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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak | Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPA - White OakJai Alai IPA - White Oak
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is an American White Oak-aged version of Jai Alai India Pale Ale. The white oak adds smoothing notes of vanilla and slight hints of dill to the aroma and flavor profile. The finish is elegantly dry due to the light tannin notes from oak aging and though still loaded with hop flavor, hop bitterness is more restrained.

70 IBU

Added by tpd975 on 06-13-2010

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Reviews: 404 | Ratings: 1,868
Photo of Preston
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Regular Jai Alai is nearly a perfect beer and this version is even a bit better and more complex. It's just hard to find outside of the brewery (and even there it's not on tap very often).

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A cool take on an already good beer. Additional barrel character and sweeter notes on the palate make this a refreshing product.

The highlight of this beer is that it eliminates the necessity to have to have Jai Alai super fresh.

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Photo of kitch
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 12 fl oz can with a canned on date of 17th November 2015 and poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: It poured a clear golden orange colour with a two finger white head with lots of stringy lacing.

Aroma: Tropical mango, pineapple and peach with some citrus grapefruit followed by hints of vanilla and dill.

Taste: Strong vanilla and oak upfront with mango and peach supporting and hints of grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall: I have not tried the original base IPA yet as I haven’t been able to get my hands on any. However, although this is not the first barrel aged IPA that I’ve tried, I haven’t tasted any beer like this one before. The tropical fruit taste mixed with vanilla was interesting and a refreshing change.

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Photo of DevWand
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy the regular Jai Alai a tad bit better, but the white oak does seem to mellow out the bitterness a tad, which allows for a smoother finish and a (very) slight oak/vanilla taste on the back end. Wasn't picking up much from the smell (maybe a slight hint of the white oak/vanilla), color is a tad bit lighter than the regular.

Overall a great beer, but like I said I prefer the regular, just for the extra citrus/pine you get from the full hit of hops.

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Photo of sprat1960
4.76/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Deep golden color; slightly hazy. Pours with a small 1/2 finger white head that dies down leaving a smooth thin layer of foam of the surface if the beer. Lots of small bubbles present.

Smell: Lots of citrus (bold grapefruit, mild lemon); very mild hoppy aroma. Appealing; made me want to take a drink.

Taste: Loads of citrus. Starts off with a bold blend of grapefruit and oranges; progresses to a slightly tart lemon flavor ending with an extremely mild and sightly bitter hoppy finish. Delicious! Perfect.

Feel: Medium body. Smooth,velvety feel; slight tingle from the carbonation; extremely mild dry finish. Perfect.

Overall: Flavorful IPA; absolutely delicious. Refreshing. I could drink this IPA over and over! One of the best ever for me.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned November 17, 2015. Enjoyed in a stemless snifter.

Look - Darker, hazier orange than the regular version. A solid finger of medium bubbled head. Lacing is great. Head settles to more than a ring.

Smell - Vanilla. Orange, Citrus. Bread. Bubblegum.

Taste - Bubblegum. Vanilla. Orange. Not a strong flavor. Pine.

Feel - Flat compared to head. Watery. Dries up in the tongue.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfect amber color with a large white head on top. Can smell hops and citrus along with oak. Has a very oaky taste that takes away from the fruit in regular Jai Alai.

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Photo of B-Town
2.64/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I honestly don't understand why breweries feel that barrel aging an IPA is a good idea. Apparently, a lot of of people like it, especially in the case of Jai Alai. To me, the barrel aging on this beer is simply a masking agent whose sole purpose is to hide the bitter, skunky taste of a base beer that has gone bad while sitting in a barrel. In a way, it's somewhat successful, in that it makes an expired beer palatable, by adding different dimensions - a little bit of vanilla and kind of an earthy, mellow tone. At the same time, the aftertaste and baseline skunkiness remind me of that 10 month old IPA bottle that you find in the fridge every once in a while, that you open, take a drink of, then pour it down the drain. I like CCB beers, but I just don't get this one.

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Photo of egrapplesberg
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I live in Ga and bought this gem at the brewery when I was in Florida. Canned on 08/06/15. Poured into a pint glass. Color is deep orange with a one finger head that fades slowly leaving a coat of foam. Scent is orange, oak, and bubble gum? Taste is so similar but predominantly oak. Was not this oaky when I first tried it a week old. Certainly not a bad thing but I have noticed the hops in regular Jai Alai don't age well either. This beer is great, nothing like it that I can find in the market. Pairs well with Chick-fil-A by the way haha. Cheers!

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Photo of leantom
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was a really interesting beer. Here goes:

A: Clear orange with OK head and lacing. Carbonation is somewhat lacking for the style overall, however.

S: Very...complex. Initial scents of flowers and grass, orange, citrus, mango, and pineapple (really a concoction of tropical fruit) followed by bourbony oak.

T: Follows the nose extremely well. Floral and fruitish tastes and taken over by vanilla and oak, leaving a very bourbony taste at the back of the palate.

F: Nice and full-bodied.

O: Very complex and interesting. Will be having again.

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Photo of CraigS119
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Mango, pineapple, papaya, tropical fruit cocktail, Cool Whip, applesauce, raw vanilla bean in the nose. Leather, tobacco, tree fruit, and what I'm guessing is oak, on the palate. Smooth mouthfeel, dominating flavor, moderate bitterness. Might pair well with pub fare: fish and chips. Overall, intriguing, though not sure in oak aging is the best thing for this IPA, as the taste was a bit of a let-down from the aroma.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Allow the flirtation to commence. The tease that Cigar City has with wood leads us to the footsteps of the famed Jai Alai IPA as it embarks upon a spicy white oak slumber. Though the wood alters the classic flavors of IPA, their added complexity gives unique and curious taste.

Its moderate haze and bright golden-orange glow precedes the buildup of a tall column of white foam. The bright perfume of freshly shaven oak weaves into the juicy tropical and citrus hop tones. And as that juicy elixir greets the tongue, it does so with caramel, biscuit and honey sweetness.

And as the hoppy middle palate quickly snatches the balance from the fleeting caramelized malts, the bright and tangy taste of tangerine, apricot and mango lead the way in a hoppy and estery melange. Somewhat jammy to taste, the malts linger with just enough sweetness for support. But as the taste turns the corner, heading toward finish, the bitterness of herb, leaf and citrus peel builds and the oak spices begin to dry the palate with its powdery textures.

And as the medium-bodied beer closes, it does so with ample dextrin richness and biscuity resolve. Resisting the classic fade of malt and the utter dominance from hops, the finish is more evenly balanced as the oak assists the alcohol and hops with its own tannic spice and dryness. While complex and interesting, the oak character proves overwhelming and interferes with the more desirable aspects of the original Jai Alai.

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Photo of brewmastercat
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I was initially impressed with Jai Alai IPA - White Oak by Cigar City Brewing.

The white oak adds a depth of complexity, and helps finish the beer drier than the normal version. Is it worth hunting down and trading some of your coveted beers for it? No.

I would happily drink this beer on a fairly regular basis, if it was available.
2 cans is all I need to make a valid decision, though!

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours medium to dark gold with a generously thick white lacing, very light carbonation.

S - Citrus, oak, and the citrus side has some pungency.

T - Citrus and lots of oak presence that tends to dominate at times.

M - Full medium body.

O - Enjoyable.

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Photo of KSocha
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I gave this a try this year.

I really enjoy the standard Jai Alai. I will say that the oak barrel did not add anything much to improve the beer. A little smoother, but there was a lot of particles in suspension. I think it mellowed the flavors too much.

It is still a solid beer. Just a bit above average.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

To date, this is still one of my favorite IPAs. So refreshing on a hot day with tons of hoppy fruity notes on the nose and flavor. Overall it probably ins't the most balanced IPA out there, but still so enjoyable.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a Speiglau IPA glass.

Look is clear lightly amber with golden/tan highlight. Thin head that quickly dissipates.

Aroma is rich vanilla from the oak with a slight citrus hop.

Taste is a mix of piny grapefruit and rich oaky vanilla.

Wonderful beer. May not be as drinkable as a regular Jai Alai, but an excellent study in what a wood aged IPA can be.

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Photo of wolfpac255
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a damn good beer from Cigar City. I've had Jai Alai before but this one is raised to the next level. Super delicious nose, and the taste follows the nose perfectly. This one is about 2 months old, and it is still amazing.

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Photo of themaj
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Def better imo than the original. the smoothness of this beer makes its dangerously drinkable in mass quantity. Glad I got to try and will hopefully ba able to come across again.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - Alot darker than most IPA's, with a very thick, white head... I didn't pour very hard and was left with 3 fingers of foam.

Smell - Citrus, hops and oak; very inviting

Taste - Besides delicious? A very nice combination of malt, hops, oak and orange. More oak than i anticipated but it does not take away from the other flavors or the overall beer.

Feel - Thick and smooth

Overall - Very nice take on the IPA. Oak blends nicely into the other flavors.

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Photo of ELS
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Don't get me wrong, this is a very good beer with a smooth slightly vanilla finish. I just think the regular Jai Alai is better. This beer curbs the hops bitterness which I find allows the malt to take too much control. It needs that sharper hop bite that the regular Jai Alai has to balance the beer. Still a beer that I will seek out whenever it's available in Florida. I just won't be too disappointed if I miss it.

Had this beer a few more times and I must say I've come to enjoy the mellowing of the hop bitterness and the smooth vanilla, oaky taste. I raised my ratings. I think that it's scarcity actually adds to my overall rating because I never have the opportunity to get tired of it.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Deep amber color, thick white head, great lacing as it dissipates. Lots of white particulate suspended. Aroma is woodsy with a touch of tropical fruit. Taste is syrupy sweet malt followed by earthy and citrus peel hops. The wood really comes out at the end and lingers. Mouthfeel is thick, slippery. Overall delicious DIPA, a bit on the sweet side but full of flavor.

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Photo of jhartley
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just got a couple of cans at the local ABCFW&S store yesterday that they just got in the day before.
Poured out of a 12 oz. can into a Cuvee glass; that typical amber to dark orange Jai Alai body with a slightly more tan colored head, which had tons of bubbles. Dissipated fairly quick, but left a nice crown of lacing on the top of the glass.
Tons of vanilla. oak, tropical fruits and spiciness on the nose!
Taste is phenomenal! That Jai Alai back bone is there, just hiding in the background, up front is the oak - vanilla, that dill quality the speak of on the outside of the can, some pineapple sweetness, and plenty of citrus.
Not much bitterness on this the oak really imparts a sweetness and the carbonation that's there is just enough to ease the sweetness on the end.
Tons of flavors all over the place!
Another great beer that I have wanted the past couple of years and when the dude at the store told me they got some in, after I told him I was there for the Marshal Zhukov's, and "do you want one?" Sure do! I should have bought the whole 4 pack instead of 2 cans! This is a great variant of Jai Alai and very well done by CCB.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just picked this up at brewery only a few day old. have been wanting to try this for years but could never get my hands on it. Wow as this good. Like the can says, "hop bitterness is more restrained". This is do to the aging in white oak and it works. Standard Jai Alai is a great DIPA, but being aged has mellowed out much of the strong syrupy taste and made it almost perfect. This also gets better as it warms up. One of the best DIPAs I've had yet. 4.75

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Photo of indurTheB
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers. Competes with many of the "harder-to-get" IPAs or even DIPAs. Some find the taste too strong, it really is almost more DIPA.

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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
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