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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 1,347
Reviews: 327
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 244
Gots: 140 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

02-03-2013 18:51:34 | More by DonFrap
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2.75/5  rDev -34.7%

04-12-2013 12:45:04 | More by Brew33
Photo of arizcards


4.04/5  rDev -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.

11-09-2013 01:22:21 | More by arizcards
Photo of jsh420


4.03/5  rDev -4.3%

pours cloudy amber orange with a big chunky 2 finger head that had great retention and left lacing all down the glass

smell - i dont get any oak - citrus orange grapefruit a little pine

taste - again not a lot of oak flavors - the same citrus grapefruit pine and ashy hops - decent caramel malt backbone - solid ipa

mouthfeel is a medium body beer with good carbonation very smooth and creamy

drinkability - very easy drinking and good balanced ipa

02-27-2011 05:11:41 | More by jsh420
Photo of whatname


4/5  rDev -5%

01-27-2014 03:26:49 | More by whatname
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

12-07-2012 16:09:28 | More by CoryR
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4/5  rDev -5%

10-25-2013 21:22:01 | More by Stinger80OH
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4/5  rDev -5%

03-14-2013 08:55:25 | More by beergorrilla
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3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

07-07-2013 04:42:09 | More by Zbeetleman
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New York

4/5  rDev -5%

Thanks to sendsilk for hooking this bottle up in a trade.

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Has a sweet nose with vanilla and oak the hops are light for an IPA

T - Like the nose starts off sweet and oaky with vanilla finishes with some hop flavor

M - This beer has a fuller body with medium carbonation to it

O - I'm enjoying this one quite a bit I really like the flavors the oak has added to this beer very easy to drink worth getting if you ever have the chance

08-06-2011 00:06:24 | More by armock
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3.83/5  rDev -9%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Goldish orange pour that left a big gushing and sticky white head with very nice lacing throughout. Nose is buttery citrus, most notably tangerine and pineapple and perhaps coconut. The taste is a creamy oak, vanilla, some coconut, hops, and moderate pine. The mouthfeel was much improved when compared to the regular Jai Alai IPA. Softer and not as bitter on the tongue. This beer is obviously intended to be savored slowly to appreciate the subtle differences and over the top oakiness. Medium-bodied with a light oily finish. Finishes clean with a dank budder aftertaste in the mouth. Overall, a nice oaky/vanilla IPA from Cigar City.

05-20-2011 01:36:22 | More by CuriousMonk
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3/5  rDev -28.7%

01-02-2014 17:02:27 | More by atlbravsrno1
Photo of Tucquan


4.35/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

07-05-2013 16:01:27 | More by Tucquan
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

06-26-2014 00:08:48 | More by JDV
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

06-03-2014 23:34:03 | More by vermilcj
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

06-22-2014 18:11:28 | More by fredmugs
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

12-28-2011 03:19:29 | More by GrindFatherBob
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3.95/5  rDev -6.2%

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy gold in color with a half-finger white head that laces decently well. Moderate visible carbonation.

S: Aromas of spicy wood, caramel, vanilla, sweet grassy with pine & citrus in the background.

T: Sweet and oaky up front, than comes some caramel, toffee, vanilla, buttery sweet, with pine, grassiness and citrus pith. Hang is buttery, bitter & sweet.

M: A smooth, medium to slightly heavy mouthfeel, still with a good amount of carbonation sensation, and minimal alcohol presence.

O: Look, this is a good beer, and I do like it. And this year's batch seems a little better than previous years. But for me, the bottom line is that it's not as enjoyable to drink as the base beer, and still doesn't hold a candle to Humidor Jai Alai.

08-31-2012 02:16:33 | More by macrosmatic
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4/5  rDev -5%

07-21-2014 04:50:58 | More by Kurmaraja
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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.



01-21-2014 22:38:56 | More by inlimbo77
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South Carolina

4.71/5  rDev +11.9%

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

06-30-2013 20:58:33 | More by MacQ32
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New York

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

I had at Torst in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

A. A dark caramel color with a haziness, but light where you can see through it. It has a thick white foamy head with lots of lacing.

S. Very lovely honey and hop and grassy scent.

T/M. It has a dry taste, but there's also a nice grape and sugar smoothness to it. It has a nice grassy taste underneath. A bit more malty than hoppy. Full bodied. Noticed some butterscotch after drinking for a bit.

O. Very flavorful and smooth for a dry IPA.

06-18-2013 13:40:47 | More by Amalak
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4.26/5  rDev +1.2%

A-hazy light golden amber color with a big off-white head and good lacing

S-tropical fruit, citrus, vanilla, oak, very fragrant

T-citrus, pine, tropical fruit, vanilla, oak, softened bitter hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, creamy and smooth

O-really interesting variation of a solid IPA, complex flavor profile

01-27-2013 18:09:27 | More by MDDMD
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +1%

11-14-2011 18:01:10 | More by JRod1969
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4.48/5  rDev +6.4%

(Thanks go to a friend who went home to Tampa for Christmas and brought me back some Cigar City beers). Jai Alai White Oak IPA pours a clear amber with a medium sized creamy white head on top. As the foam fades it leaves behind some spots and lines of lace on the glass.

The aroma is very woody with notes of oak and some vanilla. Reminds me of a wood shop. Some citrus, pine and light fruit (peach)are also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is creamy with mild carbonation. The flavor is sweet with fruity notes of peach and mango. Lots of oak throughout. It finishes with citrus flavor of orange and grapefruit. Once gone the sweet peach flavor and oak lingers on the palate.

This is a very tasty, easy drinking beer with a unique flavor of fruit and oak. Now that I've had some I want more.

01-01-2013 00:22:31 | More by WanderingFool
Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
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