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

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BA SCORE
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906 Ratings
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Ratings: 906
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 13.58%
Wants: 179
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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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick, with a half-glass full of off white head over a hazy amber body. Head fades to a thick, foamy film. Tons of lacing.

Aromas of resiny pine, plenty of cedar, and plenty of sweet caramel maltiness. You can just smell that they put some serious work into this one.

Flavor is terrific - aromas all carry over, with a good smoky quality layered on top. Hop forward and really close to DIPA world.

Pretty darn creamy up front on the palate, with a sharp bite in the finish.

I housed this puppy with a quickness... you've been warned.

BeerImmediately, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of Radome
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle from the Rare Beer of the Month Club; poured into a goblet.

A - Beer is orange-amber and slightly cloudy but not opaque. It has a thin, incomplete layer of off white foam and lots of lacing on the glass.

S - The aroma is amazingly complex and inviting. Its base is the super-hoppy, grapefruit smell of a classic West Coast IPA. On top of that is the spicy wood aroma of a fine cigar box and a whiff of alcohol.

T - The taste is first dominated by hop bitterness and grapefruit notes, then the cedar wood flows in. The wood both mellows and adds complexity to the taste. There are also some malt notes and alcohol.

M - The mouthfeel is light enough to be drinkable but has enough body to be suitable for the style. The alcohol is warming.

D - This beer is definitely for sipping and contemplating, not chugging. American IPAs are not my thing and I'm not a hophead, but I am a huge fan of this beer. The flavor and aroma are among the most complex and interesting I've ever had. The cedar character is incredible and very similar to the effect Dogfish Head gets with Palo Santo wood.

Radome, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of beerwolf77
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler thanks to fogdog. Poured into my duvel tulip.

A: deep golden orange, full two fingers of cream hued head, tons of sticky lace

S: holy cedar chips, This smells like a new set of dresser drawers that someone spilled a fresh IPA in. Once you get past the cedar the citrus fruits really shine. Unique for sure.

T: The cedar does not let up in the flavor. Nice mix of citrus and pine help to balance the cedar out. smooth malty finish.

M: Medium body moderate carbonation

D: Overall a strangely tasty IPA. Not something I could drink all the time but a refreshing change of pace for sure.

beerwolf77, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of STEG
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Slightly chilled into a balloon/snifter

Deep orange gold in color like a nice cognac nice fluffy off white head with nice retention and lacing. It looks classy like a fine cigar. especially in this ballon/snifter glass.

Fairly light smell was expecting a behemoth of a nose on this one, but there's sweet fruits light pine and maybe some cedar but it could just be a placebo effect.

Taste is certainly interesting, lots of bitterness from the hops but there's also an earthy sweetness that presents itself in the form of almost candied tobacco, and a light cedar character. I was really expecting this to be a wood bomb, but it's really well done.

Mouthfeel is silky with some nice carbonation that explodes just at the end. Well executed.

I would be satisfied with a bomber, not exactly sessionable but definitely not hard to drink. The alcohol is present but not overwhelming by any means.

STEG, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of adam42381
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy medium caramel brown with a 2-3 finger frothy off-white head. Excellent head retention. Excellent lacing throughout.

Smell: Sweet floral hops, caramel, warm spices and cedar.

Taste: Sweet citrus up front followed by black pepper and cedar in the middle and ending with grapefruit bitterness. The aftertaste is a mix of cedar and bitter grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability. Goes down quite smooth.

Overall: Great variation of Jai Alai. I'm not sure that I would want to drink the cedar aged version all the time but I'm glad I bought it. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.

adam42381, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of dborginis
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Jai alai cedar.  Turbid, hazy copper color.  Sweet fruity smell, with a bit of booze as well.  Metallic hop flavor, mild on the metal.  If I really try to, I can taste the cedar. Heavy on the hop bitterness, heavy on the malts, but the malt clearly takes a backseat. Not sure what hops were used but they are very bitter. Wish there was a stronger aroma hop presence. For the amount of flavor here, not as drinkable as it should be...too high abv.

Addendum: I just sipped the dregs, not sure why, but it was painfully hoppy. Was this dry hopped?

dborginis, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this on the cheap at whole foods in plymouth meeting, poured into a Penn Pilsner pint glass.

Jai Alai cedar pours out the standard orangeish infused with light red color and some creamy egg colored foam on top, small lacing. Smells like Jai Alai, I guess the cedar really is not all that prevalent. The wood is there, it just does not break through the east coast malt build. Some small citrus in the nose with grapefruit, I guess the hops died down when this was aging on the cedar. It tastes like Jai Alai as well, I thought I was drinking the regular version because the wood is not big. Grapefruit and a dash of pine with minimal wood. Feel is medium and bulky, drinkability is hindered, not a huge fan off this. They should do a double cedar aged version of this

BARFLYB, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark golden color with a two finger foam had that settles nicely.

Smell: Nice citrusy aroma on this. Grapefruit and pineapple, some biscuity malt. No cedar aroma such as the gruit that I've had from CCB which is disappointing, but not counting against the score.

Taste: Taste follows the nose, grapefruit, pineapple and mango with a decent malty aftertaste. Very faint flavor of the cedar in the taste, which doesn't surprise me from the nose. Overall a very tasty IPA.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat light and very crisp.

Drinkability: A very enjoyable IPA from Cigar City. I actually prefer this to the regular Jai Alai IPA. I would definitely seek out again if I could get it at the same price.

Axic10, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of alpinebryant
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 750ml bottle into Bruery tulip

Pours a clear copper with a healthy sticky white head that stays around for the entire drink.

Smell of sweet malt , musky wood / cedar , citrus , caramel

Taste of grapefruit hops mixed with cedar wood. There is a nice muskiness from the cedar and resiny wood flavors mixed with caramel and sweet malt profiles. A different American IPA and a nice change of pace from just another IPA overly hopped. Another great job by CCB . Glad to see them distributing again.

Thick mouthfeel for an American IPA. Sticky and dry from the wood at the same time. Nicely done and goes down easily

alpinebryant, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of socon67
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good beer I picked up at the Best Yet in Harlem.

A - Pours well, lively carbonation.

S - Smells slightly of cedar. Has a sweet smell as well.

T - Very hoppy, and the finish has the taste of the cedar. It is interesting, and certainly not like other IPA's.

M - Really good; I enjoyed drinking this one.

D - Very drinkable. Not hard to have a second, or third.

Overall the cedar aging is a nice addition, but not something I would go out of the way for. I should try the regular Jai-Alai for comparison.

socon67, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barely blurry apricot with polished gold edges and an outstanding looking crown of bone colored mousse. These guys nail appearance much more often than not. The foam is finely pitting, softly rocky and impressively sticky. We're off to a great start.

With each sniff, I'm instantly transported back to my childhood and the cedar chest in my mom's sewing room. The nose is incredibly aromatic with respect to that pungent, almost incense-like wood, not so much in terms of hops. While it's pleasant enough, a lack of lupulins is a liability in an American IPA.

Thankfully, the flavor is less cedar-centric, because this would have been a long 750 ml if JACAIPA tasted like it smells. There's still wall-to-wall wood. However, the base beer is incredibly fresh and bitingly bitter. Well... at least as fresh and bitingly bitter as an ale that has been aged can be.

Specifics include multiple planks of perfumy cedar, lightly toasted bread, and loads of white grapefruit and orange. A hop bill that supposedly includes Simcoe, Amarillo and Centennial makes sense as soon as one lets beer wash over taste buds. Something is giving this offering an almost cardamom and white pepper spiciness that is different, interesting and enjoyable. The next highest taste score was a serious consideration.

No second thoughts about appearance... it's out of this world on subsequent pours and after. The mouthfeel is classic AIPA. It's light-medium for the breed and the bubbles are both fine and dandy. Great for ease of drinkability.

While I wouldn't want to drink cedar-aged IPAs every day, this Cigar City Humidor Series ale is different enough (and hoppy enough) to hold my interest. Thanks to ktrillionaire for yet another delicious Sunshine State brew.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to Schmittymack for another great tasting, and for giving me the opportunity to try this unique and interesting beer. Good aromas here: citrus, floral hops, black pepper, cedar. Huge cedar on the palate as well, but the floral hoppy IPA flavor is complemented nicely by it. Really enjoyable, but the whole 750 would have been tough.

emmasdad, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of Durge
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This time I try the bomber to compare to my previous sample on tap at the brewery. This brew shows a light but cloudy amber color with a big sturdy light oatmeal colored head and great lacing. The aroma is suggestive of the humidor moniker with tobacco tinged herbal/pine hop and marshmallow - graham cracker sweetness. Very nice. The flavor offers a smooth piny hop with caramel candy corn malt. Sweet but balanced with a pleasant peppery grain overtone. Quite drinkable despite a medium plus bodied brew with a luscious feel and hint of alcohol. Well done, though I obviously preferred the fresh on tap versus this bottle that got waylaid with my luggage for an extra day.

Durge, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of thetomG
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice orange hue with some dense white head - good retention, and some very spotty lacing. Aroma is excellent - smooth slightly piney hops are the primary element here. Flavor is a bit bitter, but not overwhelming - the cedar aging really does change the profile of the beer nicely. Very enjoyable - well carbonated, but has a certain smooth quality to it as well. Would definitely drink this one again...

thetomG, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of nerdrocker101
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mildly hazy, yellowed orange with a fair amount of white foamy head that lingers.

The nose is very faint, consisting mostly of peppery spice with a little bit of citrus.

I have never had the Jai Alai to compare, but I can definitely get a good idea from drinking the one. The wood seems to mellow out the hop profile which doesn't hit you up front, but the grapefruit notes definitely linger on the backside of the brew. Loads of pepper in this brew. The cedar certainly makes for one interesting brew.

Medium body and a somewhat bubbly feel. This beer is very drinkable, but I don't know if I could drink them back to back.

nerdrocker101, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of cbak999
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours out of the 750mL bottle into a Chimay glass a nice yellow color. A nice white head, about 1/4 inch sits atop the beer.

S: Grapefruit, and a little spicey...almost peppery.

T: I love Jai Alai, and this is Jai Alai on steriods...not so much by the content of alcohol, but the awesomeness that the cedar aging gives this beer. It's spicy tasting, and almost peppery in taste. This beer has a bit of bite to it.

D: I like this beer a lot! I look forward to every bottle that I open. Another great Cigar City selection. If you can get it, take it! It's a great IPA!

cbak999, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of nrbw23
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a fairly clear golden orange color with a huge biege head. Head has great retention and left a tremendous amount of layered lacing. As I poured this one the brew changed from slightly hazy to pretty murky.

S- Smells fairly light. The hops seem to be covered by the cedar smell and a bit of spices.

T- The taste is a bit spicy and a little citrusy, a bit of a bit from the hops. Peppery and again the cedar woody taste is here for sure.

M- Medium in body and fairly low in carbonation.

D- Took me a bit to drink this one. Nothing terrible but was rather different. I'm not sure if I'm digging the wood aged IPA's. I'd try this one again just don't think I'd search super hard for this one.

nrbw23, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of chickencoop
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Something completely unexpected, thanks you trader nation. At first your a bit taken by the cedar, but then you get through that taste and realize this is quite a drinkable beer, and quite tasty.
Aroma is a cloudy orange, light head.
Smell is really just old cigar in my opinion, but it works, nothing like those days in colllege drinking a coors light and puffing on a CAO and thinking it was awesome, this works.
Taste is dominated by the cedar, but clears up and finished woody and earthy, not really an IPA, but tasty.
Pretty drinkable, and unique. The flavors carry through the beer enough to finish it off. Not for every night, but still solid.

chickencoop, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep murky amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of fruity citrus, grassy hops, caramelized malts and earthy notes that come from the cedar aging.

T: The taste starts out with a burst of mint-like spice that is quickly followed by a strong hops bitterness. Then some caramel and citrus sweetness comes in along with a hearty malt character to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy. As compared to the regular Jai Alai IPA, the cedar aging seems to add spiciness, mellow out the hops and bring out the sweetness.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, although this is a nice beer and the cedar aging adds some complexity I feel like if it ain't broke don't fix it. I loved the regular Jai Alai IPA and think that it's better without the cedar aging.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of krisandajt
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My 200th review, figure I better make it something good. Got this one from a trade with awalk1227. Cheers!

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into my Shorts pint glass, the beer is a nice, barely cloudy, vibrant copper color with a huge amount of not-quite-white head. The retention is impressive, so much so that I have to wait for it to fade away before I can really dig into this beer. As the head slowly dissipates, it leaves behind thick sheets of schtick along the sides of the glass.

Smell: I'm getting more of the cedar aging than I am hops. The smell is muted, most likely a result of the aging. I'm getting the feeling that this brew is suffering from a bit of hop fade. I'm hoping that the aging on the cedar will make up for the lack of bitterness.

Taste: Thankfully, I'm getting me some hops now. The hops bring a bit of pine to the brew, but it's mostly overshadowed by a malty backbone and a subtle hint of wood aging. All the flavors combine to form a pretty balanced brew, but I was hoping for a bit more of an in-your-face hoppy blast.

Mouthfeel: A nice medium body, and ample carbonation.

Drinkability: Not exactly what I expected. Though I guess that an IPA that has been aged is going to be a little muted. Overall, it does have some good flavor. I think the cedar aging does add a nice quality to the beer, but it would be much better if they amped up the hops.

krisandajt, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of levifunk
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the last Madison, BA tasting.

a - cloudy orange. light orange head.

s - pine hops and sugar. thats about it.

t - this is where the cedar comes to play. Very interesting flavor as it plays off of the pine hops.

m - medium body and good carbonation.

overall - cedar is pretty interesting flavor, but I can't imagine it becoming as popular as CC hopes.

levifunk, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of Xul
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GOGRANDE for hooking this up in a trade!

A: Pours a moderately hazy golden orange, capped by a frothy, two finger white head. Retention is good and it leaves light, sticky lacing down the glass.

S: Juicy citrus - orange mostly with some grapefruit in the background - along with some light pine notes. Cedar notes are evident but not overwhelming, and a caramel base pokes through a bit.

T: Starts out a bit subdued before opening into big, citrusy hops with some light tropical fruits and piney notes that transition nicely into cedar. Caramel base brings some balance late in the palate before finishing with a blend of cedar and citrus.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation, could be a touch lighter and more carbonated.

D: Really interesting beer that goes down easily, I'd love to try this on tap at some point.

Xul, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of Jwale73
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jedwards for sharing. 750ml capped bottle served in a tulip. Pours a hazy, burnished, burnt orange with a frothy, bubbly white head that quickly dissipates, but is revived with a swirl of the glass. Cedar wood dominates the nose (definitely has that humidor smell), with some citrus following. Cedar is more subdued in the flavor profile - cork, citric acid and grapefruit are also revealed. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body, with a lively, semi-dry finish. An interesting and decent brew; however the cedar is a bit overwhelming.

Jwale73, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of robwestcott
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle a cloudy honey amber to a dogfish head signature glass with an off white finger and a half head and an incredible amount of lace retention.

aroma of citrus, primarily orange and a bit of piney hops in the rear.

very sweet malt forward, with a mildly bitter bite following up. tastes of orange, pine, and pepper. not much hint of cedar, but i'm guessing its the cedar that has muted the bitterness.

smooth, almost creamy, only slightly bitter.

very drinkable.

robwestcott, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of brewmudgeon
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

cigar city 750 mm jai alai cedar aged. thanks j!
(from notes, originally reviewed in '09 but ba crash deleted)

a 4-4.5 apricot amber, short head but decent lacing, nice and viscous looking.

s 4 citrus and floral with a certain reservedness and hint of ... cedar?

t 4 this is easygoing, sweeter than expected but well integrated. citrus candy against a very light background of wood. not as much bitterness as expected, very balanced.

m 4-4.5 medium full, lush and creamy. the fine carbonation is nearly overcome by the resinous hoppyness and the residual syrupy sugars.

d 4 this is less in your face than i thought it would be. reminds me a little of sn wet hop in its sweet affability.

brewmudgeon, Aug 03, 2010
Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 906 ratings.