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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Ratings: 1,643
Reviews: 371
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 325
Gots: 205 | FT: 10
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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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Ratings: 1,643 | Reviews: 371
Photo of itsscience
4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark copper with two fingers of white fluffy head. Darker than Jai Alai with some big soapy bubbles that aren't typical of the original. The smell is mango, orange juice, and tangerine, coming off quite a bit sweeter and riper than original Jai Alai. I have to try pretty hard to pick up on the smell of oak. The taste is sweet vanilla up front, followed by a grapefruit bite and an earthy oak finish. The beer has a superb balance that attenuates any bitterness. This is miles ahead of the smoky mess that is the Humidor Series Jai Alai and I dare say that I like it more than original Jai Alai, which is my go-to IPA.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz, 1/11/14
DFH IPA glass

A: Very pretty appearance in the glass. Crystal clear deep orange color. Nice frothy off white head with sticky lacing sheeting which starts immediately. Good carbonation.

S: Definitely pulling some of those vanilla woody notes right away. It meshes well with the more earthly hop notes of pine and muted citrus. Actually getting more of a melon character. Some of that dill is there.

T: Much like the nose. You get that nice touch of vanilla on the tip of the tongue. Then some of that earthy pine and muted citrus. Oak dryness. Slightly tannic. I do get that flavor of dill in there. That vanilla really works so well with the bitterness. It's not as lingeringly bitter on the back end.

M: Medium bodied. Soft mouthfeel, which is extremely pleasant.

T:

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

can into a pint glass. canned Jan 3rd 2014

pours a very dark rustic tan with a nice inch thick head. an aroma of lots of vanilla and oak and hops, nice! the taste is so awesome. oak at first but very mellow and it blends so well with the base beer, just super smooth and drinkable. mild bodied with good carbonation.

overall better than regular jai alai. love this beer!

Photo of stakem
3.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, canned only 6 days ago into a matching CCB snifter. The brew pours a perfectly clear copper color with a finger of tan head. The cap fades to a thin film leaving spotty lace on the glass.

The aroma has lots of fruity and floral hop quality with some citrus like orange zest and strong fresh grapefruit juice. As it is smelled more a little bit of buttery toffee comes out with a very strong woodiness.

The taste is bitter with herbal hops, a little piney and dank with zest, rind and pith like orange/grapefruit juice. However, there is also a brash oaked quality that tastes very woody and neutral that almost has a spice faintly like cedar. The woodiness just doesnt seem to work, it clashes and has a slight buttery flavor into the aftertaste that was unexpected and even more strange.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is about as fresh as I could imagine ever getting shy of being at the brewery when it was released. Sadly, the oak clashes and distracts instead of complimenting. Worth a try but this just didnt do it for me. I'll take normal jai alai every time over this.

Photo of Johnbenco34
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- copper ale pours well with a light tanny brown head and a delightful bouquet

S- a light note of diacetyl and a nice oaky, tropical and fresh cut pine pine aroma with an undertone of vanilla notes

T-Citrus and tropical taste lends towards grapefruity and sweet vanilla also a light touch of dill( I honestly didn't taste the dill as much as the vanilla and tropical pine). Good characteristic of resin and earthy.

M- Medium to full body. About a finger of foam with a good retention and lacing. Carbonation id low to medium( nothing like a Belgium lol). Ends with a mellow to dry finish

O- Slightly sweet ipa with a perfectly balanced oak and hop character. Great beer for any great time

paire well with(pww)-steak and chicken with spices like curry, red peppers, banana peppers.and excellent with a roast beer sandwich.

Photo of homebrew311
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Having had Jai Alai and the humidors variant the last two nights, it's time to tick the white oak version thanks to extras from dipaguy. Appearance is more cloudy than the regular Jai Alai with sparse white head and a deeper honey color. The nose starts with plenty of citrus hops and quite a unique character from the white oak. The white oak almost lends a spicy component to the base beer and almost hints towards notes of cinnamon. The taste starts sweeter than its counterparts, but that sweetness is quickly taken over by heavy oak and hop bitterness. This tastes like an entirely different beer than the other. The white oak seems to accentuate the hop bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is a tad heavy for style with moderate carbonation. Overall, the white oak makes for a very unique and flavorful IPA. This would be fun to experiment with different hop profiles. Quite enjoyable indeed.

Photo of maxcoinage
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to @velcrogrip for this (extra!)

Poured 12oz bottle ( no date ) into tulip - there was a huge head on this, but it could be due to the fact that it arrived on my doorstep several hours ago. Fluffy white head that took it's time to settle down. Some noticeable bubbles rising from the bottom. Color of the beer is a darker orangish brown.

Aroma has some good citrus notes, oak, vanilla, bready

Taste is amazing! The hoppines and malt flavor are balanced perfectly. Big citrus, some floral notes, toasted coconut and that finish definitely has an oak flavor where I'd normally expect it to be a bitter finish

Mouthfeel is smooth for sure, nice medium body and carb, and somewhat creamy.

Overall this is a really nice variation of an IPA. It's definitely worth seeking out, will have to try to score some again soon. It recommended spicy food on the bottle, so I broke out some spicy hummus and veggies/crackers and must say it's definitely a good pairing

Photo of lurpy1
3.16/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewing from memory, and thanks to the ever-generous Three Fishes for sending this along. So many winners in that box. Unfortunately, this one tended towards the back of the pack. Can't beat the Jai Alai backbone, but I picked up on a strong tropical smell evocative of Coppertone. Can't say I know what Coppertone tastes like, but i have to think the coconut oil aftertaste White Oak delivers has to be pretty close. The beer still managed to be refreshing and suitable for summer. Perhaps paired with the right food would have provided a major a-ha moment, but as it was, it was merely OK.

Photo of arizcards
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received two bottles on 10-3-13 from Lets Pour for $6.50 each. Bottled on 9/3/13.

Beer poured orange with chunks of yeast. Head was OK but dissipated quickly.

Nose is wonderful, tropical hops dominate.

Taste was initially was big on vanilla notes with tropical hops dominating in the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly lively from the carbonation.

Overall this is good. I am not crazy about oaking an IPA so i recommend hanging with the regular Jai Alai.

Photo of Ri0
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured 12oz bottle into snifter. bottled 9/3/13

A - Dark muddy orange with suspended floaties throughout the liquid. A 1.5 finger eggshell white head with fair retention, drops to nothing more than a thin ring. Lacing is small and spotty.

S - This smells unique and awesome! Oak, vanilla, sweet citrus, and some type of sweet baked bread quality. The aroma is very nice.

T - First and foremost I get a quick, sweet taste of baked bread and vanilla, with some oak notes. This is quickly cast aside to let the bitter citrus hops into play, with grapefruit and some pine most dominant. This is a very complex and interesting IPA.

M - Medium body with a slick, oily feel. There is definitely a bitter quality from the hops and oak.

O - A creative and complex IPA that stands out. CC is sure having a fun time coming up with awesome beer.

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 10/12/13 tasting notes.

Jai Alai India Pale Ale aged on white Oak

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Served chilled. Split this one. Thanks Jeff...

A ) Cloudy pale amber with some sediment floating about as well. About a half finger of head. Decent retention.

S) I found quite a bit of grapefruit in the aroma, but not overly bitter. There is a nice balance created by the oak in use here. A whiff of vanilla sweetness too.

T) My initial thought was, this is like enjoying a halved grapefruit with a little dusting of sugar. Light tropical fruit as well, but this is mainly about the citrus. I also really appreciated the white oak, creating a slightly woody flavor, with a touch of vanilla.

M) Medium bodied, and quite smooth. The carbonation was not to lively, but had enough. Nice finish + aftertaste.

O) If forced to choose, I'd stick with regular Jai Alai, but this is really a unique and tasty brew. Guess it's a good thing I won't be forced to choose. Glad to recommend...,

Photo of JohnG190
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange color with a thin, off-white head. Good retention and lacing. Strong aroma of oak followed by tropical fruit, citrus, and sweet malt. Great fruit palate with a strong malt backbone. Vanilla, coconut and oak notes come out mid palate and linger through the finish. If this were a blind tasting, I'd never guess that the base of this beer was Jai Alai. Smooth mouthfeel, with a nice dry finish. Decent carbonation. Overall, this is one of the finest wood aged IPAs I've ever tasted! CCB doesn't disappoint!

Photo of taylor714914
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow, CCB NAILED this one. What a phenomenal beer.

Pours a slightly darker straw color than expected, perhaps from the oak.
Smells of intense hops, vanilla, and biscuit malts.

Taste is where this excels. Pungent hops and sweet biscuit malts play perfectly against one another with the white oak adding vanilla similar to cream soda. The finish is spot on with the light tannins of the oak and the vanilla a well.

Overall, perhaps one of the best IPAs I've ever had.

Photo of siege06nd
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Jared, for this one!

A. A dense, cloudy, deep gold color. Good two fingers of off-white head that settles down to a half finger but lingers there on. Very thick and consistent lacing that leaves sticky, sudsy gobs on the sides of the glass. Quite a few floaties but that could be chill haze from the back of the fridge.

S. Citrus-forward with some pungent dank notes on the back-end. Lots of tropical fruit, particularly pineapple and mango. Some spicy sweetness from the wood...very interesting, adds some nice earthy quality and a pretty neat undertone to the hops.

T. Nectarine, tangerine, pineapple juice. This quickly gives way to waves of oakiness, which presents with tannic and spicy qualities. The wood and bittering hops combine for an assertive and slightly drying finish. However, the tropical fruit balances this dry finish fairly well, leaving a finish that, while woody, is pretty close to standard Jai Alai.

M. Very nicely balanced and a good use of the wood.

O. I'm not the biggest wood-aged IPA fan, but this is better than most. The White Oak compliments Jai Alai well, and there is a very interesting interplay of tropical and earthy flavors. While not a personal style preference of mine, I must say CCB has a nice beer here.

Photo of timc100
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic aroma - a great blend of barrel and dank hoppiness. Oaky vanilla and coconut come out strongly - great organic woodiness. The citrus and pine comes through and really blend well with the oak. The taste is more bitter than the nose suggesteed with grapefruit being the prominent flavor. The oak is very smooth - vanilla.

Awesome oak aged IPA - takes the base up a notch

Photo of blackcoyote13
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Forewarning, you better be in the mood to drink a Christmas tree when you order this one up. A recurring theme with Cigar City is that some of their flavoring processes will completely dominate and/or steamroll over the flavors of the base beer. In some cases, this creates a whole new beast (like with this White Oak Jai Alai) and in other cases it results in a nigh undrinkable brew. Fortunately, I am a fan of the flavor combination and the earthen, pine forest saturation in this variant is intoxicating. You can certainly tell that the delicious Jai Alai base is there and it melds well with the oak, which takes the base IPA by the hops and leads it away. Four stars on this one, a very tasty beverage that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Photo of aMILESupreme
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Jai ALai, deep copper, unfiltered.

S: A deep complex jai alai with a nice oak nose. the hops blend nicely with this oaked vibe.

T: Delicious, you get the same old tasty Jai Alai but with a wonderful oak complexity. You get an almost dill and vanilla like after taste. really nice oaked brew.

O: I love this beer and found my self quickly buying a case the second they made it available in bottle. but still probably prefer the Humidor Series Jai Alai.

Photo of mattsdenney
4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Was able to snag some sixers of this one on vacation back in May. Finally getting around to drinking and rating my last one. Was hard to find.

Pours a medium amber, orange color with two things of full, thick head. Cloudy with noticeable specks of material and residue floating around. Not sure what this is, part of the oak possibly? Smells amazing; orange peel, lemon, fresh cut grass, sweet vanilla. Tastes even better. It's hoppy, smooth, malty, sweet, bitter, and all in perfect harmony. The finishing notes of vanilla and oak are perfect and mix well with the hoppy bitterness. The hops are more subdued than in normal Jai Alai as expected. The smoothest, most flavorful IPA I've ever had. Light carbonation, smooth, medium bodied. Perfect consistency. Overall an amazing beer and one that I hope to find every year. I can see why people in FL were buying it up and trying to sell it for 4x the normal price.

Photo of MusicaleMike
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours with a peach-colored sea foam-like head that tops a very murky, cloudy, indeed almost chunky, deep orange-colored body. Head looks sturdy, and appears to lace well. It does very well actually.

Excellent oak aroma mixed at just the right amount with the hops. Resinous, piney, grapefruit like hops sit immediately underneath this woody, warm, beautiful oak aroma, lending hints of sweet honeydew melon as it mixes with the hops.

Very nice first sip, which comes off as an IPA first and foremost, with a standard bitter profile (though not too bitter), accompanied by a distinct oak exhale. This is quickly followed by a trace of sourness on the palette, close to the finish. The aftertaste is splendid, all white oak and a lingering bitterness. The following sips provide more of the same, though the sourness I perceived at first seems to dissipate. Here, the beer is an IPA given a very nice treatment in oak. I really love the combination of IPA with barrel aging. The oak helps in the way of balancing the bitterness. There isn't much sweetness here, though the aroma indicates that. The malt comes to play in the finish and at the swallow, leaving a caramel like flavor to accompany the oak.

The carbonation is good, though might be a touch more lively than I would like to see it. And the body is a hefty one, feeling quite full bodied. The finish is semi-dry, astringent from the excess of hops.

In contrast to the barrel aged 10-10-10 that I had last night, this is clearly a more refined beer. The bourbon notes overpowered the hops a bit too much. Here, without the sweet bourbon, the oak provides a flavor complexity, without "sweetening" the IPA. I'm not sure what the alcohol is here, but it was more appropriate for the 10% beer to have a bourbon treatment. This wouldn't work here. I think that White Oak Jai Alai is a phenomenal IPA and I would say this only deepens my love for Florida beers.

Photo of sleuthdog
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle sent to me from LiquidDegenerate. Thanks Jim!

Poured into CCB snifter

Pour: White Oak Jai Alai is a light copper orange color with a two finger head. Retention of the head was not much and lacing is along edges of the glass after receding.

Smell: The biggest aspect of the nose of this beer is it's smoothness. There is a light oak and kiss of vanilla. The hops are there but not in your face and melded together with the oak seamlessly. Citrus is the hops I get and it is very subdued. Is that a nutty coconut aroma I get?

Taste: The taste is a unbelievably smooth to me. Again the oak and vanilla are blended with the hops to create one hell of a unique IPA. I get some of the coconut especially as it warms a bit. It is fruity and juicy and not overly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Talk about silky smooth. This beer is about as smooth as an IPA can get I think. It is medium bodied with light carbonation. This sticks to the palate to a decent degree and just adds to that magical silky feel.

Overall: I really enjoy the regular version of this but this is such an awesome change to an already stellar IPA. I wish I had regular access to this because I would most likely have it on hand most all the time.

Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: dark orange hue with a moderate haze and tons of little floaties. There also appears to be a moderately strong effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy ivory foam. Pretty attractive!

Smell: the sweet & citrusy hops combine with the vanilla and oak character create something that's enticing but hard to categorize. At first my nose said diacetyl, but it's somehow got the same initial piercing character without the nasty fake butter character. I'm also getting notes of peppermint ... wtf? Fascinating, to be sure!

Taste: kind of like the aroma, a bizarre mélange of citrusy hops, woody vanilla and rich, sweet malt. It's muddled, but the flavors really work well together. Weird, but it actually works.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good, rich smoothness and a good level of creaminess, especially for an IPA. I like it.

Overall: while I wouldn't call this a super-drinkable beer, it is very flavorful and is a very satisfying quaff. Kind of a weird animal, it's definitely worth a try if you have a chance.

Photo of guityler83
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark murkey copper color with little light peaking through sits bellow the finger tall kahki colored head. As it falls into beer it leaves a coat of lacing on the impieral pint glass thick enough to measure.

S: Oak and vanilla with staying power at first impression. A raisin bread and cracker malt aroma and grapefruit, piney hops.

T: On the first sip the woody oak and vanilla flavor is upfront but not overpowering the other flavors. Firm grapefruity bitterness is the next thing grabbing the attention of the pallet and it follows through to the end. The flavors are distinct at cooler temperatures, but as it warms up the oak imparts more flavor and gives the impression of higher bitterness.

M: A moderate amount of body (i get the impression from the oak?) with lower carbonation and a tingly mouth feel from the oak barrel.

O: A very complex and balanced beer. Oak and IPAs have the potential to go really really bad, but this one hit the spot on a HOT day. Cheers to JesseLara for this beer as an extra!

Photo of Tucquan
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2013-07-04 in Paoli, PA at TJ's

A - Murky orange-amber with a 1/2-finger head into a 9 oz snifter. Good lacing.

S - Tropical fruit, orange, vanilla, mild grain and yeast.

T - Bright citrus, coconut, toast, woody, vanilla, grapefruit zest. Complex. Dries out fairly quickly with a nice woody, fruity and bitter finish.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Resinous, thick, prickly.

O - Significantly different than normal Jai Alai. The white oak aging really compliments this brew.

Photo of Aml42000
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Speiglau IPA glass. Slightly cloudy copper with a snowy off white head.

The aromatics are amazing here- a mix of coconut & vanilla from the oak which one could smell for days. Secondarily, citrus lingers about as well.

This enters on the sweet/oaky side with very pronounced vanilla, but moves seamlessly into featuring the hops which present in a more subdued manner than a traditional IPA, but definitely do not let you forget what type of beer this is.

Unlike many oak-aged IPA's, this is balanced in the mouth with refreshing effervescence and a soft overall feel. Medium bodied.

This is an excellent version of oak aged IPA. Wonderfully complex, one to slow down & savor, but still a clean, refreshing drink. Would enjoy this anytime.

Photo of MacQ32
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - pours a cloudy deepish orange copper color with a nice finger of dense tan head, very nice retention, great lacing.

S - lots of oaky aromas, sweet oranges and vanilla are prominent as well. Lots of light, slightly citrusy fruits and honey as well. Relatively tamed hoppy bitterness. Pretty big smell

T- really nice mild but pronounced orange citrusy bitterness initially, honey and oaky vanilla sweep through in a big way, tannin sets in as well. Really complex and well balanced.

M - lightish bodied+, really drinkable, well balanced and smooth despite decent carbonation. Perfect actually.

O - absolutely fantastic, ill have to revisit the regular jai alai, this one knocks it out of the park, largely due to that addition and balance of honey and the white oak. Impressively balanced yet complex

Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 1,643 ratings.