Jai Alai IPA - White Oak - Cigar City Brewing
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4/5 rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: dark orange hue with a moderate haze and tons of little floaties. There also appears to be a moderately strong effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy ivory foam. Pretty attractive!
Smell: the sweet & citrusy hops combine with the vanilla and oak character create something that's enticing but hard to categorize. At first my nose said diacetyl, but it's somehow got the same initial piercing character without the nasty fake butter character. I'm also getting notes of peppermint ... wtf? Fascinating, to be sure!
Taste: kind of like the aroma, a bizarre mélange of citrusy hops, woody vanilla and rich, sweet malt. It's muddled, but the flavors really work well together. Weird, but it actually works.
Mouthfeel: medium body with a good, rich smoothness and a good level of creaminess, especially for an IPA. I like it.
Overall: while I wouldn't call this a super-drinkable beer, it is very flavorful and is a very satisfying quaff. Kind of a weird animal, it's definitely worth a try if you have a chance.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2013 22:04:08 | More by flagmantho
4.69/5 rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
A: A dark murkey copper color with little light peaking through sits bellow the finger tall kahki colored head. As it falls into beer it leaves a coat of lacing on the impieral pint glass thick enough to measure.
S: Oak and vanilla with staying power at first impression. A raisin bread and cracker malt aroma and grapefruit, piney hops.
T: On the first sip the woody oak and vanilla flavor is upfront but not overpowering the other flavors. Firm grapefruity bitterness is the next thing grabbing the attention of the pallet and it follows through to the end. The flavors are distinct at cooler temperatures, but as it warms up the oak imparts more flavor and gives the impression of higher bitterness.
M: A moderate amount of body (i get the impression from the oak?) with lower carbonation and a tingly mouth feel from the oak barrel.
O: A very complex and balanced beer. Oak and IPAs have the potential to go really really bad, but this one hit the spot on a HOT day. Cheers to JesseLara for this beer as an extra!
Serving type: bottle
07-17-2013 01:32:10 | More by guityler83
4.35/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Had this on 2013-07-04 in Paoli, PA at TJ's
A - Murky orange-amber with a 1/2-finger head into a 9 oz snifter. Good lacing.
S - Tropical fruit, orange, vanilla, mild grain and yeast.
T - Bright citrus, coconut, toast, woody, vanilla, grapefruit zest. Complex. Dries out fairly quickly with a nice woody, fruity and bitter finish.
M - Medium body and carbonation. Resinous, thick, prickly.
O - Significantly different than normal Jai Alai. The white oak aging really compliments this brew.
Serving type: on-tap
07-05-2013 16:01:27 | More by Tucquan
4.15/5 rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a Speiglau IPA glass. Slightly cloudy copper with a snowy off white head.
The aromatics are amazing here- a mix of coconut & vanilla from the oak which one could smell for days. Secondarily, citrus lingers about as well.
This enters on the sweet/oaky side with very pronounced vanilla, but moves seamlessly into featuring the hops which present in a more subdued manner than a traditional IPA, but definitely do not let you forget what type of beer this is.
Unlike many oak-aged IPA's, this is balanced in the mouth with refreshing effervescence and a soft overall feel. Medium bodied.
This is an excellent version of oak aged IPA. Wonderfully complex, one to slow down & savor, but still a clean, refreshing drink. Would enjoy this anytime.
Serving type: bottle
07-02-2013 22:57:57 | More by Aml42000
Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
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