1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Jai Alai IPA - White Oak - Cigar City Brewing

Not Rated.
Jai Alai IPA - White OakJai Alai IPA - White Oak

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,316 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,316
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 237
Gots: 130 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,316 | Reviews: 326 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of beertunes
beertunes

Washington

3.24/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to BA Dopplebockukus for this one. Poured into 9oz pilsener glass. Poured a clean, clear golden amber color with under a half-inch of just off-white head that had low retention and moderate lacing.

The aroma was solidly oak. Dominatingly so. Some mild citrus hops showed through, but no malt. On the tongue, the beer was even more woody. This must be what Labrador Retrievers taste on their tongues during a vigorous session of fetch. There was just a bit of malt in the flavors, some citrus hops at the back of the tongue, but a whole lumber yard of Oak all across the tastebuds.

The body was fairly typical for the style, but did have a nicely dry finish. Drinkability suffered from the overt timber flavor, I had a hard time finishing one 12oz bottle (my tongue got bored), and I couldn't see having multiples at a time. Overall, an interesting beer, one that's probably worth a shot if you're interested, but I'd like to see the wood dialed back a bit.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 23:12:00 | More by beertunes
Photo of MDDMD
MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy light golden amber color with a big off-white head and good lacing

S-tropical fruit, citrus, vanilla, oak, very fragrant

T-citrus, pine, tropical fruit, vanilla, oak, softened bitter hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, creamy and smooth

O-really interesting variation of a solid IPA, complex flavor profile

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 18:09:27 | More by MDDMD
Photo of scottyshades
scottyshades

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at BX Beer Depot's CCB Tap Takeover - looking forward to this one

Really different than Jai Alai and Cedar Jai Alai. Citrus (orange, orange marmalade) and jam flavors. Unique. Mellow and lacking bitterness. Slight herbal spice to it. Dry dry dry with an oak finish.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2013 18:58:39 | More by scottyshades
Photo of TrickkyGangsta
TrickkyGangsta

Florida

3/5  rDev -28.7%

01-25-2013 00:05:01 | More by TrickkyGangsta
Photo of RayUF07
RayUF07

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

01-24-2013 14:29:09 | More by RayUF07
Photo of phishbone23
phishbone23

New York

4/5  rDev -5%

01-23-2013 13:17:14 | More by phishbone23
Photo of MADPolo
MADPolo

Alabama

3/5  rDev -28.7%

01-22-2013 23:15:37 | More by MADPolo
Photo of Durb777
Durb777

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -34.7%

01-22-2013 13:17:44 | More by Durb777
Photo of Atlas1977
Atlas1977

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

01-20-2013 00:12:02 | More by Atlas1977
Photo of chinchill
chinchill

South Carolina

3.44/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

2012 bottle served in a pint glass.
The aroma is dominated by fruity hops, with notes of tangerine and orange, as well as oak. The oak becomes even more prominent in the flavor. Too much oak IMO. At least the oak aging has the benefit of creating a very smooth feel in this medium-bodied IPA. Moderately bitter but has an overly earthy/woody aftertaste.

O: quite woody IPA. I much prefer the regular Jai Alai.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 02:56:58 | More by chinchill
Photo of deonreds
deonreds

New York

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

01-18-2013 09:53:22 | More by deonreds
Photo of GameFreac
GameFreac

Georgia

5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the brewery and loved it so I got a 4 pack.

Appearance: Pours a murky orange color with floaties.

Smell: Smells of hops citrus and oak.

Taste - Tastes like the regular Jai Alai with an oaky twang - hard to describe but a very nice flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel.

Overall: Overall, really good. One of the best and most interesting IPAs I've ever had.

EDIT: After my 4th bottle, this is in my top 5 IPAs. Absolutely delicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 06:06:45 | More by GameFreac
Photo of yourefragile
yourefragile

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -5%

01-18-2013 02:28:48 | More by yourefragile
Photo of eawolff99
eawolff99

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +1%

01-17-2013 20:04:20 | More by eawolff99
Photo of BMMillsy
BMMillsy

Florida

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours orange and a bit cloudy with small to medium head. Dank aroma of pine, orange citrus, and definite oak and vanilla presence. Very complex. Flavor has the nice bitter front end with a mellowing vanilla finish. A lot of times these are overly dry and oaky, but CCB did a very nice job with this one. Slick mouthfeel and very smooth finish. I really wish this was more easily accessible, but CCB goes so quick even down here in FL. This is an absolute must try and better than the regular version.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 20:28:09 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of dna1964dna
dna1964dna

Idaho

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

01-16-2013 00:36:57 | More by dna1964dna
Photo of WesM63
WesM63

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip. Many thanks to dachshundude86 for this one.

A: Pours a dark hazy amber with a 1finger head that quickly dissipates to a thin film. Plenty of lacing is present.

S: Oak, Toffee, Vanilla, a hint of resin/pine a hint of tropical fruit lingers as well.

T: Very close to the nose. Lots of Oak, toffee, vanilla some pine and hint of grapefruit.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Finish's dry and slightly watery.

O: Not sure what to make of it. Lots of oak but minimal citrus /IPA. Worth a tick non the less.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 22:15:01 | More by WesM63
Photo of AlexFields
AlexFields

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

01-14-2013 03:43:17 | More by AlexFields
Photo of spycow
spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

01-13-2013 20:32:52 | More by spycow
Photo of BGsWo22
BGsWo22

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

01-13-2013 17:02:19 | More by BGsWo22
Photo of baybum
baybum

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

01-12-2013 21:15:42 | More by baybum
Photo of cyrushire
cyrushire

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1%

01-12-2013 07:34:18 | More by cyrushire
Photo of jjcote
jjcote

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

01-11-2013 02:49:14 | More by jjcote
Photo of Duff27
Duff27

Illinois

3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half inch off white head on a small sediment filled light ruby red body. Great lacing and head retention.

Earthy hops, wood.

Well balanced hops and malt profile. Does have a oaky essence to it. Wouldn't peg this at 7.5%abv as it drinks smaller than that.

Medium mouthfeel, lower end of carbonation for an ipa.

A good not great ipa. Unique with drinkability. Oak adds another layer onto an already above average ipa. Thanks egrace84.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 02:39:10 | More by Duff27
Photo of rowingbrewer
rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1%

01-08-2013 19:33:54 | More by rowingbrewer
Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 1,316 ratings.