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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 1,314
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 237
Gots: 129 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

03-01-2013 04:46:18 | More by JISurfer
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Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

06-07-2013 23:27:14 | More by savagepm
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5%

01-24-2014 16:09:18 | More by waddellc2
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, bottled on 5 Aug 2012, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy orange color topped with a half-finger of bubbly white head, good retention and lacing.

S- Wow, the first thing I get is a ton of vanilla and some coconut. It's like smelling a dessert, definitely not what I was expecting from an IPA. Layered beneath the prominent vanilla is some tropical citrus aroma. It smells delicious, I also don't know if I've ever had a beer aged on oak that produced such a powerful vanilla aroma without also producing a whole lot of whiskey and oak, this is interesting.

T- Similar to the nose, albeit a bit toned down. After an initial rush of vanilla and coconut some tropical, juicy hops take over mid-palate and dominate the finish with piney bitterness and lingering juice flavors. Some caramel and toffee malt is beneath. I really wasn't sure how well vanilla was going to work with the hops on this beer but they actually play very nicely together.

M- Medium-bodied, moderate to high carbonation, has a smooth, slightly prickly feel.

O- A really cool IPA, the vanilla adds a really interesting new dimension to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 06:53:17 | More by WillCarrera
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klipper

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

01-07-2012 00:33:17 | More by klipper
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice crisp amber orange with a bit of nice white head. Smells very hoppy and oaky. A hint of vanilla on the nose as well. Tastes fairly sweet and hoppy. Lots of piney flavours on the tongue and a solid malt backbone. Thick and syrupy with a solid mouthfeel. Overall, just a touch nicer than regular jai alai as the oak adds some interesting complexity.

Note: let this beer warm up! S much more complex!

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 22:40:14 | More by Urbancaver
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With the color of pink grapefruit, this IPA was already working it's way into unorthodox. The head was light and fizzy, sprite and alive.

The aroma held more surprises as an intense cocoa butter fills the nose. Shaved coconut can be found amongst the creamy sweetness along with a fragrant orange.

The sweetness is as unorthodox as the look as its like a grapefruit without the bitterness. Mid palate holds a stripe of orange flavor an then it ends with cocoa butter and apricot.

The feel is dry and smooth but never bitter.

White oak has really changed the personality of Jai Alai, and though it may not be better it definitely changes the norm and tastes good doing it.

Serving type: can

04-08-2014 21:32:33 | More by KYGunner
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Minnesota

5/5  rDev +18.8%

11-18-2011 18:25:50 | More by FreshmanPour77
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Vermont

4/5  rDev -5%

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Michigan

4/5  rDev -5%

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Virginia

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Louisiana

4/5  rDev -5%

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Florida

4/5  rDev -5%

06-06-2012 22:40:54 | More by bcsbeer
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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Illinois

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GJ40

North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle received in a trade with surge1311. No date on the bottle.

A - Golden with a haze and lot of sediment. A moderate beige head. Good lacing.

S - Oak and tropical fruit that grows as it warms. Very exotic and very unique.

T - A very interesting mix of flavors. I don't normally like wood influenced IPAs but this was very unique and well done. The mild bitterness really let the tropical fruit and oak notes play off each other. The wood was firm but not overdone.

M - A moderate consistency and carbonation that let the flavors take the lead.

O - Not one I'd drink often but one I'm very glad a tried.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 11:39:15 | More by GJ40
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Auror

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5%

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Danny1217

Florida

4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange amber with a two finger white head. Nice sticky lacing. Good looking beer.
Smells of Grapefruit, vanilla, and coconut. Nice hop aroma balanced with sweetness from the oak. Incredible smell.
Tastes of citrus and vanilla. Orange, grapefruit, and coconut. Good balance. Bitter hop taste is melded together with the sweetness from the oak. Dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

I still may like regular Jai Alai slightly better, but this is definitely a nice twist to one of my favorite beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 23:39:09 | More by Danny1217
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +1%

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ckeegan04

Texas

3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Brownish-orange with a towering stack of meringue like foam on top. Beer is rather hazy with bright golden yellow edges. Foamy is a dirty white color with ridiculous staying power. Leaves big chunks of lace on the glass.

S - Lots of oak comes through initially with hints of pine forest as well. Just a hint of citrus fruits linger underneath. As the beer warms the hops actually come through a bit more and traces of caramel sweetness become noticeable as well.

T - Very oaky up front with hints of wood and even a touch of vanilla bean. Citrusy hops come quickly through and leave an excellent bitterness behind. There are also tastes of pine and tree sap. The beer finishes surprisingly sweet.

M/D - Medium bodied with a very active carbonation. Tastes are a little strong for the beer to be real high in the drinkability scale, but it is still an excellent sipper.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 15:15:08 | More by ckeegan04
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dvmin98

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1%

05-31-2014 21:54:16 | More by dvmin98
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jjanega08

Minnesota

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

No freshness date but drank within a day of trade.

A= Pours a nice hazy orange with a finger of head on it. The head looks a little lighter in color than the regular Jai. The head is also a little less dense and maybe falls a bit faster but not by much.

S= The smell on this is very interesting. I can say with confidence that it smells like oak. Straight oak and hops. There is no misunderstanding what kind of wood was used. The hops are a little taken over by the oak but it still is there and maybe a little more fruity with the oak smell. Reminds me of overripe mangos or something.

T= The taste is much more oaky than I would have expected. Still very very tasty though. It has a lot of coconut flavor I think. Pineapple as well. Tastes almost like a pina colada! Really interesting and unique. This maybe the only IPA that I've had that I thought made a totally new and tasty beer when it had wood added.

M= The carbonation is a bit lower than the regular version which is nice.

O= Wow I thought I would have hated this beer but it's actually really really nice. Unique and delicious. Worth trying and drinking regularly if it's avalible to you. I would gladly drink a lot of this.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 00:48:41 | More by jjanega08
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thain709

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle on IPA Day 2011. A big thanks to whomever provided this bottle.

A - Poured a hazy, burnt orange body with a creamy, white, two finger head...the head fell to a full cap and showed some nice lacing

S - Nothing but a big dose of fresh, white oak...the hops are there but they are a bit muted and taken over by the oak...there's not much sweetness to the nose

T - Again, the oak reigns supreme on the palate...it never fades from the nose...speaking of fading, I believe the hops are faded a bit...there is a tiny bit of underlying grapefruit providing a slight bitterness towards the end of the beer...the sweetness is at a minimal level...as I said, there is a minimal hop bitterness at the end combining with a bright oak flavor

M - Medium bodied...the oak dries out the palate leaving a fresh feeling

O - This was one of the best IPA's I had on IPA Day...I feel this one had been sitting for a while since the hops were faded and the oak was big...I like that the oak was a brighter flavor than normal...it really added a nice profile to the beer

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 17:28:17 | More by thain709
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ThatsThatDude

New York

5/5  rDev +18.8%

01-06-2014 00:15:21 | More by ThatsThatDude
Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
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