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

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907 Ratings
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Ratings: 907
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 13.58%
Wants: 181
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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Photo of chickencoop
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Something completely unexpected, thanks you trader nation. At first your a bit taken by the cedar, but then you get through that taste and realize this is quite a drinkable beer, and quite tasty.
Aroma is a cloudy orange, light head.
Smell is really just old cigar in my opinion, but it works, nothing like those days in colllege drinking a coors light and puffing on a CAO and thinking it was awesome, this works.
Taste is dominated by the cedar, but clears up and finished woody and earthy, not really an IPA, but tasty.
Pretty drinkable, and unique. The flavors carry through the beer enough to finish it off. Not for every night, but still solid.

chickencoop, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of mullenite
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich copper color with a 2 finger solid cream colored head. Very strong lacing sticking to the glass.

The only way I can describe the smell would be to fill a humidor with an IPA. The cedar is the strongest point and it smells great, the other pine and hop scents are just added to by it.

The cedar is strong in the finish of the beer. Otherwise the beer is a typical IPA. Strong pine bitterness is prominent with little to no malt flavor.

Medium body with active carbonation. Easy to drink but the cedar is strong.

mullenite, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of wesbrownyeah
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cigar City Brewing, India Pale Ale Humidor Series aged on Spanish Cedar. 7.5% Alcohol as stated on site not bottle. This beers label must have had a face-lift because the pic is different but has some similarities. 750ml bottle pour into German Becker.

A- Pours a deep orange fluid that is almost firey red in color producing a huge off white head of about an inch and a half. Thick pillowy lacing cling to the glass with nice vigor.

S- I have to admit that the inital scent is in fact of a bitter Cedar and malt mix. Undertones include alcohol esters, earthy tones and slight caramel.

T-M- After taking a quaff of this stuff I found out what it was made of real quick. Very balanced earthy hops that are melded by a perfect mix of dark malts. Flavors include light grapefruit, tangy oranges, cedar wood, earth and semi sweet chocolate malts. (In that order.) Mouthfeel is excellent with a creamy charactor and light carbonated feel that just rolls down the tongue with such ease.

D- Drinkablity is wonderful in the aspect that it is mild and not over the top at all. Flavors are balanced and set up well for a session of IPA drinking... good beer... cheers!

wesbrownyeah, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of Centennial
1.58/5  rDev -61%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - really??? is this the bottom of my latest primary fermenter or a finished beer? Murky like grapefruit juice mixed 50/50 with half and half.

Smell - cedar closet, cedar chest, fresh cut cedar.

Taste - ughh, cedar again? Did I just lick my cedar closet? maybe some hops but the cedar kills them quick.

Mouthfeel - unfiltered, medium bodied, but thick. Like the last pour of a 1/2 keg of a rich heffeweizen. Again a big "Ughhhh".

Overall - based on this beer, cedar is the last species of wood I would choose to age my beer in, regardless of style, go lick some cedar and see if you want your beer infused with the flavor.

Just read the review below and wondering if cigar city sent us some bottom of the barrel crap jai alai for beer week? Calling all old Jai alai bottles, you are wanted to join a special cask of recycled "humidor series" I would love to post a picture of this murky mess!

I recall telling the bartender "that was the hardest beer to get through in a long time!" If that is not saying something then i don't know what will.

Centennial, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of MarkIntihar
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving style - poured into

A - Pours with a fairly thick head. Color is an opaque amber. Really quite a beautiful beer.

S - Lots of orange peel in the smell of this thing. It definitely dominates the smell of the beer. Slight hints of cedar.

T - Again, very orange-tasting. Almost like I'm eating an orange, peel and all. There are hints of other citrus fruits in there as well, but orange is definitely the dominant taste.

M - Not nearly as carbonated as the amount of head would indicate. This beer is quite balanced and enjoyable on the mouth.

D - Quite drinkable. Not overly bitter like many IPAs, which makes it quite easy to enjoy.

Overall not one of my favorite IPAs I've ever had, but fairly decent. Lacking in complexity and really gets overwhelmed by the orange smell/taste, but other than that a solid beer.

MarkIntihar, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of amano_h
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

amano_h, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of boatshoes
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this bottle in my first trade with Bucwild, his first trade ever as well! Thanks again and hope to have many more trades!

Appearance- Pours a beautiful orange-tinged amber with a massive white head. I shared this one with a visiting guest to our glass studio on our farm and the first glass poured with about three and a half fingers off a relatively mild pour. The second glass I was a little more careful, but still ended up with about two and a half fingers. The head stuck around for quite awhile too, eventually dying down to about a quarter finger that stuck around over the surface of the beer. Carbonation beaded throughout the drinking experience as well and perhaps most impressive were the massive amounts of sticky lacing left down the side of the glass as I drank.

Smell- The smell was very unique in terms of the IPA's that I've encountered. There was a great deal of fruity/citrusy hops present, giving it the typical grapefruit scents of many IPA's. That being said, the hops definitely tilted towards citrus rather than pine or resin. However, in addition to the typical IPA notes, the cedar really came through. It was almost like smelling the inside of an empty cigar box. Very unusual but very interesting and pleasant I thought.

Taste- Interesting yet again. Big notes of grapefruit and citrus up front. However, unlike the usual drying hop bite that follows these initial flavors in an IPA, the cedar immediately follows the citrus. It is less prominent as cedar per se than in the nose but here has the effect of really smoothing out the hop bitterness of the IPA. As such, this is really a rather fruity, mild tasting IPA. While this isn't what you might expect as an IPA, it is certainly a unique experience and one that I could appreciate.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- A really heavy and sticky mouthfeel. Very chewy and somewhat unusual yet again as it lacked the drying bitterness of the IPA's I'm used to. Great level of carbonation however. I will say though that on the whole I found this beer to be a touch too sweet to drink too much of.

Overall, a very unique experience that might not be everyone's cup of tea, especially hop heads. However, I found it interesting and enjoyable. Go into this one with an open mind and you might just like it quite a bit.

boatshoes, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of TeachChefs
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

TeachChefs, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of DonDonLongJohn
4/5  rDev -1.2%

DonDonLongJohn, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of Rion
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Rion, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of iadler
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Aiptasia.

A- Pours a hazy dark orange with a two finger white head with good retention. A few lines of lacing are left behind.

S- Earthy oak upfront followed by red apples, lemon juice, grapefruit, orange and a hint of caramel malt.

T- Citrus notes with lemon, lime, orange and grapefruit as well as red apple, caramel malt and a strong oak flavor, which is a bit too harsh and overpowering. It did get a bit smoother as the beer warmed up a bit.

M- Medium carbonation and body with a dry finish.

O- This was as advertised with the oak being prominent in the aroma and taste. I did think it was a little too overpowering in the taste which hurt the drinkability, but certainly not a bad effort from CCB.

iadler, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Gdirt
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Gdirt, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of swtchuck
4/5  rDev -1.2%

swtchuck, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of dheldman
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

dheldman, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of PerHops
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer has a dark almost amber color with very little head after the first few seconds. It smells much better than I anticipated from a barrel aged ipa. Huge tropical fruit and grapefruit nose with just a touch of cedar. The taste follows suit, at first, but the finish is almost all cedar. This adds a lot of complexity to the beer giving it notes of wood, tobacco and leather. I didn't think I would like this beer, but it exceeded my expectations by a lot. I would love to try the base beer, but this was for sure the best barrel aged ipa I've tried.

PerHops, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of wembly13
4/5  rDev -1.2%

wembly13, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of hornsup
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

hornsup, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of Beeranator
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Beeranator, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of tree777
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

tree777, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of levifunk
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the last Madison, BA tasting.

a - cloudy orange. light orange head.

s - pine hops and sugar. thats about it.

t - this is where the cedar comes to play. Very interesting flavor as it plays off of the pine hops.

m - medium body and good carbonation.

overall - cedar is pretty interesting flavor, but I can't imagine it becoming as popular as CC hopes.

levifunk, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of danoeltico
4/5  rDev -1.2%

danoeltico, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of gunnerman
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass pours a hazy orange copper color with a fluffy foamy head that leves nice lace on the entire glass. Smell has that citrus character to it. Taste is very impressive with a nice hop explosion on the front end and a bit of a peppery wood on the back end. The flavors mended nicely and the cedar to me really shined through. Overall another outstanding product for Cigar City.

gunnerman, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

BuffaloTapHugger, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of ryanonline
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

hazy orange color with a big white creamy head thick and sticky lacing.

floral notes, strong cedar, and citrus. maybe a little apricot.

taste is the same but much more dry, and even has a little funk to it.

mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and very creamy with a medium body.

very light and not too filing, the flavor does not coat your palete. high drinkability.

quite a good beer and i could see this going well with a nice cedary stogie.

ryanonline, May 11, 2010
Photo of emaciated
4/5  rDev -1.2%

emaciated, Jan 27, 2012
Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 907 ratings.