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

Jai Alai IPA - Spanish Cedar (Humidor Series)Jai Alai IPA - Spanish Cedar (Humidor Series)
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #860
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #6,636
Avg:
4 | pDev: 14.25%
Reviews:
502
Ratings:
1,300
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Cigar City Brewing
 
Florida, United States
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SCORE
89
Very Good
Jai Alai IPA - Spanish Cedar (Humidor Series)Jai Alai IPA - Spanish Cedar (Humidor Series)
Notes: This unique IPA shares all the tropical and citrus flavors of our Jai Alai IPA but with an added dimension imparted by Spanish cedar, the same wood used to make cigar humidors. Wood from the Cedrela odorata tree is added post-fermentation to impart notes of sandalwood and cracked black pepper, adding depth of flavor and accentuating the IPA’s moderate bitterness.
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BFCarr from New Jersey

3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

You can taste the Jai Alai in there. The wood aging gives it more dimension. Pepper is the most clear addition. a decent IPA and easy to drink. Mine was 5 months old, so that would have an impact.

Dec 15, 2019
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Bruno74200 from France

4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden, slightly amber clear body with a three finger white head
The smell is on the black pepper and the tangerine.
The taste is grapefruit upfront with a nice bitterness. A bit of spices.
Crisp mouthfeel.
Nice!

Dec 08, 2019
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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

2.32/5  rDev -42%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12 oz. can with the canning date printed on the bottom. Served in a Sensorik glass.

Appearance: The thick, two finger head stats around for a little bit and leaves behind a thin foam layer and a lot of thick lacing that covers the entire glass. It's a hazy, bright amber color.

Smell: There's a strong, waxy citrus fruit aroma followed by some musty grain and hay notes. 

Taste: There's a strong taste of nondescript hardware store lumber that just masks everything else. Some faint, hoppy flavors of citrusy orange and pine show up in the aftertaste but that's it.

Mouthfeel: It's smooth, creamy and medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: There's a reason Spanish cedar is the preferred wood for cigar humidors but is very rare in beverage making: The flavors it imparts unto the beer are just not that good. This is middle of the road at best. If anything, the wood made the base beer worse.

Oct 17, 2019
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WebbFlyer from Minnesota

3.46/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Darker Amber with a fluffy white head
S: Rather citrus forward with some pepper and cedar pretty prominent on the end
T: Spicy, pepper, cedar with some earthiness. I get some citrus right away but the cedar and woodsy taste takes over quickyl

Overall, the Cedar is rather overwhelming and takes control of the citrus tones. Not terrible, definitely unique.

Oct 13, 2019
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Lucular from Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can picked up as part of a mix-six pack. This is a piney/citrusy IPA with moderate bitterness and a distinct cedar flavor. Mouthfeel is creamy with low to moderate carbonation. An interesting beer for sure and a solid IPA overall.

Sep 17, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very interesting, wood-infused IPA from the great Cigar City. Not at all like a BBA IPA (which always seemed quirky to me). Pours a beautiful looking copper color with some fluffy white head and glorious sheets of linger lacing that clung to the glass and stayed throughout. Smells of some nice pineapple, grapefruit, lemon and orange fruity hops along with the weaker wood, vanilla, malt, biscuit and floral hops. Taste follows the nose, great balance and depth. The wood definitely imparted a more "Floridian" feel and wasn't obtrusive. Smooth, mild, slightly sticky mouthfeel which coated the palate. Good carbonation. A very enjoyable beer.

Sep 12, 2019
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 fl oz can on August 9, 2019. The Spanish cedar is too strong for my tastes. It overwhelms the base beer. Not a fan.

Sep 10, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Light copper semi-cloudy body with a light tan foam ring. Smell has strong cedar, with grapefruit, orange, lemon, pineapple, pine, and earth. Taste opens up a little more each sip, so don't give up on the first few sips of straight wood and hops, for the reward is an intense mix of citrus, tropical fruits, earth, black pepper, smoke, wet leaves, and slight toasted caramel. Feel is heavy on the palate, with uncompromising woodiness that is endearing

Sep 02, 2019
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FBarber from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat cloudy dark orangey amber color. Thick three finger off-white head collapses slowly but steadily leaving tons of sticky white lacing on the glass. Splotches of foam remain on the top of the beer.

Aroma on this one is really muted ... Light caramel malts, some hints of cedar, and a touch of orange.

Taste has notes of orange, clementine, some woody sap, pine and a touch of caramel malts. Slight complimentary cedar notes comes through as the beer warms. This beer is actually better warmer. Along with the bitterness on the back end there is some heat to it.

Feel is light, smooth but lively. Semi-dry finish.

Overall its a really interesting beer. The cedar works nicely to smooth out the beer while integrating nicely in the palate.

Aug 27, 2019
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Thanks to Derek for giving me a can to try! A thick & frothy beige head caps a slightly hazed caramel colored ale. Citrus, pine, and cedar for aroma. Bold flavors, quite spicy and bitter with notes of caramel, bread crust, woody cedar, pungent pine, orange, and grapefruit. Full & resinous body, lively carbonation, pungently bitter finish. This was unique and good, but I thought the cedar was a little harsh at times - maybe just not something I'm used to.

Aug 23, 2019
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange with a white head. Smells of pine, citrus and malt. Pine and citrus with an earthy finish in flavor. Jai Alai with an added dimension, pretty good.

Aug 20, 2019
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a snifter

A- pours a clear deep amber color with a one-finger foamy white head that has good retention and leaves some lacing behind

S- citrus-forward hop nose with aromas of tangerine and grapefruit, slightly spicy, pepper and woody cedar undertone.

T- juicy mandarin and tangerine notes up front, along with some zesty grapefruit notes. Mid-palate continues with a clean citrusy hop notes, the finish brings out undertones of spicy cedar, that adds an earthy woody note on the linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp, semi-dry finish

O- solid citrusy IPA that matches well with the spicy cedar undertones

Aug 01, 2019
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep honey golden with a healthy creamy/foamy head. Smell is somewhat muted, picking up fruity esters,some banana, a stronger overall hop smell, possibly some cedar. Taste is both fruity and spicy, can taste the wood barrel notes.Never had a beer aged in Spanish cedar before. Feels well crafted, nice bubbles, medium to thin body,finishes juicy. Overall this is a solid beer. Don't get the ratings so much? The cedar leaves a lingering Vanilla taste in your mouth,delicious!

Jul 31, 2019
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teromous from Virginia

3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottom of the can: "CANNED07/08/19 @12:18 244 19061"
From the side: "BREWED AND CANNED BY CIGAR CITY BREWING, LLC, TAMPA FL"

Appearance: The body is a beautiful golden brown color with deeper color in the center and brighter color around the edge. It is a very pretty looking beer with good clarity. The head is large and fluffy with a ton of cobweb lacing. Excellent head retention. It looks perfect.

Aroma: There is a bit of what smells like blood orange and a hint of lemon. It smells nice.

Taste: There is a light bitter tasting tea flavor up front with a some tannin and mint. There is a mossy character to the beer; it has an earthy flavor. There is a bit of a pine-like character but it doesn't taste quite like pine.

Mouthfeel: The beer has a strong bitterness and a medium roughness on the palate. The finish is fairly dry. It is a slow drinking beer

Overall: It is a good beer that packs a strong bitter punch. The ring around the base of the can states that this is "RESTED ON Spanish Cedar." It differs from regular Jai Alai in that it is less fruit flavor and has more of an earthy and herbal flavor. It differs from the White Oak in that this is a lot more bitter and harsh than the more mellow White Oak. There isn't any real cedar flavor to this beer either. While it does have an earthy quality, it doesn't taste like cedar. I would still drink it again and I would recommend it. The beer tastes like its own unique thing so I wouldn't say that it's better or worse than regular Jai Alai or White Oak.

Jul 21, 2019
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark copper colored with an inch of creamy beige on top. This quickly dissipated to a fingernail. The aroma is of earthy cedar and faint pine. The flavor is initially cedar and then a wallop of cedar with some pine. The mouth is bone dry and crisp.

Jul 20, 2019
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Had this beer on-tap at Whole Foods - Short Pump, poured into a pint glass. Had a dull orange color and a very cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Fantastic lacing.

S: A very nice aroma of hops, wood, citrus fruit, tropical fruit, malt, and pine.

T: Tasted of a small amount of malt (mostly in the finish), some tropical fruit (mango), a bit of citrus fruit (orange), a lot of the advertised cedar (a big component), a tinge of pine, and a good shot of hops. This is a big, intense, and lively flavor. The cedar aging is an interesting choice that actually works. Tasty stuff.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An interesting and well made beer. Drinkable.

Jul 19, 2019
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Roguer from Georgia

3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A lot of wood, some banana on the palate. Otherwise, it’s a fairly straightforward WC IPA, clocking in at 7.5% and carrying a strong malt backbone. Very crisp, and a lovely mouthfeel. The wood definitely adds a nice peppery kick, in particular on the back end. It is reminiscent of the Spanish cedar in a humidor, especially if you look for it.

Jul 09, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can stamped CANNED 06/11/19 (25 days ago) poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 7.5% ABV 65 IBU. The beer pours bright light honey amber in color with sticky bone colored head. The head recedes to a cap and leaves some lacing. The aroma is noticeable with cedar coming through in abundance and a hint of citrus underneath. The taste is still cedar forward but there's tangerine up front and a firm medium bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. There is a little hop shellac, but the cedar really does a nice job of providing dryness and keeping the sweetness minimal. Overall, very good. This is a wonderfully made classic AIPA.

Jul 06, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is pretty much Jai Alai with cedar, which is kind of how I'd imagined White Oak Jai Alai would have been when I first had it, but ended up enjoying it less than the regular version. I'm glad they did this separate treatment, because I like it better than WOJA.

Appearance is glowing amber with less of a head than Jai Alai.

Aromas of strong pine sap, light bready malt, and lightly dankness accompany citrus and caramel, with a sophisticated cedar scent over everything.

Cedar is the complimentary parallel flavor to the Jai Alai melange of grapefruit, citrus, floral, and herbal notes, and bitter pine.

Mar 26, 2017
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From taste notes. Appearance: Hazy orange tinted amber under a persistent 2” dense, lacy foam cap. Smell: Vegetal, smoke, pepper, a little sweetness. Taste: Peppery and fruity with an underlying malt sweetness finishing with a bitter hop accent and lingering spice and malt flavors. Mouthfeel: Very creamy and smooth with a medium full body and fine, soft carbonation.

Mar 22, 2015
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gfg0020 from Texas

4.9/5  rDev +22.5%

Note: 12oz bottle; bottled: 12/20/13; reviewed 11/5/14

A: pours a lightly hazy deep golden color, bordering on copper; medium density 1 inch head forms leaving a ring and an island of bubbles; loose lacing on the glass

S: beautiful nose; sweet juicy grapefruit, honey, tangerine, sweet grass, mango, honey suckle; mouthwatering honey sweetness from start to finish

T: opens juicy grapefruit and honeyed mango washed over by a grassy bitterness; tangerine/orange lingers in the background; medium-high amount of grassy bitterness on the finish

M: low-medium carbonation; slightly sweet and low-medium thickness but retains great drinkability due to the nicely bitter finish

O: this is a very unique IPA; cedar lends a distinctive grapefruit flavor to beers which was tailor made for a brew like this; I know typical IPAs don't age well, but this was an amazingly juicy IPA for being almost 1 year old; one of my favorite aspects was that the bitterness was distinctly grassy and not piney

Nov 06, 2014
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Flounder57 from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

12 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale orange color with some vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Definitely cedar, slight pine and citrus, caramel, and toasted malts.

Taste: Pretty much same as above. Slight bitterness in the rear too. Cedar flavor is the dominant characteristic.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, mild bitterness, medium carbonation, a little chewy, and some cedar woods flavor.

Overall: A nice IPA with a cedar twist. Would be nice to revisit this one again if I could find it.

Sep 16, 2014
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"An unfiltered India Pale Ale brewed in the Cigar City of Tampa, Florida and aged on Spanish Cedar. Pairs well with spicy food and medium to robust cigars." Brewed in the style of an India Pale Ale aged on cedar spirals. Available as a year round in 12 oz. cans and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 57º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a banana cream white head of a creamy frothed consistency over a deep melon orange body. Carbonation is moderate and lively. Retention is very good, lacing is moderate and caked around the edges of the glass. 4.5

(Smell) Some wood aging is apparent by the nose, as a modest twiggy dryness pairs with more common malt characters of biscuit, light bread and a dash of caramel syrup. Hop notes are mellow, with mild grapefruit, ripe citrus, and fruit notes attempt to match the intensity of the cedar but sadly fall short. At the aroma, there isn't much differentiating this from a non-cedar-aged IPA. Potency is modest. 3.5

(Taste) The flavor is far more pronounced over the aroma. Slick sticky bread and grainy malts with a moderate syrupy sweetness are joined by a mellow citrus juice, slightly resinous and peppery hop profile with a moderate bitterness, slightly amplified in its intensity by the mellow spiciness and woodsy character of cedar, generating a dry finish. The Spanish Cedar comes through most in the finish, with a lingering of pale wood. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, slick, mildly grainy. Carbonation generates a soft frothiness for a lightly crisp mouthfeel. Body is medium+ for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is slightly bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is light/medium and off characters are minimal. 3.75

(Overall) A unique one-time visitation for me to see the impact of spanish cedar on an India Pale Ale, although I can't far justify even the occasional return to this beer over superior beers like their Jai Alai, which have better hop presentation and flavor. Despite the addition of cedar, this is about as much a one-and-done experiment for me as it should be for the brewery. Unique and enjoyable, although I expect a wider deviation than usual on this beer. 3.75

Cigar City Brewing's
Humidor Series India Pale Ale
/5.00

Jul 18, 2014
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.22/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can. And by the way, that can is courtesy of the legendary woodychandler. Has a dark golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit of hops. Taste is somewhat hoppy, a touch of pine and malts, actually kind of mild for the style. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, while not a bad beer, there are much better IPA's, even by this brewery.

Jun 29, 2014
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

3.46/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can

Pours a hazy coppery color with a pillowy white head that never fully dissipates.

Smells of caramel, fresh piney hops, and slight sour notes.

Tastes of caramel and strong piney hop resin.

Full body with softer carbonation on the tongue.

A decent enough IPA with some nice flavor and a bit of a funky aroma. Not bad but nothing special.

Jun 29, 2014
Jai Alai IPA - Spanish Cedar (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 1300 ratings