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

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

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Ratings: 914
Reviews: 451
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 184
Gots: 89 | 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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Photo of Sammy
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.

Photo of t0rin0
2/5  rDev -50.7%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.85/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to ehammond1 for sharing this at DarthKostrizer's tasting.

Pours a murky honey orange with a beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, earth, citrus zest, and some cedar wood. Taste is of malt, dirt, ashes, earth, and damp wood. There is a medium amount of bitterness with each sip. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer with a better smell than taste.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a golden copper color into my tulip. Thin white head without much retention or lacing. The nose is citrus, floral, and slight pine hops with a good dose of cedar. Taste is cedar wood and bitterness, leading to a pretty dry feel. Drinks well, though I prefer the original.

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of metter98
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is orange in color with a thick head that has good retention properties.
S: There is a light aroma of citrusy hops in the nose along with notes of grapefruit and hints of cedar.
T: Flavors of grapefruit dominate the initial taste; this is followed by a good balance between the cedar and the malts and hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate.
D: The alcohol is completely masked, which makes this beer very easy to drink. The grapefruit flavors are especially interesting which makes me want to try this again.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of brentk56
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.)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Humidor Series India Pale Ale certainly lives up to it's name. The same appreciation I get from allowing a fresh and mature cigar to rest in the mouth manifests itself into the flavor of this beer.

The pour brings a serious creamy pour that settles soon enough into a hazy copper beverage, releasing an egg-shell white head, laces extremely well, and very well retained. This is an IPA, albeit with quite the haze.

Quickly, the expected aromas of crisp graham cracker malts and citrus sharpness hits the nose. But very soon after comes the complexity of woody/floral cedar, cashew nuttiness, and mild tobacco notes. Though this is expected, the blend is a perfumy balanced earthiness that is both unmistakable and undeniable. Still, the aromas remain balanced and complex.

Flavors do much the same: The malty-rich flavors of the base beer give the caramels, graham crackers, and sun-kissed barley malt taste while the hops give a firm and bright grapefruit and orange zest contrasat to the sweetness, or even dominates it at times. But this beer is all about what the wood aging does to its transformation. The woodsy, oaky, cashew flavor comes across nicely but with a spicy and nutty taste that gives a great complexity to the beer without over doing it. The balance is complex, vinous, and very lively.

Sure the wood aging gives a feel of astringency and extra bite, but the tanic character of the woods gives a sharp and spirited bitterness/astringent element to the mouth feel that adds to what IPA's do.

Ultimately, this beer is the great IPA but the cedar aging gives the impressions of fresh tobacco, buttery nuts, and fragrant woods. The cedar begins to resemble ginger and sasafrass in its spiciness and brightness which only add to the beer's complexity and roundness. The Humidor Series IPA is truely a pleasure to drink. I would love to to pair this with a great Monte Cristo standard Chirchill.

Thanks RomaniTeDomum.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus hops is dominating with a lightly sweet malt presence also noticeable. Taste was also dominated by some citrus and floral hops notes with a solid malt backbone that doesn't take too much from the hops and some subtle notes of cedar which seems to round thing out. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Well brewed though cedar is not that apparent.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: crimson amber, very slightly hazy with a two finger head.

S: musty and pungent aroma with hop and floral notes. Cedar is more evident in the aroma than taste for me.

T: nice grassy and pine flavor which remains only mildly bitter through the flavor. Cedar notes but not to the extent I was hoping.

M: medium body and dry finish. moderate carbonation.

Overall: Easy to drink IPA. I was hoping for more cedar in the taste but its a nice addition to the aroma.

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

Barely blurry apricot with polished gold edges and an outstanding looking crown of bone colored mousse. These guys nail appearance much more often than not. The foam is finely pitting, softly rocky and impressively sticky. We're off to a great start.

With each sniff, I'm instantly transported back to my childhood and the cedar chest in my mom's sewing room. The nose is incredibly aromatic with respect to that pungent, almost incense-like wood, not so much in terms of hops. While it's pleasant enough, a lack of lupulins is a liability in an American IPA.

Thankfully, the flavor is less cedar-centric, because this would have been a long 750 ml if JACAIPA tasted like it smells. There's still wall-to-wall wood. However, the base beer is incredibly fresh and bitingly bitter. Well... at least as fresh and bitingly bitter as an ale that has been aged can be.

Specifics include multiple planks of perfumy cedar, lightly toasted bread, and loads of white grapefruit and orange. A hop bill that supposedly includes Simcoe, Amarillo and Centennial makes sense as soon as one lets beer wash over taste buds. Something is giving this offering an almost cardamom and white pepper spiciness that is different, interesting and enjoyable. The next highest taste score was a serious consideration.

No second thoughts about appearance... it's out of this world on subsequent pours and after. The mouthfeel is classic AIPA. It's light-medium for the breed and the bubbles are both fine and dandy. Great for ease of drinkability.

While I wouldn't want to drink cedar-aged IPAs every day, this Cigar City Humidor Series ale is different enough (and hoppy enough) to hold my interest. Thanks to ktrillionaire for yet another delicious Sunshine State brew.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

Fresh growler sent straight up from Florida, I cracked this puppy open on Saturday afternoon and watched Avatar and ate Pizza while I enjoyed it. Consumed on 04/24/2010.

Nice pour here, mellow amber in color with a nice head of white that caps it off quite well leaving some nice lacing down the sides of the glass. Aroma is citrus, mango, lots of cedar and tobacco notes. Very nice and complex. Smooth, very rich creamy feel really lets the flavor settle in very nicely. Rich notes of cedar dominate here but letting them breathe lets the hops come through and leave the mark. Rich follow though with hints of pine, light herbs, touch of grassy notes, but the wood and tobacco dominate here for sure. Really easy to drink, I would not have even guessed this was 7.5 percent to be honest. Easily polishd off the growler and was looking for more.

Overall I really liked this, it worked well for me, then again I really liked wood aged IPAs.

Photo of womencantsail
1.5/5  rDev -63.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I've had this one a couple occasions now. Both out of the growler and out of the bottle. Both have been the same...

A: The pour is a nice looking hazy golden orange color with a white foam on top.

S: The nose is not a good start to the beer. Cedar and spicy mothballs. The hops try to peak through with just a bit of citrus, but the attempt is futile.

T: Just when I thought the nose couldn't get worse, I drank the beer. Incredibly astringent and spicy notes from the cedar with tobacco and a flavor that I would assume is how mothballs taste (judging from the smell).

M: A medium body with a moderate carbonation. Unfortunately, that spiciness sits on the tongue and is only tolerable for a period of time.

D: I really don't get this beer or the raves about it. I suppose the cedar aging might work for other styles of beer, but get it out of the IPAs.

Photo of Knapp85
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice looking orangey yellow color with a strong fluffy white head on it. The lacing was chunky and thick down the glass. The smell of the beer was hoppy much like the regular Jai Alai. The smell didn't really have much of the cedar on the nose. The taste of the beer was very good, lots and lots of hoppy flavors mixed with a light taste of fresh wood in there. The cedar gives off a little spice in the beer I think. The mouthfeel was very drinkable and very easy to gulp it down. Overall I really enjoyed this one, Haven't had anything from Cigar City so far that was a disappointment.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -20%

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

Appearance: Pours a hazed, deep copper body with an inch of long-lasting, whitish foam.

Smell: Pale maltiness with a sweet-scented brushing of light caramel coupled with a spicy, peppery cedar aroma and peppy hop notes of tangy citrus and grass.

Taste: Pale malts with a touch of fresh grains and a sweet mingling of light caramel and toffee. Brightly hoppy with a bold hit of juicy citrus fruits and a slight grassy overtone. Moderate bitterness. Ah, then there's the cedar wood delivering a distinct taste of finely-ground white pepper for a nice layer of spiciness. Sure, it finishes dry and fairly bitter, but it's that lingering zesty cedar wood that really sends you back for another and another sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight hefty, chewiness to the mouthfeel though.

Drinkability: Very enjoyable. While it would be a fine, balanced India Pale Ale in its own right, it's the addition of cedar wood that really sells it for me.

Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first Cigar City beer....about damn time.Poured into an imperial nonic a slightly hazed brilliant burnt orange with a well defined frothy white head,old school ipa looks here.Toasty cedar wood and herbal hops in the nose,not alot of sweetness detected.Toasty and smooth on the palate with leafy,herbal hops in the finish.This a smooth mix of light toasted wood and herbal,and lightly citric hops,I really like the dryness on the palate as well.This a nice beer,it wont blow you away with its hop profile but the smoothness and drinkibility is its strong suit.

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