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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 1,465
Reviews: 339
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 264
Gots: 158 | FT: 7
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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Photo of facundoCNB
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

facundoCNB, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of random846
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

random846, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of kvgomps
4/5  rDev -5.2%

kvgomps, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of ricecracker420
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

ricecracker420, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of mportnoy
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

mportnoy, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of apasternak
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

apasternak, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of brystmar
4/5  rDev -5.2%

brystmar, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of zekeman17
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

zekeman17, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of deonreds
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

deonreds, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of jmarsh123
3.28/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I think this is another from the BIF package from djmichaelk. The gift that keeps on giving.

Fairly gentle pour ends up with half of glass of foam. Nice cloudy gold/orange color with mentioned massive head.

Slight citrus smell, but really the oak dominates the nose.

Starts off with a slightly pleasant citrus. Again almost immediately the oak overpowers everything else. Finishes with a huge woody flavor. A little more complexity came out as it warmed a bit. The oak was still heavily presence, but allowed more other flavors to come through as well.

Good mouthfeel and carb.

I'm beginning to think IPA's don't lend themselves very well to oak. The oak overpowers most of the good IPA flavors in this one although as noted it became a much better beer as it warmed.

jmarsh123, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of 2GOOFY
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

2GOOFY, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of kbutler1
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours a slightly hazed copper amber orange color with a very small bubbled tight antique white head. The aroma is very different than most IPA's I have ever smelled with notes of pineapple, coconut, mango, and some citrus. The oak must really have an effect on the aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a nice amojnt of carbonation. The taste is sweet tropical fruit flavor followed by a nice hop bitterness in the end that lingers on for a while. Nice lace left on the glass as I drink this. The oak shows through in the beginning as well. It still amazes me all the things CCB does with a great base beer as the White Oak version is great!

kbutler1, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of LambicKing
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

LambicKing, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of bcsbeer
4/5  rDev -5.2%

bcsbeer, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of TrickkyGangsta
3/5  rDev -28.9%

TrickkyGangsta, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of szmnnl99
4/5  rDev -5.2%

szmnnl99, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of kingcrowing
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a wine glass.

Pours a hazy amber to light amber with a huge creamy off white head that's thick & pillowy. Nose is all tropical fruit, mango and others, it's sweet and fresh.

Taste is super well balanced - hoppy fresh and sweet, there a nice creamy maltiness as well. Really creamy and thick. Delicious.

kingcrowing, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of jrohrbacher
4/5  rDev -5.2%

jrohrbacher, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of bonkers
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in SS '10 courtesy of steve8robin. The pour is hazy orange, the head overflows the glass. The smell has lots oak that mixes nicely with the citrus and pineapple. It taste like it smells, oak with pineapple and citrus backdrop. The finish is sweeter than I remember the other jai alai's. The body is medium, very well carbonated. A great beer, I really need to do a horizontal tasting with the different varities of jai alai.

bonkers, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of JISurfer
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

JISurfer, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of MbpBugeye
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the beer that got me most excited in a birthday box from Mikesgroove. Now I can call myself a real member of this site, having gotten beer from Mikesgroove.

A- Damn, they dont get too much better looking than this. Its a glowing burnt orange with an ever so light haze. The head is absolutely towering. One of the kinds of heads that will stick out above the rim of the glass and taunt you. It makes you wait to finish pouring and then wait some more to drink it. Lacing? There must be a better word for it than lacing.

S- This is a whole new beast. Very, very, very woody. If you thought Palo Santo was the most woodsy, check yo head. Fresh wood pulp, sap, pine bough, juniper berries. Its very intense and woodsy. Like the drippings from a wood chipper.

T- This tastes as much like a national park as it smells. The oak brings deciduous wood flavors and the hops bring the coniferous. There is pine sap, wood pulp, the moisture from green saplings. Hops also carry a citrus profile, mostly of sweet nectarine. This stuff is very, very sweet. There is no bitterness at the end and the finish feels almost empty.

M- The carbonation is quite high. Huh, who would have guessed a beer with meringue for a head had some carbonation? Its very dry with a full body.

D- I liked this stuff very much but Im left questioning some things. I certainly wouldnt be drinking this stuff in succession like other IPAs, but I would like having it on hand.

MbpBugeye, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of iatethecloudsfor
4/5  rDev -5.2%

iatethecloudsfor, May 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

masterofsparks, Mar 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

FUwolfpacker, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of klipper
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

klipper, Jan 07, 2012
Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 1,465 ratings.