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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: 183
Gots: 88 | 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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Photo of Idodgepucks
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a growler into a beer mug. The color on this beer was a real nice amber, with very little head. I made two pours from this bottle though and on my second pour there was about a finger of head so I think it had more to do with my pour than the carbonation.

N - Real nice nice, not too overwhelming, but solid nose with your typical IPA notes.

T - Loved the malt/hoppy taste on this beer. Has a natural, earthy taste to it. It leaves a real nice feel that makes you want to take another swig.

O - Excellent IPA in my opinion. Doesn't have as much typical bitterness as you might expect from the American IPA's, but definitely feels more like what IPA's were originally meant to taste like.

Photo of lackenhauser
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Usual orange to copper color with a white foamy head going on. Holy grandma's cedar chest-huge cedar aroma!!!! A great, almost "tangy" wood scent. Really well rounded aroma wise-enough of a hop backround going on as well. Solid malt and hops flavor with a very pronounced cedar taste. Lingering dryness I am assuming from the cedar. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, again a lot of dryness in the finish. Very drinkable and enjoyable-the cedar may get to be too much in the long run but that could tend to be a personal preference. Nice twist on wood aged for sure. I would think you would want this as fresh as possible too.

Photo of fields336
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

32 oz growler, from CCB draft room.
Poured into SN Snifter

A: 2 fingers creamy off white carbonated head, tight bubbles, leaves nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Appearance is similar to normal jai alai, ambery orange color, some nice bubbles on the bottom of the glass. Head stays around for a while, looks really really nice

S: Mango, Citrus, Pine, with a slight caramel and a full bodied bready malt smell emanate from the glass. slight alcohol is present. some slight woody, earthy notes are present.

T: Really sweet and malty upfront like honey, then a wave of delicious piney, citrusy, mangoey, pineappley hops comes crashing through. Finish is really really nice, nice and dry with a lingering sweet, earthy, vanilla-y wood taste from the cedar. Wow. there is a slight burn from the alcohol but it's well masked.

M: Full bodied, this one is a sipper but it is nice. The carbonation lingers and tickles your tastebuds. not too heavy, but on the heavy side for an IPA.

O: despite its (miiniscule) flaws, this is an amazing beer, you really can't ask for much more. Everyone praises DFH for experimentation but look no further for the king, than in florida at CCB, for their Firkin's and wood aged beers are some of the most flavorful, fun, and awesome beers I've ever tasted

Photo of Phelps
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle sent by McDiddyPop , poured into a tulip.

Vermilion in color, hazed to near-opacity and topped with a dense head of cream-colored bubbles. The frothy cap descends quickly, but leaves behind wooly walls of lace as it does.

Good stuff. The juice of overripe oranges, honey, apple juice and a bit more citrus mixed, of course, with cedar. The wood is sooty, almost like tobacco smoke.

Nicely malty, with caramel offsetting the orange and grapefruit peel. The cedar here is more subdued and better blended with the hops, again lending flavors of smoked tobacco and smooth ash.

Gentle, massaging carbonation in a soft medium-light body. Some alcohol fumes come through the nose, but overall the booze blends well with the flavors.

I’m a fan of originality, and this beer is nothing if not original. A decent IPA made more alluring by Spanish cedar.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a red-tinged deep amber colour with lovely beige head that webs out into sparse patterns, retaining a great crown of small but visible bubbles. Bit of cloud in the body. Looks great.

Smell is very funky and spicy. Not a huge whiff of rank though, rather there's some fresh floral notes on there but largely an earthy blend of aniseed, lavender and a touch of chicken batter. Intriguing, could really be more complex, it's all a bit one-note.

Taste is quite dour; gravelly and spicy with a mostly earthy palate. Starts bitter with soil notes, gets some organic spice midway with steamed bok choy, fennel and black pepper. Slight fruity bitterness on the back reminiscent of late-addition hops, but not a lot. The cedar just subjugates the palate and it's quite astringent and unpleasantly spicy. It really needs toning down, I can't say I'm a big fan.

Not bad feel, goes down quite smooth but a bit empty as it goes through the mouth.

Not an everyday drinker; it's too bold and yet doesn't clean itself up by the end of the palate.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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 angrybabboon
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of russwbeck
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Yellow-brown clear pour with a wispy white head. Very bubbly.

S: Malts, cedar, oak all prominent. Hoppiness in the background. Doesn't specifically smell like an IPA.

T: The maltiness blend nicely with the cedar and oak flavors. The hops are there, and add a bit of fruit, but the hit of hops is small.

MF: Light body, carbonation is low. Alcohol is not noted at all.

O: This was a big strange. Not bad, certainly an interesting taste. Don't think I'd have it again.

Photo of olimpia84
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on my visit to Cigar City. Served in a pint glass.

A: darkish orange color, a bit opaque. Very small head that managed to stay for quite a while. Good lacing.

S: cedar, pines, oak, hints of herbal and citric notes. Very nice but this smell wasn't as strong as the regular bottled Jai Alai IPA I've tried previously which I thought it was a bit weird.

T: follows the nose with a woody taste, hops, citric hints, a touch of spicyness as well that doesn't get in the way. Everything is very balanced, nothing offensive. Amazing taste for an IPA.

M: medium carbonation. Finishes off excellently and smoothly; goes down well for being an IPA.

O: no wonder this is one of Cigar City's award winning beers. If you are into IPAs this is a must-have. Heck, even if you're not a big IPA fan (like myself) you should definitely try this amazing beer.

Photo of doughanson78
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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 lacqueredmouse
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I believe this is my first beer from Florida. I hope I've picked a good one—certainly a cedar-aged IPA sounds great. The only other I've had is Kiuchi's Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale, one of my very favourite beers.

This one pours pleasantly hazed and deep orange, with an enormous and frothy head of white-sand coloured foam. Lacing is magnificently anarchic. Body has a little weight behind it, but otherwise looks pretty fluid. Pretty gorgeous looking brew.

Nose is just phenomenal. Beautifully blended sharp, resiny cedar character realised with citric hops giving touches of lemon and underripe peach. The wood is the main event, but the cedar is such a lovely sharp (almost "hoppy") character that it's like just another extremely aromatic and fragrant hop variety itself. On top of this, the sheer strength of it is phenomenal.

Taste is a lot milder—the basis of malt is noticeable here, giving it a smoothness and a slight underlying caramel note. There are still hops, but not a lot of bitterness, just a cleansing vector through the centre. In some senses, it feels a little underhopped on the palate, just because the cedar gives such a powerful punch of resin and bite on the nose that you expect more.

Wow. There's no denying that this is a really, really lovely, refreshing and exceptionally drinkable brew. The characters are extremely intense, but they give such a lovely heady flavour and aroma to the brew.

Oh yes, I picked a good first Floridan beer. This is a sensational brew, and one that gives the JCA (remember, one of my favourite beers) a run for its money.

Photo of TheGordianKnot
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another awesome beer from ShadesOfGray, thanks Ryan! Poured into tulip glass...

A- Not quite opaque, but not clear. Blood orange in color with large two finger yellowish head. Beautiful lacing!

S- Aroma is subdued. Still spicy and earthy. Also get a hefty helping of wood, cedar I assume.

T/M- Hmmm. Spicy and earthy. Supported heavily by malts. Hops have faded for sure. Cedar is there, but smooth and balances the spicey hops. Strong bready character, maybe its more like toast actually, from the malt. Not sweet, but malty for sure. Carbonation is prominent but bubbles are tiny and not prickly.

O- Need. This. Fresh. Period. Great as is, but was sent to me cellared for an unknown period of time, 8 months I think. Everything had faded, but reminiscent of what it could be, and I want to explore.

Photo of warnerry
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 5/25/11; consumed 8/16/11

A - Pours clear orange with two fingers of beige head. Head has excellent retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S - Cedar is very noticeable in the nose, along with a wonderful citrus aroma and some noticeable caramel malt.

T - Similar to smell. Nice juicy citrus. At first taste, the cedar is almost overwhelming, especially on the finish, which is incredibly dry and full of tannins. The cedar really grew on me througout the glass. Like having a small cedar chip under my tongue.

M - medium mouthfeel with a very dry finish.

O - This definitely borders on too much wood character for my liking, but I really liked it. I've had few oak-aged IPAs that I didn't really care for, but the cedar was nice.

Photo of larryi86
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you STKPICR0720 for this
750 mL poured into a snifter

A- A deep orange with a touch of amber and huge fluffy white head.

S- Grapefruit, pine, hops, some cedar. Grapefruit is more than just citrus hops, it is actually tart and acidic smelling like fresh squeezed grapefruit.

T- Cedar is really big, grapefruit in the middle has a nice tartness, nice hoppy bitterness finish. Really tasty.

M- Smooth, medium body, refreshing.

O- This is a great easy to drink IPA. The wood taste works really well, enjoy the tartness a lot. I enjoyed regular Jai Ahia, but this is better. I can't wait to drink more.

Photo of thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, wood, and tobacco. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, wood, and tobacco. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. The tobacco aspect in this one really killed it for me unfortunately. I went into this one really wanting to like it, but couldn't bring myself to do so as much as I thought I would. However, the flavors from the Humidor was definitely transferred to the brew. Hope to get a chance to try more Humidor offerings that might fit in better based on style than the IPA.

Photo of rarbring
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The brew is clouded deep orange amber, has a solid off-white yellow hued head, very good lacing and good curtains.

This one was smelling sour, vinegar - a Cantillion vibe, spicy cloves and slightly earthy. Unexpected, but very nice. There is also a wooden cask feelling.

Starting fruity sweet, dextrose, oranges, a dash of apple vinegar, then bitter nuances, seeds and peel from bitter oranges.

High carbonation, soft and refreshing with a good body and good dry finish.

This one was very complex, and played on all registers, the sour ones, was, as said, not expected, but it actually enhanced the experience if you ask me.

Photo of bark
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The colour is amber, the liquid is a bit cloudy. The large beige compact head slowly sinks down, leaving lots of lacing.

The smell is woody with distinct notes of cedar pencils. Some citric notes including a touch of lemon acid. Furniture polish in the background.

The taste is at first quite mild and smooth. Then, cedar tree and American bitter hops kicks in. Hints of polish and a fresh citric bitterness and a hint of sweet strong white wine. The aftertaste is elegant and polished with mild woody notes. Citric fruits in the finish.

The carbonation is strong, the small bubbles are fresh. The liquid is semi-smooth.

A very elegant end well crafted cask-matured beer; there are woody notes but it is still an IPA.

Photo of SDDanC
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to badboyrsl84 for this one. Poured from bottle into pint glass. Lots of head with this guy, about two fingers even with a very gentle pour. Completely murky, like an unfiltered wheat ale. The nose holds a distinct belgian aroma, like a saison, cedar, calm spices, no hops really. Tongue is amazing. Starts out much like the nose, belgian spice, then shifts quickly into the hops and then finishes with honey and cedar notes. It surely leaves a spicyness, much like a cigar would. Mouthfeel, I think is only mediocre. For being a bottle opened long before my turn, it still was reallly carbonated. But it accented to spicy characteristics of the cedar. Overall, very unique brew and I am quite pleased.

Photo of badboyrsl84
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden brown in the glass with the thickest head I've ever experienced on a beer. Its the same head you get when you make a root beer float.

Smells- very spicy notes to this one, almost siason like. Im guessing its from the cedar wood. No too much hop character but some citrus sweetness to it.

Taste- woody taste throughout with some almost spicy cigar characterlistics . Very unique. More malty than hoppy. Hops seem to kick in at the end with more woody spice

Overall- its one hell of a beer well worth hunt and it is one of the most unique ipas i've had.

Photo of b3shine
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml to snifter. Appearance is good; deep from the wood, but fairly translucent. Smell is also good; hops and cedar are present, but neither is overbearing. Taste is good too. The barreling is present, but it doesn't detract from the brew the way many barreled IPAs do. It's also not too hoppy (which is a refreshing change of pace). Mouthfeel is - yep, you guessed it - good. Pretty carbonated, but not heavy or hot. Overall, a truly enjoyable IPA that I can actually enjoy with my wife (it's not overly hoppy). My first Cigar City brew - and I'm now eagerly anticipating the whiskey-barreled imperial milk porter :)

Photo of Chizoad
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber frothfest that looks good in the glass. Fades to a thin lacing.

Excellent aroma of citrus/pine hops and somehow perfectly accented by the cedar. Great nose.

Fantastic flavor that brings the normal Jai Alai out of the malt and back into a pale ale with some distinction. Citrus, pine, but never the flavor of cedar. It's like the cedar somehow exalts the normal flavors in the Jai Alai to a point where the right harmony is reached.

Resinous and a little oily, and I feel the carbonation is a little clumsy? It's the carbonation level appropriate for the regular Jai Alai but not quite right for the Humidor.

Great beer, on par with the top west coast pale ales.

Photo of vande
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy brownish-amber with 1 finger of head floating... Active beer as the lacing is left behind as one watches patiently, waiting for their first sip.

S: Cedar on top of grapefruit/citrus hops...but the cedar is definitely present, not overwhelming, but very pleasantly there.

T: Much the same as the smell. Cedar bitterness w/ a bit of bready-biscuit note. Spicyness blends nicely with the hoppiness in this beer. Very interesting cedar aging going on here.

M: Medium bodied IPA with an active mouthfeel.

O: Very approachable. It'd be interesting to do a blind tasting with a bottle of this. Worth getting a bottle or two, that's for sure!

Photo of Janderson91
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle split with a buddy. No freshness info. Enjoyed on 07/30/11.

A - Pours a very cloudy dark amber color with a large off-white head. Leaves splotchy lacing around the sides.

S - Freshly cut cedar, very woody. Some grapefruity, citrusy hops as well. Sweet biscuit malts are present in the background.

T - Once again, lots of cedar present throughout. Quite bitter up front and through the middle with nice grapefruity hops. Pretty sweet on the back end with a good cedar aftertaste.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and creamy with prickly carbonation.

O - Overall, this is an excellent beer from Cigar City. An improvement on regular Jai Alai for sure.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: This pours a very interesting color - a murky brownish orange color in the middle of the glass with a bright tangerine color at the edges. A very lively off-white head forms on top and leaves a lot of lace.

Smell: Lots of woody cedar up front, very interesting. Grapefruit, other citrus, and some pine hops provide the hop presence, with some sweet bready malt in the back.

Taste: Up front there is a quick sweet biscuity malt up front. Caramel covered grapefruit, some spicy pine, spicy wood notes from the cedar, and a bit of general citrus. A good amount of wood remains from the barrel aging, and a bit of mint and general spiciness oversees the whole sip.

Mouthfeel: This is medium bodied, but actually a little dry toward the end, mostly from the cedar I think. Smooth creamy carbonation.

Overall: This is solid, although the cedar makes this a little bit tough to drink that much.

Photo of mntlover
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy burnt orange color with a off white two finger head that falls to a cap and laces well.

Aroma is wow earthy, deep fruits almost dark like, maybe more like tobacco kept in an old cedar chest. Cedar is noted along with a nice dose of spiciness lightly peppery.

Taste is unusual also, carbonation seems to push fruit bitter grapefruit hops, but not normal bitter grapefruit. Grapefruit infused with cedar, tobacco and lots of spicy earth notes. Very worth trying but not sure I would want this on a regular basis.

Mouthfeel is medium with fairly lively carbonation that seems to push all the flavors to you.

Overall enjoyable experience aroma is very nice but for me the flavor might be just tad too much for me to enjoy this one on a regular basis. But damn sure worth a try glad I had the chance.

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