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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)

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

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

Added by tpd975 on 05-26-2009

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Photo of dukedevil0
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this 750mL from Gtreid in a recent LIF, thanks so much for the generosity! Cracked this open for new beer Saturday with Alex and Dave (MasterSki and d0b).

A: Pours a hazy orangey amber with just off-white colored head and lots of lacing on the glass.

S: Smells like tons of orange, grapefruity hops, citrus, pine, light cedar, earthiness...smells great, but not as intense as I'd prefer

T: Lots of pine, grapefruit hoppiness, more cedar in the flavor, a nice amount of malt but still the hops win out, decent amount of bitterness in the finish

M: Really full bodied and well carbonated make this a really nice mouthfeel

D: Pretty highly drinkable, it feels like a bigger IPA, but it's still sessionable with the great flavor and you really don't pick up much alcohol if any.

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Photo of fear025
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to MCLK for this beer!

Aroma:Floral hops and sweet malt. Slightly musty smelling.

Appearance:Pale gold, not very much head, but good retention.

Taste:This beer has some huge hops flavor in the foretaste. The hops are mostly just bitter, with just a little peach flavor. Tobacco and leather flavors make themselves known in the midtaste.

Mouthfeel:This beer has good carbonation and light to medium body. The aftertaste is a little dry.

Drinkability:I really enjoyed this beer, and although I couldn't taste the ceder as such, the beer demonstrated more and more complexity as I worked my way through the bottle.

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Photo of IPAdams
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- pours an orange amber with an inch white head that lingers for a little and leaves some lacing. A lot of visible yeast.

Smell- lots of citrus hops with just a hint of the oak.

Taste- oak is a bit more noticeable here than in the smell. Starts very woody with hints of vanilla, then a mix of caramel and citrus hops. Moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel- good medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

Overall- very good beer, the woody flavors are offset by the citrus hops and it makes for a very tasty mixture

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Photo of codysjb
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cigar City Humidor IPA
Poured from a bottle into a glass
A: Brown, with a decent head that takes a while to fade.
S: Fruity, Grapefruit, lemon, some pine and hop notes very complex.
T: Fruity, the hops are not as front forward as they could be.
M: Some hops but you can taste the barrel aged part of this beer. Complex, reminiscent of liquor.
O: good for an IPA, I wouldn’t buy it again mostly because it’s expensive but certainly a good full bodied beer.

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Photo of wedgie9
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Tasted from bottle. Pours a cloudy dark amber orange with a thick, frothy beige head that lasts for a very long time. Nose of cedar with grapefruit juice, lemon, and light malt. The grapefruit flavor is awesome in this beer. Some malts and a slightly dusty flavor along with some bitter hops also come through. On the palate, this beer is nearly perfect with medium carbonation and a nice long bitter hops finish. On the palate, I can agree that cedar is more subtle, but it kind of takes over the entire nose. Overall, I truly enjoy this IPA.

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Photo of kirkpjr
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a bright tangerine hazy orange with 2 fingers of thick head. Really pretty looking beer. Spotted lacing develops.

S: Soft grapefruit and citrus hops with a musky cedar smell - like a humidor conveniently. As the beer settles the cedar gets stronger.

T: Bright citrus flavors with a balancing malt backbone and cedar taste. I pick up some light vanilla as well.

M: Lively carbonation and a medium body. The wood adds an interesting feel as well. Really crisp and bright in the mouth.

D: Great beer here. Would be interested in trying some of the different versions of this one - more fruit and less malt. Overall impressed here as I normally am with CC.

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Photo of fields336
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

32 oz growler, from CCB draft room.
Poured into SN Snifter

A: 2 fingers creamy off white carbonated head, tight bubbles, leaves nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Appearance is similar to normal jai alai, ambery orange color, some nice bubbles on the bottom of the glass. Head stays around for a while, looks really really nice

S: Mango, Citrus, Pine, with a slight caramel and a full bodied bready malt smell emanate from the glass. slight alcohol is present. some slight woody, earthy notes are present.

T: Really sweet and malty upfront like honey, then a wave of delicious piney, citrusy, mangoey, pineappley hops comes crashing through. Finish is really really nice, nice and dry with a lingering sweet, earthy, vanilla-y wood taste from the cedar. Wow. there is a slight burn from the alcohol but it's well masked.

M: Full bodied, this one is a sipper but it is nice. The carbonation lingers and tickles your tastebuds. not too heavy, but on the heavy side for an IPA.

O: despite its (miiniscule) flaws, this is an amazing beer, you really can't ask for much more. Everyone praises DFH for experimentation but look no further for the king, than in florida at CCB, for their Firkin's and wood aged beers are some of the most flavorful, fun, and awesome beers I've ever tasted

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Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours and nice orange color.

S- Picking up orange lemon and even mangos and even a hint of cedar.

T-Hops with notes of mangos and orange and lemon. Alittle woodsy after taste from the cedar.

M- semi dry crisp alot of flavors going on through out the sip.

D- I like this beer series love to try more.


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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: cloudy as hell, amber orange with an enormous pillowy head, rocky peaks all over the place. it literally doesnt move if its left untouched. theres legs and patches of fluff all over the sides of the glass.
S: kind of smells like pineapple and possibly raw fruit. theres also some spice aspect, seems like cloves that youd stick in an orange for an air freshener. im not sure i really enjoy the way it smells altogether, but its different for sure.
T: again almosy a mildewy pineapple. its got a weird prominent flavor that i cant really pinpoint, but im leaning towards charbroiled pineapple. these flavors are kind of a headscratcher.
M: this thing has huge amounts of carbonation, and it really pricks the tongue and palate rather viciously. something about this just rubs me the wrong way.
D: im ok with this on my first glass, but interested to see how i feel in a little while. overall im not really sold on this one.

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Photo of Marty30
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sergfl for this one. 750ml poured into a Duvel tulip at fridge temp. Bottle dated June 14.

A. Nice golden orange body,with a thick two finger offwhite fluffy head. Lacing stuck all over.

S. Tons of cedar, it is the dominant smell. I get some faint piney hops along with a little peach.

T. Upfront I get the cedar, just like the nose. I think it works well with the piney hops. Not getting to much more.

M. Good creamy,smooth medium feel,with perfect carbonation. Bitter,dry finish.

Overall this is a solid beer that benifits from the cedar. It really balences it out. Well done. Makes it very interesting and differant.

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Photo of zoso493
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a not-quite-dry Piraat tulip.

Appearance: The cedar aged version of Jai Alai pours a brilliant copper-amber color that looks sufficiently hazy without containing any noticeable particulates. A vigorous (almost violent) pour produces a large three-finger head that looks thick and full. It recedes slowly, leaving some nice globs of lacing on the side of the side of the glass as it goes.

Smell: This is unlike any other brew I have had. The cedar is unmistakable and plays a big part in the nose. This beer has all the fruity, citric hoppy goodness of the standard Jai Alai but also smells like a timber-framed log home. This is a pretty impressive nose for an IPA, so let's see how the taste measures up.

Taste: The taste, unfortunately, is not so articulated as the nose would indicate. Make no mistake, this is still a very good beer, but the flavors are not so intricately woven together as the scents are in the smell. This is a really bitter, hoppy IPA, just as God intended them to be, so I can't fault Cigar City for that. The cedar for the most part blends itself in with hops rather than standing out on its own, which I think just serves to jumble up the tastes a little bit. Still, this is a really good beer and certainly one of the more unique IPAs I've tried.

Mouthfeel: As with the regular Jai Alai, the cedar aged version is somewhere between an IPA and a DIPA in terms of mouthfeel. This is definitely crisper than the original, however, and is an exceedingly refreshing beer.

Drinkability: Despite the heavy presence of cedar in the taste, this is an exceptionally drinkable IPA. This is especially true in light of the fact that it's pushing 8% ABV. I'm taking my time getting through this 750 ml bottle, but every sip is a pleasure.

Overall, the cedar aged Jai Alai IPA is a hella good beer, in my opinion. It bears out the standard Jai Alai in complexity and individuality and the brewers at Cigar City have done a really nice job making this heavily wooded beer very drinkable as well. It's bitter, it's interesting, it's big and it's certainly a beer I would have again if given the chance.

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Photo of BDLbrewster
3.34/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First off thanks a ton for this goodie, my best to all who participated in the Football and Beer BIF.

Pours a very hazy ripe grain hued orange amber with a large frothy, sticky head. Large bubbles and tons of sticky lacing wrap up this category.

I don't get the huge amounts of cedar that a lot of the other reviews highlight in the smell. Mildly powerful pine resin is my first thought, oh wait. The more I sniff the more wood I get. Ha Ha. Sweet almost fruity malts make up a huge proportion of the odor as well along with a faint spice. Other than that not a whole lot going on here.

The cedar is epic in the flavor, it seems to drag down the plethora of other things going on in here. The spicy, piney hops put up one hell of a fight but ultimately fail in breaking through the woody forefront. The malty backbone is sturdy enough here and releases flavors resembling toffee and earthy grains. I would enjoy this a lot more without the heavy wood taste.

The mouthfeel is good, feels naturally carbonated in your mouth. Very large bubbles and not at all syrupy. This is the best part of this brew so far.

Overall, this beer really makes me want to try the non-cedar aged. I bet it is amazing. This brew is a knockout, but I just don't think that cedar aging is necessarily the best compliment to an already amazing IPA.

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Photo of Janderson91
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle split with a buddy. No freshness info. Enjoyed on 07/30/11.

A - Pours a very cloudy dark amber color with a large off-white head. Leaves splotchy lacing around the sides.

S - Freshly cut cedar, very woody. Some grapefruity, citrusy hops as well. Sweet biscuit malts are present in the background.

T - Once again, lots of cedar present throughout. Quite bitter up front and through the middle with nice grapefruity hops. Pretty sweet on the back end with a good cedar aftertaste.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and creamy with prickly carbonation.

O - Overall, this is an excellent beer from Cigar City. An improvement on regular Jai Alai for sure.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

while i was waiting for this ten fingers of head to go down....i had plenty of time to find this beer hidden in cigar city's list of beers here on beeradvocate!...other than the 20 fingers of head...this beer opened up to be, i've got to believe, the best smell i have ever smelled in a beer in my entire life!...sweet cedar blend so well with the american citrus hops....

the taste is awesome but comes a little short of the smell....the cedar is a little hidden in the taste....robust sweetness come to the taste more than anything...absolutely great!
the feel is so creamy with an ever so slight touch of dryness....
great drink ability....great session beer....that will be gone before i know it!

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Photo of hophead247
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep amber color with a large creamy beige head. The aroma is pale malts with touches of caramel, woody spicy cedar, with grassy, citrus and herbal hops. The flavor is pale malts with more caramel than in the nose. Grassy and citrusy hops. The cedar provides a tingly spiciness that sets this apart from other beers. The finish is dry and bitter with the addition of the cedar that is different. Medium bodied with moderate bitterness. Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of jcartamdg
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a a dark golden color with a two finger head that might not ever dissipate. Aroma of hops and cedar with cedar being the main event. Taste reminds me of the great cigar bars in Tampa and st Pete. Hops, malts and cedar work well together with no overkill. This beer is so unique, I love something new!

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Photo of Star80
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Blastbeats for sharing! Too cool, just got a fresh bottle from the brewery.

A - Appears a cloudy orange color with a sticky, frothy head.

S - Smells extremely interesting, actually reminds me of the smell of Binney's liquor stores when you first walk in, haha. Smells like fresh cut cedar, backed up with a spicy hop aroma. Very enticing aromas!

T - Taste is more hops and grapefruit and less cedar, but you catch it when you exhale through the nose. Lots of bittering piney hops, actually the cedar wood really accentuates the pineyness and resinous grapefruit without any of the tropical hops like Jai Alai.

M - Mouth feel is smooth, rich and full,

O - Overall an extremely unique and interesting beer that seems to work. I can imagine this beer really shines when paired with food, particularly spicy seafood or cajun dishes.

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Photo of mfunk9786
2.23/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Had this beer out of a firkin at Capone's during Philly Beer Week.

Overheard someone at another table say "my first sip was horrible, but I guess I'm warming up to it." I guess I had the opposite experience, and so did my friend who ordered the same beer. Not sure if this beer is the same out of the bottle as it was on cask, but what we had was major league woodsy. And not woodsy in a good way. The beer was an appealingly cloudy orange, suggesting a Jai Alai with a dark secret. Some secrets are best left hidden. Upon sniffing this beer, the cedar that we'd been so charged up about was evident, but the wonderful tropical fruit notes that make Jai Alai so unique were still peeking through admirably. I was very excited to take a sip. Until I took one. I convinced myself that I needed another to truly appreciate this brew. And another. And another. It was just dreadful. Majorly medicinal wood character combined with a bone dry finish that left a minty herbal note in my breath, and I don't mean that in a good way. I wanted this gone. I haven't chugged a beer like I did Jai Alai Cedar Aged IPA since I needed to dispose of a warm Natural Light in college.

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Photo of STEG
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Slightly chilled into a balloon/snifter

Deep orange gold in color like a nice cognac nice fluffy off white head with nice retention and lacing. It looks classy like a fine cigar. especially in this ballon/snifter glass.

Fairly light smell was expecting a behemoth of a nose on this one, but there's sweet fruits light pine and maybe some cedar but it could just be a placebo effect.

Taste is certainly interesting, lots of bitterness from the hops but there's also an earthy sweetness that presents itself in the form of almost candied tobacco, and a light cedar character. I was really expecting this to be a wood bomb, but it's really well done.

Mouthfeel is silky with some nice carbonation that explodes just at the end. Well executed.

I would be satisfied with a bomber, not exactly sessionable but definitely not hard to drink. The alcohol is present but not overwhelming by any means.

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Photo of newk340
4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: extreme likeness to apple cider in consistency and clarity, very thin foam head coats surface.

S: unlike any IPA i've ever smelled, hops peek out from a barleywine and cedar backbone.

T: an exceptional blast of quality hops that are supported by a flavorful cast of dark fruits (plums, grapes, figs) and a dry wood aftertaste.

MF/D: tickles the tongue with cool bubble, leaves a warm dry finish... easily enjoyable alone but more fun with friends. certainly dont mind the cedar aging. the subdued hops are a fresh, but pleasant, change of pace from west coast IPA's.

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

Pours a murky coppery-brown with a finger of foamy head that laced and retained well. Aroma of pine cones, citrus, grapefruit and caramel. The cedar aging plays off the hoppiness classically, and creates a woody sort of bite as opposed to just a slap of hops. Mouthfeel is decent, with a medium body and bitter aftertaste. I really enjoyed this beer, and thanks again to BigBlacke for sending this in a trade showing me that the South can make a few decent beers if they tried.

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Photo of BZero007
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Provided by a fellow BA at a recent tasting, sorry brotha your tag slips my mind. Thanks!

With this brew I felt like I was going to see a movie knowing nothing about it, and coming out amazed.

Poured in to a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Brew has a nice light amber hue to it with the head forming nicely. The head stuck around for a good amount of time and was slightly an off white color. The aroma is where the experience starts with this brew, as the cedar just delights the senses. So not knowing about the aroma I sat there enjoy just the aroma for a good amount of time. Taste and aroma is a crucial part of any brew with out both it fails and this brew did not fail. The taste was of a slightly mellow citrus and sweet malt background. The cedar came out of this brew and balanced everything lovely and seemed to add a warming sensation to it. The brew was incredibly smooth and enjoyable. Will be seeking this one out again and hopefully will make a pit stop at the brewery it self.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle received from Smokinoak. Big thanks!

A: Pours a cloudy dark, burnt orange body. Creates a massive pillow-like beige colored head. Clings to the glass the whole time it slowly disappears.

S: The cedar smell dominates, underlined with exotic fruits and a bit of citrus - Mango, Papaya, Pineapple, Orange, Grapefruit. The cedar smell comes off a little bit like tomato juice. Peppery.

T: The Cedar is the star of the show here. Definitely some fruity citrus character, as well as some hop bitterness to take away from the sweetness of the fruit. Again, as the smell suggests, the cedar has a tomato juice resemblance. A little bit of a different taste with every sip - IMO that reveals a high level of complexity.

M: Medium Body. Moderate carbonation. A little dry actually. Sticky.

O: It took a few minutes for this one to sink for me honestly. At first I thought the wood was overly dominant. Then I took another sip and got seemingly an entirely different taste. As it warmed even more complexity came out. Definitely not my favorite, but definitely a cool twist to an already stellar IPA.

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Photo of Mosley1212
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bomber into my Dogfish Head snifter. The bottle design looks different, but I think this is the same beer.

A--Pours a vibrant orange that's on the darker end of the color scale. It poured with about an inch of pour a creamy white foam head. That hung around for a bit, then left. Good retention on the glass though.

S--Hops, floral notes, grass, orange, grapefruits, and with a cedar finish. Interesting. I've never had a cedar aged beer, this is a nice touch to a beer.

T--Hops first and foremost. Then a wave of grass and fruit hits you. This beer is not as citrusy as some of the other IPAs on the market, but it's a great flavor. Very well done. I also like the little hint of cedar that you get as a finish, it's a nice touch.

M--Light, clean, and crisp. Definitely not what you would normally get from an IPA. The cedar really mellows this beer out.

D--Very, very high. Not that high of an alcohol content, and you certainly don't get very much alcohol flavor in the taste. Honestly, this would be one of the best IPAs I have ever had.

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Photo of gwguest
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

via trade with BastionShaw

Poured from a 750ml into Boulevard Smokestack Goblet. Unsure of freshness as I did not see a freshness date. I didn't expect too much from this as it had pegged my 'over-hype' meter into the danger zone.

The aroma from across the room -- as I did not pour this myself -- was unreal. A nice combination of hops and 'weird' wood (cedar) in the nose. Not a typical crazy west coast hop aroma, which was a welcome surprise.

Visually, it is a nice looking beer, but nothing too special. The pour was good, but the head didn't make a lasting impression. Amber color with a delicate off white foam.

Wow, there is a lot going on when this beer hits the tongue. The combination of the cedar -- which I dislike in some other beers -- with whatever else is happening here gives a very tannic, tobacco-like sensation. It almost feels like a gimmick coming from a brewery named 'Cigar City', but it's so different from any other beer I have tasted, that I can't help but want more. A tempered, but sturdy, hop flavor balances the cedar perfectly. The malt is just enough to provide some structure, but I could use a smidge more. Flavor wise, this is one of the more interesting beers, I've tasted. I really enjoy this beer.

Mouthfeel is spot on for what I need out of a wood aged IPA. Enough carbonation to scrub with enough body to keep it from becoming a hot cedar mess. It's perfect for what this beer needs.

Drinkability: Well, as much as I love this beer, it's not the most drinkable bottle in the bunch. I split the 750 with one person, and it was almost too much. After every taste, I let go of my glass while the 'tannic' woody flavors took hold. I really wanted more, but I needed a quick break after every pull. Alcohol is completely hidden, but the cedar / tobacco balance really dries the mouth. Split 3 ways, I would be clamoring for more, but 2 ways was almost more than I wanted.

Overall, I would love to have another bottle of this. Actually, I'd love 2. One to cellar away (yes, the heresy!!!) to see how the hops and cedar play over the years, and another to drink soon.

This is a great beer. The hype may be overblown, but not by much. You should try it at least once. I'd like to have more.

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Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
4.03 out of 5 based on 924 ratings.
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