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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 Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks GEOGRANDE. Spicey IPA. Medium golden coloured body with enormous head that leaves a half inch of white head. The aroma is unuual as it has the cooked oak, interesting. Medium plus mouthfeel. Decent drinkability, but I could not drink a second bottle of this too soon. (274 characters)

Photo of peabody
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out slightly cloudy with two fingers of white foamy suds.
Smell is very citrusy with mango and grapefruit at the front. Sugar and malt/yeast are in the back.
Taste is a watery mix of bitterness and barely sweet caramel. The grapefruit rind is here then you get a slight fruityness. The white oak must be the bitterness at the end because it makes the mouth really dry.
Mouthfeel is clean for the most part. Somewhat sticky at first but the bitterness takes all that away.
I could see sessioning this beer if I live in TAMPA.
Thanks Haver, you are a gem! (559 characters)

Photo of titosupertramp
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Pittsky for the opportunity to try this.

A: Dark copper. Thick white head. Very sticky lacing.

S: Lots of oak. In fact, it's hard for me to pick out any hop aroma at all. If I almost get my nose wet, I can begin to pick out some tropical, citrus notes. Nice nose...has a bite to it. Can certainly tell this has been aged on oak. Harkens back to my grandparent's wood burning stove during the wicked Florida winters...50 degrees? Better bundle up.

T: Hops make themselves known and blend in well with the oak flavors. Bitter and spicy. More tropical than citrus in the taste. I like it...different for sure.

M: Medium with good carbonation. Nothing too special.

D: Good, but I can't see myself drinking more than one in a sitting.

Nice warming beer which isn't something that I would normally say about an IPA. I like it. Thanks again goes to Jesse for including this along with some other cool and interesting extras. Koala bear..how the hell did it know that? Amazing. (985 characters)

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

Finishing up my last one. poured into a Duvel Tulip.

a:decent off-white head with pretty good retention. reddish amber body. some lacing

s: this is why i put it in the tulip. when i was at the brewery, they opened up and threw down 4 of these bottles on the crate. little did i know of the surprise that was in store: i took a sniff and i was blown away! it was only then did i notice that it was the white oak aged jai alai. so glad that i was exposed to it cause i didn't even notice it was on sale either and probably would've bypassed it completely. i really could smell this all day. if it was a shampoo, i would make sure my gf used this constantly. the white oak completely takes the nose to the next level, it starts with the hop cirtus sweetness and notches it all the way up to pineapple as well as giving it a bit of a coconut-y and vanilla vibe. as SpeedwayJim mentioned, it's like a pina coloda... with a few trees around. not the most complex but just very pleasant.

t:sugary sweet with sweet fruits and citrus. a bit of piney hop bitterness lingering on the back. doesn't quite live up to the nose but still very nice. The White Oak certainly kicks the hops down a notch, which could be bad as it is an IPA and that's what most are looking for.

m: moderate carbonation, medium body. as expected for an ipa aged on oak.

d: very tasty but u cant really drink too many of these i think. not really a session as much as a special treat.

the fact that i first had this while in the cigar city brewery and that it was so unexpected may have bumped this a bit higher, but i really enjoyed the few, really fresh bottles i had of this. (1,647 characters)

Photo of BennyL1
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just had a bottle of the regular Jai Alai, now on to the White Oak version. Once again thanks to GallowsThief for the brew.

A - Pours a hazy copper color, not to much different the regular version. A good amount of foamy white head caps off the brew. Good lacing the along the class as well

S - The difference between the base brew and this one is definitely noticeable in the nose. Oak aroma is there for sure with a bit of pepper in there. Hop notes are in there for sure, just not as dominate.

T - Hop bitterness is noticeable with the first taste but a smooth wood character presents itself which mellows everything out very nicely. The oak combined with the malt bill balances this out almost perfectly.

M - Medium body with a creamy finish. Carbonation is also right on.

D - I was thoroughly impressed with the regular Jai Alai, this one was a step above due to the oak character. Great brew, one that if I can get my hands on again I would for sure. (965 characters)

Photo of Triples
4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer has just become my new favorite after a half last night and a full bottle tonight. Paired with a peppery, herby baked tilapia it was fine, fine, fine.

It poured with pale head and an amber body and left a trail of lace. The aroma was a pleasant mix of hops and woody oakiness. This has to be the best balanced IPA I've ever had. A wonderfully drinkable beer. The complex flavours continue to surprise and delight down to the last smooth drop. (453 characters)

Photo of godfathermg57
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a CCB snifter

A: Hazy amber, very similar to original Jai Alai

S: Oak, orange, pineapple, grapefruit, flowers, basically a tropical forest hop bomb.

T: Glorious taste. The white oak takes the original Jai Alai IPA and injects a burst of tropical paradise and a shot of vanilla. The oak seemingly has brought the fruit flavors to the forefront but in a way that perfectly compliments the other flavors.

M: Once again similar to Jai Alai. Definitely some body to it and not thin.

D: Very drinkable. I wish this were available all year round because this would be my IPA of choice.

Out of all the Jai Alai versions I've had, this is my favorite and is one of the finer IPA's I've had. Goes great with the Florida weather. (750 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a snifter the beer was a hazy amber color with a small white head. A small amount of lace.
Great aroma. Lots of citrus, some pale malt. Definite vanilla/oak aroma.
Similarly great taste. Grapefruit, tangerine, tropical fruit. Biscuit. Oak lingering in the background the whole time.
The oak really tempered the IPA. Very smooth.
Will have to get more of these while in Florida. (380 characters)

Photo of argock
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear stemmed glass wine goblet. No freshness date. Single purchased at Knightly Spirits (Orlando, FL) for $2.99.

A: Hazy amber with 1-finger of malted milk colored head with decent retention and nice trails of lace.

S: The oak notes are readily apparent, lending a pleasant sharp woody note to the aroma. This seems to enhance the tropical fruit hops notes significantly more, as the resinous character is reduced but the mango, pineapple, passionfruit components are bigger.

T: The flavor is less rounded for the oak aging but still very interesting and enjoyable with plenty of floral, citrus fruit hoppiness to go ahead with a thread of pine running through it all. The maltiness is even and not too sweet, less so than the base brew.

M: Slick and coating with medium carbonation and a woody aftertaste.

D: An interesting experiment, but I still like the original better as the flavors work well and the pine aspect has more muscle with more resinous notes than this brew. White Oak Jai Alai is still a really good beer. (1,066 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.87/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Out of the bottle this pours a cloudy tangerine color with a great off-white head. The head retains nicely and leaves a variable web of lacing down the sides of the glass.

Smell: Perfect. The white oak really comes through nicely. White oak, pineapple, white grapefruit, tangerine, orange blossoms, and some sweet pale and caramel malt in the background.

Taste: Sweet honey and pale malt up front sets the table for the hops. Juicy pineapple, grapefruit, and tangerine flavors burst onto my palate. The white oak really helps to smooth all of the flavors out.

Mouthfeel: White Oak Jai Alai shares the mouthfeel characteristics with its base beer. Smooth and creamy, even buttery, it is very juicy up front and gradually dries out toward the end. A light stickiness is present throughout and lingers after the finish. The hoppy bitterness pulls on the taste buds a little bit.

Drinkability: I absolutely loved the effect the White Oak had on the original beer. It added new depth and a flavor profile I am not really familiar with. Maybe the novelty will wear off after trying it a few more times, but for right now, this is one of my favorite IPA's. (1,214 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Filled Last night; Sampled January 2011
A big pour into my CCB snifter produces a two finger thick, light, almost pale, tan colored head that leaves some sticky lacing as it slowly subsides.. The beer is a red-amber-copper color that shows a barely hazed, pale amber / copper hue when held up to the light. For a half second the aroma smells only of herbal hops, but then a buttery oak character kicks in as well as a light woody spiciness and an almost fruity, fresh cut wood character (this last must be influenced by the hop fruitiness). The oak influences the hop character to lean more towards the herbal side than the regular version does, and it also brings out a surprising note of floral pear. It is weird, the huge hop fruit character somehow lurks furtively in the background, but at the same time is on the verge of seeming huge here in the nose; it definitely suggests at tropical fruit and when you really dig the finish is quite dominated by a uniquely singular grapefruit zest aroma (this last is not a suggestion of such an aroma as in every other IPA I have had, but instead smells exactly like grapefruit zest).

A nice biting bitterness closely followed by grapefruit and tangelo citrus notes greets my tongue up front. A bright tropical fruit character is found towards the middle in finish (much more apparent than in the nose) and the oak brings out some pear notes here as well. The finish is quite smooth, with an initial bitterness sort of morphing into a lightly spicy oak character and then just melting into a mix of buttery oak and pear / tropical fruit character with really no lingering bitterness at all; it is as if the oak neutralizes the bitterness in the finish somehow. There is quite a bit of green, sort of fruity (this last is clearly influenced by the hops), fresh woodiness towards the finish of this beer and this also accentuates herbal hop notes that lean towards mint, rosemary and perhaps a hint of sage. This has a fullness to it that is not heavy, and it suggests at the caramel malt character that is here; this last really melds into the buttery oak character such that it isn't as noticeable as it was in the regular Jai Alai.

This beer is quite interesting, the oak definitely adds complexity and the notes it brings to the game are nice, but actually negatively impacts the overall balance and composition of the beer (especially since the straight Jai Alai is so fresh in my mind). Still, this is quite enjoyable, I would almost always choose the regular version over this, or even the Cedar version is better, but I truly am quite happy to be drinking this right now (I am perhaps a bit overly disappointed only because I am making a mental comparison to the regular version I had last night). (2,751 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
3.12/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Borrowing notes from my review of regular Jai Alai for reference.

Jai Alai: No date info on the bottle. Hazy dark copper body capped with a creamy finger's worth of foam. Retention's pretty good. Patchy lacing.
White Oak: Much improved. Massive frothy head that reduces at a slow rate, leaving a mountain of foam in the middle with a huge bumpy skip all around. Impressive sticky clumps of lacing are scattered all over the place. Gorgeous. Bump 3.0 to 5.0.

Jai Alai: Very east coastish nose, with a hefty dose of caramel and light citrus zest notes underneath.
White Oak: Add a bunch of oak, which is pleasant in and of itself, but further blunts the hops. No change from 3.0.

Jai Alai: A touch boozy. A thickish brew, with moderate carbonation doing little to lighten up the sweetness. A decent level of bitterness briefly cuts through midswallow. Juicy citrus turns into a mildy pungent leafy hop flavor toward the finish. Malt dialed up to about 8.5.
White Oak: The plentiful oak seems to amplify the malts at the expense of the hops. No change from 3.0 for taste or feel, although a potential downgrade to 2.5 was considered.

Jai Alai overall impression: Not particularly memorable, although I have no idea how old the bottle is. Given this mystery, I'm inclined to give it another shot (will update my review with any new developments).
White Oak: Again, not really memorable. I remain unconvinced that 'oaking' is a good idea for IPAs. It's a helluva great looking brew, though, which is inflating my rating a notch or 2 above what it probably deserves. (1,608 characters)

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

Got this bottle in a trade with mondegreen. 12oz bottle poured into a C&B Bruges snifter.

A - Pours a hazy orange with a a huge foamy off white, bone color head with great retention and lacing.

S - The aroma is really unusual. The white oak is hugely dominant. There is some sweet fruitiness that i cant identify. I am not really smelling any hops or citrus as others have noted. I'm mostly smelling white oak, and in all fairness, i really enjoy the aroma.

T - The taste is just as unusual as the smell, however in this category i am tasting the great hops which make this the IPA that it is. The flavor starts of with some great pine resin and slightly grassy hop flavors. The middle is slightly malty, but the finish, is where this beer separates it from the others in the category. The oakiness is truly spectacular. Its dominant in a great way. It dominates the aftertaste profile, but it blends very well in this style.

M - The beer is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D - This is a very drinkable and enjoyable IPA, that is really different. I wish i could buy this in California. It actually really reminds me of my first home brewed beer, a RR Blind Pig clone recipe which was aged on white oak. At the time i thought the beer was off, but as it aged, it became very good and the oakiness was very similar. I think i should try that recipe again. (1,377 characters)

Photo of Pellinore1
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to CoastieSimon for this extra.

Pours light orange and just a little hazy, producing two fingers of white head. This slowly fades to a nice cap.

Some hops and malt are present in the nose, but the oak is dominant here. If somebody asked me what oak aging smells like in a beer, I would point them to this.

There is a very nice balance of hops, malt, and oak flavors in this beer. It leads in just a little sweet, then shows the bitter hops. The finish is dry, bitter, and oaky.

Medium-bodied with a nice level of carbonation, this is quite drinkable.

Overall, a very enjoyable beer. I find it much more interesting than standard Jai Alai, and am glad to have been able to try it. (691 characters)

Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a brillantly clear amber body that tends to be more on the red spectrum. The head is massive with a rocky texture that is very long lasting and leaves behind some lace.

S: This one has a big nose. A great IPA aroma of citrus hops, tropical fruits (pinapple & mango for sure), vanilla (definitely picking up the oak), and a hint of malt. I wish this was a candle I could burn in my house.

T: An explosion of flavor on the palate. A sweet malty upfront followed by a hoppy bitterness- tropical fruit and citrus. Finishes dry, oaky, and bitter, but overall, very well balanced!

M: Creamy (almost oily) texture, medium body, & light carbonation.

D: Another great one from CCB. If you can get your hands on this while it's fresh, do so ASAP. Could drink a ton of these in one sitting. Great beer! (804 characters)

Photo of bheilman
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice light golden color. The smell is great with strong oak; rich bourbon scents. The citrus scent I was expecting is fairly well muted by the oak. I usually like the hops scent, but I don't miss it too much here becuase it comes through strong in the taste. Tastes like an orange given a couple pin pricks, soaked in whiskey and then squeezed into a pale ale. It's definitely good. The tastes lingers with a bit of the hops and still some oak notes. It is fairly drinkable, but a bit strong to drink too many of these in a sitting. (532 characters)

Photo of aepb1
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Quite similar to their normal Jai Alai, Nice amber body with 2 fingers of a white head with little lacing

S- This is where it diverges and it does so splendidly. Oak, earthy tropical fruits and some sweet malts

T- Earthy, woody sweet malt with the hops bite being tempered by those great malts. More fruits too.

M- Medium-bodied and good carbonation

D- Very easy to drink. Cool concept and awesome flavor! (412 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark amber, almost with a reddish tint to it, good amount of cream colored head, fairly bubbly, some lacing

S-smells like bitter spicy hops. there's a strong stale grassy scent to it as well. its also a bit malty. there's a good strength to it, but this doesn't smell particularly tasty.

T-comes in with a really stale grass taste slightly (very slightly) outlined in hops. this taste lasts and then becomes the after-taste. There's only a slight bitterness toward the ends and there is no large hops presence which i find to be fairly disappointing. however there's a great sweetness here that i'm loving. its almost a taste of vanilla. its flows very nicely in this IPA.

M-good creamy carbonation with a good creamy finish

D-the tastes stay nice and pronounced. its actually a really good beer. Its definitely a different IPA, possibly not for all hop heads. however for me it hits the spot just right, i could have a whole case of these and it would disappear pretty quickly. i'd like to try this with some age on it. (1,027 characters)

Photo of punkrkr27
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by FlandersNed at the June '10 Metro Detroit tasting. Gold colored pour with a loose white head. The aroma is white pine, oak and toffee. Amazingly fragrant. Like smelling an evergreen forest. The flavor is big citrus with lots of juniper, pine and faint honey. Creamy, medium body with low carbonation. (318 characters)

Photo of Bmoyer0301
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:

Upon pulling off the cap, I only noticed a slight amount of hissing coming from the tiny 12oz bottle neck. I poured this into my English Imperial pint glass and was left with a surprising three finger thick tan head that slowly diminished to just a trace after a few moments. As I hold my glass up to the light there is a deep amber appearance almost a toast color with some haziness. On the swirl there is a decent amount of lacing that is slowly creeping down the walls of my glass.

Smell:

Right off the start something reminds me of a Orange Julius. Very bright citrus with some creamy undertones and a huge nose of wood pencils. I am guessing the creamy smells come from the wood which can impart vanilla.

Taste:

Oranges are front and center here with lots of woody earthy notes that blend together very well. Very clean and fresh tasting with tropical fruits, vanilla, and Chinese food duck sauce. A delicious long finish that is semi-sweet and makes me keep coming back for more. This is a nice spin on a old beer good job CCB. (1,050 characters)

Photo of Lerxst
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a semi-hazy copper/orange with a rocky two finger white head that has excellent retention and leaves tons of sticky lace. Really good looking beer.

S-Crisp tropical fruits abound here with the oak making its presence known as well-woody & earthy. Hints of a malt backbone are there as well.

T-The oak and the malt are much more prominent here than in the nose, yet still act as a complement to the hops rather than dominate them. A bit woody & earthy with a slightly sweet bready malt, but the hops reign here and provide a nice, bitter citrus hop bite. Tropical fruit is there as well.

M-Medium body and carbonation, a bit slick.

D-Goes down easily and invites another.

A nice twist on a very good IPA. I'll pick this one up again. (746 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange/tan and somewhat cloudy appearance. Fine rising bubbles on the sides of the glass. One finger head that dissipates into a nice sheen. Good lacing.

Fruity and sweet smelling, with a woody earthiness.

Oranges, apricots, mangoes all come to mind in the flavors. Definitely sweet, but also quite hoppy, with an interesting blend of spicy, bitter, and sweet. Woody background crosses all areas of flavor.

Pretty rich and thick indeed. Smooth and lingering medium bitter aftertaste. Silky carbonation.

A tasty treat, but wouldn't want to drink it every day. Very good beer tho. (586 characters)

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

Slightly hazy orange body with two fingers of fluffy white head. Good retention and lacing.

Wow, this smells great. Oranges and a blast of wood. The wood reminds me of the great smell of opening a humidor. Hints of vanilla, too.

I'm impressed by this beer. It's very woody and has that vanilla presence, yet still allows the IPA in it to shine, if not compliment the rest. There's definitely citrus in there and a spicy tobacco finish that I believe comes from the wood.

Mouthfeel is fresh and crisp. Good carbonation.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. The white oak added another dimension without detracting too much from the original style. (648 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a big, rocky off white head. In the aroma, oaky and orange citrus hops. In the taste, quite oaky, big orange citrus hops, remarkably fresh tasting and almost a hint of fresh bourbon. A hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry oak and orange citrus in the aftertaste. Big fresh flavors, tastes bigger than it is, but really nice. (371 characters)

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)

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