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

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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:
#2,717
Reviews:
449
Ratings:
925
pDev:
13.55%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
192
Gots:
83
Trade:
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Ratings: 925 |  Reviews: 449
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 inspektor
4.75/5  rDev +17%

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 clay23
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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 BeerzMcKenzie
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Jordy777
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of mjtiernan
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%

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

Photo of BuckTuckian
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
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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Photo of sideshowe
3/5  rDev -26.1%

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.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of mwilbur
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of johntfox
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 925 ratings
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