Jai Alai IPA - White Oak - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by tectactoe:
3.61/5 rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-12-2013 03:58:40 | More by tectactoe
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4.19/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Can served at paradise by the slice.
Poured into a glass, it has a burnt orange color body with a small head. The aroma has a pine, citrus hints to it. The taste is oak and vanilla up front with piney hoppy ness to it. Also has a sweetness to it.
The mouthfeel is smooth and overall it is a great beer.
Serving type: can
03-07-2014 02:20:38 | More by chefhatt
4.11/5 rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz can poured into tulip.
A: Pours cloudy amber-red with large off-white head.
S: Resinous pine, lots of honey, berries, and some alcohol.
T: I pick up the oak right away. A mostly piney hop profile, though there is some tropical fruit. Some malt sweetness to balance. Slight post bitterness. Different, but I definitely like.
M: Medium body, crisp and quite smooth.
O: A bit different than anything I've tried before, but I find it very drinkable and tasty.
Serving type: can
03-05-2014 01:29:33 | More by d5001986
3.65/5 rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz can (canned 1/17/14) poured into a Bruery tulip.
A - Pours a somewhat pale amber color with excellent clarity. A thin finger of tan foam caps the beer briefly, falling after a minute or so. A thick collar and some foamy sheets of lacing are left behind.
S - Green hop aroma up front, slight maltose sweetness, mild citrus, traces of pine, a touch metallic.
T - Earthy and green flavors start things off with a solid malty sweet base. A bit woody and mixed with some underwhelming hop presence. Hop bitterness is fairly mild with muted citrusy flavors making it thru the other flavors in the beer. Toasted malt flavors, a bit of biscuit-like, dry malt/graininess come thru at the end.
M - Medium body, medium carbonation level that gives a nice fizzy tingle. A bit on the malty side or just light on hops for an IPA.
O - Overall, a bit of a disappointment. I had high hopes for this, being a fan of Cigar City beers in general and a fan of the original Jai Alai. Can is only 1 1/2 months old...maybe the hops have faded some, but I was surprised how low the hop level was in the flavor profile. Wood aging affect the hops some?...maybe, but not sure that is the case. At any rate, glad to have tried it. Will likely give it another try somewhere down the road and give it a second chance.
Serving type: can
03-02-2014 23:37:20 | More by portia99
Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
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