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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 1,373
Reviews: 331
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 253
Gots: 145 | 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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imyourhero21, Jan 17, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, canned only 6 days ago into a matching CCB snifter. The brew pours a perfectly clear copper color with a finger of tan head. The cap fades to a thin film leaving spotty lace on the glass.

The aroma has lots of fruity and floral hop quality with some citrus like orange zest and strong fresh grapefruit juice. As it is smelled more a little bit of buttery toffee comes out with a very strong woodiness.

The taste is bitter with herbal hops, a little piney and dank with zest, rind and pith like orange/grapefruit juice. However, there is also a brash oaked quality that tastes very woody and neutral that almost has a spice faintly like cedar. The woodiness just doesnt seem to work, it clashes and has a slight buttery flavor into the aftertaste that was unexpected and even more strange.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is about as fresh as I could imagine ever getting shy of being at the brewery when it was released. Sadly, the oak clashes and distracts instead of complimenting. Worth a try but this just didnt do it for me. I'll take normal jai alai every time over this.

stakem, Jan 17, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- copper ale pours well with a light tanny brown head and a delightful bouquet

S- a light note of diacetyl and a nice oaky, tropical and fresh cut pine pine aroma with an undertone of vanilla notes

T-Citrus and tropical taste lends towards grapefruity and sweet vanilla also a light touch of dill( I honestly didn't taste the dill as much as the vanilla and tropical pine). Good characteristic of resin and earthy.

M- Medium to full body. About a finger of foam with a good retention and lacing. Carbonation id low to medium( nothing like a Belgium lol). Ends with a mellow to dry finish

O- Slightly sweet ipa with a perfectly balanced oak and hop character. Great beer for any great time

paire well with(pww)-steak and chicken with spices like curry, red peppers, banana peppers.and excellent with a roast beer sandwich.

Johnbenco34, Jan 12, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Having had Jai Alai and the humidors variant the last two nights, it's time to tick the white oak version thanks to extras from dipaguy. Appearance is more cloudy than the regular Jai Alai with sparse white head and a deeper honey color. The nose starts with plenty of citrus hops and quite a unique character from the white oak. The white oak almost lends a spicy component to the base beer and almost hints towards notes of cinnamon. The taste starts sweeter than its counterparts, but that sweetness is quickly taken over by heavy oak and hop bitterness. This tastes like an entirely different beer than the other. The white oak seems to accentuate the hop bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is a tad heavy for style with moderate carbonation. Overall, the white oak makes for a very unique and flavorful IPA. This would be fun to experiment with different hop profiles. Quite enjoyable indeed.

homebrew311, Dec 21, 2013
Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 1,373 ratings.