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

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Ratings: 901
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 174
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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5/5  rDev +23.2%

04-19-2012 17:07:22 | More by KevieJames
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

04-18-2012 13:55:55 | More by yergermeister
Photo of steelerguy

New York

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%

A - Hazy amber, absolutely huge head, tons of carbonation, almost scary!

S - Cedar and spice with a touch of sweet malt.

T - Smooth delivery of hops throughout, a bit of spiciness, the cedar is there but not overpowering. The aging and perhaps wood have rounded this beer out very well.

M - Light bodied, carbonation is a bit overwhelming, I have a feeling that some bacteria was introduced as it foamed up as soon as I popped the cap and I can't believe they carbonated it to this level intentionally. No off flavors though...

O - Good beer, definitely interesting, would honestly rather just have the Jai Alai straight up.

04-16-2012 23:42:26 | More by steelerguy
Photo of Evan


4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

04-14-2012 00:16:08 | More by Evan
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

04-13-2012 11:22:28 | More by BillHem
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

04-11-2012 03:15:55 | More by blmar311
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New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

04-10-2012 00:20:41 | More by laxer8811
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Huge thanks to Bilco for surprising me with a bottle.

Appearance: Orange leaning toward copper. Head is bright-white and clings to the glass. Head drops to a thin ring with wisps of foam covering the top of the beer. Slight haze from the sediment. Otherwise the beer is perfectly clear.

Smell: Cedar like whoa. It has a weird nostalgic aroma, which has to be true for anyone with a grandmother from a certain generation. Juicy citrus hops play under the spicy cedar notes. A touch of sweetness and a solid bready malt backbone. The cedar really ramps things up. Great complimentary aroma.

Taste: Spicy cedar dominates. After a few sips and the tongue gets used to the crazy cedar flavor, a nice grapefruit-forward hop bite sneaks through. Some pithy bitterness. Malts are a touch sweet. Bread dough and toasted crust. A touch of caramel to keep things interesting. The spicy components of the cedar enhance the bright citrus notes.

Mouthfeel: A little more body than the non-aged version. Smooth and oh so drinkable. Carbonation is low, but works incredibly well with treatment. So smooth and almost creamy at times.

Overall: I'd take this over the standard version any day. The cedar is a great touch if a bit unorthodox. The spicy woody flavors are a perfect compliment. This is my first encounter with bottled nostalgia and it works.

04-05-2012 01:42:13 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

04-01-2012 16:38:19 | More by Gatordaddy
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

04-01-2012 16:19:22 | More by Bilco
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

03-31-2012 01:51:14 | More by 2378GCGTG
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District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -26.1%

03-25-2012 21:57:17 | More by nmann08
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

03-23-2012 23:38:59 | More by jisak74
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

03-22-2012 02:48:55 | More by zekeman17
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

03-17-2012 18:58:23 | More by bentonquest
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3.8/5  rDev -6.4%

Shared a 750mL bottle of this w/ BigDoug @ the Royale in St. Louis, MO. Poured from the Red/Green/Yellow Labeled bottle w/ a Giant "H" in the middle into a Shaker Glass. Has no sign of a freshness date.

Aroma- Malt, hop, and a mild blend of oak come around here. Nothing distinct in this aroma and very shy attributes.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that dies quickly. Has a dark orange/copper body with good clarity. Leaves tons of suds behind.

Flavor- Very sweet flavor including American hops but stay as a light-medium flavor in here. A bit of cedar/oak come around towards the end. Medium Bitterness at most.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and a nice barrel attribute with hops are left on the palate.

Overall Impression- Not one of my favorites from Cigar City. Since I thought the Jai Alai was an A+ IPA, you rarely see a beer this profound and world-class to be changed for the better. Glad I got to enjoy but wouldn't grab this as my first choice if around an isle with other C.C. beers.

03-14-2012 19:21:05 | More by DCon
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

03-14-2012 04:47:50 | More by bsuedekum
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

03-12-2012 21:10:32 | More by RonnieRotten
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-12-2012 14:45:31 | More by Tyrawlings
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District of Columbia

4.23/5  rDev +4.2%

Bottle shared by afdempse. Thanks Adam!

The beer is transparent and orange colored, sporting a half inch of white head. Lasting retention and ample lacing.

The aroma is unique and wonderful. A bold scent of freshly lit cigars and cigar smoke take center stage, followed by floral hops.

The taste is not quite as delectable and intriguing as the aroma, but well balanced and enjoyable nonetheless. I can understand why some may dislike this beer, as it is certainly not for everyone. When viewed solely as an IPA or DIPA, this will not hold its own when matched against the upper tier brews of this ilk. That said, Humidor IPA is a complex, unique, and creative brew to be sipped and savored. I applaud Cigar City for this "outside the box" beer. While I was not expecting to enjoy this nearly as much as I did, I would certainly have this again. Recommended.

03-11-2012 21:05:28 | More by Huhzubendah
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

03-11-2012 01:53:36 | More by Cstromberg57
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

03-07-2012 22:44:31 | More by wo87810
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1.9/5  rDev -53.2%


Thanks for opening this with me, DarthKostrizer!

Dark, hazy copper and auburn with a moderately sized very light khaki colored head that leaves small smears of lace down the glass. This is a very pretty beer, and the appearance is its best aspect, unfortunately.

I knew this would be an unpleasant drinking experience from the first moment I shoved my nose into the glass. The aroma is of boiled cabbage, old, crusted Heinz Ketchup, some salt, and a bit of cedar. This doesn't smell like anything I want to put in my mouth.

The flavor isn't quite as horrific as the aroma, as the damp cedar dominates the flavor. There's still significant vegetable (cabbage, earth, and old tomato) flavors as well, but the cedar flavor lingers on and on.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Decent enough.

I will decline a pour of this beer the next time it is offered. This was perhaps the worst IPA I've ever had.

03-06-2012 00:44:18 | More by ehammond1
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

02-28-2012 20:51:09 | More by Tumble
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North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%

poured into Stone IPA stemware. thanks to sendsilk for the hookup!

A - hazy rusty colored body with a bubbly, white, thin head that faded to thin cap; light spotty lacing

S - cedar and black pepper(lots of both), cigar, leather

T - some malty flavors, probably from the age, but not unwanted; definitely a strong hops presence there still as well though; the cedar is much lighter than the almost overpowering aroma would suggest

M - light-medium body; light carbonation; short, drying linger

O - i liked the proportion of hops to malt to cedar; a very interesting beer that did not disappoint; strong flavors but surprisingly drinkable; a must-try if you can find one

02-26-2012 01:55:04 | More by cwguy5
Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
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