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

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903 Ratings
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Ratings: 903
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 177
Gots: 86 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
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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Anonymous1

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

11-16-2012 08:44:05 | More by Anonymous1
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Jimsal27

New York

2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

03-17-2014 01:01:08 | More by Jimsal27
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dfhhead25

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

05-07-2013 03:31:44 | More by dfhhead25
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

02-19-2012 17:09:12 | More by jfcaa193
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barleywinefiend

Washington

2.63/5  rDev -35.2%

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.

10-14-2012 14:53:40 | More by barleywinefiend
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e30todamax

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

11-29-2012 20:44:08 | More by e30todamax
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Brew33

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

06-12-2013 23:20:03 | More by Brew33
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DefenCorps

Oregon

2.8/5  rDev -31%

Thanks to Mike for sending this rare beer as an extra, of all things!

The pour is quite gorgeous, clear amber with a dense off-white head with an off-white head with great retention and nice lacing to boot. Unfortunately, that's about all there is to really like about this beer. Rich and malty, rather simply so, with a lot of caramel, a touch of honey and some burnt caramel as well. Pine hops are apparent, and when cold, the wood character isn't particularly noticeable. However, as it warms up, the harsh cedar character becomes all too apparent. Woody and astringent, with a touch of varnish-like alcohol is present as well. The palate is rather similar, OPENING with woody tannins and a rather astringent character. Once you get used to the highly astringent nature of the brew, you are assaulted by the massive sweetness with sugar, caramel and some pine bitterness. Hop flavor is rather reserved, and frankly, is whelmed by the sweetness. There's no semblance of balance in this beer. While the finish starts off sweet, the tannins really dry out the palate with a harsh astringency. Medium in body with low carbonation, this is pretty much exactly what an IPA should NOT be, and the addition of cedar strikes me as a gimmick. While I drank my 8oz, it was only in the hope of it improving, which it didn't.

11-12-2009 14:33:29 | More by DefenCorps
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UCLABrewN84

California

2.85/5  rDev -29.8%

Thanks to ehammond1 for sharing this at DarthKostrizer's tasting.

Pours a murky honey orange with a beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, earth, citrus zest, and some cedar wood. Taste is of malt, dirt, ashes, earth, and damp wood. There is a medium amount of bitterness with each sip. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer with a better smell than taste.

06-03-2012 20:34:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
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champ103

Texas

2.88/5  rDev -29.1%

A big thanks to jenray for the generous surprise. This is an IPA aged on Spanish Cedar.

A: Pours an incredibly cloudy copper/orange color. Way to much suspended sediment that detracts for me. A large white head forms, but gently fades to a ring. Not much lace to speak of.
S: The cedar is very prominent. Musky wood, almost moldy wood even. Some citrus tries to break through, but with no avail.
T: A little better. The cedar takes an up front and center seat here. Though more IPA does come through. Bitter grapefruit is dominate in the finish.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Not nearly dry enough for me though. This is a bit of a chore to finish. Not something I will come back to.

Overall, an interesting idea. Though poor execution IMO. Way to much wood takes over, and not much else. I am glad I tried it, but not something I would recommend.

03-31-2011 01:45:32 | More by champ103
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AgentZero

Illinois

2.95/5  rDev -27.3%

A - Dark amber color, with some brownish tints. Small white head. Some retained sticking on the sides during the drink that slid down back into the beer very quickly.

S - Wow, super huge wood smell right off the bat, smells almost like gin. Something quite spicy in there, maybe spicey soy sauce or horse radish. Also a lot of cigar smell in there, like it sat in tobacco or something. Very unique.

T - Really hard to describe what is going on here. Huge woody taste, some very hot spice going on here, and it really does taste like it was filtered through tobacco. There is some hops present but all the wood and tobacco taste kills in.

M - Lighter side of medium, decently carbonated.

D - Taste really kills this one for me, maybe my pallate is not sophisticated enough for this, but I just can't do it.

04-18-2010 01:33:35 | More by AgentZero
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Arbitrator

California

2.98/5  rDev -26.6%

Chilled 750mL into a glass. A generous extra from Jw347. Thanks Johnathan!

A: Pours an extremely cloudy amber color that glows a diffuse orange against the light. Great-looking body that would be improved by some clarity. With some inspection I can see bubbles streaming up the glass. The pour results in 1.5 fingers of creamy, off-white head that retains for several minutes before retreating into a light cap on top of the brew. Leaves some dribbles of lacing down the sides of the glass. I like my IPAs clear, unfortunately.

S: Wow, they really take the cedar to heart. Very tannic and earthy, with an herbal note to it. The hops are almost an afterthought, or perhaps they're fading a bit. There's some dankness in there, with citrus hops coming last. The smell really stands out on this one; I'm having a great time just sniffing it and not sipping (I like cedar). Not a great nose if you're looking for IPA characteristics, though.

T: Initially malty with a caramel flavor, but it gets hoppy midway through with, as the nose suggests, citrus and a stronger pine/weed flavor. Dank, earthy pull into the finish, which is fairly tannic (if I can be honest, TOO much so) and surprisingly dry. A lingering bitterness with some pepper in the aftertaste.

M: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated. I don't like lingering bitterness in beers, and the bubbles in this one do a decent, but not great, job of staving it off. Kind of a chewy body.

D: A very distinct flavor and one I appreciate. But a bit much to have on a regular basis. Definitely a brewery to keep an eye on, though.

09-11-2009 09:44:47 | More by Arbitrator
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jrallen34

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -26.6%

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into an Orval glass.

The beer pours a medium orange with a bright white head that rises about a finger, but gone pretty quick. Light lacing.

The aroma is very unique, took a couple minutes to place the smell, but finally realized the front is tobacco leaves and a hint of horesradish. There is a slight amount of smoke, very unique but flavors that probably shouldn't be in a beer.

The taste is also all tobacco, its like drinking an ipa that was filtered through fresh tobacco leaves. Once again, supremely unique but not drinkable at all. The finish has a hint of pine.

Overall, different but just not drinkable. If you're a smoker give it a shot.

04-18-2010 01:20:55 | More by jrallen34
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basickness

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -26.1%

10-25-2013 14:37:52 | More by basickness
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Pecafaced

Maryland

3/5  rDev -26.1%

01-02-2012 12:34:15 | More by Pecafaced
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MaineMike

Maine

3/5  rDev -26.1%

01-03-2012 03:07:27 | More by MaineMike
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sideshowe

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -26.1%

11-14-2011 14:44:27 | More by sideshowe
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -26.1%

03-25-2012 21:57:17 | More by nmann08
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RTrain12

Illinois

3/5  rDev -26.1%

02-06-2012 04:20:25 | More by RTrain12
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claytong

Vermont

3/5  rDev -26.1%

02-25-2013 03:23:51 | More by claytong
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Hermthegerm

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -26.1%

03-07-2013 17:40:10 | More by Hermthegerm
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -26.1%

11-23-2011 02:27:45 | More by jenray
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mmcnaughton

Michigan

3/5  rDev -26.1%

11-20-2011 02:51:48 | More by mmcnaughton
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scott2269

Ohio

3/5  rDev -26.1%

11-15-2011 00:09:19 | More by scott2269
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TimH


3/5  rDev -26.1%

05-19-2012 17:06:08 | More by TimH
Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
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