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

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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by cjgator3 on 06-16-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.71/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Brick Store Pub had this on cask during their 12 days 12th anniversary period. Listed at 6.5%. Beautiful pour, a slightly hazy dark orange with a magnificent head, particularly for a cask, 1 1/2 inches, and very white and creamy. Beautiful lacing. Smells somewhat strange- citrus at first,and then something slightly sweet and akin to overripe fruit. The guavas I suspect. Tastes complex, but I'm not sure it all works, particularly on cask. Nice bitter complex citrus flavors are very nice, and a late hit of guava that adds such a strange, ripe voluptuosness that the citrus flavors get lost in. The bit of wood that is present is a distraction instead of tying it all together. Very smooth, and I enjoyed this after a fashion, but I'd like to try it again on-tap. Personally the guava doesn't do it for me, but I'll certainly give it another chance. Perhaps on-tap with more sparkle and spritz and less wood, everything might come together better. I have to say, I love the spirit of experimentation at this brewery, and the results are usually pretty good. I sort of see them as the South's version of Short's.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of gratefulbeerhead
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Adamostella
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of DefenCorps
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you, Devin

A: Hazy orange with thin, off-white head. Retention could be better, decent looking beer allasame

S: Pretty darned good. The guava fruit character is quite prominent, with a strong floral and herbal component. Hop character is fairly reserved, with not too much bitterness. Malt is moderate as well, with a surprising, earthy tobacco character coming through. Intriguing

T: Opens up with a good bit of bitterness, but also with a lot of fruit character. Bitterness is slightly earthy, herbal but mostly fruity and floral in character, but mostly reserved in light of the beautiful fruit character. Bitterness is fairly reserved all told, and the finish is rather big on the guava and a mild bittering character.

M: Good carbonation, light body with a pleasant finish that's an interesting variant on the style

D: The low ABV and bitterness make for an eminently quaffable IPA

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazed, dark orange-amber body with a slim, creamy-looking, off-white head.

Smell: Aromatic scent of fruits, both guava and citrus, coated with a fine dusting of spicy white pepper, light pine, caramel, and some soft florals.

Taste: Pale maltiness combined with sweet tastes of toffee and caramel and a light toastiness. Fruity taste of guava with it's alternately sweetish and sour qualities with transitions into hoppy flavors of grilled citrus fruits and pine. Moderate bitterness, though there's plenty of maltiness left to balance things back out. Big spicy kick like teaspoon of finely-ground white pepper. Small hint of florals arrives late. Finishes dry, spicy, and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. There's even some chewiness to it.

Drinkability: Excellent! Another lovely, unique release from Cigar City. Very drinkable but also packed with flavor.

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Photo of gford217
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap as part of the 12th Anniversary celebration at the Brick Store.

Pours was a bright cloudy yellow orange with a small whitish head that recedes to a small soapy swirl on top and leaves a little bit of lacing.

The smell really surprised me, especially since I was at least partly expecting something like the Jai Alai, which featured a good bit of piny floral hops in the nose. What I was greeted with was a blast of tropical fruit sweetness - mangos, oranges and a little bit of grapefruit. The floral presence is still there but outweighed by the citrus. The more a smell it, the more I get the cedar as well or at least I think I do.

The flavor stays fairly close to the aroma and is loading with sweet tropical fruits initially, before a bit of the malt sweetness shows through in the middle. The finish is an interesting mix of floral and fruity hops and the lightly spicy cedar.

The mouthfeel is fairly slick and sticky with juicy fruit hops. The carbonation is light and soft and overall a refreshing feel, though maybe a tad thinner than I would expect.

This is another complex and original beer from CCB, which is what I've come to expect from these guys. Big props to Ben and the Brick Store boys for scoring this for the festivities.

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Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask version.

Pours a hazy orange-copper color with a very thin head. The head recedes almost immediately into a thin layer around the glass leaving almost no lacing.

Smells of guava, citrus hops, and what I think is cedar, in that order. I say it's cedar because it smells like a cedar-lined closet, though not in a bad way.

Tastes very good. Pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined shortly by guava and citrus hop flavors. These flavors carry through to a slightly bitter ending with a slightly woody aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good. There's a nice thickness with subtle but assertive carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I could have a few of these very easily.

Overall this was a very interesting beer and the first I've had using guava. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of tpd975
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah, another Cigar City beer another first rate. On draft at World of Beer.

A: This one is unfiltered and it pours a hazy sort of golden hue. Nice tall tight head with good retention and lace.

S: Nice IPA aromas. Lots of nice caramel malt backed by hints of spicy rye, grapefruit, and a touch of guava.

T: Nice twist on the standard CCB IPA. The start is nice and bold. Nice hints of spicy cedar up front. The middle is dominated by hints of grapefruit and pine. The finish is where the guava shines. It comes at you more tropical fruit than guava, but it is a nice twist on an already great beer.

M: Medium in body, smooth, crisp, and refreshing.

D: Awesome I could have drank it all night, I would have if not for Hunahpus which I consumed too much of.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks again to my Tampa friend for getting this one up to me so fresh and fast. Wonderful 32oz was served in two pints glasses and enjoyed on 06/21/2009.
The pour was very interesting. Soo damn cloudy. I was amazed by this I have to admit. It was a rich golden amber, almost like a pineapple colors with soo much cloudiness you could not see through to the other side. Then I took the first whiff of this one. Holy guava. The aroma was loaded down with some of the freshest, tropical fruit aromas I have ever come across. Just a wild mix here, and letting it warm only serves to complicate matters as now I am dealing with a load of cedar on top of it! Insane what these guys are doing down here. The flavor again is soo smooth and complex it leaves in the position of not knowing where to start. Rich guava, pineapple, and almost mango like flavors are seamlessly and perfectly blended into a smooth, cedar finished, giving it that almost tobacco like tone as the hops fade out and leave you with a semi dry finish. Incredibly drinkable and wonderfully flavored, this is an end all for me.
Overall, blown away. Creativity maxed out, and it works perfectly. It was literally like taking a good IPA, dumping some fresh fruit juice in it and aging it in a humidor. Insane. I would drink this one all summer long.

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Photo of pubscout
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one GABF Gold Medal Winner that deserves the recognition. Pours orange/amber with a frothy head. Smooth without excessive hop bite, exceptionally fragrant with notes of tobacco and cedar. Even at 7.5% ABV, this is a wonderful session beer that would go fabulously with all kinds of foods. Lace follows your swig all the way down.

My suggestion: A Humidor IPA and an Ashton (Churchill or Toro size), EMS, 54 ring gauge

A real winner.

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Photo of virinow
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Jai Alai IPA - Guava - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 12 ratings