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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak - Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPA - White OakJai Alai IPA - White Oak

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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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4.83/5  rDev +14.7%

Little foam, hazy orange color and strong smell of sweet tropical fruit, pineapple some kiwi. Excellent taste of tropical fruit, pineapple, kiwi. A Fairly hoppy and extremely tasty beer. Very enjoyable. A slight bit of a pleasant oak taste is also evident. This beer more than lived up to the hype.

dcs1548, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of macrosmatic
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy gold in color with a half-finger white head that laces decently well. Moderate visible carbonation.

S: Aromas of spicy wood, caramel, vanilla, sweet grassy with pine & citrus in the background.

T: Sweet and oaky up front, than comes some caramel, toffee, vanilla, buttery sweet, with pine, grassiness and citrus pith. Hang is buttery, bitter & sweet.

M: A smooth, medium to slightly heavy mouthfeel, still with a good amount of carbonation sensation, and minimal alcohol presence.

O: Look, this is a good beer, and I do like it. And this year's batch seems a little better than previous years. But for me, the bottom line is that it's not as enjoyable to drink as the base beer, and still doesn't hold a candle to Humidor Jai Alai.

macrosmatic, Aug 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5%

Nicolay3535, Aug 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

johnyb, Aug 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

millerbuffoon, Aug 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Btr73, Aug 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Bottle Date: 15 Aug 2012. Review Date: 21 Aug 2012.

A: Fluffy white head on a copper body

S: Sweet bitter citrus hops, oak, smoke.

T: really sweet and smooth, the hoppy taste is well-tempered by the oak treatment. smokey on the back end.

M: Medium with low carbonation. At first, i thought more carb would help the beer, but as i drink it i feel like the low carb and decent weight help the taste come through.

O: Fantastic. I will be having this plenty as long as they can keep it in stock! I would recommend seeking this out or trading for it. Definitely on par with the best of them. Much better than the untreated jai alai, not that the untreated version was bad at all.

ediaz, Aug 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5%

chambeam, Aug 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

IpeeA, Aug 05, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

DIPADude01, Jul 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5%

Courtesy of xpdrinker. Thank you!

Back-logged circa 12/28/2011

Appearance: Golden flecked orange hue with residuale white froth lace.

Smell: Smoke, oak, open flame. Faint light malts and an appealing combination of grass and citrus hops.

Taste: Citrus, resin pine, hop nectar laced with vanilla and smoked oak. A slight malt sweetness plays host.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and deceptivly drinkable.

Overall: I've never had the pleasure of sampling the original Jai Alai but this wood version is exceptional.

Trystero, Jul 20, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

jda007, Jul 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

MightiestBeard, Jun 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5%

carteravebrew, Jun 18, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev -15%

Received in trade from Meadme, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a fairly cloudy deep golden orange color with a heck of a frothy white head that leaves lots of lace on the way down. Smells of earthy fresh cut wood, woody hops and a hint of cardboard. There's a malty bready component deep underneath, but its subtle at best. Really it smells like fresh cut wet wood. Taste is spicy and woody with bits of bread and caramel. The hops are faint or maybe my palette has trouble tasting through the wood. Medium to light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a light almost watery mouthfeel. I love the out of the box thinking, but this is not my favorite result of that thinking. The fresh wood flavor and aroma is a bit intense and seems to overpower rather than enhance a great ipa like Jai Alai.

johnnnniee, Jun 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Rado, Jun 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5%

bcsbeer, Jun 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

NCBeernut, Jun 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

JohnQVD, Jun 02, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Jaldama, Jun 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

iL0VEbeer, May 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

HopsJunkiedotcom, May 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

closisinthehouse, May 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

SPRichard, May 16, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev -17.3%

12 oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip

A - Strange looking sediment in the bottle - way more than expected or than I've ever seen. Was a really distracting image in the back of my mind while I watched a small amount of sediment settle in my glass even though I poured carefully. The beer is a burning orange color with white head. Quite a bit of lacing, some patches of head retention.

S - Sharp oaky vanilla dominates classic citrusy American hop aromas. Behind that, earthy aroma.

T - Some pale malt mixed with a smoother version of the aroma. The woody oak really dominates, and the IPA allows for this nicely.

M - Crisp and dry. Not harsh, but not a thirst quencher. Puckering.

O - I rinsed out the bottle right after pouring the beer and was really disturbed by the sediment that came out of it. I know that this is not always a sign of deathbeer. I like pouring all the yeast into my weissbiers and witbiers. But. Still, I approached the beer with some trepidation. It was interesting and not bad at all. Not sure it is one that I would go out of my way to have again, but i wouldn't turn it down. It was nice to drink a lighter beer with the oak flavors present. Most of the oak aged beers I've had are DARK. If you have a chance, give it a shot. I'm grateful I was able to try it.

olfolxholme, May 15, 2012
Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
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