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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 1,371
Reviews: 329
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 253
Gots: 143 | 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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4.15/5  rDev -1.4%

From 10/12/13 tasting notes.

Jai Alai India Pale Ale aged on white Oak

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Served chilled. Split this one. Thanks Jeff...

A ) Cloudy pale amber with some sediment floating about as well. About a half finger of head. Decent retention.

S) I found quite a bit of grapefruit in the aroma, but not overly bitter. There is a nice balance created by the oak in use here. A whiff of vanilla sweetness too.

T) My initial thought was, this is like enjoying a halved grapefruit with a little dusting of sugar. Light tropical fruit as well, but this is mainly about the citrus. I also really appreciated the white oak, creating a slightly woody flavor, with a touch of vanilla.

M) Medium bodied, and quite smooth. The carbonation was not to lively, but had enough. Nice finish + aftertaste.

O) If forced to choose, I'd stick with regular Jai Alai, but this is really a unique and tasty brew. Guess it's a good thing I won't be forced to choose. Glad to recommend...,

RoamingGnome, Oct 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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3/5  rDev -28.7%

BARFLYB, Oct 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

Houser, Oct 08, 2013
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4.46/5  rDev +5.9%

Pours a cloudy orange color with a thin, off-white head. Good retention and lacing. Strong aroma of oak followed by tropical fruit, citrus, and sweet malt. Great fruit palate with a strong malt backbone. Vanilla, coconut and oak notes come out mid palate and linger through the finish. If this were a blind tasting, I'd never guess that the base of this beer was Jai Alai. Smooth mouthfeel, with a nice dry finish. Decent carbonation. Overall, this is one of the finest wood aged IPAs I've ever tasted! CCB doesn't disappoint!

JohnG190, Oct 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Hanzo, Oct 06, 2013
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4.8/5  rDev +14%

Wow, CCB NAILED this one. What a phenomenal beer.

Pours a slightly darker straw color than expected, perhaps from the oak.
Smells of intense hops, vanilla, and biscuit malts.

Taste is where this excels. Pungent hops and sweet biscuit malts play perfectly against one another with the white oak adding vanilla similar to cream soda. The finish is spot on with the light tannins of the oak and the vanilla a well.

Overall, perhaps one of the best IPAs I've ever had.

taylor714914, Oct 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5%

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3/5  rDev -28.7%

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3.95/5  rDev -6.2%

Thanks, Jared, for this one!

A. A dense, cloudy, deep gold color. Good two fingers of off-white head that settles down to a half finger but lingers there on. Very thick and consistent lacing that leaves sticky, sudsy gobs on the sides of the glass. Quite a few floaties but that could be chill haze from the back of the fridge.

S. Citrus-forward with some pungent dank notes on the back-end. Lots of tropical fruit, particularly pineapple and mango. Some spicy sweetness from the wood...very interesting, adds some nice earthy quality and a pretty neat undertone to the hops.

T. Nectarine, tangerine, pineapple juice. This quickly gives way to waves of oakiness, which presents with tannic and spicy qualities. The wood and bittering hops combine for an assertive and slightly drying finish. However, the tropical fruit balances this dry finish fairly well, leaving a finish that, while woody, is pretty close to standard Jai Alai.

M. Very nicely balanced and a good use of the wood.

O. I'm not the biggest wood-aged IPA fan, but this is better than most. The White Oak compliments Jai Alai well, and there is a very interesting interplay of tropical and earthy flavors. While not a personal style preference of mine, I must say CCB has a nice beer here.

siege06nd, Oct 03, 2013
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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
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