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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 1,285
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 231
Gots: 122 | FT: 4
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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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mattsdenney

Tennessee

4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Was able to snag some sixers of this one on vacation back in May. Finally getting around to drinking and rating my last one. Was hard to find.

Pours a medium amber, orange color with two things of full, thick head. Cloudy with noticeable specks of material and residue floating around. Not sure what this is, part of the oak possibly? Smells amazing; orange peel, lemon, fresh cut grass, sweet vanilla. Tastes even better. It's hoppy, smooth, malty, sweet, bitter, and all in perfect harmony. The finishing notes of vanilla and oak are perfect and mix well with the hoppy bitterness. The hops are more subdued than in normal Jai Alai as expected. The smoothest, most flavorful IPA I've ever had. Light carbonation, smooth, medium bodied. Perfect consistency. Overall an amazing beer and one that I hope to find every year. I can see why people in FL were buying it up and trying to sell it for 4x the normal price.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 02:12:56 | More by mattsdenney
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frankthetank86

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1%

08-20-2013 22:15:33 | More by frankthetank86
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Kevinhcraig

Florida

4/5  rDev -5%

08-20-2013 13:25:03 | More by Kevinhcraig
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dwagner003

California

4/5  rDev -5%

08-18-2013 03:16:41 | More by dwagner003
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jpaulsen

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

08-18-2013 01:01:58 | More by jpaulsen
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pinnser

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

08-15-2013 20:41:58 | More by pinnser
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Charlie4872

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

08-15-2013 15:03:39 | More by Charlie4872
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NW2285

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1%

08-09-2013 01:59:11 | More by NW2285
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gbohl

Florida

5/5  rDev +18.8%

08-08-2013 14:48:16 | More by gbohl
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bellino13

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1%

08-08-2013 00:29:23 | More by bellino13
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VinsanityDiesel

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1%

08-06-2013 23:15:02 | More by VinsanityDiesel
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1%

08-05-2013 18:45:59 | More by InspectorBob
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ADTaber

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1%

08-02-2013 14:53:44 | More by ADTaber
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Masspike84

Florida

5/5  rDev +18.8%

07-31-2013 15:46:03 | More by Masspike84
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours with a peach-colored sea foam-like head that tops a very murky, cloudy, indeed almost chunky, deep orange-colored body. Head looks sturdy, and appears to lace well. It does very well actually.

Excellent oak aroma mixed at just the right amount with the hops. Resinous, piney, grapefruit like hops sit immediately underneath this woody, warm, beautiful oak aroma, lending hints of sweet honeydew melon as it mixes with the hops.

Very nice first sip, which comes off as an IPA first and foremost, with a standard bitter profile (though not too bitter), accompanied by a distinct oak exhale. This is quickly followed by a trace of sourness on the palette, close to the finish. The aftertaste is splendid, all white oak and a lingering bitterness. The following sips provide more of the same, though the sourness I perceived at first seems to dissipate. Here, the beer is an IPA given a very nice treatment in oak. I really love the combination of IPA with barrel aging. The oak helps in the way of balancing the bitterness. There isn't much sweetness here, though the aroma indicates that. The malt comes to play in the finish and at the swallow, leaving a caramel like flavor to accompany the oak.

The carbonation is good, though might be a touch more lively than I would like to see it. And the body is a hefty one, feeling quite full bodied. The finish is semi-dry, astringent from the excess of hops.

In contrast to the barrel aged 10-10-10 that I had last night, this is clearly a more refined beer. The bourbon notes overpowered the hops a bit too much. Here, without the sweet bourbon, the oak provides a flavor complexity, without "sweetening" the IPA. I'm not sure what the alcohol is here, but it was more appropriate for the 10% beer to have a bourbon treatment. This wouldn't work here. I think that White Oak Jai Alai is a phenomenal IPA and I would say this only deepens my love for Florida beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 15:00:06 | More by MusicaleMike
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Steve_Oldrati

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5%

07-30-2013 18:04:30 | More by Steve_Oldrati
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TheDoak

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

07-30-2013 15:54:47 | More by TheDoak
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Fireslayer

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +1%

07-29-2013 20:51:12 | More by Fireslayer
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sleuthdog

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle sent to me from LiquidDegenerate. Thanks Jim!

Poured into CCB snifter

Pour: White Oak Jai Alai is a light copper orange color with a two finger head. Retention of the head was not much and lacing is along edges of the glass after receding.

Smell: The biggest aspect of the nose of this beer is it's smoothness. There is a light oak and kiss of vanilla. The hops are there but not in your face and melded together with the oak seamlessly. Citrus is the hops I get and it is very subdued. Is that a nutty coconut aroma I get?

Taste: The taste is a unbelievably smooth to me. Again the oak and vanilla are blended with the hops to create one hell of a unique IPA. I get some of the coconut especially as it warms a bit. It is fruity and juicy and not overly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Talk about silky smooth. This beer is about as smooth as an IPA can get I think. It is medium bodied with light carbonation. This sticks to the palate to a decent degree and just adds to that magical silky feel.

Overall: I really enjoy the regular version of this but this is such an awesome change to an already stellar IPA. I wish I had regular access to this because I would most likely have it on hand most all the time.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 01:12:11 | More by sleuthdog
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GabooL457

Florida

1.75/5  rDev -58.4%

07-28-2013 17:11:23 | More by GabooL457
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Armando_Perez

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

07-25-2013 10:40:23 | More by Armando_Perez
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Panky

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

07-25-2013 08:09:10 | More by Panky
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baconmcnuggets

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

07-24-2013 13:50:50 | More by baconmcnuggets
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JCam9981

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5%

07-24-2013 00:00:33 | More by JCam9981
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BlissJunkie

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +1%

07-23-2013 04:05:01 | More by BlissJunkie
Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
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