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 thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, wood, and tobacco. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, wood, and tobacco. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. The tobacco aspect in this one really killed it for me unfortunately. I went into this one really wanting to like it, but couldn't bring myself to do so as much as I thought I would. However, the flavors from the Humidor was definitely transferred to the brew. Hope to get a chance to try more Humidor offerings that might fit in better based on style than the IPA.

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Photo of rarbring
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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 bark
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The colour is amber, the liquid is a bit cloudy. The large beige compact head slowly sinks down, leaving lots of lacing.

The smell is woody with distinct notes of cedar pencils. Some citric notes including a touch of lemon acid. Furniture polish in the background.

The taste is at first quite mild and smooth. Then, cedar tree and American bitter hops kicks in. Hints of polish and a fresh citric bitterness and a hint of sweet strong white wine. The aftertaste is elegant and polished with mild woody notes. Citric fruits in the finish.

The carbonation is strong, the small bubbles are fresh. The liquid is semi-smooth.

A very elegant end well crafted cask-matured beer; there are woody notes but it is still an IPA.

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Photo of SDDanC
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to badboyrsl84 for this one. Poured from bottle into pint glass. Lots of head with this guy, about two fingers even with a very gentle pour. Completely murky, like an unfiltered wheat ale. The nose holds a distinct belgian aroma, like a saison, cedar, calm spices, no hops really. Tongue is amazing. Starts out much like the nose, belgian spice, then shifts quickly into the hops and then finishes with honey and cedar notes. It surely leaves a spicyness, much like a cigar would. Mouthfeel, I think is only mediocre. For being a bottle opened long before my turn, it still was reallly carbonated. But it accented to spicy characteristics of the cedar. Overall, very unique brew and I am quite pleased.

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Photo of badboyrsl84
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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 b3shine
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml to snifter. Appearance is good; deep from the wood, but fairly translucent. Smell is also good; hops and cedar are present, but neither is overbearing. Taste is good too. The barreling is present, but it doesn't detract from the brew the way many barreled IPAs do. It's also not too hoppy (which is a refreshing change of pace). Mouthfeel is - yep, you guessed it - good. Pretty carbonated, but not heavy or hot. Overall, a truly enjoyable IPA that I can actually enjoy with my wife (it's not overly hoppy). My first Cigar City brew - and I'm now eagerly anticipating the whiskey-barreled imperial milk porter :)

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Photo of Chizoad
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber frothfest that looks good in the glass. Fades to a thin lacing.

Excellent aroma of citrus/pine hops and somehow perfectly accented by the cedar. Great nose.

Fantastic flavor that brings the normal Jai Alai out of the malt and back into a pale ale with some distinction. Citrus, pine, but never the flavor of cedar. It's like the cedar somehow exalts the normal flavors in the Jai Alai to a point where the right harmony is reached.

Resinous and a little oily, and I feel the carbonation is a little clumsy? It's the carbonation level appropriate for the regular Jai Alai but not quite right for the Humidor.

Great beer, on par with the top west coast pale ales.

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Photo of vande
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy brownish-amber with 1 finger of head floating... Active beer as the lacing is left behind as one watches patiently, waiting for their first sip.

S: Cedar on top of grapefruit/citrus hops...but the cedar is definitely present, not overwhelming, but very pleasantly there.

T: Much the same as the smell. Cedar bitterness w/ a bit of bready-biscuit note. Spicyness blends nicely with the hoppiness in this beer. Very interesting cedar aging going on here.

M: Medium bodied IPA with an active mouthfeel.

O: Very approachable. It'd be interesting to do a blind tasting with a bottle of this. Worth getting a bottle or two, that's for sure!

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Photo of Janderson91
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
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 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 mntlover
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy burnt orange color with a off white two finger head that falls to a cap and laces well.

Aroma is wow earthy, deep fruits almost dark like, maybe more like tobacco kept in an old cedar chest. Cedar is noted along with a nice dose of spiciness lightly peppery.

Taste is unusual also, carbonation seems to push fruit bitter grapefruit hops, but not normal bitter grapefruit. Grapefruit infused with cedar, tobacco and lots of spicy earth notes. Very worth trying but not sure I would want this on a regular basis.

Mouthfeel is medium with fairly lively carbonation that seems to push all the flavors to you.

Overall enjoyable experience aroma is very nice but for me the flavor might be just tad too much for me to enjoy this one on a regular basis. But damn sure worth a try glad I had the chance.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very solid beer all around, with the nice notes of Jai Lai deepened and given some extra dimensions. Pours a nice amber with an excellent head that leaves some decent lacing. Definite cedar note right off the bat in the nose, nice cigar box note. After that some earthy hops that have been somewhat muted, and a creaminess at the end. The taste is where it all comes together. Still lots of cedar, but it melds seamlessly with the spicy hops and fades into a slightly chewy but creamy finish. Quite a bit of wood here, but the cedar doesn't overwhelm the IPA or make it feel like you're chewing on a block of wood. Also, the spicy notes in cedar are a natural for the pairing with an IPA. In this case, the wood enhances the beer, and so often that's not what happens. Nice.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer a few times now on tap and from the growler and while they were good both times, out of the bottle this stuff is like liquid crack...

Glowing golden with a small thin head... Almost cask-like in its appearance... Sort of thick...

Big juicy hop aromas mix with this earthiness from the cedar and have this one on point... There's almost a sandalwood or patchouli aroma to this and I'm guessing it's from the cedar.. Terrific..

That sharp biting hoppiness found in the regular Jai Alai is toned down and smoothed out by the cedar aging here... The sweetness of the malts is more pronounced without stealing the show... This is still an IPA but you can tell it's been hanging out for a while... As I stated earlier, this is almost like having it from a cask or something...

Very smooth and creamy all the way through... amazing stuff..

A terrific beer!

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Photo of UDbeernut
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle poured into my Sierra Nevada snifter.

a: murky tan with a large robust off white head with amazing retention. This head of this critter does not subside. Lacing rings the glass.

s: caramel, citrus, pine

t: caramel and citrus molded by a pine (I'm assuming cedar) backbone. Slight tropical fruit and a bit of a sour note (brett). More sweet that I was expecting but tasty none the less.

m: medium bodied, plenty of carbonation to help it down the hatch.

o: an interesting IPA and very different than many offerings out there.

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Photo of t420o
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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 LusciousJackson
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great big thanks to Janderson91 for sending me my first taste of Cigar City goodness. And what a helluva introduction!

Poured into to the trusty New Belgium balloon produces a sensuous off-white two fingers atop a hazy dark amber. Good gracious...as Meatloaf would say the head on this guy "just won't quit". Absolutely gorgeous lacing all over this one.

Aroma is, as you might have guessed, dominated by the cedar. I get the pine and grapefruit of your standard IPAs but the wood is what's being showcased here and I'm a fan. A bit of a sweet malt character creeps in the more I smell.

The citrus flavor comes in first but is very easily balanced by a sweet caramel element. Having not had the base Jai Alai, I'm left to reviews to gauge the base beer. I see that some previous reviews labeled it as a bit on the sweeter side. Its difficult to remove the cedar element, but i could see that. Although, i see that as a positive attribute. The cedar has been there the whole time but clearly dominates on the finish and leaves a spicy, peppery aftertaste. Thoroughly enjoyable from my angle.

Mouthfeel is full without being syrupy. Carbonation seems adequate. A great medium feel, very pleasant.

Overall, this is a winner for me. It's certainly not the thirst-quenching everyday IPA I would gulp down without thought. Not quite a sipper, but this is certainly a beer that lends itself to a more contemplative session. An aroma and flavor as unique as cedar demands attention. Sipping this one after some porkchops off the grill seems appropriate. The occasional whiff of the charcoal still burning off and the perennial summer sound of Cicadas in the big Illinois oak trees behind me seem to complete the experience. A great beer.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured hazy copper color with a large frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellentl lacing. Moderate to heavy sour citrus hop and woody aroma. Medium body with slick texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy cedar oil and bittersweet hop flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a change of pace standout beer.

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Photo of Chaney
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this one up, along with about $120 worth of other stuff at the Total Wine right up the road from Cigar City.

Aged on Spanish cedar huh? As opposed to American cedar? What's the difference?

I poured this into a Cigar City sniffer, so I guess that is good karma already.

A: Very cloudy (unfiltered), golden, but with a mild reddish hue. the spider web-like off white head did what spider webs do best.

S: Not in your face... very subtle actually, with a wood paneling scent that took center stage. Also, I got a few puffs of yeast and citrus.

T: Very pepper, woody, toasted, and... well... cigar-ish, if you will. I got tons of that ash-like sizzle that Cigar City is famous for, and a tinge of Citrus fruit, particularly on the front end.

M: Ridiculous lacing, and the sweet citrus lined with pepper and kindling made the fruit sugar lingering insignificant. The carbonation was insignificant.

O: Excellent IPA, but the best anti-West Coast beer brewers in the business. I went back to the store and picked up another one this morning.

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Photo of DustinPowers74
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL champagne bottle into shaker. Pours a slightly hazy deep amber with a two-three finger tan, rocky head that has excellent retention and leaves sheets of fluffy lacing. Pouring it until the end of the bottle comes the yeast in suspension and clouds the bottle to an almost opaque orange. Aroma is enormous grapefruit hops along with- no joke- a Montecristo No. 2 cedar cigar box...incredible. Taste is grapefruit juice with massive citrus hops and beautiful cedar in the background. As it warms more cedar and caramel notes show through. The cedar is such a perfect addition. Not only original but it works so well. The spicy hops and spicy cedar flavors blend perfectly but the beer is still creamy and refreshing all the same. What a treat.

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Photo of Jeffo
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another cool bottle in yet another cool trade with STEG. The brews are getting more interesting by the round. Cheers!

From a 750ml bottle into a snifter.
IPA aged on Spanish Cedar.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, fluffy, off-white head with great retention. Head slowly fades to a wisp and leaves some immediate lacing. Color is a cloudy burnt orange with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a slight wisp and ring, which remain all the way leaving some good lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Bigger nose for sure. Some pale malts and definite spicy, woody cedar notes from the aging. Floral hop notes are there as well, but the pale malts and cedar barrel steal the show here. Quite intriguing.

TASTE: Pale malts, touches of caramel, and the cedar barrel takes center stage. Lots of cedar at the swallow with a woody, spicy, and somewhat bitter hop aftertaste. Floral notes and pine flavors accompany the spicy cedar barrel at the finish, and move into a milder yet lingering aftertaste. Good stuff for sure.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Soft and creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Light and soft, yet still full enough to get the job done. Nice stuff.

OVERALL: This was a very enjoyable brew, and a success in the world of barrel aging IPAs. This is a practice I’m still not convinced of, but this brew is certainly more evidence to support it. The cedar made this an almost completely different beer from a regular IPA. The wood aging lent a spicy component that could be akin to a strong Belgian pale ale, but the IPA base gave it that hoppy bite that kept it grounded. This is a good one, but like all barrel aged IPAs, it seems to have taken on a life of its own. Thanks a lot for this special treat STEG. Recommended.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark amber color with an off white head. Lacing sticks to everything.

Smell: You can really get strong smell of the cedar right away. Some fresh smelling hops also. This just has a fresh smell to it.

Taste: Juicy and fresh citrusy / piney hops. Mostly grapefruit and orange citrus. You dont really taste the cedar that much and it seems like it the cedar really makes the hops pop out at you more.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body with moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall: My first cedar aged beer that i have ever tried. It's interesting, and a new take on oak. CCB rocked this IPA and really added a whole new demension to this style!

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Photo of oline73
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with a hint of orange. Has one finger of off white head that leaves nice lacing and a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Some sweet malt with a citrus peel hop bitterness. There is just a hint of wood.

Taste: Citrus peel hop bitterness is the dominant flavor. There is some malt sweetness and a spicy note. The cedar has a great flavor that compliments the hops very well. A very well thought out beer. Tastes much better than the smell.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation. The finish seems like it should be dry, but it never gets there.

Overall: I really enjoyed this one, even more than I thought I would. The cedar is very nice. I would love to have more.

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Photo of calcio360jrd
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beauty of a beer is the cigar city jai alai ipa aged on cedar spirals. Taking the tour a couple months back was very informative on how they age the beers on different woods and the amount of time that they do it for. Pours a nice murky orange tinged color. Great nose of cedar wood on this one, everybody does oak so the subtle smell of the cedar has been such a breath of fresh air. Has that usual jai alai finish that i like, very hoppy especially for a regular IPA, most DIPA don't have this much aroma. Stockpile this if you can, seems harder and harder to get

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Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice looking orangey yellow color with a strong fluffy white head on it. The lacing was chunky and thick down the glass. The smell of the beer was hoppy much like the regular Jai Alai. The smell didn't really have much of the cedar on the nose. The taste of the beer was very good, lots and lots of hoppy flavors mixed with a light taste of fresh wood in there. The cedar gives off a little spice in the beer I think. The mouthfeel was very drinkable and very easy to gulp it down. Overall I really enjoyed this one, Haven't had anything from Cigar City so far that was a disappointment.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another CCB hook up from Alieniloquium - Cheers Bro!

*notes from 06/25/11 tasting

A: Pours an awesome golden pale ale that really hazes towards the center of the glass. A nice big fluffy 2+ finger of head formed and left gobs of lacing to the glass.

S: Nose is full of florals and spice with a rather dominant breadiness. Some notes of tropical fruits but nothing worth a boast. Aroma seems to have mellowed a bit.

T: Good flavor! Nice and hoppy. I was skeptical as most wood aged IPA's I have experienced really tend to lose their hop character but not this brew. It is light, juicy, and has this interesting sour orange fruit character to it. Especially in the aftertaste. Good caramel body. I don't get much wood flavs at all really. Not like that of oak aged beers. The cedar is really subtle and gives this sort of spicey rum-like finish that really works here. Slight ABV warmness.

M: Very smooth mf overall with a nice creamy body and slight stickiness to the palate.

D: Great drinkability and a pleasant experience. Really lends itself to spicey foods. In fact I am gonna go bust out the chips n salsa!

I can't say I have ever have experienced a cedar aged brew before this one however I think CCB did a great job at keeping the hop characters in tact while adding an enjoyable element to their IPA.

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