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

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Reviews: 449
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rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 192
Gots: 87 | FT: 1
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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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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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.64/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (473 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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! (1,498 characters)

Photo of wedgie9
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Tasted from bottle. Pours a cloudy dark amber orange with a thick, frothy beige head that lasts for a very long time. Nose of cedar with grapefruit juice, lemon, and light malt. The grapefruit flavor is awesome in this beer. Some malts and a slightly dusty flavor along with some bitter hops also come through. On the palate, this beer is nearly perfect with medium carbonation and a nice long bitter hops finish. On the palate, I can agree that cedar is more subtle, but it kind of takes over the entire nose. Overall, I truly enjoy this IPA. (543 characters)

Photo of photomike
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very nice extra from HeyOhhh...thanks!

Pours the color of blood orange juice with slight haze and a really gorgeous orangey-white head of about one inch. Very soft with amazing retention and abundant lacing. If clarity bothered me, I'd give this a 4.5, but I really can't understand scoring it less than that. Exceptional is right!

Smell is...well....it is what it is. Ever jammed your face into an empty cigar box? Yep, that's exactly what it smells like. Pure, unadulterated cedar. Very light biscuity malt sweetness and a little bit of sweet citrus. The non-cedar elements are definitely overpowered by the wood. I happen to love the smell of cedar; in fact, it's one of my favorite smells. This is a bit too much, but I rather like it.

Thankfully, the flavor is not quite as out of balance as the aroma, but it's pretty close. Cedar is certainly the most prominent flavor here, but there is also a nice underlying grapefruit-peel bitterness. Not as sweet as the regular Jai Alai. In fact, nowhere on the bottle is Jai Alai mentioned. Biscuity malts. Dry finish. Not entirely complex, thanks to the prominence of the cedar.

Lots of really active carbonation on the tongue, though not uncomfortably so. Medium bodied, and lightly astringent. Very oily, the flavor sticks around in your mouth for ages.

This is a pretty tasty beer, especially for big fans of cedar such as myself. That said, the 750 was a bit of a chore after a while. So much cedar. I feel as though cedar could certainly contribute in a very positive way to a beer, but this is too much.
Sorry Cigar City. (1,583 characters)

Photo of ryanonline
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

hazy orange color with a big white creamy head thick and sticky lacing.

floral notes, strong cedar, and citrus. maybe a little apricot.

taste is the same but much more dry, and even has a little funk to it.

mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and very creamy with a medium body.

very light and not too filing, the flavor does not coat your palete. high drinkability.

quite a good beer and i could see this going well with a nice cedary stogie. (444 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden honey color with reddish hightlights. A nice frothy and dense off white head that settles into a big puffy cap. The aroma is malty sweet with tropical fruit hop scents. Smells like a DIPA, which I'm not that big of a fan. The taste starts off with a big citrusy and tropical fruit hop flavor. This is cut by an earthy, woody and slightly sour flavor from the cedar aging. The wood flavor helps keep the malty sweetness in check. There is a grassy pepper hop flavor towards the back end. The cedar flavor seems to fade or my palate seems numb to it, though the IPA still seems to be in good balance. Moderate body with fizzy carbonation, which helps breakup the hoppy bitterness. A good amount of grassy bitterness in the finish but doesn't totally wreck your taste buds. A good AIPA. I prefer that the hops have more of a floral or fresh flavor. It seems that the aging wouldn't allow for this. Other than that good brew. (950 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh growler sent straight up from Florida, I cracked this puppy open on Saturday afternoon and watched Avatar and ate Pizza while I enjoyed it. Consumed on 04/24/2010.

Nice pour here, mellow amber in color with a nice head of white that caps it off quite well leaving some nice lacing down the sides of the glass. Aroma is citrus, mango, lots of cedar and tobacco notes. Very nice and complex. Smooth, very rich creamy feel really lets the flavor settle in very nicely. Rich notes of cedar dominate here but letting them breathe lets the hops come through and leave the mark. Rich follow though with hints of pine, light herbs, touch of grassy notes, but the wood and tobacco dominate here for sure. Really easy to drink, I would not have even guessed this was 7.5 percent to be honest. Easily polishd off the growler and was looking for more.

Overall I really liked this, it worked well for me, then again I really liked wood aged IPAs. (941 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
1.57/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I've had this one a couple occasions now. Both out of the growler and out of the bottle. Both have been the same...

A: The pour is a nice looking hazy golden orange color with a white foam on top.

S: The nose is not a good start to the beer. Cedar and spicy mothballs. The hops try to peak through with just a bit of citrus, but the attempt is futile.

T: Just when I thought the nose couldn't get worse, I drank the beer. Incredibly astringent and spicy notes from the cedar with tobacco and a flavor that I would assume is how mothballs taste (judging from the smell).

M: A medium body with a moderate carbonation. Unfortunately, that spiciness sits on the tongue and is only tolerable for a period of time.

D: I really don't get this beer or the raves about it. I suppose the cedar aging might work for other styles of beer, but get it out of the IPAs. (859 characters)

Photo of tblfan04
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured in a Pint Glass

A: Goldish amber color with about a quarter of an inch of light brown head, great looking IPA

S: The smell is like walking into a Humidor it is unreal Cigar City Brewing is just on the money

T: It taste like a Humidor,the spanish cedar really comes out with every sip, it is by far the most interesting IPA that I have ever had

M: the flavor makes the mouthfeel great and it has good carbonation

D: I could drink this all day its a good Session beer even with the higher ABV. everything CCB touches turns to gold

You have to try this Humidor series from Cigar City Brewing its like nothing you have ever had A+ (639 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
2.98/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Dark amber color, with some brownish tints. Small white head. Some retained sticking on the sides during the drink that slid down back into the beer very quickly.

S - Wow, super huge wood smell right off the bat, smells almost like gin. Something quite spicy in there, maybe spicey soy sauce or horse radish. Also a lot of cigar smell in there, like it sat in tobacco or something. Very unique.

T - Really hard to describe what is going on here. Huge woody taste, some very hot spice going on here, and it really does taste like it was filtered through tobacco. There is some hops present but all the wood and tobacco taste kills in.

M - Lighter side of medium, decently carbonated.

D - Taste really kills this one for me, maybe my pallate is not sophisticated enough for this, but I just can't do it. (809 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into an Orval glass.

The beer pours a medium orange with a bright white head that rises about a finger, but gone pretty quick. Light lacing.

The aroma is very unique, took a couple minutes to place the smell, but finally realized the front is tobacco leaves and a hint of horesradish. There is a slight amount of smoke, very unique but flavors that probably shouldn't be in a beer.

The taste is also all tobacco, its like drinking an ipa that was filtered through fresh tobacco leaves. Once again, supremely unique but not drinkable at all. The finish has a hint of pine.

Overall, different but just not drinkable. If you're a smoker give it a shot. (693 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade with Sebletitje- thanks!

A: pours a deep orange / gold, relatively clear, nice 1 finger head, slightly off white, great retention

S: the aroma starts with some juicy fruity hops, lots of mango and orange, the cedar comes through pretty strong at the end, this smells intriguing

T: the hops are up front, very fresh and citrusy, slightly sweet with very little bitterness, the cedar comes through and provides a interesting wood character... it balances nicely with the hops and has a touch of bready malts on the end. It is amazing how much the cedar transforms this beer, and I must say I like this one better

MF: medium body, very smooth texture, carbonation is relatively low but it works nicely with the beer

D: wow, this is delicious and I could drink a lot of it. Unfortunately I only have access to CC brews through trade, so it can't be a standby. Overall, very nice balance and refreshing flavor. (930 characters)

Photo of Freethyhops
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle supplied as an extra by a generous Florida BA having side by side with the regular jai-alai.

a- we've got a gusher. it didn't stop at that though. the hazy orange liquid produced a massive amount of head. nice lacing, too.

s- compared to the regular IPA this literally almost smells like wood-chips at first. the IPA is under there though. citrus and caramel malt are most prevelent. slightly floral as well. the cedar may be a bit heavy but it's not off putting at all.

t- the woodiness from the cedar is still obvious but it doesn't cover up the IPA base nearly as much as in the aroma. it melds very well with the big caramel malt flavors. some floral and citric hop bitterness. slightly biscuit-like. a great balanced IPA taking advantage of a large malt profile to make a very good IPA.

m- very full bodied for the style. plenty of carbo. a bit of stickiness.

d- goes down as easy as any I can think of and packs a punch at 7.5%. I'd definitely have again I see it anywhere (996 characters)

Photo of urwithdave
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into my cigar city snifter.

A- Golden orange in color. 2" foamy white head. Nice sticky lacing.

S- Really nice here. Big hops and the cedar really comes out. Grapefruit, orange zest, and some floral scents.

T- The hops are big and the cedar adds a interesting twist. It's very piny and the citrus is abundant. The wood and hops are in the driver seat.

M- Nicely done. A very crisp, dry, finish.

D- I could do a cpl bombers. However, I like it better on draft. (485 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from the brewery.

Pours into my snifter a deep vibrant orange with great clarity and two fingers of creamy white head that lingers and leaves sticky lacing on the side of my glass. Aromas are quite unlike anything I've had before. An amalgamation of spicy cedar wood that enters the nostrils much akin to opening a humidor and juicy, tropical fruit hop tones. Grapefruit and herbal hop resins abound. Nice caramel malt background. Really love the aroma.

First sip brings an upfront mix of spicy cedar wood and tropical, citric hops. Somewhat earthy and peppery with a nice dose of herbal, grassy hop resins. Caramel rides in the backbone. Solid bitterness, the cedar and hops mix lingers on after each sip. Yum.

Mouthfeel is both smooth and creamy. Good carbonation and perfect balance that makes drinking a breeze. Overall, wasn't sure what to expect of this, but it delivered. The cedar aging really adds a great twist to an already awesome IPA. Now I just have to figure out how to get more! (1,010 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a couple bottles of this while at the Hunahpu release and brought them back to the great white north of Minnesota. Recently cracked open a bottle at a tasting.
Pours a golden hued color with a slight haze to it. The head is tan.
The cedar smell is extremely prevalent in this! also pick up notes of tangerine with a sweet and bitter smell.
The taste is exactly like the smell. You get a full mouth of cedar that transitions to the IPA flavor.
The mouthfeel is medium.
The only reason I gave it a 4 on drinkability is because the cedar gets a little much after a while. Great in small doses but probably tough to drink a lot of it at once. (648 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the most unique cask beers I think I have had the chance to try. I had a 10oz half pint at cask temp.

A - The color is a murky hazed (due to lack of cask finings) color of apricot with smallish head of cream

S - The smell is a strange but pleasant blend of piney hops and cedary woodiness w/ a light fruit ester

M - The mouthfeel is intensely hopped upfront with a astringent/resinous cedar bark texture which leaves the palate dry - medium body, a bit on the thin side of 7.5%

T - The taste is good, but not great as the hops are sligthly overpowered by the cedar, there is a nice Ipa flavor with mild fruit and subtle citrus of the hops, but it seems like they just went overboard with the cedar to prove to you that this is Really REALLY a cedar beer and IPA second. I love the experimentation, but when in balance with the total beer in mind

D - I will sum up here with a good, but not great along the lines of the taste portion of the review. I could probably only handle a 1/2 pint to be honest. I like the way cedar smells and Jai Alai is a decent IPA, but the combination seems to detract slightly for me rather enhance the drinking experience -just my .02 (1,185 characters)

Photo of pmccallum86
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to kbutler1 for bringing this treat back from CC.

Pours a golden color with a hazy cloudy body. The the head is thin and bubbly, looks inviting.

Lot's of cedar going on here, it's a very original smelling IPA. Tangerine, citrus and other hoppy notes.

Bitter with some woody notes, must be the cedar. Tons of cedar, not much malt present. Lots of cirtrusy hops, maybe some grapefruit as well. This is a very original IPA, that's for sure.

Medium carbonation, bitterness lingers in the tongue.

This beer was great to try, but I found it to be lacking in the drinkability department. (592 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to kbutler for bringing this back from Florida.

Poured into CC snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of off white head. Good retention with some splattered lace. Color is a dark copper hued orange. Very dark and hazed for an ipa.

Aroma: Tons and tons of cedar with mangoes, tangerines, and grapefruit. The hops are floral but not as present as they would be in a regular ipa. Great nose.

Taste: Very unique beer. Tons of cedar flavor. It reminds me of a sauna. Big fruit citrus - mangoes and tangerines. Some floral bitterness. Pretty solid and very unique.

Mouthfeel: Creamy but bitter and oaky. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends relatively clean.

Overall, this IPA is different but good. I like it and it is very interesting. I couldn't drink an entire bottle, but a glass is perfect. A well done beer from CCB. (834 characters)

Photo of trbergman
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a tulip. Thanks to urwithdave for the bottle.

A - Pours a bright amber-orange with three fingers of pillowy beige foam. With each sip, the beer deposits another intricate strand of lace.

S - Toffee, pine and herbal hop aroma, cedar.

T - Tastes of toffee and black tea with white pepper and a very dry, leafy hop flavor. Cedar adds a very welcome note of wood and a dry spiciness that's an interesting departure from the usual oak. Bitterness is only a bit on the high side but is accentuated by the slight, tea-like astringency. The finish is quite dry, with a lingering, citrus-pith flavor and bitterness.

M - Light body for the style, dry and a bit puckering. Good carbonation.

D - This is a unique - to my knowledge - take on the American IPA and a thoroughly enjoyable one at that. Great flavor without being too heavy, boozy, or over-the-top hoppy. Well done, Cigar City! (913 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.49/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Russian River tulip glass. Poured a murky copper orange color with a big frothy three finger off-white head. The head had some very good retention and left a lot of lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma starts off with some hoppy citrus flavors but then the big cedar, dry, woody flavor hits you. It really smells like you walked into a humidor. It's kind of hard to pick up any of the beer flavors through the strong cedar.

The taste shows a little more of the hoppy, citrus & pine IPA flavor then the nose did, but it also has a pretty strong woody cedar taste to it. The finish leaves a nice long lasting bitterness on the palate. The ceder might just be overpowering the taste too much in my opinion though.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent, you really have to enjoy the wood flavor for it to be drinkable though.

Overall this was a very interesting beer, it was a cool idea and I'm glad I got to try it. The cedar is just too overpowering in it though in my opinion and the wood flavor is hard to get past. This is probably the most extreme "wood" flavored beer I've ever had and I'm not sure how I feel about cedar as a beer flavor. It didn't seem to lend itself to beer as well as say Oak does in my opinion. (1,305 characters)

Photo of meatyard
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a cloudy, hazed, barely translucent, burnt orange with a 1", off-white head that has decent retention and moderate lace.
The smell is a strong dose of sweet, citrus hops followed by the cedar. It has a nice, mild floral aroma that seems to just float around and change a bit while drinking it.
Boy, the taste is different. The citrus hops starts again and seems to soften into the cedar flavor that dampens any bitterness that might have been there. Like the smell, it almost feels like you are drinking a flower at times.
Mouthfeel is light, leaning toward medium with just enough carbonation. It feels very smooth too.
Drinkability: Well, I think it's pretty good, goes down easy (if you like this one) and even though it's 7.5% you don't notice the alcohol at all. CC has made a rather unique IPA with this beer and it's interesting without being so just to be interesting. The cedar seems to do very different things than you would expect and mostly in a good way. (978 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cask offering at the General Sutter. Hot damn!

A: The IPA is unfiltered, looking like pulpy orange juice, only much darker, in my glass. The thickness renders thea le opaque. As with may cask offerings, there isn't much head.

S: The nose rocks. Sweetly bitter citrus rinds up front yield to white pepper at the end. I'm not sure what cedar aging adds, but the ale has a strong wooden scent that further accentuates the pepper.

T: The ale is a juxtaposition of flavors, sweet at first but quite hot at the end. The oranges stand out at first, sweet and juicy with a does of rind bitterness. The sweetness quickly transitions into a spicy pepper heat. The black and white peppercorns nip at the tongue with a bit of cayenne sharpness. The ale is very filling, as though the pulpy look adds heft to the body. A good dose of caramel malts serves as a foundation for the hops, which don't disappoint. Even on cask, this beer is hot.

M: The mouthfeel is sweet and spicy, zesty and full. I was down on Cigar City unti this beer. I really dig it.

D: Doesn't feel like almost 8%. The combination of orange and pepper is what makes the ale click. (1,143 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cask offering at Rattle N hum in NYC. This unfiltered, barrell aged brew pours cloudy medium amber, lighter tan head, typical sheeting and lace. I get mostly grapefruit on the nose with maybe a glimmer of cedar in the rear. Soft on the tongue, with low carbonation, ample fruity hops, again with a healthy dose of grapefruit. Tasty hopped up IPA from the sunshine state. The cedar here was lost on me. (401 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a cloudy apricot nectar appearance; the creamy head leaves plenty of lace behind

Smell: Toffee malt and grapefruit pith; hints of cedar

Taste: Toffee malt flavors up front, joined by the cedar and followed with a blast of pithy grapefruit that arrives by mid-palate; after the swallow, the subtle cedar elements are detectable in the bitterness, though the beer is more about the fruity hops

Mouthfeel: Medium body with creamy carbonation

Drinkability: Don't know if I am the biggest fan of the cedar; it adds an interesting element and is definitely worth a try (Note - I liked it a lot better in the bottle than on cask.) (652 characters)

Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 449 ratings.