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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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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

RuckusDu, Aug 04, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

polopaul20, Apr 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

closisinthehouse, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of Patrick999
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I've had this a number of times, but have not reviewed, and never out of the 750ml bottle. Think that means it's time for a proper review.

Poured into a tulip glass. Nice appearance...rousing head above a sinister, sparkling reddish-gold. Excellent lacing. A shade darker than I'd expect.

Smell is all IPA to begin with, mostly Pine-Sol with a bit of lemon zest and grapefruit. Some slightly funky overripe strawberry as it warms, I think this is the cedar coming through - I pulled a similar note from the Japanese Classic Ale from Hitachino Nest, also cedar-aged.

The wood doesn't come through quite as much here as in previous batches I'd had, but it's still there. It seems to really serve to dry out any residual sweetness left here; it has that flinty, woody dry finish. Before that, it's the grapefruit and pine you get from the standard Jai-Alai, with some overarching flavor of strawberry-and-whiskey for which I'm crediting the cedar. Still, not as much obvious wood as in earlier batches, I think. The earlier batches were "like licking the floor at Home Depot," lot of wood-shaving taste. This seems to have more balance, with the hops coming through a lot more; it's closer to what you'd typically think of as a beefy IPA.

Feel is rather soft and agreeable, while maintaining plenty of active carbonation. Outstanding. It seems to have the lush feel of a bigger beer, not that 7.5% is exactly small.

At this strength, probably more drinkable than it should be. Yet, I'll stop at 4.0, as it feels like a big beer, and has big-beer flavor.

Patrick999, Jun 23, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

jsurfs82, Dec 05, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Agentveba, Feb 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

tswater, May 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

alysmith4, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of brew3crew
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy gold with white head and lacing through out
S-the cedar comes through predominately. I feel like I'm at a lumber store
T-wow very complex. The wood comes through and almost adds a sour taste to it. Nice balance with the hops
M-medium bodied, crisp and dry
O-decent brew. Cedar is overpowering...

brew3crew, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of mscudder
4.13/5  rDev +2%
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!

mscudder, Mar 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

stephensinner, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of FanofHefe
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy to find this on the shelf at Total Wine. Bomber poured into a pint glass (wish I had a snifter or tulip); dated Nov 2011 on the label.

Hazy body, dark yellow/orange color, with a three-finger, creamy light tan head. The head has excellent retention and settles into a foamy cap.

The aroma is not really like an IPA but is interesting nonetheless. The cedar/wood notes are prominent, followed by a light earthy hop aroma. Some sweet malt in the background.

The flavor is equally interesting. The hops take a background to the wood flavors. The cedar flavor is again prominent, and as the beer has aged, the hop flavors have obviously faded in favor of the malt. The flavor is good, but I actually think this one would be better with a little more age on it, maybe a year or so to have the flavors blend.

Medium mouthfeel with an oily hop texture. Overall, one of the most unique beers I've ever had and definitely worth a try.

FanofHefe, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of kevanb
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

kevanb, Nov 18, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Casey3236, Jun 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

inspektor, Nov 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

johnyb, May 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

MNBeer1017, Apr 10, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes, 3-25-11

A - medium cloudy burnt orange body, medium white head with great retention and good lacing.

S - wood and earthy hops

T - earthy vegetal hops, dry wood.

M - medium body, quite smooth. a bit dry.

O (D) - an interesting beer for sure, pretty tasty. It's ok, I would drink this more.

ColdPoncho, Mar 26, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from 12/15/10. I'm assuming this is the right Humidor Series IPA. The label looked different, but this is the closest I could find.

The color of this brew is a hazy copper with some hues of peach and amber. The hazy nature is likely the result of bottle conditioning. A white foamy 1 finger thick head forms atop the liquid with good lingering qualities. The only way to rid the beer of its head is to drink it and have the head lace the glass, which it does a good job doing.

A floral bouquet greets my nose with notes of lilac and lily of the valley. Some honey helps smooth the bouquet providing a pleasant balance. I also detect some woody tones.

Starting out the taste is a dose of flowery hops combined with smoked cherry wood. Honey sweetens the deal and mellows the flavors. The bittering in the end reminds me of pine tar but does not take away from what the beer is creating. The sum of flavors equals a very balanced and pleasing IPA.

This beer has a wonderful medium full mouthfeel with some nice creamy qualities. A stinging bitterness gently lingers with a satisfying amount of bitterness.

This is a tasty lovely beer and I would drink it again.

TCgoalie, Dec 17, 2010
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

dsauter, Nov 20, 2011
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2/5  rDev -50.6%

chadwicktorres, Sep 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

JCam9981, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of Retail1LO
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a pint glass. FINALLY, I get to drink this from a bottle. I had this on tap during a Cigar City event at Capone's during Philly Beer Week, but wasn't reviewing at the time. The first bottle I got in trade, I busted. :( So alas, I finally get to do this.

Beer pours a very murky golden-orange. Nearly opaque, which is odd for a beer that's not black (stout, etc). The head on this is voluminous, especially when pouring down the center. Very thick and creamy. Resembles the top of a rootbeer float. Head has serious staying power and provides copious amounts of lacing as it receded down the glass. The nose is heavy on the cedar. Not surprising considering it's the big draw. Usually I notice notice any maltiness in an IPA on the back end of a sip, and in the aftertaste. However, it's right in your face in the nose of this beer. The taste is a wonderful combination of hoppiness, cedar, and that maltiness I spoke of. I would prefer a little more hope and cedar, and a bit less maltiness, however. The mouthfeel is a bit smoky, with a good bit of bitterness. The malty overtones of this beer persist from the nose, straight through to the finish. Overall, this is a fabulous twist to the stock Jai Alai. Each taste is a sip of beer and a draw from a cigar at the same time. Nice treat. Glad I have 2 more in the fridge.

Retail1LO, Oct 05, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

emottram, Aug 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Jeffrey2310, Dec 26, 2013
Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 907 ratings.