Jai Alai IPA - White Oak - Cigar City Brewing
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3.93/5 rDev -6.7%
12 oz. bottle, brought back from visit to Tampa and Cigar City Brewery in September. This is clearly past its optimal state. No freshness information. Poured into Duvel tulip glass.
A: Cloudy amber with no effervescence; 1-1/2" off-white, fluffy head that drops slowly and leaves gobs of lacing.
S: Oak, period.
T: Oak again, with increasing bitterness.
M: Creamy and smooth, with medium carbonation and medium body; dry finish & alcohol warming.
O: I've tasted this before and though the oak was always a prominent feature it not totally dominating -- I recall experiencing more complexity.
12-04-2011 04:29:54 | More by bierbrauer
4.47/5 rDev +6.2%
Big thanks to Hdelavega for this one in a trade. Thank you sir. Poured in the wonder Cigar City Snifter he also sent.
Presentation-Simple bottle, showing the white oak on the label. Big hop announces the presence what your gonna get.
Presentation-Appearence-Hazy deli mustard coloration. Almost a cloudy and foggy beer than you cant see through. Good head. About a finger and a half of head.
Smell-The white oak gives this beer a really sweet smell. Sugars and wood oak come up really nice. Lots of hops and a bit of tangerine.
Taste-Really nice man. The white oak does wonders to this beer. Grapefruit like youll usually find in an IPA. Sweet lemon notes hide behind the strong presense of hops. A bit of orange and like some red apple as well.
Mouthfull-Get a nice full mouthfull with this beer. Has a lot of body to it and the hops aged with the white oak add a really nice sweet bitter. Carbonation is really nice as always.
Overall-A really nice beer. Really nice. Simple and with a lot of body and flavors. I really like this one.
12-03-2011 04:07:04 | More by ales4baldo
4.05/5 rDev -3.8%
Bottle courtesy of Doodler (thanks Scott) poured a clear orange amber with a lingering ring of amber foam. Aromas of oak, vanilla, orange, light pine and a hint of carmel. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of oak, vanilla, pink grapefruit, light orange and a hint of pine with a crisp dry moderatly bitter lingering oak finish.
11-30-2011 23:45:06 | More by Ratman197
4.22/5 rDev +0.2%
Appearance - Gorgeous amber orange body, that is kind of cloudy. Pours a nice 2 finger light cream colored head with great retention and a thick/uniformed lacing all the way down the glass Small bubbles are visible rising up from the bottom of the glass.
Smell - Extremely floral smell with a lot of citrus in the nose as well. Some kind of fruit that I can't quite narrow down, I'm leaning towards mango, a little bit of spice to round it all out. Overall sweet nose with very little hop aroma.
Taste - Extremely bright/crisp flavor that starts with a rather sweet fruity taste that transitions almost effortlessly to a more bitter and lingering mixture of sweet malts and a very subtle oak flavor.
Mouthfeel - highly carbonated ale that is also rather thick in consistency. A little more carbonation than I generally like in my IPAs, but it works well with the sweetness of this brew.
Overall - A friend of mine recommend this beer to me and I have to say I am thoroughly impressed with every aspect of it. From the gorgeous head that lingers until the last sip to the sweet citrus taste that had me sipping this beer extremely quickly just to narrow down each and every flavor of this wonderful beer.
11-29-2011 00:46:38 | More by ccarney2
4.47/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
11-28-2011 01:28:49 | More by Bfarr
2.3/5 rDev -45.4%
A - pours a golden orange with a thin layer of foam. No retention
S - a very oaky and overwhelming odor. Extremely difficult to endure.
T - the oaky flavor completely dominates the whole beer
M - light and sloppy on the finish
O - Not impressed. The oak completely destroys the flavor of the beer. I did not enjoy this one.
11-26-2011 17:33:50 | More by Jammies
4.4/5 rDev +4.5%
I had the fortune of grabbing a four pack while in Ellenton, FL for a very quick trip there. Thanks to fellow BA members for recommending this brewery to me.
The look is a cloudy pale amber with short white head. It doesn't look like most of the IPAs I've had, and that is a good thing. Overall it has an attractive appearance.
Smell is excellent right off the bat. It is sweet, woody, and layered with a nice floral hop quality.
Taste follows the aroma nicely. Malt and hops are well balanced, with perhaps just a hint of grapefruit in the mix, leaving a touch of nectar in the finish without being overly sweet.
The tongue draws in a medium amount of sparkle, followed by a smooth swallow. Only a touch a dryness resides in the finish.
Although I enjoy good IPAs, they aren't typically my favorite style. That said, this is perhaps the best IPA I have ever had, and I'm glad I have three more to get me through until xmas (assuming they last that long).
11-25-2011 20:30:33 | More by datalager
3.88/5 rDev -7.8%
Special thanks to TheSevenDuffs for this one.
Bottle date SEPT2011
A- Fairly clear caramel colored pour with a three finger off white head that deflates quickly leaving a finger width cap with super sticky lacing.
S- The oak stands out above the citrus and malts. It adds a nice smoothness with out being overpowering like the cedar version. For a three month old batch the citrus and floral hop notes are still obvious even in their somewhat muted state. Carmel and toffee with a bit of vanilla round things up in the back end.
T- The oak really stands out again with this one. Again not overpowering, just right. Juicy citrus and slight pine compliment the sweetness of the malts and oak barrels.
M- Medium bodied, slightly chewy with a dry lingering finish.
O- Very impressed, I think so far the oak is the way to go. Much more balanced with no overpowering wood presence.
11-23-2011 02:35:18 | More by korguy123
Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
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