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

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898 Ratings
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Ratings: 898
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 172
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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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle: Poured a hazy orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus hops is dominating with a lightly sweet malt presence also noticeable. Taste was also dominated by some citrus and floral hops notes with a solid malt backbone that doesn't take too much from the hops and some subtle notes of cedar which seems to round thing out. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Well brewed though cedar is not that apparent.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 20:27:39 | More by Phyl21ca
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Domingo

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brought this back from my last Tampa trip.
Pours a cloudy copper color with lots of hop oils suspended in it.
Hops hit the nose right away, but with some distinct peppery character, too.
The flavor is interesting and has a lot going on. Initially it's like the normal Jai Alai, with malts hitting up front and a huge wave of resin-y hops following. However the finish has a pretty distinct wood character that imparts a hint of ginger-like spice and a big wave of pepper. It's really unusual as most wood aged beers tend to be oak. The cedar is very peppery, with a hint of sourness, too. I appreciate the uniqueness of it, but I'm not sure it's my cup-o-tea.
Mouthfeel is as expected. No real difference between this and the normal Jai Alai.
Drinkability is huge initially just because the flavor is so different, but after about 1/2 a glass I slowed down a lot.
Pretty cool item that showcases a different wood and flavor profile. Not a world beater, but still tasty.
While not perfectly to my own tastes, I think this is a really unique item that some people might really love.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 20:19:43 | More by Domingo
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spointon

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I shared a bottle of this with a few friends on 7/3/2010. Poured from a 750ml brown bottle into several half pint glasses.

A= This ale poured a deep amber color with ok clarity and a 3/4" tan head. The head settled very quickly and did not leave any lace behind.

S= Call me crazy but this thing smelled just like a fine unlit cigar! The cedar lent a dry, spicy, woody quality to the nose that was totally reminiscent of tobacco. The hops also made an appearance with mild pine aromas.

T= Started off with a brief malt kick and then went right into a blend of piney hops and dry cedar spiciness. The bitterness was not terribly high, but the hop flavor was very nice. The cedar wood is definitely the star here...its just so unique and spicy. Finished dry with a long cedar aftertaste.

MF= Slightly lighter than medium bodied with a tight bubbled carbonation that never overwhelms. Has a thin feeling overall.

D= Very interesting beer here. I have never encountered any other beers stored on cedar, and that process definitely lent a unique spiciness to this one. Pretty drinkable, but I wouldn't want more than a glass or maybe two in a day.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 17:09:21 | More by spointon
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TKEbeerman

Florida

4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Happy to pick this one up along with some 110K+OT batch #3, also happy to receive my Sierra Nevada XXX glass in the mail today (unfortunately I wont be cracking another one of those open for a little while).

A: Poured into my new SNXXX bubble glass, this beer pours an opaque golden rod yellow with a fluffy tan head that is quick to dissipate. I would rate this brew higher on appearance, but the head is a little too weak for another .5 points.

S: The aroma on this brew is amazing. I'm giving it a 5 for uniqueness. This is my first cedar aged beer, and I can see why they call this the Humidor Series. It literally has notes of fresh cigars in a humidor. Very earthy, woody, peppery. The aroma is just fresh, one of the freshest smelling beers I have. Behind all that is a slight layer of citrus.

T:The hop bite is present, but tamed by the cedar aging. The flavor follows suit with the tobacco notes in the aroma. Nutty, woody and smokey. For an IPA this brew is well balanced with a strong, but relaxed malt character. I sense a light sweetness, but the malt significantly adds to the body.

M: The mouthfeel is well carbonated and full. Chewy at times.

D: Drinkability....I'm gonna rate this beer on how satisfied I am after one, and that is very satisfied. This brew has the complexity of a big beer that I want, with a fairly moderate ABV. I am a fan of cigars. There are a lot of topics in the forums about pairing beers and cigars, and my personal opinion is that it should never be done. Both of them cancel out the flavor experience that is unique to them both. Humidor Series IPA is the ticket if you want to experience a cigar and beer all in one without sacrificing either's quality of the experience.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 22:10:19 | More by TKEbeerman
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is quite well carbonated as a soft pour produces a three-finger thick, lightly tan colored head. The beer is a nice red-amber hue that shows a slight haze and a red-copper hue to it when held up to the light. As I pour this aromas of bright tangelo and ripe-sweet ruby-red grapefruit are noticeable, but a closer inspection yields the spicy, woody, characteristic cedar character. The cedar actually mixes very well with the ample hop character; both are here in an equal amount too. The cedar serves as the balance that ample hop-pine character and it actually accentuates the pine notes in the nose. The cedar, just really works here, it is almost hop like in its herbaceous spiciness.

Served at around 60*F at first, as it first hits my tongue it feels a lot lighter than I was expecting for some reason; quaffable with a light-medium body and a certain viscous heft, but well within the drinkable limits that I like my IPAs to be in. The cedar is definitely noticeable, but, as in the nose, is played masterfully here such that it integrates within the flavor profile of this IPA like some new, exotic hop would. The hop character in this beer contributes flavors of tangerine, bright orange oil, kumquat, herbaceous pine, ample lychee, apricot and a certain "dankness" that is mightily accentuated by the cedar notes. This finishes with a biting bitterness that is accentuated by an almost astringent character from the cedar and green hop character. It is interesting how the essential oils from the cedar mimics some of the more dank and herbaceous notes that can be found in hops.

Wow, this is really nice, I wasn't really sure what to expect from this beer, but this has definitely been a surprise and in the best way possible. The cedar is more prominent in the aroma than it is in the flavor, which actually is what I want from this beer (even though I didn't know what to expect coming into this beer). Very nice, extremely tasty and in the end it is the incredible balance between the hops, cedar and supporting malt that makes this beer so good. Well, said another way the use of cedar here is just so well done, so well integrated with the base beer, and the base beer really seems like a very well made IPA in its own right.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 03:01:24 | More by Gueuzedude
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younger35

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this brew with scoobydank while watching the Twins not long ago and thought tonight seemed like a good reason to drink the 2nd one. The regular version was tasty but I know what Cigar City's cedar treatments do to beer. Dominate. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Appearance- Murky orange with a beautifully full two finger off white head that's rich and fluffy. A great cap and collar is maintained the entire beer along with a fair amount of thick lacing.
Smell- Holy balls, smells like this thing is LOADED with black pepper. Seriously, pure black pepper. Hints of orange peel and grapefruit peak in but play second fiddle to the cedar. I'm just amazed at how spicy this brew smells.
Taste- The IPA has been very much taken over by the cedar. It's full of spicy black pepper from the wood but the beer really isn't overly "woody". A bit of pineapple and orange mix in adding some fruitiness. Not overly hoppy but it is fruity at times but I can't get past the freaking black pepper. The finish is somewhat dry and spicy.
Mouthfeel- Great body as the beer is somewhere around medium bodied with a light zip of carbonation.
Drinkability- This is my second time around trying this beer and I definitely enjoyed it a bit more than the first (of course it was after we drank a '06 BA Speedway). The nose smells exactly how I remember but the taste seems a bit hoppier and fruitier than I remember. I'm still not a huge fan of Cedar but I'll keep trying em' if people keep making em.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 23:59:31 | More by younger35
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Pours a relatively clear, autumn-orange color with about 2 1/2 fingers of creamy and bubbly, light tan foam on top. Retention was fleeting but the ropey lacing left behind was gorgeous. The second pour was incredibly thick and murky looking...almost like mango nectar.

S: The very first whiff I took of this from the bottle had a noticable cedar hope chest/cigar box type aroma that faded quickly. What emerged after that was mango, papaya, pineapple, toffee, clementine, pine bough, caramel, and tangerine.

T: Just like above with more of a cedar presence. I really liked how citrus and tropical fruit forward this was. Slight alcohol flavor becomes apparant as it comes up to temp. When it came time to pour the second half of the bottle, I made sure to swirl all of the sediment and get it into my glass. This netted me a TON of spicy cedar flavor.

M: Big juicy and sticky tropical fruit blend very nicely with spicy cedar, and prickly citrus and pine. Finishes with more than a hint of solvent alcohol. Second pour (with all the sediment) was spicy to the point of heavy astringency.

D: I think this would've scored maybe half a point higher if it weren't for the obvious alcohol presence. This is supposedly only packing 7.5% abv, but feels much higher. Other than that, this is a stellar AIPA!

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 23:18:51 | More by GbVDave
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Patrick999

Florida

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I've had this a number of times, but have not reviewed, and never out of the 750ml bottle. Think that means it's time for a proper review.

Poured into a tulip glass. Nice appearance...rousing head above a sinister, sparkling reddish-gold. Excellent lacing. A shade darker than I'd expect.

Smell is all IPA to begin with, mostly Pine-Sol with a bit of lemon zest and grapefruit. Some slightly funky overripe strawberry as it warms, I think this is the cedar coming through - I pulled a similar note from the Japanese Classic Ale from Hitachino Nest, also cedar-aged.

The wood doesn't come through quite as much here as in previous batches I'd had, but it's still there. It seems to really serve to dry out any residual sweetness left here; it has that flinty, woody dry finish. Before that, it's the grapefruit and pine you get from the standard Jai-Alai, with some overarching flavor of strawberry-and-whiskey for which I'm crediting the cedar. Still, not as much obvious wood as in earlier batches, I think. The earlier batches were "like licking the floor at Home Depot," lot of wood-shaving taste. This seems to have more balance, with the hops coming through a lot more; it's closer to what you'd typically think of as a beefy IPA.

Feel is rather soft and agreeable, while maintaining plenty of active carbonation. Outstanding. It seems to have the lush feel of a bigger beer, not that 7.5% is exactly small.

At this strength, probably more drinkable than it should be. Yet, I'll stop at 4.0, as it feels like a big beer, and has big-beer flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 22:41:39 | More by Patrick999
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babaracas

Florida

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

Pours a mostly clear orange with off-white head, great lacing, but not quite as creamy as the 'regular' version. Smell: resinous, loads of pineapple, a little citrus rind which mixes well with the light cedar scent. Taste: orange citrus with a sliver of grapefruit, pineapple, a little mango-ish, cedar a factor towards the finish. Creamy with more carbonation than the regular jai alai, nice. Aging on cedar seems to have mitigated the sweetness without impacting the hops much at all. Should have picked up a case

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 01:14:51 | More by babaracas
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750 ml bottle in Brandon FL, had some at the tap room too, liked it a lot...

Pours a chill hazed amber with 2 fingers of rocky cream colored head. Superior head retention & average lacing

S: Much woodyness & some grapefruiit & peppery notes. I LOVE the nose on this!

T: Follows the nose, some honey malt & breadyness as well. Grapefruit, honey malt & cedar woodyness are the main players as this warms, some pineyness too at the back of the throat. Finishes woody, dry, grapefruiity & wth some honey sweetness, plus just a hint of booze warmth

MF: Medium biodied creamy, nice balance & warming sensation

I like the way this is drinking, have had some cedar aged beers like Boulevard's Seeyoulater dopplebock, where I wasn't thrilled with the results. This is a nice variant on the straight up jai lai, which is also top notch in my book as well. I think this presented much better as a bottled beer for that's worth... This one really worked for me

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 03:58:55 | More by russpowell
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Lerxst

Florida

4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Pours a hazy amber with a one finger white head that has good retention and leaves spotty lacing.

S-Citrus and piney hops at the forefront, an earthy woodiness as well and a touch of biscuity malt. Smells really good.

T-The Cedar adds a very interesting and pleasing aspect here. The hops (citrus and pine) still lead but the woody cedar is prevalent and is a wonderful complement to the hops. They work really well together. Add a touch of malt backbone and you have a delicious IPA.

M-Carb is a bit prickly, but it works for this beer. Smooth, with a dry finish.

D-This bomber went down extremely easy and I wanted another, but stopped myself.

The regular Jai Alai is a decent beer, but it didn't knock my socks off. But the Cedar adds an entirely new layer to this beer and it works in a big way. I'm already planning a trip back to pick up some more. A great job by CC!

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 21:27:30 | More by Lerxst
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morimech

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky, dark amber with two inches of white head that had decent retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. First impressions of the aroma, where is the cedar. I had to really search deep for any hint, but there is some cedar and herbal aroma. Citrus hops and sweet malt makes up the remainder of the aroma. The flavor as well, did not seem that special. A lot of sweet malt upfront before citrus hops and bitterness takes control. The cedar lends slight hints of, well, cedar and something along the lines of memthol. Bitterness is high but it has to be to balance the sweetness of the malt. Alcohol is detectable and feels warm in the body. The mouthfeel is the best part of the beer. Nice soft carbonation gives an excellant texture. Medium/full body that seems to becoming the norm for American IPAs. Just do not sense what is so special about this beer at what I am sure is a premium price.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 22:26:23 | More by morimech
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samie85

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes; originally 6/15/10.

A-Pours a ruby-tinged amber with a 2.5 finger glistening white head, and leaves a sticky, thick lacing behind. This is a beautiful beer.

S-Pineapple, pine, a very obvious cedar component, spicy herbal, and a gentle earthiness to it.

T-Wow, cedar! Spicy cedar upfront with pine, grapefruit, and a dry, herbal, bitter finish. Very interesting taste profile.

M-Very smooth with very prickly, almost heavy carbonation. It's almost light bodied because of the carbonation.

D-This is a pretty unique beer. The cedar gets to be a little much near the end of a 750 ml bottle, so that knocks down the drinkability a notch for me. That being said, a very solid, very original beer. I love that that the hops are very discernible and mesh well with the cedar.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 20:00:21 | More by samie85
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Mora2000

Texas

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

Thanks to ktrillionaire for sending this bottle my way.

The beer pours a hazy orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is very heavy on the cedar with some mixed citrus fruit (mainly pineapple) and pepper mixed in. The flavor is dominated with cedar notes. There are some orange and pine hops in the flavor and the aftertaste is a mix of cedar and orange. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 04:56:32 | More by Mora2000
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joepais

Maine

4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Gtreid for sending this one my way. I split the bottle two ways into strait pints. There was a generous two finger white fluffy head that lasted quite some time and the lace followed the beer wonderfully down the glass. The body of the brew was hazy darker orange in color.

I was quite impressed at what the cedar ageing has accomplished with this brew I had the most intense pepper aromas I have ever experienced in an IPA. The citrus and fresh grass aromas' I typically expect were there too. The flavors were Intense as well that pepper being right up front with a nice bitter and a slight malt sweetness to balance this brew out. It had a medium body with nice dry finish and great carbonation.

I really enjoyed this brew and hated to see the glass go. I would easily buy or trade for this brew again. Great job Cigar City

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 19:16:41 | More by joepais
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metter98

New York

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is orange in color with a thick head that has good retention properties.
S: There is a light aroma of citrusy hops in the nose along with notes of grapefruit and hints of cedar.
T: Flavors of grapefruit dominate the initial taste; this is followed by a good balance between the cedar and the malts and hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate.
D: The alcohol is completely masked, which makes this beer very easy to drink. The grapefruit flavors are especially interesting which makes me want to try this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 13:14:31 | More by metter98
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Humidor Series India Pale Ale certainly lives up to it's name. The same appreciation I get from allowing a fresh and mature cigar to rest in the mouth manifests itself into the flavor of this beer.

The pour brings a serious creamy pour that settles soon enough into a hazy copper beverage, releasing an egg-shell white head, laces extremely well, and very well retained. This is an IPA, albeit with quite the haze.

Quickly, the expected aromas of crisp graham cracker malts and citrus sharpness hits the nose. But very soon after comes the complexity of woody/floral cedar, cashew nuttiness, and mild tobacco notes. Though this is expected, the blend is a perfumy balanced earthiness that is both unmistakable and undeniable. Still, the aromas remain balanced and complex.

Flavors do much the same: The malty-rich flavors of the base beer give the caramels, graham crackers, and sun-kissed barley malt taste while the hops give a firm and bright grapefruit and orange zest contrasat to the sweetness, or even dominates it at times. But this beer is all about what the wood aging does to its transformation. The woodsy, oaky, cashew flavor comes across nicely but with a spicy and nutty taste that gives a great complexity to the beer without over doing it. The balance is complex, vinous, and very lively.

Sure the wood aging gives a feel of astringency and extra bite, but the tanic character of the woods gives a sharp and spirited bitterness/astringent element to the mouth feel that adds to what IPA's do.

Ultimately, this beer is the great IPA but the cedar aging gives the impressions of fresh tobacco, buttery nuts, and fragrant woods. The cedar begins to resemble ginger and sasafrass in its spiciness and brightness which only add to the beer's complexity and roundness. The Humidor Series IPA is truely a pleasure to drink. I would love to to pair this with a great Monte Cristo standard Chirchill.

Thanks RomaniTeDomum.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 05:08:36 | More by BEERchitect
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MenloBeer

California

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a big beer mug.

A: Hazy, amber-orange. Lots of lace on the a big head that died down but stayed alive throughout the session.

S: The cedar aging is present, but the grapefruit comes across immediately. Hops, too, but that grapefruit just would not quit.

T: The cedar was evident, but like the smell, the grapefruit jumped out and demanded respect. Not as bitter an IPA like I am used to from my west coast brews, but bitter nonetheless. Not a lot of sweetness, a touch of spice.

M: Well carbonated, and very nice. Not sticky on the tongue, and not watery in any way. Well done on this front.

D: I like this IPA because it doesn't hit me over the head with hops. So many IPAs today just attack your mouth. This one is drinkable, but the grapefruit can be a little overpowering after a while. I like grapefruit, so plus one for me. Alcohol taste is masked well, so I could quaff this one without too much trouble.

I was glad to try this beer. Have been following their blog for awhile, and was curious to try their brews. A good beer, and unique in application. I will be looking to forward to more from Cigar City down the road.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 02:18:34 | More by MenloBeer
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WeisGuy

New York

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a - pours a deep golden color, quite hazy, very large ivory head with good retention and lacing

s - huge cedar aroma overwhelms the nose, some grapefruit notes cut through the wood, but not much

t - big sweet grapefruit flavor up front quickly followed by a deluge of cedar and bitterness, very mild malt profile, finish is incredibly dry with the cedar lingering on the palate, alcohol is muted

m - medium-bodied, moderate to high carbonation, very dry finish, not much alcohol warming

d - while I find the Jai Alai to be a very drinkable IPA, the cedar aging, while an interesting variation on the base beer, greatly limits the beers drinkability, both bottles I've had had been shares with 1 or 2 others, which was a good choice

Overall, a very interesting and unique variation on a great base beer. Well worth seeking out a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 01:30:58 | More by WeisGuy
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Doodler for this bottle. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a big ass beer mug.

A: Hazy, deep yellow-orange color with a fair head retention and lots of lacing.

S: Sweet 'n sticky hops, some cedar, and grains of paradise.

T: Much more cedar in the flavor profile. Not a sweet IPA as I imagined from the nose - a rather spicy IPA. Not complex, but very good.

M: The best feature of this beer. Perfectly carbonated with great body. It feels almost "hairy" - which in my book means the carbonation sticks with the beer the whole way through.

D: This one rides the line between an IPA and a DIPA. It doesn't show any signs of booze so it drinks much more like an IPA.

Overall, a job well done from Cigar City. This whole Humidor Series was a great idea!

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 01:08:07 | More by hoppymcgee
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AleWatcher

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this from DosBeerigos in a great trade-- thanks bud!
Reviewed from dictated notes during my "Clean out my cellar weekend."

Pours a cloudy amber/copper color-- a little like the sky at dusk. Hints of orange and pink hiding there too. Head is slightly off white, but frothy and thick. Great lacing clings for a while and then slowly settles into the body.

Smell is intense pine and cedar up front. The regular Jai alai really rocked my world with big tropical fruit smells... This one is mostly the pine and cedar.
Taste starts off sweet... then turns dry and bitter with definite wood and earthiness-- like dry earth. Not quite musty, but some dried firewood notes. Now I'm starting to pick up some citrus flavors too-- hard to pick out exactly what it is-- it's like an indiscriminate citrus. It adds nicely to the overall flavor profile.

The body is spot on. The carbonation level is great for being aged on wood-- a nice medium body helps to translate the flavor and add to the overall experience. This slides effortlessly down the mouth, but leaves a nice lingering oily feel. I honestly didn't want to open this one up until I had people over to split it with... and now I regret that choice--- I could have easily drank this entire wine bottle myself with no problem. This is highly enjoyable.

I could see this pairing well with a light cigar-- maybe a macanudo/claro. This would be a great beer to sit on the porch watching the sun go down on another glorious day... in a suit of white linens... at your South Carolina plantation.

EDIT: after having several bottles, I'll just say that the beer is MUCH better when fresh. After a few months the hops fade out fast and you're left with a beer tgat literally tastes like a cigar box.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 04:32:13 | More by AleWatcher
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CosmoHopHead

Kansas

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a cloudy, dark yellow/orange color with a fluffy, off white, one finger head. Sticky, sparse lacing on the glass

S: piney hops balanced very well with the cedar. I thought the cedar would dominate but it actually compliments the hops perfectly. Smells like hops flavored with cigar smoke and cedar.

T: cedar flavored hops come first mixed very well with the malts. Very piney and lots of citrus all with a cedar twist

M: medium carbonation. somewhat chewy

D: very easy to drink. goes down smooth and the alcohol is almost undetectable.

Overall, very happy to have tried this. A very interesting, unique take on an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 23:17:27 | More by CosmoHopHead
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CampusCrew

Florida

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow.. just had this again on cask and I had to reiew. What an intresting complex IPA!

appearance: amberish cloudy mess. not that appealing.

smell: heavy citrus and some nice cedar aroma meshed in.

taste: loaded IPA, almost double. decently balanced and loads of citrus, more the bitter ornage taste. cedar was present but not dominate. The cedar has a similar taste to hop flavor.

mouthfeel: medium bodied to full for an IPA

drinkability: overall a great beer and even better on cask

Serving type: cask

06-03-2010 22:53:23 | More by CampusCrew
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mdfb79

New York

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

From 5/21 notes. Had at a local DC tasting thanks to nimbleprop.

a - Pours a golden amber color with two inches of white head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of citrus, pepper, cedar, and some smooth caramel malts.

t - Taste is similiar to the nose; pepper, citrus and piney hops, smooth malts.

m - Medium body and light carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

d - I thought this was a pretty good IPA that was very easy to drink. Some nice citrus hops in the smell and taste. Didn't really taste any cedar but could smell it. Would definitely try again.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 19:21:26 | More by mdfb79
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emerge077

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a Duvel tulip, this IPA has an ample head of foam, with spotty lacing and good retention. It's a murky, opaque orange that glows in the sunlight. An island of larger bubbles cluster together on the surface.

Sweet caramel malt aromas, toffee, mild citrus rind, without much noticeable cedar presence to me (in the nose anyway).

Dry and bitter, an initial flash of toffee sweetness gives way to bitter grapefruit pith, lemon zest, and a dry woody finish. The combination of flavors is nice, though the dryness is dominating, and it's moderately bitter and resiny. Pretty smooth and fairly full bodied. We split the 750 a few ways, I probably wouldn't tackle one myself, though it probably could be done.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 16:15:55 | More by emerge077
Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 898 ratings.