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

Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series)Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series)

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Ratings: 865
Reviews: 447
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 13.55%


Brewed by:
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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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VaTechHopHead


3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just commenting on the differences from the original Jai Alai since these were tasted side-by-side.

A - Same color, slight chill haze, etc. Just a little less head retention and lacing.

S - Woody aroma not as strong as the oak aged version, but the sour cedar can be detected kind of easy through the bitter hops. Overall the aroma isn't as pungent as the base.

T - More on the mellow side compared to the base brew, the wood aging sure does help smooth the beer out and tip the scales more toward the neutral side. The aftertaste is dry with a nice cedar taste but the hop resins are toned down.

M - Pretty much exactly the same. Nicely carbonated even with the wood aging. Not as "fun" to drink IMO after having the original.

Overall the base Jai Alai and oak aged are much better to me. I don't know if the humidor series is aged longer so maybe that's why the flavors have mellow and blended a little more. If you want more brash hop flavor go with the original.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 02:21:27 | More by VaTechHopHead
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: This pours a very interesting color - a murky brownish orange color in the middle of the glass with a bright tangerine color at the edges. A very lively off-white head forms on top and leaves a lot of lace.

Smell: Lots of woody cedar up front, very interesting. Grapefruit, other citrus, and some pine hops provide the hop presence, with some sweet bready malt in the back.

Taste: Up front there is a quick sweet biscuity malt up front. Caramel covered grapefruit, some spicy pine, spicy wood notes from the cedar, and a bit of general citrus. A good amount of wood remains from the barrel aging, and a bit of mint and general spiciness oversees the whole sip.

Mouthfeel: This is medium bodied, but actually a little dry toward the end, mostly from the cedar I think. Smooth creamy carbonation.

Overall: This is solid, although the cedar makes this a little bit tough to drink that much.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 01:48:37 | More by KickInTheChalice
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DCon

Missouri

3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared a 750mL bottle of this w/ BigDoug @ the Royale in St. Louis, MO. Poured from the Red/Green/Yellow Labeled bottle w/ a Giant "H" in the middle into a Shaker Glass. Has no sign of a freshness date.

Aroma- Malt, hop, and a mild blend of oak come around here. Nothing distinct in this aroma and very shy attributes.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that dies quickly. Has a dark orange/copper body with good clarity. Leaves tons of suds behind.

Flavor- Very sweet flavor including American hops but stay as a light-medium flavor in here. A bit of cedar/oak come around towards the end. Medium Bitterness at most.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and a nice barrel attribute with hops are left on the palate.

Overall Impression- Not one of my favorites from Cigar City. Since I thought the Jai Alai was an A+ IPA, you rarely see a beer this profound and world-class to be changed for the better. Glad I got to enjoy but wouldn't grab this as my first choice if around an isle with other C.C. beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 19:21:05 | More by DCon
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - bright orangish amber with a huge, frothy, thick, off white head that has great retention

S - citrusy, malty, a bit sugary, cedar chips come through, some cake batter

T - woody, very piney, bitter, some underlying sweetness, faint cake batter, cedar is very present

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a solid beer. The cedar comes through in a big way which for me is overpowering at times. The IPA itself is extremely piney, bitter, and resinous with some underlying citrus. The malt backbone is present and a bit sugary, but in my opinion a fuller, perhaps sweeter, maltiness would help balance the bold hop presence. Overall, this is a solid IPA that is definitely worth a try by any true IPA fan.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 16:53:57 | More by tdm168
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WeisGuy

New York

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a - pours a deep golden color, quite hazy, very large ivory head with good retention and lacing

s - huge cedar aroma overwhelms the nose, some grapefruit notes cut through the wood, but not much

t - big sweet grapefruit flavor up front quickly followed by a deluge of cedar and bitterness, very mild malt profile, finish is incredibly dry with the cedar lingering on the palate, alcohol is muted

m - medium-bodied, moderate to high carbonation, very dry finish, not much alcohol warming

d - while I find the Jai Alai to be a very drinkable IPA, the cedar aging, while an interesting variation on the base beer, greatly limits the beers drinkability, both bottles I've had had been shares with 1 or 2 others, which was a good choice

Overall, a very interesting and unique variation on a great base beer. Well worth seeking out a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 01:30:58 | More by WeisGuy
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Nugganooch

California

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another CCB hook up from Alieniloquium - Cheers Bro!

*notes from 06/25/11 tasting

A: Pours an awesome golden pale ale that really hazes towards the center of the glass. A nice big fluffy 2+ finger of head formed and left gobs of lacing to the glass.

S: Nose is full of florals and spice with a rather dominant breadiness. Some notes of tropical fruits but nothing worth a boast. Aroma seems to have mellowed a bit.

T: Good flavor! Nice and hoppy. I was skeptical as most wood aged IPA's I have experienced really tend to lose their hop character but not this brew. It is light, juicy, and has this interesting sour orange fruit character to it. Especially in the aftertaste. Good caramel body. I don't get much wood flavs at all really. Not like that of oak aged beers. The cedar is really subtle and gives this sort of spicey rum-like finish that really works here. Slight ABV warmness.

M: Very smooth mf overall with a nice creamy body and slight stickiness to the palate.

D: Great drinkability and a pleasant experience. Really lends itself to spicey foods. In fact I am gonna go bust out the chips n salsa!

I can't say I have ever have experienced a cedar aged brew before this one however I think CCB did a great job at keeping the hop characters in tact while adding an enjoyable element to their IPA.
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 22:25:45 | More by Nugganooch
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DMarlinJ

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 01:54:58 | More by DMarlinJ
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus hops is dominating with a lightly sweet malt presence also noticeable. Taste was also dominated by some citrus and floral hops notes with a solid malt backbone that doesn't take too much from the hops and some subtle notes of cedar which seems to round thing out. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Well brewed though cedar is not that apparent.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 20:27:39 | More by Phyl21ca
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TheKingofWichita

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried at Sexual Chocolate 2011. Pours a slightly orange yellow color with a thick yellowish white head and tons of lacing. Smells of strong hops and a little malts. Tastes of piny hops and plenty of citrus. Mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is high. Has a very nice flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 14:46:39 | More by TheKingofWichita
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RaulMondesi

California

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty solid brew for Raul. It definitely doesn't make you want to say "uh!" but it's aite like. Smell kinda like an ex-girl; it's inviting, but not intoxicating. Taste is all beautiful n kind of smooth; the cedar is slight, but it's a nice enough curve (not Kershaw nice) but nice enough to change thangs up.

Good offering, but Raulsky wouldn't hunt this thing down like the o'possum that has been waking him up every night at 2 AM.

Peace!

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 02:58:00 | More by RaulMondesi
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I forgot who sent this to me as an extra, but to whomever it was: thanks! Wasn't a huge fan of the White Oak Jai Alai, contrary to much of the community, so I was excited to see how this one faired. It pours a rustic copper color; mostly opaque with little, tiny floaters hanging all around like the inside of a shop window. Chunky, fluffy, and lasting is the creamy, eggshell colored head; nice, splotchy lacing is left all over the glass.

Walk into your local cigar shop and head to the back of the room where the keep the "best" cigars. You know, inside of the special, sealed room with specific insulation, walls and shelves of cedar, and an expensive environmental control system to keep the temperature and humidity at a perfect and constant level. Stand in the middle of this room. Inhale. That's the aroma of Cedar Aged Jai Alai, more or less.

Smells like a cigar shop, no joke. Polished cedar, wood, and even spicy hints of tobacco. There's an underlying touch of finishing citric hops, but much like the White Oak Jai Alai, the wood asserts its dominance and obliterates almost any trace of hops on the nose. Luckily though (at least, in my opinion) the cedar is a much more enjoyable smell than white oak. I love the way cigar shops smell, and I love how closely this beer resembles it.

The taste is also reminiscent of a cigar shop; very, very woody and cedar-y with mild phenol and ashy hints. It's like sucking on a splinter of cedar. Very light orange and pineapple are there, buried deep under the floorboards made of cedar - the only remnants left of what was once a bright, fruity, Floridian IPA. This beer is actually quite sweet and spicy, with not much hop bitterness at all. It's kind of boozy, but I think some of that is feigned by the intense woodiness.

It feels nice on the palate, too. Medium bodied, kind of creamy, with moderate carbonation. Overall, it's definitely one of the more unique beers I've had. I mean, really, it smells like you're sticking your head inside of a humidifier. It's actually quite nice to smell, though the taste doesn't translate the same awesomeness to the palate 100%. Much better than the White Oak Aged Jai Ali, but I still prefer the original. Nevertheless - try this at least once for its originality.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 21:14:53 | More by tectactoe
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vande

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy brownish-amber with 1 finger of head floating... Active beer as the lacing is left behind as one watches patiently, waiting for their first sip.

S: Cedar on top of grapefruit/citrus hops...but the cedar is definitely present, not overwhelming, but very pleasantly there.

T: Much the same as the smell. Cedar bitterness w/ a bit of bready-biscuit note. Spicyness blends nicely with the hoppiness in this beer. Very interesting cedar aging going on here.

M: Medium bodied IPA with an active mouthfeel.

O: Very approachable. It'd be interesting to do a blind tasting with a bottle of this. Worth getting a bottle or two, that's for sure!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 04:06:36 | More by vande
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n2185

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pours a hazy orange with a finger of off-white head that recedes into a thin layer with little lacing.

S: sweet orange and pineapple citrus at first followed by surprising bubblegum aromas. There are some woody cedar notes throughout, though they're relatively faint.

T: grapefruit, rind, and some pine diminate the flavor at first. Faint wood and citrus notes follow, which blend nicely with the hop bitterness. There are also some faint peppercorn flavors.

M: medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer is a bit oily feeling and could benefit from some more carbonation.

O: a good beer overall, and better than regular Jai Alai. I would like a bit more cedar presence and carbonation, though.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 20:13:25 | More by n2185
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark hazy golden orange/amber color with a 1.5 finger frothy, pillowy off-white head. Good retention with soapy chunks of lacing.

Citrus earthy hop aroma. Floral and citrusy with an excellent biscuity malt backbone with a subtle cedar smokey tobacco presence.

Creamy medium body with soft carbonation. Citrus hops, light fruit up front followed by a nice citrus hop bitterness and a nice roasty cedary wooden tobacco presence that leads into a very bitter hop finish. Burnt wood tobacco aftertaste is present with a little too much of a mat backbone for my liking but otherwise very unique, complex and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 07:44:00 | More by corby112
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Shaw

Florida

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle from Thryn, thanks! I've been wanting to try the Cigar City beer that won a gold medal at GABF.

It's an orange-copper in color with a big foamy head that reduces to a dollop of foam in my tulip glass.

You can really smell the cedar in this beer. Its almost-medicinal aroma is mixed with the big hop aromas that Jai Alai has.

The cedar brings all kinds of new flavors to this beer, while keeping it hoppy and bitter. I'm tasting perfume (!), flowers, rosewater, wood and more in this beer. The cedar tones down the flavors from the hops that are so strong in regular Jai Alai.

At first I thought the taste was too strong, but after more sips my palate has adjusted.

The body is just as good as regular Jai Alai: light but not watery.

The cigar cedar really transforms the beer from a juicy hop bomb to a fragrant perfume-like sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 06:30:17 | More by Shaw
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AleWatcher

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this from DosBeerigos in a great trade-- thanks bud!
Reviewed from dictated notes during my "Clean out my cellar weekend."

Pours a cloudy amber/copper color-- a little like the sky at dusk. Hints of orange and pink hiding there too. Head is slightly off white, but frothy and thick. Great lacing clings for a while and then slowly settles into the body.

Smell is intense pine and cedar up front. The regular Jai alai really rocked my world with big tropical fruit smells... This one is mostly the pine and cedar.
Taste starts off sweet... then turns dry and bitter with definite wood and earthiness-- like dry earth. Not quite musty, but some dried firewood notes. Now I'm starting to pick up some citrus flavors too-- hard to pick out exactly what it is-- it's like an indiscriminate citrus. It adds nicely to the overall flavor profile.

The body is spot on. The carbonation level is great for being aged on wood-- a nice medium body helps to translate the flavor and add to the overall experience. This slides effortlessly down the mouth, but leaves a nice lingering oily feel. I honestly didn't want to open this one up until I had people over to split it with... and now I regret that choice--- I could have easily drank this entire wine bottle myself with no problem. This is highly enjoyable.

I could see this pairing well with a light cigar-- maybe a macanudo/claro. This would be a great beer to sit on the porch watching the sun go down on another glorious day... in a suit of white linens... at your South Carolina plantation.

EDIT: after having several bottles, I'll just say that the beer is MUCH better when fresh. After a few months the hops fade out fast and you're left with a beer tgat literally tastes like a cigar box.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 04:32:13 | More by AleWatcher
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nerdrocker101

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mildly hazy, yellowed orange with a fair amount of white foamy head that lingers.

The nose is very faint, consisting mostly of peppery spice with a little bit of citrus.

I have never had the Jai Alai to compare, but I can definitely get a good idea from drinking the one. The wood seems to mellow out the hop profile which doesn't hit you up front, but the grapefruit notes definitely linger on the backside of the brew. Loads of pepper in this brew. The cedar certainly makes for one interesting brew.

Medium body and a somewhat bubbly feel. This beer is very drinkable, but I don't know if I could drink them back to back.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 11:52:01 | More by nerdrocker101
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to Schmittymack for another great tasting, and for giving me the opportunity to try this unique and interesting beer. Good aromas here: citrus, floral hops, black pepper, cedar. Huge cedar on the palate as well, but the floral hoppy IPA flavor is complemented nicely by it. Really enjoyable, but the whole 750 would have been tough.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 01:13:48 | More by emmasdad
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish/ yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, mix of pine and citrus hops and a hint of wood. In the taste, starts with pine hops and leads into orange citrus hops at the end, a bit woody and nice malt backing. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry orange citrus hop in the aftertaste. Nice citrus hop and just a hint of wood.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 15:31:31 | More by OWSLEY069
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A friend brought this back to me from Tampa during vacation. He wasn't sure if it was the Jai Alai but I'm guessing it is.

This hazy copper beer poured out with a big head. It was very fluffly, pourous, spongey, and dense. It looked fucking beautiful and left a sticky lacing on the glass as it settled.

The smell was sweet and floral. I got a nice scent of light caramel from the malt. The hops were pretty equal with that and didn't overpower the aroma. I could sense a bit of the cedar wood in there lending a belgian spice character. It smells like I stuck my head in a cedar chest. Very fragrant.

This beer picked up a lot from the cedar. I like this amount but in reality it's overpowering the beer. It weaves in nicely with the hops but they are married so well I can't really pick up certain flavors. The malt isn't as pronounced as the smell. I'm not sure how fresh this is but I would like it to be a little more hop forward.

I'm loving this beer so far. Lots of wood character and a nice creamy mouthfeel. It's easy to drink if you like things aged in/on wood.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 01:28:00 | More by BearsOnAcid
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Gmann

New York

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden honey color with reddish hightlights. A nice frothy and dense off white head that settles into a big puffy cap. The aroma is malty sweet with tropical fruit hop scents. Smells like a DIPA, which I'm not that big of a fan. The taste starts off with a big citrusy and tropical fruit hop flavor. This is cut by an earthy, woody and slightly sour flavor from the cedar aging. The wood flavor helps keep the malty sweetness in check. There is a grassy pepper hop flavor towards the back end. The cedar flavor seems to fade or my palate seems numb to it, though the IPA still seems to be in good balance. Moderate body with fizzy carbonation, which helps breakup the hoppy bitterness. A good amount of grassy bitterness in the finish but doesn't totally wreck your taste buds. A good AIPA. I prefer that the hops have more of a floral or fresh flavor. It seems that the aging wouldn't allow for this. Other than that good brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 01:38:23 | More by Gmann
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robwestcott

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle a cloudy honey amber to a dogfish head signature glass with an off white finger and a half head and an incredible amount of lace retention.

aroma of citrus, primarily orange and a bit of piney hops in the rear.

very sweet malt forward, with a mildly bitter bite following up. tastes of orange, pine, and pepper. not much hint of cedar, but i'm guessing its the cedar that has muted the bitterness.

smooth, almost creamy, only slightly bitter.

very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 01:13:44 | More by robwestcott
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barely blurry apricot with polished gold edges and an outstanding looking crown of bone colored mousse. These guys nail appearance much more often than not. The foam is finely pitting, softly rocky and impressively sticky. We're off to a great start.

With each sniff, I'm instantly transported back to my childhood and the cedar chest in my mom's sewing room. The nose is incredibly aromatic with respect to that pungent, almost incense-like wood, not so much in terms of hops. While it's pleasant enough, a lack of lupulins is a liability in an American IPA.

Thankfully, the flavor is less cedar-centric, because this would have been a long 750 ml if JACAIPA tasted like it smells. There's still wall-to-wall wood. However, the base beer is incredibly fresh and bitingly bitter. Well... at least as fresh and bitingly bitter as an ale that has been aged can be.

Specifics include multiple planks of perfumy cedar, lightly toasted bread, and loads of white grapefruit and orange. A hop bill that supposedly includes Simcoe, Amarillo and Centennial makes sense as soon as one lets beer wash over taste buds. Something is giving this offering an almost cardamom and white pepper spiciness that is different, interesting and enjoyable. The next highest taste score was a serious consideration.

No second thoughts about appearance... it's out of this world on subsequent pours and after. The mouthfeel is classic AIPA. It's light-medium for the breed and the bubbles are both fine and dandy. Great for ease of drinkability.

While I wouldn't want to drink cedar-aged IPAs every day, this Cigar City Humidor Series ale is different enough (and hoppy enough) to hold my interest. Thanks to ktrillionaire for yet another delicious Sunshine State brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 13:40:50 | More by BuckeyeNation
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler thanks to fogdog. Poured into my duvel tulip.

A: deep golden orange, full two fingers of cream hued head, tons of sticky lace

S: holy cedar chips, This smells like a new set of dresser drawers that someone spilled a fresh IPA in. Once you get past the cedar the citrus fruits really shine. Unique for sure.

T: The cedar does not let up in the flavor. Nice mix of citrus and pine help to balance the cedar out. smooth malty finish.

M: Medium body moderate carbonation

D: Overall a strangely tasty IPA. Not something I could drink all the time but a refreshing change of pace for sure.

Serving type: growler

09-11-2010 02:19:58 | More by beerwolf77
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review from notes taken on 11/20/10. The label is different from what is listed but I'm assuming this is the same brew. No indication on the bottle that the base brew is Jai Alai but this is the only listing for a cedar aged IPA so it's probably the same.

Poured into a snifter this brew appears a beautiful perfectly clear light orange color with 2 fingers of fluffy yellowish stained, creamy head. It retains well and leaves a leggy pattern of lace around the glass.

The aroma of this brew is sweet floral hops mixed with some light indications of vanilla. Some citrus, pine and spicy character is evident. A light tingle of the alcohol is felt in the nose through the back along with a seemingly candy sugary sweetness.

The taste is herbal hops mixed with a woodsy flavor that unsurprisingly tastes like cedar with some spiciness. Some oily bitterness clings with some resine like orange rind. A light toasted grain sweetness balances out the flavor of the hops and cedar.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate level of carbonation. The alcohol is noticeable with a bit of a perfume-like flavor and warmth. The hops last inside the mouth long after each sip. This would be a well balanced brew except the cedar flavor really stood out and sort of clashed a bit. Nonetheless it was an interesting experience and I would drink it again but maybe with a different take on the hops or with a less aggressive cedar flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 19:44:00 | More by stakem
Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 865 ratings.