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

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Ratings: 918
Reviews: 451
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 185
Gots: 87 | 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:
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: 918 | Reviews: 451
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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 :)

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live tasting into a Delirium Tulip, courtesy of a good friend... Thank you Peacehammer!

Appearance; pours a gorgeous bright, lively orange, minimal white head that quickly dissipates leaving no lacing.

Smell; cedar, pepper, tobacco, minimal citrus

Taste; leads with some slight honey sweetness that gives way to a hoppy, citrus, peppery tobacco flavor, the bitterness of the hops quickly fades, leaving a lingering peppery tobacco flavor...

Mouthfeel; lively on the tongue, just dances on the palate, great carbonation...

Overall; a fantastic IPA, with a bit of a twist, definitely worth checking out!!

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another cool bottle in yet another cool trade with STEG. The brews are getting more interesting by the round. Cheers!

From a 750ml bottle into a snifter.
IPA aged on Spanish Cedar.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, fluffy, off-white head with great retention. Head slowly fades to a wisp and leaves some immediate lacing. Color is a cloudy burnt orange with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a slight wisp and ring, which remain all the way leaving some good lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Bigger nose for sure. Some pale malts and definite spicy, woody cedar notes from the aging. Floral hop notes are there as well, but the pale malts and cedar barrel steal the show here. Quite intriguing.

TASTE: Pale malts, touches of caramel, and the cedar barrel takes center stage. Lots of cedar at the swallow with a woody, spicy, and somewhat bitter hop aftertaste. Floral notes and pine flavors accompany the spicy cedar barrel at the finish, and move into a milder yet lingering aftertaste. Good stuff for sure.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Soft and creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Light and soft, yet still full enough to get the job done. Nice stuff.

OVERALL: This was a very enjoyable brew, and a success in the world of barrel aging IPAs. This is a practice I’m still not convinced of, but this brew is certainly more evidence to support it. The cedar made this an almost completely different beer from a regular IPA. The wood aging lent a spicy component that could be akin to a strong Belgian pale ale, but the IPA base gave it that hoppy bite that kept it grounded. This is a good one, but like all barrel aged IPAs, it seems to have taken on a life of its own. Thanks a lot for this special treat STEG. Recommended.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this on tap at CCB earlier this evening...

medium orange pour, thick foamy head, average lacing. cedar adds an interesting twist. drinkable, smells of light citrus and black pepper...earthy taste. thoroughly enjoyable, but i prefer the jai alai...

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours clear and brassy with an amber hue and two-plus inches of dense bone head. A partial skim coat remained for the duration along with some webbed lacing.

Aromatics lead off with plump malt, piney hops, spicy cedar, and a hint of potpourie-rubbed soap.
A hint of tropical nature steps forward but the peppery cedar is fairly dominant.

On the fuller side of medium bodied with a chewy, tacky mouthfeel. Slickish and gummy.

Ripe, sweet malt and pine resin start the palate, with a woody spiciness quickly stepping forward. Solidly bitter and balances the juicy malt well. Crisp and resinous with a peppery, woody bite.

Finishes with a lingering bitterness, sweet malt, and a woodsy, peppery cedar dryness.

Interesting beer. I like the idea of spanish cedar and it adds some nice complexity. I think it would be a better fit with a Saison or even a Triple though.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into tulip glass

Pours a clouded orange auburn with a thin film of wispy film, leaving some eventual treads of lacing.

A unique blend of light wood, piny hops and fruit in the nose.

Cedar is apparent up front with some juicy yet piny hops. Resiny flavors and herbal spice mix in. Smoother woodiness and caramel malt with toasted bread in the middle. Overall richness is apparent for the style. Finishes warm and dry.

Fairly creamy and fuller feel with some dryness. Solid drinking and flavor, alcohol is under control too. I suppose this makes Jai Alai even better, or at least adds a new dimension to the beer, although I was expecting a little bit more.

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