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)
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
Ratings:
925
Reviews:
449
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
13.65%
 
 
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192
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Photo of indiapaleale
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour - nice bright orange color with some bubble streaming north leaving a decent sized head. Looks very much like a good IPA should look.

Aroma - a good whiff of this is all you need to realize you've stumbled upon a rather incomparable smelling beer. This is peppery up front from the toasted Spanish cedar and has a lot of floral hop aroma as well. I also get some pipe tobacco, brown sugar and citrus. That peppery aroma from the cedar is absolutely fantastic.

Taste - wow. just wow. Once that first sip floods your mouth you know this is something very special. The flavors of the cedar are peppery and spicy along with tastes I've rarely come across in the world of beer. Perhaps a bit like scotch or tequila perhaps a littler herbal or smokey. I am really not sure how to describe them and that just adds to the mystique of this beer. Beneath all the amazement from the cedar is a very solid IPA with great floral hop flavors as well as some grapefruit and tropical fruits.

Overall - Another great beer from Cigar City and I've only just begun to try them all. Everything melds so well with this beer it really is a very commendable (and gold medal worthy) accomplishment. This could quite be one of the most unique beers I've ever had as well as one of the best.

Would I buy more of it? - absolutely, positively without a doubt. The first time I tried this I had it on tap at Rattle N Hum in NYC and it was $10 a pint and worth every penny.

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Photo of MNBeer1017
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Domingo
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brought this back from my last Tampa trip.
Pours a cloudy copper color with lots of hop oils suspended in it.
Hops hit the nose right away, but with some distinct peppery character, too.
The flavor is interesting and has a lot going on. Initially it's like the normal Jai Alai, with malts hitting up front and a huge wave of resin-y hops following. However the finish has a pretty distinct wood character that imparts a hint of ginger-like spice and a big wave of pepper. It's really unusual as most wood aged beers tend to be oak. The cedar is very peppery, with a hint of sourness, too. I appreciate the uniqueness of it, but I'm not sure it's my cup-o-tea.
Mouthfeel is as expected. No real difference between this and the normal Jai Alai.
Drinkability is huge initially just because the flavor is so different, but after about 1/2 a glass I slowed down a lot.
Pretty cool item that showcases a different wood and flavor profile. Not a world beater, but still tasty.
While not perfectly to my own tastes, I think this is a really unique item that some people might really love.

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Photo of PretzelCity
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice mahogany color with a decent fluffy white head. Smells like cedar. Taste is spicy, peppery, with a little bit of citrus and a lot of cedar. Light to medium body and really drinkable. The Cedar blends with the hops perfectly making for a very balanced yet complex flavor. If you like cigars at all, this beer is worth a try. It looks, smells and tastes like a cigar box and I mean that in the best way possible. Not a huge fan of the Jai Alai IPA by itself but it is totally transformed with cedar aging. Really enjoyed this brew both times I've been able to try it.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Big thanks to dimenhetfield for this one.

A: Very orange in color. Very slight haze. Huge three finger head, very rocky/fluffy, slightly off white in color. Decent retention and good lacing.

S: Big awesome Cedar aroma. Citrusy hops are light, but a little grapefruit and a little peach. Slight caramel backbone. An ashy, like wood ashes, aroma.

T: A slight citrus bitterness upfront. A good overall cedar taste. Very caramely from the middle to the finish. A slight woody aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied. Slightly creamy and slightly rough. Fairly dry. Medium carbonation.

O: Much better than the regular Jai Alai. Very nice Cedar flavors. Maybe the woodiest beer I've had. Oak really don't do it for me much. Would love this super fresh to get more hoppiness.

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Photo of jsurfs82
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of OUJayhawk1799
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle to oversized wine glass. No ABV, date or batch number indicated. $13 at my local bottleshop.

A: The creamy/frothy head rises to 3 fingers, light brown with orange tints. Very long lasting. The body has a stunning creamcicle orange hue, hazy and completely opaque from being unfiltered and bottle conditionined. Good lacing but not quite great.

S: Light malts, primarily bready with supporting notes of caramel. Hops are heavy with SUPER fresh aromas, especially for an IPA that spent some time on wood. Dried orange peel and grapefruit stand out. The alcohol is probably more noticeable than it should be, now that I know what the ABV is. Slightly solventy, there are some prevailing notes of Sharpie marker.

T: Just enough hops for a serious hop head. Bright and juicy. Additional flavors of fermented peach and pineapple plus a touch of pepper.

M: Full body with creamy texture. The level of effervescence is just a bit low for my preference. Finishes with a bold and heavy bitterness.

D: Honestly, this beer hardly resembles the unmodified Jai Alai. The cedar transforms it into something truly unique, but I prefer the original a little bit more.

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Photo of younger35
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this brew with scoobydank while watching the Twins not long ago and thought tonight seemed like a good reason to drink the 2nd one. The regular version was tasty but I know what Cigar City's cedar treatments do to beer. Dominate. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Appearance- Murky orange with a beautifully full two finger off white head that's rich and fluffy. A great cap and collar is maintained the entire beer along with a fair amount of thick lacing.
Smell- Holy balls, smells like this thing is LOADED with black pepper. Seriously, pure black pepper. Hints of orange peel and grapefruit peak in but play second fiddle to the cedar. I'm just amazed at how spicy this brew smells.
Taste- The IPA has been very much taken over by the cedar. It's full of spicy black pepper from the wood but the beer really isn't overly "woody". A bit of pineapple and orange mix in adding some fruitiness. Not overly hoppy but it is fruity at times but I can't get past the freaking black pepper. The finish is somewhat dry and spicy.
Mouthfeel- Great body as the beer is somewhere around medium bodied with a light zip of carbonation.
Drinkability- This is my second time around trying this beer and I definitely enjoyed it a bit more than the first (of course it was after we drank a '06 BA Speedway). The nose smells exactly how I remember but the taste seems a bit hoppier and fruitier than I remember. I'm still not a huge fan of Cedar but I'll keep trying em' if people keep making em.

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Photo of Spider889
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cigar City.

A - Very clear, amber in color, maybe a twinge darker than the original, though this was never as pale as some IPA's get... Good head and retention, leaves decent lace as well.

S - Very spicy and earthy with some lemon coming through from the hops and oaken/wood aroma that I wasn't entirely certain I could distinguish as cedar.

T - Citrus and grapefruit start things off, as well as some bitter fruit pithiness. The hops are going strong in the flavor department still. Nice sweet caramel maltiness and wood flavor underneath. Not nearly as strong or unique a wood flavor as I was anticipating though.

M/O - Crisp, a bit dry. Overall interesting but I'd take a regular Jai Ali over this most occasions.

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Photo of DustinSWB
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of steve8robin
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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 -1.7%
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 jkermitj
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of chugalug06
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
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 +1.2%
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 -7.4%
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 +5.5%

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.83/5  rDev -5%
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 Shaw
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
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 msondel
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of BeerzMcKenzie
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of clay23
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Jordy777
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
4.03 out of 5 based on 925 ratings.
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