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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 366
Hads: 1,690
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 335
Gots: 220 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tpd975 on 06-13-2010

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
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Reviews: 366 | Hads: 1,690
Photo of TKEbeerman
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4 pack from the brewery. This one will be in stores very soon.

A: Poured into my pint glass, this brew pours a little hazier orange than regular Jai Alai with a wonderful pillow like head that is leaving some decent lace. This is exactly what one should expect in an IPA.

S: The aroma is heavy citrus and piney hops. You can make out a mellowing of the malt due to the oak aging. The complexity of this brew is getting much better with each edition from CCB.

T: The flavor of this IPA is more along the lines of a California DIPA. Seems like CCB upped the hops for the barrel aging, but those hops decided to stick around. Lots of complexity and real oak/vanilla flavors. Fruit notes still shine through, along with sweet malty goodness.

MF: The mouthfeel is smooth, full, and well carbonated. The hops don't tear up your pallet. This is a nice one.

D: Drinkability is great.

Overall, I can't believe how well crafted this IPA is. The white oak aging is just one factor here. Seems like every version (Humidor IPA being my favorite) of Jai Alai is stellar. (1,075 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice blend of the oak flavoring that mellows out the citrus punch of Jai Alai and also smoothing it out in the finish. A whole different take on IPAs which I'll always support creativity. (188 characters)

Photo of kingcrowing
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (323 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated SEPT2011 poured in to Founder's Tulip glass.

A - Medium slightly cloudy orange/amber colour, translucent, with small amount of white head.

S - The oak is noticeable up front with massive fresh tropical fruit aromas of mango, peach and passion fruit. A balancing sweet caramel and toffee backbone is also present.

T - The oak hits the tongue first followed by a sweet caramel malt backbone and a subtle hop bitterness shows up in the finish and lingers slightly. Some citrus and tropical fruit notes are evident as well, mostly show up in the finish. Some mango notes really shine.

M - Medium body; light to moderate carbonation. The hop oils stick nicely to the tongue.

O - A little less oak would be nice but still an excellent beer. (753 characters)

Photo of ELS
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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 when it becomes available in Florida, I just won't be too disappointed if I miss it. (424 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is a slightly-cloudy orange colour. Small white head.

Smell contains oak fairly strongly, as well a lot of floral scents. Hibiscus, perhaps? A lot going on here but I cannot identify all of it. Very nice smell.

Flavour contains oak and an unusual flavour that I guess accounts for the "white" part of it? Floral flavours (whatever that means, it seems right!), herbal. After all of that, the more typical IPA flavours come into the picture. Grapefruit, citrus. Oak is strong but not overwhelming. Very nice and unusual.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated. A bit oily, but the oak results in a drier feel.

Overall, really good. The oak flavours are unusual and very nice. A great twist on the regular Jai Alai. (720 characters)

Photo of domtronzero
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky golden copper colored with a big, fluffy, long lasting, whitish head. Little lacing.

S - Light piney hops, with a nice bready malt aroma. Big tropical fruits, mangos and pineapples.

F/M - Sweet tropical fruit flavors, bready and a little bit crusty malts. Citrusy hops with a moderately firm bitterness. Mangos and pineapples are very noticeable and quite tasty. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Dry finish with a lingering tropical fruity character.

D - Good. Dry, clean, flavorful, and quite refreshing. The tropical fruit flavors (presumably from the oak and fermentation characteristics?) give it a very unique, yet tasty, twist on the standard IPA. (674 characters)

Photo of bonkers
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in SS '10 courtesy of steve8robin. The pour is hazy orange, the head overflows the glass. The smell has lots oak that mixes nicely with the citrus and pineapple. It taste like it smells, oak with pineapple and citrus backdrop. The finish is sweeter than I remember the other jai alai's. The body is medium, very well carbonated. A great beer, I really need to do a horizontal tasting with the different varities of jai alai. (435 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a big, rocky off white head. In the aroma, oaky and orange citrus hops. In the taste, quite oaky, big orange citrus hops, remarkably fresh tasting and almost a hint of fresh bourbon. A hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry oak and orange citrus in the aftertaste. Big fresh flavors, tastes bigger than it is, but really nice. (371 characters)

Photo of zrab11
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice golden hazy brown color with a 1 finger white head

S- Has a really nice smell. It has vanilla and oak aromas as well as some citrus hops. It just smells really nice

T- Starts off with a nice vanilla hoppy flavor then the oak flavor comes out in the middle then it ends with a nice sweet hoppy oak flavor in the end. Really nice flavors

M-Medium body with good carbanation

D-overall this is a really nice IPA. I like the regular Jai Alai and so to add this beer to a white oak barrel is nice. I love the flavors and the balance. Nothing is too subtle or too strong. Def pick this one up (605 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

can into a pint glass. canned Jan 3rd 2014

pours a very dark rustic tan with a nice inch thick head. an aroma of lots of vanilla and oak and hops, nice! the taste is so awesome. oak at first but very mellow and it blends so well with the base beer, just super smooth and drinkable. mild bodied with good carbonation.

overall better than regular jai alai. love this beer! (372 characters)

Photo of khiasmus
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Todes for hooking me up with this one, as repayment for almost nothing.

We watched an episode of Blue Planet the other night. The one where they go into the deep sea and you gaze at the sea monsters that are reminiscent of nothing else on earth. What amazing creation is on this earth. So there it is, a virtual aliencraft, a white cap on a pulsing, throbbing robotic light show. Shining goldish orange at times through the faint murk, and of course the obligatory flashes of green, blue and red as they stand out starkly against the dense blackness behind. White trickle-sheets between the lights, a beautiful wall of fresh lace. All of the strange aquatic vegetation, waving in what looks like wind though you know it to be current... and if you could breathe like a fish what aromas and flavours might this alien world provide? Perhaps the rich and odd opposing yet somehow coherent aromas of fresh oak wood, sappy, white wood, and pine resin, christmas tree, orange peel and booze? Flavours as the foreign, other-worldy aromas are taken in through the senses of another animal, something totally unlike us, that has an ability to distinguish nuances rather than the crushing burn of drowning, a creature that would explode if brought up to the light of day.
This is a subtle masterpiece. The density is a bit much, but that may have helped the flavour. the carbonation is a bit little, but overall it has come together beautifully. Don't take the little wonders for granted. Enjoy every sip. (1,511 characters)

Photo of starrdogg
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Connecticut Ave. Wine & Liquor - big thanks to Al for getting this one in. I've had this several times, but finally getting around to reviewing it.

A: Pours a nice hazy golden-brown with a thin white head

S: Very interesting, unique smell. It a nice mix of vanilla and oak with some citrusy hops. I haven't smelled a beer quite like this before.

T: The vanilla/oak flavor really takes command here, but the hops provide a nice backbone to the oak and it really works together well. It's a little bit sweet and very smooth. Very unique and delicious.

M: Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Nothing particularly stands out or detracts from the beer here.

O: I'm a hop lover and aged IPAs are not typically my thing, but this is an especially tasty beer. I really love the way that the oak and hops blend together here to make something really different and impressive. (890 characters)

Photo of mastodonj
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a 12 oz bottle into a wide short glass (I may have had this on tap at Cigar City brewery also)

an amazing fine-textured head, slightly off-white color and exceptional lacing, also with one of the finest bubble sizes that I've seen

great oaky slightly malty smell

taste is just what the smell prepares you for; excellent with quite a strong aftertaste of barrel-agedness

feel matches the look of the head; exceptional

very drinkable but at 7.5%, gotta take it easy. (479 characters)

Photo of BennyL1
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just had a bottle of the regular Jai Alai, now on to the White Oak version. Once again thanks to GallowsThief for the brew.

A - Pours a hazy copper color, not to much different the regular version. A good amount of foamy white head caps off the brew. Good lacing the along the class as well

S - The difference between the base brew and this one is definitely noticeable in the nose. Oak aroma is there for sure with a bit of pepper in there. Hop notes are in there for sure, just not as dominate.

T - Hop bitterness is noticeable with the first taste but a smooth wood character presents itself which mellows everything out very nicely. The oak combined with the malt bill balances this out almost perfectly.

M - Medium body with a creamy finish. Carbonation is also right on.

D - I was thoroughly impressed with the regular Jai Alai, this one was a step above due to the oak character. Great brew, one that if I can get my hands on again I would for sure. (965 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy orange body with two fingers of fluffy white head. Good retention and lacing.

Wow, this smells great. Oranges and a blast of wood. The wood reminds me of the great smell of opening a humidor. Hints of vanilla, too.

I'm impressed by this beer. It's very woody and has that vanilla presence, yet still allows the IPA in it to shine, if not compliment the rest. There's definitely citrus in there and a spicy tobacco finish that I believe comes from the wood.

Mouthfeel is fresh and crisp. Good carbonation.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. The white oak added another dimension without detracting too much from the original style. (648 characters)

Photo of BigBlacke
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White oak aged Jai Alai is a nice little twist to the already delicious Jai Alai. Pours a dark amber color with a .75 in head that leaves a stubborn lace as it goes. Pungent floral hops with a little sweetness and a fair amount of oak. Taste is of fresh floral hops with a tiny hint of wine, and tons of smooth oak. Mouthfeel is fresh, crisp and astringent. Hops give you a smack upfront, and in the aftertaste. I find drinkability to be fairly high cause, for lack of better words, it fuckin rocks!!! (501 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a dark copper color with a one-finger foamy white head. Sediment and floaties all over the place make it look quite viscous. A bit if dark sediment from the end if the bottle permanently floats on the head. Not the most appealing to look at.

S- huge fresh oaky notes with some vanilla, lots of tropical mango & pineapple, sweet caramel on the finish. Very complex nose.

T- this version is much maltier than the original and the oak adds a whole new dimension of flavor. Woodsy oak notes up front with a touch of vanilla, the tropical fruit notes are actually more noticeable as the regular version. Notes of mango, pineapple and papaya. The finish is slightly tart with just a bit if citrus hop and a long oaky linger.

M- medium body with a super foamy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation, smooth finish with just a trace of alcohol.

O- unlike any IPA I've had, and I like it. I'm a big fan of barrel aging and it really brought out the fruity tropical notes in the flavor, perhaps the most authentic mango flavor I've experienced. I wish I could get this regularly. (1,080 characters)

Photo of GregSVT
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass - bottled May 20 2011

A: Pours a golden honey color with a nice white head that fades to a ring and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is huge with the oak in the form of caramel and vanilla with the malt showing up as toffee and the hops are very subdued with hints of citrus and grapefruit. I can't stop smelling this beer...it smells very unique and amazing.

T: The taste also has a huge wood influence with notes of vanilla, caramel, toffee, and the hops show up with notes of pine and grapefruit.

M: The feel is thicker than a regular IPA and pretty creamy.

O: The oak aging is very apparent in this beer. In fact I'd call it an oak bomb but I think it's brilliant. I really enjoy this and wish I had a few more. (768 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured yellow-orange with a four finger bone white fluffy head that subsided to two fingers very slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and massive citrus hop. The flavor was of slightly sweet malt and citrus hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall a nice IPA. To be honest there really isn't a whole lot missing in this one as far as flavor and aroma. I definitely enjoyed this one more than the regular version I had a few weeks ago. This one is a definite must try for any IPA fan. (610 characters)

Photo of kpanter
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am lucky enough to get this fresh from the brewery and at my local beer shops. I can never seem to have enough. Pours a hazy amber / burnt orange color with a nice 2 finger head w/ some lacing. Initial taste is smooth citrus & tropical, mainly orange & grapefruit notes. Finishes crisply with a hoppy / oaky flavor. Light and creamy mouthfeel. The white oak pretty much dominates the complex flavor of this beer, but this is quite the drinkable brew. I bring this to friends' and it always gets finished, too drinkable in those instances. This might just top their Humidor IPA for me, and I that is no easy feat. The latest batch was the freshest I have enjoyed, and it definitely has been my favorite to date.

I haven't had many (if any) aged IPA's, but this is one of my favorite IPA's in general. (803 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to cyrusthepup for this brew.

Pours a nice cloudy dark amber color, nice carbonation, HUGE thick foamy/creamy off-white head, with tons of very nice thick sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy with some nice malt notes, citrus, oaky. The taste is sweet, hoppy, malty, with some nice oak notes, and citrus. Medium Body. This is one very tasty brew. (371 characters)

Photo of suntrinesun
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A really good beer. Pretty heady, perhaps too much, but quite tasty. The website reads "The white oak adds smoothing notes of vanilla and slight hints of dill to the aroma and flavor profile." I couldn't quite get the dill (probably b/c of an underdeveloped palette) but the oakiness and vanilla flavor very much came through. Definitely a good beer. (350 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared a few bottles with speedwayjim, capra12, billyshears. Thanks to billyshears for sharing!!!

Opened this one side-by-side with regular jai alai to see what the white oak did to the brew and hot dog! does that white oak add a LOT! Visually, was the same, but when it comes to the nose I can sniff that beer all night. The white oak adds a huge amount of vanilla and oak. Taste also gets a wallop from the white oak...this one was WAY sweeter than the un-white oaked and obviously the oak flavors are pretty dominant. Aside from the smell, I would rather have the original Jai Alai, but this was a welcome treat and the side-by-side sampling was fun. (654 characters)

Photo of FLima
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber orange color with lots of aired head with good retention.
Nice aroma of passion fruits, grapefruit and spicy and earthy hops.
Flavor of spiced and earthy hops, grapefruit, passion fruit, vanilla, charred wood, peaches, oranges, white grapes, pine and spices. Good malt complexity with toasted and some roasted notes. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 7.5% abv is well hidden.
Excellent American IPA, with lots of tropical fruits, spices and a nice earthy touch. I found it better than the regular version. (557 characters)

Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.