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

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907 Ratings
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Ratings: 907
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 13.58%
Wants: 181
Gots: 86 | 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)
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

fortheunheard, Dec 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

TasteTester, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

nh2032, Dec 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

dbelcher5761, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Tabni, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

wchris21, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

vasdef42, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into DFH signature glass. I think this was released July 2011, but I can't tell from the bottle print (missing a little)

A: Pours a very clear orange color. Fluffy bright white big bubbled head. Good carbonation. Some sticky lacing.

S: Definitely get some cedar, and some fruity notes, and some breadiness. Smells really nice actually. Lots of fruit.

T: Ok, thought it was UNFRESH but it's actually fine. You don't get the hop bitterness on the tip of the tongue I was expecting. You get a little mild one. Then the malt bill and cedar hit you. Really nice woodiness. And the close is crisp and somewhat clean.

M: Medium bodied

O: B+ to A- because I wonder what freshness would do for this or if better with age and the wood.

inlimbo77, Dec 12, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cigar City.

A - Very clear, amber in color, maybe a twinge darker than the original, though this was never as pale as some IPA's get... Good head and retention, leaves decent lace as well.

S - Very spicy and earthy with some lemon coming through from the hops and oaken/wood aroma that I wasn't entirely certain I could distinguish as cedar.

T - Citrus and grapefruit start things off, as well as some bitter fruit pithiness. The hops are going strong in the flavor department still. Nice sweet caramel maltiness and wood flavor underneath. Not nearly as strong or unique a wood flavor as I was anticipating though.

M/O - Crisp, a bit dry. Overall interesting but I'd take a regular Jai Ali over this most occasions.

Spider889, Dec 11, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle doesn't say "Jai Alai" but whatever. It's the Humidor IPA.

Thin tracing of white bubbles. Yellow-amber, cloudy.

Smell is mellow hops and a trace of cedar.

Quite cedary. Interesting complement to the hop content. It's a wood aging that doesn't cut into hop character, which should be appreciated by hop lovers. I'm not one, but still good. Grapefruit aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is mixed, not great.

It's pretty good; I didn't know what to expect. Definitely an IPA but a complex one.

zaphodchak, Dec 11, 2011
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3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a darkish, burnt orange color. Plenty of murkiness to the body, though you can see some carbonation when you hold the beer to direct light. The carbonation gushes out, forming a two-finger-plus sized head, but it reduces down to a very tight one finger. Plenty of thick-ringed lace is left in its wake.

The dominant aroma I'm getting is caramel malt. Which isn't what I personally want to get as the dominant aroma in an IPA, but I can roll with it. There's green hop notes here, a splash of fruit juice too. There's a different sort of astringency here too which I am attributing to the cedar chips. Slight vanilla comes along with the wood. I've had cedar in beer before (namely Boulevard's discontinued Seeyoulator Dopplebock), and this doesn't at all smell like what I thought it would. The unique character of cedar is diminished on the nose of this bottle. Is it old? I have no reason to think so, but it could be the case.

Tasting the beer leads me to believe that it isn't blindingly fresh but isn't over the hill either. There's a fair amount of peach and orange hop flavor to this bottle. The caramel malt IS stronger than I'd prefer, but it maybe needs to be. The cedar flavor isn't dominant or even particularly strong, and I think the malt is helping a lot to keep the wood in balance. That wood is green and yes, tastes like cedar. Very trace vanilla; mostly green wood.

This beer is on the thicker side of medium-bodied. I typically don't like that attribute, but it works for this beer. There's something pleasing about the textural heft in relation to wood flavor. Usually, wood-aged beers are so thinned-out, so the contrast is unexpected and enjoyable.

Overall, this is an above-average IPA. It is unique and enjoyable, though nothing that I would turn to regularly (or ever again, even). It isn't what I'm looking for in an IPA, but it does succeed in what it wants to do.

Reaper16, Dec 07, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

uturn, Dec 06, 2011
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jsurfs82, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

TrickkyGangsta, Dec 05, 2011
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4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Awesome white fluffy head. Perfect looking head. Great lacing. Brew is cloudy orange with lots of yellow and some reds too.

S - Lots of huge cedar notes. Some nice brown sugar, citurs, and orange. Pepper and spice galore. Yum.

T - Whoa! Very unique! Great huge unique wood flavor... Silky and smooth. Citrus is very mild, yet aggressive and forward.

M - Perfect. Bitterness is perfect for an IPA. Carbonation is also done well. Very nice body, thick for an IPA.

O - Great brew. Very unique. CCB really showed me something with this fine brew. I would love to try more of their specialties, keep em coming Matt, you badass. Thanks for sharing, don't worry I also shared... Cheers.

chugalug06, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

sgoro, Dec 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

PhatAtUT, Dec 03, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

pranaferox, Dec 01, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Exiled, Nov 27, 2011
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2.1/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy orange with a big white head.

Smells of cedar and some pine/grapefruit hop.

Up front cedar/pepper that lasts through the whole taste and ends on a woody, vanilla, peppery mess. It tastes like sawdust...no thanks.

Medium to light body with medium to low carbonation work for the style.

While this is a well enough made beer, the flavor is quite off putting. Like sucking on cedar cubes. Beware.

TenHornsProud, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

TeamUgly, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of mindspin315
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Victory HopDevil Nonic. Heavy blanket of slightly off white head. Solid orange body with a little haze. Alcohol lacing and legs are both nice. Head retention is really good as well.

Woah...right up front is a strong cedar smell, which carries all the way through. If you've ever opened up a cedar chest or cigar box then you will pick up this smell right away. The hops are sitting right behind the cedar. Hops have a piney citrus/orange aroma, faint grapefruit. Not sure how fresh this bottle is but I would love to smell how the hops interact with this one fresh. Sweet malty/bready aromas come in at the middle.

Cedar hits right upfront, just like in the aroma. The cedar flavor rises up to the roof of the mouth. A good amount of bitterness from the middle to end and the palate drys out nicely in the finish. Grapefruit and pine come in quickly but also leave rather quick...grapefruit lingers on a little bit longer. The cedar is definitely the star of the show but isn't so overwhelming that this isn't enjoyable. I find this one to be fairly drinkable.

Unlike any IPA I've ever had, but then again adding cedar during fermantation is something probably only Cigar City does. Another stellar/interesting beer by this brewery!

[97/100]

mindspin315, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

Ryan1423, Nov 26, 2011
Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 907 ratings.