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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 1,371
Reviews: 329
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 253
Gots: 142 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

ThreeFishes, Jan 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Wayne17, Aug 06, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev -1.4%

From 10/12/13 tasting notes.

Jai Alai India Pale Ale aged on white Oak

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Served chilled. Split this one. Thanks Jeff...

A ) Cloudy pale amber with some sediment floating about as well. About a half finger of head. Decent retention.

S) I found quite a bit of grapefruit in the aroma, but not overly bitter. There is a nice balance created by the oak in use here. A whiff of vanilla sweetness too.

T) My initial thought was, this is like enjoying a halved grapefruit with a little dusting of sugar. Light tropical fruit as well, but this is mainly about the citrus. I also really appreciated the white oak, creating a slightly woody flavor, with a touch of vanilla.

M) Medium bodied, and quite smooth. The carbonation was not to lively, but had enough. Nice finish + aftertaste.

O) If forced to choose, I'd stick with regular Jai Alai, but this is really a unique and tasty brew. Guess it's a good thing I won't be forced to choose. Glad to recommend...,

RoamingGnome, Oct 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

imyourhero21, Jan 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5%

Gtg642, Nov 23, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

AndyAvalanche, Oct 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Zonian1, May 29, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev +5.2%

12 oz bottle poured into tulip pint glass.

Pours a nice orange with a thick off white head.

Smell is huge citrus with some light pine and then woody oak.

Taste is sweet, but not cloying, citrusy without bitterness. The oak cleans up the aftertaste and absorbs the bitter finish but still is dry.

Mouthfeel is good and drinkability is great.

Was surprised by the effect of the oak.

Great beer.

aubuc1, Jan 10, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

mixed_master7, Feb 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

inspektor, Sep 17, 2013
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

mjw1200, Feb 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

Kevincredible, Feb 22, 2014
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4.32/5  rDev +2.6%

AOShabaz, Aug 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5%

kjrod20, Jun 18, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +2.9%

12oz bottle into a pint glass - bottled May 20 2011

A: Pours a golden honey color with a nice white head that fades to a ring and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is huge with the oak in the form of caramel and vanilla with the malt showing up as toffee and the hops are very subdued with hints of citrus and grapefruit. I can't stop smelling this beer...it smells very unique and amazing.

T: The taste also has a huge wood influence with notes of vanilla, caramel, toffee, and the hops show up with notes of pine and grapefruit.

M: The feel is thicker than a regular IPA and pretty creamy.

O: The oak aging is very apparent in this beer. In fact I'd call it an oak bomb but I think it's brilliant. I really enjoy this and wish I had a few more.

GregSVT, Jun 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

RayUF07, Jan 24, 2013
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4.24/5  rDev +0.7%

Had several of these on a recent trip to Tampa and really liked what the white oak aging did to this beer. Review of a can (1/10/14)
A-Poured into a widemouth glass there is a finger of white rocky head on top of that common IPA appearance of a clear light orange brew. Sticky head.

S-The grassy, piney notes of Jai Alai are more subdued and the tropical fruit aroma is more prevalent with the addition of vanilla and a definite oak aroma. Very nice. Definitely preferred over Jai Alai.

T-The oak aging really adds a unique flavor profile to this beer. It is sweet, the malt in Jai Alai is sweet but now the hops are also sweet. I get lots of pineapple and some apple and cherry on top of the significant vanilla oak character. Really unique beer. Shit even some orange. Lots of good flavors going on.

M-Less bitterness and drier than Jai Alai, a big improvement for someone who is sensitive to the real bitter IPAs. I really like the taste profile of this beer. Oaked IPAs-nice idea!

O-I really am liking this beer. The oak really mellow out the bitter quality, adds some new flavors and cleans up the finish.

deebo, Feb 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

krl2112, Dec 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

mmcnaughton, Nov 20, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev -11.4%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A -Beer is a medium copper color, slightly cloudy. Head is very fluffy and off-white colored. When I poured it the head foamed up drastically and I had to stop pouring to keep it from overflowing the glass. Possible contamination?

S - Crisp Northwestern hops dominate. Then there is a strong nutty or coconut note and lots of wood. No malt aroma breaks through.

T - The initial hit is strong hops flavor and bitterness. As that fades the coconut and nut flavors roll in. There is also an astringent quality in the end, like iced tea.

M - Body is light. Fizzy carbonation. Massive hops bitterness. No alcohol burn.

D - Overall a good IPA with very strong hop level. The coconut flavor and aroma are very pronounced and I guess they are from the white oak.

Radome, Apr 10, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Filabee, Jun 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Adkins1203, Mar 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -28.7%

mwbrady12, Jul 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

teamwiggum, Feb 10, 2014
Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
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