Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle from Redlight Redlight. Pours a hazy, medium-dark amber color. A thick, foamy head of beige colored foam settles in slowly to a bubbly blanket, leaving sticky sheets of lacing behind on the glass. The nose is aggressively wooded, with a strong overtone of peppery, oily cedar. Orange peel, citrus blossom, and pine lend substantial hop character, while the malt base offers up a nice toffee-biscuit sweetness. Flavors are slightly off-balance, with the spicy cedar intensifying the bitterness of the floral citrus and sticky pine hops. Cara-toffee malt is quite biscuity, but it ultimately takes back seat to the hops and the wood. Peppery grapefruit lingers on the finish. The palate is substantial, but perhaps just a tad bit overly active on the tongue, with a hint of soapiness coming through on the back end. This reminds me very much of the Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale, for very obvious reasons. Itís good, but I prefer the more recent batches of regular Jai Alai, as well as the softer guava version.
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
With the regular Jai Alai IPA improving with every batch, now comes the Cedar Aged "Humidor" version. The aroma is still dominated by sweet citrus and pine hops, but now has an equally potent aroma of cigar box cedar blended in. Both smells are distinct. The flavor is more of the same, two distinct flavors that find a way to work well together. The Jai Alai IPA is a good IPA and the cedar aging makes it even better. Very good.
changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Knightly. Just released! Pours a rustic amber color with a thick fluffy off-white head. Excellent head retention produces heavy lacing. Cedar prominent in the nose with toasty malt and piney hops. Sharp cedar flavors upfront, sawdusty, and the cedar really brings out a lot of grapefruit flavors. Some pine too. Long-lasting bitter dry finish. Very well crafted. Iíve only sampled the regular Jai Alai once on tap (very good also) but to me this tastes completely different. Interesting, a bit different, and delicious! Iíd like to get some more of this because itís that good but also look forward to getting more base Jai Alai and comparing the two.
BeerFanDan17 (1060) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - JUL 2, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very impressive IPA from Cigar City. The cedar adds just that little extra flavor to make this outstanding. Perfect balance of malt and hops (very similar to the Hercules Double IPA). Delicious.
PhilTheThrill (25) - Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 @ redlight redlight
side by side taste with draft jai lai.
pours way cloudy with awesome head retention. huge grapefruit and pine on this one. cedar really prominent. normally even the slightest sweetness on an ipa ruins it for me... but the light sweetness works for this one. the cedar really changed the flavor - super sticky... another killer beer from cigar city.
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 @ redlight redlight. Huge grapefruit nose, loads of citrus. Pours cloudy golden orange with a white head. Wow, the cedar really brings out the citrus hops, big grapefuit flavor, some tangerines, finishes with some pine and very sticky cedar flavors. Jai Alai is already one of my favs this a really nice version, its surprising how much the cedar changes the flavor, iím actually tasting it next to the regular jai alai.
daknole (10801) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 28, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2009 Man this one was awesome too. The hops and the cedar work together more than you can ever imagine. The pine and citrus hops are accentuated by the cedar leaving a beer is so delicious. You just want more and more and more. The alchocol isnt noticeable. This is a subperb session beer.
soicanbreathe (13) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2009
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer was right up my alley, the cedar really took the hop flavor to the next level, i could drink the beer forever
hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2010 (Re-rate) Bottle... This beer rocks!... I have drunk this beer many times since my first rating and I have to say it is top-notch stuff. I love the peppery aroma that the cedar adds to the base Jai Alai IPA. I also love the humidor tobacco flavor that is infused as well. Iím a big fan of cigars, especially Cuban (although Dominican and Honduran tobacco cultivated with Cuban seeds will do just fine). This beer satisfies on so many levels with me that I canít begin to name them all, but know this: Iím a malt head and Iím giving this IPA a very high score - within the realm of Dreadnaught - because it just totally hits me in all the right places over and over and over again! Thanks to Joey and Wayne for thinking this silly cedar scheme up! ****Original rating**** DraftÖ Clear amber ale with a mid-sized, creamy, off-white head. The aroma is mainly of peppery hops, cedar, a touch of vanilla and a good bit of toffee. Full-bodied and lightly creamy with modest carbonation. Tilts a good bit toward the sweet side of balance - even more so than the regular Jai Alai. Toffee sweetness up front and then earthy, woodsy bitterness falls right in line. The finish is lengthy, bittersweet and then just bitter and dry. Better than the base beer. Original score = 3.7
markwise (5085) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. This was one hell of an IPA, and very different from its normal incarnation. Pours dark amber with an oily off-white head. Nose is pine, lemon, sugary citrus with pine tree and a caramel base. Flavor is lots of pine tree, wood character, lemon, complex citrusy hop sweetness. Through all of this there is a mellow lemon/ cedar/ wood grain running through a solid malty backbone. Medium-bodied with a spicy lemon flavor lingering in the finish. Awesome beer.