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

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Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series)Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series)

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Ratings: 897
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 13.58%
Wants: 172
Gots: 84 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
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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bentonquest

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

03-17-2012 18:58:23 | More by bentonquest
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DCon

Missouri

3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared a 750mL bottle of this w/ BigDoug @ the Royale in St. Louis, MO. Poured from the Red/Green/Yellow Labeled bottle w/ a Giant "H" in the middle into a Shaker Glass. Has no sign of a freshness date.

Aroma- Malt, hop, and a mild blend of oak come around here. Nothing distinct in this aroma and very shy attributes.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that dies quickly. Has a dark orange/copper body with good clarity. Leaves tons of suds behind.

Flavor- Very sweet flavor including American hops but stay as a light-medium flavor in here. A bit of cedar/oak come around towards the end. Medium Bitterness at most.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and a nice barrel attribute with hops are left on the palate.

Overall Impression- Not one of my favorites from Cigar City. Since I thought the Jai Alai was an A+ IPA, you rarely see a beer this profound and world-class to be changed for the better. Glad I got to enjoy but wouldn't grab this as my first choice if around an isle with other C.C. beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 19:21:05 | More by DCon
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bsuedekum

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

03-14-2012 04:47:50 | More by bsuedekum
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RonnieRotten

Michigan

5/5  rDev +23.5%

03-12-2012 21:10:32 | More by RonnieRotten
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.2%

03-12-2012 14:45:31 | More by Tyrawlings
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by afdempse. Thanks Adam!

The beer is transparent and orange colored, sporting a half inch of white head. Lasting retention and ample lacing.

The aroma is unique and wonderful. A bold scent of freshly lit cigars and cigar smoke take center stage, followed by floral hops.

The taste is not quite as delectable and intriguing as the aroma, but well balanced and enjoyable nonetheless. I can understand why some may dislike this beer, as it is certainly not for everyone. When viewed solely as an IPA or DIPA, this will not hold its own when matched against the upper tier brews of this ilk. That said, Humidor IPA is a complex, unique, and creative brew to be sipped and savored. I applaud Cigar City for this "outside the box" beer. While I was not expecting to enjoy this nearly as much as I did, I would certainly have this again. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 21:05:28 | More by Huhzubendah
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Cstromberg57

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

03-11-2012 01:53:36 | More by Cstromberg57
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wo87810

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

03-07-2012 22:44:31 | More by wo87810
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ehammond1


1.9/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Bottle

Thanks for opening this with me, DarthKostrizer!

Dark, hazy copper and auburn with a moderately sized very light khaki colored head that leaves small smears of lace down the glass. This is a very pretty beer, and the appearance is its best aspect, unfortunately.

I knew this would be an unpleasant drinking experience from the first moment I shoved my nose into the glass. The aroma is of boiled cabbage, old, crusted Heinz Ketchup, some salt, and a bit of cedar. This doesn't smell like anything I want to put in my mouth.

The flavor isn't quite as horrific as the aroma, as the damp cedar dominates the flavor. There's still significant vegetable (cabbage, earth, and old tomato) flavors as well, but the cedar flavor lingers on and on.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Decent enough.

I will decline a pour of this beer the next time it is offered. This was perhaps the worst IPA I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 00:44:18 | More by ehammond1
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Tumble

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

02-28-2012 20:51:09 | More by Tumble
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cwguy5

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into Stone IPA stemware. thanks to sendsilk for the hookup!

A - hazy rusty colored body with a bubbly, white, thin head that faded to thin cap; light spotty lacing

S - cedar and black pepper(lots of both), cigar, leather

T - some malty flavors, probably from the age, but not unwanted; definitely a strong hops presence there still as well though; the cedar is much lighter than the almost overpowering aroma would suggest

M - light-medium body; light carbonation; short, drying linger

O - i liked the proportion of hops to malt to cedar; a very interesting beer that did not disappoint; strong flavors but surprisingly drinkable; a must-try if you can find one

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 01:55:04 | More by cwguy5
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mgobrew10

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

02-25-2012 20:59:13 | More by mgobrew10
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wilfonzo

Florida

5/5  rDev +23.5%

02-25-2012 01:11:54 | More by wilfonzo
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danoeltico

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.2%

02-19-2012 23:21:36 | More by danoeltico
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

02-19-2012 17:09:12 | More by jfcaa193
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a gorgeous dark strong cooper color with some nice orange hues and some slight haze. There is a nice 0.5 inch head that is white and nicely dense. There is also some chunkier bubbles sprinkled around and the head slowly recedes to a thin film.

Interesting aroma. Starts off with some Jai Alai typical tropical notes. Mango and tangerine with some slight tangerine. However, different than the base beer there is a strong cedar notes to the aroma. Very fresh smelling with some nice grassy notes and clean wood notes. Quite interesting but nice.

The flavor is interesting as well but thankfully the wood notes only play a background to some nice tropical hop notes. Pretty nice and bitter. There are some woody notes that can be perceived through the beer as well as some spice intermingled with the mango and tangerine notes and tons of grapefruit and some orange. It definitely has some typical IPA notes but it is also quite different and interesting. Mouthfeel is nice and clean with crisp bubbles that helps the brew.

Interesting brew. Notes of wood really give this beer a different dimension especially for an IPA. Still pretty god brew and hoppy enough.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 01:25:32 | More by JoEBoBpr
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kspongeworthy

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.2%

02-18-2012 03:07:18 | More by kspongeworthy
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Rusty18

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.2%

02-17-2012 18:18:29 | More by Rusty18
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baerb69

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

02-11-2012 21:40:16 | More by baerb69
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ohtheguilt

Georgia

4/5  rDev -1.2%

02-11-2012 21:21:36 | More by ohtheguilt
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FanofHefe

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy to find this on the shelf at Total Wine. Bomber poured into a pint glass (wish I had a snifter or tulip); dated Nov 2011 on the label.

Hazy body, dark yellow/orange color, with a three-finger, creamy light tan head. The head has excellent retention and settles into a foamy cap.

The aroma is not really like an IPA but is interesting nonetheless. The cedar/wood notes are prominent, followed by a light earthy hop aroma. Some sweet malt in the background.

The flavor is equally interesting. The hops take a background to the wood flavors. The cedar flavor is again prominent, and as the beer has aged, the hop flavors have obviously faded in favor of the malt. The flavor is good, but I actually think this one would be better with a little more age on it, maybe a year or so to have the flavors blend.

Medium mouthfeel with an oily hop texture. Overall, one of the most unique beers I've ever had and definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 00:18:32 | More by FanofHefe
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RTrain12

Illinois

3/5  rDev -25.9%

02-06-2012 04:20:25 | More by RTrain12
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Billakowski

Indiana

4/5  rDev -1.2%

02-05-2012 06:34:34 | More by Billakowski
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BWarrington

Florida

1/5  rDev -75.3%

02-05-2012 03:52:47 | More by BWarrington
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djtomain

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.2%

02-04-2012 14:41:37 | More by djtomain
Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
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