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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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914 Ratings
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Ratings: 914
Reviews: 451
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 185
Gots: 88 | 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:
Beer added by: tpd975 on 05-26-2009

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
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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried at Sexual Chocolate 2011. Pours a slightly orange yellow color with a thick yellowish white head and tons of lacing. Smells of strong hops and a little malts. Tastes of piny hops and plenty of citrus. Mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is high. Has a very nice flavor.

Photo of pburland23
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Great Divide Brussels glass.

I just returned from shoveling snow and was looking forward to a beer. I was of a small minority of people who wasn't blown away by regular Jai Alai, but I thought I would give Cigar City another try since it is so highly regarded.

Much like regular Jai Alai, the beer pours a rich chestnuty orange color with a thick white head which lingers for minutes before slowly retreating to some nice lacing.

The aroma is of citrusy hops upfront which recedes to a strong cedar scent. I think the cedar smells great...very earthy, musty and different.

The taste combines the citrusy of the hops with some well balanced malt flavor. The cedar taste provides a smoky quality which really ties the beer together well.

This is a medium bodies beer with an appropriate level of carbonation. The drinkability is also quite good. I could linger over a bottle and have a very enjoyable evening.

Photo of 321jeff
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber with a white head that slowly recedes to a thin layer and a healthy ring leaving some nice sticky lacing.

Aroma is very nice with some light citrus hop notes and lots of fresh wood with some hints of mustiness.

Taste starts off with some sweet citrus hops and moves on to lots of dry fresh wood and finishes with some bready malts.

Medium in body with a good amount of prickly carbonation. It's an interesting take on an IPA, the cedar really works well with the hops and I look forward to trying this one again sometime.

Photo of yourefragile
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle with new Humidor label. Split into snifters.

Appearance is similar to regular Jai Alai, except has a slightly more copper tinge to the golden amber color and the frothy cream colored head has much longer retention. Aroma is woodsy and vegetative, with a slightly tropical and floral hoppy presence. Flavor is less sweet than the Jai Alai, with a strong cedar taste up front and a drier, bitter finish. Very little booze and I think the wood complements the maltier flavors of the IPA nicely. For the price and availability, I highly recommend this for a very unique take on an already notable east coast IPA.

Photo of callmescraps
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first cigar city brew. Very excited. Not sure how the cedar will work on this one.

App- nice deep orange, amber color. Big, frothy off white head. Nice retention, nice lacing. Very cloudy. Nice looking. Lacing is great on this one.

Smell- some nice tropical fruit. There is a definite malt backbone. Not getting a ton of cedar. A little mellow.

Taste- nice hoppiness, but not as much as I would like. There is a strong, sweet caramel malt supporting his one. Very bitter finish that lingers. A little floral.

Mouthfeel- nice and rich. Unfiltered, bottle conditioned, and nice and rich.

Drink- goes down pretty easy.

A little sweet. More malt than I prefer. But i do like the richness, and the great look. A nice beer, but not for me.

Photo of airohead2001
3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to glazeman for this one who got it as an extra from moose3285. A few quick comments about this tasty brew - the cedar aging in this definitely comes through in the nose, giving this beer a unique and wonderful smell. The taste is a bit boozy and perhaps a little too malty, but overall, this is a good beer - one I would certainly try again. In terms of mouthfeel, this beer was way too carbonated.

Photo of glazeman
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to moose3285 for this beer in a recent trade.

A: Orange in color with a 3 finger white head. The head has excellent retention and lacing, but was too large on initial poor.

S: I smell more of the barrel here than the base IPA, lots of woodiness

T: I feel like the main thing the cedar aging does to this beer, as compared to the regular jai-lai is that it adds a little bit of woodiness to the finish and tames the bitterness somewhat. There's some pine up front, but I don't get much citrus.

M: Over carbonated in my opinion. Otherwise this beer has a good mouthfeel and a pleasant aftertaste.

D: This beer goes down easy and is quite enjoyable. Besides the high level of carbonation that may give me an upset stomach, I feel it is pretty drinkable.

Photo of jsanford
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a cloudy orange-amber with a fluffy, khaki-colored head. Nice retention, leaves sticky, sudsy lacing.
S - Sweet caramel malt, pineapple, orange and cedar wood. Very cool to smell the cedar, it's obviously not the most common of beer ingredients.
T - Very close to the nose, mostly caramel, pineapple and orange peel with a pleasantly bitter finish. Again, the cedar is there, but it's nicely balanced. I feel like too much wood presence would really detract from this beer.
M - Medium-heavy body with a sticky mouthfeel and crisp, moderate carbonation.
D - It's good, but a bit sweeter then I'd like. May be tough to drink the bottle by myself.

I thin I'm gonna give up on Cigar City IPAs, just not my thing.

Photo of Pahn
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into Captain Lawrence tulip--which, by the way, is a pretty nice beer glass. This was my first time using it.

Appearance: Free pour yields a three inch white head that dissipates slowly leaving an elaborate web of lacing. Pours a hazy orange brown. Good lacing.

Smell: Cedar and piny hops. Very woody. Like "Whoa, they're not kidding about the cedar," woody. Probably not hard to convince someone that the beer contains liquefied cedar. Also some herbal and peppery notes. Overbearing as the wood notes are, it smells like a nice hoppy Belgian pale ale or saison.

Taste: First sip: this tastes exactly like the smell, with some booziness at the end. So much white pepper and cedar. The hops are mainly expressed as pine flavors, which augments the dominant pepper and cedar. There's a nice sweetness near the end that really ties the whole thing together. Beautiful grassy aftertaste.

I could definitely buy a criticism along the lines of "this beer is (way the hell) too woody," but that's not my criticism; I think the beer is balanced enough to pull it off. My main criticism is just that there's a bit too much booze in the flavor, especially for a 7.5% ABV beer (tastes like 10% at least to me).

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of medium bodied. Ample carbonation. Very mild dryness at the end.

Drinkability: While I immediately recognized that this was a well put together beer, I had doubts about being able to enjoy the whole bottle. However, it got very pleasant after just a short time. I'd almost call the beer "educational", as it shows nicely how the similarities between IPAs and saisons can be played up, and how such a strong smell as cedar can work in such a seemingly unlikely place as an IPA.

"Learning something" while drinking the beer was enjoyable, and the overall balance of the beer came more clearly into focus as I got further into the bottle, leaving me with the impressions that, no, it was not hard to enjoy the whole thing at all, and yes, I would drink it again.

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I would say that most of these scores could easily be 4 or 4.5 (none really approaching 5), with only drinkability being a realistic < 4 score. An impressive first beer to try from Cigar City. I'll definitely seek out more offerings by them.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange and tan color. OK head but great clumpy patches of lacing.

Smells of sweet biscuit malts, hops, citrus, a touch of fruits and some woody notes.

Great malt backbone with prominent hoppiness, plenty of sweet, light fruits, a bit of yeastiness, no shortage of great woody flavors.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation and a lingering bittersweet aftertaste.

Pretty drinkable for a once in a while type IPA treat.

Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a very hazy/cloudy golden/orange color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a very nice pale, Munich, and biscuit malt scent along with an excellent piney hop nose. The cedar adds another layer of complexity. It's light, yet noticeable. The taste is good. It has a nice bitter, hop bite up front along with a complex malt bill that adds some bready notes and a solid pale malt base. The cedar is more aggressive in the taste. The wood compliments the maltiness of the beer. This is an east coast IPA; a perfect choice for the wood aging. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. I like the use of cedar instead of oak. It's lighter and seems to just compliment the beer instead of overpowering it.

Photo of HeyItsChili
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The last of my haul from visiting Cigar City Brewing in Tampa.

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours just slightly cloudy amber to gold with a nebulous foamy ecru head that sticks around a while.

S - I can definitely note the cedar here over heavy citrus and light floral hops, vanilla, and white pepper.

T - Citrus - lemon, bitter orange. Floral and citrus hops. Lingering faint white pepper, cedar, and citrus aftertaste.

M - Just less than medium bodied, slightly oily.

Photo of htomsirveaux
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle tried 6 Jul 2010. Courtesy of ktrillionaire, thanks! Served in the 0.4 L Steiner Pils snifter.

Large thick cream colored head. Moderate carbonation. Hazy ruby orange in color. Aromas of papaya, cedar, vanilla, hemp and black pepper. Beer is woody, peppery with a touch of mango. Somewhat boozy tasting for 7.5%. Cedary from start to finish. Medium to heavy body. Finish and aftertaste are reminiscent of a cigar box.

Will keep the moths away.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Jusitn for sending this my way!

A- Body is a very translucent, nearly opaque dark orange hue. Pours with a very nice 2-3 finger foamy white head which settles nicely at 1/2 finger and leaves plenty of lacing behind in the glass.

S- Citrus, mango, pineapple, caramel, and a slightly woody background. I would say that the pineapple is most prominent. There is also an accent of pine hops in the nose.

T- Initial flavor is filled with exotic fruit, citrus and an accent of pine hops, with actually-a slightly bready yeast backbone. The finish is interesting as the pine flavor comes through a little bit more, as well as pineapple and exocitc fruit sweetness, and a light wood flavor- the hops then the hop bitterness kicks in and lingers on at a moderate strength for awhile.

M- high tingly carbonation-and a very prickly, but very smooth, medium weight body-very interesting and good.

D- This is a very interesting brew overall. Its fantastic-but it has way too much pineapple for my tastes (which really isnt all that much)- which brings it down to just very good. I give this beer a lot of credit for pulling off both the fresh hoppy characteristics of a fresh IPA and the smooth mouthfeel of a barrel aged, bottle conditioned beer-this is a very good, complex IPA overall.

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Ward's in Gainesville for $8.99.

A: nice bronze-copper color with great rocky head
S: mild nose with nice balance between malt and hops, cedar not noticeable
T: very nice, good malt up front with a ton of bitter piney hops in finish - too much bitterness in finish for me - cedar not noticeable - bitterness mellowed after first sip but still a lot
M: good but too much bitterness in finish for my tastes
D: good but bitter finish tempered my enthusiasm to drink more than what I had in front of me

Photo of Tucquan
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2011-01-07 in Columbia, PA from a 25.6 oz bomber

A - Murky orange-amber with a 2.5-finger head and great lacing.

S - Tropical fruit, sweet orange, mild cedar, mild grain and yeast.

T - Very nice. Similar to the smells with the addition of a wallop of flavor from the cedar plank aging. The tropical fruit, sweet orange, vanilla and grapefruit flavors are nice and bright at first and then the hop bitterness begins to assert itself. It finishes with the sweetness and bitterness vying for your attention. It takes awhile for the bitterness and wood taste to finally assert themselves in the finish. The tannin/cedar flavor hangs in a for awhile on the aftertaste.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Resinous, oily, creamy, thick and a little prickly.

D - This is my first time for a Cigar City brew and I am quite impressed. While it is labeled as an IPA, it tastes and feels like a rich DIPA. It's pretty sweet without being cloying. I'd seek this out again. Well done.

Photo of Urbancaver
4.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks w113raf.... And thanks to tchaos as well...

Pours orange and a bit murky. Lots and lots of head. Smells like some citrus hops and lots of cedar. Tastes like a lot of cedar! Wow. So so much cedar! A bit of citrus hops coming through but mostly just cedar. Perfect body for an ipa. Very drinkable

Review updated. Aother bottle was opened and the nose is even better! Upped from a 4.0 to a 5.0

Photo of olmatty
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Pours a huge, sticky, creamy and persistent off white head on top of an orange amber beer that leaves sheets of lacing.

Smell-Huge cedar wood and lighter fruity hops

Taste-Cedar wood bores a path straight down the middle of this IPA, making a unique and delicious twist on typical wood (oak) aging. The flavor overload reminds me of a much bigger beer. Hops are more spicy and resinous than aroma foretells; some grapefruit in there as well.

Mouthfeel-Palate flooding and big tasting with smooth, creamy carbonation

Drinkability-Incredibly tasty not a light bodied beer. I like it a bunch, but it's so flavorful as to overwhelm the palate. Highlt recommended.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL champagne style bomber poured into a pint

Pours a pretty orange amber with a good amount of bubbles pushing their way north. A huge, firm bone white cap rises 2+ fingers and recedes in classic raindrop pattern, leaving huge chunks of lace all over the glass.

This is a unique aroma. Cedar, vanilla, tropical fruit and a clean malt backbone. This is not an aroma that jumps out of the glass, it really makes you work to get a good whiff.

Lightly sweet tropical fruit off the bat with the cedar coming in smooth through the middle with a swoop of tropical fruit in the finish. A moderate business grabs hold and lingers along with a residual sweetness. The cedar really takes the edges off of this beer.

A medium body that is smooth with a bit of a chewy hop presence. A nice lingering bitterness and good carbonation

I found this to be relatively easy to drink. The booze in this one caught up with me a little quicker than expected, and I am not drinking it very fast. A bit of warming too.

Photo of AdamBear
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a re-review. Just a note: this is the first Cigar City beer I had that really impressed me. After this, I've had countless that impressed me.

A-dark cloudy amber with a thick cream colored head and some lacing

S-vanilla and hops, but not too hoppy. medium to high strength. the cedar is very evident.

T-hits with a a strong cedar taste with some hops, very odd for an IPA. this lasts awhile until the after-taste comes which is mostly fresh cedar with some hops. the cedar and some bitterness last quite awhile. this is a taste that i have come to love. there is even some vanilla in there at the end.

M-medium carbonation with a creamy finish

D-"well its not too bad of a drinker but the taste just isn't something i want a lot of"-is what i said for my first review. Since then, I've had this a lot and realized that yes, the taste is something I can have quite a lot...and a lot. In fact, I think I know the reason for the bottle change. The H doesn't represent Humidor, it represents Heroin because this beer is gonna have the same addicting effect on you.

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank striaght out of a 22oz bottle on a train ride to nyc

Aweseome presentation in the bottle, unique looking label. Nice deep hop notes back by a slight maltiness, very little citrus notes as are seen in other ipas. Drinks smooth and light with a great depth of flavor.

Photo of devilben02
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a cloudy orange amber color beneath a fluffy off-white head. The aroma largely features fresh citric hops and an intriguing subtle woodiness from the cedar. The cedar pops out of the flavor at first, particularly in the finish, but it gradually blends into the prominent hop character. Honestly, I thought I was crazy, but it truly tasted just like fresh grapefruit juice to me after a while. This wonderful and interesting flavor combination, along with a pleasantly mouth-filling texture, made this one a truly enjoyable drinking experience.

Photo of TheDudeRules
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hooked up with this on a trade from Afksports. Thank you sir.

Enjoyed this with a few buddies at a mini tasting.
For the record,we were using plastic cups so we could discard after each beer.

Poured a hazy amber caramel color with a nice head. Some descent lacing.

Smell. Hmmm is that cedar in my beer? Smells glorious. The cedar comes right through on the front end. Some nice floral hints follow. If this was a woman I'd want to make out with her based on smell alone.

Taste. Ka pow. Cedar baby,cedar. Tropical hoppy floral notes. A touch of creamy caramel. Damn.

Mouthfeel. Smooth. A touch creamy. My cup felt like it was carbonated like a soda pop. That spells trouble for me. Down the hatch it goes.

Drinkability. I do believe I could session this regularly.

Overall. Ladies and gentleman we have a winner here. A fantastic find and I am eager to get my grubby mits on some more. Is there other CC offerings that stack up to this? If so I need to do some exploring.

Photo of JayS2629
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy deep orange with creamy white head that leaves beautiful thick walls of lace and very nice pillowy retention.

S- Very complex, pleasant, and clean combination of aromas. Cedar shines through on the front end with other earthy and herbal notes. Sappy pine, lemon, and citrus hints follow. Nice herbal, floral, and citrus notes from the hops. Underlying notes of sweet caramels.

T- Smooth caramel underneath blankets of floral and pine. Nice citrus notes with a bitter finish. Very hoppy. Very nice balance and great for its style.

M- Nice zing from hops, followed by creamy feel, then a dry a finish. Just like an IPA should feel.

D- Its a big beer a little on the extreme side, so it is a definite sipper, but very well done.

Photo of Beejay
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to DmanGTR for this brew!

A: Hazy cloudy amber. Nice just off white head. The head is really pillowy and has a good bit of staying power.

S: Oh my God. This actually smells very much like a humidor. Huge cedar notes and perhaps a hint of tobacco. The hops are give off a nice tropical fruit smell. Beautiful.

T: Wow the cedar is really powerful in this one. Huge Hit from the cedar, then a quick bitter punch dominated by pine and some tropical notes. There is a hint of caramel in the finish, followed by another stab from the cedar and bitter hops.

M: Medium carbonation, a very nice smoothness, and a moderate amount of carbonation.

D: Very nice. The cedar diminishes a bit as I keep drinking, but never disappears. The hops tend to come out a little more as I progress through the beer. And the smell is just outstanding. It joins the ranks of pumpking, where I could just smell it allll day..

Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 914 ratings.