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

Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series)Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series)
BA SCORE
83.9%
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4.06 w/ 925 ratings
Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series)Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,638
Reviews:
449
Ratings:
925
Liked:
776
Avg:
4.06/5
pDev:
13.55%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
192
Gots:
84
Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 925 |  Reviews: 449
Photo of DustinSWB
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of steve8robin
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass. Big thanks to Greg (Tpd975) for the great extra!

Pours clear copper with a towering, dense 2-finger off-white head and tons of effervescence. Fantastic stickage and lacing. This one hits all the right notes in terms of appearance.

Nose is evident even as the beer is being poured from a foot away. Big, vibrant, tangy grapefruit and even a bit of pineapple latch onto a spicy pine note that I think is also the best incarnation of the cedar as well, which is very subtle in the nose.

Taste carries a big, pungent hop note up front, grapefruit rind, pine, and the spicy, resiny cedar note all latch on to the prominent bitterness. Caramel malt backbone never diminishes underneath, but never escapes that big, pungent hop note either. There's a dankness to this one that I have a hard time deciding whether I'm a fan of or not, almost a denseness to the flavors. Medium-heavy bitterness lingers on the finish.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy from the lingering head with a pleasant, tiny-bubbled, soft carbonation. Bit tingly, sticky, heavy.

Drinkability is ok, I suppose - too heavy and dense to really be tempting in large quantities, and the pungency and bitterness tend to build up a bit. A nice beer, and gorgeous, but with flaws as well.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Awesome white fluffy head. Perfect looking head. Great lacing. Brew is cloudy orange with lots of yellow and some reds too.

S - Lots of huge cedar notes. Some nice brown sugar, citurs, and orange. Pepper and spice galore. Yum.

T - Whoa! Very unique! Great huge unique wood flavor... Silky and smooth. Citrus is very mild, yet aggressive and forward.

M - Perfect. Bitterness is perfect for an IPA. Carbonation is also done well. Very nice body, thick for an IPA.

O - Great brew. Very unique. CCB really showed me something with this fine brew. I would love to try more of their specialties, keep em coming Matt, you badass. Thanks for sharing, don't worry I also shared... Cheers.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice amber copper color with a thick sticky white head. The smell is very mu h of cedar with a nice floral hop character to it. The taste is pretty close to the smell with the cedar having almost a spiceyness to it and the hop flavor is somewhat overpowered by the cedar but it still has a nice bitterness. The mouthfeel is well carbonated andrhe beer is pretty drinkable.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Yellow-brown clear pour with a wispy white head. Very bubbly.

S: Malts, cedar, oak all prominent. Hoppiness in the background. Doesn't specifically smell like an IPA.

T: The maltiness blend nicely with the cedar and oak flavors. The hops are there, and add a bit of fruit, but the hit of hops is small.

MF: Light body, carbonation is low. Alcohol is not noted at all.

O: This was a big strange. Not bad, certainly an interesting taste. Don't think I'd have it again.

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Photo of closisinthehouse
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of msondel
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: This pours a very interesting color - a murky brownish orange color in the middle of the glass with a bright tangerine color at the edges. A very lively off-white head forms on top and leaves a lot of lace.

Smell: Lots of woody cedar up front, very interesting. Grapefruit, other citrus, and some pine hops provide the hop presence, with some sweet bready malt in the back.

Taste: Up front there is a quick sweet biscuity malt up front. Caramel covered grapefruit, some spicy pine, spicy wood notes from the cedar, and a bit of general citrus. A good amount of wood remains from the barrel aging, and a bit of mint and general spiciness oversees the whole sip.

Mouthfeel: This is medium bodied, but actually a little dry toward the end, mostly from the cedar I think. Smooth creamy carbonation.

Overall: This is solid, although the cedar makes this a little bit tough to drink that much.

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Photo of inspektor
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Shaw
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle from Thryn, thanks! I've been wanting to try the Cigar City beer that won a gold medal at GABF.

It's an orange-copper in color with a big foamy head that reduces to a dollop of foam in my tulip glass.

You can really smell the cedar in this beer. Its almost-medicinal aroma is mixed with the big hop aromas that Jai Alai has.

The cedar brings all kinds of new flavors to this beer, while keeping it hoppy and bitter. I'm tasting perfume (!), flowers, rosewater, wood and more in this beer. The cedar tones down the flavors from the hops that are so strong in regular Jai Alai.

At first I thought the taste was too strong, but after more sips my palate has adjusted.

The body is just as good as regular Jai Alai: light but not watery.

The cigar cedar really transforms the beer from a juicy hop bomb to a fragrant perfume-like sipping beer.

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Photo of clay23
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of bamadog
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this bottle from drazzamatazz as an extra (that's right, an extra -- anyone who trades with this guy, consider yourself to be extra lucky as he is a super generous BA!). Review is from notes taken on 5/22/10 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice deep and golden cider-like brown and it starts with a 1 and 1/2 finger off-white head with decent retention that fades to an uneven, yet full, cap; body is quite cloudy and shows tons of sediment swirling on the pour and it's easy to see that this offering is unfiltered and bottle conditioned; a nice wall of thick foam on the back of the glass and strands of lacing are left elsewhere.

Smell: Wow, the cedar is quite strong and unique -- easily the most dominant aspect of this beer, it blends in with a bit of a smooth, yet tangy citric aspect that's a little lemony and almost powdery...

Taste: This is a very interesting and very good beer -- the cedar is definitely dominant in terms of flavor and there is also a nice lemony and bitter presence following from the hops; there's a bit of an artificial powdery malty sweetness, but it could also be a bit more of the aftertaste from the cedar -- either way, it's still a great beer and very unique. Cedar could be the new oak.

Mouthfeel: Mouth is creamy and smooth; body is of moderate weight and the carbonation is there, but not much of a factor due to the heavier body as it really smooths it out; there is a dry stickiness left on the roof of the mouth at the end and it becomes a bit cottony and dry.

Drinkability: Very nice overall and I really like the unique aspect of the cedar - it's a great direction and I really want to try some more offerings that are done with this wood as it's very interesting. The flavors and scents are strong and the ABV, while a little high, is well worth working your way through and I would definitely pick this up any opportunity I got.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of pwoods
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Ftown for sharing. Murky light iced tea color. Godd head. Lots of peppery spice and sharp citrus. Cedar is soft in the back. Taste is a bit more subtle but good spice and citrus. Average bitterness. Moderate malt to balance. Good body and drinks decently.

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Photo of BuckTuckian
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jcb7472
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to both Jw347 and Beerlando for bottles of this one.

Pours a very nice looking slightly hazy glowing orange color with light brown highlights and a monsterous fluffy pillowy billowy white cauliflower head that retains extraordinarily well and leaves fantastic lacing. Very nice looking.

Nose smells, in all literality, like a well seasoned humidor full of IPA.

Hmmm. The Cedar doesn't seem so strong at first, but then it jumps out of the closet in a clown suit and wails you in the balls with a bat made out of old cigar boxes. The IPA underneath this tastes like it would be quite good, maybe very good, but i just think the cedar aging is a bit overboard. I love the use of cedar in other CCB offerings, but in this one its just a bit too much. That being said, its very educational, and allowed me to appreciate what they've done with it in other beers, and this is still a good brew. I just need it in very small doses.

The mouthfeel is solid, not soupy, but certainly not thin. Carbonation is ideal.

Drinkability would be great, the abv is well hidden and all that, but due to the cedar face raping, it makes it a little tough.

Overall I think this is a beer everyone should try, and certainly has proven to me that cedar aging does belong in the beer world. I just think the beer its used on should be able to stand up to its prominent flavor, and IMO, this one would be better without the cedar. I would love to someday try the regular old Jai alai. An interesting, educational, and beer worth trying, but not one i would drink alot of. Still tastes great, its just too much...

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Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 83.9% out of 100 with 925 ratings
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