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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak - Cigar City Brewing

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1,429 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,429
Reviews: 336
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 264
Gots: 153 | FT: 6
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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4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle received in a trade with surge1311. No date on the bottle.

A - Golden with a haze and lot of sediment. A moderate beige head. Good lacing.

S - Oak and tropical fruit that grows as it warms. Very exotic and very unique.

T - A very interesting mix of flavors. I don't normally like wood influenced IPAs but this was very unique and well done. The mild bitterness really let the tropical fruit and oak notes play off each other. The wood was firm but not overdone.

M - A moderate consistency and carbonation that let the flavors take the lead.

O - Not one I'd drink often but one I'm very glad a tried.

GJ40, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of itsiilegal
2.65/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I am a huge fan of regular Jai Alai. It is one of my two favorites IPAs.

White Oak Jai Alai tastes no where near its original or an IPA. I may have had a shipment of bad bottles from Letspour (not likely, they have good quality control) but all the bottles tasted like cinder butter. They smelled of mild oak aged diacetyl (white oak may have caused this confusion). It had a warm and creamy mouth feel. I wanted to like this beer so much. I will try again in the future to see if my bottles were bad. Stick with normal Jai Alai.

itsiilegal, Jun 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

kif, Jun 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

jeffwright, Jun 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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Photo of JohnnyMc
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a much darker color compared with the regular Jai Alai. It's a very deep, burnt, hazy orange with ruby hints.

The aroma is overpowered by the wood. Huge oak notes that are complimented by vanilla, some grassy and slightly citrus hop notes and a bit of caramel as well.

The taste is also extremely dominated by the white oak. Up front there is a ton of oak which is followed by a huge amount of vanilla and coconut as well. Definitely more on the sweeter side. There are some grassy (almost piney) hop notes along with some citrus, but the tropical fruit seems to be hidden from the original. It finishes very dry.

The body is medium and the mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

The white oak totally dominates this beer, which is good and bad. The big vanilla and coconut notes are welcome, but the fact that the IPA base gets a bit hidden is disappointing. No bottling date so I'm not sure if this was fresh or not. Not bad, but not amazing.

JohnnyMc, May 31, 2013
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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 1,429 ratings.