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

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Ratings: 897
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 13.58%
Wants: 172
Gots: 84 | 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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09-21-2013 04:58:07 | More by gtermi
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

09-17-2013 01:56:59 | More by BuckTuckian
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

09-12-2013 14:46:55 | More by jivex5k
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

09-04-2013 12:50:17 | More by buddhabelly91
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

09-01-2013 03:29:56 | More by Houser
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facundoCNB

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4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a hazy orange in color with a finger of head (great retention). smells of cedar... wooooah boy does this smell of cedar, and oh man do i fucking love the smell of cedar! as with cedar, it has an almost cinnammon spice note to it, there is a caramel aroma as well, but let's not kid around, this smells like straight up cedar. oh fuck yes, the flavor.. it's overpowered by cedar as well! lots of bittering hops work so darn well with this wood, a nice caramel malty body.. this is excellent. i feel i may be a bit biased due to the wood, but man this is fucking delicious. medium body with low carbonation.

if you are a carpenter or have ever worked construction, you will appreciate the hell out of this beer. cedar is one of the most irritable woods out there, but as well it is one of the most awesome smelling woods. this is pretty much their jai alai (one of my favorite ipa's) aged with cedar spirals (my favorite wood).. how the fuck do you expect me not to love it??!

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 01:13:39 | More by facundoCNB
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aMILESupreme

Florida

4.95/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: I love the hazy unfiltered appearance, but to some i understand it can be off putting.

S: Smell is perfect. the amazing smell that accompanies a fresh Jai Alai but with the complexity of the unique cedar infusion.

T: Just great. this is a beer i get something different out of every time i drink one. its like great record, always something to discover in this complex beauty.

O: One of my favorite CCB beers. Key is dont wait on this one. hops seem to fade fast. the complexity and uniqueness of this beer is one in a million.

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IPAdams

Illinois

3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- pours an orange amber with an inch white head that lingers for a little and leaves some lacing. A lot of visible yeast.

Smell- lots of citrus hops with just a hint of the oak.

Taste- oak is a bit more noticeable here than in the smell. Starts very woody with hints of vanilla, then a mix of caramel and citrus hops. Moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel- good medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

Overall- very good beer, the woody flavors are offset by the citrus hops and it makes for a very tasty mixture

Serving type: bottle

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alaimoa

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle which looks to have been bottled June 2013
A: murky amber with off-white 1 inch head and lacing that fully coats glass while lingering. lots of floaties in the glass
S: pretty awesome if you ask me, it smells exactly like a cigar humidor which isn't a typical aging wood used with beers (Cedar I think). Sweet humidor aromas with a touch of cherry notes
T: upfront sweetness, cigar/cedar in the front without much biting hop profile and smooth malt notes really shine through in the back. medium/wet finish which I could imagine pairing great with a cigar
M: medium carbonation, not very aggressive, smooth, subtle creaminess, not overly dry/bitter

Overall seems like a wide range of opinions on this beer, I come away very impressed and yes, its different than the standard Jai Alai but something very unique with the cedar/cigar notes and a really nice sweet malty backbone that isn't as sticky as some of the Rye IPAs I've had. Nice balance and mouthfeel. Would most definitely have again and look to seek out if available

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 22:59:01 | More by alaimoa
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Kevinhcraig

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.2%

08-20-2013 13:24:31 | More by Kevinhcraig
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 21:14:53 | More by tectactoe
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Piddmeista

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

08-18-2013 04:28:35 | More by Piddmeista
Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
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