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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
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
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 joepais
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
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

Photo of Jordy777
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of soulgrowl
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of adam42381
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy medium caramel brown with a 2-3 finger frothy off-white head. Excellent head retention. Excellent lacing throughout.

Smell: Sweet floral hops, caramel, warm spices and cedar.

Taste: Sweet citrus up front followed by black pepper and cedar in the middle and ending with grapefruit bitterness. The aftertaste is a mix of cedar and bitter grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability. Goes down quite smooth.

Overall: Great variation of Jai Alai. I'm not sure that I would want to drink the cedar aged version all the time but I'm glad I bought it. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Nugganooch
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
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!

Photo of mscudder
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint. Big thanks to Corey for bringing these back from the release last week!

A - Translucent amber with a citrus glow. Two finger light-ivory head with excellent retention and lacing.

S - Grapefruit, citrus and cedar. All in a nice delicate balance. Could be more robust.

T - Big cedar presence among citrus and hops. Cedar is at center-stage, although I do not think I have a problem with that...

M - Nice medium body with enough carbonation to keep it alive. Lets the cedar curb the feel nicely.

O - A unique IPA for sure. Nice hop profile that is tamed by cedar, cedar, cedar. Happy to have 7 left!

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

a - poured a four-fingers thick and dense creamy tan head into a snifter that left thick sheeting and great lacing throughout. the body was a bright orange-amber color.
s - grassy, herbal, floral with a hint of citrus peel.
t - spicy, smokey, piney with some sweet fruits.
m - medium and thickness which starts out bubbly but really smooths out.
o - awesome is the only way to describe this. cigar city is doin' work.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of standardcherry
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at CCB tap takeover at OTC.

A: Nice looking amber color. Small white head with excellent lacing and retention.
S: The first thing I got was fruits. Grapefruit, orange, peaches, pineapple and mango. It was backed up by a sweet cedar smell. This smells amazing.
T: Taste is malty sweetness with some fruity hoppy bitterness. A bit piney that I imagine comes from the cedar ageing.
M: Medium mouthfeel with low carbonation. A bit sticky but overall very drinkable.
O: This was easily my favorite beer of the night. It's very mellow compared to other huge IPAs, just extremely well balanced and drinkable.

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

750ml bottle into Captain Lawrence tulip--which, by the way, is a pretty nice beer glass. This was my first time using it.

Appearance: Free pour yields a three inch white head that dissipates slowly leaving an elaborate web of lacing. Pours a hazy orange brown. Good lacing.

Smell: Cedar and piny hops. Very woody. Like "Whoa, they're not kidding about the cedar," woody. Probably not hard to convince someone that the beer contains liquefied cedar. Also some herbal and peppery notes. Overbearing as the wood notes are, it smells like a nice hoppy Belgian pale ale or saison.

Taste: First sip: this tastes exactly like the smell, with some booziness at the end. So much white pepper and cedar. The hops are mainly expressed as pine flavors, which augments the dominant pepper and cedar. There's a nice sweetness near the end that really ties the whole thing together. Beautiful grassy aftertaste.

I could definitely buy a criticism along the lines of "this beer is (way the hell) too woody," but that's not my criticism; I think the beer is balanced enough to pull it off. My main criticism is just that there's a bit too much booze in the flavor, especially for a 7.5% ABV beer (tastes like 10% at least to me).

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of medium bodied. Ample carbonation. Very mild dryness at the end.

Drinkability: While I immediately recognized that this was a well put together beer, I had doubts about being able to enjoy the whole bottle. However, it got very pleasant after just a short time. I'd almost call the beer "educational", as it shows nicely how the similarities between IPAs and saisons can be played up, and how such a strong smell as cedar can work in such a seemingly unlikely place as an IPA.

"Learning something" while drinking the beer was enjoyable, and the overall balance of the beer came more clearly into focus as I got further into the bottle, leaving me with the impressions that, no, it was not hard to enjoy the whole thing at all, and yes, I would drink it again.

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I would say that most of these scores could easily be 4 or 4.5 (none really approaching 5), with only drinkability being a realistic < 4 score. An impressive first beer to try from Cigar City. I'll definitely seek out more offerings by them.

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

Pours thick, with a half-glass full of off white head over a hazy amber body. Head fades to a thick, foamy film. Tons of lacing.

Aromas of resiny pine, plenty of cedar, and plenty of sweet caramel maltiness. You can just smell that they put some serious work into this one.

Flavor is terrific - aromas all carry over, with a good smoky quality layered on top. Hop forward and really close to DIPA world.

Pretty darn creamy up front on the palate, with a sharp bite in the finish.

I housed this puppy with a quickness... you've been warned.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Happy to pick this one up along with some 110K+OT batch #3, also happy to receive my Sierra Nevada XXX glass in the mail today (unfortunately I wont be cracking another one of those open for a little while).

A: Poured into my new SNXXX bubble glass, this beer pours an opaque golden rod yellow with a fluffy tan head that is quick to dissipate. I would rate this brew higher on appearance, but the head is a little too weak for another .5 points.

S: The aroma on this brew is amazing. I'm giving it a 5 for uniqueness. This is my first cedar aged beer, and I can see why they call this the Humidor Series. It literally has notes of fresh cigars in a humidor. Very earthy, woody, peppery. The aroma is just fresh, one of the freshest smelling beers I have. Behind all that is a slight layer of citrus.

T:The hop bite is present, but tamed by the cedar aging. The flavor follows suit with the tobacco notes in the aroma. Nutty, woody and smokey. For an IPA this brew is well balanced with a strong, but relaxed malt character. I sense a light sweetness, but the malt significantly adds to the body.

M: The mouthfeel is well carbonated and full. Chewy at times.

D: Drinkability....I'm gonna rate this beer on how satisfied I am after one, and that is very satisfied. This brew has the complexity of a big beer that I want, with a fairly moderate ABV. I am a fan of cigars. There are a lot of topics in the forums about pairing beers and cigars, and my personal opinion is that it should never be done. Both of them cancel out the flavor experience that is unique to them both. Humidor Series IPA is the ticket if you want to experience a cigar and beer all in one without sacrificing either's quality of the experience.

Photo of kevanb
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a really nice nectarine amber color with a nice thick foamy head that glues to the glass. Cedar is big on the nose, hints of smoke with hints of citrus but a backbone of resinous pine, like the name, it smells like a humidor, really feels like a fine cigar is in my immediate area. The flavors are really unique, cedar is a very underutilized wood, but packs a great flavor. Cedar leads the way, but isn’t bold or overly aggressive, nice and soft that blends really well with the resinous pine and bitter hop flavors. The finish has soft citrus and faint biscuit that wrap up a very complex beer. It has a nice smooth medium body, not to thin not overly thick, a little astringent at the finish from the alcohol which at 7.5% could have been hidden a bit better.

Verdict: This was a really intriguing take on the IPA, I thought the cedar really gave it something special, but the alcohol astringency was a bit of a turn off, but this is a fine brew worth looking out for.

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of samie85
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes; originally 6/15/10.

A-Pours a ruby-tinged amber with a 2.5 finger glistening white head, and leaves a sticky, thick lacing behind. This is a beautiful beer.

S-Pineapple, pine, a very obvious cedar component, spicy herbal, and a gentle earthiness to it.

T-Wow, cedar! Spicy cedar upfront with pine, grapefruit, and a dry, herbal, bitter finish. Very interesting taste profile.

M-Very smooth with very prickly, almost heavy carbonation. It's almost light bodied because of the carbonation.

D-This is a pretty unique beer. The cedar gets to be a little much near the end of a 750 ml bottle, so that knocks down the drinkability a notch for me. That being said, a very solid, very original beer. I love that that the hops are very discernible and mesh well with the cedar.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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