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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak - Cigar City Brewing

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1,368 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,368
Reviews: 328
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 252
Gots: 141 | 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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4.71/5  rDev +11.9%

A - pours a cloudy deepish orange copper color with a nice finger of dense tan head, very nice retention, great lacing.

S - lots of oaky aromas, sweet oranges and vanilla are prominent as well. Lots of light, slightly citrusy fruits and honey as well. Relatively tamed hoppy bitterness. Pretty big smell

T- really nice mild but pronounced orange citrusy bitterness initially, honey and oaky vanilla sweep through in a big way, tannin sets in as well. Really complex and well balanced.

M - lightish bodied+, really drinkable, well balanced and smooth despite decent carbonation. Perfect actually.

O - absolutely fantastic, ill have to revisit the regular jai alai, this one knocks it out of the park, largely due to that addition and balance of honey and the white oak. Impressively balanced yet complex

MacQ32, Jun 30, 2013
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4.7/5  rDev +11.6%

Poured into my over sized Founder's snifter.

Liquid is a cloudy amber with a fingers width of off white head. I let it settle a bit before I sniff. A good amount of lacing helplessly clings to my glass. Pleasant smelling. Tropical foot with a wood kick. A huge whiff of stone fruit that is quickly beaten down by a cedar stick. Quite interesting. Wood dominates my palate. Stone fruit slowly follows. The caramel of the malt is in there but the supporting role is very small. A nice hop bite rounds out the sip. The aftertaste is so damn satisfying I pause long in between sips. The carbonation is dialed right in.

If I had more there would be a pile of bottles next to my kitchen sink. This is a winner.

TheDudeRules, Jul 07, 2011
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4.7/5  rDev +11.6%

Was able to snag some sixers of this one on vacation back in May. Finally getting around to drinking and rating my last one. Was hard to find.

Pours a medium amber, orange color with two things of full, thick head. Cloudy with noticeable specks of material and residue floating around. Not sure what this is, part of the oak possibly? Smells amazing; orange peel, lemon, fresh cut grass, sweet vanilla. Tastes even better. It's hoppy, smooth, malty, sweet, bitter, and all in perfect harmony. The finishing notes of vanilla and oak are perfect and mix well with the hoppy bitterness. The hops are more subdued than in normal Jai Alai as expected. The smoothest, most flavorful IPA I've ever had. Light carbonation, smooth, medium bodied. Perfect consistency. Overall an amazing beer and one that I hope to find every year. I can see why people in FL were buying it up and trying to sell it for 4x the normal price.

mattsdenney, Aug 21, 2013
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4.7/5  rDev +11.6%

Poured from a bottle into a CCB snifter

A: Hazy amber, very similar to original Jai Alai

S: Oak, orange, pineapple, grapefruit, flowers, basically a tropical forest hop bomb.

T: Glorious taste. The white oak takes the original Jai Alai IPA and injects a burst of tropical paradise and a shot of vanilla. The oak seemingly has brought the fruit flavors to the forefront but in a way that perfectly compliments the other flavors.

M: Once again similar to Jai Alai. Definitely some body to it and not thin.

D: Very drinkable. I wish this were available all year round because this would be my IPA of choice.

Out of all the Jai Alai versions I've had, this is my favorite and is one of the finer IPA's I've had. Goes great with the Florida weather.

godfathermg57, Feb 07, 2011
Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 1,368 ratings.