Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) - Cigar City Brewing
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4.49/5 rDev +10.6%
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.
01-14-2014 12:24:57 | More by Pintofbrown
3.79/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
01-08-2014 05:22:39 | More by LambicPentameter
4.18/5 rDev +3%
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
01-01-2014 22:03:17 | More by maxcoinage
Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
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