Jai Alai IPA - White Oak - Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPA - White OakJai Alai IPA - White Oak

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Reviews: 359
Hads: 1,652
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 329
Gots: 206 | FT: 11
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tpd975 on 06-13-2010

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
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Reviews: 359 | Hads: 1,652
Photo of kirok1999
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A real pretty looking beer. Hazy copper/bronze with tons of sticky lace. The whole glass is laced with each sip.
Smells slightly woody with a backbone of sweet malt. The hops are a nice mix of grass and pine with a slight citrus note.
Taste is much like the smell on steroids. The wood dominates but not in an unpleasant or overpowering way. The whole thing plays well together. The sweetness of the malts lingers on the tongue and there is just enough wood there to make it interesting.
Feels dense and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. (554 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to whoever brought this one to our IPA day party.

A - Pours murky orange with a small one finger tall white head leaving very light lace down the glass.

S - Smells of caramel malt, vanilla, slightly dulled citric hops, oranges, and lots of dry oak tannins. All things considered this is very well done and has good balance.

T - Starts off with some light citric hop bitterness quickly giving way to a mix of dry oak tannins, vanilla, and dulled citric fruit. The finish is a mix of dryness and light hop bitterness, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Mix of dry oak tannins and light hop bitterness that lingers on the pallet for some time.

O - Pretty good. I like the regular version of this beer quite a bit and this one is no different. I thought the addition of the oak might be a bit too overpowering but it really worked. (897 characters)

Photo of Greels
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is unique with the combined oak and hops. Slight aftertaste that bothers me a little. Astringent almost. However, overall very impressed. Didn't think I would like it (176 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to tpd975 for the bottle of this one. Served in my Surly pint glass.

A - Pours with two fingers of creamy off-white foam that slowly dissipates to a thick cap and leaves behind intricate patterns of lace. Body is murky and evokes peach nectar.

S - Massive amounts of oaky vanilla, toasted coconut, and dill mixed with citrus and tropical fruit flavors. It's reminiscent of the humidor IPA, but not as brash or in-your-face. There's some toffee malt in the periphery but it's obscured by the vanilla for the most part. Surprisingly well-integrated.

T - Taste is surprisingly muted, but has a good amount of toffee malt, vanilla, and citrus flavors. Bitterness is quite low, which is a bit of a surprise - there's a bit of bite mid-palate, but it doesn't linger for very long.

M - Too much carbonation - left me feeling a little bloated after 6oz. Otherwise it was pretty solid, with a surprisingly hefty medium body that's juicy and viscous. Definite enamel-coating resin at the end.

D - In some ways, I liked this more than José Martí, but due to the egregious over-weighting of score, it's going to come out behind. Nice variant on a solid IPA, although I think I'd prefer fresh Jai Alai nine times out of ten.

One of the best oak/barrel-aged IPAs I've had, not that it means much seeing as I haven't had very many. (1,331 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to billyshears (Jon) for this one. Sampled at a tasting 1/5/11. 6oz. pour from a 12oz. bottle into a DFH pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a 1 finger frothy, white head with decent retention. Beer is a deep, clear orange. Lacing is sparse and with little stick.

S: Nose is super aromatic and the regular Jai Alai we had side-by-side was muted by comparison. Sweet vanilla, oak, intense citrus, and cane sugar along with some coconut and other tropical flavors. Almost like a pina colada mixed with IPA.

T: Opens sugar cane, vanilla, and citrus hop bitterness. Sweet alcohol lingers and mellows in the background. Piney hops toward the middle and end with a big, citrus hop finish and aftertaste.

M: Light to medium bodied. Amply carbonated and coarse in the mouth all the way. Lively and bubbly going down. Finish is messy with an aftertaste that lingers.

D: Having the regular Jai Alai next to this beer really opened my eyes to this offering. A very solid IPA, the White Oak barrel-aging seems to complement the citrus and tropical hop bitterness in this offering perfectly. Definitely worth seeking out. (1,131 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With the color of pink grapefruit, this IPA was already working it's way into unorthodox. The head was light and fizzy, sprite and alive.

The aroma held more surprises as an intense cocoa butter fills the nose. Shaved coconut can be found amongst the creamy sweetness along with a fragrant orange.

The sweetness is as unorthodox as the look as its like a grapefruit without the bitterness. Mid palate holds a stripe of orange flavor an then it ends with cocoa butter and apricot.

The feel is dry and smooth but never bitter.

White oak has really changed the personality of Jai Alai, and though it may not be better it definitely changes the norm and tastes good doing it. (675 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice opaque golden/copper color with a white head.

S: Pear, grape, what I imagine wine must smells like, earthy/funky Belgian yeast and just a touch of oak in the nose.

T: In a word, odd. Caramel, citrus, brettanomyces, somewhat earthy. Sweet and nectary.

M: Very smooth for an IPA and medium bodied.

O: Dear Cigar City, aging Jai Alai on white oak is trying to fix something that's not broken, and ending up breaking it. Is it good? Yes, but it's nowhere near as good as the regular jai alai. Still recommended, but between this and the regular Jai Alai, I'd always choose regular. (597 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Semi cloudy orange, some carbonation, one finger head that tries to leave some lacing.

S-Oak, pine, grass, slight vanilla, not as tropical as the regular.

T-Nice grassy and oak notes, slight vanilla and some citrus notes, mild bitterness.

M-Medium boded, nice carbonation, some hop resins.

O-A good beer, but both aged Jai Alai were not as good as the regular. (366 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Having had Jai Alai and the humidors variant the last two nights, it's time to tick the white oak version thanks to extras from dipaguy. Appearance is more cloudy than the regular Jai Alai with sparse white head and a deeper honey color. The nose starts with plenty of citrus hops and quite a unique character from the white oak. The white oak almost lends a spicy component to the base beer and almost hints towards notes of cinnamon. The taste starts sweeter than its counterparts, but that sweetness is quickly taken over by heavy oak and hop bitterness. This tastes like an entirely different beer than the other. The white oak seems to accentuate the hop bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is a tad heavy for style with moderate carbonation. Overall, the white oak makes for a very unique and flavorful IPA. This would be fun to experiment with different hop profiles. Quite enjoyable indeed. (895 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received two bottles on 10-3-13 from Lets Pour for $6.50 each. Bottled on 9/3/13.

Beer poured orange with chunks of yeast. Head was OK but dissipated quickly.

Nose is wonderful, tropical hops dominate.

Taste was initially was big on vanilla notes with tropical hops dominating in the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly lively from the carbonation.

Overall this is good. I am not crazy about oaking an IPA so i recommend hanging with the regular Jai Alai. (467 characters)

Photo of Justin_Neff
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to smokinoak for the bottle!

A: Cloudy burnt orange color with a very sticky white head that loses fluffiness quickly but laces the glass for an extended period of time.

S: The overwhelming oak smell creates a pleasant faux coconut whiff. The end of the smell finishes a hoppy and citrus oak-centric smell.

T: Starts really sweet, but the oakiness balances out the sweetness towards the finish. Not a lot of hoppiness, but there is enough hidden in between the oak and smoke that it creates a special taste. This is very unique.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation level. Naturally carbonation dissipates a little as it warms, which only brings more flavor out. Very good balance.

O: The smell says it all with this one. Take a whiff and expect to taste what you're smelling. The oak and smokey flavors tone down the natural sweetness to create a very different experience. Best after sitting for just a few minutes so the flavors can open up and expand. I could drink a whole sixer of this on a summer day. I will actually try to trade for more. THANK YOU SMOKINOAK! (1,085 characters)

Photo of Ratman197
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Doodler (thanks Scott) poured a clear orange amber with a lingering ring of amber foam. Aromas of oak, vanilla, orange, light pine and a hint of carmel. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of oak, vanilla, pink grapefruit, light orange and a hint of pine with a crisp dry moderatly bitter lingering oak finish. (355 characters)

Photo of prototypic
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kkipple for the bottle! Don't see much Cigar City. Due to your sage advice, this danky delight is disappearing first!

White Oak Jai Alai pours a bronze stained orange color. It's very hazy, and looks mostly orange with backlighting. A cream colored head tops it off. It rises to a couple of fingers before falling to a fluffy surface covering. Lacing was sticky and rather thick. Excellent!

The nose is good, but falls short of special. It's nice and fruity up front. Grapefruit, pineapple, and orange can all be attributed to citric hops. Caramel malts smell a little sweet. It's difficult to tell how much of a presence is really here. Oak is definitely in the mix, and adds an interest element to the nose. It definitely has a wood-chip scent to it, in addition to light vanilla. It honestly adds quite a bit of character and depth. Alcohol is noted, but isn't strong.

The flavor is quite good. It kicks off with a mix of sweet caramel and citric hop flavors. Grapefruit, pineapple, and orange are all noted. I don't know how this bottle is, but it's still hoppy and bitter. It actually seems a little resiny, as well. Caramel malts balance it a little, but not completely. Still quite hoppy and bitter. Big positive in my book! Oak adds a really nice wood-like flavor. Vanilla is secondary, but is noted. Oak and vanilla indeed add quality depth. Alcohol is there, but isn't all that strong. Finishes oaky, bitter, and very dry.

This Jai Alai release has a light-medium body that's really nice and smooth. Carbonation looks active, but feels light. Drinkability is good. This is damn tasty stuff that's not too intimidating. I've only got a single 12 oz., but more than that is definitely doable.

I've only had a couple of releases from Cigar City Brewing. So far, I'm impressed. I haven't had the regular Jai Alai release, but this White Oak version is very tasty. The oak imparts a really nice wood-like flavor that complements the normal IPA flavors really well. There might just a tad too much caramel malt sweetness for my taste, but that's nitpicking. Damn tasty brew! Grab some if you see it! Thanks a ton, Dan! (2,138 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Giant white head that has finally tapered off as I write this. The top of the beer still has a coat of foam on it. The beer itself is a light amber.

Smell - Not what I expected. With most oaked IPAs, I smell sweetness enhanced by wood. This one has a sharp, fresh oak aroma. A citrusy hop aroma is there, as well.

Taste - Nowhere near as sweet as I expected. It is a very fresh IPA. The oak actually adds to the bitterness instead of softening any flavors. This is far more appealing than other oaked IPAs I've had. The hop flavor takes a backseat to the oak, at least to me. Obviously, there's still a hop flavor, but I'm more interested in the oak.

Mouthfeel - Pretty high in carbonation. Makes the beer feel lighter and fresher. It's not syrupy. Just the right consistency for a standard IPA. I detect no alcohol whatsoever. There is a bite at the end from the woodiness.

Overall - A very interesting oaked IPA. Nothing like any other I've had. Has none of the cloying sweetness of other oaked IPAs, which I really appreciate. (1,087 characters)

Photo of jsh420
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours cloudy amber orange with a big chunky 2 finger head that had great retention and left lacing all down the glass

smell - i dont get any oak - citrus orange grapefruit a little pine

taste - again not a lot of oak flavors - the same citrus grapefruit pine and ashy hops - decent caramel malt backbone - solid ipa

mouthfeel is a medium body beer with good carbonation very smooth and creamy

drinkability - very easy drinking and good balanced ipa (452 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas begin with a nice balance of pine, citrus and grapefruit. Then you get the nice subtle woodiness from the oak, but it much lighter than you would expect from an oaked IPA, maybe white oak is lighter in char and adds a more subtle aroma, either way, it's nice. Subtle sweet maltiness throughout.
The tastes begin nice and balanced but quite complex with sweet maltiness immediately joined by a nice grapefruit and pine and citrus bitterness/flavor profile. The nice sublte woody earthy flavors join the party as well only adding to the enjoyment here. Oaked IPAs are a rare and hard style to make but Cigar City has it on lock-down.
Mouthfeel is medium to full with ample carbonation. The finish is mildly sticky from the ample dry-hopping, really way too drinkable of a beer for how complex the flavor profile is. Overall this is stupendous, just as good as I remember when I was first wowed with this beer on draft last year. Glad it made it to bottles and to luekensliquors.com so I was able to order a boat ton of this gem. Highly recommended. (1,053 characters)

Photo of MammothBrew
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my trusty tulip.

A: Pours a hazy copper color with one finger head. Solid retention and above average lacing.

S: Oak is the first to hit the nose. Followed by caramel, citrus, vanilla, and hops. The oak is pretty much over powering this one.

T: The first drink has almost a whiskey-esque flavor due to the oak. Underneath, there's a nice citrus, piney, hoppy flavor.

M: Medium body with medium/high carbonation. Leaves a light oak/piney resin that clings to the mouth.

O: Good but not how I prefer my Jai Alai! I thought the oak overpowered everything and could have been more balanced. (603 characters)

Photo of hmf05
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep gold with a three finger head. The website says I should be getting vanilla and dill on the nose. That description could not be any more true. I get dill first followed by vanilla and a noticeable whiskey aroma. Very bizarre, yet interesting aroma. No hops to speak of on the smell. The taste is much smoother than the standard Jai Alai. I get tons of vanilla and whiskey initially, while the dill and hops finish things off. I don't taste a hint of bitterness. Overall, one of the more interesting takes on an IPA. While I am impressed with this brew, I prefer the regular Jai Alai more. This is not nearly as drinkable as Jai Alai and the whiskey-like taste can be a little overpowering. Either way, a must-try and I will enjoy the rest of the 4-pack throughout the weekend. (789 characters)

Photo of Lerxst
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a semi-hazy copper/orange with a rocky two finger white head that has excellent retention and leaves tons of sticky lace. Really good looking beer.

S-Crisp tropical fruits abound here with the oak making its presence known as well-woody & earthy. Hints of a malt backbone are there as well.

T-The oak and the malt are much more prominent here than in the nose, yet still act as a complement to the hops rather than dominate them. A bit woody & earthy with a slightly sweet bready malt, but the hops reign here and provide a nice, bitter citrus hop bite. Tropical fruit is there as well.

M-Medium body and carbonation, a bit slick.

D-Goes down easily and invites another.

A nice twist on a very good IPA. I'll pick this one up again. (746 characters)

Photo of StLThrash
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with richalexander78 - lots of great CCB beers!!

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Clear, copper hue with a nice, thick foamy 2 finger head that definitely lingers and left a nice cap all the way down. Very sticky with excellent lacing that stuck all the way down as well.

S - I can definitely smell the oak, along with some citrus (pineapple / mango?), and some toasted malts. Hop character not as pronounced as your typical IPA.

T & M - Nicely balanced with good carbonation, some sweetness up front with the toasted malt, and the hop / oak flavor finished it off.

Overall - A great beer. Nice, refreshing and great balance. (664 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark but dull orange-hued body with a medium-sized, frothy, white head.

Smell: A mild-tempered pale malt base giving rise to bolder notes of fresh, juicy citrus fruits and zestful, raw oak wood.

Taste: Pale malts, very faintly bready and with a flash flash of sweet caramel before the beer becomes dry. Quite dry, in fact, as the tannic qualities from the oak being to take hold. Teensy, tiny hints of peach and apricot. Hops bring in the citrus goodness with a moderate bitterness. Drying, bitterish finish with some lingering fruitiness and late-arriving vanilla hints.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A enjoyable, well-executed rendition, though I'd still lean towards the cedar variety. That's just me, though! (768 characters)

Photo of HopBomb515
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange with copper hues, off white thick head and tons of lacing. Big nose brings tropical and citrus notes and a vanilla to the backbone. Taste follows through with sweet tropical fruit, mango, orange, grapefruit and a vanilla cloak wraps it together and rounds off the bitter edge. Medium feel, little sticky on the feel and semi dry finish. Interesting new dynamic to these IPA flavors. (393 characters)

Photo of Thur123
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a deep hazy red orange color with one finger of off white head. Looks a little darker than regular Jai Alai. The smell is stifled it seems, it's not coming off as very aromatic, which is unexpected. A slight hop presence with something like fresh cut wet wood coming through very faintly. Maybe a bit of vanilla.

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The oaky flavor is complex, with wood, vanilla, crème, meshing with typical big IPA flavors like bitter grapefruit, orange, and herbal resin. Coconut and maybe at the very initial contact between beer and tongue, something like mango too. Overall a very interesting beer that could use a bit less of the oaky aspect but it does taste fresh and 'real' if that makes since. At least compared to other oak IPAs. The flavor is a bit big and complex for great drinkability but this is mostly just great beer. Mouth feel is fine. (871 characters)

Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mrpepino for this extra, cheers! June bottling.

Appearance – Pours a hazy, cloudy orange into a tulip. About a half finger of slight off white head is achieved with a moderate pour.

Smell – Pale malts, slight oak and vanilla, caramel, and just a hint of hops.

Taste – I’m assuming this might be a bit past its prime. The flavors start off with quite a bit of oak and vanilla. A hint of smokiness is present midway through. As the beer warms more bitterness comes through which is a bit odd. The beer finishes with a heavy caramel, toffee backbone.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Overall – A decent IPA. Even though it may be a bit past its prime, it is still quite tasty. (716 characters)

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on a recent trip to Orlando at the World of Beer, which is a very good place. The beer was recommended to me by the bartender and it was good. Not great but very good. The combination of cask conditioning with the oak and other IPA characteristics made for an interesting beer.

Appearance was a dark hazy orange with a surprising amount of carbonation, especially considering that it was on cask.

Aroma was a great combination of hops, maltiness and oak.

Flavor was also quite complex featuring all the qualities that went into making the beer.

Overall a good beer that I would recommend to anyone who can find it. (632 characters)

Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 359 ratings.