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

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Ratings: 907
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 13.58%
Wants: 181
Gots: 86 | 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:
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 theghost3
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, bright orange/copper with a 2-finger soapy, light yellow head. Moderate lacing.

The smell is piney with cedar and faint citrus. Flavor is wood--pine and cedar; herbal with some sweet citrusy hints. Mouthfeel is sticky, medium/full-bodied with some carbonation at the start.

This is a drinkable beer. The cedar really comes through at the end and makes this seem as if it's not an American IPA, but something more complex. A little stickier and soapier than I'd like.

theghost3, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes 2/11/11. Thanks to THECPJ for sharing.

A: Pours a hazy orange with two fingers of thick foam on top. Great retention and lacing!

S: A little woody, nice citrus - I get some papaya, pink grapefruit, and maybe some guava.

T: A little oaky with a nice hop bite. The citrus fruits return and are extremely pronounced. Crisp finish, not very bitter.

M/D: Medium bodied with great carbonation. A really good beer, very impressed with the fruit flavors that come forward in this beer. Cigar city ipas continue to impress me.

mdaschaf, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of OakedCanuck
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into cervoise

This beer pours a cloudy apricot coloured orange. There is a LOT of head, at least half the glass. Definitely either overcarbonated or possibly infected. Either way, the smell wasn't off, strong cedar smell, very woody, with some citric orange and grass. The taste was more along the lines of grassy, piney hops. The cedar is unique and takes a few minutes to get used to. I also pick up a bit of dried tobacco, oddly enough, the aftertaste is of cigars, hmmm. Mouthfeel is drying and over carbed, I believe. This is a decent IPA, just might be a tad too 'unique' for some but I'd have another one for sure.

OakedCanuck, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of nickthegun12
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

while i was waiting for this ten fingers of head to go down....i had plenty of time to find this beer hidden in cigar city's list of beers here on beeradvocate!...other than the 20 fingers of head...this beer opened up to be, i've got to believe, the best smell i have ever smelled in a beer in my entire life!...sweet cedar blend so well with the american citrus hops....

the taste is awesome but comes a little short of the smell....the cedar is a little hidden in the taste....robust sweetness come to the taste more than anything...absolutely great!
the feel is so creamy with an ever so slight touch of dryness....
great drink ability....great session beer....that will be gone before i know it!

nickthegun12, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of wcintula
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Certainly interesting, being aged on cedar. Pours like most any other Jai Alai with a smell of hops and faint cedar. As the brew warms up the cedar smell become not only more apparent but dominant. It helps bring out the citrus flavors and other bitters in the beer. It has a unique woodiness that I've never tasted before until this medium has come bearing the flavor. Cedar imparts its own bitterness as a very flavor altering aging ingredient. A must try.

wcintula, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of kingcrowing
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a really clear light amber with a small light yellow head. Nose is all cedar, it's malty and dry, quite unique.

Taste is bitter and dry, but the cedar is he biggest flavor - it's it a light mouthfeel that's really nice. So dry it hinders the drinkability a bit.

kingcrowing, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of bs870621345
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Opened and it started gushing out of the top, smells slightly infected to me.

Pours a cloudy orange color with a HUGE white head and huge bubbles. Not characteristic for an ipa, or the one I had a few months ago.

Smells like cedar, hops, and I get a hint of gueuze and cherry. It kind of tastes like wild devil with cedar, which is not that bad.

Taste follows the smell. Tastes slightly like vinegar, and a little bit of cherry. Cedar on the end. Its actually not too bad.

Mouthfeel is full and carbonated.

Drinkability is alright. The sour flavors don't belong and its going to be a chore to get through the 750.

Not as bad as you'd think, but its infected for sure.

bs870621345, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of birchstick
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours an orangish copper with a really creamy head

S - smells of sweet grapefruit and citrus hops and sweet cedar

T - starts off with some sweet citrusy and grapefruit hops. Buried beneath the hops are some caramel malts. Ends with a spicy, woodsy, cedary flavor from the cedar aging. Tastes how a cigar box smells. Really nice.

M - good body that finishes extremely dry.

D - after this guy warmed up it became a really delicious beer. The cedar helped compliment the hops and added a new dimension to an already delicious beer. Worth the price tag, maybe; worth trying, definitely.

birchstick, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of Brez07
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing from notes. 750ml bottle, poured into an Allagash 25cl glass

A: Pours an tangerine color, fairly opaque. My first pour yielded a 1 finger head, but I got 2 fingers worth on next pour. Pretty good retention. Leaves a tiny amount of lacing

S: There is mellow juicy citrus, accompanied by biscuit and caramel malts. Notes of wood (cedar) remind me of being in a cigar shop. Wonderful

T: Lots of citrus, orange and grapefruit. Nice hop pine bitterness follows. I detect a little vanilla from the aging process. Has a crisp, dry wood finish

M: Medium bodied. Dry, bitter aftertaste

D: This was a really tasty IPA. The cedar aging added nice complexity. Would definitely drink this again

Brez07, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of kirkpjr
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a bright tangerine hazy orange with 2 fingers of thick head. Really pretty looking beer. Spotted lacing develops.

S: Soft grapefruit and citrus hops with a musky cedar smell - like a humidor conveniently. As the beer settles the cedar gets stronger.

T: Bright citrus flavors with a balancing malt backbone and cedar taste. I pick up some light vanilla as well.

M: Lively carbonation and a medium body. The wood adds an interesting feel as well. Really crisp and bright in the mouth.

D: Great beer here. Would be interested in trying some of the different versions of this one - more fruit and less malt. Overall impressed here as I normally am with CC.

kirkpjr, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of vapodge
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

bomber poured into a Sam Adams glass

A - cloudy, sizable head; great lacing; bubbly for the duration

S - what a cedar closet stuffed with hops must smell like

T - more subdued than regular Jai Alai as far as the hops are concerned; cedar really comes through but is not overpowering

M - quite dry and quite carbonated for an IPA

D - oh, yeah -- really like this as an alternative to normal IPAs -- not a whole lot of alcohol bite and the wood mellows out the biting hops -- sure the age does it too

vapodge, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of mondegreen
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml into an Ommegang Tulip.

Pours a hazy orange amber with a huge head. The lacing clings to the glass heavily. There was actually a speck of wood hanging on the side of the glass with the lacing... Gotta give bonus points for there actually being cedar wood in the bottle.

Nose is huge peppery cedar witha distant hop aroma. This isn't your typical IPA, for sure. Honestly, the addition of the wood makes this more of an American Strong Ale, IMO. Smells wonderful, in any case.

Taste is all about the cedar. Peppery and smooth. A touch of lingering bitterness on the finish.

Mouth is medium and slick. This beer drinks like a champ. It is a wonderfully complex brew that begs to be explored. This is a wood aged IPA done well.

mondegreen, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of thecarster1
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- 750ml bottle poured into a perfect pint, two finger billowy head, cloudy tawny brown coloring.

s- lots of cedar in the nose, a little peat,

t- ipa in a cedar closet. that about sums it up, lots of the citrus, a touch sweet, tropical fruit, and sappy pine from the jai alai poured into a cedar closet and drank with a crazy straw. as it warms the cedar character gets more and more prevalent, i could have it be a little more subtle.

m- medium, prickly.

d- nice, this is a nice change up here, the aging really did something nice for this brew, while still retaining all the great qualities that make jai alai a top notch brew. i could stand the cedar to be a little more subtle, but it is still good.

thecarster1, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: cloudy as hell, amber orange with an enormous pillowy head, rocky peaks all over the place. it literally doesnt move if its left untouched. theres legs and patches of fluff all over the sides of the glass.
S: kind of smells like pineapple and possibly raw fruit. theres also some spice aspect, seems like cloves that youd stick in an orange for an air freshener. im not sure i really enjoy the way it smells altogether, but its different for sure.
T: again almosy a mildewy pineapple. its got a weird prominent flavor that i cant really pinpoint, but im leaning towards charbroiled pineapple. these flavors are kind of a headscratcher.
M: this thing has huge amounts of carbonation, and it really pricks the tongue and palate rather viciously. something about this just rubs me the wrong way.
D: im ok with this on my first glass, but interested to see how i feel in a little while. overall im not really sold on this one.

Kkottonmouthkngz, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of saintwarrick
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tremendously aromatic brew. The next county over can tell this is cedar aged. Pour is hazy for an IPA, dark orange or grapefruit in color. Aroma is like a cedar mill aged in cedar casks with extra cedar juice. Slight tinges of citrus and hop oils behind that. Taste is fresh hop leaf on a bed of cedar chips. A distinctive taste for this IPA, which is rare these days, as so many are good but copycats with little variation. Finish is dry and bitter with some citrusy hop flavors. A true original here. Wouldn't mind putting down a bottle or two to see how the aggressive cedar flavor changed.

saintwarrick, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of grub
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

grub, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of argock
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750mL brown bottle into a clear stemmed glass wine goblet. No freshness date. Purchased at Knightly Spirits (Orlando, FL) for $8.99.

A: Burnished amber with dense 1-finger off -white head which leaves a sheet of lace all around the glass.

S: After sampling this immediately following a Jai-Alai unleaded, this brew has no bright aroma signature at all comparatively. There is a dull woody chest of drawers type of aroma but no bright citrus and resin hoppiness like the progenitor ale.

T: The flavor is a little better than the aroma, but overall it is still muted and masked byt he cedar heavy sprucey, woody flavors. Hoppiness is very bitter but not much else.

M: Still very smooth and creamy but the aftertaste is bluntly woody.

D: Cedar aging did no favors for this wonderful brew. THe aroma and flavors are muted and darkened. Not at all a good version compared to the original.

argock, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of PorterLambic
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful, hazy tangerine color at first but more like unfiltered apple cider once the yeast gets involved. A pronounced light tan head. Some decent lace.
Smell is floral and a metallic citrus from a distance. Up close add a strong cedar note with slight hops hiding behind it.
Taste is cedar, hops, malt, grapefruit and pepper.
Fairly full bodied with a good effervescence. Cedar dominates throughout including the aftertaste with a minor appearance by pepper and grapefruit. Although I'm not a huge fan of IPA's because of the heavy hops you often see, this is very nice. Hops is balanced well though malt only shows up in the aftertaste slightly. Warming is less pronounced than I expected for 7.5% ABV, pretty nice stuff all around.

PorterLambic, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried at Sexual Chocolate 2011. Pours a slightly orange yellow color with a thick yellowish white head and tons of lacing. Smells of strong hops and a little malts. Tastes of piny hops and plenty of citrus. Mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is high. Has a very nice flavor.

TheKingofWichita, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of pburland23
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

pburland23, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of 321jeff
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber with a white head that slowly recedes to a thin layer and a healthy ring leaving some nice sticky lacing.

Aroma is very nice with some light citrus hop notes and lots of fresh wood with some hints of mustiness.

Taste starts off with some sweet citrus hops and moves on to lots of dry fresh wood and finishes with some bready malts.

Medium in body with a good amount of prickly carbonation. It's an interesting take on an IPA, the cedar really works well with the hops and I look forward to trying this one again sometime.

321jeff, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of yourefragile
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle with new Humidor label. Split into snifters.

Appearance is similar to regular Jai Alai, except has a slightly more copper tinge to the golden amber color and the frothy cream colored head has much longer retention. Aroma is woodsy and vegetative, with a slightly tropical and floral hoppy presence. Flavor is less sweet than the Jai Alai, with a strong cedar taste up front and a drier, bitter finish. Very little booze and I think the wood complements the maltier flavors of the IPA nicely. For the price and availability, I highly recommend this for a very unique take on an already notable east coast IPA.

yourefragile, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of callmescraps
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first cigar city brew. Very excited. Not sure how the cedar will work on this one.

App- nice deep orange, amber color. Big, frothy off white head. Nice retention, nice lacing. Very cloudy. Nice looking. Lacing is great on this one.

Smell- some nice tropical fruit. There is a definite malt backbone. Not getting a ton of cedar. A little mellow.

Taste- nice hoppiness, but not as much as I would like. There is a strong, sweet caramel malt supporting his one. Very bitter finish that lingers. A little floral.

Mouthfeel- nice and rich. Unfiltered, bottle conditioned, and nice and rich.

Drink- goes down pretty easy.

A little sweet. More malt than I prefer. But i do like the richness, and the great look. A nice beer, but not for me.

callmescraps, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of airohead2001
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to glazeman for this one who got it as an extra from moose3285. A few quick comments about this tasty brew - the cedar aging in this definitely comes through in the nose, giving this beer a unique and wonderful smell. The taste is a bit boozy and perhaps a little too malty, but overall, this is a good beer - one I would certainly try again. In terms of mouthfeel, this beer was way too carbonated.

airohead2001, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of glazeman
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to moose3285 for this beer in a recent trade.

A: Orange in color with a 3 finger white head. The head has excellent retention and lacing, but was too large on initial poor.

S: I smell more of the barrel here than the base IPA, lots of woodiness

T: I feel like the main thing the cedar aging does to this beer, as compared to the regular jai-lai is that it adds a little bit of woodiness to the finish and tames the bitterness somewhat. There's some pine up front, but I don't get much citrus.

M: Over carbonated in my opinion. Otherwise this beer has a good mouthfeel and a pleasant aftertaste.

D: This beer goes down easy and is quite enjoyable. Besides the high level of carbonation that may give me an upset stomach, I feel it is pretty drinkable.

glazeman, Jan 20, 2011
Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 907 ratings.