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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: 867
Reviews: 447
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 13.55%


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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Pintofbrown

Iowa

4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in a snifter. Bottled on date 1/23/13.

Bright copper body with some darker auburn highlights, the cap is a dense, orangey-white foam that builds to almost two-finger's. It leaves behind a good amount of sheet lacing on its slow decay.

Whoa! That is a spicy nose! Fragrant dried tobacco leaves and woodiness almost sting the nostrils, this mingles with a peach-y and mango-like tropical quality. Man, that bouquet is so spiced and sweet, and pouring out of the glass. There also feels like a honey-ish scent is buried, too. Honestly, it may just be the wonderful fragrant spice that keeps delivering new hits with each new sniff.

The palate of flavors plays almost exactly like the nose. And there is nothing wrong with that. The herbal, woody, tobacco-like, peppery fragrance blends with a sweet tropical accent, with a nice bittering resin flavor on the finish. Some slight grass-like flavors also develop with a crackery malt base as the finish progresses.

This Humidor offering is more bitter, and therefore lends a drying finish. The hops do a nice job of clinging long to the cheeks, with a medium heft rounding things out.

This was a fantastic beer and quite unlike anything that has crossed this palate before. The cedar imparts some fantastic spiced qualities that make it almost impossible to not take another drink. And as a lover of the little green wonder buds, this beer delivers a great bitter kiss with notes of sweet tropical fruits to add to the complex and spiced character. Truly a special beer, and one that should certainly be experienced if given the the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 12:24:57 | More by Pintofbrown
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle that I received as part of a Cigar City sampler pack. There is a bottling date engraved (?) on the curve of the bottle where the neck meets the body, but it is a bit marred. From what I can tell, it looks like a bottling date of 10/6/2013. Poured into the IPA-specific Speigelau glass for maximum IPA-ness.

Appearance - Looks much like the base beer, Jai Alai, with the overall tone being a ruddy orange-copper color, but this one has a bit more reddish element to it. There is a noticeable amount of particulate in the glass, showing off the fact that this is an unfiltered IPA. Atop the body sits a frothy head of about two fingers that begins to dissipate slowly almost immediately. However, it moves at a snail's pace, and never completely dissipates. As it shrinks, it leaves healthy sheets of lacing on the side of the glass, as well as some faint rings that eventually disappear with time.

Smell - Notes of tropical fruit, again much like the base beer, but there is another element there that is hard to detect on it's own, but definitely changes the characteristic of the IPA. Some faint woodiness and the pleasant bite of astringency. I was hoping for more cedar characteristic, but approaching three months after bottling, I suppose that hope is misplaced. Still a nice smelling IPA.

Taste - The wood is a little more present here, with some subtle spice imparted by the cedar, but then the tropical hops are again present with mango and pineapple, but with a malt profile that is heftier than I initially detected from the smell. Rye biscuit and toasted whole grain bread along with some grapefruit bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a somewhat bitter aftertaste.

Overall, it's hard to be a fair judge of this beer, given the age it's seen and the likelihood that said age has hindered the flagship characteristic of this beer--the cedar. However, it is a nice IPA in it's own right and I'm impressed that the hops have held up well, especially in contrast to the cedar. Would love to try this a tad fresher sometime.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 05:22:39 | More by LambicPentameter
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maxcoinage

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz bottle (no date) into tulip with a 2 in white head that took it's time to settle down, left some strong lacing on glass. Color is amber / orangish

Aroma - smells like a humidor! The cedar definitely dominates, some citrus and pine if you can get beyond the woodiness.

Taste - some good maltiness and hop bite but still the cedar shines through on this. the finish seems like it's a normal IPA bitter finish but then the cedar lingers at the end

Mouthfeel - medium to strong carbonation and a decent body. nice and easy drinking

Overall - While this is an intriguing twist, I prefer the regular Jai Alai. As suggested on the bottle, I think this would pair fansticially with a cigar, but given the 12 inches of snow on my porch, don't think that is going to happen any time soon. Would love to get some more of this later in the year. Got this bottle as an extra in a trade from velcogrip

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 22:03:17 | More by maxcoinage
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fmccormi

New York

3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a teku; bottling date of November 7, 2013 printed in some sort of dark-ish ink on the shoulder of the bottle (“Bottled on 11/07/13”), making this bottle a week old on the date of consumption. Yep, one week. Huzzah for freshness.

Appearance (4.25): Sure is an attractive beer: a good two fingers milk-white foam rises off of the pour, capping a rich orange-amber body with a moderate chill haze. The head shows decent retention, dying down relatively slowly and leaving a thick collar and thin film at the surface. A few nice splotches and thick legs here and there.

Smell (3.25): This is quiiite a unique aroma—honestly not sure what to make of it at first. Must be the cedar? There’s an herbal-spicy scent that’s almost sulfurous, but a little woody and spicy like mustard, almost (though that side of it is lighter). Some fruity, slightly resinous hops underneath it, but the aroma really is dominated by what must be the cedar. To be fair, the fruity hops come in to balance out the cedar a bit more as it warms.

Taste (3.5): Following the aroma at first, with that funky, at turns sulfurous cedar, but the hops character is much clearer and more prominent here: that weird, woody-botanical tang accompanied by a bit of spiciness, sitting next to a juicy citrus component with sweet red grapefruit, some of the melony richness of papaya, and then a moderately sharp red grapefruit bitterness in the close, as the beer finishes crisp and dry. Some of the slightly spicy, woody-botanical cedar character (which I recognize now is unmistakeable) permeates every aspect of the flavor, from start to finish. Is there malt in here? Yeah, I suppose so. A little rich peasant bread and toasted wheat bread underneath the hops and melding with the cedar. Certainly is unique.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Smooth bodied, a slightly oily just-under-medium-weight, with a moderately velvety carbonation that foams easily but subtly, dies out before too long, and washes down cleanly with a dry, but not parching or astringent, finish. No booze at all.

Overall (3.5): So, the base beer here is killer—Jai Alai is always on point and an absolute joy to drink. The cedar aging adds a very unique dimension to it, though, which is impossible to ignore because it is front and center. It also mutes/covers up some of the hoppiness that makes Jai Alai so damn good, too, but not entirely. So, basically, in the end what you have here is a very solid IPA with an extremely unique treatment that has the potential to be very polarizing. I’m on the fence about how I feel about it, in the end, but I’m glad I’ve tried it. In the future, though, I’ll probably just stick to Jai Alai.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 02:21:17 | More by fmccormi
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a hazy orange in color with a finger of head (great retention). smells of cedar... wooooah boy does this smell of cedar, and oh man do i fucking love the smell of cedar! as with cedar, it has an almost cinnammon spice note to it, there is a caramel aroma as well, but let's not kid around, this smells like straight up cedar. oh fuck yes, the flavor.. it's overpowered by cedar as well! lots of bittering hops work so darn well with this wood, a nice caramel malty body.. this is excellent. i feel i may be a bit biased due to the wood, but man this is fucking delicious. medium body with low carbonation.

if you are a carpenter or have ever worked construction, you will appreciate the hell out of this beer. cedar is one of the most irritable woods out there, but as well it is one of the most awesome smelling woods. this is pretty much their jai alai (one of my favorite ipa's) aged with cedar spirals (my favorite wood).. how the fuck do you expect me not to love it??!

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 01:13:39 | More by facundoCNB
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aMILESupreme

Florida

4.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: I love the hazy unfiltered appearance, but to some i understand it can be off putting.

S: Smell is perfect. the amazing smell that accompanies a fresh Jai Alai but with the complexity of the unique cedar infusion.

T: Just great. this is a beer i get something different out of every time i drink one. its like great record, always something to discover in this complex beauty.

O: One of my favorite CCB beers. Key is dont wait on this one. hops seem to fade fast. the complexity and uniqueness of this beer is one in a million.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 22:49:23 | More by aMILESupreme
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IPAdams

Illinois

3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- pours an orange amber with an inch white head that lingers for a little and leaves some lacing. A lot of visible yeast.

Smell- lots of citrus hops with just a hint of the oak.

Taste- oak is a bit more noticeable here than in the smell. Starts very woody with hints of vanilla, then a mix of caramel and citrus hops. Moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel- good medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

Overall- very good beer, the woody flavors are offset by the citrus hops and it makes for a very tasty mixture

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 23:34:50 | More by IPAdams
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alaimoa

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle which looks to have been bottled June 2013
A: murky amber with off-white 1 inch head and lacing that fully coats glass while lingering. lots of floaties in the glass
S: pretty awesome if you ask me, it smells exactly like a cigar humidor which isn't a typical aging wood used with beers (Cedar I think). Sweet humidor aromas with a touch of cherry notes
T: upfront sweetness, cigar/cedar in the front without much biting hop profile and smooth malt notes really shine through in the back. medium/wet finish which I could imagine pairing great with a cigar
M: medium carbonation, not very aggressive, smooth, subtle creaminess, not overly dry/bitter

Overall seems like a wide range of opinions on this beer, I come away very impressed and yes, its different than the standard Jai Alai but something very unique with the cedar/cigar notes and a really nice sweet malty backbone that isn't as sticky as some of the Rye IPAs I've had. Nice balance and mouthfeel. Would most definitely have again and look to seek out if available

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 22:59:01 | More by alaimoa
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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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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Humidor Series IPA, 7.5% ABV. Aged on Barrel Mill Cedar Spirals. I can make out a date that looks like Jun 18 2013. Tasted 15 August 2013.

Pours a medium amber color. Clear but for a few floaties that I couldn't help stirring up. Half-finger of off-white head, okay retention, a little lacing. Meh.

Smell is different. It's definitely not full of the aromatic hops that many IPAs are these days, but it's got that bitter hop acid back with a lightly sweet caramel malt front. Heavy heavy heavy on the wood resin, like I'm drinking it out of a cedar chest almost.

Taste is a medium-bitter, straightforward IPA. Nothing notable about it. Nothing wrong with it, either, which I appreciate, given how many IPAs have off flavors. There's still a lot of cedar in the taste, too.

Feel is mediocre. Flattish, medium-bodied, a little sticky. The lack of carbonation bugs me, as the weight and sugar sit heavy on my tongue, dragging it down.

The truth is, I don't see much point in aging an IPA on wood (or really, on anything). It's weaker than their Jai Alai IPA in every way, and I just don't see the point. There are other beers that might gain more from cedar spiral aging, too. But it's drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 03:42:32 | More by zeledonia
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flagmantho

Washington

3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. I think this is the first cedar-aged beer I've had.

Appearance: murky dark-orange hue with plenty of haze, some floaties and a barely visible but fairly strong effervescence. Head is two fingers of pillowy ivory foam with an orange cast. Attractive indeed!

Smell: rich, sweet malt, citrusy hops and a wham-bang of spicy, resiny cedar. I like cedar in furniture, but it really seems like a foreign element here. I like it for the novelty and underlying character, but I think the cedar itself is a negative point for me.

Taste: beautiful maltiness with a more subdued hop and cedar character. I think the cedar works a lot better in the flavor than in the aroma; I think its reduced prominence helps. Bitterness is quite high and the cedar leaves an interesting woody afternote. Definitely an interesting beer.

Mouthfeel: rich and smooth with a big body and a nicely well-integrated carbonation. I like it.

Overall: this is a tasty and interesting beer. Perhaps it is still taking me awhile to wrap my palate around cedar-aged beer -- but that's what makes it good. It's challenging.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 02:04:14 | More by flagmantho
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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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NiceTaps

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 18:45:50 | More by NiceTaps
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AltBock

Ohio

4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle with a blurry picture of an old Tampa cigar factory with two hop vines flanking the factory. Below the factory in light gray letters is the name of the beer. To the right of the blurry picture is the Government warning and to the left is a description of the beer and the name of the company who made the Spanish cedar spirals that this beer was aged on. Absent from the bottle and label is a born on date.

When poured into a Cigar City pint glass, this aged on cedar beer was a hazy golden color that had a drop of amber to it. It was a very nice color. If you look closely, you'll see hop particles floating around this golden amber brew. The head of foam was equally as impressive as the color of the beer. The initial head of foam was a good 3/4 of an inch in height and pure pearl white in color. This nice looking head of foam had great retention that left behind a tiny milky white film and a medium sized string of rings. Top notch appearance.

Have you ever walked into a walk in humidor at your local cigar store? That's what this beer smelled like a little bit. Once my nose got passed the cedar, I picked up on a nice whiff of dried pine, dried citrus fruits, and some dried hops. I couldn't tell what kind of hops they were. Very good! It loved the cedar. My nose never got bored of the thick cedar aroma.

The beer was hoppy, but it wasn't a in your face hoppyness like a West Coast IPA. The cedar that it was aged on calmed the hops down a little bit. The cedar put a coating over the hops so it was hard for me to tell if they were citrus, pine, etc kind of hops. Behind the cedar and the hops was a little pine and a few citrus fruits. It was a small variety of citrus fruits. I found a little grapefruit and lemon. I enjoyed the taste of this beer. The cedar had control of the taste, but it never got annoying.

This was a medium bodied IPA with a good amount of carbonation and a cedar based dry aftertaste. There was more cedar, pine, and grapefruit in the aftertaste. This semi dry aftertaste didn't linger.

I'm a fan of IPAs that are aged on oak instead of being aged in oak. The cedar took over this beer and it never let up. That's OK because I enjoyed the taste and the aroma of the cedar. It never got boring. This is an another 12oz. winner from Cigar City.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 02:18:57 | More by AltBock
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Juuroumaru

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured a gorgeous orangish brown with a small 1/2in head. Slighty hazy and when held up to light you can see small particulates floating around.

S- Cedar definately comes across and instantly takes me back to my childhood living on Cedar Street full of cedar trees. The cedar dominates the nose and the hop aroma is hard to find.

T- Cedar, Cedar, & More Cedar. there is so much cedar going on in this that i barely notice the hops coming across. Dont get me wrong though while the cedar is dominant it does not overpower this beer at all.

M- Sticky, resiny where the Cedar and hops on the end feel like they leave a residue that coats the mouth.

O- A. Definately worth Seeking out or trading for if your outside of FL. I will be searching for more of this as i feel it is comparable to White Oak Jai Alai IMO.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 01:05:28 | More by Juuroumaru
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N0tthatserious

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

been drinking craft a good while now and finally got around to posting my first review on here!

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Three Floyds teku. Bottled last week.

A: Appearance is a deep hazy orange. Head is pure white and goes away fairly quickly. leaves bits of white lacing around the glass but not a whole lot.

S: Holy Cedar! Cedar absolutely dominates the nose. Maybe a tad bit of citrusy fruit on the end as well.

T: The nose does not lie on this one. Cedar immediately punches you in the mouth. Closest you'll get to taking a bite out of a cigar box. At first 1 or 2 sips you get a lot of cedar but as you continue to drink your palate gets used to it and you pick up a bit of pine as well. Still very cedar forward just not quite as dramatic as the first couple sips.

M: No more than medium body on this one. Not like water but definitely not quite as big as the traditional Jai Alai.

O: Overall this is a great specialty beer. If you do not like beer aged on cedar wood spirals to the max, this isn't the one for you. Don't expect Jai Alai with a hint of cedar. It's clearly part of the "humidor series" for a reason. Drink this on tap at CC all the time and will continue to buy it in 4pks every release. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 18:02:31 | More by N0tthatserious
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to kpanter for this one!

A - Super cloudy rusty orange - thick caramel colored chunks of sediment eventually settle to the bottom of my Weyerbacher Tulip glass. Light caramel colored head, dense and mountainous, fantastic retention and lacing.

S - Tons of cedar, grapefruit, pine, maybe a bit of lemon and spice. Caramel is hardly present.

T - Oh wow tons of slightly spicy cedar, orange, grapefruit, hardly resinous (if at all). Very sweet and cedery, a bit of sweet caramel malts. Finish is slightly spiced ceder and a bit of citrusy rinds/bitterness.

M - Light/medium bodied, littleish carbonation but the bitterness gives the illusion of carbonation. Fairly smooth, a good tasty easy drinker.

O - A great carbonation of flavors. I wouldn't necessarily say its really well balanced, but its close and the flavors that could be more balanced are fantastic so it's not necessarily a negative that its not super balanced.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 00:03:48 | More by MacQ32
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mverity

Florida

3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Proof Bottle Shop. Poured into a snifter. Clear amber orange with tiny white chunks suspended throughout. Some white head, thin white collar and poor lacing. Aroma is citrusy, sweet earthy cedar, some caramel, lots of orange, some grapefruit and lemon. Taste is mostly the cedar and orange/grapefruit with a touch of the medium malt. Mouthfeel is slightly under carbonated and a little thin too. I finally sat down to write this review after a few four packs over the past few years. Decent, but I'll take Jai Alai any day of the weeks.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 20:52:59 | More by mverity
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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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jvillefan

California

4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: A very hazy orangish goldish body with a pure white half finger head.

S: The cedar is very obvious. It is behind the intense grapefruit, lemon, and pine aromas that the hops are giving off. There is also a subtle caramel aroma.

T: Very good. There is a dry bitterness to start it off and then it goes into a pine and grapefruit flavor. The caramel and toffee flavors form the malts come forward next and the body finishes with a smooth cedar flavor. Complex and works well.

M: Nice heavy yet silky body with perfect carbonation.

O: Great IPA. Get this one if you can.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 01:44:22 | More by jvillefan
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mnphish

Minnesota

4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Indiana

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Dark Horse Brewery pint glass.

It pours a soapy head that diminishes to a beautiful lacing with loads of sediment that suspends perfectly and a few bubbles of carbonation sneaking through. I smell straight up cedar and mild hops. Breathing in while taking the first sip reminds me of my cigar smoking days. The unmistakeable cedar smell and taste gives me a beer boner. What a unique and balancing marriage of flavors. Mouthfeel is a nice and thick but unexpected hearty gulping beer. It's hard to not chug this. Ultimately I want these all day long. I have a theory on people that create art, as this beer clearly is, and that is: weather or not you have direction what you do passionately the only thing that comes out is something not of choice but something that is pure. This is a solid ass beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 02:39:11 | More by milliCAN
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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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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

HUGE thank you to Coldsnack for just killing it in a recent trade and generously giving me this and many others!

Appearance. Pours a rich and very hazy golden-amber complete with lots of chunks (despite a somewhat careful pour). Topped with a finger of white head.

Smell. Big grapefruits, fresh cedar chips and toasted caramel malts. There are also hints of some lemons and tropical fruit.

Taste. Wow! Spicy, peppery cedar wood, some citrus hops and a touch of sweet and toasty caramel malt. The cedar is pretty interesting and awesome with those hops.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Unique, spicy, and very flavorful. This one stands way apart in a sea of IPAs. So happy to have tried it, thanks again Coldsnack!!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 02:30:19 | More by Rutager
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Momar42 for the 12 oz bottle! Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy dark copper color with many yeast particles floating about. The head is a two finger white shade. Retention is fine, but the lacing left behind is great.

S: The cedar qualities here are downright shameless - to the point where they nearly overpower the trademark tropical fruit aromas of the regular Jai Alai. Honestly, though, it works in a strange way. Strong black pepper, smoke, and phenolic notes are prevalent, too.

T: Again, the word 'shameless' comes to mind when describing how the wood aging impacts the flavor profile. Citrusy hops exist as a secondary player behind the cedar, and create a minor effect of emphasizing notes of black pepper, pine, and smoke. One of the more complex IPAs I've ever had. It never balances fully - considering how much of the wood qualities come through, it's probably as balanced as it could ever be. The cedar harshness calms down after several swigs, too.

M: Like the base (Jai Alai), it's very dry yet unclean. The texture is light and crisp enough where I'd call it refreshing. Good ease of drinkability, as well.

O: I applaud the experimental bend of this brew, and it succeeds at a moderate level. It's quite tasty, but I think regular Jai Alai is just a smidge better.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 21:10:10 | More by ThisWangsChung
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Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
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