Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) - Cigar City Brewing
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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
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
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
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
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
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
3.03/5 rDev -25.4%
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.
11-27-2012 17:12:03 | More by sweemzander
3.15/5 rDev -22.4%
Appearance -- Pours a rich orange, a bit murky, with two fingers of stiff beige head. Lacing was okay.
Smell -- Tropical fruits, tangerine, grapefruit, pine resin, cedar wood, bready malt, faint caramel.
Taste -- Cedar tannins and pink grapefruit are up dominant with tropical fruits also present, though more subdued than in the nose. Malt profile is bready overall, but with a faint bit of caramel sweetness. Hop bitterness toward the finish is pronounced but not overwhelming. Finish is grapefruit rind and cedar.
Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with moderate prickly carbonation. Mild astringency throughout. Finish is dry.
Drinkability -- Very unique! I've had IPA's aged briefly on fresh oak, but this is a completely different animal. the cedar adds a muskiness that makes the grapefruit-like hop notes really pop and lends a dryness to the finish. However, the cedar becomes overwhelming with a great deal of tannins in the flavor and astringency in the mouthfeel.
I doubt that I would drink this regularly if it was available to me. That said, it's still worth a try if you love unique IPA's.
07-25-2010 21:13:37 | More by yeahnatenelson
3.15/5 rDev -22.4%
750 ml bottle served in a Deschutes tulip. Thanks to eorwar for the share.
A: Pours a hazy amber color with a frothy white head forming on the pour. Some splotchy lace is left down the glass.
S: Big woodiness up front. There is a weird fruity tang and it mixes with big hops and more big raw wood.
T: I'm getting the big raw woodiness and the slightly awkward fruity tang from the nose. I get more of a tobacco leaf flavor here on the finish as well.
M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation. The finish is an earthy tobacco leaf.
O: This beer really tastes like the environment inside a walk-in humidor. If you love that smell and feel you'll love this beer. I just don't find those flavors really meshing well the fruity hops from the base beer. Not a bad beer, but I wouldn't revisit.
05-05-2012 14:40:44 | More by Treebs
Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
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