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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 367
Hads: 1,691
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 335
Gots: 220 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
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: 367 | Hads: 1,691
Photo of cjgator3
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a Cigar City tulip glass. Pours a clear golden amber color with an off-white head with great retention and lacing. 

S- The aroma is nothing short of amazing. There is a lot of tropical fruits and citrus notes from the hops with some of the woody/oak notes from the White Oak treatment. What a fantastic aroma, I could smell this all day long.

T- The taste like the aroma is filled with delicious hops flavors. There is some malt up front with a little oak in the background and a nice amount of bitterness from the hops in the finish. Just picked these bottles up from the brewery a couple of days ago, these taste super fresh!

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, White Oak Jai Alai is one of my favorite beers from CCB. I tried it on-tap when it was first released but I'm glad they are now bottling it. (900 characters)

Photo of jale
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light amber-orange with a good finger of white head lasting for a while.

S: Wonderful citrus hop aroma. Vanilla and just a hint of orange. Light caramel malt and Oak

T: Sweet vanilla followed by orange then some oak. Mellow hop finish. As I drink this, more flavors come out. I would like a little less oak in the finish

M: Slightly sticky. Nice carbonation

D: Wish I had a case. I was a wine guy long before a beer guy so I really enjoy the use of oak.

Big thanks to Thorpe for this treat. (508 characters)

Photo of domtronzero
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky golden copper colored with a big, fluffy, long lasting, whitish head. Little lacing.

S - Light piney hops, with a nice bready malt aroma. Big tropical fruits, mangos and pineapples.

F/M - Sweet tropical fruit flavors, bready and a little bit crusty malts. Citrusy hops with a moderately firm bitterness. Mangos and pineapples are very noticeable and quite tasty. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Dry finish with a lingering tropical fruity character.

D - Good. Dry, clean, flavorful, and quite refreshing. The tropical fruit flavors (presumably from the oak and fermentation characteristics?) give it a very unique, yet tasty, twist on the standard IPA. (674 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is orange in color with a dense and creamy white head.

S: Smells quite sugary and oak forward. I get a lot of brown sugar, vanilla, and fruit notes. Seems to be some peach and orange aroma in there. Maybe a bit of oxidation as well.

T: The amount of oak flavor in this beer is surprising. A lot of tannins and vanilla to go with the sugary notes I get. Brown sugar, caramel, and oranges, maybe some of the peaches, too. A pretty mild level of citric hops.

M: The body and the carbonation are both medium.

D: This was interesting. I didn't dislike it as a beer (thought it was pretty decent), but as an IPA, it's not what I would be interested in having. (669 characters)

Photo of jstilwell
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to ShrLSU for running the two drink minimum Fantasy football league. Thanks to a nice CCB package sent from tpd975, I get to review this gem!

Normal pour yields a hazy orangy brown base with a bright white thick creamy head. This head lasts for a bit and produces a fair amount of lacing. Pour = Quality appearance. The aroma is of strong citrusy hops balanced by Oak and butter cookies. The first sip is smooth with the mildly sweet oak reminiscent of toffee, hitting the front of the tongue. At first taste the style of the beer is indistinguishable as the oak does its thing but it is soon overtaken by a strong bitter hop blast. The carbonation is perfect and leads to a dry brisk peppery finish, with noticeable alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium thick and velvety.

The only beer I have to compare to this is Oak Aged Unearthly by Southern Tier. I find this vastly superior with the oak not as overwhelming, the ipa base zestier, and none of the sticky sweetness.

This is an A class brew for sure!

ISO More Cigar City (Effective immediately) (1,061 characters)

Photo of aubuc1
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into tulip pint glass.

Pours a nice orange with a thick off white head.

Smell is huge citrus with some light pine and then woody oak.

Taste is sweet, but not cloying, citrusy without bitterness. The oak cleans up the aftertaste and absorbs the bitter finish but still is dry.

Mouthfeel is good and drinkability is great.

Was surprised by the effect of the oak.

Great beer. (399 characters)

Photo of Vec2267
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: orange with white lace that maintains throughout the glass

S: floral, piny, wood

T: wood and hops, the oak is definitely front and center, but in a very complimentary, mellow manner it balances the bitter of the hops, dry

M: on the creamy side for the style without becoming syrupy

D: 12 ounces is about the right amount, it is very enjoyable wow this is different, but I would not want more than one in a session, but I certainly enjoyed the one (453 characters)

Photo of Brez07
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Looks like your standard IPA. Dark orange, slightly cloudy. Leaves 1 finger of head with the pour that recedes to a thin layer.

S: Nice light citrus smell at first. There is some spice here as well, like cardamom or something similar. Definitely an earthy, tree scent (assuming oak). The combination is very unique

T: Just like the nose. Starts with a nice citrus hop profile, then comes the earthy, spicy flavors. I get almost like a vanilla orange combo. Very interesting

M: Medium bodied. Good active carbonation. Leaves a bitterness on the tongue. Dry finish

D: Very different but tasty IPA. The white oak adds some interesting flavors. Definitely want to drink this one again (726 characters)

Photo of mothman
2.46/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into bruery snifter.

Pours a finger of white head that thins out. Leaves a bit of lace. Color is a hazed golden orange.

Aroma: Butter, oak, and cedar flavors. It has some sharp fruits and and some floral hops.

Taste: Again, this beer is very buttery which distracts from anything that may be good here. It has a floral hop profile with a tropical fruit citrus blend and it is all topped off with oak and cedar. Reminds me of their humidor series beers.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but really creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a bit sticky.

Overall, this beer could have been good if it wasn't so buttery. I did like the flavors, but I couldn't get passed the butter. Not really for me. (719 characters)

Photo of BigBlacke
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White oak aged Jai Alai is a nice little twist to the already delicious Jai Alai. Pours a dark amber color with a .75 in head that leaves a stubborn lace as it goes. Pungent floral hops with a little sweetness and a fair amount of oak. Taste is of fresh floral hops with a tiny hint of wine, and tons of smooth oak. Mouthfeel is fresh, crisp and astringent. Hops give you a smack upfront, and in the aftertaste. I find drinkability to be fairly high cause, for lack of better words, it fuckin rocks!!! (501 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared a few bottles with speedwayjim, capra12, billyshears. Thanks to billyshears for sharing!!!

Opened this one side-by-side with regular jai alai to see what the white oak did to the brew and hot dog! does that white oak add a LOT! Visually, was the same, but when it comes to the nose I can sniff that beer all night. The white oak adds a huge amount of vanilla and oak. Taste also gets a wallop from the white oak...this one was WAY sweeter than the un-white oaked and obviously the oak flavors are pretty dominant. Aside from the smell, I would rather have the original Jai Alai, but this was a welcome treat and the side-by-side sampling was fun. (654 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 bierenutz
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a murky brownish orange color with about a finger's width head and nice lacing.
S-Very unique...with a hoppy earthiness and strong aroma of fresh cut wood.
T-This beer had a butter like quality with a taste almost like popcorn and of course the woody oakey flavor. The hops were bitter but took second stage with this different beer for me.
M-Moderate feel and carbonation.
D-This was a different experience and not what I expected. I was pleasantly surprised and wowed by this brew. (491 characters)

Photo of kingcrowing
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a wine glass.

Pours a hazy amber to light amber with a huge creamy off white head that's thick & pillowy. Nose is all tropical fruit, mango and others, it's sweet and fresh.

Taste is super well balanced - hoppy fresh and sweet, there a nice creamy maltiness as well. Really creamy and thick. Delicious. (323 characters)

Photo of amc2341
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap the other day at the tasting room in Tampa. The appearance is a hazy orange color, they didn't run this through the filter like the straight Jai Alai. The smell is what initially blows you away with this beer- the white oak really combines well with the hops. It has its own way of standing out without really dominating the aroma. I find the taste of this more well-balanced than the regular Jai-Alai, as if the addition of the oak actually mellowed out some of the bitterness. The mouthfeel has some substantial body to it, but not too much to be cloying. Good carbonation. As far as drinkability, I really enjoyed my first and ordered a second right away. either the 7.5%abv is hidden fairly well, or I am just getting too used to the high abvs in IPAs...

Overall the White oak Jai Alai is a great success. I love Cigar City's MO: experiment with their beers but not to the point where they have to write a new recipe every time. To be honest, I appreciate the regular Jai Alai more after having had the White Oak. (1,034 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4.82/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: golden amberish with a solid head retention

smell: very bold and assertive hop presence. pine and citrus, some vanilla

taste: the wood toned the bitterness and citrus down. pretty smooth and interesting flavor. some interesting tropical flavors like toasted coconut and pineapple.

mouthfeel: medium bodied to full bodied IPA,

drinkability: a wow beer! (368 characters)

Photo of morimech
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, tangerine color, with a very large head that had good retention. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Unique aroma in the the IPA world. Plenty of oak, pine, and citrus. A little banana as well as the result of oak combining with the citrus. The flavor is likewise unique. The oak really went to work in flavoring this beer with plenty of vanilla coming through. More citrus and tropical fruit hop flavor. A little sweetness from the malt peeks through. Bitterness is moderate. Medium body with low carbonation. Has a really smooth, soft mouthfeel. A good beer but not one I would want to drink more than one in a sitting. (635 characters)

Photo of meatyard
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, amber orange with a large, dense, pillowy white head. Retention is excellent and so is the lacing. A very pretty looking beer.

The smell is oak with some pine quickly following. It really is an unusual aroma for an IPA yet doesn't take anything away from it.

The taste is, again, oak up front followed by pine hops, some sweet malt and finishes with more oak.

Mouthfeel is full, nicely carbonated and has just a faint hint of bitterness.

This is a very drinkable IPA. The hops don't blister your tongue, ABV is only moderately high and drinking one leaves you wanting another. (594 characters)

Photo of ckeegan04
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Brownish-orange with a towering stack of meringue like foam on top. Beer is rather hazy with bright golden yellow edges. Foamy is a dirty white color with ridiculous staying power. Leaves big chunks of lace on the glass.

S - Lots of oak comes through initially with hints of pine forest as well. Just a hint of citrus fruits linger underneath. As the beer warms the hops actually come through a bit more and traces of caramel sweetness become noticeable as well.

T - Very oaky up front with hints of wood and even a touch of vanilla bean. Citrusy hops come quickly through and leave an excellent bitterness behind. There are also tastes of pine and tree sap. The beer finishes surprisingly sweet.

M/D - Medium bodied with a very active carbonation. Tastes are a little strong for the beer to be real high in the drinkability scale, but it is still an excellent sipper. (875 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the beer that got me most excited in a birthday box from Mikesgroove. Now I can call myself a real member of this site, having gotten beer from Mikesgroove.

A- Damn, they dont get too much better looking than this. Its a glowing burnt orange with an ever so light haze. The head is absolutely towering. One of the kinds of heads that will stick out above the rim of the glass and taunt you. It makes you wait to finish pouring and then wait some more to drink it. Lacing? There must be a better word for it than lacing.

S- This is a whole new beast. Very, very, very woody. If you thought Palo Santo was the most woodsy, check yo head. Fresh wood pulp, sap, pine bough, juniper berries. Its very intense and woodsy. Like the drippings from a wood chipper.

T- This tastes as much like a national park as it smells. The oak brings deciduous wood flavors and the hops bring the coniferous. There is pine sap, wood pulp, the moisture from green saplings. Hops also carry a citrus profile, mostly of sweet nectarine. This stuff is very, very sweet. There is no bitterness at the end and the finish feels almost empty.

M- The carbonation is quite high. Huh, who would have guessed a beer with meringue for a head had some carbonation? Its very dry with a full body.

D- I liked this stuff very much but Im left questioning some things. I certainly wouldnt be drinking this stuff in succession like other IPAs, but I would like having it on hand. (1,456 characters)

Photo of bonkers
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in SS '10 courtesy of steve8robin. The pour is hazy orange, the head overflows the glass. The smell has lots oak that mixes nicely with the citrus and pineapple. It taste like it smells, oak with pineapple and citrus backdrop. The finish is sweeter than I remember the other jai alai's. The body is medium, very well carbonated. A great beer, I really need to do a horizontal tasting with the different varities of jai alai. (435 characters)

Photo of AdamGarcia
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz btl served in a Stella glass

A: Initial pour results in a glass half filled hazy golden orange liquid and the other half with fluffy luxurious cream colored head. Head dissipates into rocky formations as I try to fit the rest of the beer into the glass.

S: Very unique. Soft vanilla aroma. Honey drenched herbal hop scents. Picking up a little fresh mint. Sugary and spicy. The smell is like no IPA I've ever encountered and its tremendous, certainly not typical, but amazing nonetheless.

T: Mirrors scent in a lot of ways. It is clear that Jai Alai is the base beer, but the white oak treatment has made it much better than the original IMHO. Sweet vanilla and woody flavors accentuate some of the strong qualities of the standard brew. Hops are slightly subdued but some citrus, herbal, and spicy notes are present. Sweet fruity flavors are abundant. The finish is very neutral, with a balance between sweet and dry.

M: Has a coating feel. Carbonation is good.

D: I wish I had another bottle or two. This is a unique beer that will hold one's interest.

Enjoyed this much more than the standard Jai Alai. Looking forward to trying other versions. (1,162 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours a slightly hazed copper amber orange color with a very small bubbled tight antique white head. The aroma is very different than most IPA's I have ever smelled with notes of pineapple, coconut, mango, and some citrus. The oak must really have an effect on the aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a nice amojnt of carbonation. The taste is sweet tropical fruit flavor followed by a nice hop bitterness in the end that lingers on for a while. Nice lace left on the glass as I drink this. The oak shows through in the beginning as well. It still amazes me all the things CCB does with a great base beer as the White Oak version is great! (640 characters)

Photo of JebediahScooter
4.97/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First beer review, here it goes.

Poured out of a bottle into a DFH Signature glass on 12/3/10. 3 White Oak Jai Alai's were part of a lovely birthday mixed six pack--which also included my first PtE, a Founders' Devil Dancer, and a Burton Baton--from my good friend and brahim Moses Mendoza.

Hazy orange/copper hue with a fluffy, pillowy tan two-finger head that subsides to a nice crown with decent lacing. This beer is murky and colorful.

The smell really stands out as absolutely unique. Tropical fruits dominated by mango and coconut are the predominant. Vanilla, wood, and citrusy hops are in there, though more subtle. I've really never smelled a beer like this before, and I didn't expect it to smell like this. It's almost like a hoppy Pina Colada.

The strong bitter hop presence kicks off the first sip, fairly aggressive and similar to the regular Jai Alai. The beer departs from the original version as the bitterness mellows out through the sip into more of the tropical fruit, again dominated by mango and coconut. It's quite different than other IPAs dominated by the citrusy/grapefruit hops like Sculpin, Racer 5, Maharaja, etc, and it's a nice change of pace for an IPA. The vanilla is there, and the wood comes through subtly. It's not overpowering like some other wood aged stuff I've had recently.

Mouthfeel is the perfect balance between a good amount of carbonation up front and a smooth velvety finish. This is how beer should feel when it's all up in your face.

I could drink a 6-pack of these...the fruity flavors just mellow out that heavy hop bitterness of the regular Jai Alai so nicely. This is an extremely unique offering, one that should not be missed if you have an opportunity to lay your hands on some. This is a flat out fantastic beer that's true strength lies in the fact that you've never tasted anything quite like it. It surprises you, pleasantly. (1,898 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)

Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 367 ratings.