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

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895 Ratings
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Ratings: 895
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 13.58%
Wants: 170
Gots: 84 | 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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FutureJack

California

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

10-09-2012 21:55:22 | More by FutureJack
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must say that Cigar City is about the only saving grace in the beer world down here in Florida after moving down from NC. Served from a 750 into a Harpoon IPA glass, one of my faves for ipas. Pours a murky orange color with amber highlights and hues, topped with a decent sized, slightly off white colored head that is thick and foamy and leaves tons of lacing down the sides of the glass. Head retention was quite nice also.

Aroma was very typical of the standard Jai Alai beer that is offered. I have had the normal JA plenty of times. I was a little disappointed that the cedar didn't shine more but as a stand alone beer (not comparing this one to the OG) this is still a very nice beer. No real cedar in the aroma. Plenty of hoppiness in the way of citrus and pine with hints of floral notes.

I did get some cedar in the extreme aftertaste on this one which was nice and "refreshing". Solid flavored all around for this one.

Another solid offering from CCB. I hope to try other humidor series beers from these guys.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 01:17:16 | More by SaCkErZ9
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Brewsed

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.2%

10-08-2012 14:18:34 | More by Brewsed
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beertunes

Washington

3.28/5  rDev -19%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 22:30:46 | More by beertunes
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codysjb

Florida

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cigar City Humidor IPA
Poured from a bottle into a glass
A: Brown, with a decent head that takes a while to fade.
S: Fruity, Grapefruit, lemon, some pine and hop notes very complex.
T: Fruity, the hops are not as front forward as they could be.
M: Some hops but you can taste the barrel aged part of this beer. Complex, reminiscent of liquor.
O: good for an IPA, I wouldn’t buy it again mostly because it’s expensive but certainly a good full bodied beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 18:15:28 | More by codysjb
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.2%

10-02-2012 01:58:07 | More by Stinger80OH
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t0rin0

California

2/5  rDev -50.6%

09-15-2012 21:34:16 | More by t0rin0
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beernads

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.2%

09-15-2012 10:49:23 | More by beernads
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jegross2

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Humidor Series Cedar-Aged Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing out of Tampa Bay, Florida.
Score: 88

Bottle is from November 2011. Served in a snifter glass and enjoyed on 06/23/12 at the inaugural Chicago craft beer lovers meeting.

Appearance: Hazy/murky golden orange color with minimal head and lacing. It is a little hard to discern much "appearance" from my pour size on this one, but nothing really stood out to me about the color. 3.5/5

Smell: Huge waves of cigar box cedar hit upfront. I love the smell of cedar, so this was quite awesome. Behind the cedar is malty orange, pepper and a little onion. Pineapple with a hint of hops too. 4/5

Taste: Bring on the cigars! This beer tastes like you are standing inside a humidor! Though the hops are almost entirely faded here, left behind is a residual bitterness and oily blend of peppery cedar flavor and malty orange citrus. Easy drinking. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied, medium carbonation. Nice peppery-cedar kick on the tongue. Quite malty. 3.75/5

Overall: I was not going to review this when I saw the bottle date, but then I found that I surprisingly enjoyed this stale IPA. I will be seeking out a fresh bottle of this upon its next release in a couple of weeks. Yum!

Recommendation: If you like cedar and cigars, seek this one out.

Pairings: Big, fat Cuban cigars.

Cost: $10.99 for a 750 ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 01:25:04 | More by jegross2
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SFC21

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

09-14-2012 20:20:46 | More by SFC21
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Googs

New York

4/5  rDev -1.2%

09-12-2012 17:24:43 | More by Googs
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cjgarland73

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

09-10-2012 18:07:43 | More by cjgarland73
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.2%

09-06-2012 22:22:38 | More by VncentLIFE
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neobob187

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

08-27-2012 15:31:46 | More by neobob187
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

08-23-2012 02:22:02 | More by millerbuffoon
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jmathis

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.2%

08-22-2012 01:00:29 | More by jmathis
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barrel aging IPAs can be a very dangerous thing in my opinion. So much risk of obliterating character and just wrecking the ship. This one works for me. There are the IPA tones that area clear and evident with the barrel influences that combine to provide a nice drinking experience. It's a little boozy at times, but it works for me. P.S. Mild gusher here and a whole lotta head too.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 03:49:21 | More by RblWthACoz
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krazybartender

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%

08-08-2012 04:39:12 | More by krazybartender
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Crimsontider22

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

08-02-2012 23:36:24 | More by Crimsontider22
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3Hops

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.2%

08-02-2012 20:10:20 | More by 3Hops
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soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In spite of a slight geyser upon opening (okay, it was a massive geyser), this beer pours with a manageable head, ivory colored and stable atop a hazed cinnamon-orange body. Kinda like a hefeweizen. Kinda.

The aroma is gorgeous. Full disclosure: the smell of cedar makes me very nostalgic as it reminds me of the time I spent in Japan, and my favorite beer is Hitachino Nest JCA, also aged in cedar. This smells like that – but ramped up a notch or two. Full on peppery cedar dominates, almost to the exclusion of all other aromas, but they're there: guava, cinnamon, lime, dulce de leche, bitter otange, coriander... I could go on, but I'll just stop there and say that it's lovely.

The flavor is more cedary spice, lots of wholegrain toast spread with dark honey, apple pie, resinous bitterness, and clove. There seems to be a touch of tannins here as well, giving this a slightly tea-like edge. Soft carbonation leads into a dry finish with a lingering woody bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 20:23:36 | More by soulgrowl
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DIPADude01

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +23.5%

07-26-2012 02:44:41 | More by DIPADude01
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Florida

5/5  rDev +23.5%

07-20-2012 01:40:29 | More by jda007
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Sweden

4/5  rDev -1.2%

07-18-2012 08:50:23 | More by aztraz
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msarver16

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

07-17-2012 08:37:42 | More by msarver16
Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
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