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

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912 Ratings
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Ratings: 912
Reviews: 451
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 184
Gots: 88 | 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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Photo of jegross2
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Humidor Series Cedar-Aged Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing out of Tampa Bay, Florida.
Score: 88

Bottle is from November 2011. Served in a snifter glass and enjoyed on 06/23/12 at the inaugural Chicago craft beer lovers meeting.

Appearance: Hazy/murky golden orange color with minimal head and lacing. It is a little hard to discern much "appearance" from my pour size on this one, but nothing really stood out to me about the color. 3.5/5

Smell: Huge waves of cigar box cedar hit upfront. I love the smell of cedar, so this was quite awesome. Behind the cedar is malty orange, pepper and a little onion. Pineapple with a hint of hops too. 4/5

Taste: Bring on the cigars! This beer tastes like you are standing inside a humidor! Though the hops are almost entirely faded here, left behind is a residual bitterness and oily blend of peppery cedar flavor and malty orange citrus. Easy drinking. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied, medium carbonation. Nice peppery-cedar kick on the tongue. Quite malty. 3.75/5

Overall: I was not going to review this when I saw the bottle date, but then I found that I surprisingly enjoyed this stale IPA. I will be seeking out a fresh bottle of this upon its next release in a couple of weeks. Yum!

Recommendation: If you like cedar and cigars, seek this one out.

Pairings: Big, fat Cuban cigars.

Cost: $10.99 for a 750 ml bottle.

jegross2, Sep 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

SFC21, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of Googs
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Googs, Sep 12, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -20%

cjgarland73, Sep 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

VncentLIFE, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of neobob187
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

neobob187, Aug 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

millerbuffoon, Aug 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

jmathis, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barrel aging IPAs can be a very dangerous thing in my opinion. So much risk of obliterating character and just wrecking the ship. This one works for me. There are the IPA tones that area clear and evident with the barrel influences that combine to provide a nice drinking experience. It's a little boozy at times, but it works for me. P.S. Mild gusher here and a whole lotta head too.

RblWthACoz, Aug 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

krazybartender, Aug 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Crimsontider22, Aug 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

3Hops, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of soulgrowl
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In spite of a slight geyser upon opening (okay, it was a massive geyser), this beer pours with a manageable head, ivory colored and stable atop a hazed cinnamon-orange body. Kinda like a hefeweizen. Kinda.

The aroma is gorgeous. Full disclosure: the smell of cedar makes me very nostalgic as it reminds me of the time I spent in Japan, and my favorite beer is Hitachino Nest JCA, also aged in cedar. This smells like that – but ramped up a notch or two. Full on peppery cedar dominates, almost to the exclusion of all other aromas, but they're there: guava, cinnamon, lime, dulce de leche, bitter otange, coriander... I could go on, but I'll just stop there and say that it's lovely.

The flavor is more cedary spice, lots of wholegrain toast spread with dark honey, apple pie, resinous bitterness, and clove. There seems to be a touch of tannins here as well, giving this a slightly tea-like edge. Soft carbonation leads into a dry finish with a lingering woody bitterness.

soulgrowl, Jul 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

DIPADude01, Jul 26, 2012
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

jda007, Jul 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

aztraz, Jul 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

msarver16, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of srhoadsy
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looking for something different to drink tonight and boy did I find it. Forgot I even had this in the cellar.

I was surprised to see the variation in reviews for this beer. Granted this is a very unique beer but the reviews are all over the map. Any way, here we go.

Pours a cloudy orange color with about 1/2 inch cream colored head that fades pretty quickly. Bottle conditioned, so watch your pour.

Smells like the name implies; malt, cedar and tobacco.

My initial impression was alot of grapefruit flavor with a background of pepper and spice. As the beer warmed the cedar and tobacco really begin to come out.

Carbonation wasn't overwhelming and mouthfeel overall was fairly light for a beer with this much flavor.

Overall, one of the most unique and interesting beers I've had in a while. Not something I would drink on a regular basis but a good one to throw in the rotation when you are looking for something different.

srhoadsy, Jul 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

kaelingirl, Jun 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

ixodus, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of busterwhite
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured an orange color with a 1 finger head. Decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smelled of grapefruit, citrus, a little pine and some sweetness from the cedar.

Nice grapfruit bitterness up front that mellows out as the cedar kicks in. Finishes with nice, lingering citrus bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel, carbonation was a little on the high side.

Overall this was excellent. I enjoy Jai Alai, but the cedar aging adds a whole other dimension, really mellowing it out and giving it a smooth taste.

busterwhite, Jun 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Holland, Jun 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

mdillon86, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Victory tulip

A- pours a cloudy shade of orange with a one finger slightly offwhite head. A decent bit of sediment in this one. Huh.

S- the cedar is the primary aroma, with some sweet fruit creeping through as well

T- slight bitterness, decent smoky wood flavor, mild sweetness. It's ok

M- body is actually relatively thick

O- not a huge fan. I know this is one of CCB's staples, but I'm not in love with it

bigfnjoe, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of macrosmatic
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one several times, just getting around to review. Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at CCB tasting room.

A: Clear amber to copper in color. Forms a one finger white head. Some visible carbonation here.

S: Woody, cedar, grapefruit and tropical fruit hops.

T: Really good. The cedar compliments the IPA character wonderfully. There is citrus (grapefruit, lemon, orange), and sweet malt flavor underneath. No alcohol presence to speak of. Finish is dry, and the dryness of the cedar fights with the hop bitterness in the hang.

M: Nice, not overly heavy mouthfeel. There is noticeably less carbonation in this pour than others I've had.

O: I can understand why some may not prefer this beer. The cedar flavor certainly comes on strong. But, I absolutely love it and the cedar flavor works SO well with the IPA style. If you haven't had the opportunity to try this yet, I would suggest you seek it out.

macrosmatic, Jun 13, 2012
Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 912 ratings.