1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. 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.

1,467 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,467
Reviews: 339
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 265
Gots: 158 | FT: 7
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:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,467 | Reviews: 339 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Deltoro
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Deltoro, May 21, 2014
Photo of VTEno17
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

VTEno17, May 21, 2014
Photo of brycevolk
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

brycevolk, May 19, 2014
Photo of tut2528
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

tut2528, May 19, 2014
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

MrMcGibblets, May 19, 2014
Photo of Bier4all
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Bier4all, May 17, 2014
Photo of OU_Bobcats
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

OU_Bobcats, May 17, 2014
Photo of Ctruskey
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Ctruskey, May 17, 2014
Photo of Halfbrother83
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into a tulip glass.

A - Dark amber with a creamy white head that eventually dissipates, leaving a thick lacing around the top of the glass

S - Sweet vanilla, caramel, followed by tropical fruit notes, maybe some coconut as well

T - Creamy, sweet vanilla and oak, with a dry pine finish

M - Medium body, smooth and crisp, really nice

O - I'm a fan. I actually may be in the minority here for thinking the oak aging and vanilla character enhance the characteristics of the base Jai Alai; I actually like this version much better for the vanilla notes it contains. Definitely an original flavor profile.

Halfbrother83, May 16, 2014
Photo of Can_has_beer
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Can_has_beer, May 16, 2014
Photo of Stillmakingnoise
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Stillmakingnoise, May 16, 2014
Photo of JayCheG
4/5  rDev -5.2%

JayCheG, May 15, 2014
Photo of RussBeercier
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

RussBeercier, May 14, 2014
Photo of GGRECH
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

GGRECH, May 14, 2014
Photo of thampel09
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

thampel09, May 13, 2014
Photo of rawfish
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Acquired in a trade with Beer4B. Copper and deep sunset orange some small floaties drifting here and there. One finger head is tight and off white but has below average retention, likely because of the oak aging and a medium amount of lacing.

Sweet caramel malts are somewhat spicy nd briefly dip into the candy sugar range melding perfectly with the oak. The white oak imparts vanilla and woody tannins. I get quite a bit more citrus from this one than the regular Jai Alai but the hops are a good mesh of pine and pink citrus. Complex notes of salted plum, licorice and dill.

Wow, now this is an oaked IPA with a capital O. Sweet caramel malt is a touch grainy with a spicy kick that surfaces in the finish. For the most part it is completely dominated by the woody tannins and vanilla of the oak aging. Hops are set to a neutral pine and herbal bitterness that is also dulled by the wood. Quite a bit happens in the finish, a drying feeling brings out a medium sharp bitterness with flavors of spicy rye, red fruit, pine and citrus.

Medium body with smooth carbonation, sits a bit lighter on the tongue with low alcohol. A real drying feel to the back end of this beer exudes bitterness and allow the hop flavors through.

Easily the best wood aged IPA I've had and a bench mark for future reference. The oaky tannins are almost over done in the flavor but there's so much else going on that I'm easily sidetracked. Complex and an absolute adventure in taste and aroma. Thanks Brandon for this gem.

rawfish, May 12, 2014
Photo of Dag48
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Dag48, May 11, 2014
Photo of HoppyBastard2
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

HoppyBastard2, May 10, 2014
Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

PsilohsaiBiN, May 09, 2014
Photo of dunlap926
3.25/5  rDev -23%

dunlap926, May 08, 2014
Photo of dleiner
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

dleiner, May 07, 2014
Photo of DIPAFAN
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

DIPAFAN, May 07, 2014
Photo of mgr78704
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

mgr78704, May 07, 2014
Photo of Kevin_Young
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Kevin_Young, May 07, 2014
Photo of jrfehon33
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

jrfehon33, May 05, 2014
Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 1,467 ratings.