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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 khiasmus
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

"I'm kind of a big deal, my library smells of rich mahogany..."
So it is with Cigar City, a big deal, small batches, cedar-aged IPAs(really?), the hype monster. So here's the first try at it, sitting in the library of rich mahogany with a puro and a CS Lewis book for good measure.
"I say, what a bit of alright! What of it, chaps?"
"Blimey! White pepper! Bakery-rolls and all, what with a bit of grapefruit to boot!"
"Lightly cloudy and little head, but what of a chance at rain? Heh heh..."
"Crikey! Here, lads, is a load of hops. A bloody monstrous bitter too, I say..."
"Well, after I dropped a bomb on this, I did expect to be gobsmacked, while this is a bit of a disappointment."
"Well I think it's bleeding ace."
"Write your own bloody review then."
"Stonking hopping, bitterness, and lemon-sour, then just a bit of white bread, cedar..."
"I think they made a blatant dog's dinner. What of all the chemical bits?"
"Well, horses for courses, I suppose."
"Low carbonation, watery, astringent, ill-balanced, bitter and spicy. I find little to enjoy in this."
"Well, there's little sense in waffling on and on... I'm a bit squiffy anyway."
"It was a fine piss up. Ta."
"Cheers mate."

khiasmus, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of tempest
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750 ml bottle from Knightly Spirits in Orlando. Poured a hazy orange with a tall white head. The aroma has a syrupy mix of sweetened grapefruit, toasted cedar plank, and ash, but with more of the focus on the citrus hops. The flavor hits off with the hops - big pine and juniper (almost like gin), and then biting orange peel. Dry, wood flavors kick in to finish with cocoa and toasted crust. Overall, a very well-made and interesting IPA. I hope this beer gets around, it's damn good.

tempest, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of largadeer
2/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Murky amber with a sticky white head. Good lacing, good retention, clarity could be much improved.

Smell: Intensely woody with a bit of citrusy hops beneath. Some oxidation as well. A cedar overload.

Taste/mouthfeel: Woody, tannic, borderline astringent cedar overpowers the hops and malts both. I get a bit of citrusy hops mid-palate, and no malt to speak of. Bitter tannic finish, it seems like the astringency comes from the wood more than the hops, and there's a noticeable lingering wet paper flavor. Decent, not great.

largadeer, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber in color. Nice inch of frothy head forms on the pour.
Smell is spicy hops, just a hint of cedar. Taste is a nice balance between the hop flavors and the cedar. There's not as much cedar in this beer as I was expecting. The 100k + OT #2 had a lot more cedar in the flavor.
Medium to full on the mouthfeel. Very easy drinking beer that you could easily drink a bunch of. Would have loved to try this on draft.

FtownThrowDown, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of pwoods
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Ftown for sharing. Murky light iced tea color. Godd head. Lots of peppery spice and sharp citrus. Cedar is soft in the back. Taste is a bit more subtle but good spice and citrus. Average bitterness. Moderate malt to balance. Good body and drinks decently.

pwoods, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of Arbitrator
2.98/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chilled 750mL into a glass. A generous extra from Jw347. Thanks Johnathan!

A: Pours an extremely cloudy amber color that glows a diffuse orange against the light. Great-looking body that would be improved by some clarity. With some inspection I can see bubbles streaming up the glass. The pour results in 1.5 fingers of creamy, off-white head that retains for several minutes before retreating into a light cap on top of the brew. Leaves some dribbles of lacing down the sides of the glass. I like my IPAs clear, unfortunately.

S: Wow, they really take the cedar to heart. Very tannic and earthy, with an herbal note to it. The hops are almost an afterthought, or perhaps they're fading a bit. There's some dankness in there, with citrus hops coming last. The smell really stands out on this one; I'm having a great time just sniffing it and not sipping (I like cedar). Not a great nose if you're looking for IPA characteristics, though.

T: Initially malty with a caramel flavor, but it gets hoppy midway through with, as the nose suggests, citrus and a stronger pine/weed flavor. Dank, earthy pull into the finish, which is fairly tannic (if I can be honest, TOO much so) and surprisingly dry. A lingering bitterness with some pepper in the aftertaste.

M: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated. I don't like lingering bitterness in beers, and the bubbles in this one do a decent, but not great, job of staving it off. Kind of a chewy body.

D: A very distinct flavor and one I appreciate. But a bit much to have on a regular basis. Definitely a brewery to keep an eye on, though.

Arbitrator, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of boatshoes
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this bottle in my first trade with Bucwild, his first trade ever as well! Thanks again and hope to have many more trades!

Appearance- Pours a beautiful orange-tinged amber with a massive white head. I shared this one with a visiting guest to our glass studio on our farm and the first glass poured with about three and a half fingers off a relatively mild pour. The second glass I was a little more careful, but still ended up with about two and a half fingers. The head stuck around for quite awhile too, eventually dying down to about a quarter finger that stuck around over the surface of the beer. Carbonation beaded throughout the drinking experience as well and perhaps most impressive were the massive amounts of sticky lacing left down the side of the glass as I drank.

Smell- The smell was very unique in terms of the IPA's that I've encountered. There was a great deal of fruity/citrusy hops present, giving it the typical grapefruit scents of many IPA's. That being said, the hops definitely tilted towards citrus rather than pine or resin. However, in addition to the typical IPA notes, the cedar really came through. It was almost like smelling the inside of an empty cigar box. Very unusual but very interesting and pleasant I thought.

Taste- Interesting yet again. Big notes of grapefruit and citrus up front. However, unlike the usual drying hop bite that follows these initial flavors in an IPA, the cedar immediately follows the citrus. It is less prominent as cedar per se than in the nose but here has the effect of really smoothing out the hop bitterness of the IPA. As such, this is really a rather fruity, mild tasting IPA. While this isn't what you might expect as an IPA, it is certainly a unique experience and one that I could appreciate.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- A really heavy and sticky mouthfeel. Very chewy and somewhat unusual yet again as it lacked the drying bitterness of the IPA's I'm used to. Great level of carbonation however. I will say though that on the whole I found this beer to be a touch too sweet to drink too much of.

Overall, a very unique experience that might not be everyone's cup of tea, especially hop heads. However, I found it interesting and enjoyable. Go into this one with an open mind and you might just like it quite a bit.

boatshoes, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Upon pouring the beer produces a very fluffy off-white head. The head sticks around for some time until becoming a ring that produces some wonderful lacing.

The beer smells interesting. The hops and cedar both come out in the nose and prodce a light grapefruit smell.

There is an initial sweetness in the beer that is countered by the hops and cedar together. There is perceptable grapefruit, but the cedar and hops working in chorus are very interesting. At first it felt like I was slurping a beer from a humidor, but when the beer breathed a little it came together. I blame my overzealousness.

In the mouth it is nice and smooth, even creamy. The carbonation helps prepare your tongue for a nice hoppy kick.

Hell, yes this beer is drinkable. It is a very refreshing drink by the pool on a warm day. I see why this was released this time of year.

RomaniIteDomum, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of mikey711
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this in a trade with Markwise.

I am very interested in trying this one because of the cedar aging.

A: It's a nie copper color with a bubbly slightly off white head. A nice ring of layers remains after each sip.

S: The cedar is very present, providing a mix between tobacco and pepper. I have never smelled a beer like this before and am pleasantly surprised. The hops there to but not as strong as the cedar.

T: It starts out with a nice grapefruity citrus bitterness and finishes a bit peppery and smoky.

M: Very full and refreshing. Nothing unpleasant here.

D: Another easy one to drink. The 750 doesn't stand a chance, but I wouldn't go after another.

This was my first beer from Cigar City and my first cedar aged beer. I was extremely happy with this beer because it was a bit unusual. I wouldn't be surprised if other breweries start to experiment with cedar as a result, but this was definitely a hit.

mikey711, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of portia99
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle received in trade from BeerLovinGrl. Thanks Chrissy for the chance to try another great Cigar City beer. Really appreciate this! Shared with nonstick. Poured into a Russian River Belgian glass.

A - Nice clear, orangey amber with an off-white 1 finger head comprised of various sized bubbles. Head lasts a minute and then dissipates leaving nice lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Piney hops with a helping of citrus, grapefruit and pineapple...also some spicyness - is this the cedar?...hmm, can't identify it. Underlying sugary malt balances things out.

T - Piney and citrusy hops come thru and dominate this beer. Nice caramel and sugary sweet malt balance, and some woodiness rounds things out. Some alcohol flavor also. Everything blends really nicely.

M - Medium bodied, ample carbonation. Lingering woodiness and bitterness into the aftertaste with a little fruitiness mixed in. Very good.

D - A little bit on the heavy side, and 7.5% alcohol impedes drinkability, but this is a very tasty beer. I would definitely like to have another one of these. Really interesting wood flavor with the cedar aging. Very good overall.

portia99, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of gunnerman
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass pours a hazy orange copper color with a fluffy foamy head that leves nice lace on the entire glass. Smell has that citrus character to it. Taste is very impressive with a nice hop explosion on the front end and a bit of a peppery wood on the back end. The flavors mended nicely and the cedar to me really shined through. Overall another outstanding product for Cigar City.

gunnerman, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of infestaxion
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From my notes

A - Hazy coppery orange with a big fluffy meringue head. Great retention. The lacing is insane.

S - Glorious slick hops. Good dose of malt and hint of cedar. These smells only stronger would get a 5.

T - The same slick hops are there but the malt seems less prevalent than the smell. The cedar adds a very subtle and unique flavor. As it warms the malt opens up more. Nice and bitter in the finish. Very good.

M - Thick & sticky. Good carbonation.

D - Very, very drinkable.

infestaxion, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big ole 750 provided by ditmier last night at inflatablechair's house... Thanks to Eric for providing such an interesting assortment of beers and to Sam for hosting.... I had this a few times over the night with nice pours into my small La Trappe goblet.

Color is a very hazy orange... no chunks... just very hazy..

Nose is pretty citrusy and much more like a traditional West Coast IPA than I was expecting.... Sam says Cedar smells like a cigar box... I know what cedar smells like, but am having a hard time picking this out in the brew.

Flavor is again pretty traditional and fairly fresh tasting despite the distance traveled... citric hops and some caramel maltiness that I think goes well with some toasty/earthy elements from the wood aging.. finish is a bit dry and mildy tannic.. good creamy body and bunches of small bubble carbonation add to the overall experience...

Thanks again Eric... This is a brewery that I just don't know if I have the gumption to go after.... glad you're such a trooper.

JohnGalt1, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle. Pours a cloudy copper with a thick, foamy off-white head. Aroma of floral hops, bready malt, citrus, and wood. Flavor is slightly more woody/oaky with some sweet caramel malt and a touch of citrus. Creamy palate, just awesome. Not as cedary as I'd expected given the title, but I like the subtlety. Very nice IPA, definitely not a classic example of the style because it's not very hoppy, but a tasty treat nonetheless.

LilBeerDoctor, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of Gyle41386
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #200. Big thanks to my buddy Ken down in Florida for sending me a couple of these and some Big Sound.

Review from notes:

The pour reminded me of orange juice. Cloudy, small head, decent retention, bits and pieces of lacing left behind.

Fruity and woody aroma and flavor. Really nicely balanced. I've never had anything aged in cedar, but I didn't expect it to be a subtle flavor. Good citrus + cedar made for a really nice beer. Nice woody finish.

Very mellow...doesn't show any signs of 7.5% (my notes say 9%, wonder where that came from) ABV. Pretty good beer, and a nice easy drinker.

Gyle41386, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of corby112
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark hazy golden orange/amber color with a 1.5 finger frothy, pillowy off-white head. Good retention with soapy chunks of lacing.

Citrus earthy hop aroma. Floral and citrusy with an excellent biscuity malt backbone with a subtle cedar smokey tobacco presence.

Creamy medium body with soft carbonation. Citrus hops, light fruit up front followed by a nice citrus hop bitterness and a nice roasty cedary wooden tobacco presence that leads into a very bitter hop finish. Burnt wood tobacco aftertaste is present with a little too much of a mat backbone for my liking but otherwise very unique, complex and drinkable.

corby112, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass. Big thanks to Greg (Tpd975) for the great extra!

Pours clear copper with a towering, dense 2-finger off-white head and tons of effervescence. Fantastic stickage and lacing. This one hits all the right notes in terms of appearance.

Nose is evident even as the beer is being poured from a foot away. Big, vibrant, tangy grapefruit and even a bit of pineapple latch onto a spicy pine note that I think is also the best incarnation of the cedar as well, which is very subtle in the nose.

Taste carries a big, pungent hop note up front, grapefruit rind, pine, and the spicy, resiny cedar note all latch on to the prominent bitterness. Caramel malt backbone never diminishes underneath, but never escapes that big, pungent hop note either. There's a dankness to this one that I have a hard time deciding whether I'm a fan of or not, almost a denseness to the flavors. Medium-heavy bitterness lingers on the finish.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy from the lingering head with a pleasant, tiny-bubbled, soft carbonation. Bit tingly, sticky, heavy.

Drinkability is ok, I suppose - too heavy and dense to really be tempting in large quantities, and the pungency and bitterness tend to build up a bit. A nice beer, and gorgeous, but with flaws as well.

JohnQVegas, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of miketd
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big props to mcbackus. Thanks man! Pour is bronze with a nice, fluffy white head. Aroma of pine, grapefruit and fresh grass. Flavor is bitter upfront with a lot of cedar and almost smokey. The body is thick and almost seems to contain pulp or something. Very clean and dry. This was my favorite beer from Cigar City so far. Hook a brutha up!!!

miketd, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of kbm
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received a bottle in a trade with Keifdog.

Preface: I decided to drink this in a cigar store (which boasts one of the largest walk in humidor's in the state, so lots of cedar smells already) with a cigar (Rocky Patel Sungrown).

Appearance: Poured slightly cloudy copper with a huge head (maybe four fingers) with great retention and lacing.

Smell: Citrusy/piney hop metallic and the more I drink the more I smell the cedar.

Taste: Malty and citrusy with cedar prominent in the after taste. Moderate hopiness. The cedar is not a bad flavor, just different but I don't think the cedar adds to the beer. I've had the regular Jai Alai IPA and given the choice, I would order the regular Jai Alai every time. However, the cedar did add an interesting complexity in the cigar shop which was already cedar smelly in its own right.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to heavy carbonation. Pretty refreshing on a warm day.

Drinkability: Somewhere between a gulper and a sipper. Medium body.

kbm, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazed, deep copper body with an inch of long-lasting, whitish foam.

Smell: Pale maltiness with a sweet-scented brushing of light caramel coupled with a spicy, peppery cedar aroma and peppy hop notes of tangy citrus and grass.

Taste: Pale malts with a touch of fresh grains and a sweet mingling of light caramel and toffee. Brightly hoppy with a bold hit of juicy citrus fruits and a slight grassy overtone. Moderate bitterness. Ah, then there's the cedar wood delivering a distinct taste of finely-ground white pepper for a nice layer of spiciness. Sure, it finishes dry and fairly bitter, but it's that lingering zesty cedar wood that really sends you back for another and another sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight hefty, chewiness to the mouthfeel though.

Drinkability: Very enjoyable. While it would be a fine, balanced India Pale Ale in its own right, it's the addition of cedar wood that really sells it for me.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of jbone78
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from the Whole Foods located behind the brewery when I was in Tampa less than a month ago. Here we go...

A- Poured from the wonderful 750 ml. bottle into my Cigar City pint glass. Pours yellow/orange with a slight haze to it. Head starts off strong and dissipates quickly.
S- Not much in this department. Normal, I suppose.
T- The best part! At first, you get a great citrus flavor similar to grapefruit. Very nice balance, not overwhelmed with bitterness. I really enjoy the flavors. When you thought you were done the cedar kicks into a smooth finish.
Nice!
M- I might have ranted too much in the Taste department, but well balanced and perfect carbonation.
D- I wish we could get this in Panama City. Maybe one day.

-Bye

jbone78, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of hoppymeal
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly hazy light to medium copper with a thick, cream colored, two-finger head that very slowly recedes, some decent lacing as it does. Aroma is a nice citrusy hoppiness, grapefruit, some oranges and cotton candy, overall a pretty hoppy aroma. Taste follows with a quick glimpse of the citrus, before the cedar becomes evident, light, but there, hope come back in towards the finish with some grapefruit-y bitterness. The cedar and woodiness accentuate some of the alcohol in the beer, but definitely doesn't make it offensive, the wood notes also work fairly well with the hoppy flavors, never taking over. Mouthfeel is medium in body, some nice tingly hops on the palate and back of the throat, a small bite of alcohol, and some drying bitterness in the finish. Overall a very good ipa, I am not usu a huge fan of wood aged ipa's as the alcohol always seems to overpower the fresh hoppiness, but here it is just mild enough to be able to work with it and still let the hops shine. Would definitely love to try some of that cedar flavor in a big stout, but it worked well here, nicely done. Thanks Jay for the opportunity.

hoppymeal, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of Overlord
1.98/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to fogdog for hooking me up with several Cigar City brews. I am looking forward to trying this underexposed, almost never mentioned on the forums brewery.

I carefully poured myself 2.3 oz for reviewing purposes, then set the rest aside to be consumed after my review is in final (there will be no edits at a later date). I tossed the bottle in my dryer on medium heat then shoved it in the microwave, sans cap, for thirty seconds, to replicate cross-country growler shipping in desert conditions. Now we're good to go!

Pours a deep, hazy orange-amber with a billowing off-white head. Huge heads on these Cigar City brews.

Smells like ... whoa. Holy s***. So that's what a cedar infused beer smells like. Ummm...okay. I smell what I imagine is cedar. Huge amounts of piney, aromatic, cigar-storage-box esque cedar. Yeah, the humidor name is apt. While there's no tobacco in the nose, my brain wants to insert it.

Taste is a bit more complex, with some grapefruit, juicy tangerine, and a bit of bitter pine ... along with CEDAR. And some balancing caramel. You have to have a disciplined palate to pick out the nuances here.

It coats the tongue. Exotic. Memorable. Would I want it every day? No. Cedar is awful and shouldn't be used to age beer. There. I said it.

Very good mouthfeel. Sticky, tangy, good carbonation. F*** that cedar.

Overlord, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of gford217
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle courtesy of jdubfl poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep, hazy brownish orange with a big creamy white head that shows fantastic retention and remains a one-inch head for the duration. Lacing is impressive as well with sheets of sticky lace all the way down.

The aroma is not too different from the original Jai Alai with a dominant fruity citrus aroma with hints of pine and a nice caramel sweetness as well. The cedar is definitely present but not overpowering at all.

The taste is where the cedar comes out a bit more. There's lots of juicy citrus up front but it gives way to a healthy caramel malt sweetness and a more prevalent spicy wood presence which lingers through the finish with a healthy dose of resinous hops.

The mouthfeel is pretty full bodied and very sticky with hop juice. There is an interesting spiciness from the cedar as well which makes the mouthfeel more unique than most IPAs.

This is a very impressive beer from Cigar City and I think it's better than the original, as the cedar really smooths things out and lends an earthiness to things. I'm not normally a fan of wood-aged IPAs, but this one really surprised me. Well done and one of the better IPAs I've tasted in recent memory.

gford217, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of DIM
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a chill-hazed golden coppery color, on the dark side for an IPA. It poured with a big, craggy, sticky white head.

s: Hard to believe this beer has been aged in anything. The first thing I noticed was the fresh, vibrant citrusy hops. Plenty of lemon peel with a little grapefruit. The cedar in the backround is subtle and comes across as spicy rather than woody. Very nicely done!

t: Pretty big departure from the smell. The cedar has muted the hops to the point that they seem herbal rather than citric. Some lemony elements do remain however. The cedar is pretty prominent at the finish, and it is distinctly "woody". Still, all this combined with just a hint of caramel sweetness makes for an interesting and undeniably delicious beer.

m: Gently creamy carbonation and a big, silky smooth body.

d: I entered into this with some trepidation. Aging an IPA for any purpose always sounds like a bad idea to me. I have to give these guys credit though. They handled this with finesse and it came together beautifully.

DIM, Jul 25, 2009
Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 912 ratings.