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

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Ratings: 919
Reviews: 451
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 184
Gots: 87 | FT: 1
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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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Ratings: 919 | Reviews: 451
Photo of nickd717
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very generically labeled bottle without "jai alai" on it anywhere from what I could tell, shared at a BA tasting by mfielden - thanks, Mark!

A - Pours a cloudy golden-amber with noticeable sediment and a creamy white head that leaves some nice foam.

S - Aroma is citrusy hops, sweet malt, and lots of cedar, which I think works well here.

T - Sweet pale malt and cedar balanced by grapefruity hops. A little spice as well, especially lemon pepper. Another winner from CCB flavor-wise.

M - Palate is nice and smooth with soft carbonation.

D - High. I got through this one way too soon.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to erikkoppin for this great beer! Cheers!

Appearance - Pours a clear amber color into my SA Perfect Pint. About a finger and a half worth of tan head is achieved with a moderate pour, leaving some decent lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Pine, bitter hops, citrus flavors such as orange and lemon. There is a distinct earthiness to the nose also, and I can definitely smell the cedar.

Taste - A well done east coast IPA. While this is a bit more sweet than the nose, it is a very balanced beer. The bitter hops are at the forefront which melds with semi-bitter citrus flavors explained in the smell. The whole thing ends with a slight caramel/malt backbone toning down the bitterness, but not making it a cloyingly sweet IPA. As the beer warms more grassy/earthy notes come through, and I really can taste the cedar (or is it all in my head?)/

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - Quite so. I'm quaffing this down right now without an issue. No alcohol taste nor burn. A very nice IPA and am very glad I was able to try it. Went into this expecting the "worst" knowing it was from technically the east coast (no offense everyone, just don't like many east coast IPAs). Damn drinkable.

Photo of devilben02
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a cloudy orange amber color beneath a fluffy off-white head. The aroma largely features fresh citric hops and an intriguing subtle woodiness from the cedar. The cedar pops out of the flavor at first, particularly in the finish, but it gradually blends into the prominent hop character. Honestly, I thought I was crazy, but it truly tasted just like fresh grapefruit juice to me after a while. This wonderful and interesting flavor combination, along with a pleasantly mouth-filling texture, made this one a truly enjoyable drinking experience.

Photo of steve8robin
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Glad to try some of the Cigar City lineup this week. Hopefully I will get to try more before the week is out. 750ml bottle...

A: A murky iced tea color with a small off white head that fades at a decent pace and leaves a layer of lace on top of the brew. Good.

S: I get a blend of mild hop, cinnamon, and some nutmeg. I quickly get some maple and cedar in the middle and sweet malt on the backend. Decent.

T: I get a blend quickly upfront. Earthy hop, mild grapefruit, some mild cinnamon, and some piney spices. I get some cedar hints in the middle and a watery floral flavor on the backend. Good.

M: Full body with a great carbonation. Thick on the finish. Very good.

D: This one goes down incredibly easy. Perfect!

All in all, I like this version better than the White Oak version. Definitely worth a try if you like a malt and hop blend in your IPA. If you want bitter brutal hop, this is not for you.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown 750ml bottle, poured to one those sculptural/engineered Sam Adams 'Perfect Pint' glasses. A generic 'Humidor Series Ale' label wraps the lower half of the bottle...without knowing this was the Jai Alai IPA (thanks, Sebletitje!), it could be any from the series. The catch with 'Humidor' is that each ale is aged on cedar, which 'has a more subtle effect on beer than more traditional woods like oak'. Cool.

A: A mildly hazed amber/honey colored pour. Carbonation is modest at best, rising to 1+ finger of ivory creaminess. Good retention, a hanging ring and patchwork of lace.

S: Interesting aroma, light and herbal, indistinct woodsy perfume, flowery. Sweet like honeysuckle, a bit of mown grass. Just a pleasant, if not very distinctive, IPA (disappointing with the 'wood-aging' expectations).

T: Much more noticeable the effects of cedar-aging: a woody tang that has a vaguely 'bourbon' spicing, mild char and a herbal green-ness. Wood offers a slightly vinous, white grape tang; caramel coating balances the flavors beautifully. Initial tastes were a little 'unfamiliar', but once the taste buds got acquainted it was an absolute joy to drink.

M: Zesty feel, a lively spicing and fine prickly carbonation that mellows beautifully to a warmth and coating sheen that covers the whole mouth, working over the tongue and drawing the cheeks ever so slightly. Medium body, seems to get creamier as time wears on.

D: A pleasant drinker with a stealthy ABV; over the course of a couple hours I found a way to knock out the bottle before, during and after dinner [*see below]. Appealing flavors and a fine feel make this worth recommending

*Talk about your fine food pairings. Tonight's dinner was my wife's skillet-seared scallops over a bed of mixed greens, thin-sliced apples, chunked avocado, pan-fried bacon and shaved shallots, with a drizzle of tarragon vinaigrette. Drool. What? Oh yeah, there was beer...the Jai Alai paired wonderfully! :)

Photo of dudecandle
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask into shaker at Rattle n Hum Cigar City night:

A: Orange-mango, murky body with soapy off-white head

S: Mango, herbal hops, and apples

T: The mango remains the strongest flavor from the hops, but the herb is well represented. The apples really show up on the finish, giving the beer a nice progression from fruit to fruit. The cedar gives a pleasant dynamic, but nothing all-too-significant. Definitely some caramel sweetness going on throughout.

M: It was on cask, so it was a bit thin, but the long finish was very respectable.

D: Hops don't really pop, but there's a nice variety among them. It's pretty well-balanced, and I think the cedar really mellows it out.

Photo of bbeane
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a DFH snifter... Starts with a very nice white pillowy head with very nice retention and lacing. Beer is a cloudy amber color

S- Has a nice aroma... somewhat sweet. Thought I'd get more earthy notes, but not there. Smells delicious none the less

T- This one tastes like it was brewed on the west coast... pretty intense hop taste with the same hint of sweetness in the aroma, present in the taste. Finishes dry and earthy

M- Light/medium body with medium carbonation

D- A very nice east coast IPA... one of the best I've had. Don't remember what I payed for it, but pretty sure I'd pay it again... definitely give this one a try

CHEERS!!

Photo of mikey711
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of rfgetz
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely hazed orange amber color with moderate poof of off white head, decent retention and sticky lacing with some oily residue. Scent is dominated by tropical and citrus - grapefruit and mango - backed up by some pine and ceder scents. Only a faint hint of pale malts. Taste brings tropical fruits backed up by some grapefruit - the ceder aging adds a hint of pine but also softens the bitterness. Slightly noticeable alcohol presence. Nice medium body, oily with a very very dry finish. A really really good base beer in Jai Alai, but to be honest, the ceder aging only really softens the bitterness and adds a modest touch of character.

Photo of sjccmd
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to Lerxst!

Pours slightly hazy amber with a large off white head that slowly recedes leaving quite a bit of lacing.

Juicy hops with earthy cedar in the aroma. Spicy and interesting. The spiciness from what I'm guessing is the cedar almost seems Belgian-esque. Pineapple and a bit of mango rounded with malty sweetness.

Pine and citrus hops. Not overwhelming, but nicely balanced with caramel malts. Finishes with the cedar. Sweet, spicy and slightly earthy.

This beer coats the mouth nicely but is sufficiently carbonated, which helps deliver spicy and citrusy flavors.

Another winner from CCB. The cedar seems to provide a more mild flavor than oak. It compliments the citrus flavors quite nicely.

Photo of nhindian
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Cigar City snifter. Bottle generously provided as an extra by thagr81us, thanks Calton!

A - Pours a dark goldenrod color with flecks of amber within the deepest parts. About a finger's worth of cream-colored head with pretty good retention and a thick cap after it's gone. Lacing is nice as well, with long, cascading curtains of foam surrounding the glass.

S - The nose is rich and complex, bringing in deep aromas of the underlying IPA mixed with wood. You can almost smell the juiciness of the citrus, grapefruit, and pine from the hops, and the cedar serves as a way to balance that by adding a big dose of vanilla and a sawdust smell that is like sticking your head into a cedar chest. The malts are no strangers as well, contributing a nice caramel aroma.

T - The depth of this beer continues well into the flavor. At first, it seems rather malty, with a bold caramel sweetness and a slight toffee flavor. The wood definitely serves as the bridge between the malts and hops, with an aggressive cedar taste that is almost like sucking on a stave, but then the vanilla returns to help cut that. As in the nose, the finish is all hops, from the ripe citrus notes to the bitter finish.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with good carbonation. A bit syrupy at times, but the carbonation helps alleviate this a bit. Finish is long and bitter.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. Up to this point, Dogfish Head's Burton Baton has set the bar for me in terms of wood-aged IPAs, but this definitely makes it close. I would say this beer is a bit more complex than Burton, but is more bitter and the amount of cedar is like getting a face-full for sawdust, which isn't necessarily bad. I haven't had Burton in too long, but I faintly remember it being a bit more smooth. This is still a great beer though, and definitely in the top tier for it's style.

Photo of spointon
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of bonkers
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very excited when I saw this at Pinnochio's. I poured from a bomber into a snifter, the pour is hazy orange with a fluffy white head. This leaves nice rings of lace. The nose is woody and floral, pine, and cedar dominate. Piney,herbal hops with a backdrop of cedar and tobacco rule the tongue. It finishes with a sticky cedar and some bitterness. The beer is medium in body,slightly sticky mouthfeel, highly carbonated. The beer met my high expectations.

Photo of MacQ32
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to kpanter for this one!

A - Super cloudy rusty orange - thick caramel colored chunks of sediment eventually settle to the bottom of my Weyerbacher Tulip glass. Light caramel colored head, dense and mountainous, fantastic retention and lacing.

S - Tons of cedar, grapefruit, pine, maybe a bit of lemon and spice. Caramel is hardly present.

T - Oh wow tons of slightly spicy cedar, orange, grapefruit, hardly resinous (if at all). Very sweet and cedery, a bit of sweet caramel malts. Finish is slightly spiced ceder and a bit of citrusy rinds/bitterness.

M - Light/medium bodied, littleish carbonation but the bitterness gives the illusion of carbonation. Fairly smooth, a good tasty easy drinker.

O - A great carbonation of flavors. I wouldn't necessarily say its really well balanced, but its close and the flavors that could be more balanced are fantastic so it's not necessarily a negative that its not super balanced.

Photo of doughanson78
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Big thanks to dimenhetfield for this one.

A: Very orange in color. Very slight haze. Huge three finger head, very rocky/fluffy, slightly off white in color. Decent retention and good lacing.

S: Big awesome Cedar aroma. Citrusy hops are light, but a little grapefruit and a little peach. Slight caramel backbone. An ashy, like wood ashes, aroma.

T: A slight citrus bitterness upfront. A good overall cedar taste. Very caramely from the middle to the finish. A slight woody aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied. Slightly creamy and slightly rough. Fairly dry. Medium carbonation.

O: Much better than the regular Jai Alai. Very nice Cedar flavors. Maybe the woodiest beer I've had. Oak really don't do it for me much. Would love this super fresh to get more hoppiness.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: crimson amber, very slightly hazy with a two finger head.

S: musty and pungent aroma with hop and floral notes. Cedar is more evident in the aroma than taste for me.

T: nice grassy and pine flavor which remains only mildly bitter through the flavor. Cedar notes but not to the extent I was hoping.

M: medium body and dry finish. moderate carbonation.

Overall: Easy to drink IPA. I was hoping for more cedar in the taste but its a nice addition to the aroma.

Photo of chickencoop
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of alaimoa
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle which looks to have been bottled June 2013
A: murky amber with off-white 1 inch head and lacing that fully coats glass while lingering. lots of floaties in the glass
S: pretty awesome if you ask me, it smells exactly like a cigar humidor which isn't a typical aging wood used with beers (Cedar I think). Sweet humidor aromas with a touch of cherry notes
T: upfront sweetness, cigar/cedar in the front without much biting hop profile and smooth malt notes really shine through in the back. medium/wet finish which I could imagine pairing great with a cigar
M: medium carbonation, not very aggressive, smooth, subtle creaminess, not overly dry/bitter

Overall seems like a wide range of opinions on this beer, I come away very impressed and yes, its different than the standard Jai Alai but something very unique with the cedar/cigar notes and a really nice sweet malty backbone that isn't as sticky as some of the Rye IPAs I've had. Nice balance and mouthfeel. Would most definitely have again and look to seek out if available

Photo of ffejherb
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into half pint glass on 9/14/09. Thanks to FooFaa for sharing.

A - Poured a hazy amber/orange colored body, reminiscent of a sunset, with a one-finger rocky, frothy head that deposited lots of sticky foam around the glass.

S - Initial aroma is extremely spicy and woody with fragrant wafts of pine needles, cedar and white pepper. Malt character is sweet and syrupy.

T - Spicy and woody flavor with a dominant cedar character and hints of pine needles. A syrupy sweet malt backbone balances all of the spicy notes. However, plenty of sticky, piney hops emerge in the backend and work quite well with the cedar and woody characteristics.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a syrupy texture with a bit of oily residue. Finishes with assertive bitterness on the palate.

D - Unique and innovative, this cedar-aged ale is extremely aromatic and flavorful. The cedar character is undeniably palpable. I have a feeling this brewery is going to become one of my favorites very quickly.

Photo of hoppymeal
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of mscudder
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint. Big thanks to Corey for bringing these back from the release last week!

A - Translucent amber with a citrus glow. Two finger light-ivory head with excellent retention and lacing.

S - Grapefruit, citrus and cedar. All in a nice delicate balance. Could be more robust.

T - Big cedar presence among citrus and hops. Cedar is at center-stage, although I do not think I have a problem with that...

M - Nice medium body with enough carbonation to keep it alive. Lets the cedar curb the feel nicely.

O - A unique IPA for sure. Nice hop profile that is tamed by cedar, cedar, cedar. Happy to have 7 left!

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

Thanks to GOGRANDE for hooking this up in a trade!

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of alpinebryant
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 750ml bottle into Bruery tulip

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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