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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 1,371
Reviews: 329
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 253
Gots: 143 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
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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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Holmes698, Feb 03, 2014
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4.26/5  rDev +1.2%

Can > Pint Glass

A - Mostly clear orange amber with two finger of fluffy white head, a little medium lacing
S - Very unique floral hops, dank, grassy, and there's a really unique woody, obviously oaky aroma.
T - Floral hops, very smooth rich oak flavor, vanilla, grass, a little citrus peel.
M - Crisp and smooth, dry but not dehydrating.
O - Very unique and excellent IPA, love the oak complexity. Wouldnt get a case, but a few cans for sure.

Omnium, Feb 02, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Lehighace06, Feb 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

will_eye_e, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of jhawth
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

jhawth, Feb 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5%

KeyWestGator, Feb 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

TheosTheories, Feb 01, 2014
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sbxx, Jan 31, 2014
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BRClemons, Jan 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5%

sunofneurot, Jan 31, 2014
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comfortablynirm, Jan 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5%

FrankHammer, Jan 29, 2014
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RKing44, Jan 28, 2014
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ThreeFishes, Jan 28, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev +0.7%

Thanks to sendsilk for this.

I'm not into re-reviewing beers on here anymore, but I hated to drop a full review for an updated "had" so here we are...

As Cigar City expands, all of their product is looking much better, tasting cleaner, etc. I feel like this beer is either dialed in moreso than my 3.7 review of years back, or else it's simply much better extremely fresh (these cans are under 20 days old as of my drinking).

Lovely clarity and bone white head on a light copper colored brew. Leaves nice lacing.

Smells wonderful yet cheeky at the same time. The oak is prevalent off the bat, very heavy notes of fresh cut wood (one person I shared this with said it reminded them of wood shop in High School). There are notes of vanilla and a lot of floral character from the oak. The hops are fruity and bold, but the interaction with the oak is where the beer gets quite unique. At times the aroma is of fresh juicy tropical hops, and at others you can smell bubblegum and smarties.

The flavor follows in line with immense hop flavor and heavy but welcome oak. The bitterness is somewhat mellowed by the oak yet the perceived alcohol seems higher than regular Jai Alai.

Creamy mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Overall a great take on their flagship IPA. Recommended.

Spider889, Jan 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5%

whatname, Jan 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

jaywes754, Jan 26, 2014
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Blaze5445, Jan 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Lionhawk, Jan 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

JeffTheJuice, Jan 26, 2014
Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 1,371 ratings.