Jai Alai IPA - White Oak - Cigar City Brewing
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3.84/5 rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Enjoyed the regular Jai Alai for the first time last week, time to try out one of its variations. Thanks once again to Kimdog.
Appearance - Dark orange color with some haze and a white head. Good retention, a little bit of lace.
Smell - Seems a little more on the herb+grassy side of the hop spectrum that the original, but a good amount of various fruits there still (grapefruit and mango come to mind). Oak/vanilla presence is definitely there but kinda light, sweet toffee malts as well.
Taste - Unlike the scent, oak hits you right away. Big woody vanilla tones here along with toffee and caramel malts take over the hops quite a bit, but a decent amount of citrus fruit, earthy and floral. Some oddly sharp alcohol bite pops up here and there.
Mouthfeel - Very similar to the original, a little bit on the hefty side but smooth, pretty low bitterness.
Overall - I preferred the original to this one but this a pretty interesting variation. The oak adds a very unique touch but is maybe a bit overpowering.
Serving type: can
02-25-2014 01:42:20 | More by Chico1985
3.5/5 rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
Thanks Kimmy for hooking me up with this.
A- For the purpose of the review, poured from the 12oz can to a small tumbler glass. The body is a orange-dark gold and pretty much clear of any haze. Small white cap forms to about one finger with decent retention. Thick lace sheets at the top and it seemingly coats a majority of the whole glass.
S- Tropical and citrus hops off the top but not quite as pungent as I remember Jai Alai being, just a bit restrained aromatically. Tangerine, mango, oranges and floral notes come to mind. Hints of oak wood, light caramel sweets and some yeast fruits.
T- Oak really comes out in the taste. It is hard to describe as anything other than lightly toasted, fresh woody oak flavor. Slight vanilla but mostly the woody earthy oak feel. Hops are still the main flavor component with notes of tangerines, stone fruits, citrus zest, grapefruit, floral and slight pine. Slight tannins. Malts are here in a light strength with caramel and some sweetness.
MF- Light bodied and crisp IPA feel. Carbonation at a moderately high level helping those hop flavors pop on the taste buds. Finishes with a medium bitterness lingering on the palate.
I am not sure how much the oak flavor and slight vanilla sweetness does for me here. I think I prefer the normal Jai Alai to this one but that is not to say this is much worse. I think the oak is a bit abrasive at times and maybe a bit too much is used. Still a solid beer I would have again.
Serving type: can
02-20-2014 02:49:06 | More by cbutova
4.16/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A-a clear bright amber with two fingers worth of light cream colored head
S-pale bready malt, light vanilla sweetness, and citrus and pine hops
T-pale malt backbone with citric and piney hop bitterness, tropical fruits, and vanilla
M-medium body, moderate carbonation, bitter finish
Overall an interesting take on the original version, vanilla gives it a little something different
Serving type: can
02-18-2014 22:53:11 | More by ksimons
Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
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