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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 366
Hads: 1,689
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: 366 | Hads: 1,689
Photo of wolfpac255
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a damn good beer from Cigar City. I've had Jai Alai before but this one is raised to the next level. Super delicious nose, and the taste follows the nose perfectly. This one is about 2 months old, and it is still amazing. (229 characters)

Photo of themaj
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Def better imo than the original. the smoothness of this beer makes its dangerously drinkable in mass quantity. Glad I got to try and will hopefully ba able to come across again. (178 characters)

Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Alot darker than most IPA's, with a very thick, white head... I didn't pour very hard and was left with 3 fingers of foam.

Smell - Citrus, hops and oak; very inviting

Taste - Besides delicious? A very nice combination of malt, hops, oak and orange. More oak than i anticipated but it does not take away from the other flavors or the overall beer.

Feel - Thick and smooth

Overall - Very nice take on the IPA. Oak blends nicely into the other flavors. (460 characters)

Photo of ELS
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Don't get me wrong, this is a very good beer with a smooth slightly vanilla finish. I just think the regular Jai Alai is better. This beer curbs the hops bitterness which I find allows the malt to take too much control. It needs that sharper hop bite that the regular Jai Alai has to balance the beer. Still a beer that I will seek out when it becomes available in Florida, I just won't be too disappointed if I miss it. (424 characters)

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Deep amber color, thick white head, great lacing as it dissipates. Lots of white particulate suspended. Aroma is woodsy with a touch of tropical fruit. Taste is syrupy sweet malt followed by earthy and citrus peel hops. The wood really comes out at the end and lingers. Mouthfeel is thick, slippery. Overall delicious DIPA, a bit on the sweet side but full of flavor. (379 characters)

Photo of jhartley
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just got a couple of cans at the local ABCFW&S store yesterday that they just got in the day before.
Poured out of a 12 oz. can into a Cuvee glass; that typical amber to dark orange Jai Alai body with a slightly more tan colored head, which had tons of bubbles. Dissipated fairly quick, but left a nice crown of lacing on the top of the glass.
Tons of vanilla. oak, tropical fruits and spiciness on the nose!
Taste is phenomenal! That Jai Alai back bone is there, just hiding in the background, up front is the oak - vanilla, that dill quality the speak of on the outside of the can, some pineapple sweetness, and plenty of citrus.
Not much bitterness on this the oak really imparts a sweetness and the carbonation that's there is just enough to ease the sweetness on the end.
Tons of flavors all over the place!
Another great beer that I have wanted the past couple of years and when the dude at the store told me they got some in, after I told him I was there for the Marshal Zhukov's, and "do you want one?" Sure do! I should have bought the whole 4 pack instead of 2 cans! This is a great variant of Jai Alai and very well done by CCB. (1,145 characters)

Photo of KensWorld
4.73/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just picked this up at brewery only a few day old. have been wanting to try this for years but could never get my hands on it. Wow as this good. Like the can says, "hop bitterness is more restrained". This is do to the aging in white oak and it works. Standard Jai Alai is a great DIPA, but being aged has mellowed out much of the strong syrupy taste and made it almost perfect. This also gets better as it warms up. One of the best DIPAs I've had yet. 4.75 (460 characters)

Photo of indurTheB
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers. Competes with many of the "harder-to-get" IPAs or even DIPAs. Some find the taste too strong, it really is almost more DIPA. (152 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer offers tons of dill on the aroma, earthy hops, grapefruit, bready malt.

The flavor follows with some grapefruit, lots of dill, oak, green qualities, slightly spicy, lots of bready sweet malt, and a spicy dry bitter finish.

The beer is interesting and solid, but a slight novelty compared the fresh flavors of the original. (334 characters)

Photo of beercheeselover
4.69/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is one of my favorites. The way it smooths out the bitterness and adds the subtle vanilla notes is amazing. A great spin on what was already a great beer. I only wish I could get more of these on a regular basis. (225 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice blend of the oak flavoring that mellows out the citrus punch of Jai Alai and also smoothing it out in the finish. A whole different take on IPAs which I'll always support creativity. (188 characters)

Photo of WesMantooth
3.59/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at a FL bar.

A very pale, somewhat hazy, light gold to yellow with a white head. Looks nothing like the regular version for reference.

Aroma is pretty weak other than the wood aspect. Faint citrus fruits.

The oak flavor is very good and dominant. It is also sweet, but not in the same way as Jai Alai. More of a rich, vanilla like sweetness. The rest doesnt leave much to talk about. Muted, flat tasting tropical fruits and hops. Virtually no noticeable bitterness or bite.

Body is a tad under carbonated, but pretty normal for any barrel aged beer.

I was pretty disappointed in this one. It should be noted that I am not a fan of cask versions of beers, and this is exactly that. While the oak profile really shines, they lost everything else that Jai Alai offers. I am shocked at the love this gets. Far from being a bad beer, but I will stick to the original myself. (890 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned 6/3/15 - enjoyed 6/13/15

Appearance: Clear yellow, chunky beige head, nice lacing.

Aroma: tropical fruit over light oak, dill, vanilla.

Flavor: Big tropical fruit with some nice oaky tannins, pairs well with the bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, refreshing. (272 characters)

Photo of pagriley
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep orange. Clear, but with heavy particulates floating
Grapefruit and citrus- not getting any of the oak on the nose
Softer than I expected. Rounded off edges to the hops with a touch of sweet vanilla and oak
A bit creamy, with a nice bite to the finish

Overall an excellent take on an IPA. I would happily drink this over many of the harshly hopped and dank offerings that abound (387 characters)

Photo of Chicowdy
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love regular Jai Alai. I was pumped to try this. At first it tasted a little too earthy for me but with each gulp (I don't sip) I get all the different tastes: vanilla, oak, grapefruit. Really good damn beer. (214 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 danh53
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burnt orange color with two finger head and lots of lacing. Aroma is tangerine and tropical fruit. Taste brings oaky dryness in addition to the strong fruit presence and finishes with a bite from dill, hops, and oak. Mouth feel is outstanding for an IPA. I'd say medium body with perfect carbonation. (308 characters)

Photo of Pdemaras
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We just tapped a keg of the White Oak here, and I also bought the cans last month. I assume the difference between the two is the CO2/Nitrogen blend we have giving this beer a phenomenal head and nose. While the Oak is dominant over the stated dill and vanilla discussed, this is one silky smooth IPA with more than sufficient bitterness. (340 characters)

Photo of TheElectricOne
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. pour at the brewery:

One of the more unique flavors I've gotten from a beer, and it was really delicious. I loved the standard Jai Alai, and this one was almost as good, with a slightly different flavor. Less juicy, with much more pine and resin, and the oak flavor was so distinctive. Very surprising flavor, and an incredible beer. All oak and lessened citrus, with all the excellent color, head, aroma, and crispness of standard Jai Alai. (448 characters)

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delivered to the table in a Belgium style stemmed glass. Glowing murky gold body hosts a full inch of off white creamy foam head. The normal Jai Lai nose is dominated by the fresh rustic white oak. Normal I'm not a huge fan of oak but it is beautiful here. Oak is resin based on the flavor profile. The oak actually brings out the grapefruit in the overall flavor very strongly. Paints the mouth with the oak and grapefruit leaving a very pleasant mouthfeel. A solid version but I like the original a bit more. (510 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Bottom of can says Canned Feb/11/15.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a full inch of off-white head that retains very well before slowly shrinking to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of fluffy surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Hoppy tropical fruit nose brings to mind peach and green apple. The white oak adds a touch of grainy wood character.

T- Light fruit notes such as melon plus more peach and apple. Bitterness is medium-high. Hint of tartness in the aftertaste. Contrary to the darker color of the beer, there's not much malt presence. The oak is also quite subtle and doesn't add much to the flavor.

M- Somewhat sharp with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Though it's almost two months old, this is drinking quite nicely. Probably my least favorite of the Jai Alai variants but it's still quite good. (959 characters)

Photo of Dnayew
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If the best IPA on the planet could get even better, it may have with this edition of Jai Alai. Strong vanilla notes, with even a hint of pickle. Amazingly complex and perfectly delicious IPA. (192 characters)

Photo of mschantz
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light bronze in color with minimal head thT dissipates to a fine lace after a few sips. Nose shows a bit of fruity sweetness with subtle hop notes. Taste is citrusy, maybe fruity pebbles, with a surprising lack of wood flavor. However the wood manifests itself with a dry finish. Very refreshing and drinkable. (314 characters)

Photo of mtvolkens
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super clean smell. Aroma of super fresh lime. A copper color with nice head. You can definitely taste a difference between this an a normal Jai Alai. The timber taste envelopes your tongue immediately with hints of lime and pine as it goes down. Light mouthful with a perfect bite to it. This is one of my favorite IPAs I've tasted to date. (346 characters)

Photo of MLDucky
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What a unique beer. First aroma is hop, citrus, vanilla and wood. Upon first sip much of the same, but the hop/pine aroma makes way for citrus and vanilla with a hint of dill. I would have liked more hop presence to announce itself through the beer, but other than that, excellent beer. (289 characters)

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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.