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

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BA SCORE
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902 Ratings
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Ratings: 902
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 177
Gots: 86 | 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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sendbeer

Georgia

5/5  rDev +23.2%

10-27-2012 15:48:12 | More by sendbeer
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cfrances33

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -2%

Bottle thanks to robinsmv, poured into a pint glass.

Pour: Hazy amber with three fingers of off white, nearly tan head. Definitely some floaties. Okay lacing. Head hangs around.

Smell: Slight citrus tartness, LOTS of cedar. Some grapefruit in there, but a very woody aspect prevails.

Taste: Very woody cedar up front, followed by some pine and grapefruit. Malt has a slight caramel aspect. Finishes with more cedar spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Nice and dry from the cedar, moderate carbonation. Bitterness stops it from being very drinkable, despite the cedar aging, so this one takes a little while to get through

Overall: Very interesting, and definitely better than white oak.

10-25-2012 03:17:21 | More by cfrances33
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Rau71

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

10-21-2012 01:59:40 | More by Rau71
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ncaudle

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.5%

10-15-2012 15:09:39 | More by ncaudle
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barleywinefiend

Washington

2.63/5  rDev -35.2%

A : Poured a dark orangish color, cloudy with amber/brownish highlights. A moderate white head sits at the top which fades leaving some white bubbles and faint lacing

S: Definite cedar, some boiled vegetables, a little bit of spice and thats about all folks

T: Not exactly sure what is happening here. Moderate cedar taste upfront which then seems to grow as I swallow. There is a light spice to it and some citrus is barely noticable. The finish is more cedar, a bit tannic with more cedar, Earthiness on the finish

M: Medium bodied, a little low on carbonation perhaps, the cedar notes really kill this beer.

O: I ahd a Jai Alai just before this and I swear I could not find one single distinguishing note from Jai Alai to this beer. The cedar and whatever else happened along the way just killed this beer.

10-14-2012 14:53:40 | More by barleywinefiend
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mixed_master7

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

10-12-2012 01:42:30 | More by mixed_master7
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cleonile2000

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

10-11-2012 00:52:16 | More by cleonile2000
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FutureJack

California

4.75/5  rDev +17%

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

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

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

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

Washington

3.28/5  rDev -19.2%

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.

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

Florida

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

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

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

California

2/5  rDev -50.7%

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

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

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

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -20%

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

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

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

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.5%

08-08-2012 04:39:12 | More by krazybartender
Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
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