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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak - Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPA - White OakJai Alai IPA - White Oak

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Reviews: 364
Hads: 1,687
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 334
Gots: 221 | 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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Reviews: 364 | Hads: 1,687
Photo of SteveB24
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Very different then regular JA but in it's own, good way. The fruitiness and bitterness is toned down and replaced with notes of oak and vanilla. the hop bitterness is completely lacking, and instead is replaced with a dryness that complements the subtle, complex flavors in the beer. delicious. i would buy as many of these as i possibly could. (345 characters)

Photo of khiasmus
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Todes for hooking me up with this one, as repayment for almost nothing.

We watched an episode of Blue Planet the other night. The one where they go into the deep sea and you gaze at the sea monsters that are reminiscent of nothing else on earth. What amazing creation is on this earth. So there it is, a virtual aliencraft, a white cap on a pulsing, throbbing robotic light show. Shining goldish orange at times through the faint murk, and of course the obligatory flashes of green, blue and red as they stand out starkly against the dense blackness behind. White trickle-sheets between the lights, a beautiful wall of fresh lace. All of the strange aquatic vegetation, waving in what looks like wind though you know it to be current... and if you could breathe like a fish what aromas and flavours might this alien world provide? Perhaps the rich and odd opposing yet somehow coherent aromas of fresh oak wood, sappy, white wood, and pine resin, christmas tree, orange peel and booze? Flavours as the foreign, other-worldy aromas are taken in through the senses of another animal, something totally unlike us, that has an ability to distinguish nuances rather than the crushing burn of drowning, a creature that would explode if brought up to the light of day.
This is a subtle masterpiece. The density is a bit much, but that may have helped the flavour. the carbonation is a bit little, but overall it has come together beautifully. Don't take the little wonders for granted. Enjoy every sip. (1,511 characters)

Photo of silverking
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- clear amber with fine particles in suspension. Creamy light tan head with excellent lacing.

S- tropical, lots of pineapple and some mango. Light peach notes as well with a hint of fresh cut timber.

T- I get more stone fruit than anything else on the palate, peach, apricot, and a light and fresh grapefruit finish. I can't say that I taste much in the way of oak. It's a pretty stellar tasting IPA though.

M- medium bodied, light carbonation. A little astringent.

O- great, but not a whole lot of oak in there. (517 characters)

Photo of pagriley
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
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 (387 characters)

Photo of d5001986
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into tulip.

A: Pours cloudy amber-red with large off-white head.

S: Resinous pine, lots of honey, berries, and some alcohol.

T: I pick up the oak right away. A mostly piney hop profile, though there is some tropical fruit. Some malt sweetness to balance. Slight post bitterness. Different, but I definitely like.

M: Medium body, crisp and quite smooth.

O: A bit different than anything I've tried before, but I find it very drinkable and tasty. (465 characters)

Photo of Greels
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
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 (176 characters)

Photo of GallowsThief
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

A – Poured out a cloudy butterscotch color. Small bubbly white head that receded quickly and settles down. Spotty lacing all down the glass.

S - Light citrusy smell almost has floral qualities. Pine and grass.

T – Hops baby. Oak taste is there but not huge. Has a caramel sweetness. Popcorn flavors. Piney like the smell. Very nice citrus notes finish this. Grapefruit all over the place. Lot of flavors working together.

M – Lively carbonation. Tingly on the tongue. Drying at the end. Medium bodied.

O – Really nice oak aged brew here. Love the regular version of this one and the oak aged is just as solid. Great flavor. I could knock off a growler of this sitting on a boat somewhere everyday. (765 characters)

Photo of thedoubler55
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A perfect golden color, slightly transparent, a nice finger of off white head at the top that leaves a nice lacing around the glass.

S: Up front are notes of pineapple and banana, and slight hint of pepper at the tail end, a nice smell to this brew.

T: Same as the nose, but great tasting was very surprised at the kick this beer had, not bad at all. Fruits and spice everywhere.

M: Medium bodied and moderate carbonation.

O: This was a great brew, my buddy had it for me when I went to visit in Atlanta, Georgia; Enjoyed it thoroughly. (543 characters)

Photo of KensWorld
4.73/5  rDev +14.5%
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 (460 characters)

Photo of Seanniek91
4.61/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Grey Sail pint.

Appearance- Hazy copper with no head and a good bit of sediment floating around.

Smell- Oak (go figure), caramel malts, light piney hops, vanilla bean, mango (tropical Fruit). Very exciting!

Taste- Oaky caramel and vanilla, light piney hops with a solid malt backbone. No real fruit as was in the nose. Finishes smooth and malty with a light hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light carbonation. Based on the taste of the beer, I want more viscosity.

Overall- Soooo much different than normal Jai Alai. Tastes more like a heavily oaked Bigfoot. (611 characters)

Photo of Benish
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

When I opened bottle cap I took a deep sniff from the bottle. I smelled subtle oak and orange juice.

Poured into snifter glass. No head present, moderate lacings. It had that dark orange or copper color. Specks of hops were dispersed throughout the beer (I'm told they do not filter the beer). I think it's cool to see the hops.

Tasted interesting, kind of funky in a way. I get some peaches and orange juice (kind of the Sunny D type). It has that detectable sweetness that doesn't follow in a traditional IPA, possibly from the type of malt. The beer is not so aggressive on the hops. It has a light-medium bodied mouthfeel.

I never had a beer with White Oak and the sweetness is kind of perplexing. While its good, I'll probably stick with plain Jai Alai IPA. It still is worth it to try. (797 characters)

Photo of Viciousknishs
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a burnt orange amber color with a finger of off white head.

S- amazing nose on this beer. Aromas of coconut, tropical fruit and lemon zest. Slight malt sweetness with leafy hops on the finish.

T- slight malt sweetness and leafy hop flavor. Tropical fruit and mango in the middle. Huge oak flavor on the finish that overpowers the initial flavors on the finish.

MF- smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and good low medium carbonation.

D- decent drinkability. The oak is a bit harsh and char like on the finish. (522 characters)

Photo of Halfbrother83
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into a tulip glass.

A - Dark amber with a creamy white head that eventually dissipates, leaving a thick lacing around the top of the glass

S - Sweet vanilla, caramel, followed by tropical fruit notes, maybe some coconut as well

T - Creamy, sweet vanilla and oak, with a dry pine finish

M - Medium body, smooth and crisp, really nice

O - I'm a fan. I actually may be in the minority here for thinking the oak aging and vanilla character enhance the characteristics of the base Jai Alai; I actually like this version much better for the vanilla notes it contains. Definitely an original flavor profile. (621 characters)

Photo of domtronzero
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky golden copper colored with a big, fluffy, long lasting, whitish head. Little lacing.

S - Light piney hops, with a nice bready malt aroma. Big tropical fruits, mangos and pineapples.

F/M - Sweet tropical fruit flavors, bready and a little bit crusty malts. Citrusy hops with a moderately firm bitterness. Mangos and pineapples are very noticeable and quite tasty. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Dry finish with a lingering tropical fruity character.

D - Good. Dry, clean, flavorful, and quite refreshing. The tropical fruit flavors (presumably from the oak and fermentation characteristics?) give it a very unique, yet tasty, twist on the standard IPA. (674 characters)

Photo of jpmclaug
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stemmed tulip. Thanks goes to Todes for this one.

A - Beautiful orange amber that almost looks like it is glowing. Big fluffy yellow tinted white head on top. Nice sticky lacing is on the side of the glass as this one goes down.

S - Sweet pineapple, mango and other tropical fruit smells with a nice sweetness in there. Honestly one of the best smelling IPA's I've ever smelt.

T - Once again some mango like sweetness with a nice touch of citrus and tropical flavored hops. The white oak is definitely present and takes away some hop bite but this is still delicious. Easily is the best oak aged IPA I've had yet.

M - medium body with a good amount of carbonation and a bit of sticky syrupyness.

D - really drinkable. A really solid IPA. The smell is phenomenal and the tropical fruit qualities in the taste is fantastic. After having 110k + OT 3 I wasn't expecting much from this but now I see why Cigar City is so well regarded. (949 characters)

Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a brillantly clear amber body that tends to be more on the red spectrum. The head is massive with a rocky texture that is very long lasting and leaves behind some lace.

S: This one has a big nose. A great IPA aroma of citrus hops, tropical fruits (pinapple & mango for sure), vanilla (definitely picking up the oak), and a hint of malt. I wish this was a candle I could burn in my house.

T: An explosion of flavor on the palate. A sweet malty upfront followed by a hoppy bitterness- tropical fruit and citrus. Finishes dry, oaky, and bitter, but overall, very well balanced!

M: Creamy (almost oily) texture, medium body, & light carbonation.

D: Another great one from CCB. If you can get your hands on this while it's fresh, do so ASAP. Could drink a ton of these in one sitting. Great beer! (804 characters)

Photo of JohnG190
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange color with a thin, off-white head. Good retention and lacing. Strong aroma of oak followed by tropical fruit, citrus, and sweet malt. Great fruit palate with a strong malt backbone. Vanilla, coconut and oak notes come out mid palate and linger through the finish. If this were a blind tasting, I'd never guess that the base of this beer was Jai Alai. Smooth mouthfeel, with a nice dry finish. Decent carbonation. Overall, this is one of the finest wood aged IPAs I've ever tasted! CCB doesn't disappoint! (526 characters)

Photo of sleuthdog
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (1,213 characters)

Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Try as I may, I can't find a bottling date. Big thanks to smokinoak for sending this one.

A - Pours a cloudy copper color with a very thin head. Dies quickly to a halo, but leaves pretty lacing.

S - Smells sweet and floral like clover honey and caramel malt. Serious tropicals along with floral and citrus hops to balance. I only get a slight whiff of oak, and that may be from trying too hard.

T - This one follows the nose closely. Tangy clementine and caramel malt initially. Drying hops and oak come in on the back end. The aftertaste is of honey and oak.

M - Tingling effervescence and a medum-slick body. Just what I want in an IPA.

O - This is a very good Jai Alai variant with some unique qualities. Sweet smelling with balanced taste. The oak adds welcomed flavor. It grew on me as I drank. I recommend trying this one. (886 characters)

Photo of aepb1
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Quite similar to their normal Jai Alai, Nice amber body with 2 fingers of a white head with little lacing

S- This is where it diverges and it does so splendidly. Oak, earthy tropical fruits and some sweet malts

T- Earthy, woody sweet malt with the hops bite being tempered by those great malts. More fruits too.

M- Medium-bodied and good carbonation

D- Very easy to drink. Cool concept and awesome flavor! (412 characters)

Photo of rudylaw
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Kiefdog for this awesome extra!

Pours a cloudy gold with a thin head.

A very woody aroma. Getting hints of coconut, pine and butterscotch.

Oakiness is dominant in this IPA. Sweet malts are not to be overshadowed and I'm really digging the butterscotch flavor that this has. This is sweet and bitter... good balance.

Medium carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. This is a winner! For a brewery with such oddball concoctions... this one really strikes a chord with me. Kudos! (489 characters)

Photo of Brez07
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Looks like your standard IPA. Dark orange, slightly cloudy. Leaves 1 finger of head with the pour that recedes to a thin layer.

S: Nice light citrus smell at first. There is some spice here as well, like cardamom or something similar. Definitely an earthy, tree scent (assuming oak). The combination is very unique

T: Just like the nose. Starts with a nice citrus hop profile, then comes the earthy, spicy flavors. I get almost like a vanilla orange combo. Very interesting

M: Medium bodied. Good active carbonation. Leaves a bitterness on the tongue. Dry finish

D: Very different but tasty IPA. The white oak adds some interesting flavors. Definitely want to drink this one again (726 characters)

Photo of Lerxst
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a semi-hazy copper/orange with a rocky two finger white head that has excellent retention and leaves tons of sticky lace. Really good looking beer.

S-Crisp tropical fruits abound here with the oak making its presence known as well-woody & earthy. Hints of a malt backbone are there as well.

T-The oak and the malt are much more prominent here than in the nose, yet still act as a complement to the hops rather than dominate them. A bit woody & earthy with a slightly sweet bready malt, but the hops reign here and provide a nice, bitter citrus hop bite. Tropical fruit is there as well.

M-Medium body and carbonation, a bit slick.

D-Goes down easily and invites another.

A nice twist on a very good IPA. I'll pick this one up again. (746 characters)

Photo of buffs9
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: . Dark orange and a bit cloudy. Small head that reduced rather quickly to a thin layer on top.

S: Smells very sweet, almost like a combo between a sweeter quad and a fruity ipa on the nose. Picking up brown sugar, light citrus smell at first. A bit of spice as well - love the nose on this.

T: Much like the nose. Starts with a nice citrus hop profile, then comes some sweetness, sugar/vanilla combo and then finishes w/ some wood.

M: Medium bodied. Decent carbonation.

D: Definitely want to drink this one again, too bad I don't have any more and would need to trade for it. Will have to get more Wooden Elephant from Odell instead. (642 characters)

Photo of readbaron
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy golden orange with a nice foamy head with excellent retention.

You can definitely smell the oak - plenty of piny hops as well as a hint of fruit, and a generous sweet honey aroma.

Taste is very good - the oak blends nicely with the hops - but somewhat overpowers them, and mellows out the IPA bitterness a bit. As with the smell - there is a hint of tropical fruitiness in the taste, and a typical bitter finish.

M - medium body, nicely carbonated

D - I wish I had more to drink (496 characters)

Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 364 ratings.