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

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Ratings: 912
Reviews: 451
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 184
Gots: 88 | 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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Photo of morimech
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.

morimech, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of samie85
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.

samie85, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
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.

Mora2000, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of joepais
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

joepais, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of metter98
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.

metter98, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
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.

BEERchitect, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of MenloBeer
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

MenloBeer, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of WeisGuy
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.

WeisGuy, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of hoppymcgee
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!

hoppymcgee, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of AleWatcher
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.

AleWatcher, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of CosmoHopHead
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.

CosmoHopHead, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of CampusCrew
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

CampusCrew, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
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.

mdfb79, May 31, 2010
Photo of emerge077
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.

emerge077, May 30, 2010
Photo of mwilbur
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a clear golden color with 1 inch bubbly white head. Decent retention. Faint lace.
S: Nice cedar and hops. Pine and pineapple notes. Hint of guava and black pepper. Fresh and pleasant.
T: Holy hops! Cedar is still present, but not as nicely balanced as in the aroma. I'm sure there's more there, but the hop bomb obliterates everything else.
M: Very bitter from the overpowering hops. Light body. Slightly oily feel.
D: I'm a little over half-way through a pint of this one and having difficulty continuing. This started out promising, but took a nose-dive. Although I'd still say this is above average overall, I wouldn't recommend it. Don't go out of your way for this one.

mwilbur, May 30, 2010
Photo of jf60657
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Drank @ work off a cask.

Poured a cloudy yellow with a nice thick head into a standard 4oz tasting glass. Pretty murky for an IPA but thats not a problem. Head was about finger thick and receded quickly.

Nose was of fresh grapefruit and just a tiny bit of wood. I also got some sugary tones like melted watermelon jolly ranchers. If you take the wood out it smelled like every other big, citrusy IPA I've had as of late. There was a slight peaty smell as well.

Tasted it and BANG, HOPS! Pretty much a hoppy grapefruit spritzer mixed with a picket fence. I wanted the candy tones I smelled to come in and rescue this beer but it did not happen. Unbalanced and a little confused, this beer was interesting but by no means great. After a few sips it turned into a yawner. Hops, hops, hops. Yeah, I get it.

Mouthfeel was viscous and warm. A little oily and chewy.

I had 8 oz's of this and I was set. Did not want more

jf60657, May 29, 2010
Photo of wspscott
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle in Duvel tulip (no date)
hand delivered by mom straight from FL

A: A very white, very fluffy, two finger head tops a crystal clear, dark copper/orange colored beer. The head takes a long time to drop, never completely disappearing, as it drops, it leaves a ton of lace.
S: Relatively muted nose, hints of American (C's) hops as well as an odd smell, slightly "dusty". As it warms, the dust reminds me of my mother's old cedar chest, a hint of spiciness becomes apparent as well. Even as it warms, the hop aroma stays muted. I want more aroma hops in an IPA.
T: A sharp hopiness is in front, lots of bittering additions here. As it warms, the citrus hops start to jump out, but never become "obvious". At the back of the tongue is a woodiness. There is quite a bit of caramel sweetness, but it doesn't seem sweet given the hops, it just helps round things out.
M: Medium level of carbonation for the style. Oily hops help with a rich, round mouthfeel. There is enough body that this is more of a sippin' beer than a gulpin' beer.
D: This is a great beer, very unique. The cedar seems to add a nice level of woodiness without overwhelming the beer. Also a different kind of character vs. bourbon soaked oak. It would very interesting to do a side by side with Palo Santo Marron. Highly recommended, I would love to have this on tap.

wspscott, May 28, 2010
Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Brodie - thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy deep copper color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of grainy caramel malts, citrus and pine hops, and cedar. Surprisingly the cedar doesn't overpower everything but instead works nicely with the hop aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Caramel malt flavors that are a bit sweeter than the nose intimates kick things off. The malts are joined simultaneously by cedar and hops. The hop flavors are very similar to those in the aroma - pine and citrus with hints of earthiness. The cedar flavor fades a bit, allowing the malt and hops to carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall the cedar aromas and flavors were surprisingly robust but never overpowered everything else going on in the beer. Well worth a shot.

glid02, May 27, 2010
Photo of stang02
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass from a 750ml bottle. Pours an opaque orange that has absolutely no clarity to it. Has a one finger head that is slowly diminishing with great lacing. Smells is overwhelmingly strong from the citrus, namely grapefruit and some orange. There is no cedar in the nose which is disappointing. There is no cedar anywhere which is even more disappointing. If it weren't cedar aged then it would be a pretty good IPA but since it is supposed to be cedar aged it is a little bit underwhelming. That being said, it is still a very good, very drinkable IPA that should be experienced by anyone who likes the hops. The finish is slightly acidic because of the grapefruit taste that dominates the entire body of the beer. It is not balanced with the hops commanding most of the taste, with little regard to malts anywhere in the body of this beer. It has a good mouthfeel but feels oily on the palate afterwards.

I was originally excited to try this beer but it was underwhelming. It is still good to drink but the cedar is not prevalent whatsoever. Good IPA but I wouldn't go too far out of my way to get it.

stang02, May 26, 2010
Photo of cochell
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I tried the humidor after a few jai alai's. Let me say: this beer is a face peeler! Love it. The color is dark blonde, cedar on the nose and solid hop taste. Finnish is dry cedar and almost salty. I couldn't get enough and will mail some home for trades. Loving it!!!

cochell, May 24, 2010
Photo of bamadog
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this bottle from drazzamatazz as an extra (that's right, an extra -- anyone who trades with this guy, consider yourself to be extra lucky as he is a super generous BA!). Review is from notes taken on 5/22/10 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice deep and golden cider-like brown and it starts with a 1 and 1/2 finger off-white head with decent retention that fades to an uneven, yet full, cap; body is quite cloudy and shows tons of sediment swirling on the pour and it's easy to see that this offering is unfiltered and bottle conditioned; a nice wall of thick foam on the back of the glass and strands of lacing are left elsewhere.

Smell: Wow, the cedar is quite strong and unique -- easily the most dominant aspect of this beer, it blends in with a bit of a smooth, yet tangy citric aspect that's a little lemony and almost powdery...

Taste: This is a very interesting and very good beer -- the cedar is definitely dominant in terms of flavor and there is also a nice lemony and bitter presence following from the hops; there's a bit of an artificial powdery malty sweetness, but it could also be a bit more of the aftertaste from the cedar -- either way, it's still a great beer and very unique. Cedar could be the new oak.

Mouthfeel: Mouth is creamy and smooth; body is of moderate weight and the carbonation is there, but not much of a factor due to the heavier body as it really smooths it out; there is a dry stickiness left on the roof of the mouth at the end and it becomes a bit cottony and dry.

Drinkability: Very nice overall and I really like the unique aspect of the cedar - it's a great direction and I really want to try some more offerings that are done with this wood as it's very interesting. The flavors and scents are strong and the ABV, while a little high, is well worth working your way through and I would definitely pick this up any opportunity I got.

bamadog, May 23, 2010
Photo of Beerzebub
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks ktrillionaire!

Poured from a 750 into a Duvel tulip at 58F.

Attractive translucent amber color, with a half-inch of dense cream colored head that leaves plenty of thick, sticky lace.

The aroma is deep and complex - earthy, spicy, fruity combo of wood and hops. Orange-tangerine type fruit, and some caramel. The cigar box wood works great with the vaguely orange-like hops. Exotic, kind of along the lines of orange spice tea.

The flavor matches the aroma. A good dose of malt sweetness, with enough bitterness to balance it and get a dry finish. Very long, dry finish - earth, wood, spice, bitter orange peel.

Overly fizzy at first, but the bubbles are small, and with some swirling in the glass, the texture smooths out nicely. Finishes slightly watery, though.

Balance and dry finish make this very easy to drink a 750 of.

Excellent, interesting beer!

Beerzebub, May 22, 2010
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I brought this home from the Cigar City taproom, $9.99 (but I saw it 10 minutes later at Whole Foods in Tampa for $7.99!). This was much much more enjoyable than the standard Jai Alai, a beer that was OK but not as memorable as the cedar aged version.

This was copper colored and hazy, very opaque as compared with standard Jai Alai. Thick spitty head with a little lacing, not much. The aroma is kick-ass, definitely strong cedar although at first I'd have said pepper. I get the hops in the smell but it's definitely masked by the cedar.

The beer tastes spicy and a little citrusy, surprisingly light hops bite given the flavor of the base beer. Peppery and woody, really tasty. The body is maybe a little creamier or less carbonated than normal Jai Alai, but I didn't try them side-by-side. Definitely recommended, delicious beer.

TurdFurgison, May 22, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-cask at Datz Deli, served with Sunday brunch.

A - It appears an iced tea hue, way cloudy (turbid), no head. On par with the cask norm.

S - Smells of humidor cedar, apple cinnamon, and black pepper.

T - Tastes of super humidor cedar, less black pepper than usual, lots of tobacco notes. Outstanding!

M - It appears still and does have a scant level of carbonation. And yet it works so well.

D - An amazing brew, this Humidor IPA; it is the soul of Tampa, fermented.

ktrillionaire, May 17, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Got a couple o' these guys in trades with some righteous Floridians. Thanks go out to HeyOhhh for this particular bottle!

Heading into this brew, I've come to learn (and assume for the future) that wood-aging makes beers good, great, even excellent. Never before, though, has the wood been cedar. And, starting off, it hasn't affected the look much: still a clear amber-orange with more than enough sudsy foam toward the top (I'm told this position is normal, but I have no way to prove it). The cedar does come through in the nose. I've gotta admit, I'm surprised; normally the wood isn't this pronounced this quickly. Not content to live alone (wuss) the cedar is joined by a horde of piney hops, citrus peels, and some mild menthol. It's clear that the wood pays most of the bills, but the hops spend the most time in the taste, constantly gabbin' away on the phone, eatin' up all the chips (and chewing so damn loudly!), and always usin' up all the hot water. This means there's a helluva lotta piney bitterness, with some minor orange rind aftershocks, an intimation of buttery caramel, and, of course, the mild nag of the cedar, always hanging in the background. Luckily for these "Real World" rejects, they get along smoothly (after all, why do you think they were rejected?), even if they're not all that bubbly. This is probably the most drinkable wood-aged brew yet, especially considering the lack of alcoholic burn. Bring on more cedar, baby!

TMoney2591, May 15, 2010
Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 912 ratings.