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

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Ratings: 900
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 174
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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Jeffo

Netherlands

4/5  rDev -1.5%

Yet another cool bottle in yet another cool trade with STEG. The brews are getting more interesting by the round. Cheers!

From a 750ml bottle into a snifter.
IPA aged on Spanish Cedar.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, fluffy, off-white head with great retention. Head slowly fades to a wisp and leaves some immediate lacing. Color is a cloudy burnt orange with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a slight wisp and ring, which remain all the way leaving some good lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Bigger nose for sure. Some pale malts and definite spicy, woody cedar notes from the aging. Floral hop notes are there as well, but the pale malts and cedar barrel steal the show here. Quite intriguing.

TASTE: Pale malts, touches of caramel, and the cedar barrel takes center stage. Lots of cedar at the swallow with a woody, spicy, and somewhat bitter hop aftertaste. Floral notes and pine flavors accompany the spicy cedar barrel at the finish, and move into a milder yet lingering aftertaste. Good stuff for sure.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Soft and creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Light and soft, yet still full enough to get the job done. Nice stuff.

OVERALL: This was a very enjoyable brew, and a success in the world of barrel aging IPAs. This is a practice I’m still not convinced of, but this brew is certainly more evidence to support it. The cedar made this an almost completely different beer from a regular IPA. The wood aging lent a spicy component that could be akin to a strong Belgian pale ale, but the IPA base gave it that hoppy bite that kept it grounded. This is a good one, but like all barrel aged IPAs, it seems to have taken on a life of its own. Thanks a lot for this special treat STEG. Recommended.

07-04-2011 13:09:01 | More by Jeffo
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Grizzlybearbb

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.5%

07-02-2013 14:26:18 | More by Grizzlybearbb
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REDBIKE22

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.5%

had this on tap at CCB earlier this evening...

medium orange pour, thick foamy head, average lacing. cedar adds an interesting twist. drinkable, smells of light citrus and black pepper...earthy taste. thoroughly enjoyable, but i prefer the jai alai...

07-07-2010 02:14:38 | More by REDBIKE22
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ohtheguilt

Georgia

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-11-2012 21:21:36 | More by ohtheguilt
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MNBeerGeek

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.5%

04-05-2014 13:25:29 | More by MNBeerGeek
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wiltznucs

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.5%

07-03-2013 22:48:08 | More by wiltznucs
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

10-27-2013 02:01:10 | More by zestar
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ScottP

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-26-2012 23:53:36 | More by ScottP
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cp45

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.5%

07-25-2013 02:23:23 | More by cp45
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ant880

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-31-2013 18:53:31 | More by ant880
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -1.5%

750ml bottle.

Pours clear and brassy with an amber hue and two-plus inches of dense bone head. A partial skim coat remained for the duration along with some webbed lacing.

Aromatics lead off with plump malt, piney hops, spicy cedar, and a hint of potpourie-rubbed soap.
A hint of tropical nature steps forward but the peppery cedar is fairly dominant.

On the fuller side of medium bodied with a chewy, tacky mouthfeel. Slickish and gummy.

Ripe, sweet malt and pine resin start the palate, with a woody spiciness quickly stepping forward. Solidly bitter and balances the juicy malt well. Crisp and resinous with a peppery, woody bite.

Finishes with a lingering bitterness, sweet malt, and a woodsy, peppery cedar dryness.

Interesting beer. I like the idea of spanish cedar and it adds some nice complexity. I think it would be a better fit with a Saison or even a Triple though.

04-20-2011 23:35:22 | More by brewandbbq
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kspongeworthy

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-18-2012 03:07:18 | More by kspongeworthy
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Finatic

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-19-2011 12:06:33 | More by Finatic
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.5%

750mL bottle poured into tulip glass

Pours a clouded orange auburn with a thin film of wispy film, leaving some eventual treads of lacing.

A unique blend of light wood, piny hops and fruit in the nose.

Cedar is apparent up front with some juicy yet piny hops. Resiny flavors and herbal spice mix in. Smoother woodiness and caramel malt with toasted bread in the middle. Overall richness is apparent for the style. Finishes warm and dry.

Fairly creamy and fuller feel with some dryness. Solid drinking and flavor, alcohol is under control too. I suppose this makes Jai Alai even better, or at least adds a new dimension to the beer, although I was expecting a little bit more.

11-15-2010 16:41:30 | More by xnicknj
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HamGlade10

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -1.5%

06-05-2012 23:07:02 | More by HamGlade10
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev -1.5%

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moshea

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1.5%

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beernads

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.5%

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buddhabelly91

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.5%

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Dolfan907

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -1.5%

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N8DAGR8

Maine

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-09-2012 05:07:11 | More by N8DAGR8
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.5%

10-02-2012 01:58:07 | More by Stinger80OH
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patm1986

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-23-2011 23:23:17 | More by patm1986
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BillHem

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.5%

04-13-2012 11:22:28 | More by BillHem
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RandyBoBandy

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-22-2012 01:31:22 | More by RandyBoBandy
Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
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