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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 1,347
Reviews: 327
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 244
Gots: 140 | FT: 6
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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mpayne5

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

05-27-2013 23:13:59 | More by mpayne5
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PorterLambic

Florida

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours a rich dark yellow, almost amber, color. Small head drops to a very thin film island rather quickly.
Smell is full of oak and malt with a touch of sweet orange or tangerine and some caramel?
Taste is more of an IPA with a definite hop presence, some grapefruit, malt, oak. Good balance here.
Fullish body with a tangy, almost biting, effervescence. Not harsh but sharp. Dry finish with a warming in the back of the throat and down. As a malt lover, IPAs aren't often on my list but this is a good one.

07-06-2011 02:26:51 | More by PorterLambic
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

02-12-2014 20:50:58 | More by bigbeers84
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%

Thanks to billyshears (Jon) for this one. Sampled at a tasting 1/5/11. 6oz. pour from a 12oz. bottle into a DFH pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a 1 finger frothy, white head with decent retention. Beer is a deep, clear orange. Lacing is sparse and with little stick.

S: Nose is super aromatic and the regular Jai Alai we had side-by-side was muted by comparison. Sweet vanilla, oak, intense citrus, and cane sugar along with some coconut and other tropical flavors. Almost like a pina colada mixed with IPA.

T: Opens sugar cane, vanilla, and citrus hop bitterness. Sweet alcohol lingers and mellows in the background. Piney hops toward the middle and end with a big, citrus hop finish and aftertaste.

M: Light to medium bodied. Amply carbonated and coarse in the mouth all the way. Lively and bubbly going down. Finish is messy with an aftertaste that lingers.

D: Having the regular Jai Alai next to this beer really opened my eyes to this offering. A very solid IPA, the White Oak barrel-aging seems to complement the citrus and tropical hop bitterness in this offering perfectly. Definitely worth seeking out.

01-06-2011 16:59:20 | More by SpeedwayJim
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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

05-23-2013 01:36:39 | More by mikeincharleston
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -5%

05-19-2013 03:05:19 | More by Damian74Shensky
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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5%

12-07-2011 02:56:48 | More by DoctorB2B
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JeffTheJuice

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

01-26-2014 03:26:55 | More by JeffTheJuice
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GABrew

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

03-12-2014 21:12:42 | More by GABrew
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Rollzroyce21

California

4/5  rDev -5%

11-22-2012 04:35:46 | More by Rollzroyce21
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nh2032

New York

5/5  rDev +18.8%

11-20-2011 15:06:09 | More by nh2032
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JohnnieNepal

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5%

02-10-2014 16:50:47 | More by JohnnieNepal
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -5%

01-29-2013 04:36:18 | More by Stevedore
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BeerHunter76

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1%

03-08-2014 18:17:25 | More by BeerHunter76
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DerekMorgan

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5%

09-26-2013 01:03:53 | More by DerekMorgan
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jacewg

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -28.7%

06-10-2014 02:06:19 | More by jacewg
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KVNBGRY

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

02-01-2013 22:45:37 | More by KVNBGRY
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Spider889

Ohio

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.

01-27-2014 23:24:59 | More by Spider889
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shand

Florida

3.85/5  rDev -8.6%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.

This brew pours with a puny one-finger of head (especially compared to the head explosion of the base Jai Alai), and it's more hazy and slightly lighter in color than the base Jai Alai. Lacing is still exceptional. The smell is very nice, sharp oakiness and a touch of vanilla is over the great tropical fruit and hop base of Jai Alai. The oakiness is much stronger on the taste, which is both a good thing and a bad thing. It's good because the oak tastes great. But it's bad because it mutes some of the better parts of the base Jai Alai - the citrus and hops in particular. I wouldn't mind the oak to be a bit more subtle. Otherwise, it's pretty good, just unbalanced.

The mouthfeel is good, it's slightly more substantial and less carbonated than the normal Jai Alai. Drinkability suffers just a bit with the oak treatment. Overall, it's a solid spin on the original, but it's not quite an improvement. Worth trying, but not a necessity.

03-23-2011 04:27:08 | More by shand
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%

a murky orange with 2 fingers of bright white head (leaving behind tons of lacing). smells of citrusy grapefruit, vanilla, a smell of tangerine/mango.. very tropical.. definitely loving the way this smells. the flavor is a malty, citrusy (again tangerine/mango with slight grapefruit) oak bomb. working at a wood shop for many years can make you either love or hate the smell of certain woods. this is a very nice flavor, which surprises me because this was one of the worst smelling woods we worked with (due to it burning so quickly when cutting it since it's such a hard wood). a lovely flavor profile, and honestly nothing like jai alai. a medium body with low carbonation, very nice and sticky on the lips.

a complete different beast than jai alai. it's nice to JUST have an oak flavor in a beer, instead of bourbon barrel oak. i've worked with wood for many years, as a carpenter, in a shop, and in construction.. a nasty splintery wood to work with and smells terrible once it starts burning on the blade.. but here, here it works nicely.

02-17-2013 02:43:58 | More by facundoCNB
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

05-15-2013 13:08:42 | More by SaCkErZ9
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augustgarage

California

3.58/5  rDev -15%

Big thanks to BPRESTON for sending this my way. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Gamboge and tenné gradient, somewhat cloudy and topped by a fist of rocky beige merengue. Huge soapy lacing.

Oak pervades the nose - coconut and vanilla overwhelm the caramel malt and citrus of the base beer. Lightly spicy perhaps as well.

Toasted coconut, grapefruit rind, and a touch of apricot and earth from hops on the palate. Palm sugar notes offset the moderate bitterness - citrus is strong but comes across as muted compared to the regular Jai Alai - leading into the finish which has a distinctive coconut/vanilla/very-lightly-tannic white oak flavor (which I only recall being this forward in White Oak from The Bruery).

Creamy, medium-light bodied, well carbonated, and faintly slick.

While this is an interesting idea, the execution leaves me missing the potent citrus and gentle balance of the base beer; particularly in terms of drinkability.

03-02-2011 05:58:44 | More by augustgarage
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ystazi

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5%

03-01-2013 01:24:11 | More by ystazi
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josephwa

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

02-05-2014 04:10:51 | More by josephwa
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brystmar

Texas

4/5  rDev -5%

12-30-2011 23:53:09 | More by brystmar
Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
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