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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 1,432
Reviews: 336
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 264
Gots: 153 | FT: 6
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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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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

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

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

thampel09, May 13, 2014
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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
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Dag48, May 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

jrfehon33, May 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

mobius387, May 04, 2014
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3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, some citrus. Taste is hoppy, bitter, some oak and citrus, not bad, but I prefer the traditional Jai Alai. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer, but I was just a bit underwhelmed.

tone77, May 04, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Hoppin_mad, May 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Mark_Robinson, May 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

fthegiants, May 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

blabaer, May 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

stogirelli, May 01, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- clear amber with fine particles in suspension. Creamy light tan head with excellent lacing.

S- tropical, lots of pineapple and some mango. Light peach notes as well with a hint of fresh cut timber.

T- I get more stone fruit than anything else on the palate, peach, apricot, and a light and fresh grapefruit finish. I can't say that I taste much in the way of oak. It's a pretty stellar tasting IPA though.

M- medium bodied, light carbonation. A little astringent.

O- great, but not a whole lot of oak in there.

silverking, Apr 30, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

One1Asterisk, Apr 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

PopnLoads, Apr 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

dubdrop, Apr 28, 2014
Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
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