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

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Ratings: 912
Reviews: 451
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 184
Gots: 88 | FT: 1
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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 liamt07
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle brought out by Jason, 750ml into some stemmed glasses. Thanks dude!

Poured an orange/brown, with a big fluffy white head. Great retention. Nose has some grapefruit zest, some woodieness that I'll guess is cedar (not that I knew what it smelled like in the first place!), light spiciness. Taste is more 'cedar-forward' than a regular IPA, spicy, some more citrus and grapefruit again. Lots of sweet toffee and malt body. Solid bitterness in the finish, an almost full feel imparted by the weight of the body. Good drinkability and a nice variant on what is already a badass IPA.

liamt07, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big ole 750 provided by ditmier last night at inflatablechair's house... Thanks to Eric for providing such an interesting assortment of beers and to Sam for hosting.... I had this a few times over the night with nice pours into my small La Trappe goblet.

Color is a very hazy orange... no chunks... just very hazy..

Nose is pretty citrusy and much more like a traditional West Coast IPA than I was expecting.... Sam says Cedar smells like a cigar box... I know what cedar smells like, but am having a hard time picking this out in the brew.

Flavor is again pretty traditional and fairly fresh tasting despite the distance traveled... citric hops and some caramel maltiness that I think goes well with some toasty/earthy elements from the wood aging.. finish is a bit dry and mildy tannic.. good creamy body and bunches of small bubble carbonation add to the overall experience...

Thanks again Eric... This is a brewery that I just don't know if I have the gumption to go after.... glad you're such a trooper.

JohnGalt1, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes from 2012.

Appearance - Light copper colored. White head. Sticky looking with a ton of lace.

Smell - Tons of grapefruit hops. The cedar aroma adds to the pungency of the grapefruit. Some caramel malts.

Taste - Fresh grapefruit hops. Intense cedar. The cedar pairs very well with the grapefruit hops. Slightly sweet pale malt in the back. Bitter finish with an intense woody cedar lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation. A little bit creamy.

Overall - I don't really like cedar in most beers, but this works well.

Alieniloquium, May 09, 2014
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 750mL bottle to Bruge hybrid glass on 3/12/11
*From notes

A BIG thanks goes out to an awesome trader for this one - UMCaner74. Cheers, Dave!

A: Cloudy, murky and dirty sweet tea in color. A huge 2+ finger head hits the glass on an everyday pour. A big foamy head and ridiculous lacing lingers.

S: Complex - slight cane sugar and black liquorice at first whiff. Bold, humid wood and freshly rolled smoke follow. It all adds up to one hell of a bouquet.

T: Holy Jai-Alai Batman! What a brew - it's so completely different and way outside of the (cigar) box. It's like drinking a medium-full Cuban Cohiba. Close my eyes and I swear I'm sitting at an outdoor cafe in Havana enjoying a fresh, hot plate of Ropa Vieja.

It's smokey, hoppy, robust and it hits the palate like a freight train. From beginning to end, this is one really bullied my tastebuds.

M: The heaviest AIPA in recent memory. It's got weight to it like an Imperial.

O: CCB's unfiltered and bottle conditioned Humidor Series Jai-Alai is simply wonderful. My love affair with Joey Redner's suds contiues, and I'm literally counting the days until I can visit Mecca.

Add this one to your list of Cigar City must-haves.

*Paired with a bone-in, grass fed and mojito marinated pork chop.

Rhettroactive, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of johnnnniee
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a decent sized white head that slowly fades to a ring around the top of my glass. Smells like that old chest at the end of your grandmothers bed. Earthy and woody with a hint of patchouli. There's some citrus in there as well, and maybe some malt, but the cedar is such a powerful aroma its hard to find anything else. It tastes just like it smells. Cedar and citrus with a hint of pepper and malt splashed in for good measure. I'm not sure if I'm imagining this, but after each sip my pallet seems awash with the flavor of cannabis. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. The cedar flavor and aroma is quite strong here and the first few sips were rough until my taste buds finally cried uncle. This is not something I would drink often, but I applaud the result.

johnnnniee, May 06, 2012
Photo of beertunes
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received in a trade with NYBrews a couple moths ago, this one got lost in the back of the fridge until now. Poured into 16oz nonic. Poured over 4 inches of head on the initial pour, less than 1/8 inch of beer at the bottom. This problem would continue throughout the bottle. When there was finally enough beer to look at, the beer was a slightly hazy, very attractive orange-gold color.

The aroma was good, some malts showing through the citrusy hops. The flavors were also good, those same citrus hops on a nice malt base. Maybe I tasted a bit of cedar, or perhaps it was the power of suggestion.

The body was good, full, sharp and dry, but the finish was a bit harshly bitter. Drinkability was good, but is losing a half-point because I ended up drinking as much head as I did beer. Overall a pretty nice brew, almost a must try. You should give it a shot if you see it, and it's probably worth setting up a trade for.

beertunes, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big 25.4oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance - A cloudy orange with a one finger yellow-cream head. Decent retention, mild lacing.

Smell - oaky, citrus, very woody.

Taste - Oak, citrus, more wood.

Drinkabilty - Strong carbonation.

Overall - Nice IPA.

HuskyinPDX, May 22, 2011
Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Brodie - thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy deep copper color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of grainy caramel malts, citrus and pine hops, and cedar. Surprisingly the cedar doesn't overpower everything but instead works nicely with the hop aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Caramel malt flavors that are a bit sweeter than the nose intimates kick things off. The malts are joined simultaneously by cedar and hops. The hop flavors are very similar to those in the aroma - pine and citrus with hints of earthiness. The cedar flavor fades a bit, allowing the malt and hops to carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall the cedar aromas and flavors were surprisingly robust but never overpowered everything else going on in the beer. Well worth a shot.

glid02, May 27, 2010
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased from Lueken's Liquors on-line. Date on label was JUN2012. It appears that this is well past its prime which is disappointing.

A -Poured a cloudy medium orange/amber colour with two fingers of bubbly white head with some great lacing.

S - Cigar smoke up front - the Spanish cedar really comes through. Sweet caramel and a light citrus aroma round out the nose. The hops are barely noticeable.

T - Follows the nose. The Spanish cedar really shines, creating a cigar-smoke like palate that is definitely the predominant flavour. The hop presence is barely noticeable, likely the result of this bottle not being very fresh. Sweet caramel malts and some muted pine notes round our the palate. Somewhat one dimensional.

M - Medium body with a good chew. Light carbonation.

O - Past its prime and one dimensional but interesting nonetheless.

TheSevenDuffs, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of flagmantho
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. I think this is the first cedar-aged beer I've had.

Appearance: murky dark-orange hue with plenty of haze, some floaties and a barely visible but fairly strong effervescence. Head is two fingers of pillowy ivory foam with an orange cast. Attractive indeed!

Smell: rich, sweet malt, citrusy hops and a wham-bang of spicy, resiny cedar. I like cedar in furniture, but it really seems like a foreign element here. I like it for the novelty and underlying character, but I think the cedar itself is a negative point for me.

Taste: beautiful maltiness with a more subdued hop and cedar character. I think the cedar works a lot better in the flavor than in the aroma; I think its reduced prominence helps. Bitterness is quite high and the cedar leaves an interesting woody afternote. Definitely an interesting beer.

Mouthfeel: rich and smooth with a big body and a nicely well-integrated carbonation. I like it.

Overall: this is a tasty and interesting beer. Perhaps it is still taking me awhile to wrap my palate around cedar-aged beer -- but that's what makes it good. It's challenging.

flagmantho, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of drummermattie02
4/5  rDev -1.5%

drummermattie02, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I brought this home from the Cigar City taproom, $9.99 (but I saw it 10 minutes later at Whole Foods in Tampa for $7.99!). This was much much more enjoyable than the standard Jai Alai, a beer that was OK but not as memorable as the cedar aged version.

This was copper colored and hazy, very opaque as compared with standard Jai Alai. Thick spitty head with a little lacing, not much. The aroma is kick-ass, definitely strong cedar although at first I'd have said pepper. I get the hops in the smell but it's definitely masked by the cedar.

The beer tastes spicy and a little citrusy, surprisingly light hops bite given the flavor of the base beer. Peppery and woody, really tasty. The body is maybe a little creamier or less carbonated than normal Jai Alai, but I didn't try them side-by-side. Definitely recommended, delicious beer.

TurdFurgison, May 22, 2010
Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -1.5%

THECPJ, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of bark
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The colour is amber, the liquid is a bit cloudy. The large beige compact head slowly sinks down, leaving lots of lacing.

The smell is woody with distinct notes of cedar pencils. Some citric notes including a touch of lemon acid. Furniture polish in the background.

The taste is at first quite mild and smooth. Then, cedar tree and American bitter hops kicks in. Hints of polish and a fresh citric bitterness and a hint of sweet strong white wine. The aftertaste is elegant and polished with mild woody notes. Citric fruits in the finish.

The carbonation is strong, the small bubbles are fresh. The liquid is semi-smooth.

A very elegant end well crafted cask-matured beer; there are woody notes but it is still an IPA.

bark, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
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.

xnicknj, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of vfgccp
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cigar city recently expanded their brewing capacity, and the 750ml bottle of Humidor series IPA that I got to try in Long Island NY is a direct result of that. THANK YOU!

I absolutely loved this IPA.

A - A stunning mahogany-apricot. Smooth and creamy head with great retention. One of the best looking IPA's I've ever seen.

S - Grapefruit laced with light resiny cedar

T - Bursting with citrus. I can't believe how clear the flavors are. The profile includes some bitter-boozy Campari, but is dominated by sweet white grapefruit and blood orange. Clean cedar flavors play a supporting role and avoid the "in your face because I'm on the label" cliches. Smooth malt shows up early in the mid profile and hangs around to tie everything together. Very well done.

M - Smooth, medium body. Mild effervescence with a light boozy feel.

D - Very drinkable for the style. IPA's can wear out your palate in a hurry, but the juicy citrus of the beer kept me coming back for more.

O - A delicious, edgy IPA that pushes the style in directions other than the IBU arms race that's dominated American IPAs over the past few years. Cigar City - keep up the good work!

vfgccp, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
2.98/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into an Orval glass.

The beer pours a medium orange with a bright white head that rises about a finger, but gone pretty quick. Light lacing.

The aroma is very unique, took a couple minutes to place the smell, but finally realized the front is tobacco leaves and a hint of horesradish. There is a slight amount of smoke, very unique but flavors that probably shouldn't be in a beer.

The taste is also all tobacco, its like drinking an ipa that was filtered through fresh tobacco leaves. Once again, supremely unique but not drinkable at all. The finish has a hint of pine.

Overall, different but just not drinkable. If you're a smoker give it a shot.

jrallen34, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of claspada
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark slightly hazy amber color with a generous amount of white sticky, soapy head leaving ample sticky bubbly lacing on the goblet and a nice lasting soapy-looking, white, bubbly cap.

Aromas are begin with lemon, orange, and slight grapefruit hoppiness. Then you get some biscuity and pale sweet maltiness. On top of that is the spicy yet subdued wood aroma of a fine cigar box and a small hint of alcohol. It really, really smells like a empty cedar cigar box, that is crazy...

The tastes begin with biscuity malts and light pale malt sweetness, but then you get a nice light hop bitterness and flavor highlighted by lemon, orange and grapefruit notes, just like the nose; then the cedar wood flavors flows in. The wood both mellows and adds complexity to the taste.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation; light enough to be drinkable but has enough body to stand up and complement the complex cedar-aged flavors. Finish is on the drier side thanks to the "higher" ABV but mainly the wood-aging. I wouldn't classify it as crisp or clean because the citrus hops are still quite apparent; extraordinarily balanced between clean malt bodied, sticky (hops), sweet (malt again), bitter (hops) and dry (cedar) is my "expert" analysis.

Overall this beer was a treat. I really, really enjoy wood aged IPAs because the oak aging allows the hops to take a lesser role, and in a way, balance the beer to an almost American Pale Ale hoppiness level. The flavor and aroma are quite complex and interesting and worth while to savor. The cedar character is incredible and Cigar City has really mastered and yet still continues to revolutionize this style in my opinion. I have met few wood-aged beers I dislike, but this one stands out because the cedar is so prevalent/distinct and makes this worth seeking out if you can find it relatively fresh.

claspada, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of Lare453
3.25/5  rDev -20%

Lare453, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of bsuedekum
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

bsuedekum, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, wood, and tobacco. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, wood, and tobacco. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. The tobacco aspect in this one really killed it for me unfortunately. I went into this one really wanting to like it, but couldn't bring myself to do so as much as I thought I would. However, the flavors from the Humidor was definitely transferred to the brew. Hope to get a chance to try more Humidor offerings that might fit in better based on style than the IPA.

thagr81us, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of kscaldef
3/5  rDev -26.1%

kscaldef, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Cigar City Tampa FL for 5$

Appearance - Slightly hazy gold colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, grapefruit, wood/smoke

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with hops. There is also some grapefruits mixed with cedar/smokey/peppery notes. It ends with a bitter hop aftertaste and some lingering woody notes.

Overall – I had this along side a regular Jai and this one seemed to lose a bit of the tropical fruitiness while gaining the woody flavours. It's a really interesting beer, but not something I'd want to drink a whole lot of.

spinrsx, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of DefenCorps
2.8/5  rDev -31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mike for sending this rare beer as an extra, of all things!

The pour is quite gorgeous, clear amber with a dense off-white head with an off-white head with great retention and nice lacing to boot. Unfortunately, that's about all there is to really like about this beer. Rich and malty, rather simply so, with a lot of caramel, a touch of honey and some burnt caramel as well. Pine hops are apparent, and when cold, the wood character isn't particularly noticeable. However, as it warms up, the harsh cedar character becomes all too apparent. Woody and astringent, with a touch of varnish-like alcohol is present as well. The palate is rather similar, OPENING with woody tannins and a rather astringent character. Once you get used to the highly astringent nature of the brew, you are assaulted by the massive sweetness with sugar, caramel and some pine bitterness. Hop flavor is rather reserved, and frankly, is whelmed by the sweetness. There's no semblance of balance in this beer. While the finish starts off sweet, the tannins really dry out the palate with a harsh astringency. Medium in body with low carbonation, this is pretty much exactly what an IPA should NOT be, and the addition of cedar strikes me as a gimmick. While I drank my 8oz, it was only in the hope of it improving, which it didn't.

DefenCorps, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of tectactoe
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I forgot who sent this to me as an extra, but to whomever it was: thanks! Wasn't a huge fan of the White Oak Jai Alai, contrary to much of the community, so I was excited to see how this one faired. It pours a rustic copper color; mostly opaque with little, tiny floaters hanging all around like the inside of a shop window. Chunky, fluffy, and lasting is the creamy, eggshell colored head; nice, splotchy lacing is left all over the glass.

Walk into your local cigar shop and head to the back of the room where the keep the "best" cigars. You know, inside of the special, sealed room with specific insulation, walls and shelves of cedar, and an expensive environmental control system to keep the temperature and humidity at a perfect and constant level. Stand in the middle of this room. Inhale. That's the aroma of Cedar Aged Jai Alai, more or less.

Smells like a cigar shop, no joke. Polished cedar, wood, and even spicy hints of tobacco. There's an underlying touch of finishing citric hops, but much like the White Oak Jai Alai, the wood asserts its dominance and obliterates almost any trace of hops on the nose. Luckily though (at least, in my opinion) the cedar is a much more enjoyable smell than white oak. I love the way cigar shops smell, and I love how closely this beer resembles it.

The taste is also reminiscent of a cigar shop; very, very woody and cedar-y with mild phenol and ashy hints. It's like sucking on a splinter of cedar. Very light orange and pineapple are there, buried deep under the floorboards made of cedar - the only remnants left of what was once a bright, fruity, Floridian IPA. This beer is actually quite sweet and spicy, with not much hop bitterness at all. It's kind of boozy, but I think some of that is feigned by the intense woodiness.

It feels nice on the palate, too. Medium bodied, kind of creamy, with moderate carbonation. Overall, it's definitely one of the more unique beers I've had. I mean, really, it smells like you're sticking your head inside of a humidifier. It's actually quite nice to smell, though the taste doesn't translate the same awesomeness to the palate 100%. Much better than the White Oak Aged Jai Ali, but I still prefer the original. Nevertheless - try this at least once for its originality.

tectactoe, Aug 19, 2013
Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 912 ratings.