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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
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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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mcallister

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the looks, unfiltered cloudy copper with scarlet hues. A thick off white head leaves a large amount of lace. Very pillowy and appetizing.

Nice citrusy notes and spicey cedar in the nose with a bit of toffee malt in the background.

Tropical fruit flavors fill the mid palate, very balanced with toffee and caramel malts leading into an earthy, piney, resiny hop finish. The cedar seems to have added a soft roundness to the beer and a hint of spice and some wood tannin on the finish. Very nice easy drinking IPA

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 19:39:51 | More by mcallister
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Arbitrator

California

2.98/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chilled 750mL into a glass. A generous extra from Jw347. Thanks Johnathan!

A: Pours an extremely cloudy amber color that glows a diffuse orange against the light. Great-looking body that would be improved by some clarity. With some inspection I can see bubbles streaming up the glass. The pour results in 1.5 fingers of creamy, off-white head that retains for several minutes before retreating into a light cap on top of the brew. Leaves some dribbles of lacing down the sides of the glass. I like my IPAs clear, unfortunately.

S: Wow, they really take the cedar to heart. Very tannic and earthy, with an herbal note to it. The hops are almost an afterthought, or perhaps they're fading a bit. There's some dankness in there, with citrus hops coming last. The smell really stands out on this one; I'm having a great time just sniffing it and not sipping (I like cedar). Not a great nose if you're looking for IPA characteristics, though.

T: Initially malty with a caramel flavor, but it gets hoppy midway through with, as the nose suggests, citrus and a stronger pine/weed flavor. Dank, earthy pull into the finish, which is fairly tannic (if I can be honest, TOO much so) and surprisingly dry. A lingering bitterness with some pepper in the aftertaste.

M: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated. I don't like lingering bitterness in beers, and the bubbles in this one do a decent, but not great, job of staving it off. Kind of a chewy body.

D: A very distinct flavor and one I appreciate. But a bit much to have on a regular basis. Definitely a brewery to keep an eye on, though.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 09:44:47 | More by Arbitrator
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lackenhauser

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Usual orange to copper color with a white foamy head going on. Holy grandma's cedar chest-huge cedar aroma!!!! A great, almost "tangy" wood scent. Really well rounded aroma wise-enough of a hop backround going on as well. Solid malt and hops flavor with a very pronounced cedar taste. Lingering dryness I am assuming from the cedar. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, again a lot of dryness in the finish. Very drinkable and enjoyable-the cedar may get to be too much in the long run but that could tend to be a personal preference. Nice twist on wood aged for sure. I would think you would want this as fresh as possible too.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 01:12:56 | More by lackenhauser
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a chill-hazed golden coppery color, on the dark side for an IPA. It poured with a big, craggy, sticky white head.

s: Hard to believe this beer has been aged in anything. The first thing I noticed was the fresh, vibrant citrusy hops. Plenty of lemon peel with a little grapefruit. The cedar in the backround is subtle and comes across as spicy rather than woody. Very nicely done!

t: Pretty big departure from the smell. The cedar has muted the hops to the point that they seem herbal rather than citric. Some lemony elements do remain however. The cedar is pretty prominent at the finish, and it is distinctly "woody". Still, all this combined with just a hint of caramel sweetness makes for an interesting and undeniably delicious beer.

m: Gently creamy carbonation and a big, silky smooth body.

d: I entered into this with some trepidation. Aging an IPA for any purpose always sounds like a bad idea to me. I have to give these guys credit though. They handled this with finesse and it came together beautifully.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 18:04:52 | More by DIM
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle from Kingdom Liquors in Brandon, FL. Great folks - stop by if you can. Poured in to a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy and honestly slightly unattractive hue, sort of a dull, brownish goldenrod, absolutely opaque either by virtue of a high hop content or the wood addition. Most notable about this beer is the high quantity of effervescence. Racing and streaming upwards, multiple streams of large bubbles zip towards an eggshell-colored head, initially one finger tall, though it ultimately fades down to a thick, uniform surface foam. Average retention kept it aloft for longer than expected, and the plentiful carbonation does a lot to maintain a thick foamy collar. The lacing on the sides of the glass is similarly foamy, thick, sudsy, and itself showcases some average though not exemplary stick.

Aroma: Much woodier than the taste ... almost one-dimensionally woody, in some ways. Cedar absolutely dominates the olfactory landscape here, slightly woody, very resinous, and very spicy. Slight citrus and slight (faintly woody, even) roast meld to suggest caramel orange, though this nose is mostly dominated by freshly cracked, Spanish cedar.

Taste: An interesting interplay. First, the IPA here is every bit of what I remember from the original Jai Alai, and that's a huge plus in this beer's favor - start with a shitty base beer, and you're nowhere; start with a great one, and you have a lot of wiggle room, regardless of what you do with your final product. The base beer here showcases a nice balance between sweet malt sugars and attenuated malt remnants, mildly roasted, with lots of caramelly toast notes, a dry biscuity cracker-like undertone, and some nice rustic, wholesome bread notes. The hop bitterness is moderate - just enough to balance the aforementioned residual sweetness - and the hop flavors robust, with tons of leafy tobacco, mint, heavy citrus (mostly heavy in a dull, buried sense, not in a "grapefruit and not lemon" sense), and juniper berry-esque pine notes. And then there's the cedar.

Cedar is one of a few things that I think most beer drinkers (beer drinking novices?) likely know far better by aroma than by taste. I mean, you smell cedar trees, or you smell cedar smoke, or you smell cedar potpourri. You don't eat cedar trees. Until now. A definite woody note - slightly spicy, slightly earthy, slightly sweet, and definitely slightly resinous and piney - mingles expertly with both the hop bitterness as well as the hop flavor profile. Jai Alai seems like the perfect candidate for wood aging of this sort (there are a few other similarly profiled IPAs and DIPAs that come to mind that would also do wonders with a similar treatment), and the results seem to bear that out.

Mouthfeel: Plentiful carbonation in a body of average, medium thickness - perhaps a little thinner than the traditional Jai Alai, though not by much - but the excellent balance of attenuated and non-attenuated sugars with the effervescence gives rise to an even, smooth beer, one part creamy and two parts lift. The former augments the slight sweetness of the malt base and the woodiness of the cedar, whereas the latter augments the (admittedly more pronounced) hop bitterness, hop spiciness, and cedar kick. Take it down one notch (out of ten), and you'd be spot on.

Drinkability: Cigar City is a brewery I cannot really forgive myself for taking so long to get in to (a fact intricately tied up with my self-loathing over my inability to visit my family in Florida often enough). So dedicated to the craft, they're brewing not only expert traditional beers (Jai Alai), but pushing them farther and harder than many American craft breweries, and for that we should all be thankful (and this beer is but one of many, many examples). At 7.5%, the amount of flavor you have here is almost sinful, and any beer that can coax this much flavor out of so few ingredients deserves a recommendation.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 01:03:48 | More by CrellMoset
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle with new Humidor label. Split into snifters.

Appearance is similar to regular Jai Alai, except has a slightly more copper tinge to the golden amber color and the frothy cream colored head has much longer retention. Aroma is woodsy and vegetative, with a slightly tropical and floral hoppy presence. Flavor is less sweet than the Jai Alai, with a strong cedar taste up front and a drier, bitter finish. Very little booze and I think the wood complements the maltier flavors of the IPA nicely. For the price and availability, I highly recommend this for a very unique take on an already notable east coast IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 01:18:08 | More by yourefragile
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into tulip glass

Pours a clouded orange auburn with a thin film of wispy film, leaving some eventual treads of lacing.

A unique blend of light wood, piny hops and fruit in the nose.

Cedar is apparent up front with some juicy yet piny hops. Resiny flavors and herbal spice mix in. Smoother woodiness and caramel malt with toasted bread in the middle. Overall richness is apparent for the style. Finishes warm and dry.

Fairly creamy and fuller feel with some dryness. Solid drinking and flavor, alcohol is under control too. I suppose this makes Jai Alai even better, or at least adds a new dimension to the beer, although I was expecting a little bit more.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 16:41:30 | More by xnicknj
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into DFH signature glass. I think this was released July 2011, but I can't tell from the bottle print (missing a little)

A: Pours a very clear orange color. Fluffy bright white big bubbled head. Good carbonation. Some sticky lacing.

S: Definitely get some cedar, and some fruity notes, and some breadiness. Smells really nice actually. Lots of fruit.

T: Ok, thought it was UNFRESH but it's actually fine. You don't get the hop bitterness on the tip of the tongue I was expecting. You get a little mild one. Then the malt bill and cedar hit you. Really nice woodiness. And the close is crisp and somewhat clean.

M: Medium bodied

O: B+ to A- because I wonder what freshness would do for this or if better with age and the wood.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 16:04:19 | More by inlimbo77
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jai Lai has become one of my favorite IPAs, so without doubt I'm quite eager to pop this one open...

A - A beautiful cascading pour... Three fingers of rich creamy slightly rocky light khaki colored head that is intertwined with some large chunky bubbles... Excellent retention... Loaded with small bubbled carbonation starts slow and builds to a quick pace as it rises to the top of the glass... Loads of lacing cling to the sides of the glass... The color is a slightly bronzed orange...

S - Bright ripe oranges and red grapefruit are at the forefront... Also present are the cedar notes which are reminiscent of an empty cigar box... The interplay between the citrus and cedar is remarkable... Also present are some bready malt undertones and a tinge of spiciness...

T - Bursting with flavor... Citrus dominated by oranges, the cedar, and bready malts come together and assault the pallete right of the bat... Wonderful depth and complexity... The cedar and grapefruit compete for supremacy on the aftertaste as both linger for a while... Ultimately the grapefruit wins...

M - Medium bodied... Lush... Slightly creamy... Remarkably engaging... Refreshing... Very light carbonation on the tongue... Juicy most of the way but turns a tad dry on the finish...

D - I believe this was the first cedar aged beer that I've ever tried and I walk way impressed... The cedar adds layers of depth and complexity in terms of aroma, taste, and overall drinkability... I would gladly drink this when given the opportunity and look forward to trying additional cedar aged offerings from Cigar City and others... A job well done...

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 20:30:09 | More by philbe311
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Semi cloudy yellow-orange, nice carbonation, one finger head that tries to leave some lacing.

S-Wood, oak, spice, lots of spice, some earthy notes, not much citrus.

T-Good deal of wood and spices. Earthy, some dirt and grass. but the spice is the main flavor. Some bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation.

O-The cedar dominates the beer, the citrus/tropical notes of the base beer are overpowered by the oak.

Serving type: can

04-11-2014 18:41:01 | More by rlee1390
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alleykatking

Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 750ml bottle with nickmooduh. Nick thanks for bringing this by to share before you left South Bend. A wonderful treat!

A- Poured a semi-hazy golden honey color with a light amber tone to it. One finger white head stays for a short period before leaving. Nice spotty lacing while I drank this.

S- Floral and light earthy hops shine through at first. Slight peppery hints in this that come and go. The cedar aging leaves little aromas here and there but nothing very in your face. This makes my mouth water from smelling it.

T- Hops shine in the front have of this beer with floral and earthy hops coming through at medium force. There is a light sweetness to this from a bready malt backbone. Light alomst pepper notes to get washed away in the back end of this beer to a heavy cedar finish. The cedar makes the beer a little more enjoyable and puts quite the touch on it.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little too much for me and fizzles the beer as I drink it. Big cedar notes left on the palate with light hops and this goes into the aftertaste with the cedar shining more. Crisp flavors and clean for the most part.

D- This IPA is interesting. I love the cedar aging on this and wish some other companies would do the same thing. I would recommend this beer to anyone who likes either hops or a fresh take on a old style. Smooth drinking and I could have drank the entire bottle myself. Will be looking to trade for.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 16:59:08 | More by alleykatking
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours clear and brassy with an amber hue and two-plus inches of dense bone head. A partial skim coat remained for the duration along with some webbed lacing.

Aromatics lead off with plump malt, piney hops, spicy cedar, and a hint of potpourie-rubbed soap.
A hint of tropical nature steps forward but the peppery cedar is fairly dominant.

On the fuller side of medium bodied with a chewy, tacky mouthfeel. Slickish and gummy.

Ripe, sweet malt and pine resin start the palate, with a woody spiciness quickly stepping forward. Solidly bitter and balances the juicy malt well. Crisp and resinous with a peppery, woody bite.

Finishes with a lingering bitterness, sweet malt, and a woodsy, peppery cedar dryness.

Interesting beer. I like the idea of spanish cedar and it adds some nice complexity. I think it would be a better fit with a Saison or even a Triple though.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 23:35:22 | More by brewandbbq
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Phelps

Arizona

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle sent by McDiddyPop , poured into a tulip.

Vermilion in color, hazed to near-opacity and topped with a dense head of cream-colored bubbles. The frothy cap descends quickly, but leaves behind wooly walls of lace as it does.

Good stuff. The juice of overripe oranges, honey, apple juice and a bit more citrus mixed, of course, with cedar. The wood is sooty, almost like tobacco smoke.

Nicely malty, with caramel offsetting the orange and grapefruit peel. The cedar here is more subdued and better blended with the hops, again lending flavors of smoked tobacco and smooth ash.

Gentle, massaging carbonation in a soft medium-light body. Some alcohol fumes come through the nose, but overall the booze blends well with the flavors.

I’m a fan of originality, and this beer is nothing if not original. A decent IPA made more alluring by Spanish cedar.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 06:04:56 | More by Phelps
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from the brewery.

Pours into my snifter a deep vibrant orange with great clarity and two fingers of creamy white head that lingers and leaves sticky lacing on the side of my glass. Aromas are quite unlike anything I've had before. An amalgamation of spicy cedar wood that enters the nostrils much akin to opening a humidor and juicy, tropical fruit hop tones. Grapefruit and herbal hop resins abound. Nice caramel malt background. Really love the aroma.

First sip brings an upfront mix of spicy cedar wood and tropical, citric hops. Somewhat earthy and peppery with a nice dose of herbal, grassy hop resins. Caramel rides in the backbone. Solid bitterness, the cedar and hops mix lingers on after each sip. Yum.

Mouthfeel is both smooth and creamy. Good carbonation and perfect balance that makes drinking a breeze. Overall, wasn't sure what to expect of this, but it delivered. The cedar aging really adds a great twist to an already awesome IPA. Now I just have to figure out how to get more!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 19:03:43 | More by orbitalr0x
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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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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a gorgeous dark strong cooper color with some nice orange hues and some slight haze. There is a nice 0.5 inch head that is white and nicely dense. There is also some chunkier bubbles sprinkled around and the head slowly recedes to a thin film.

Interesting aroma. Starts off with some Jai Alai typical tropical notes. Mango and tangerine with some slight tangerine. However, different than the base beer there is a strong cedar notes to the aroma. Very fresh smelling with some nice grassy notes and clean wood notes. Quite interesting but nice.

The flavor is interesting as well but thankfully the wood notes only play a background to some nice tropical hop notes. Pretty nice and bitter. There are some woody notes that can be perceived through the beer as well as some spice intermingled with the mango and tangerine notes and tons of grapefruit and some orange. It definitely has some typical IPA notes but it is also quite different and interesting. Mouthfeel is nice and clean with crisp bubbles that helps the brew.

Interesting brew. Notes of wood really give this beer a different dimension especially for an IPA. Still pretty god brew and hoppy enough.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 01:25:32 | More by JoEBoBpr
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nrbw23

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a fairly clear golden orange color with a huge biege head. Head has great retention and left a tremendous amount of layered lacing. As I poured this one the brew changed from slightly hazy to pretty murky.

S- Smells fairly light. The hops seem to be covered by the cedar smell and a bit of spices.

T- The taste is a bit spicy and a little citrusy, a bit of a bit from the hops. Peppery and again the cedar woody taste is here for sure.

M- Medium in body and fairly low in carbonation.

D- Took me a bit to drink this one. Nothing terrible but was rather different. I'm not sure if I'm digging the wood aged IPA's. I'd try this one again just don't think I'd search super hard for this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 08:16:46 | More by nrbw23
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to my man, Kiefdog, for hooking me up with this in our last trade! I've really wanted to try this one for awhile.

Big bottle poured into a stemmed Allagash glass. First beer to be poured into this one. Pours a very cloudy dark rusty-orange with a massive 3-finger beige head on top. Excellent retention, and tons of sticky lace stuck around. Wow. This is cedar-aged for sure. Smells like my humidor, obviously, given the series name. This followed by faint tobacco, fresh spices, and mild citrus. I loved the nose on this beer. Excellent.

The mouth is full for the style. Carbonation level is about mid-level. It bites at moments, but at other times becomes very smooth and bordering on flat. The flavor on this one is far different than the original Jai Alai. The citrus aspects are pushed out of the way by a big semi-sweet spiciness that I'll attribute to the cedar. Very woodsy tasting. The bitterness makes itself known on the back end, but leaves a mildly spicy aftertaste. This is a great autumn IPA. I like the spice characteristics, especially given the season. I think I prefer the original version, but this was a treat to try.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 14:04:43 | More by Onenote81
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL champagne style bomber poured into a pint

Pours a pretty orange amber with a good amount of bubbles pushing their way north. A huge, firm bone white cap rises 2+ fingers and recedes in classic raindrop pattern, leaving huge chunks of lace all over the glass.

This is a unique aroma. Cedar, vanilla, tropical fruit and a clean malt backbone. This is not an aroma that jumps out of the glass, it really makes you work to get a good whiff.

Lightly sweet tropical fruit off the bat with the cedar coming in smooth through the middle with a swoop of tropical fruit in the finish. A moderate business grabs hold and lingers along with a residual sweetness. The cedar really takes the edges off of this beer.

A medium body that is smooth with a bit of a chewy hop presence. A nice lingering bitterness and good carbonation

I found this to be relatively easy to drink. The booze in this one caught up with me a little quicker than expected, and I am not drinking it very fast. A bit of warming too.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 02:46:26 | More by ColForbinBC
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jsanford

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a cloudy orange-amber with a fluffy, khaki-colored head. Nice retention, leaves sticky, sudsy lacing.
S - Sweet caramel malt, pineapple, orange and cedar wood. Very cool to smell the cedar, it's obviously not the most common of beer ingredients.
T - Very close to the nose, mostly caramel, pineapple and orange peel with a pleasantly bitter finish. Again, the cedar is there, but it's nicely balanced. I feel like too much wood presence would really detract from this beer.
M - Medium-heavy body with a sticky mouthfeel and crisp, moderate carbonation.
D - It's good, but a bit sweeter then I'd like. May be tough to drink the bottle by myself.

I thin I'm gonna give up on Cigar City IPAs, just not my thing.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 00:18:37 | More by jsanford
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aasher

Indiana

1.35/5  rDev -66.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Cedar aged IPA my ass! Insert sarcasm button here. The cedar hits you in the face when you open the bottle. You would've thought you were taking batting practice during spring training and your nostrils were being thrown at 85mph into this monstrosity. It pours a nice bright copper in color with moderate cloudiness. The aroma is of pure cedar. I expected some but it is in your face and out of control. You don't even get this much cedar from being surrounded by a room of cedar. Dear god it is strong! The flavor too is of wood, wood, wood. If you imagine hard enough I suppose you might pick up some malt, maybe. It drinks like a Jai Alai but is dry and sticky and this one is hard to down. Beavers would even have issues with this one. It just doesn't resemble Jai Alai at all. I know they've done several versions of this but cedar was a huge mistake. It was unfortunately a drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 02:52:35 | More by aasher
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange and tan color. OK head but great clumpy patches of lacing.

Smells of sweet biscuit malts, hops, citrus, a touch of fruits and some woody notes.

Great malt backbone with prominent hoppiness, plenty of sweet, light fruits, a bit of yeastiness, no shortage of great woody flavors.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation and a lingering bittersweet aftertaste.

Pretty drinkable for a once in a while type IPA treat.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 20:27:18 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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kbutler1

Minnesota

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

Grabbed a couple bottles of this while at the Hunahpu release and brought them back to the great white north of Minnesota. Recently cracked open a bottle at a tasting.
Pours a golden hued color with a slight haze to it. The head is tan.
The cedar smell is extremely prevalent in this! also pick up notes of tangerine with a sweet and bitter smell.
The taste is exactly like the smell. You get a full mouth of cedar that transitions to the IPA flavor.
The mouthfeel is medium.
The only reason I gave it a 4 on drinkability is because the cedar gets a little much after a while. Great in small doses but probably tough to drink a lot of it at once.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 02:32:14 | More by kbutler1
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PorterLambic

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful, hazy tangerine color at first but more like unfiltered apple cider once the yeast gets involved. A pronounced light tan head. Some decent lace.
Smell is floral and a metallic citrus from a distance. Up close add a strong cedar note with slight hops hiding behind it.
Taste is cedar, hops, malt, grapefruit and pepper.
Fairly full bodied with a good effervescence. Cedar dominates throughout including the aftertaste with a minor appearance by pepper and grapefruit. Although I'm not a huge fan of IPA's because of the heavy hops you often see, this is very nice. Hops is balanced well though malt only shows up in the aftertaste slightly. Warming is less pronounced than I expected for 7.5% ABV, pretty nice stuff all around.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 02:06:32 | More by PorterLambic
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Vermont

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a really clear light amber with a small light yellow head. Nose is all cedar, it's malty and dry, quite unique.

Taste is bitter and dry, but the cedar is he biggest flavor - it's it a light mouthfeel that's really nice. So dry it hinders the drinkability a bit.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 01:50:29 | More by kingcrowing
Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 867 ratings.