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

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Ratings: 919
Reviews: 451
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 184
Gots: 87 | FT: 1
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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: 919 | Reviews: 451
Photo of mcallister
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the looks, unfiltered cloudy copper with scarlet hues. A thick off white head leaves a large amount of lace. Very pillowy and appetizing.

Nice citrusy notes and spicey cedar in the nose with a bit of toffee malt in the background.

Tropical fruit flavors fill the mid palate, very balanced with toffee and caramel malts leading into an earthy, piney, resiny hop finish. The cedar seems to have added a soft roundness to the beer and a hint of spice and some wood tannin on the finish. Very nice easy drinking IPA

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

Barrel aging IPAs can be a very dangerous thing in my opinion. So much risk of obliterating character and just wrecking the ship. This one works for me. There are the IPA tones that area clear and evident with the barrel influences that combine to provide a nice drinking experience. It's a little boozy at times, but it works for me. P.S. Mild gusher here and a whole lotta head too.

Photo of unclejimbay
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I believe this one is the Jai Lai IPA aged on cedar, and if so the ceadr surely chnages this into an entrely different brew...

Appearance is golden copper in color, decent fluffy head taht stays around a bit. Looks very close to Jai Lai.
Aromas of citrus hops, followed by a hint of natural cedar and a subtle balance of malt sweetness.
Tastes as it smells with much more cedar character showing through in the taste. The cedar seems to balance/smooth out the hop bitterness, creating a dance of hops vs cedar.
Mothfeel is medium+ body and medium+ carbonation.

Impressive brew for a unique twist with the "Humidor" / cedar character. Not really my type of thing as I associate cedar with pine like character, which is a bit of a turnoff for me. Well done, unique and impressive balance of a unique aged wood idea. Just not top on my list for "drinkability", I prefer Jai Lai minus any wood... thanks but no thanks...

Photo of PorterLambic
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must say that Cigar City is about the only saving grace in the beer world down here in Florida after moving down from NC. Served from a 750 into a Harpoon IPA glass, one of my faves for ipas. Pours a murky orange color with amber highlights and hues, topped with a decent sized, slightly off white colored head that is thick and foamy and leaves tons of lacing down the sides of the glass. Head retention was quite nice also.

Aroma was very typical of the standard Jai Alai beer that is offered. I have had the normal JA plenty of times. I was a little disappointed that the cedar didn't shine more but as a stand alone beer (not comparing this one to the OG) this is still a very nice beer. No real cedar in the aroma. Plenty of hoppiness in the way of citrus and pine with hints of floral notes.

I did get some cedar in the extreme aftertaste on this one which was nice and "refreshing". Solid flavored all around for this one.

Another solid offering from CCB. I hope to try other humidor series beers from these guys.

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

Pours out a cloudy, hazed, barely translucent, burnt orange with a 1", off-white head that has decent retention and moderate lace.
The smell is a strong dose of sweet, citrus hops followed by the cedar. It has a nice, mild floral aroma that seems to just float around and change a bit while drinking it.
Boy, the taste is different. The citrus hops starts again and seems to soften into the cedar flavor that dampens any bitterness that might have been there. Like the smell, it almost feels like you are drinking a flower at times.
Mouthfeel is light, leaning toward medium with just enough carbonation. It feels very smooth too.
Drinkability: Well, I think it's pretty good, goes down easy (if you like this one) and even though it's 7.5% you don't notice the alcohol at all. CC has made a rather unique IPA with this beer and it's interesting without being so just to be interesting. The cedar seems to do very different things than you would expect and mostly in a good way.

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

Humidor ipa
Golden copper, really clear.  Loose white head, some lacing nice.  Aroma is a little paju, cedar duh, and some hops.  Taste is where this beer shines.  Great oak flavor, matches so well with piney and citrusy hops.  Great malt bill, little bit of crystal malt.  So drinkable. I avoided thus one for a while but I'm gonna be buying it again, super quafable and awesome.

Photo of FanofHefe
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of Sammy
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask and also on tap at Cigar City takes NYC event at Rattle 'N' Hum. Great bitterness, with cedar and complexity. Had again on cask bringing out big aromas, graperuit and orange.
Taste was bolder on tap, with appropriate carbonation. A pioneer cedar, settting the bar.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of TCgoalie
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from 12/15/10. I'm assuming this is the right Humidor Series IPA. The label looked different, but this is the closest I could find.

The color of this brew is a hazy copper with some hues of peach and amber. The hazy nature is likely the result of bottle conditioning. A white foamy 1 finger thick head forms atop the liquid with good lingering qualities. The only way to rid the beer of its head is to drink it and have the head lace the glass, which it does a good job doing.

A floral bouquet greets my nose with notes of lilac and lily of the valley. Some honey helps smooth the bouquet providing a pleasant balance. I also detect some woody tones.

Starting out the taste is a dose of flowery hops combined with smoked cherry wood. Honey sweetens the deal and mellows the flavors. The bittering in the end reminds me of pine tar but does not take away from what the beer is creating. The sum of flavors equals a very balanced and pleasing IPA.

This beer has a wonderful medium full mouthfeel with some nice creamy qualities. A stinging bitterness gently lingers with a satisfying amount of bitterness.

This is a tasty lovely beer and I would drink it again.

Photo of brewmudgeon
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

cigar city 750 mm jai alai cedar aged. thanks j!
(from notes, originally reviewed in '09 but ba crash deleted)

a 4-4.5 apricot amber, short head but decent lacing, nice and viscous looking.

s 4 citrus and floral with a certain reservedness and hint of ... cedar?

t 4 this is easygoing, sweeter than expected but well integrated. citrus candy against a very light background of wood. not as much bitterness as expected, very balanced.

m 4-4.5 medium full, lush and creamy. the fine carbonation is nearly overcome by the resinous hoppyness and the residual syrupy sugars.

d 4 this is less in your face than i thought it would be. reminds me a little of sn wet hop in its sweet affability.

Photo of N0tthatserious
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

been drinking craft a good while now and finally got around to posting my first review on here!

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Three Floyds teku. Bottled last week.

A: Appearance is a deep hazy orange. Head is pure white and goes away fairly quickly. leaves bits of white lacing around the glass but not a whole lot.

S: Holy Cedar! Cedar absolutely dominates the nose. Maybe a tad bit of citrusy fruit on the end as well.

T: The nose does not lie on this one. Cedar immediately punches you in the mouth. Closest you'll get to taking a bite out of a cigar box. At first 1 or 2 sips you get a lot of cedar but as you continue to drink your palate gets used to it and you pick up a bit of pine as well. Still very cedar forward just not quite as dramatic as the first couple sips.

M: No more than medium body on this one. Not like water but definitely not quite as big as the traditional Jai Alai.

O: Overall this is a great specialty beer. If you do not like beer aged on cedar wood spirals to the max, this isn't the one for you. Don't expect Jai Alai with a hint of cedar. It's clearly part of the "humidor series" for a reason. Drink this on tap at CC all the time and will continue to buy it in 4pks every release. Cheers!

Photo of nova009
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to my father for bringing this one back from Florida with him
Poured from a bomber into a snifter

A- pours a hazy burnt orange color, very large 2 finger off white head emerges, a good amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass

S- get hit with hops from the start, somewhat grassy, nice citrus notes of grapefruit and orange rind, nice woody cedar notes as well, slightly sweet caramel notes bring up the rear, pretty nice smell

T- starts with the sweet caramel flavors, is quickly followed by bready malt, the hops are interesting, they bring about a slight bitterness with maintaining nice citrus flavor, the cedar adds an interesting touch, nice woodiness without being as prominent as oak, not as bitter as most American IPA's i've had

M- nice medium body, somewhat high carbonation that pairs well with the body and flavor, very smooth, finishes somewhat dry and refreshing

D- very easy to drink, I like this beer a lot, I would have liked to have seen more bitterness in this but it was tasty nonetheless, if I ever get an opportunity to grab this one again I will for sure

Photo of jnn4v
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Orange / brown unfiltered beer. Some sediment. Lots of haze.

S: Orange, grapefruit, cedar tree, and oak.

T: Grapefruit and cedar. Very "challenging" for most people in our tasting, but I really enjoy it. Somewhat astringent and not as crisp as I'd expect. Honey aftertaste.

M: Good texture. High quantity of very fine carbonation. Above-normal viscosity for the style.

D: I really enjoy this, although that's not the average opinion here. ABV and the flavors are well balanced. It's got good malts to balance the bitterness. Nicely done.

Photo of UDbeernut
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle poured into my Sierra Nevada snifter.

a: murky tan with a large robust off white head with amazing retention. This head of this critter does not subside. Lacing rings the glass.

s: caramel, citrus, pine

t: caramel and citrus molded by a pine (I'm assuming cedar) backbone. Slight tropical fruit and a bit of a sour note (brett). More sweet that I was expecting but tasty none the less.

m: medium bodied, plenty of carbonation to help it down the hatch.

o: an interesting IPA and very different than many offerings out there.

Photo of MarkIntihar
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving style - poured into

A - Pours with a fairly thick head. Color is an opaque amber. Really quite a beautiful beer.

S - Lots of orange peel in the smell of this thing. It definitely dominates the smell of the beer. Slight hints of cedar.

T - Again, very orange-tasting. Almost like I'm eating an orange, peel and all. There are hints of other citrus fruits in there as well, but orange is definitely the dominant taste.

M - Not nearly as carbonated as the amount of head would indicate. This beer is quite balanced and enjoyable on the mouth.

D - Quite drinkable. Not overly bitter like many IPAs, which makes it quite easy to enjoy.

Overall not one of my favorite IPAs I've ever had, but fairly decent. Lacking in complexity and really gets overwhelmed by the orange smell/taste, but other than that a solid beer.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.06/5  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.

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tall tulip

A: Poirs a hazy orange color with two fingers of dense white head.

S: Strong cedar dominates the aroma of this beer. I get a bit of citrus hops behind it and a hint of caramel sweetness.

T: Again, cedar is quite strong in the flavor. I do get some citrusy hops with a hint of tropical fruits. Bitterness is strong, particularly with an added bitterness from the cedar. A nice caramel sweetness helps balance, but this beer never becomes remotely sweet.

M: A bit on the thin side with a nice, strong carbonation.

O: Cedar is a bit strong in this one. I enjoy it, but wish there were a bit more hops coming through. The sweetness, bitterness, and hop flavor seem nice, I just wish they would stick out a bit more.

Photo of codysjb
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cigar City Humidor IPA
Poured from a bottle into a glass
A: Brown, with a decent head that takes a while to fade.
S: Fruity, Grapefruit, lemon, some pine and hop notes very complex.
T: Fruity, the hops are not as front forward as they could be.
M: Some hops but you can taste the barrel aged part of this beer. Complex, reminiscent of liquor.
O: good for an IPA, I wouldn’t buy it again mostly because it’s expensive but certainly a good full bodied beer.

Photo of theghost3
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So I was going to wait and try this with a cigar...couldn't wait.
Bottles Nov 2011

The beer pours a hazy dark amber with an inch of fluffy white head that leaves incredible lacing. The beer doesn't appear to have much sediment. Smelling will let you know exactly which wood they used and why they used it. It's an incredibly pungent cedar woodiness with spicy hops to complement. What's remarkable is the taste follows the nose and carries through the notes of cedar, hops, and a rich malt. Incredible cedar, absolutely an untapped potential as far as barrel aging (other than DFH and probably a few others). Overall the beer's mouthfeel was a hoppy IPA with a strong woodiness and a medium body. Even without the cedar this beer has an incredibly smooth body. I would definitely recommend this beer to others, especially to those who enjoy an occasional cigar.

GF summary: Tastes kind of like a guinea pig cage (but in a good way).

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

750mL bottle to oversized wine glass. No ABV, date or batch number indicated. $13 at my local bottleshop.

A: The creamy/frothy head rises to 3 fingers, light brown with orange tints. Very long lasting. The body has a stunning creamcicle orange hue, hazy and completely opaque from being unfiltered and bottle conditionined. Good lacing but not quite great.

S: Light malts, primarily bready with supporting notes of caramel. Hops are heavy with SUPER fresh aromas, especially for an IPA that spent some time on wood. Dried orange peel and grapefruit stand out. The alcohol is probably more noticeable than it should be, now that I know what the ABV is. Slightly solventy, there are some prevailing notes of Sharpie marker.

T: Just enough hops for a serious hop head. Bright and juicy. Additional flavors of fermented peach and pineapple plus a touch of pepper.

M: Full body with creamy texture. The level of effervescence is just a bit low for my preference. Finishes with a bold and heavy bitterness.

D: Honestly, this beer hardly resembles the unmodified Jai Alai. The cedar transforms it into something truly unique, but I prefer the original a little bit more.

Photo of kirkpjr
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of liamt07
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle brought out by Jason, 750ml into some stemmed glasses. Thanks dude!

Poured an orange/brown, with a big fluffy white head. Great retention. Nose has some grapefruit zest, some woodieness that I'll guess is cedar (not that I knew what it smelled like in the first place!), light spiciness. Taste is more 'cedar-forward' than a regular IPA, spicy, some more citrus and grapefruit again. Lots of sweet toffee and malt body. Solid bitterness in the finish, an almost full feel imparted by the weight of the body. Good drinkability and a nice variant on what is already a badass IPA.

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