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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 1,314
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 237
Gots: 129 | FT: 5
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

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

(Beer added by: tpd975 on 06-13-2010)
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macrosmatic

Florida

3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy gold in color with a half-finger white head that laces decently well. Moderate visible carbonation.

S: Aromas of spicy wood, caramel, vanilla, sweet grassy with pine & citrus in the background.

T: Sweet and oaky up front, than comes some caramel, toffee, vanilla, buttery sweet, with pine, grassiness and citrus pith. Hang is buttery, bitter & sweet.

M: A smooth, medium to slightly heavy mouthfeel, still with a good amount of carbonation sensation, and minimal alcohol presence.

O: Look, this is a good beer, and I do like it. And this year's batch seems a little better than previous years. But for me, the bottom line is that it's not as enjoyable to drink as the base beer, and still doesn't hold a candle to Humidor Jai Alai.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 02:16:33 | More by macrosmatic
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lazjuarez

Florida

3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Bottle dated: AUG1011

A: Poured fairly vigorously which created about 2 fingers worth of an off white, almost buttery colored head. Pours a deep orange, burnt amber color. Head stuck around for a few minutes, but reduces to some spotty patches of foam, leaving behind some small lacing.

S: Nose is filled immediately by oak, but compliments the tropical notes that follow. I'm getting grapefruit, pineapple, and some small citrus as well. Astringency is present, but is balanced by some sweet malts.

T: Taste is oak forward, just as in the nose. Then, pine notes follow and just as they started retreat to the dominant oak. Good caramel malts play a nice role as well.

M: Medium bodied; The oak really coats the palate, light malty breadiness also helps. Carbonation was a bit low for me, it would have helped in refreshing my palate. Overall a great beer, but the only down point was the mouth feel for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 04:46:48 | More by lazjuarez
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siege06nd

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Jared, for this one!

A. A dense, cloudy, deep gold color. Good two fingers of off-white head that settles down to a half finger but lingers there on. Very thick and consistent lacing that leaves sticky, sudsy gobs on the sides of the glass. Quite a few floaties but that could be chill haze from the back of the fridge.

S. Citrus-forward with some pungent dank notes on the back-end. Lots of tropical fruit, particularly pineapple and mango. Some spicy sweetness from the wood...very interesting, adds some nice earthy quality and a pretty neat undertone to the hops.

T. Nectarine, tangerine, pineapple juice. This quickly gives way to waves of oakiness, which presents with tannic and spicy qualities. The wood and bittering hops combine for an assertive and slightly drying finish. However, the tropical fruit balances this dry finish fairly well, leaving a finish that, while woody, is pretty close to standard Jai Alai.

M. Very nicely balanced and a good use of the wood.

O. I'm not the biggest wood-aged IPA fan, but this is better than most. The White Oak compliments Jai Alai well, and there is a very interesting interplay of tropical and earthy flavors. While not a personal style preference of mine, I must say CCB has a nice beer here.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 18:28:25 | More by siege06nd
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TheSixthRing

California

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on date of 05/13/14

Appearance- Pours a clear golden amber with bits of yeast(?) sediment floating around and a big, off-white 2 finger head. great retention, resulting in a thin layer of surface suds and a thick film of lacing around the glass that holds quite nicely.

Smell - Sharp on the nose, hitting on tropical notes of pineapple, tangerine and mango offset by some oak and grape character. Vanilla creeps in as the brew warms.

Taste - Tropical notes as found in the aroma, mellowed by the woody oak character. Touches of coconut and red grape. Hints of vanilla. Finishes with more oak and coconut and a light citrus pith.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with fair, tingly carbonation. Super smooth, with a semi-dry finish.

Overall - Good, really good, but I prefer the original. If it ain't broke, don't fix it or, in this case, if it's one of the best IPAs in the World, don't touch it! Okay, maybe that's being too dramatic, but as good as this is, I'd never choose it over the OG Classic!

Serving type: can

06-06-2014 06:28:17 | More by TheSixthRing
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks GEOGRANDE. Spicey IPA. Medium golden coloured body with enormous head that leaves a half inch of white head. The aroma is unuual as it has the cooked oak, interesting. Medium plus mouthfeel. Decent drinkability, but I could not drink a second bottle of this too soon.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 00:54:35 | More by Sammy
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fear025

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma:Sweet cotton candy, subtle fruit, oak in the nose.

Appearance:A deep shade of amber, nice white fluffy head, good retention.

Taste:Lots of oak on the first sip, along with some great candylike sweetness. A fair amount of bittering hops, but the specific hop flavors are hidden with all of that oak. There is a very slight tart flavor on the foretaste too. The oak lingers long into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:This beer has a refreshing bite to it, great carbonation.

Drinkability:This is a great alternative to your average IPA, very unique in flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 23:46:37 | More by fear025
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dtivp

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange bronze with a two finger frothy white head, good retention and moderate lacing.

Aroma of oak, malt and citrus hops.

Taste followed the nose with a nice balance between the bitter oak, hops and sweet malts along with hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel was Medium body and carbonation. Smooth, crisp and refreshing.

Enjoyed poolside in Naples, Florida, a very nice refreshing beer on a warm day by the water.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2012 01:52:20 | More by dtivp
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fields336

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: light brown, orange

S: light vanilla, oak wood, dill, tropical fruits, and earthy hops

T: vanilla, dill, pepper, peach, pineapple, mango, oak wood, herbal

M: creamy mouthfeel, not rough at all, almost a nitro mouthfeel

O: this beer tastes very different from jai alai, but in a good way. I like the flavors and the best parts of jai alai shine through

Serving type: growler

12-19-2012 23:57:44 | More by fields336
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jhawth

Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into tulip. Pours a mostly clear dirty orange with lace-y, off-white two-finger head.

Aroma: Interesting and intense aroma. I don't think I've encountered anything quite like this before. Tropical fruit hop notes are noticeable but are enveloped by a very potent woodiness, which, as the can says, presents a dill-like (or even, buttered popcorn?) aroma.

Taste: Follows nose but balance of hops to woodiness is reversed--tropical fruit hop flavors and bitterness shine through pleasant, spicy woodiness, transitioning to pleasantly sweet malt presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, light carbonation, smooth.

Overall: Very interesting take on an already superlative IPA. I can't say that I would pick this over regular Jai Alai, but it is a well-made and intriguing beer nonetheless.

Serving type: can

02-02-2014 06:02:27 | More by jhawth
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Ferks012

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5%

12-03-2011 03:15:10 | More by Ferks012
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iemailjack

Florida

4/5  rDev -5%

01-07-2013 23:29:28 | More by iemailjack
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Mattco

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5%

06-19-2014 14:31:14 | More by Mattco
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CaptinRedBeard

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5%

11-16-2011 04:36:01 | More by CaptinRedBeard
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5%

11-19-2013 00:34:14 | More by Cynic-ale
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Beer21

Florida

4/5  rDev -5%

02-01-2014 02:22:21 | More by Beer21
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weonfire

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5%

04-08-2014 02:50:17 | More by weonfire
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cacostaj

Florida

4/5  rDev -5%

06-28-2013 22:12:50 | More by cacostaj
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whatname

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5%

01-27-2014 03:26:49 | More by whatname
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Ciocanelu

Romania

4/5  rDev -5%

11-30-2013 18:33:12 | More by Ciocanelu
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -5%

05-19-2013 03:05:19 | More by Damian74Shensky
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struttinj

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5%

07-05-2014 00:04:15 | More by struttinj
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Desaparecido

Virginia

4/5  rDev -5%

11-16-2011 18:05:54 | More by Desaparecido
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RomaniIteDomum

Florida

4/5  rDev -5%

03-14-2012 03:59:30 | More by RomaniIteDomum
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beergorrilla

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5%

03-14-2013 08:55:25 | More by beergorrilla
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Kevincredible

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5%

02-22-2014 11:25:53 | More by Kevincredible
Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
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