Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) - Cigar City Brewing
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4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
Happy to find this on the shelf at Total Wine. Bomber poured into a pint glass (wish I had a snifter or tulip); dated Nov 2011 on the label.
Hazy body, dark yellow/orange color, with a three-finger, creamy light tan head. The head has excellent retention and settles into a foamy cap.
The aroma is not really like an IPA but is interesting nonetheless. The cedar/wood notes are prominent, followed by a light earthy hop aroma. Some sweet malt in the background.
The flavor is equally interesting. The hops take a background to the wood flavors. The cedar flavor is again prominent, and as the beer has aged, the hop flavors have obviously faded in favor of the malt. The flavor is good, but I actually think this one would be better with a little more age on it, maybe a year or so to have the flavors blend.
Medium mouthfeel with an oily hop texture. Overall, one of the most unique beers I've ever had and definitely worth a try.
02-09-2012 00:18:32 | More by FanofHefe
3.8/5 rDev -6.4%
From notes, 3-25-11
A - medium cloudy burnt orange body, medium white head with great retention and good lacing.
S - wood and earthy hops
T - earthy vegetal hops, dry wood.
M - medium body, quite smooth. a bit dry.
O (D) - an interesting beer for sure, pretty tasty. It's ok, I would drink this more.
03-26-2011 15:51:44 | More by ColdPoncho
4.05/5 rDev -0.2%
Review from 12/15/10. I'm assuming this is the right Humidor Series IPA. The label looked different, but this is the closest I could find.
The color of this brew is a hazy copper with some hues of peach and amber. The hazy nature is likely the result of bottle conditioning. A white foamy 1 finger thick head forms atop the liquid with good lingering qualities. The only way to rid the beer of its head is to drink it and have the head lace the glass, which it does a good job doing.
A floral bouquet greets my nose with notes of lilac and lily of the valley. Some honey helps smooth the bouquet providing a pleasant balance. I also detect some woody tones.
Starting out the taste is a dose of flowery hops combined with smoked cherry wood. Honey sweetens the deal and mellows the flavors. The bittering in the end reminds me of pine tar but does not take away from what the beer is creating. The sum of flavors equals a very balanced and pleasing IPA.
This beer has a wonderful medium full mouthfeel with some nice creamy qualities. A stinging bitterness gently lingers with a satisfying amount of bitterness.
This is a tasty lovely beer and I would drink it again.
12-17-2010 01:31:53 | More by TCgoalie
4.25/5 rDev +4.7%
Poured from 750mL bottle into a pint glass. FINALLY, I get to drink this from a bottle. I had this on tap during a Cigar City event at Capone's during Philly Beer Week, but wasn't reviewing at the time. The first bottle I got in trade, I busted. :( So alas, I finally get to do this.
Beer pours a very murky golden-orange. Nearly opaque, which is odd for a beer that's not black (stout, etc). The head on this is voluminous, especially when pouring down the center. Very thick and creamy. Resembles the top of a rootbeer float. Head has serious staying power and provides copious amounts of lacing as it receded down the glass. The nose is heavy on the cedar. Not surprising considering it's the big draw. Usually I notice notice any maltiness in an IPA on the back end of a sip, and in the aftertaste. However, it's right in your face in the nose of this beer. The taste is a wonderful combination of hoppiness, cedar, and that maltiness I spoke of. I would prefer a little more hope and cedar, and a bit less maltiness, however. The mouthfeel is a bit smoky, with a good bit of bitterness. The malty overtones of this beer persist from the nose, straight through to the finish. Overall, this is a fabulous twist to the stock Jai Alai. Each taste is a sip of beer and a draw from a cigar at the same time. Nice treat. Glad I have 2 more in the fridge.
10-04-2011 23:40:24 | More by Retail1LO
4.13/5 rDev +1.7%
Served in a pint. Big thanks to Corey for bringing these back from the release last week!
A - Translucent amber with a citrus glow. Two finger light-ivory head with excellent retention and lacing.
S - Grapefruit, citrus and cedar. All in a nice delicate balance. Could be more robust.
T - Big cedar presence among citrus and hops. Cedar is at center-stage, although I do not think I have a problem with that...
M - Nice medium body with enough carbonation to keep it alive. Lets the cedar curb the feel nicely.
O - A unique IPA for sure. Nice hop profile that is tamed by cedar, cedar, cedar. Happy to have 7 left!
03-15-2013 04:30:06 | More by mscudder
4.38/5 rDev +7.9%
Reddish gold colored, that pours with a three-quarter inch off-white head that collapses quickly. Nose is cedar, citrus and black pepper. Taste is lots of cedar, with a touch of lemon and a dry, bitter, astringent finish. Feel is substantial but not thick, with a lot of bubbly carbonation. This is an interesting twist on one of my favorite IPAs.
02-17-2013 22:43:33 | More by JohnQVD
3.95/5 rDev -2.7%
It pours a really nice nectarine amber color with a nice thick foamy head that glues to the glass. Cedar is big on the nose, hints of smoke with hints of citrus but a backbone of resinous pine, like the name, it smells like a humidor, really feels like a fine cigar is in my immediate area. The flavors are really unique, cedar is a very underutilized wood, but packs a great flavor. Cedar leads the way, but isn’t bold or overly aggressive, nice and soft that blends really well with the resinous pine and bitter hop flavors. The finish has soft citrus and faint biscuit that wrap up a very complex beer. It has a nice smooth medium body, not to thin not overly thick, a little astringent at the finish from the alcohol which at 7.5% could have been hidden a bit better.
Verdict: This was a really intriguing take on the IPA, I thought the cedar really gave it something special, but the alcohol astringency was a bit of a turn off, but this is a fine brew worth looking out for.
11-18-2011 05:25:06 | More by kevanb
4.5/5 rDev +10.8%
A: Pours a hop-hazed bright gold color with a fluffy head. Retention is good.
S: Ceder, wet wood, bright/earthy hops, and a firm malt base. Pretty straight forward, but really unique and delicious
T: Almost like Jai Alai with a ton of ceder...lots of wood, wet wood, bitter hops, touch of vanilla and a little spice. Hops are pretty citrusy, but the wood plays well off it
MF/D: Semi-dry feel, medium in body, ceder finish.
Notes: Really glad I picked this up...very unique, but very delicious. Not necessarily to-style or anything, but I can't seem to put it down.
12-14-2010 22:02:29 | More by scottyshades
4.3/5 rDev +5.9%
Pours a deep, deep murky burnt gold. Cloudy. Big foamy light tan head with good retention and nice lace.
Big sweet nose with plenty of hops. Syrupy sweet aroma.
Wow. Bold flavor. Big hops and a mild malt sweetness in the finish. Cedar lingers on the tongue in the finish. Nice sweetness mixed with the bold hops. Strong bitter aftertaste.
Full and smooth in the mouth. Somewhat oily.
Very nice well crafted brew. Full flavor. Real enjoyed.
09-16-2009 18:44:54 | More by dstc
4.25/5 rDev +4.7%
Had this on tap at the brewery a few weeks ago, but this review is from a 750 ml bottle, poured into a tulip.
A: Hazy burnt orange color. The pour produces a little over one finger of fluffy cream colored head that leaves great lacing.
A: Almost perfect nose. I get the simcoe and cascade hops, grapefruit, orange peel, and maybe some honey. But the cedar wood, just acentuates all of these flavors. It is distictly cigar cedar, it smell just like walking into a humidor.
T: Again very nice. I get everything I got in the nose. The cedar is definately different, but welcomed. This is a one of a kind taste. The beer finishes very dry, with no hint of the ABV.
M: Medium body, very good amount of carbonation, makes for a smooth semi-resinous mouthfeel.
D and overall impression: I could only drink one of these 750 ml bottles, not that I couldn't have more, but because of the complexity of this IPA, my palate is ruined. Overall, this is a fantastic beer. Cedar should become a staple for aging beer. Kudos again to Wayne and Joey, just great! Skal.
07-10-2009 22:01:11 | More by Gtreid
3.8/5 rDev -6.4%
Just commenting on the differences from the original Jai Alai since these were tasted side-by-side.
A - Same color, slight chill haze, etc. Just a little less head retention and lacing.
S - Woody aroma not as strong as the oak aged version, but the sour cedar can be detected kind of easy through the bitter hops. Overall the aroma isn't as pungent as the base.
T - More on the mellow side compared to the base brew, the wood aging sure does help smooth the beer out and tip the scales more toward the neutral side. The aftertaste is dry with a nice cedar taste but the hop resins are toned down.
M - Pretty much exactly the same. Nicely carbonated even with the wood aging. Not as "fun" to drink IMO after having the original.
Overall the base Jai Alai and oak aged are much better to me. I don't know if the humidor series is aged longer so maybe that's why the flavors have mellow and blended a little more. If you want more brash hop flavor go with the original.
04-28-2011 02:21:27 | More by VaTechHopHead
Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
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