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Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series)Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series)

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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 byrdman16
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. I got this from the only store in Alabama that sells beer in bottles greater than 16oz...weird huh? Poured a cloudy copper color. Had a huge creamy white head with spotty lacing. Cedar is all over the place, and is accompanied by citrus and earthy aromas. Great mouthfeel with a wonderful balance of sweet malty flavor up front followed by crisp hops. Nice beer, I will definitely be buying another if I'm lucky enough to come across it again.

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

Thanks to DmanGTR for this brew!

A: Hazy cloudy amber. Nice just off white head. The head is really pillowy and has a good bit of staying power.

S: Oh my God. This actually smells very much like a humidor. Huge cedar notes and perhaps a hint of tobacco. The hops are give off a nice tropical fruit smell. Beautiful.

T: Wow the cedar is really powerful in this one. Huge Hit from the cedar, then a quick bitter punch dominated by pine and some tropical notes. There is a hint of caramel in the finish, followed by another stab from the cedar and bitter hops.

M: Medium carbonation, a very nice smoothness, and a moderate amount of carbonation.

D: Very nice. The cedar diminishes a bit as I keep drinking, but never disappears. The hops tend to come out a little more as I progress through the beer. And the smell is just outstanding. It joins the ranks of pumpking, where I could just smell it allll day..

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Photo of grover37
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml magnum bottle, bought from the brewery for $9, poured into a small snifter.

Appearance: Dark-orange, ruby red-ish color with a light tan head. A quarter inch of tight foam reduces to a thin, spotty layer within a couple minutes. Not completely clear, but not cloudy either. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Cedar is very prominent but mixes well with the sweet, resinous, citrusy hop aroma. A bit of caramel maltiness comes through the wood upon subsequent whiffs. A very complementary mix of wood and hops which usually doesn't work for me.

Taste: Appropriately tastes like what you smell in a humidor but not overwhelmingly so. A bit of muted vanilla in the middle and a lingering pine/fir flavor from the mix of cedar and West-Coast hops (at least some Centennial I assume) in the finish. A slightly sweet caramel flavor is present throughout and is well balanced by a decent amount of bitterness, although not enough IBUs to stand out among the other strong flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation. A smooth mouthfeel, aided by the cedar which also has a slightly drying effect in the back of the mouth after a while. The wood really lingers in a good way and mixes with the caramel sweetness which hangs around as well.

Drinkability: Not a session beer with all these big flavors, but it really hides the alcohol well. I probably could have drank the whole bottle even though I split it; I'll be back for more as this is a completely different beer than the straight-up Jai Alai.

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

Split a 750ml bottle with nickmooduh. Nick thanks for bringing this by to share before you left South Bend. A wonderful treat!

A- Poured a semi-hazy golden honey color with a light amber tone to it. One finger white head stays for a short period before leaving. Nice spotty lacing while I drank this.

S- Floral and light earthy hops shine through at first. Slight peppery hints in this that come and go. The cedar aging leaves little aromas here and there but nothing very in your face. This makes my mouth water from smelling it.

T- Hops shine in the front have of this beer with floral and earthy hops coming through at medium force. There is a light sweetness to this from a bready malt backbone. Light alomst pepper notes to get washed away in the back end of this beer to a heavy cedar finish. The cedar makes the beer a little more enjoyable and puts quite the touch on it.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little too much for me and fizzles the beer as I drink it. Big cedar notes left on the palate with light hops and this goes into the aftertaste with the cedar shining more. Crisp flavors and clean for the most part.

D- This IPA is interesting. I love the cedar aging on this and wish some other companies would do the same thing. I would recommend this beer to anyone who likes either hops or a fresh take on a old style. Smooth drinking and I could have drank the entire bottle myself. Will be looking to trade for.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep murky amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of fruity citrus, grassy hops, caramelized malts and earthy notes that come from the cedar aging.

T: The taste starts out with a burst of mint-like spice that is quickly followed by a strong hops bitterness. Then some caramel and citrus sweetness comes in along with a hearty malt character to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy. As compared to the regular Jai Alai IPA, the cedar aging seems to add spiciness, mellow out the hops and bring out the sweetness.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, although this is a nice beer and the cedar aging adds some complexity I feel like if it ain't broke don't fix it. I loved the regular Jai Alai IPA and think that it's better without the cedar aging.

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

Thanks goes out to Sebletitje for this brew.

750ml Bottle

Poured into a chalice a very nice hazy dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, very nice thick/creamy off-white head, with some very nice small islands and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some nice malt notes, citrus, slight pine. The taste is hoppy, malty, with some citrus, slight pine note, slight cedar. Medium body, very nice bitter/dry finish. Very drinkable, a very nice tasty brew, glad to have had a chance to try it.

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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 Patrick999
4.33/5  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.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours an orangish copper with a really creamy head

S - smells of sweet grapefruit and citrus hops and sweet cedar

T - starts off with some sweet citrusy and grapefruit hops. Buried beneath the hops are some caramel malts. Ends with a spicy, woodsy, cedary flavor from the cedar aging. Tastes how a cigar box smells. Really nice.

M - good body that finishes extremely dry.

D - after this guy warmed up it became a really delicious beer. The cedar helped compliment the hops and added a new dimension to an already delicious beer. Worth the price tag, maybe; worth trying, definitely.

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Photo of bpfishback
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- pale orange, nice lacing
s- nice,hops and malty sweetness, maybe a hint of cedar
t- a little bit of citrus and from the hops then some sweet malt and then on the very end you get the cedar and some bitterness
m- full bodied
d- a big beer, definitely a sipper, I enjoy it but it is taking a bit to drink

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Photo of miketd
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big props to mcbackus. Thanks man! Pour is bronze with a nice, fluffy white head. Aroma of pine, grapefruit and fresh grass. Flavor is bitter upfront with a lot of cedar and almost smokey. The body is thick and almost seems to contain pulp or something. Very clean and dry. This was my favorite beer from Cigar City so far. Hook a brutha up!!!

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Photo of jcnd9803
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to trappistlover for sending this!

I've had this a couple other times, but now finally getting around to reviewing.

A - Very cloudy amber to gold with a foamy off-white head that sticks stays pretty much the entire time.

S - As advertised, wonderful cedar with heavy citrus and floral hops. Also catching some vanilla and actually pepper.

T - Lemon and bitter orange. Just some really nice hops. Finish follows the smell of cedar and that vanilla and pepper.

M - Medium bodied and oily.

I continue to forget how much I like this beer. It just has so many things going on that keeps it interesting, yet stays oh so drinkable.

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Photo of TheSeeker61
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a half inch head and has an off orange color. The smell is a nice lemony, malty, hoppy aroma. A very nice smell. This is my first oak aged IPA and really like the tongue. It begins with a grapfruit hoppy taste, moves into a bit of malts and finishes as it begins with the same grapefruit hops. The mouthfeel is medium. Overall dig this one and wish I could find it locally. Picked up a bomber while in Tallahassee, Fl. Should have gotten a few. Will do when in the area again. Very nice offering from the Cigar City folks.

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Photo of bamadog
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
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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Photo of afdempse
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange amber color. Head has great staying power.

Smells of hops and spice. Getting the cigar cedar thing in the nose.

Woodsy flavor, strong hops and cedar. Tastes like a perfect marriage of cigars and beer. Maltiness is full without being overly sweet.

Dry finish, wood and floral hops persist in the finish. Excellent.

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Photo of hippk9
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Okay, this reminds me exactly like one of my grandmother's hand knit afghans....maybe one that we used as kids outside for picnics once before and then it was put away, with grass blades still stuck to it, and left in her ancient cedar hope chest for months, until it came time to shake it out and wrap up in it while decorating the Christmas tree.
Weird review I know but it is how it makes me feel. This beer is good.

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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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Photo of badboyrsl84
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden brown in the glass with the thickest head I've ever experienced on a beer. Its the same head you get when you make a root beer float.

Smells- very spicy notes to this one, almost siason like. Im guessing its from the cedar wood. No too much hop character but some citrus sweetness to it.

Taste- woody taste throughout with some almost spicy cigar characterlistics . Very unique. More malty than hoppy. Hops seem to kick in at the end with more woody spice

Overall- its one hell of a beer well worth hunt and it is one of the most unique ipas i've had.

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Photo of metter98
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is orange in color with a thick head that has good retention properties.
S: There is a light aroma of citrusy hops in the nose along with notes of grapefruit and hints of cedar.
T: Flavors of grapefruit dominate the initial taste; this is followed by a good balance between the cedar and the malts and hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate.
D: The alcohol is completely masked, which makes this beer very easy to drink. The grapefruit flavors are especially interesting which makes me want to try this again.

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Photo of rarbring
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The brew is clouded deep orange amber, has a solid off-white yellow hued head, very good lacing and good curtains.

This one was smelling sour, vinegar - a Cantillion vibe, spicy cloves and slightly earthy. Unexpected, but very nice. There is also a wooden cask feelling.

Starting fruity sweet, dextrose, oranges, a dash of apple vinegar, then bitter nuances, seeds and peel from bitter oranges.

High carbonation, soft and refreshing with a good body and good dry finish.

This one was very complex, and played on all registers, the sour ones, was, as said, not expected, but it actually enhanced the experience if you ask me.

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Photo of t420o
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Janderson91 for sending me this one in a trade.

A- gentle pour produces a massive 2-1/2 finger peach colored pillowy head that sticks around pretty much the entire pour. This rests atop a golden beer that is very slightly hazy. Carbonation is very active

S- Fresh juicy hops with a slight spicyness that may be from the hops or the Spanish cedar. hop scent is citrusy and slightly tropical.

T- Wow! This is a very nicely balanced beer. The cedar is there along with a nice citrusy, slightly tropical, resiny, slightly bitter hop taste. Slightly sweet malt is in very nice balance. Waves of cedar hit you as it warms up, but just light and its an excellent compliment to the hop taste. I really enjoy these two tastes playing off each other. Its a nice beer that I imagine would pair nicely with a cigar.

M- Carbonation is nice. I was thinking it looked super active so I was worried. Viscosity of the beer is spot on.

O- an excellent beer. I wish I could walk down the street and grab one (or 5) of these of the shelf. This is my second offering from Cigar City and I enjoyed both a lot. Very good drinkability.

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Photo of gnemesis
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into pint glass on 3/30/11.
My first ever Cigar City beer. This ale pours with an amazing orange hue topped with a creamy off-white head. Great retention and amazing lace. The nose of this IPA is great for the style and adds a uniqueness I've never experienced before. Citrus hops, honey, a touch of pine... and CEDAR. You can smell the cedar- faint at first but after a few good sniffs it's there. As I take my first sips I immediately appreciate the balance between the sweet honey notes and the slight bitterness from the pine and citrus notes. Of course the cedar-aging is present and plays along with the other flavors nicely. My only complaint is how long the cedar wood lingers in the mouth. It's good at first but becomes overwhelming by the end of the glass. Medium body and medium carbonation. My overall impression is this beer is fantastic and I loved it all the way (aside from too much cedar) and is a top 5 IPA in my opinion.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The last of my haul from visiting Cigar City Brewing in Tampa.

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours just slightly cloudy amber to gold with a nebulous foamy ecru head that sticks around a while.

S - I can definitely note the cedar here over heavy citrus and light floral hops, vanilla, and white pepper.

T - Citrus - lemon, bitter orange. Floral and citrus hops. Lingering faint white pepper, cedar, and citrus aftertaste.

M - Just less than medium bodied, slightly oily.

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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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