Jai Alai IPA - Juniper Cedar Aged "Twigs And Berries" (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: Rotating

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Added by Gtreid on 01-26-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by jda007:
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cigar City takes NYC event at Rattle 'N' Hum. Tasty IPA, the juniper brings out a very good bitterness, surprisingly. The juniper is there, but so is a bit of booziness. Average mouthfeel, mucho floral. Had it again the next day.It grows on you and is a good drinkability and unique complexity.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to todes for sending this one up my way. I have been ungodly ill for two weeks and this is my first beer in nearly 18 days. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/07/2010.

Wonderful color on the pour, a deep amber color that is amazingly clear. Nice one inch head of white comes up and over the top, settling down quietly but leaving a ton of lacing that sticks to the sides of the glass nearly perfectly.

Cedar right up front on the nose followed by pungent grapefruit and citrus. Well balanced and rounded as it warms it really seems to come forward with a near perfect balance. Each sip is a mash of flavors that noone, including me could have predicted would have worked this well. Smooth cedar provides that woodsy flavor that catches the tongue, but the grapefruit and ripe lemon seems to stea the show. Crisp, clean citrus and a sharp bite combine to form an idealic IPA. Juniper hits in the finish with a quick tart berry flavor and a touch of a piney like flavor that sits on the tongue though a long dry finish.

Overall wow. What a way to start my comeback. One of the best treatments I have scene from CCB.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to ktrillionaire for this.

Pours a moderate brown color with a bit of red. Small off-white head and some nice lacing. Nose is interesting with some spice and gin-like notes as well as some floral and earthy hops. The taste is a bit over the edge with the juniper and cedar flavors, but still nice. Good feel with bitter and spice. Drinks fairly well and is unique, but not the best in their IPA line.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a big brassy amber hue, with plentiful eggshell head and lace.

S - The Jai Alai base is fortified with gin-like notes from the juniper as well as retaining the toasty cigar box aroma. This brew is exactly what it sounds like; it is still obvious to me that it is Jai Alai, but it has two distinct aromatic additions (as opposed to shifting or changing the palate.)

T - The juniper makes a significant effect, even in the presence of the brutally flavorful cedar and the huge hop bouquet, imparting a discernible gin-like quality. The cedar does what it always does, which is fuse with the hop profile of the base Jai Alai and amplifies the bitterness all-around. Pungent citrus and and tropical fruity notes are still available, somehow surviving the onslaught of evergreen-battering.

M - IPA. Good.

D - The juniper berry keeps this in the realm of occasional, whereas the cedar is always palatable for me.

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

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4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Had a little leakage so the carbonation might be a little lower than usual. but it pours a one finger white normal looking head. leaves some decent lacing.

S: huge smell! big woody lemon and ridiculous grapefruit. super strong smell. the cedar is unfamiliar to me but im pretty sure im picking it up

T: The wood in the taste is more pronounced but the grapefruit is crazy strong. the aftertaste has a punch of juniper berry spicy tart to it. I wish i had the Jai Alai to taste next to this.

M: a little low on carb but like i said before the growler leaked a bit so im not sure i can really take off for it. leaves a little sticky residue in my mouth. Its a pretty thin beer but that suits its gravity

D: compared to a "normal base" IPA its a bit more difficult to drink. the flavors are immense on this beer and its almost overloading me. the first few sips took me a minute just to figure out whats going on but half a pint in im starting to get used to it. crazy beer but i love the different flavors.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Twigs and Berries nickname

appearance: amberish cloudy mess. not that appealing.

smell: heavy citrus and some nice cedar aroma meshed in. did not detect juniper

taste: I can taste the juniper but can't smell it. loaded IPA, almost double. decently balanced and loads of citrus, more the bitter ornage taste. cedar was present but not dominate. The cedar has a similar taste to hop flavor.

mouthfeel: medium bodied to full for an IPA

drinkability: overall a great beer and even better on tap

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice amber hue with a tall off white head. Wonderful retention with a smattering of lace.

S: Lots of cedar, pine, caramel and grapefruit.

T: Twiggs and Berries is a fitting name for this one. Lots of cedar right from the start. It comes off almost as spicy or peppery. The base Jai Alai is there. Lots of citrus, with mild notes of pine. The juniper is there. It comes off mildly earthy and rounds out what is a real nice beer.

M: Medium in body. Wonderful carbonation.

D: Tasty and easy drinking.

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2.5/5  rDev -39.5%

Photo of Patrick999
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Growler opened up at Abraxas.

very, very clear amber poured into a goblet with a thin head.

It smelled quite hoppy, with piney hops carrying the day.

Taste is bitter and with an astringent feel. True to the name, it's like taking a bite out of some forest shrubbery. Woodsy and piney, with an undercurrent of gin. Like some other CCB beers, I find this tasty, but I also find that it kinda burns on the way down in a way I never enjoy.

Overall good, but not a beer I care to drink much of. I had one glass and didn't want another. Left the growler's remains for anyone else who wanted to try.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.71/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Deep copper & unfiltered. just like jai alai

S: alai jai with this amazing juniper twist. love it!

T: Super unique. taste just like what it smells like. great complex IPA with a unique twist of juniper.

O: I loved this one, i hate that its retired. i hope it comes back. i thought it was a genius combination. but i do fancy G&T's.

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4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glittering topaz with juicy Sunkist highlights when sunlight is permitted to stream through the glass. The upper portion of the snifter is occupied by three fingers of bubbly cream that is closer to ecru than ivory. Delicate curlicues of lace do a fine job putting the finishing touches on an outstanding looking beer.

Far from being subtle, the cedar influence in this special release is the centerpiece of the aroma. The juniper berries aren't shy either and add an interesting gin-like quality. The only subtle part of the nose is hops, which isn't such a good thing in an IPA. Hopefully, the little green cones won't get short shrift on the palate. In the end, the aroma is so pungently spicy and fragrant that the above score is warranted.

It may not be fair to compare Twigs 'n Berries (as this offering is affectionately known) to an unaged IPA. Of course the hops aren't going to be as aggressive as they are in the fresh beer. As suspected, hop flavor is not front and center. Bitterness, on the other hand, is not lacking.

Both cedar and juniper berries lead the flavor parade and are an intriguing and delicious combination. Although some other styles might be more amenable to cedar aging, this one accepts it pretty well. The hops taste white grapefruit zesty, which means that whatever is used most likely starts with the letter 'C'.

The body/mouthfeel fits the flavor profile very well. It's lighter than is typical for the style (which is understandable), but it has a gentle, refined quality and a 'just right' amount of carbonation.

Juniper and Cedar Aged Jai Alai IPA (Twigs 'n Berries) is the second good-great beer that I've had from Cigar City. Thanks to ktrillionaire, there will be several more in my reviewing future. This limited release is a treat if you're looking for something a little different.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Jai Alai IPA - Juniper Cedar Aged "Twigs And Berries" (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 24 ratings