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

Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series)Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series)

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Ratings: 865
Reviews: 447
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 13.55%


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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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the most unique cask beers I think I have had the chance to try. I had a 10oz half pint at cask temp.

A - The color is a murky hazed (due to lack of cask finings) color of apricot with smallish head of cream

S - The smell is a strange but pleasant blend of piney hops and cedary woodiness w/ a light fruit ester

M - The mouthfeel is intensely hopped upfront with a astringent/resinous cedar bark texture which leaves the palate dry - medium body, a bit on the thin side of 7.5%

T - The taste is good, but not great as the hops are sligthly overpowered by the cedar, there is a nice Ipa flavor with mild fruit and subtle citrus of the hops, but it seems like they just went overboard with the cedar to prove to you that this is Really REALLY a cedar beer and IPA second. I love the experimentation, but when in balance with the total beer in mind

D - I will sum up here with a good, but not great along the lines of the taste portion of the review. I could probably only handle a 1/2 pint to be honest. I like the way cedar smells and Jai Alai is a decent IPA, but the combination seems to detract slightly for me rather enhance the drinking experience -just my .02

Serving type: cask

03-25-2010 16:36:30 | More by Slatetank
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pmccallum86

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to kbutler1 for bringing this treat back from CC.

Pours a golden color with a hazy cloudy body. The the head is thin and bubbly, looks inviting.

Lot's of cedar going on here, it's a very original smelling IPA. Tangerine, citrus and other hoppy notes.

Bitter with some woody notes, must be the cedar. Tons of cedar, not much malt present. Lots of cirtrusy hops, maybe some grapefruit as well. This is a very original IPA, that's for sure.

Medium carbonation, bitterness lingers in the tongue.

This beer was great to try, but I found it to be lacking in the drinkability department.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 22:12:55 | More by pmccallum86
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to kbutler for bringing this back from Florida.

Poured into CC snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of off white head. Good retention with some splattered lace. Color is a dark copper hued orange. Very dark and hazed for an ipa.

Aroma: Tons and tons of cedar with mangoes, tangerines, and grapefruit. The hops are floral but not as present as they would be in a regular ipa. Great nose.

Taste: Very unique beer. Tons of cedar flavor. It reminds me of a sauna. Big fruit citrus - mangoes and tangerines. Some floral bitterness. Pretty solid and very unique.

Mouthfeel: Creamy but bitter and oaky. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends relatively clean.

Overall, this IPA is different but good. I like it and it is very interesting. I couldn't drink an entire bottle, but a glass is perfect. A well done beer from CCB.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 18:09:05 | More by mothman
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trbergman

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a tulip. Thanks to urwithdave for the bottle.

A - Pours a bright amber-orange with three fingers of pillowy beige foam. With each sip, the beer deposits another intricate strand of lace.

S - Toffee, pine and herbal hop aroma, cedar.

T - Tastes of toffee and black tea with white pepper and a very dry, leafy hop flavor. Cedar adds a very welcome note of wood and a dry spiciness that's an interesting departure from the usual oak. Bitterness is only a bit on the high side but is accentuated by the slight, tea-like astringency. The finish is quite dry, with a lingering, citrus-pith flavor and bitterness.

M - Light body for the style, dry and a bit puckering. Good carbonation.

D - This is a unique - to my knowledge - take on the American IPA and a thoroughly enjoyable one at that. Great flavor without being too heavy, boozy, or over-the-top hoppy. Well done, Cigar City!

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 03:29:27 | More by trbergman
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billab914

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Russian River tulip glass. Poured a murky copper orange color with a big frothy three finger off-white head. The head had some very good retention and left a lot of lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma starts off with some hoppy citrus flavors but then the big cedar, dry, woody flavor hits you. It really smells like you walked into a humidor. It's kind of hard to pick up any of the beer flavors through the strong cedar.

The taste shows a little more of the hoppy, citrus & pine IPA flavor then the nose did, but it also has a pretty strong woody cedar taste to it. The finish leaves a nice long lasting bitterness on the palate. The ceder might just be overpowering the taste too much in my opinion though.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent, you really have to enjoy the wood flavor for it to be drinkable though.

Overall this was a very interesting beer, it was a cool idea and I'm glad I got to try it. The cedar is just too overpowering in it though in my opinion and the wood flavor is hard to get past. This is probably the most extreme "wood" flavored beer I've ever had and I'm not sure how I feel about cedar as a beer flavor. It didn't seem to lend itself to beer as well as say Oak does in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 19:23:09 | More by billab914
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 00:44:54 | More by meatyard
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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

A cask offering at the General Sutter. Hot damn!

A: The IPA is unfiltered, looking like pulpy orange juice, only much darker, in my glass. The thickness renders thea le opaque. As with may cask offerings, there isn't much head.

S: The nose rocks. Sweetly bitter citrus rinds up front yield to white pepper at the end. I'm not sure what cedar aging adds, but the ale has a strong wooden scent that further accentuates the pepper.

T: The ale is a juxtaposition of flavors, sweet at first but quite hot at the end. The oranges stand out at first, sweet and juicy with a does of rind bitterness. The sweetness quickly transitions into a spicy pepper heat. The black and white peppercorns nip at the tongue with a bit of cayenne sharpness. The ale is very filling, as though the pulpy look adds heft to the body. A good dose of caramel malts serves as a foundation for the hops, which don't disappoint. Even on cask, this beer is hot.

M: The mouthfeel is sweet and spicy, zesty and full. I was down on Cigar City unti this beer. I really dig it.

D: Doesn't feel like almost 8%. The combination of orange and pepper is what makes the ale click.

Serving type: cask

03-14-2010 00:49:36 | More by akorsak
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Billolick

New York

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cask offering at Rattle N hum in NYC. This unfiltered, barrell aged brew pours cloudy medium amber, lighter tan head, typical sheeting and lace. I get mostly grapefruit on the nose with maybe a glimmer of cedar in the rear. Soft on the tongue, with low carbonation, ample fruity hops, again with a healthy dose of grapefruit. Tasty hopped up IPA from the sunshine state. The cedar here was lost on me.

Serving type: cask

03-07-2010 14:38:25 | More by Billolick
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Arrives with a cloudy apricot nectar appearance; the creamy head leaves plenty of lace behind

Smell: Toffee malt and grapefruit pith; hints of cedar

Taste: Toffee malt flavors up front, joined by the cedar and followed with a blast of pithy grapefruit that arrives by mid-palate; after the swallow, the subtle cedar elements are detectable in the bitterness, though the beer is more about the fruity hops

Mouthfeel: Medium body with creamy carbonation

Drinkability: Don't know if I am the biggest fan of the cedar; it adds an interesting element and is definitely worth a try (Note - I liked it a lot better in the bottle than on cask.)

Serving type: cask

02-26-2010 20:33:18 | More by brentk56
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: cask

02-21-2010 18:18:42 | More by Sammy
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

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

Pour - nice bright orange color with some bubble streaming north leaving a decent sized head. Looks very much like a good IPA should look.

Aroma - a good whiff of this is all you need to realize you've stumbled upon a rather incomparable smelling beer. This is peppery up front from the toasted Spanish cedar and has a lot of floral hop aroma as well. I also get some pipe tobacco, brown sugar and citrus. That peppery aroma from the cedar is absolutely fantastic.

Taste - wow. just wow. Once that first sip floods your mouth you know this is something very special. The flavors of the cedar are peppery and spicy along with tastes I've rarely come across in the world of beer. Perhaps a bit like scotch or tequila perhaps a littler herbal or smokey. I am really not sure how to describe them and that just adds to the mystique of this beer. Beneath all the amazement from the cedar is a very solid IPA with great floral hop flavors as well as some grapefruit and tropical fruits.

Overall - Another great beer from Cigar City and I've only just begun to try them all. Everything melds so well with this beer it really is a very commendable (and gold medal worthy) accomplishment. This could quite be one of the most unique beers I've ever had as well as one of the best.

Would I buy more of it? - absolutely, positively without a doubt. The first time I tried this I had it on tap at Rattle N Hum in NYC and it was $10 a pint and worth every penny.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 04:56:52 | More by indiapaleale
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dudecandle

New York

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask into shaker at Rattle n Hum Cigar City night:

A: Orange-mango, murky body with soapy off-white head

S: Mango, herbal hops, and apples

T: The mango remains the strongest flavor from the hops, but the herb is well represented. The apples really show up on the finish, giving the beer a nice progression from fruit to fruit. The cedar gives a pleasant dynamic, but nothing all-too-significant. Definitely some caramel sweetness going on throughout.

M: It was on cask, so it was a bit thin, but the long finish was very respectable.

D: Hops don't really pop, but there's a nice variety among them. It's pretty well-balanced, and I think the cedar really mellows it out.

Serving type: cask

02-18-2010 20:12:25 | More by dudecandle
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A friend brought this back to me from Tampa during vacation. He wasn't sure if it was the Jai Alai but I'm guessing it is.

This hazy copper beer poured out with a big head. It was very fluffly, pourous, spongey, and dense. It looked fucking beautiful and left a sticky lacing on the glass as it settled.

The smell was sweet and floral. I got a nice scent of light caramel from the malt. The hops were pretty equal with that and didn't overpower the aroma. I could sense a bit of the cedar wood in there lending a belgian spice character. It smells like I stuck my head in a cedar chest. Very fragrant.

This beer picked up a lot from the cedar. I like this amount but in reality it's overpowering the beer. It weaves in nicely with the hops but they are married so well I can't really pick up certain flavors. The malt isn't as pronounced as the smell. I'm not sure how fresh this is but I would like it to be a little more hop forward.

I'm loving this beer so far. Lots of wood character and a nice creamy mouthfeel. It's easy to drink if you like things aged in/on wood.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 01:28:00 | More by BearsOnAcid
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alleykatking

Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 750ml bottle with nickmooduh. Nick thanks for bringing this by to share before you left South Bend. A wonderful treat!

A- Poured a semi-hazy golden honey color with a light amber tone to it. One finger white head stays for a short period before leaving. Nice spotty lacing while I drank this.

S- Floral and light earthy hops shine through at first. Slight peppery hints in this that come and go. The cedar aging leaves little aromas here and there but nothing very in your face. This makes my mouth water from smelling it.

T- Hops shine in the front have of this beer with floral and earthy hops coming through at medium force. There is a light sweetness to this from a bready malt backbone. Light alomst pepper notes to get washed away in the back end of this beer to a heavy cedar finish. The cedar makes the beer a little more enjoyable and puts quite the touch on it.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little too much for me and fizzles the beer as I drink it. Big cedar notes left on the palate with light hops and this goes into the aftertaste with the cedar shining more. Crisp flavors and clean for the most part.

D- This IPA is interesting. I love the cedar aging on this and wish some other companies would do the same thing. I would recommend this beer to anyone who likes either hops or a fresh take on a old style. Smooth drinking and I could have drank the entire bottle myself. Will be looking to trade for.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 16:59:08 | More by alleykatking
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farrago

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dense creamy head of off-white microfoam which crests over three fingers even with a measured pour, then curiously steady dissolve down to a thinner surface coating and without many streaks of lacing. While the liquid is cloudy and mostly opaque, it captures light to add glow to the orange rust to amber coloration, only slight hue loss further out towards the rims. Solid burst of pink grapefruit and tangerine citrus in the nose, floral dew, rye and pumpernickel, the cedar notes are sweet as well, pineapple, nectarine, apricot fruit, mocha powder, chicory, really all over the map but not necessarily in a bad way. Full-bodied with a fairly muscular presence, the carbonation almost chewy rather than lifting. The pink grapefruit, tangerine, lime citrus once more leads the way, caramel, pine sap, more subtle floral accents. The cedar stays in proportion, does tame some of the caramel, butterscotch sweetness. Peach, apricot, nectarine, red apple fruit an embellishment at best. At times you think you're getting something like dill weed. Has a somewhat hyper demeanor but this doesn't translate into being overaggressive. Just off-center enough to stay interesting throughout.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 05:15:05 | More by farrago
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msubulldog25

Oregon

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

Brown 750ml bottle, poured to one those sculptural/engineered Sam Adams 'Perfect Pint' glasses. A generic 'Humidor Series Ale' label wraps the lower half of the bottle...without knowing this was the Jai Alai IPA (thanks, Sebletitje!), it could be any from the series. The catch with 'Humidor' is that each ale is aged on cedar, which 'has a more subtle effect on beer than more traditional woods like oak'. Cool.

A: A mildly hazed amber/honey colored pour. Carbonation is modest at best, rising to 1+ finger of ivory creaminess. Good retention, a hanging ring and patchwork of lace.

S: Interesting aroma, light and herbal, indistinct woodsy perfume, flowery. Sweet like honeysuckle, a bit of mown grass. Just a pleasant, if not very distinctive, IPA (disappointing with the 'wood-aging' expectations).

T: Much more noticeable the effects of cedar-aging: a woody tang that has a vaguely 'bourbon' spicing, mild char and a herbal green-ness. Wood offers a slightly vinous, white grape tang; caramel coating balances the flavors beautifully. Initial tastes were a little 'unfamiliar', but once the taste buds got acquainted it was an absolute joy to drink.

M: Zesty feel, a lively spicing and fine prickly carbonation that mellows beautifully to a warmth and coating sheen that covers the whole mouth, working over the tongue and drawing the cheeks ever so slightly. Medium body, seems to get creamier as time wears on.

D: A pleasant drinker with a stealthy ABV; over the course of a couple hours I found a way to knock out the bottle before, during and after dinner [*see below]. Appealing flavors and a fine feel make this worth recommending

*Talk about your fine food pairings. Tonight's dinner was my wife's skillet-seared scallops over a bed of mixed greens, thin-sliced apples, chunked avocado, pan-fried bacon and shaved shallots, with a drizzle of tarragon vinaigrette. Drool. What? Oh yeah, there was beer...the Jai Alai paired wonderfully! :)

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 03:00:42 | More by msubulldog25
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Shaw

Florida

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle from Thryn, thanks! I've been wanting to try the Cigar City beer that won a gold medal at GABF.

It's an orange-copper in color with a big foamy head that reduces to a dollop of foam in my tulip glass.

You can really smell the cedar in this beer. Its almost-medicinal aroma is mixed with the big hop aromas that Jai Alai has.

The cedar brings all kinds of new flavors to this beer, while keeping it hoppy and bitter. I'm tasting perfume (!), flowers, rosewater, wood and more in this beer. The cedar tones down the flavors from the hops that are so strong in regular Jai Alai.

At first I thought the taste was too strong, but after more sips my palate has adjusted.

The body is just as good as regular Jai Alai: light but not watery.

The cigar cedar really transforms the beer from a juicy hop bomb to a fragrant perfume-like sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 06:30:17 | More by Shaw
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Special Thanks to Avalon68 for providing this as an extra in a recent trade. Frank is an awesome trading partner..

Poured this into a tulip glass hoping to accentuate the wood notes of this beer. As it turns out that was not necessary. Beer pours with couple fingers of tight foamy white head what almost looks like whipped egg whites. Excellent retention and lots of sticky lacing. The beer is a hazy amber color with orange sunset tones.

Aroma is peppery and clearly of cedar. Lots of herbal qualities here along with some pine.

Well my first impression is that the cedar completely takes over the beer. As I slowly worked my way through the bottle I got accustomed to the heavy cedar notes and enjoyed the beer more. Initial pine notes, white pepper and then cedar, cedar, cedar. I've heard pencil shaving used as an adjective for some wood aged beers. I've never used it and now I am... Yep, taste like wood shavings. It's almost like the cedar accentuates the hop bitterness. Big lingering hop bitterness. Also some yeast notes here.

The carbonation is almost pin point like and brightens the flavor. Medium body and a little powdery.

The wood aging really slows you down in drinking this. If this is a standard IPA, it's the slowest one I've ever consumed.

This is interesting, that's for sure. But I am not in love with it. Very glad to have tried it.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 23:10:58 | More by Reagan1984
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koopa

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received about 6 weeks ago in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Fairly clear orange sunburst with honey folds and a 3 finger off white crown that shows lots of lace and retention.

Smell: Loads of character here. Good floral and herbal hop notes crash into a sophisticated and sexy cedar chip humidor like quality. Tobacco comes to mind but only associatively, it is the cedar chips triggering that more than anything.

Taste: Not as pungent as the nose, but again a seemless blend of hops and cedar. I'm really impressed by the combination.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and well carbonated. A touch too crisp for my liking.

Drinkability: Nice flavor profile, crisp mouthfeel, and an abv below 8% makes this brew score well in the drinkability department.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 17:47:11 | More by koopa
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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

9/6/2010
(Served in a tulip glass) Thanks to cbak999 for this beer
A- This beer has a hazy copper body with a spongy creamy yellowish-beige head and strands of bubbles trailing to the surface.
S- The juicy spicy hops have a soft wood note underneath. There is a spicy green cinnamon note and a light cream aroma that comes through when the beer opens up.
T- The light pungent woody hops taste leads to a smooth spicy green hops and a soft dry bittern bite in the finish. The green hops linger for a moment and take on a green woody note as the beer opens up. There is a very light caramel sweetness underneath the hops.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a fizzy finish. D- This is a nice IPA with good depth of flavor in the hops and much more hop flavor than bitterness. I didn't notice any cedar qualities and I have to say it doesn't have the depth of the original non-wood aged version.

review 11/19/2009
(Served in a stemmed strange) thanks to gunnerman for this brew
A- This beer pours a slight hazy amber gold with a light tan head that sticks to the glass with each sip. There is a gentle carbonation that supports the head.
S- This beer has a slight musty pale malt aroma with a soft green hop note that comes through as the beer warms a bit. T- This beer has a soft pine hop aroma with a faint grain and pale malt note with a nice caramel hint. There is a slightly flowery wood hint that comes through as the beer warms.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture and no alcohol heat noticed.
D- This beer has a nice smooth taste and mouthfeel with a very soft wood quality. The hops are pretty soft aswell but it is a smooth session beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 16:32:59 | More by rhoadsrage
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DefenCorps

Oregon

2.8/5  rDev -31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mike for sending this rare beer as an extra, of all things!

The pour is quite gorgeous, clear amber with a dense off-white head with an off-white head with great retention and nice lacing to boot. Unfortunately, that's about all there is to really like about this beer. Rich and malty, rather simply so, with a lot of caramel, a touch of honey and some burnt caramel as well. Pine hops are apparent, and when cold, the wood character isn't particularly noticeable. However, as it warms up, the harsh cedar character becomes all too apparent. Woody and astringent, with a touch of varnish-like alcohol is present as well. The palate is rather similar, OPENING with woody tannins and a rather astringent character. Once you get used to the highly astringent nature of the brew, you are assaulted by the massive sweetness with sugar, caramel and some pine bitterness. Hop flavor is rather reserved, and frankly, is whelmed by the sweetness. There's no semblance of balance in this beer. While the finish starts off sweet, the tannins really dry out the palate with a harsh astringency. Medium in body with low carbonation, this is pretty much exactly what an IPA should NOT be, and the addition of cedar strikes me as a gimmick. While I drank my 8oz, it was only in the hope of it improving, which it didn't.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 14:33:29 | More by DefenCorps
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Wasatch

Utah

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Sebletitje for this brew.

750ml Bottle

Poured into a chalice a very nice hazy dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, very nice thick/creamy off-white head, with some very nice small islands and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some nice malt notes, citrus, slight pine. The taste is hoppy, malty, with some citrus, slight pine note, slight cedar. Medium body, very nice bitter/dry finish. Very drinkable, a very nice tasty brew, glad to have had a chance to try it.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 00:34:33 | More by Wasatch
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ThreeWiseMen

California

3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this in a recent trade with my favorite trading buddy, fogdog. Thanks a ton Kevin! Can't wait to get my hands on some more Cigar City stuff!

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Very hazy caramel-colored body with a small white cap. Head looked a little fizzy at first, but quickly settled to a tight, sticky, halo. Great web-like lacing. Looks elegant.

Smell: Rich cedar, flowery hops, and pine. I also get some caramel and toffee-like undertones. Pretty mild on the whole, with cedar being the most prominent aroma.

Taste: Cedar and caramel are the most obvious flavors up front. Surprisingly, I'm tasting a lot of pilsner malt - not sure if they actually use that in the recipe though. Maybe that's the cedar barrels causing that flavor. The finish is very dry and piney with some solid bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light on the palate. Prickly, somewhat gritty, feel from the carbonation. Feels pilsner-y to an extent. As noted above, finishes dry and bitter.

Drinkability: This was my second time tasting this beer, and both times I haven't been too impressed. I like the idea, and I like the cedar, but this one just doesn't do it for me. Worth a try still.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 21:55:44 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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HonusWagner

Florida

3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pretty orange hue, resembles apricots to me, but I'm mildly colorblind, so who knows! I like the color but the head is only decent so I can't give this a 5.

The smell is very boring, some mild piney hops and presumably cedar, and definitely didn't impress me as I tilted the glass back for the first time.

The taste, on the other hand, is pretty impressive. A very good balance between the moderate citrus hops and the cedar keeps the beer from getting in to hop bomb territory. I'd be very interested to try the normal Jai Alai to see how these good hops taste when they're on their own.

The mouthfeel is very good, a nice amount of carbonation gives the beer some life in the mouth. Drinkability started out pretty high but it definitely feels boozier as you get down the bottle. Unfortunately for all other IPAs, the standard to me is Pliny and it's pretty damn hard to come close to PtE in drinkability.

Overall, a solid buy and one I might revisit later after I've tried the regular IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 22:32:24 | More by HonusWagner
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PretzelCity

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice mahogany color with a decent fluffy white head. Smells like cedar. Taste is spicy, peppery, with a little bit of citrus and a lot of cedar. Light to medium body and really drinkable. The Cedar blends with the hops perfectly making for a very balanced yet complex flavor. If you like cigars at all, this beer is worth a try. It looks, smells and tastes like a cigar box and I mean that in the best way possible. Not a huge fan of the Jai Alai IPA by itself but it is totally transformed with cedar aging. Really enjoyed this brew both times I've been able to try it.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 19:06:32 | More by PretzelCity
Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 865 ratings.