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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 375
Hads: 1,719
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 341
Gots: 218 | FT: 12
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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Photo of egrapplesberg
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
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 +2.9%
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 +3.9%
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 -3.6%
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%
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%
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 -6.8%
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 +8.7%
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 +8.2%
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 +7.5%
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 +10.1%
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 +9.2%
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
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
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 +10.9%
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 +14.3%
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 +10.6%
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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Photo of dar482
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer offers tons of dill on the aroma, earthy hops, grapefruit, bready malt.

The flavor follows with some grapefruit, lots of dill, oak, green qualities, slightly spicy, lots of bready sweet malt, and a spicy dry bitter finish.

The beer is interesting and solid, but a slight novelty compared the fresh flavors of the original.

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Photo of beercheeselover
4.69/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is one of my favorites. The way it smooths out the bitterness and adds the subtle vanilla notes is amazing. A great spin on what was already a great beer. I only wish I could get more of these on a regular basis.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.59/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at a FL bar.

A very pale, somewhat hazy, light gold to yellow with a white head. Looks nothing like the regular version for reference.

Aroma is pretty weak other than the wood aspect. Faint citrus fruits.

The oak flavor is very good and dominant. It is also sweet, but not in the same way as Jai Alai. More of a rich, vanilla like sweetness. The rest doesnt leave much to talk about. Muted, flat tasting tropical fruits and hops. Virtually no noticeable bitterness or bite.

Body is a tad under carbonated, but pretty normal for any barrel aged beer.

I was pretty disappointed in this one. It should be noted that I am not a fan of cask versions of beers, and this is exactly that. While the oak profile really shines, they lost everything else that Jai Alai offers. I am shocked at the love this gets. Far from being a bad beer, but I will stick to the original myself.

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Photo of Zach136
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned 6/3/15 - enjoyed 6/13/15

Appearance: Clear yellow, chunky beige head, nice lacing.

Aroma: tropical fruit over light oak, dill, vanilla.

Flavor: Big tropical fruit with some nice oaky tannins, pairs well with the bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, refreshing.

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Photo of pagriley
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep orange. Clear, but with heavy particulates floating
Grapefruit and citrus- not getting any of the oak on the nose
Softer than I expected. Rounded off edges to the hops with a touch of sweet vanilla and oak
A bit creamy, with a nice bite to the finish

Overall an excellent take on an IPA. I would happily drink this over many of the harshly hopped and dank offerings that abound

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Photo of Chicowdy
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love regular Jai Alai. I was pumped to try this. At first it tasted a little too earthy for me but with each gulp (I don't sip) I get all the different tastes: vanilla, oak, grapefruit. Really good damn beer.

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Photo of Greels
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is unique with the combined oak and hops. Slight aftertaste that bothers me a little. Astringent almost. However, overall very impressed. Didn't think I would like it

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