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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak - Cigar City Brewing

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1,426 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,426
Reviews: 336
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 264
Gots: 152 | 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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4/5  rDev -5.2%

szmnnl99, Jul 01, 2014
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LambicKing, Oct 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Paccamacca, Oct 03, 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
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

bcm75, Jun 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

JISurfer, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of siege06nd
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Jared, for this one!

A. A dense, cloudy, deep gold color. Good two fingers of off-white head that settles down to a half finger but lingers there on. Very thick and consistent lacing that leaves sticky, sudsy gobs on the sides of the glass. Quite a few floaties but that could be chill haze from the back of the fridge.

S. Citrus-forward with some pungent dank notes on the back-end. Lots of tropical fruit, particularly pineapple and mango. Some spicy sweetness from the wood...very interesting, adds some nice earthy quality and a pretty neat undertone to the hops.

T. Nectarine, tangerine, pineapple juice. This quickly gives way to waves of oakiness, which presents with tannic and spicy qualities. The wood and bittering hops combine for an assertive and slightly drying finish. However, the tropical fruit balances this dry finish fairly well, leaving a finish that, while woody, is pretty close to standard Jai Alai.

M. Very nicely balanced and a good use of the wood.

O. I'm not the biggest wood-aged IPA fan, but this is better than most. The White Oak compliments Jai Alai well, and there is a very interesting interplay of tropical and earthy flavors. While not a personal style preference of mine, I must say CCB has a nice beer here.

siege06nd, Oct 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

bcsbeer, Jun 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

klipper, Jan 07, 2012
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random846, Feb 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

iatethecloudsfor, May 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

savagepm, Jun 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

nrs207, May 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

PA-Michigander, Jan 17, 2014
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

Urbancaver, Mar 25, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

2GOOFY, Nov 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

kvgomps, Jan 23, 2014
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apasternak, Aug 17, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

FreshmanPour77, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

dwagner003, Aug 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

mportnoy, Jul 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

deonreds, Jan 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

FUwolfpacker, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of ckeegan04
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

ckeegan04, Dec 22, 2010
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3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed the regular Jai Alai for the first time last week, time to try out one of its variations. Thanks once again to Kimdog.

Appearance - Dark orange color with some haze and a white head. Good retention, a little bit of lace.

Smell - Seems a little more on the herb+grassy side of the hop spectrum that the original, but a good amount of various fruits there still (grapefruit and mango come to mind). Oak/vanilla presence is definitely there but kinda light, sweet toffee malts as well.

Taste - Unlike the scent, oak hits you right away. Big woody vanilla tones here along with toffee and caramel malts take over the hops quite a bit, but a decent amount of citrus fruit, earthy and floral. Some oddly sharp alcohol bite pops up here and there.

Mouthfeel - Very similar to the original, a little bit on the hefty side but smooth, pretty low bitterness.

Overall - I preferred the original to this one but this a pretty interesting variation. The oak adds a very unique touch but is maybe a bit overpowering.

Chico1985, Feb 25, 2014
Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 1,426 ratings.