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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 1,287
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 232
Gots: 124 | FT: 4
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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jmich24

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

07-06-2014 14:41:37 | More by jmich24
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krl2112

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1%

12-21-2013 01:55:11 | More by krl2112
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Bfarr

Washington

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange amber and thin tan head with good retention. Fruity (mango/guava) oak and earthy undertones. Sweet grapefruit and earthy spice and oak finish. Moderately low linger thought the hops increase slightly. Sharp bite with a slick dry feel and a little tack.

An amazingly complex and enjoyable IPA that’s sweeter than your normal IPA and could use a dose of bittering to completely round it out. A nicely unique flavor and a little dryer than average due to the oak but it’s balanced although it’s not a beer to drink more than a pint but it makes a fantastic treat.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 01:28:49 | More by Bfarr
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mpenning13

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5%

09-29-2013 17:44:02 | More by mpenning13
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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.8%

11-14-2011 22:21:39 | More by Neffbeer
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Kevincredible

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5%

02-22-2014 11:25:53 | More by Kevincredible
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BierJager89

California

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

A: Pours a nice opaque golden/copper color with a white head.

S: Pear, grape, what I imagine wine must smells like, earthy/funky Belgian yeast and just a touch of oak in the nose.

T: In a word, odd. Caramel, citrus, brettanomyces, somewhat earthy. Sweet and nectary.

M: Very smooth for an IPA and medium bodied.

O: Dear Cigar City, aging Jai Alai on white oak is trying to fix something that's not broken, and ending up breaking it. Is it good? Yes, but it's nowhere near as good as the regular jai alai. Still recommended, but between this and the regular Jai Alai, I'd always choose regular.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 06:39:50 | More by BierJager89
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SkiBum22

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1%

06-15-2013 13:19:27 | More by SkiBum22
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kirkse

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

04-26-2012 00:29:26 | More by kirkse
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mverity

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

05-16-2013 20:53:22 | More by mverity
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deebo

Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: can

02-06-2014 02:35:51 | More by deebo
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BostonPhilly

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1%

12-14-2013 01:51:47 | More by BostonPhilly
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Roger85

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5%

05-26-2013 02:22:35 | More by Roger85
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tclipse

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

06-03-2014 14:00:12 | More by tclipse
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Filabee

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

06-05-2014 02:19:56 | More by Filabee
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roostor07

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

05-12-2013 20:05:03 | More by roostor07
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Zraly

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, orange-gold with a two-finger head in a DFH goblet. Rich smells of wood and vanilla predominate. Really pretty.

Taste-wise, this is a special IPA. Wonderful tropical notes of pineapple and a hint of coconut; I get the sense that this is an IPA with a crush on a pina colada. An orange peel note ties the fruits to the hoppy finish. For a brief second, it also has a saison feel to it. The finish is dry and bitter, with the oak coming through and smoothing the body and mouthfeel out. The citrusy hop bitterness lingers just long enough until your next sip.

Extremely original and very tasty. Excellent and a must-try if you have the chance. I'd love to pair this up with sweet and sour rabbit...yum!

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 22:49:50 | More by Zraly
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mgbickel

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.8%

11-19-2011 04:38:32 | More by mgbickel
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mcdsports

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

05-25-2014 18:30:19 | More by mcdsports
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iemailjack

Florida

4/5  rDev -5%

01-07-2013 23:29:28 | More by iemailjack
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khiasmus

South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 02:00:58 | More by khiasmus
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jucifer1818

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1%

01-18-2014 18:04:35 | More by jucifer1818
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RayUF07

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

01-24-2013 14:29:09 | More by RayUF07
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mobrockman

Florida

4/5  rDev -5%

03-09-2014 19:03:55 | More by mobrockman
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Hopsiam14

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

03-17-2013 22:44:19 | More by Hopsiam14
Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
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