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

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Ratings: 907
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 13.58%
Wants: 180
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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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

BuckTuckian, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

ThreeWiseMen, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of wisrarebeer
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Ward's in Gainesville for $8.99.

A: nice bronze-copper color with great rocky head
S: mild nose with nice balance between malt and hops, cedar not noticeable
T: very nice, good malt up front with a ton of bitter piney hops in finish - too much bitterness in finish for me - cedar not noticeable - bitterness mellowed after first sip but still a lot
M: good but too much bitterness in finish for my tastes
D: good but bitter finish tempered my enthusiasm to drink more than what I had in front of me

wisrarebeer, Jan 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

ortie, Dec 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

scotv, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of meatyard
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

meatyard, Mar 17, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

FeDUBBELFIST, Oct 09, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Rado, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of alpinebryant
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 750ml bottle into Bruery tulip

Pours a clear copper with a healthy sticky white head that stays around for the entire drink.

Smell of sweet malt , musky wood / cedar , citrus , caramel

Taste of grapefruit hops mixed with cedar wood. There is a nice muskiness from the cedar and resiny wood flavors mixed with caramel and sweet malt profiles. A different American IPA and a nice change of pace from just another IPA overly hopped. Another great job by CCB . Glad to see them distributing again.

Thick mouthfeel for an American IPA. Sticky and dry from the wood at the same time. Nicely done and goes down easily

alpinebryant, Aug 30, 2010
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4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you STKPICR0720 for this
750 mL poured into a snifter

A- A deep orange with a touch of amber and huge fluffy white head.

S- Grapefruit, pine, hops, some cedar. Grapefruit is more than just citrus hops, it is actually tart and acidic smelling like fresh squeezed grapefruit.

T- Cedar is really big, grapefruit in the middle has a nice tartness, nice hoppy bitterness finish. Really tasty.

M- Smooth, medium body, refreshing.

O- This is a great easy to drink IPA. The wood taste works really well, enjoy the tartness a lot. I enjoyed regular Jai Ahia, but this is better. I can't wait to drink more.

larryi86, Aug 15, 2011
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4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Gtreid for sending this one my way. I split the bottle two ways into strait pints. There was a generous two finger white fluffy head that lasted quite some time and the lace followed the beer wonderfully down the glass. The body of the brew was hazy darker orange in color.

I was quite impressed at what the cedar ageing has accomplished with this brew I had the most intense pepper aromas I have ever experienced in an IPA. The citrus and fresh grass aromas' I typically expect were there too. The flavors were Intense as well that pepper being right up front with a nice bitter and a slight malt sweetness to balance this brew out. It had a medium body with nice dry finish and great carbonation.

I really enjoyed this brew and hated to see the glass go. I would easily buy or trade for this brew again. Great job Cigar City

joepais, Jun 13, 2010
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4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Glad to try some of the Cigar City lineup this week. Hopefully I will get to try more before the week is out. 750ml bottle...

A: A murky iced tea color with a small off white head that fades at a decent pace and leaves a layer of lace on top of the brew. Good.

S: I get a blend of mild hop, cinnamon, and some nutmeg. I quickly get some maple and cedar in the middle and sweet malt on the backend. Decent.

T: I get a blend quickly upfront. Earthy hop, mild grapefruit, some mild cinnamon, and some piney spices. I get some cedar hints in the middle and a watery floral flavor on the backend. Good.

M: Full body with a great carbonation. Thick on the finish. Very good.

D: This one goes down incredibly easy. Perfect!

All in all, I like this version better than the White Oak version. Definitely worth a try if you like a malt and hop blend in your IPA. If you want bitter brutal hop, this is not for you.

steve8robin, Nov 17, 2010
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

NooseJustice, Dec 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

ChrisMon02, Feb 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

cosmonick, Jan 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

sgoro, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of Stigs
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

couldnt wait long to pop this one, got it in the mail yesterday via BA'er infestaxion - thanks bud!

served in a 12oz tulip-type glass...

A - pours with a bit over an inch of tight, creamy and fluffy light tan foam. receding very slowly, forming a big billowing mountain with sticky lacing around the glass. the beer is very hazy, dull gold in color.

S - big bright, citrusy and lightly grassy hops matched toe for toe with an abundant cedar sweetness. other notes of melon, strong caramel malts, and fresh splintery wood.

T - immediately, a fairly strong blast of orange zest, pineapple, pine, and wet grassy hops assault the tongue while bitterness bites the back of the mouth. supplanted through the base by toasty caramel malts and a big fresh, cedary sweetness. very lively wood flavors linger through the aftertaste and for once, actually works well with the hop profile. bits of black pepper, onion, and grapefruit appear sporadically.

M - body is a bit light, and thin...struggles to hold up against the robust flavors. very sticky, incredibly dry finish from the combination sweet + hoppy combination. carbonation is tight and effervescent, working fairly well.

D - a very decent beer, though not enough to convince me that an IPA should spend any amount of time near wood. leave the hops alone, dammit. still pretty yummy and decently balanced. nice and pleasant sipper on a chilly, rainy Thanksgiving night.

Hey, review #500. Thanks for everything BA!

Stigs, Nov 26, 2010
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

BeerBeast, Sep 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Jordy777, Nov 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

laxer8811, Apr 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

cp45, Jul 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Jun 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

hopkrid, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of soulgrowl
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In spite of a slight geyser upon opening (okay, it was a massive geyser), this beer pours with a manageable head, ivory colored and stable atop a hazed cinnamon-orange body. Kinda like a hefeweizen. Kinda.

The aroma is gorgeous. Full disclosure: the smell of cedar makes me very nostalgic as it reminds me of the time I spent in Japan, and my favorite beer is Hitachino Nest JCA, also aged in cedar. This smells like that – but ramped up a notch or two. Full on peppery cedar dominates, almost to the exclusion of all other aromas, but they're there: guava, cinnamon, lime, dulce de leche, bitter otange, coriander... I could go on, but I'll just stop there and say that it's lovely.

The flavor is more cedary spice, lots of wholegrain toast spread with dark honey, apple pie, resinous bitterness, and clove. There seems to be a touch of tannins here as well, giving this a slightly tea-like edge. Soft carbonation leads into a dry finish with a lingering woody bitterness.

soulgrowl, Jul 27, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another CCB hook up from Alieniloquium - Cheers Bro!

*notes from 06/25/11 tasting

A: Pours an awesome golden pale ale that really hazes towards the center of the glass. A nice big fluffy 2+ finger of head formed and left gobs of lacing to the glass.

S: Nose is full of florals and spice with a rather dominant breadiness. Some notes of tropical fruits but nothing worth a boast. Aroma seems to have mellowed a bit.

T: Good flavor! Nice and hoppy. I was skeptical as most wood aged IPA's I have experienced really tend to lose their hop character but not this brew. It is light, juicy, and has this interesting sour orange fruit character to it. Especially in the aftertaste. Good caramel body. I don't get much wood flavs at all really. Not like that of oak aged beers. The cedar is really subtle and gives this sort of spicey rum-like finish that really works here. Slight ABV warmness.

M: Very smooth mf overall with a nice creamy body and slight stickiness to the palate.

D: Great drinkability and a pleasant experience. Really lends itself to spicey foods. In fact I am gonna go bust out the chips n salsa!

I can't say I have ever have experienced a cedar aged brew before this one however I think CCB did a great job at keeping the hop characters in tact while adding an enjoyable element to their IPA.
Cheers!

Nugganooch, Jun 27, 2011
Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 907 ratings.