1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series)Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

914 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 914 | Reviews: 451 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of halo913
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of HonkyTonkPearl
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Billakowski
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of VncentLIFE
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of emaciated
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of pyite
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

Poured hazy copper color with a large frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellentl lacing. Moderate to heavy sour citrus hop and woody aroma. Medium body with slick texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy cedar oil and bittersweet hop flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a change of pace standout beer.

Photo of 3Hops
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of caguiar
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Jaldama
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of mpenning13
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of jordanimal
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of NooseJustice
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a hazy bright copper with some light tan head.
S: It smelled like apricot and candied pineapple, with some cedar and grapefruit and honey.
T: It tasted like grapefruit and apricot and dry cedar, with sugary caramel and herbal bitterness. It had a harsh and lasting bitter aftertaste.
M: It was oily and slick with some carbonation. A bit light but pretty good.
D: This had a great scent and taste with nice body. But the harshness in the aftertaste made it more difficult to drink. Very enjoyable IPA, but not quite top tier.

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of BMart
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of ortie
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of FloridaBuckeye
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Arsenal0328
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of mogburn1317
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

750ml bottle into Captain Lawrence tulip--which, by the way, is a pretty nice beer glass. This was my first time using it.

Appearance: Free pour yields a three inch white head that dissipates slowly leaving an elaborate web of lacing. Pours a hazy orange brown. Good lacing.

Smell: Cedar and piny hops. Very woody. Like "Whoa, they're not kidding about the cedar," woody. Probably not hard to convince someone that the beer contains liquefied cedar. Also some herbal and peppery notes. Overbearing as the wood notes are, it smells like a nice hoppy Belgian pale ale or saison.

Taste: First sip: this tastes exactly like the smell, with some booziness at the end. So much white pepper and cedar. The hops are mainly expressed as pine flavors, which augments the dominant pepper and cedar. There's a nice sweetness near the end that really ties the whole thing together. Beautiful grassy aftertaste.

I could definitely buy a criticism along the lines of "this beer is (way the hell) too woody," but that's not my criticism; I think the beer is balanced enough to pull it off. My main criticism is just that there's a bit too much booze in the flavor, especially for a 7.5% ABV beer (tastes like 10% at least to me).

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of medium bodied. Ample carbonation. Very mild dryness at the end.

Drinkability: While I immediately recognized that this was a well put together beer, I had doubts about being able to enjoy the whole bottle. However, it got very pleasant after just a short time. I'd almost call the beer "educational", as it shows nicely how the similarities between IPAs and saisons can be played up, and how such a strong smell as cedar can work in such a seemingly unlikely place as an IPA.

"Learning something" while drinking the beer was enjoyable, and the overall balance of the beer came more clearly into focus as I got further into the bottle, leaving me with the impressions that, no, it was not hard to enjoy the whole thing at all, and yes, I would drink it again.

---

I would say that most of these scores could easily be 4 or 4.5 (none really approaching 5), with only drinkability being a realistic < 4 score. An impressive first beer to try from Cigar City. I'll definitely seek out more offerings by them.

Photo of laxer8811
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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