Jai Alai IPA - White Oak - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by Spider889:
4.24/5 rDev +0.7%
Thanks to sendsilk for this.
I'm not into re-reviewing beers on here anymore, but I hated to drop a full review for an updated "had" so here we are...
As Cigar City expands, all of their product is looking much better, tasting cleaner, etc. I feel like this beer is either dialed in moreso than my 3.7 review of years back, or else it's simply much better extremely fresh (these cans are under 20 days old as of my drinking).
Lovely clarity and bone white head on a light copper colored brew. Leaves nice lacing.
Smells wonderful yet cheeky at the same time. The oak is prevalent off the bat, very heavy notes of fresh cut wood (one person I shared this with said it reminded them of wood shop in High School). There are notes of vanilla and a lot of floral character from the oak. The hops are fruity and bold, but the interaction with the oak is where the beer gets quite unique. At times the aroma is of fresh juicy tropical hops, and at others you can smell bubblegum and smarties.
The flavor follows in line with immense hop flavor and heavy but welcome oak. The bitterness is somewhat mellowed by the oak yet the perceived alcohol seems higher than regular Jai Alai.
Creamy mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Overall a great take on their flagship IPA. Recommended.
01-27-2014 23:24:59 | More by Spider889
More User Reviews:
3.61/5 rDev -14.3%
Review #300. Seeing as how much the original Jai Alai took me by surprise, I was pretty stoked to try this one. Pours the color of copper pennies (as if there were other kinds of pennies) with a hazy, light-brown colored center. The eggshell-beige head lasts for a substantial amount of time and leaves some nice lacing along the glass. Aroma has a HUGE oak profile; woody, wet, dense, tiny hints of vanilla and tannin. I am actually picking up a whiskey aroma, much akin to Jack Daniels, possibly due to the heavy white oak. Some hop aromas are present; mild citrus, orange, pineapple - unfortunately pushed to the background by the heavy oak. I mean, I know it's a "white oak aged" beer, but it's almost a little TOO much.
The taste falls right in line, heavy white oak, whiskey, touches of vanilla, wet cardboard, and some light spice. The citrus from the hop is there in flavor, but certainly not in bitterness - but what do you expect from an aged IPA? Citrus peel, orange zest, pineapple, mango - the fruit jubilee is extremely mellow compared to the original Jai Alai, which was one of the things that made me so crazy about the original. This is partially due to the fact that the IPA has been aged and the hops therefore will lose some of their "oomph", but it's also not helping that the white oak is a little too overshadowing. It still has that bright and sweet flavor, and the malts add a little bit of bready sweetness, but overall it's pretty dull compared to the original. Medium bodied, carbonation is medium, a touch slick on the palate.
Not a bad beer - definitely interesting and unlink anything else, but honestly I'm kind of disappointed and was let down just a bit. Maybe it's because I was so emphatic about the original Jai Alai and I was expecting too much. The white oak would be a nice addition if it were toned down just a bit, but it's a little too strong, distracting from most of the other flavors in the beer.
02-12-2013 03:58:40 | More by tectactoe
4.45/5 rDev +5.7%
In a snifter the beer was a hazy amber color with a small white head. A small amount of lace.
Great aroma. Lots of citrus, some pale malt. Definite vanilla/oak aroma.
Similarly great taste. Grapefruit, tangerine, tropical fruit. Biscuit. Oak lingering in the background the whole time.
The oak really tempered the IPA. Very smooth.
Will have to get more of these while in Florida.
02-07-2011 12:36:15 | More by lordofthewiens
4.44/5 rDev +5.5%
Pours dark amber with a lot of little floaties. One finger white head with nice lacing. Super juicy nose of mango, peaches and other tropical fruit. Seriously though, you will never find a nose like this on another IPA. Amazing! Flavor is equally amazing. Notes of mango, oak and like the description says a hint of dill in the finish. Medium body with light carbonation. Slightly bitter finish. One of a kind.
03-30-2013 07:10:54 | More by Hamburgers
4.22/5 rDev +0.2%
Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is the pine and citrus that I expect from Jai Alai, but it is accented with some oaked notes.
The flavor is more of the same. There is a light oak flavor that compliments the pine, citrus and pineapple notes. I think the oak cuts the bitterness, which is lower than I remember from the regular Jai Alai. Very well done.
Medium mouthfeel and medium mouthfeel.
11-18-2010 05:44:00 | More by Mora2000
4.58/5 rDev +8.8%
On tap at the Marshal Zhukov RIS barrel-aged release party. I'm really intrigued by CCB's tradition of revisiting of their standard brews-this should be a treat.
Poured into a small sampler glass. Slightly murky golden-copper, with a thin but lingering head.
The nose is brilliant - a superb blend of citrus hops, oak, smokiness and a lovely tropical blend of mango and orange, possibly coconut, vanilla. Anything but your standard IPA bouquet. Love it!
Taste is also superb, probably my favorite IPA of the trip. I could really detect the standard Jai Alai foundation (citrus and earthy hops, malt, caramel), but the addition of the oak wood brought about an excellent woodsy, fruity character that brought out the best in the basic recipe.
Medium bodied for an IPA, easy drinking carbonation.
Were I able to stay longer, I would have had several of these on draft. Just a great blending of flavors. Definitely restores my faith in the evolution of the American IPA! (Shame I can't bring some home with me!)
08-03-2010 03:47:16 | More by JohnnyBarman
4.24/5 rDev +0.7%
Had several of these on a recent trip to Tampa and really liked what the white oak aging did to this beer. Review of a can (1/10/14)
A-Poured into a widemouth glass there is a finger of white rocky head on top of that common IPA appearance of a clear light orange brew. Sticky head.
S-The grassy, piney notes of Jai Alai are more subdued and the tropical fruit aroma is more prevalent with the addition of vanilla and a definite oak aroma. Very nice. Definitely preferred over Jai Alai.
T-The oak aging really adds a unique flavor profile to this beer. It is sweet, the malt in Jai Alai is sweet but now the hops are also sweet. I get lots of pineapple and some apple and cherry on top of the significant vanilla oak character. Really unique beer. Shit even some orange. Lots of good flavors going on.
M-Less bitterness and drier than Jai Alai, a big improvement for someone who is sensitive to the real bitter IPAs. I really like the taste profile of this beer. Oaked IPAs-nice idea!
O-I really am liking this beer. The oak really mellow out the bitter quality, adds some new flavors and cleans up the finish.
02-06-2014 02:35:51 | More by deebo
4.25/5 rDev +1%
On tap poured into a wine glass.
Pours a hazy amber to light amber with a huge creamy off white head that's thick & pillowy. Nose is all tropical fruit, mango and others, it's sweet and fresh.
Taste is super well balanced - hoppy fresh and sweet, there a nice creamy maltiness as well. Really creamy and thick. Delicious.
12-31-2010 18:37:40 | More by kingcrowing
4.13/5 rDev -1.9%
Acquired via trade
A coppery orange and a relatively large off-white head that sticks around. Spotted and consistent lacing down the glass. There are hazy ribbons of sediment running through the body of the beer.
The white oak is dominant in the nose and it adds a peppery, spicy, earthy element. It's tough for me to actually find the IPA aromas behind the white oak, which is just a touch unfortunate, but the wood smells nice enough.
The white oak is again dominant in flavor. The wood has imparted a nice, warm vanilla undercurrent, along with the white pepper spice and earthy elements. If i was to try this blindfolded, I'd never guess it was an IPA; I'd probably guess that it was a strong ale or a mild barleywine aged in oak.
Medium to full mouthfeel.
A really incredible oak-aged IPA, which is typically not one of my favorite styles. It's interesting to see how much the wood has really imparted on the flavor of the beer and turned it in to something quite complex and delicious. I prefer this significantly over the standard Jai Alai.
07-06-2011 14:57:46 | More by ehammond1
Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
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