental bend of this brew, and it succeeds at a moderate level. It's quite tasty, but I think regular Jai Alai is just a smidge better. (1,306 characters)

Photo of silverking
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy amber with suspended particles, lots of them. IT has a fluffy light tan head with excellent retention and lacing.

S- Grapefruit and spicy cedar dominate the nose. The cedar also lends a delicate sweet aroma to the mix. A small amount of malt is detectable.

T- Grapefruit and citrus rind. The finish is long and shows excellent notes of cedar with a light malt presence. It's a spicy/woody treat.

M- Medium bodied with light carbonation. Silky, smooth, very easy going down.

O- The cedar does wonderful things when combined with an already wonderful IPA. (565 characters)

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a JMU shaker pint. No bottling info to be found, but I have been assured this is very fresh. Thanks for sending this one, Will.

A - Pours bright amber in color with just about as many "floaties" I have ever seen in a beer. They remain in uniform suspension throughout the entire body. I wasn't expecting this, but it is an unfiltered, cedar aged beer, so maybe I should have been. The nearly white head sits at around a finger and paints the glass with lacing. I don't want to penalize a beer for being intentionally unfiltered/cloudy, but this takes it a bit far. I was more delicate on my next pour and was able to keep most of the junk in bottle through sedimentation.

S - Holy cedar! Smells like grapefruit juice soaked lincoln logs. Sweet clover honey and spicy hops complete this very unique blend of smells. Great aroma with a healthy dose of cedar.

T - More of the same. Tastes strongly of grapefruit with a big, drying, cedar wood bite. Juicy hops hint at flavors of mango, pineapple, and mandarin orange. The cedar hits hard on the back end with a spicy dry finish. The linger is the same aftertaste I experience with grapefruit juice. Dank, almost lactic, and dry. Again, a little bit different than any other IPA with generous cedar flavor.

M - Medium bodied with sharp carbonation and a drying finish. Leaves my tongue coated with resinous hops.

O - Some beers claim they are aged on "this" with "that" added and you have to convince yourself you can taste the special ingredients. This is not one of those beers. The cedar packs a punch in both the aroma and the flavor. I was blown away by how much goodness the cedar imparted on this beer. It paired wonderfully with the tropical fruit and grapfruit flavors found in the base IPA. One of the most strikingly different beers I have tried in a while, but it gets very high marks from me. (1,884 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-clear amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-citrus, cedar, pine, hints of sweet malt

T-citrus, pine, big cedar flavor, slight sweet malt and tobacco, moderately bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and more viscous than a typical IPA

O-a decent variant with unique flavor, but I prefer the regular and the White Oak (365 characters)

Photo of mscudder
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint. Big thanks to Corey for bringing these back from the release last week!

A - Translucent amber with a citrus glow. Two finger light-ivory head with excellent retention and lacing.

S - Grapefruit, citrus and cedar. All in a nice delicate balance. Could be more robust.

T - Big cedar presence among citrus and hops. Cedar is at center-stage, although I do not think I have a problem with that...

M - Nice medium body with enough carbonation to keep it alive. Lets the cedar curb the feel nicely.

O - A unique IPA for sure. Nice hop profile that is tamed by cedar, cedar, cedar. Happy to have 7 left! (620 characters)

Photo of Star80
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Blastbeats for sharing! Too cool, just got a fresh bottle from the brewery.

A - Appears a cloudy orange color with a sticky, frothy head.

S - Smells extremely interesting, actually reminds me of the smell of Binney's liquor stores when you first walk in, haha. Smells like fresh cut cedar, backed up with a spicy hop aroma. Very enticing aromas!

T - Taste is more hops and grapefruit and less cedar, but you catch it when you exhale through the nose. Lots of bittering piney hops, actually the cedar wood really accentuates the pineyness and resinous grapefruit without any of the tropical hops like Jai Alai.

M - Mouth feel is smooth, rich and full,

O - Overall an extremely unique and interesting beer that seems to work. I can imagine this beer really shines when paired with food, particularly spicy seafood or cajun dishes. (840 characters)

Photo of BeerMeBrah
4.61/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into cigar city snifter. Smell has many piny citrus and hoppy notes. Great overall rush of hops and nice dark orange look with the Cedar flavor being very apparent. This is another huge hit for me and further proves why Cigar City is one of the best breweries in the country. Overall a very enjoyable beer and plan on drinking whenever I find it available. Cigar City never fails. (387 characters)

Photo of PerHops
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer has a dark almost amber color with very little head after the first few seconds. It smells much better than I anticipated from a barrel aged ipa. Huge tropical fruit and grapefruit nose with just a touch of cedar. The taste follows suit, at first, but the finish is almost all cedar. This adds a lot of complexity to the beer giving it notes of wood, tobacco and leather. I didn't think I would like this beer, but it exceeded my expectations by a lot. I would love to try the base beer, but this was for sure the best barrel aged ipa I've tried. (551 characters)

Photo of Justin_Neff
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle received from Smokinoak. Big thanks!

A: Pours a cloudy dark, burnt orange body. Creates a massive pillow-like beige colored head. Clings to the glass the whole time it slowly disappears.

S: The cedar smell dominates, underlined with exotic fruits and a bit of citrus - Mango, Papaya, Pineapple, Orange, Grapefruit. The cedar smell comes off a little bit like tomato juice. Peppery.

T: The Cedar is the star of the show here. Definitely some fruity citrus character, as well as some hop bitterness to take away from the sweetness of the fruit. Again, as the smell suggests, the cedar has a tomato juice resemblance. A little bit of a different taste with every sip - IMO that reveals a high level of complexity.

M: Medium Body. Moderate carbonation. A little dry actually. Sticky.

O: It took a few minutes for this one to sink for me honestly. At first I thought the wood was overly dominant. Then I took another sip and got seemingly an entirely different taste. As it warmed even more complexity came out. Definitely not my favorite, but definitely a cool twist to an already stellar IPA. (1,101 characters)

Photo of JohnQVD
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish gold colored, that pours with a three-quarter inch off-white head that collapses quickly. Nose is cedar, citrus and black pepper. Taste is lots of cedar, with a touch of lemon and a dry, bitter, astringent finish. Feel is substantial but not thick, with a lot of bubbly carbonation. This is an interesting twist on one of my favorite IPAs. (347 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Cigar City Tampa FL for 5$

Appearance - Slightly hazy gold colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, grapefruit, wood/smoke

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with hops. There is also some grapefruits mixed with cedar/smokey/peppery notes. It ends with a bitter hop aftertaste and some lingering woody notes.

Overall – I had this along side a regular Jai and this one seemed to lose a bit of the tropical fruitiness while gaining the woody flavours. It's a really interesting beer, but not something I'd want to drink a whole lot of. (760 characters)

Photo of Mounty4Life
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle at ginos in Tampa
poured a nice orange color with a lot of foam. Nice pacing and small head stuck around.
Smell was similar to jai alai but more subtle. Citrusy but didn't have the pop of regular ipa. Taste of pine citrus and just a bit mellow for what I was anticipating, the cedar must mute some of the hops. Not a bad thing just after jai alai was expecting major hop pop on tongue. Medium mouthfeel for ipa with nice aftertaste. Overall great job again by cigar city! I was just expecting more reading they just aged jai alai in Spanish cedar and after paying 15$ for 22oz. Glad I did, but know that your better off saving some ding and sticking with the reggie jai alai! (689 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.03/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to Matt for sharing!

(A)- Pours a slightly hazed goldenrod yellow/orange color. Some decent white froth and lacing.

(S)- Very woody. I can see how much the cedar is playing a role in this beer. Citrus gets kind of lost in the deep cedar and pine notes.

(T)- Again, intense notes of the cedar and pine. Some citrus is there, but it sure gets lost behind all the wood.

(M)- A good carbonation level. I appreciate the nuance of the cedar in this, but it really overwhelms the rest of the beer's profile.

(O)- I always appreciate and enjoy different ways to make the same beer, but I think in this instance, it gets lost behind all the wood characters. (694 characters)

Photo of IrishHockey
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recieved this awesome beer in a trade from Immortale25.

Poured into a Founders tulip glass

Pours a cloudy orange color with a 1 finger off white head.

The smell on this beer is amazing! It's like smelling a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice.

The taste on this incredible. Lots of citrus taste. I can taste the orange, grapefruit, and maybe some peach. Not a bitter hop forward brew, but a very tasty easy drinking IPA. I love it. A little less carbonation would have made this a perfect beer.

Overall I would buy this again and again. Very well done! (560 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (1,348 characters)

Photo of starkmarvelo
4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cigar City Humidor Series IPA

A- cloudy amber/orange with a big fluffy slightly off white head. Lacing all the way down the glass.

S- the smell is great. A lot of passion fruit, pineapple, mango. Really like a sweet tropical fruit salad.

T- it tastes the same as the smell. The hop flavors are on the fruity/aromatics side with a bunch of tropical fruits. Has a slight hop bitterness to balance it out. I'm not sure if I tasted the cedar.

M- medium mouthfeel, a bit sticky, bit low on carbonation (it needed more). Has kind of a fuzzy fruit nectar mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

O- I liked this beer a lot. It's not an IPA for hop heads. It's a very mellow laid back type of IPA. I like that its a bit more about the flavor of the beer without trying to crank up the hops. Very good, very drinkable. (801 characters)

Photo of TheSeeker61
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a half inch head and has an off orange color. The smell is a nice lemony, malty, hoppy aroma. A very nice smell. This is my first oak aged IPA and really like the tongue. It begins with a grapfruit hoppy taste, moves into a bit of malts and finishes as it begins with the same grapefruit hops. The mouthfeel is medium. Overall dig this one and wish I could find it locally. Picked up a bomber while in Tallahassee, Fl. Should have gotten a few. Will do when in the area again. Very nice offering from the Cigar City folks. (529 characters)

Photo of cfrances33
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to robinsmv, poured into a pint glass.

Pour: Hazy amber with three fingers of off white, nearly tan head. Definitely some floaties. Okay lacing. Head hangs around.

Smell: Slight citrus tartness, LOTS of cedar. Some grapefruit in there, but a very woody aspect prevails.

Taste: Very woody cedar up front, followed by some pine and grapefruit. Malt has a slight caramel aspect. Finishes with more cedar spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Nice and dry from the cedar, moderate carbonation. Bitterness stops it from being very drinkable, despite the cedar aging, so this one takes a little while to get through

Overall: Very interesting, and definitely better than white oak. (678 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.65/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A : Poured a dark orangish color, cloudy with amber/brownish highlights. A moderate white head sits at the top which fades leaving some white bubbles and faint lacing

S: Definite cedar, some boiled vegetables, a little bit of spice and thats about all folks

T: Not exactly sure what is happening here. Moderate cedar taste upfront which then seems to grow as I swallow. There is a light spice to it and some citrus is barely noticable. The finish is more cedar, a bit tannic with more cedar, Earthiness on the finish

M: Medium bodied, a little low on carbonation perhaps, the cedar notes really kill this beer.

O: I ahd a Jai Alai just before this and I swear I could not find one single distinguishing note from Jai Alai to this beer. The cedar and whatever else happened along the way just killed this beer. (813 characters)

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must say that Cigar City is about the only saving grace in the beer world down here in Florida after moving down from NC. Served from a 750 into a Harpoon IPA glass, one of my faves for ipas. Pours a murky orange color with amber highlights and hues, topped with a decent sized, slightly off white colored head that is thick and foamy and leaves tons of lacing down the sides of the glass. Head retention was quite nice also.

Aroma was very typical of the standard Jai Alai beer that is offered. I have had the normal JA plenty of times. I was a little disappointed that the cedar didn't shine more but as a stand alone beer (not comparing this one to the OG) this is still a very nice beer. No real cedar in the aroma. Plenty of hoppiness in the way of citrus and pine with hints of floral notes.

I did get some cedar in the extreme aftertaste on this one which was nice and "refreshing". Solid flavored all around for this one.

Another solid offering from CCB. I hope to try other humidor series beers from these guys. (1,028 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received in a trade with NYBrews a couple moths ago, this one got lost in the back of the fridge until now. Poured into 16oz nonic. Poured over 4 inches of head on the initial pour, less than 1/8 inch of beer at the bottom. This problem would continue throughout the bottle. When there was finally enough beer to look at, the beer was a slightly hazy, very attractive orange-gold color.

The aroma was good, some malts showing through the citrusy hops. The flavors were also good, those same citrus hops on a nice malt base. Maybe I tasted a bit of cedar, or perhaps it was the power of suggestion.

The body was good, full, sharp and dry, but the finish was a bit harshly bitter. Drinkability was good, but is losing a half-point because I ended up drinking as much head as I did beer. Overall a pretty nice brew, almost a must try. You should give it a shot if you see it, and it's probably worth setting up a trade for. (922 characters)

Photo of codysjb
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cigar City Humidor IPA
Poured from a bottle into a glass
A: Brown, with a decent head that takes a while to fade.
S: Fruity, Grapefruit, lemon, some pine and hop notes very complex.
T: Fruity, the hops are not as front forward as they could be.
M: Some hops but you can taste the barrel aged part of this beer. Complex, reminiscent of liquor.
O: good for an IPA, I wouldn’t buy it again mostly because it’s expensive but certainly a good full bodied beer. (460 characters)

Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 449 ratings.