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

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Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series)Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series)

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899 Ratings
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Ratings: 899
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 173
Gots: 85 | 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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tectactoe

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

08-18-2013 04:28:35 | More by Piddmeista
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mtpHokie

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

08-17-2013 18:54:25 | More by mtpHokie
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Humidor Series IPA, 7.5% ABV. Aged on Barrel Mill Cedar Spirals. I can make out a date that looks like Jun 18 2013. Tasted 15 August 2013.

Pours a medium amber color. Clear but for a few floaties that I couldn't help stirring up. Half-finger of off-white head, okay retention, a little lacing. Meh.

Smell is different. It's definitely not full of the aromatic hops that many IPAs are these days, but it's got that bitter hop acid back with a lightly sweet caramel malt front. Heavy heavy heavy on the wood resin, like I'm drinking it out of a cedar chest almost.

Taste is a medium-bitter, straightforward IPA. Nothing notable about it. Nothing wrong with it, either, which I appreciate, given how many IPAs have off flavors. There's still a lot of cedar in the taste, too.

Feel is mediocre. Flattish, medium-bodied, a little sticky. The lack of carbonation bugs me, as the weight and sugar sit heavy on my tongue, dragging it down.

The truth is, I don't see much point in aging an IPA on wood (or really, on anything). It's weaker than their Jai Alai IPA in every way, and I just don't see the point. There are other beers that might gain more from cedar spiral aging, too. But it's drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 03:42:32 | More by zeledonia
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flagmantho

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 02:04:14 | More by flagmantho
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kscaldef

Oregon

3/5  rDev -26.1%

08-12-2013 20:28:27 | More by kscaldef
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bellino13

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

08-08-2013 00:29:39 | More by bellino13
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atoulouk

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

08-06-2013 13:31:38 | More by atoulouk
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.5%

08-05-2013 19:01:14 | More by InspectorBob
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scotv

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

08-04-2013 23:27:10 | More by scotv
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RuckusDu

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

08-04-2013 19:50:12 | More by RuckusDu
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - bright orangish amber with a huge, frothy, thick, off white head that has great retention

S - citrusy, malty, a bit sugary, cedar chips come through, some cake batter

T - woody, very piney, bitter, some underlying sweetness, faint cake batter, cedar is very present

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a solid beer. The cedar comes through in a big way which for me is overpowering at times. The IPA itself is extremely piney, bitter, and resinous with some underlying citrus. The malt backbone is present and a bit sugary, but in my opinion a fuller, perhaps sweeter, maltiness would help balance the bold hop presence. Overall, this is a solid IPA that is definitely worth a try by any true IPA fan.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 16:53:57 | More by tdm168
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Masspike84

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

07-31-2013 15:45:32 | More by Masspike84
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Steve_Oldrati

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -20%

07-30-2013 18:04:54 | More by Steve_Oldrati
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Dmkaz

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

07-30-2013 17:28:27 | More by Dmkaz
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

07-30-2013 01:38:15 | More by DonFrap
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Fireslayer

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -1.5%

07-29-2013 18:18:25 | More by Fireslayer
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a stemmed tulip glass.

A- Poured a cloudy cedar-red color with plenty of evidence of the Spanish Cedar that it's aged on. Lively small-bubble carbonation is visible through the haze. There's a frothy cream-colored head and good lacing. This beer looks like parts of the Winding River and Cedar Creek that run through my area.

S- Cedar right away, just like opening a cedar lined cigar box. There are citrus hops and caramel malts behind the cedar. Some spiciness, too.

T- Grapefruit citrus and strong caramel malts flavor the beer over the woodiness. There is a peppery spice finish.

M-Thick and resinous, full body. Nice carbonation and hop tang, more hop flavor than bitterness. A touch of malt sweetness. No denying the peppery finish.

O- A good drinking experience for a non-smoker. The cedar imparts some mellowness and balance.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 18:45:50 | More by NiceTaps
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ZethOfTheNorth

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

07-26-2013 12:56:49 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
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DaTimBennett

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

07-26-2013 03:02:05 | More by DaTimBennett
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cp45

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.5%

07-25-2013 02:23:23 | More by cp45
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JCam9981

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

07-23-2013 23:59:32 | More by JCam9981
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Mitch_Cumstein

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.5%

07-23-2013 19:29:37 | More by Mitch_Cumstein
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jkd03c

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

07-18-2013 19:49:42 | More by jkd03c
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blklabel

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +17%

07-18-2013 01:07:37 | More by blklabel
Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 899 ratings.