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

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

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BA SCORE
91
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902 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 902
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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emaciated

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-27-2012 03:41:31 | More by emaciated
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pyite

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.5%

07-02-2013 13:42:59 | More by pyite
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tmoneyba

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.5%

Poured hazy copper color with a large frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellentl lacing. Moderate to heavy sour citrus hop and woody aroma. Medium body with slick texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy cedar oil and bittersweet hop flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a change of pace standout beer.

07-15-2011 01:07:21 | More by tmoneyba
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3Hops

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.5%

08-02-2012 20:10:20 | More by 3Hops
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caguiar

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-16-2011 16:16:50 | More by caguiar
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Jaldama

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

06-01-2012 18:16:30 | More by Jaldama
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mpenning13

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.5%

04-19-2014 00:36:17 | More by mpenning13
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jordanimal

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.5%

08-21-2014 03:26:37 | More by jordanimal
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NooseJustice

Indiana

4/5  rDev -1.5%

12-01-2013 23:05:39 | More by NooseJustice
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Pencible

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.5%

A: This poured a hazy bright copper with some light tan head.
S: It smelled like apricot and candied pineapple, with some cedar and grapefruit and honey.
T: It tasted like grapefruit and apricot and dry cedar, with sugary caramel and herbal bitterness. It had a harsh and lasting bitter aftertaste.
M: It was oily and slick with some carbonation. A bit light but pretty good.
D: This had a great scent and taste with nice body. But the harshness in the aftertaste made it more difficult to drink. Very enjoyable IPA, but not quite top tier.

12-20-2010 16:26:17 | More by Pencible
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TrickkyGangsta

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.5%

12-05-2011 19:07:03 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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ZombiesAteMyDog

Indiana

4/5  rDev -1.5%

05-05-2012 23:52:27 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-13-2013 15:42:28 | More by BMart
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ortie

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -1.5%

12-26-2011 01:00:38 | More by ortie
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Arsenal0328

Missouri

4/5  rDev -1.5%

04-10-2013 19:50:08 | More by Arsenal0328
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GrindFatherBob

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

12-28-2011 03:17:27 | More by GrindFatherBob
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mogburn1317

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.5%

07-11-2013 11:18:05 | More by mogburn1317
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Pahn

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

750ml bottle into Captain Lawrence tulip--which, by the way, is a pretty nice beer glass. This was my first time using it.

Appearance: Free pour yields a three inch white head that dissipates slowly leaving an elaborate web of lacing. Pours a hazy orange brown. Good lacing.

Smell: Cedar and piny hops. Very woody. Like "Whoa, they're not kidding about the cedar," woody. Probably not hard to convince someone that the beer contains liquefied cedar. Also some herbal and peppery notes. Overbearing as the wood notes are, it smells like a nice hoppy Belgian pale ale or saison.

Taste: First sip: this tastes exactly like the smell, with some booziness at the end. So much white pepper and cedar. The hops are mainly expressed as pine flavors, which augments the dominant pepper and cedar. There's a nice sweetness near the end that really ties the whole thing together. Beautiful grassy aftertaste.

I could definitely buy a criticism along the lines of "this beer is (way the hell) too woody," but that's not my criticism; I think the beer is balanced enough to pull it off. My main criticism is just that there's a bit too much booze in the flavor, especially for a 7.5% ABV beer (tastes like 10% at least to me).

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of medium bodied. Ample carbonation. Very mild dryness at the end.

Drinkability: While I immediately recognized that this was a well put together beer, I had doubts about being able to enjoy the whole bottle. However, it got very pleasant after just a short time. I'd almost call the beer "educational", as it shows nicely how the similarities between IPAs and saisons can be played up, and how such a strong smell as cedar can work in such a seemingly unlikely place as an IPA.

"Learning something" while drinking the beer was enjoyable, and the overall balance of the beer came more clearly into focus as I got further into the bottle, leaving me with the impressions that, no, it was not hard to enjoy the whole thing at all, and yes, I would drink it again.

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I would say that most of these scores could easily be 4 or 4.5 (none really approaching 5), with only drinkability being a realistic < 4 score. An impressive first beer to try from Cigar City. I'll definitely seek out more offerings by them.

01-17-2011 07:34:47 | More by Pahn
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laxer8811

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

04-10-2012 00:20:41 | More by laxer8811
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mnphish

Minnesota

4.01/5  rDev -1.2%

Looks like a Jai Alai. It's the same stuff but slightly less tropical and less bitter. It starts with tropical flavors of peach, citrus, guava, and orange which are balanced nicely by some smooth caramel malts. The finish is where the bold wood character almost overwhelms the base beer.

It's a very good beer, but I don't know if the cedar necessarily benefits it. Still got to give it to CCB.

04-06-2013 07:09:02 | More by mnphish
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warnerry

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

Bottled 5/25/11; consumed 8/16/11

A - Pours clear orange with two fingers of beige head. Head has excellent retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S - Cedar is very noticeable in the nose, along with a wonderful citrus aroma and some noticeable caramel malt.

T - Similar to smell. Nice juicy citrus. At first taste, the cedar is almost overwhelming, especially on the finish, which is incredibly dry and full of tannins. The cedar really grew on me througout the glass. Like having a small cedar chip under my tongue.

M - medium mouthfeel with a very dry finish.

O - This definitely borders on too much wood character for my liking, but I really liked it. I've had few oak-aged IPAs that I didn't really care for, but the cedar was nice.

08-17-2011 00:55:01 | More by warnerry
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Billolick

New York

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

Cask offering at Rattle N hum in NYC. This unfiltered, barrell aged brew pours cloudy medium amber, lighter tan head, typical sheeting and lace. I get mostly grapefruit on the nose with maybe a glimmer of cedar in the rear. Soft on the tongue, with low carbonation, ample fruity hops, again with a healthy dose of grapefruit. Tasty hopped up IPA from the sunshine state. The cedar here was lost on me.

03-07-2010 14:38:25 | More by Billolick
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

On cask and also on tap at Cigar City takes NYC event at Rattle 'N' Hum. Great bitterness, with cedar and complexity. Had again on cask bringing out big aromas, graperuit and orange.
Taste was bolder on tap, with appropriate carbonation. A pioneer cedar, settting the bar.

02-21-2010 18:18:42 | More by Sammy
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emerge077

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

Into a Duvel tulip, this IPA has an ample head of foam, with spotty lacing and good retention. It's a murky, opaque orange that glows in the sunlight. An island of larger bubbles cluster together on the surface.

Sweet caramel malt aromas, toffee, mild citrus rind, without much noticeable cedar presence to me (in the nose anyway).

Dry and bitter, an initial flash of toffee sweetness gives way to bitter grapefruit pith, lemon zest, and a dry woody finish. The combination of flavors is nice, though the dryness is dominating, and it's moderately bitter and resiny. Pretty smooth and fairly full bodied. We split the 750 a few ways, I probably wouldn't tackle one myself, though it probably could be done.

05-30-2010 16:15:55 | More by emerge077
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

12oz bottle poured into a stemmed tulip glass.

A- Poured a cloudy cedar-red color with plenty of evidence of the Spanish Cedar that it's aged on. Lively small-bubble carbonation is visible through the haze. There's a frothy cream-colored head and good lacing. This beer looks like parts of the Winding River and Cedar Creek that run through my area.

S- Cedar right away, just like opening a cedar lined cigar box. There are citrus hops and caramel malts behind the cedar. Some spiciness, too.

T- Grapefruit citrus and strong caramel malts flavor the beer over the woodiness. There is a peppery spice finish.

M-Thick and resinous, full body. Nice carbonation and hop tang, more hop flavor than bitterness. A touch of malt sweetness. No denying the peppery finish.

O- A good drinking experience for a non-smoker. The cedar imparts some mellowness and balance.

07-28-2013 18:45:50 | More by NiceTaps
Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 902 ratings.