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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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Fireslayer, Jul 29, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

NiceTaps, Jul 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

ZethOfTheNorth, Jul 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle with a blurry picture of an old Tampa cigar factory with two hop vines flanking the factory. Below the factory in light gray letters is the name of the beer. To the right of the blurry picture is the Government warning and to the left is a description of the beer and the name of the company who made the Spanish cedar spirals that this beer was aged on. Absent from the bottle and label is a born on date.

When poured into a Cigar City pint glass, this aged on cedar beer was a hazy golden color that had a drop of amber to it. It was a very nice color. If you look closely, you'll see hop particles floating around this golden amber brew. The head of foam was equally as impressive as the color of the beer. The initial head of foam was a good 3/4 of an inch in height and pure pearl white in color. This nice looking head of foam had great retention that left behind a tiny milky white film and a medium sized string of rings. Top notch appearance.

Have you ever walked into a walk in humidor at your local cigar store? That's what this beer smelled like a little bit. Once my nose got passed the cedar, I picked up on a nice whiff of dried pine, dried citrus fruits, and some dried hops. I couldn't tell what kind of hops they were. Very good! It loved the cedar. My nose never got bored of the thick cedar aroma.

The beer was hoppy, but it wasn't a in your face hoppyness like a West Coast IPA. The cedar that it was aged on calmed the hops down a little bit. The cedar put a coating over the hops so it was hard for me to tell if they were citrus, pine, etc kind of hops. Behind the cedar and the hops was a little pine and a few citrus fruits. It was a small variety of citrus fruits. I found a little grapefruit and lemon. I enjoyed the taste of this beer. The cedar had control of the taste, but it never got annoying.

This was a medium bodied IPA with a good amount of carbonation and a cedar based dry aftertaste. There was more cedar, pine, and grapefruit in the aftertaste. This semi dry aftertaste didn't linger.

I'm a fan of IPAs that are aged on oak instead of being aged in oak. The cedar took over this beer and it never let up. That's OK because I enjoyed the taste and the aroma of the cedar. It never got boring. This is an another 12oz. winner from Cigar City.

AltBock, Jul 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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