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

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Ratings: 914
Reviews: 451
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 185
Gots: 88 | FT: 1
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Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tpd975 on 05-26-2009

Our flagship beer in the Humidor Series is Humidor Series India Pale Ale. We start with Jai Alai IPA as a base beer and add the cedar during secondary fermentation. The cedar provides a perfect balance with the assertive hops of Jai Alai to create an entirely new experience.

70 IBU
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4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for half of this beer

Review adapted from notes taken 6/4/11

Appearance: A robust, golden orange - nice lacing, head is kind of fluffy, kind of creamy

Smell: Absolutely REEKS of cedar - this smell reminds me of a chest that my parents use to store sweaters, and the result is complete olfactory confusion - after much contemplation, I have decided that I love this - aside from the cedar, the aroma has some nice pale, biscuity malts and some tropical fruits - some citrus, some pine

Taste: Really interesting, but really not that mind-blowing - nicely balanced hops and malts - sweet, biscuity but mostly pale malts - hops are the typical Jai Alai affair, juicy and tropical - a lot of grapefruit, sweet and bitter - the cedar works really well with this, adding what seems like additional bitterness and a tangy/tart hint

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth, nicely carbonated

Overall: So weird, but so good

There are so many permutations of Jai Alai that keeping track is a challenge. This is the best one I've had thus far. At first the smell made me think that I shouldn't consume this liquid, but after I got over that, it was quite enjoyable.

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

Provided by a fellow BA at a recent tasting, sorry brotha your tag slips my mind. Thanks!

With this brew I felt like I was going to see a movie knowing nothing about it, and coming out amazed.

Poured in to a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Brew has a nice light amber hue to it with the head forming nicely. The head stuck around for a good amount of time and was slightly an off white color. The aroma is where the experience starts with this brew, as the cedar just delights the senses. So not knowing about the aroma I sat there enjoy just the aroma for a good amount of time. Taste and aroma is a crucial part of any brew with out both it fails and this brew did not fail. The taste was of a slightly mellow citrus and sweet malt background. The cedar came out of this brew and balanced everything lovely and seemed to add a warming sensation to it. The brew was incredibly smooth and enjoyable. Will be seeking this one out again and hopefully will make a pit stop at the brewery it self.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gainesville House of Beer - on-tap

A - pours a clear burnt orange. 1.5 fingers of thick off white head. Nice carbonation coming up.

S - earthy, oak, some citrus. A lot like the base Jai Alai but much more woody! Great nose.

T - sweet malts at the front, in comes this nice woodiness and slight smokiness. Hops are so perfectly placed and balanced. This is what its cracked up to be! Has nice spice notes in there as well.

M - medium body, very drinkable. Carbonation isn't a whole lot going down, but nice.

O - great. Could drink a few. Definitely feel the 7.5. Very good, as all CCB is.

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4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

brought this one back from my recent trip to florida.

750ml bottle labeled "humidor series india pale ale" and mentions aging on spanish cedar on the side. sampled oct 27/2010.

pours hazy reddish orange with a big fluffy cream coloured head. the head drops slowly and leaves a thick layer of lace as it falls.

aroma is cool. much of the same west coast hops and tropical fruit that the jai alai contained, but paired with an interesting spicy woody character. light alcohol. caramel and toffee. white bread and cracker, with a touch of biscuit. hint of vanilla. a neat fruity character.

taste is great. the pairing with the cedar is really interesting. the hops are slightly mellowed from time on the wood, but the character it has added makes up for this. lightly sweet caramel and toffee. tropical fruit - mango, papaya, and pineapple. light grapefruit and orange. light vanilla and woody character, but the cedar has more of a spicy and herbal side than oak. around medium bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. medium body with a fairly dry finish. just over medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. i like the extra depth and complexity that the wood adds. nice balance, hiding most of its alcohol. i think i may have enjoyed this a little more than the regular jai alai, if only for its ability to stand out from the pack with the interesting wood aging. good stuff.

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4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:dark orange with some red mixed in. not really see thru but the light is brighter around the edges of the glass when looking through it. Nice head and lacing.

S: citrus, wood/cedar, a little sweet maltiness I think at the back end.

T: bright citrus hop flavors at first, a bit fruity,followed by the cedar flavors of wood and some spice, maybe a bit of malt at the end with the cedar flavor persisting in the aftertaste. Unusual at first but becomes very pleasing.

M: once it warms up the feel improves greatly. Medium thickness and a bit creamy.

D: pretty nice. I could see the cedar flavor becoming too much at certain times if your not in the mood for it but it is going down very easily and just asking to be drank right now.

A very unique and interesting beer. I had mixed feelings about this beer during the first half of the bomber but am enjoying the second half a whole lot more as it warms and I become accustomed to the cedar flavor. It is hoppy but very different than most other ipas. Would recommend to hop heads and barrel/wood aged beer fans. A big thumbs up.

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