Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) - Cigar City Brewing
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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
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
3.95/5 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
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
3.75/5 rDev -7.6%
Third person in a row reviewing this beer from the firkin at Capones in Norristown PA during PBW. Poured from firkin into a regular pint glass.
A: Immediately I looked and thought of apple cider. Exact same color as fresh apple cider. A real murky, chunky brownish orange color with very minimal head. Not much glass lacing.
S: Cedar aged? You bet it is. Huge (I mean huge) smell of cedar coupled with the citric hops and sweet caramel malt. Still, the cedar seems to overpower the other smells.
T: First sip brings cedar (shocking) but it does get mixed with the classic Jai Alai citrus hops and heavy caramel sweetness. Pineapple, orange and slight grapefruit rind give some woody bitterness that quickly gives way to the heavy caramel sweetness. Cedar flavors stick throughout. Finish for me turned sweet, especially as it warmed. At the end of the glass the beer got very sweet upon finish. I'm not getting a drying finish at all as someone else mentioned. Woody sweetness here.
M: Sweet, full, woody, alcohol well hidden slight bitterness.
O: Ok, I'm going to be different here and say I enjoyed this a bit. I like the cedar idea, but it for sure needs toning down to allow the Jai Alai flavors to come out more. I will disagree with the 2 other reviews and say I had no problem finishing the glass, but I can say I didn't want another one.
Overall this was a very interesting beer that I was still very glad to try. As I said, tone down the cedar a bit and see how that turns out. A rare beer (via cask no less) that I'm super happy Matt at Capones was able to secure. Nicely done whether you like the beer or not.
06-09-2011 16:46:50 | More by Kadonny
3.56/5 rDev -12.3%
Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a teku; bottling date of November 7, 2013 printed in some sort of dark-ish ink on the shoulder of the bottle (“Bottled on 11/07/13”), making this bottle a week old on the date of consumption. Yep, one week. Huzzah for freshness.
Appearance (4.25): Sure is an attractive beer: a good two fingers milk-white foam rises off of the pour, capping a rich orange-amber body with a moderate chill haze. The head shows decent retention, dying down relatively slowly and leaving a thick collar and thin film at the surface. A few nice splotches and thick legs here and there.
Smell (3.25): This is quiiite a unique aroma—honestly not sure what to make of it at first. Must be the cedar? There’s an herbal-spicy scent that’s almost sulfurous, but a little woody and spicy like mustard, almost (though that side of it is lighter). Some fruity, slightly resinous hops underneath it, but the aroma really is dominated by what must be the cedar. To be fair, the fruity hops come in to balance out the cedar a bit more as it warms.
Taste (3.5): Following the aroma at first, with that funky, at turns sulfurous cedar, but the hops character is much clearer and more prominent here: that weird, woody-botanical tang accompanied by a bit of spiciness, sitting next to a juicy citrus component with sweet red grapefruit, some of the melony richness of papaya, and then a moderately sharp red grapefruit bitterness in the close, as the beer finishes crisp and dry. Some of the slightly spicy, woody-botanical cedar character (which I recognize now is unmistakeable) permeates every aspect of the flavor, from start to finish. Is there malt in here? Yeah, I suppose so. A little rich peasant bread and toasted wheat bread underneath the hops and melding with the cedar. Certainly is unique.
Mouthfeel (4.25): Smooth bodied, a slightly oily just-under-medium-weight, with a moderately velvety carbonation that foams easily but subtly, dies out before too long, and washes down cleanly with a dry, but not parching or astringent, finish. No booze at all.
Overall (3.5): So, the base beer here is killer—Jai Alai is always on point and an absolute joy to drink. The cedar aging adds a very unique dimension to it, though, which is impossible to ignore because it is front and center. It also mutes/covers up some of the hoppiness that makes Jai Alai so damn good, too, but not entirely. So, basically, in the end what you have here is a very solid IPA with an extremely unique treatment that has the potential to be very polarizing. I’m on the fence about how I feel about it, in the end, but I’m glad I’ve tried it. In the future, though, I’ll probably just stick to Jai Alai.
11-15-2013 02:21:17 | More by fmccormi
4.35/5 rDev +7.1%
750 ml bottle poured in to a goblet.
Pours a hazy orangy amber with a white sticky head that isn't moving anyime soon.
Smell starts like sweet citrus, then a spicy woody finish.
Taste is cedary. Starts with a mellow cedar then a hoppy middle finishing with a deeper woody finish.
Mouthfeel is very full and the cedar keeps the hoppy bitterness from being too strong.
An excellent beer that I was very surprised to find.
07-21-2009 00:09:22 | More by aubuc1
4.22/5 rDev +3.9%
Big thanks to Beandip for this bottler. Cheers Adam!
A heavy handed pour leaves a rather imposing head. The oatmeal colored head works its way back very slowly, leaving heavy lacing clinging to the glass. The body is a hazy apricot color.
The aroma puts the cedar on display leaving the hops behind. Fragrant and fresh cedar plank smell. Soft citrusy hop present is noticed but would be easy to miss. Normally I would wish the hops were more up front but I find the aroma rather pleasant.
The flavor brings the hop characteristics back into focus. While the cedar is very noticeable, there is much more balance. Light bready malt base, rather clean allowing the hops and cedar to shine. Orange, grapefruit and pineapple flavors deliver a sweet hop flavor without much bitterness. The cedar delivers a much different flavor than the oak I have use to. The flavor is more resinous and much less earthy and woody.
Medium bodied IPA. The carbonation is medium, the beer is very soft on the tongue. The finish is fairly dry, a bit of sweetness and cedar resinous flavor do drag it out slightly.
I like this beer. I like the cedar and what it brings to Jai Alai. The balance is phenomenal, far too easy to drink. This may be the best wood aged IPA on the market. I have a feeling this will have a permanent spot on my wants list.
05-20-2011 00:20:45 | More by kzoobrew
Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
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