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

Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series)Jai Alai IPA - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series)
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4.06/5
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:
#2,657
Reviews:
449
Ratings:
925
pDev:
13.55%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
192
Gots:
84
Trade:
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Photo of sendsilk
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of laxer8811
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of standardcherry
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at CCB tap takeover at OTC.

A: Nice looking amber color. Small white head with excellent lacing and retention.
S: The first thing I got was fruits. Grapefruit, orange, peaches, pineapple and mango. It was backed up by a sweet cedar smell. This smells amazing.
T: Taste is malty sweetness with some fruity hoppy bitterness. A bit piney that I imagine comes from the cedar ageing.
M: Medium mouthfeel with low carbonation. A bit sticky but overall very drinkable.
O: This was easily my favorite beer of the night. It's very mellow compared to other huge IPAs, just extremely well balanced and drinkable.

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

a - poured a four-fingers thick and dense creamy tan head into a snifter that left thick sheeting and great lacing throughout. the body was a bright orange-amber color.
s - grassy, herbal, floral with a hint of citrus peel.
t - spicy, smokey, piney with some sweet fruits.
m - medium and thickness which starts out bubbly but really smooths out.
o - awesome is the only way to describe this. cigar city is doin' work.

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Photo of dsauter
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Happy to pick this one up along with some 110K+OT batch #3, also happy to receive my Sierra Nevada XXX glass in the mail today (unfortunately I wont be cracking another one of those open for a little while).

A: Poured into my new SNXXX bubble glass, this beer pours an opaque golden rod yellow with a fluffy tan head that is quick to dissipate. I would rate this brew higher on appearance, but the head is a little too weak for another .5 points.

S: The aroma on this brew is amazing. I'm giving it a 5 for uniqueness. This is my first cedar aged beer, and I can see why they call this the Humidor Series. It literally has notes of fresh cigars in a humidor. Very earthy, woody, peppery. The aroma is just fresh, one of the freshest smelling beers I have. Behind all that is a slight layer of citrus.

T:The hop bite is present, but tamed by the cedar aging. The flavor follows suit with the tobacco notes in the aroma. Nutty, woody and smokey. For an IPA this brew is well balanced with a strong, but relaxed malt character. I sense a light sweetness, but the malt significantly adds to the body.

M: The mouthfeel is well carbonated and full. Chewy at times.

D: Drinkability....I'm gonna rate this beer on how satisfied I am after one, and that is very satisfied. This brew has the complexity of a big beer that I want, with a fairly moderate ABV. I am a fan of cigars. There are a lot of topics in the forums about pairing beers and cigars, and my personal opinion is that it should never be done. Both of them cancel out the flavor experience that is unique to them both. Humidor Series IPA is the ticket if you want to experience a cigar and beer all in one without sacrificing either's quality of the experience.

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Photo of Briken
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Slightly hazy orange amber with huge frothy tan head with uneven lacing but great retention, however it separated from the glass and looked very clumpy. It also became very cloudy at the end of the bottle. Aromas of cigar tobacco, cedar and citrus. Balance of citrus and floral hops with an earthy malty sweetness. A dry cedar finish is not too potent. The hops are subdued thpugh they progress a little but never to the point of being overpowering. A little peppery near the end. Full bodied despite the huge head seemed quite moderate in carbonation.

Wow, this is a great beer. I had no problem drinking the entire 750ml bottle and did not want to share- good thing I have a second! This is a very smooth easy drinking beer despite being a little higher in ABV and being barrel aged. As an ex-smoker, that cigar aroma was heavenly and I almost wanted one to enjoy at the same time. CC Brewing might almost make it worthwhile to live in Tampa again. Almost, but not quite. I'll just have to settle for bribing friends and family to bring me bottles.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a teku; bottling date of November 7, 2013 printed in some sort of dark-ish ink on the shoulder of the bottle (“Bottled on 11/07/13”), making this bottle a week old on the date of consumption. Yep, one week. Huzzah for freshness.

Appearance (4.25): Sure is an attractive beer: a good two fingers milk-white foam rises off of the pour, capping a rich orange-amber body with a moderate chill haze. The head shows decent retention, dying down relatively slowly and leaving a thick collar and thin film at the surface. A few nice splotches and thick legs here and there.

Smell (3.25): This is quiiite a unique aroma—honestly not sure what to make of it at first. Must be the cedar? There’s an herbal-spicy scent that’s almost sulfurous, but a little woody and spicy like mustard, almost (though that side of it is lighter). Some fruity, slightly resinous hops underneath it, but the aroma really is dominated by what must be the cedar. To be fair, the fruity hops come in to balance out the cedar a bit more as it warms.

Taste (3.5): Following the aroma at first, with that funky, at turns sulfurous cedar, but the hops character is much clearer and more prominent here: that weird, woody-botanical tang accompanied by a bit of spiciness, sitting next to a juicy citrus component with sweet red grapefruit, some of the melony richness of papaya, and then a moderately sharp red grapefruit bitterness in the close, as the beer finishes crisp and dry. Some of the slightly spicy, woody-botanical cedar character (which I recognize now is unmistakeable) permeates every aspect of the flavor, from start to finish. Is there malt in here? Yeah, I suppose so. A little rich peasant bread and toasted wheat bread underneath the hops and melding with the cedar. Certainly is unique.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Smooth bodied, a slightly oily just-under-medium-weight, with a moderately velvety carbonation that foams easily but subtly, dies out before too long, and washes down cleanly with a dry, but not parching or astringent, finish. No booze at all.

Overall (3.5): So, the base beer here is killer—Jai Alai is always on point and an absolute joy to drink. The cedar aging adds a very unique dimension to it, though, which is impossible to ignore because it is front and center. It also mutes/covers up some of the hoppiness that makes Jai Alai so damn good, too, but not entirely. So, basically, in the end what you have here is a very solid IPA with an extremely unique treatment that has the potential to be very polarizing. I’m on the fence about how I feel about it, in the end, but I’m glad I’ve tried it. In the future, though, I’ll probably just stick to Jai Alai.

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3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my last of a 4-pack I bought while in Florida in April this year.
So I'm coming back to it after my first impressions and after reading some threads on BA's forum about ugliest beers and Jai Alai was mentioned because of chunks and floaties.

Well, this one poured Hazy amber with suspended particles, lots of them. It has a fluffy light tan head with excellent retention and lacing. I don't remember the particles from the other pours. Not very appealing to me other wise it looks great. i would rate higher without the floaters

Grapefruit and spicy cedar dominate the nose. Cigar like too. This really smells great and different for a standout. Lasting smell and changing as it warms. More citrus, some overripe banana.

Taste is all grapefruit and cedar. Not balanced for me, too bitter like chewing on the peel of grapefruit. Don't like the lingering after taste.

I wish the taste went with the mouthfeel. It's smooth and creamy but dry at the end. A bit too dry and astringent by the bottom of the glass. i want something else to clean my palette.

Overall this is not one I would prefer but it has merit. I'll give them credit for a good try.
I would like to try the regular Jai Alai, since others are saying they like it better.

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of samie85
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes; originally 6/15/10.

A-Pours a ruby-tinged amber with a 2.5 finger glistening white head, and leaves a sticky, thick lacing behind. This is a beautiful beer.

S-Pineapple, pine, a very obvious cedar component, spicy herbal, and a gentle earthiness to it.

T-Wow, cedar! Spicy cedar upfront with pine, grapefruit, and a dry, herbal, bitter finish. Very interesting taste profile.

M-Very smooth with very prickly, almost heavy carbonation. It's almost light bodied because of the carbonation.

D-This is a pretty unique beer. The cedar gets to be a little much near the end of a 750 ml bottle, so that knocks down the drinkability a notch for me. That being said, a very solid, very original beer. I love that that the hops are very discernible and mesh well with the cedar.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.17/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance -- Pours a rich orange, a bit murky, with two fingers of stiff beige head. Lacing was okay.

Smell -- Tropical fruits, tangerine, grapefruit, pine resin, cedar wood, bready malt, faint caramel.

Taste -- Cedar tannins and pink grapefruit are up dominant with tropical fruits also present, though more subdued than in the nose. Malt profile is bready overall, but with a faint bit of caramel sweetness. Hop bitterness toward the finish is pronounced but not overwhelming. Finish is grapefruit rind and cedar.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with moderate prickly carbonation. Mild astringency throughout. Finish is dry.

Drinkability -- Very unique! I've had IPA's aged briefly on fresh oak, but this is a completely different animal. the cedar adds a muskiness that makes the grapefruit-like hop notes really pop and lends a dryness to the finish. However, the cedar becomes overwhelming with a great deal of tannins in the flavor and astringency in the mouthfeel.

I doubt that I would drink this regularly if it was available to me. That said, it's still worth a try if you love unique IPA's.

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3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml into tulip. Thanks to TheSevenDuffs.

A- Cloudy burnt orange/peach colored pour. Two finger eggshell head that quickly disappears leaving a thin cap. Lacing is spotty.

S- Very first thing is the cedar. Humidor, ceder chest or even those cedar pucks people put in their sock drawer. Floral hops with a sweet citrus note fall short. As per Marcus this isn't a very fresh bottle.

T- Floral hop bite with aromatic cedar following close behind. There is a sweet malt and juicy citrus before the cedar comes back and dries your mouth out.

M- Medium bodied, juicy up front long dry finish.

O- Cedar while wonderful to smell isnt my first thought for a wood aged beer. It's different to say the least. Not for the good or bad. Just different.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Reaper16
3.41/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a darkish, burnt orange color. Plenty of murkiness to the body, though you can see some carbonation when you hold the beer to direct light. The carbonation gushes out, forming a two-finger-plus sized head, but it reduces down to a very tight one finger. Plenty of thick-ringed lace is left in its wake.

The dominant aroma I'm getting is caramel malt. Which isn't what I personally want to get as the dominant aroma in an IPA, but I can roll with it. There's green hop notes here, a splash of fruit juice too. There's a different sort of astringency here too which I am attributing to the cedar chips. Slight vanilla comes along with the wood. I've had cedar in beer before (namely Boulevard's discontinued Seeyoulator Dopplebock), and this doesn't at all smell like what I thought it would. The unique character of cedar is diminished on the nose of this bottle. Is it old? I have no reason to think so, but it could be the case.

Tasting the beer leads me to believe that it isn't blindingly fresh but isn't over the hill either. There's a fair amount of peach and orange hop flavor to this bottle. The caramel malt IS stronger than I'd prefer, but it maybe needs to be. The cedar flavor isn't dominant or even particularly strong, and I think the malt is helping a lot to keep the wood in balance. That wood is green and yes, tastes like cedar. Very trace vanilla; mostly green wood.

This beer is on the thicker side of medium-bodied. I typically don't like that attribute, but it works for this beer. There's something pleasing about the textural heft in relation to wood flavor. Usually, wood-aged beers are so thinned-out, so the contrast is unexpected and enjoyable.

Overall, this is an above-average IPA. It is unique and enjoyable, though nothing that I would turn to regularly (or ever again, even). It isn't what I'm looking for in an IPA, but it does succeed in what it wants to do.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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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