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

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Ratings: 897
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 13.58%
Wants: 172
Gots: 84 | 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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mixed_master7

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

10-12-2012 01:42:30 | More by mixed_master7
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Casey3236

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

06-30-2013 00:06:49 | More by Casey3236
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lakersfan16

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

05-22-2013 03:33:06 | More by lakersfan16
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polopaul20

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

04-05-2013 20:17:45 | More by polopaul20
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jbuddle

New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

02-12-2013 21:26:02 | More by jbuddle
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Andreias21

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

05-21-2013 17:08:04 | More by Andreias21
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Gtg642

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-23-2011 19:56:31 | More by Gtg642
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fmccormi

New York

3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a teku; bottling date of November 7, 2013 printed in some sort of dark-ish ink on the shoulder of the bottle (“Bottled on 11/07/13”), making this bottle a week old on the date of consumption. Yep, one week. Huzzah for freshness.

Appearance (4.25): Sure is an attractive beer: a good two fingers milk-white foam rises off of the pour, capping a rich orange-amber body with a moderate chill haze. The head shows decent retention, dying down relatively slowly and leaving a thick collar and thin film at the surface. A few nice splotches and thick legs here and there.

Smell (3.25): This is quiiite a unique aroma—honestly not sure what to make of it at first. Must be the cedar? There’s an herbal-spicy scent that’s almost sulfurous, but a little woody and spicy like mustard, almost (though that side of it is lighter). Some fruity, slightly resinous hops underneath it, but the aroma really is dominated by what must be the cedar. To be fair, the fruity hops come in to balance out the cedar a bit more as it warms.

Taste (3.5): Following the aroma at first, with that funky, at turns sulfurous cedar, but the hops character is much clearer and more prominent here: that weird, woody-botanical tang accompanied by a bit of spiciness, sitting next to a juicy citrus component with sweet red grapefruit, some of the melony richness of papaya, and then a moderately sharp red grapefruit bitterness in the close, as the beer finishes crisp and dry. Some of the slightly spicy, woody-botanical cedar character (which I recognize now is unmistakeable) permeates every aspect of the flavor, from start to finish. Is there malt in here? Yeah, I suppose so. A little rich peasant bread and toasted wheat bread underneath the hops and melding with the cedar. Certainly is unique.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Smooth bodied, a slightly oily just-under-medium-weight, with a moderately velvety carbonation that foams easily but subtly, dies out before too long, and washes down cleanly with a dry, but not parching or astringent, finish. No booze at all.

Overall (3.5): So, the base beer here is killer—Jai Alai is always on point and an absolute joy to drink. The cedar aging adds a very unique dimension to it, though, which is impossible to ignore because it is front and center. It also mutes/covers up some of the hoppiness that makes Jai Alai so damn good, too, but not entirely. So, basically, in the end what you have here is a very solid IPA with an extremely unique treatment that has the potential to be very polarizing. I’m on the fence about how I feel about it, in the end, but I’m glad I’ve tried it. In the future, though, I’ll probably just stick to Jai Alai.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 02:21:17 | More by fmccormi
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mattreitz49

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

01-20-2014 01:43:10 | More by mattreitz49
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mmcnaughton

Michigan

3/5  rDev -25.9%

11-20-2011 02:51:48 | More by mmcnaughton
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MNBeer1017

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.2%

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mwilbur

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a clear golden color with 1 inch bubbly white head. Decent retention. Faint lace.
S: Nice cedar and hops. Pine and pineapple notes. Hint of guava and black pepper. Fresh and pleasant.
T: Holy hops! Cedar is still present, but not as nicely balanced as in the aroma. I'm sure there's more there, but the hop bomb obliterates everything else.
M: Very bitter from the overpowering hops. Light body. Slightly oily feel.
D: I'm a little over half-way through a pint of this one and having difficulty continuing. This started out promising, but took a nose-dive. Although I'd still say this is above average overall, I wouldn't recommend it. Don't go out of your way for this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 04:40:02 | More by mwilbur
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mwbrady12

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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Radome

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle from the Rare Beer of the Month Club; poured into a goblet.

A - Beer is orange-amber and slightly cloudy but not opaque. It has a thin, incomplete layer of off white foam and lots of lacing on the glass.

S - The aroma is amazingly complex and inviting. Its base is the super-hoppy, grapefruit smell of a classic West Coast IPA. On top of that is the spicy wood aroma of a fine cigar box and a whiff of alcohol.

T - The taste is first dominated by hop bitterness and grapefruit notes, then the cedar wood flows in. The wood both mellows and adds complexity to the taste. There are also some malt notes and alcohol.

M - The mouthfeel is light enough to be drinkable but has enough body to be suitable for the style. The alcohol is warming.

D - This beer is definitely for sipping and contemplating, not chugging. American IPAs are not my thing and I'm not a hophead, but I am a huge fan of this beer. The flavor and aroma are among the most complex and interesting I've ever had. The cedar character is incredible and very similar to the effect Dogfish Head gets with Palo Santo wood.

Serving type: bottle

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MordorMongo


3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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zaphodchak

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 01:47:43 | More by zaphodchak
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ant880

New York

4/5  rDev -1.2%

01-31-2013 18:53:31 | More by ant880
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JCam9981

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

07-23-2013 23:59:32 | More by JCam9981
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stephensinner

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

09-06-2013 21:14:46 | More by stephensinner
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hoppymeal

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly hazy light to medium copper with a thick, cream colored, two-finger head that very slowly recedes, some decent lacing as it does. Aroma is a nice citrusy hoppiness, grapefruit, some oranges and cotton candy, overall a pretty hoppy aroma. Taste follows with a quick glimpse of the citrus, before the cedar becomes evident, light, but there, hope come back in towards the finish with some grapefruit-y bitterness. The cedar and woodiness accentuate some of the alcohol in the beer, but definitely doesn't make it offensive, the wood notes also work fairly well with the hoppy flavors, never taking over. Mouthfeel is medium in body, some nice tingly hops on the palate and back of the throat, a small bite of alcohol, and some drying bitterness in the finish. Overall a very good ipa, I am not usu a huge fan of wood aged ipa's as the alcohol always seems to overpower the fresh hoppiness, but here it is just mild enough to be able to work with it and still let the hops shine. Would definitely love to try some of that cedar flavor in a big stout, but it worked well here, nicely done. Thanks Jay for the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 02:59:46 | More by hoppymeal
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kzoobrew

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Beandip for this bottler. Cheers Adam!

A heavy handed pour leaves a rather imposing head. The oatmeal colored head works its way back very slowly, leaving heavy lacing clinging to the glass. The body is a hazy apricot color.

The aroma puts the cedar on display leaving the hops behind. Fragrant and fresh cedar plank smell. Soft citrusy hop present is noticed but would be easy to miss. Normally I would wish the hops were more up front but I find the aroma rather pleasant.

The flavor brings the hop characteristics back into focus. While the cedar is very noticeable, there is much more balance. Light bready malt base, rather clean allowing the hops and cedar to shine. Orange, grapefruit and pineapple flavors deliver a sweet hop flavor without much bitterness. The cedar delivers a much different flavor than the oak I have use to. The flavor is more resinous and much less earthy and woody.

Medium bodied IPA. The carbonation is medium, the beer is very soft on the tongue. The finish is fairly dry, a bit of sweetness and cedar resinous flavor do drag it out slightly.

I like this beer. I like the cedar and what it brings to Jai Alai. The balance is phenomenal, far too easy to drink. This may be the best wood aged IPA on the market. I have a feeling this will have a permanent spot on my wants list.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 00:20:45 | More by kzoobrew
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WVUbrew

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

04-30-2014 14:43:15 | More by WVUbrew
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throwback

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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yergermeister

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

04-18-2012 13:55:55 | More by yergermeister
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in a snifter. Bottled on date 1/23/13.

Bright copper body with some darker auburn highlights, the cap is a dense, orangey-white foam that builds to almost two-finger's. It leaves behind a good amount of sheet lacing on its slow decay.

Whoa! That is a spicy nose! Fragrant dried tobacco leaves and woodiness almost sting the nostrils, this mingles with a peach-y and mango-like tropical quality. Man, that bouquet is so spiced and sweet, and pouring out of the glass. There also feels like a honey-ish scent is buried, too. Honestly, it may just be the wonderful fragrant spice that keeps delivering new hits with each new sniff.

The palate of flavors plays almost exactly like the nose. And there is nothing wrong with that. The herbal, woody, tobacco-like, peppery fragrance blends with a sweet tropical accent, with a nice bittering resin flavor on the finish. Some slight grass-like flavors also develop with a crackery malt base as the finish progresses.

This Humidor offering is more bitter, and therefore lends a drying finish. The hops do a nice job of clinging long to the cheeks, with a medium heft rounding things out.

This was a fantastic beer and quite unlike anything that has crossed this palate before. The cedar imparts some fantastic spiced qualities that make it almost impossible to not take another drink. And as a lover of the little green wonder buds, this beer delivers a great bitter kiss with notes of sweet tropical fruits to add to the complex and spiced character. Truly a special beer, and one that should certainly be experienced if given the the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 12:24:57 | More by Pintofbrown
Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
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