Jai Alai IPA - White Oak | Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPA - White OakJai Alai IPA - White Oak
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Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

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

Added by tpd975 on 06-13-2010

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Photo of Sabtos
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't find this to be drastically different than regular. Dark orange with a much less active head this time around.

Aromas of strong pine sap and light bready malt at first, then it turns lightly dank. This is where the white oak plays a role as I do get some of that dill co-mingling with some pine needles. Not as extreme as a pickle--I've had two other aged IPAs that were just terrible in that regard so I recognize the risk.

Flavors of grapefruit, floral and herbal notes, and maybe orange blossom are rounded out with some oaky vanilla notes that tone down some of the bitterness found in regular.

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Photo of ZAP
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 3/18. The first can I had close to the canning date and it was loaded with oak impressions....this is now more subdued but perfect and blends extremely well with the IPA...interesting mix of vanilla,,caramel, nougat, and tropical fruitiness. Papaya is the first fruit that comes to mind...notes of pineapple, mango, and grapefruit as well.

Excellent beer. Lives up to the hype.

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Photo of Myotus
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured at 46°F from a 12oz can (canned on 17Nov15) into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Consumed on 24Apr16. Yeah, this is somewhat old, but I got this in a trade.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of off-white foam that dissipates into a quarter fingers worth within 2 minutes. Honey orange in color with a moderate amount of cloudiness. There is a large quantity of small, rising bubbles that leaves me wondering as to why the head isn't bigger. Lacing is moderate and thick.
SMELL: Strong aromas of grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, mangoes, papaya, and pineapple entangle with mild aromas of caramel and white bread along with subtle oak and vanilla aromas.
TASTE: Strong grapefruit, orange, tangerine, mango, papaya, and pineapple flavors immediately explode on to the palate resulting in a mouth-watering juiciness. Mild flavors of caramel instantaneously broaden the sweetness of the brew as subtle bitter hop flavors bring an undesired balance. A better balance is achieved as subtle flavors of white bread trail. Subtle vanilla and oak flavors make their late debut on to the palate as all previous flavors continue to press on, except for bitter hops, which grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Full-bodied with hints of carbonation. This goes down ridiculously smooth and creamy. Finishes with a strong and unpleasant dryness.
NOTE: What I loved most about this was that the malts had a word to say in the taste profile. I haven't had the non oak-aged version, so I can't say how this compares. But this was dang good!

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Photo of Slack
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Medium amber and clear with minor head and good lacing.

Malty, citrus, sweetness, piney and a bit tropical.

Malt, citrus, tropical, oak, and resinous finish.

Mouthful is medium and clean. Carbonation is medium to low. Finish is dry.

I like this beer over the regular jai alai as the oak adds a nice note. That being said, it is not juicy enough for me but I would still recommend it to others. It is balanced and easy to drink. The hop finish could be toned down a touch more but that is debatable.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, poured into snifter.

Pours very similar to regular jai alai. Nice copper, darker orange hue. Excellent 1-2 finger head with great lacing.

Smell is similar to a barleywine, definitely heavy sweet maltiness. Not too much hops in the nose, but that slight dill pickle smell is coming through, nothing over powering. Also getting some oak. As it warms up, getting some slight honey and nectar.

Definitely getting that oak in the taste. Wood and oak. subtle juicy hops comes through similar to the regular jai alai, but less dominate.

Mouthfeel appears to be pretty silky and slick. Reminiscent of a barleywine.

Not sure how this compares to regular jai alai, but don't think I care for it as much. Getting some hints of the regular jai alai as far as juicy hops is concerned. But with some wood and oak added. Definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can with a March 28, 2016 canning date.

Not sure what to make of this beer. Looks and smells more like a barleywine. Malt is heavy and the aroma does lend some hop notes, but they're definitely tamer than an IPA. More melon-like, honey-like and sweet. Some citrus mingles on the nose but seems interrupted by sweetness and malt.

Drinking this similarly confuses me. Feels burlier than most IPAs and shows some malt sweetness and bread, but also hits with zesty grapefruit, honeysuckle and white wine. Very interesting.

The sweet malty body and sweetness keep suggesting a barleywine to me, albeit a fruitier one. This seems a hybrid and actually what many an American barleywine would benefit from: more fruitiness and floral qualities and less bitterness and bite. Which reminds me, this isn't very bitter at all. More smooth and sweet.

I find myself enjoying this despite not having a clue what exactly the brewers were aiming for here. It's good.

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Photo of nhindian
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 3/28/16, so a little over a week old. Thanks, Beer4B!

Appearance - Pours a dark, golden amber color that is nearly crystal clear. A good amount of carbonation can be seen within the beer feeding a rocky, 2-fingered creamy head. The head retention is long-lasting and leaves behind a silky lattice of foam behind.

Aroma - The aroma is loaded with hops but is balanced with a very nice sweetness that is part malt, part oak. The wood adds a subtle vanilla note that plays nicely with the fruity hops. Large amounts of citrus and pine in here for sure.

Taste - Whoa. While the aroma imparted some notion of the oak-aging, the taste hits you with it full-bore. In fact, it is the very first thing I taste, even before all of the hops. It is a little abrasive at first, like sucking on a toothpick, but it mellows out near the finish to a sweet vanilla flavor. The hops are super juicy as well - like fresh squeeze citrus. The combination of the hops and oak is interesting, but a winner.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with good carbonation. The finish is long-lasting and there's a heft to this beer that helps support the big flavors going on.

Closing Arguments - I think this may only be my third oak-aged IPA after Dogfish Head's Burton Baton and Voodoo's Bourmuda Triangle (featuring bourbon, rum, and tequila barrels). While this isn't the most prevalent style, it is a nice detour from the wealth of IPAs out there. This is well worth a visit.

Rating: 8.5/10

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Photo of Billolick
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can ....canned 3-28-16 printed on the bottom of the can (less then a week ago, nice)

Pours hazed, glowing ruby hued amber. Fine and nice looking lite khaki head, leaving fine sheet down low and some spotty froth higher up.

Nose is dominated by sweet woody notes and some piney hops

Super tasty and enjoyable wood infused IPA. Some spiced up hop notes, smokey mangos, light wood, complex and well worth trying if you see it in your local shop or bar...happy to try a few of these wonderfully fresh samples.

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Photo of MJSFS
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz can dated 3/18/16 into a DFH snifter L: clear blood orange color with a half finger of head, spotty lacing, and moderate bubble streams S: sweet vanilla oak, citrus, and slight pine notes T: sweet smokey oak upfront followed by citrus flavors and then a slightly bitter finish F: very creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish O: this reminds me of an Innis & Gunn beer, but it isn't as sweet as their beers, and it's much more balanced. The sweet notes from the barrel go well with the bitter flavors of the hops. Not something I would drink regularly, but it's an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A delicious brew, very complex, blending flavors from a wide variety of sources. Big fruity hop and yeast ester notes, a rich biscuity malt backbone, drying tannic wood character as well as a nice round vanilla note. While to the average passer by this beer may not seem like anything revolutionary, to a fellow beer nerd and brewer, this beer is a game changer and is unique and delicious in a world of copycats and posers. I don't think I have had a beer that has impressed me more than this one.

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Photo of cambabeer
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap just the other day. First of all, living in Florida, a drink a LOT of Jai Alai, who wouldn't. So of course I needed to try this. I have never had a beer keep more flavor from the wood than this did. WOW, oaky like you wouldn't believe. Earthy, almost vanilla like, just superb.

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Photo of RubbleRubble
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a can poured into a DFH IPA glass.
L- Like a beer looks.left about a quarter inch of foam that dissipated but remained slightly present the whole drink
S- I'm getting a lot of oak in the nose with some fruit.
T- Hops and Biscuit and oak
F- Light on carbonation and leaves a nice dry finish.
O- The oak makes it more balanced than the regular Jai Alai. It's a solid beer. Obviously you should try it if you can.

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Photo of Satsuma
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look is virtually identical to regular Jai Alai but with a smaller head.
Smell is more subdued, but citrus & juicy hop aromas still dominate. Vanilla and oak lay more in the background.
Less carbonation than regular Jai Alai, but a smoother and drier mouthfeel.
Hop bitterness is mellowed and the oak and vanilla flavors do add some complexity.
Nice execution and enjoyable, however I prefer the regular version a bit more.

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Photo of Preston
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Regular Jai Alai is nearly a perfect beer and this version is even a bit better and more complex. It's just hard to find outside of the brewery (and even there it's not on tap very often).

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A cool take on an already good beer. Additional barrel character and sweeter notes on the palate make this a refreshing product.

The highlight of this beer is that it eliminates the necessity to have to have Jai Alai super fresh.

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Photo of kitch
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 12 fl oz can with a canned on date of 17th November 2015 and poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: It poured a clear golden orange colour with a two finger white head with lots of stringy lacing.

Aroma: Tropical mango, pineapple and peach with some citrus grapefruit followed by hints of vanilla and dill.

Taste: Strong vanilla and oak upfront with mango and peach supporting and hints of grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall: I have not tried the original base IPA yet as I haven’t been able to get my hands on any. However, although this is not the first barrel aged IPA that I’ve tried, I haven’t tasted any beer like this one before. The tropical fruit taste mixed with vanilla was interesting and a refreshing change.

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Photo of DevWand
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy the regular Jai Alai a tad bit better, but the white oak does seem to mellow out the bitterness a tad, which allows for a smoother finish and a (very) slight oak/vanilla taste on the back end. Wasn't picking up much from the smell (maybe a slight hint of the white oak/vanilla), color is a tad bit lighter than the regular.

Overall a great beer, but like I said I prefer the regular, just for the extra citrus/pine you get from the full hit of hops.

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Photo of sprat1960
4.76/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Deep golden color; slightly hazy. Pours with a small 1/2 finger white head that dies down leaving a smooth thin layer of foam of the surface if the beer. Lots of small bubbles present.

Smell: Lots of citrus (bold grapefruit, mild lemon); very mild hoppy aroma. Appealing; made me want to take a drink.

Taste: Loads of citrus. Starts off with a bold blend of grapefruit and oranges; progresses to a slightly tart lemon flavor ending with an extremely mild and sightly bitter hoppy finish. Delicious! Perfect.

Feel: Medium body. Smooth,velvety feel; slight tingle from the carbonation; extremely mild dry finish. Perfect.

Overall: Flavorful IPA; absolutely delicious. Refreshing. I could drink this IPA over and over! One of the best ever for me.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned November 17, 2015. Enjoyed in a stemless snifter.

Look - Darker, hazier orange than the regular version. A solid finger of medium bubbled head. Lacing is great. Head settles to more than a ring.

Smell - Vanilla. Orange, Citrus. Bread. Bubblegum.

Taste - Bubblegum. Vanilla. Orange. Not a strong flavor. Pine.

Feel - Flat compared to head. Watery. Dries up in the tongue.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfect amber color with a large white head on top. Can smell hops and citrus along with oak. Has a very oaky taste that takes away from the fruit in regular Jai Alai.

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Photo of B-Town
2.64/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I honestly don't understand why breweries feel that barrel aging an IPA is a good idea. Apparently, a lot of of people like it, especially in the case of Jai Alai. To me, the barrel aging on this beer is simply a masking agent whose sole purpose is to hide the bitter, skunky taste of a base beer that has gone bad while sitting in a barrel. In a way, it's somewhat successful, in that it makes an expired beer palatable, by adding different dimensions - a little bit of vanilla and kind of an earthy, mellow tone. At the same time, the aftertaste and baseline skunkiness remind me of that 10 month old IPA bottle that you find in the fridge every once in a while, that you open, take a drink of, then pour it down the drain. I like CCB beers, but I just don't get this one.

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Photo of egrapplesberg
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I live in Ga and bought this gem at the brewery when I was in Florida. Canned on 08/06/15. Poured into a pint glass. Color is deep orange with a one finger head that fades slowly leaving a coat of foam. Scent is orange, oak, and bubble gum? Taste is so similar but predominantly oak. Was not this oaky when I first tried it a week old. Certainly not a bad thing but I have noticed the hops in regular Jai Alai don't age well either. This beer is great, nothing like it that I can find in the market. Pairs well with Chick-fil-A by the way haha. Cheers!

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Photo of leantom
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was a really interesting beer. Here goes:

A: Clear orange with OK head and lacing. Carbonation is somewhat lacking for the style overall, however.

S: Very...complex. Initial scents of flowers and grass, orange, citrus, mango, and pineapple (really a concoction of tropical fruit) followed by bourbony oak.

T: Follows the nose extremely well. Floral and fruitish tastes and taken over by vanilla and oak, leaving a very bourbony taste at the back of the palate.

F: Nice and full-bodied.

O: Very complex and interesting. Will be having again.

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Photo of CraigS119
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Mango, pineapple, papaya, tropical fruit cocktail, Cool Whip, applesauce, raw vanilla bean in the nose. Leather, tobacco, tree fruit, and what I'm guessing is oak, on the palate. Smooth mouthfeel, dominating flavor, moderate bitterness. Might pair well with pub fare: fish and chips. Overall, intriguing, though not sure in oak aging is the best thing for this IPA, as the taste was a bit of a let-down from the aroma.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Allow the flirtation to commence. The tease that Cigar City has with wood leads us to the footsteps of the famed Jai Alai IPA as it embarks upon a spicy white oak slumber. Though the wood alters the classic flavors of IPA, their added complexity gives unique and curious taste.

Its moderate haze and bright golden-orange glow precedes the buildup of a tall column of white foam. The bright perfume of freshly shaven oak weaves into the juicy tropical and citrus hop tones. And as that juicy elixir greets the tongue, it does so with caramel, biscuit and honey sweetness.

And as the hoppy middle palate quickly snatches the balance from the fleeting caramelized malts, the bright and tangy taste of tangerine, apricot and mango lead the way in a hoppy and estery melange. Somewhat jammy to taste, the malts linger with just enough sweetness for support. But as the taste turns the corner, heading toward finish, the bitterness of herb, leaf and citrus peel builds and the oak spices begin to dry the palate with its powdery textures.

And as the medium-bodied beer closes, it does so with ample dextrin richness and biscuity resolve. Resisting the classic fade of malt and the utter dominance from hops, the finish is more evenly balanced as the oak assists the alcohol and hops with its own tannic spice and dryness. While complex and interesting, the oak character proves overwhelming and interferes with the more desirable aspects of the original Jai Alai.

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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
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