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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: 1,343
Reviews: 327
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 239
Gots: 139 | 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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4/5  rDev -5%

07-21-2014 04:50:58 | More by Kurmaraja
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

01-12-2013 21:15:42 | More by baybum
Photo of JoEBoBpr


4.13/5  rDev -1.9%

Cigar City Brewing Jai Alai – White Oak
Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A – Pours a gorgeous strong perfect orange color with some nice haze and a slight golden outline. There is a nice .25 inch head that is nice and white and quite dense. It has some medium retention. (4.5)

S – Flowery aromas with some slight woody and grassy notes tomorrow. Nice tropical fruit notes that are a bit balanced with the wood spice. Some mango and some peach notes are present. (4.0)

T & M – Nice woody notes to start with some slight coconut flavors present. Mango notes and some peach as well as some nice grassy and citrus notes. The wood notes add an interesting balance to the traditional hop juicy character. There is a nice dry hoppy and bitter finish but that is also infused with a dry and fresh wood notes. The coconut flavor is really nice on this beer and not to overpowering. There are some nice bready notes in the background to this beer but obviously this is a hop heavy beer. (4.0) (4.0)

O – This beer is quite delicious and interesting. I’m interested to try the base beer. (4.5)

05-27-2011 22:50:15 | More by JoEBoBpr
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1%

05-24-2013 01:29:58 | More by markgugs
Photo of portia99


3.65/5  rDev -13.3%

12oz can (canned 1/17/14) poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a somewhat pale amber color with excellent clarity. A thin finger of tan foam caps the beer briefly, falling after a minute or so. A thick collar and some foamy sheets of lacing are left behind.

S - Green hop aroma up front, slight maltose sweetness, mild citrus, traces of pine, a touch metallic.

T - Earthy and green flavors start things off with a solid malty sweet base. A bit woody and mixed with some underwhelming hop presence. Hop bitterness is fairly mild with muted citrusy flavors making it thru the other flavors in the beer. Toasted malt flavors, a bit of biscuit-like, dry malt/graininess come thru at the end.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation level that gives a nice fizzy tingle. A bit on the malty side or just light on hops for an IPA.

O - Overall, a bit of a disappointment. I had high hopes for this, being a fan of Cigar City beers in general and a fan of the original Jai Alai. Can is only 1 1/2 months old...maybe the hops have faded some, but I was surprised how low the hop level was in the flavor profile. Wood aging affect the hops some?...maybe, but not sure that is the case. At any rate, glad to have tried it. Will likely give it another try somewhere down the road and give it a second chance.

03-02-2014 23:37:20 | More by portia99
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2.25/5  rDev -46.6%

08-26-2013 19:33:28 | More by dfhhead25
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3/5  rDev -28.7%

01-02-2014 17:02:27 | More by atlbravsrno1
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4/5  rDev -5%

03-13-2012 19:35:39 | More by justintcoons
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

07-22-2014 19:15:43 | More by trxxpaxxs
Photo of richkrull


5/5  rDev +18.8%

Poured a very cloudy darker orange color with some beige head and pretty good lacing.

Smell is very hoppy with some citrus coming throw.

Taste is fantastic, hoppy throughout with some malt undertones.

Mouthfeel is mediu. This beer went down very smooth.

Overall I really enjoyed it. I would love to drink this beer on a regular basis. Really love this beer.

06-27-2011 00:59:44 | More by richkrull
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4.83/5  rDev +14.7%

appearance: golden amberish with a solid head retention

smell: very bold and assertive hop presence. pine and citrus, some vanilla

taste: the wood toned the bitterness and citrus down. pretty smooth and interesting flavor. some interesting tropical flavors like toasted coconut and pineapple.

mouthfeel: medium bodied to full bodied IPA,

drinkability: a wow beer!

12-28-2010 23:37:25 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of jaasen64


4.25/5  rDev +1%

12oz bottle poured into CCB snifter. Thanks to johnyb for this one.

A- Pours a little bit hazy orange brown with about a finger and a half of foamy white head that has excellent retention and coats the glass in lacing. Decent amount of consistently rising carbonation bubbles.

S- Citrusy hops of lemon and grapefruit balanced with sweet vanilla extract, oak, and a hint of dill. Very well balanced, fairly aromatic, appealing, interesting, and fairly complex for an IPA.

T- Surprising amount of citrus lemony hops that balance with an oaky vanilla extract flavor that gives a fairly sweet taste that balances surprisingly well with the citrus. Finishes with significantly more oaky vanilla, a considerable amount of dill (even more then the nose), and a little bit of a bitter hop bite (a little bit more then I was expecting). Lingering aftertastes of citrus hops, vanilla, and dill. The white oak definitely gives it a very unique IPA taste that is surprisingly very tasty and balances well.

M- Medium bodied, nice carbonation, very smooth, lightly creamy, very easy to drink.

O- This is probably one of the most interesting beers I've had to date. I haven't had many barrel-aged IPAs (probably mostly CCB ones), but this is probably my favorite. It drinks kind of like a citrusy milkshake when you take in consideration the smooth vanilla, foamy head, and creamy feel. Unlike any other beer I've ever had and very well done. It might not be for everyone, but I definitely recommend trying it out.

12-05-2012 22:20:25 | More by jaasen64
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

05-24-2013 23:36:56 | More by ajzy
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New York

3.88/5  rDev -7.8%

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep orange color and quite hazy. There is a three-finger huge, frothy, ivory head with great retention and lacing. Orange and grapefruit citrus hop notes lead the aroma with a lighter piney aroma also present. I know this is white oak aged, but there is a substantial cedar aroma that provides a little depth to the hops along with a very restrained malt profile. Big, bitter citrus flavors up front, lemon and grapefruit taking center stage with a mild fruity sweetness, more bitter citrus mixes with an oaky woodiness on the midpalate and finish. This is a good midway point between the great base IPA and the slightly over-the-top Humidor IPA. The finish is bone dry, bitter and a little hot. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, a very dry finish and light alcohol warming. Fairly drinkable, but the woodiness makes one bottle enough. More drinkable than the Humidor IPA, but less so than the base Jai Alai. Unique IPA that's worth seeking out a few bottle of.

11-03-2010 17:38:56 | More by WeisGuy
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4.15/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours a rich dark yellow, almost amber, color. Small head drops to a very thin film island rather quickly.
Smell is full of oak and malt with a touch of sweet orange or tangerine and some caramel?
Taste is more of an IPA with a definite hop presence, some grapefruit, malt, oak. Good balance here.
Fullish body with a tangy, almost biting, effervescence. Not harsh but sharp. Dry finish with a warming in the back of the throat and down. As a malt lover, IPAs aren't often on my list but this is a good one.

07-06-2011 02:26:51 | More by PorterLambic
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New York

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%

Thanks to billyshears (Jon) for this one. Sampled at a tasting 1/5/11. 6oz. pour from a 12oz. bottle into a DFH pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a 1 finger frothy, white head with decent retention. Beer is a deep, clear orange. Lacing is sparse and with little stick.

S: Nose is super aromatic and the regular Jai Alai we had side-by-side was muted by comparison. Sweet vanilla, oak, intense citrus, and cane sugar along with some coconut and other tropical flavors. Almost like a pina colada mixed with IPA.

T: Opens sugar cane, vanilla, and citrus hop bitterness. Sweet alcohol lingers and mellows in the background. Piney hops toward the middle and end with a big, citrus hop finish and aftertaste.

M: Light to medium bodied. Amply carbonated and coarse in the mouth all the way. Lively and bubbly going down. Finish is messy with an aftertaste that lingers.

D: Having the regular Jai Alai next to this beer really opened my eyes to this offering. A very solid IPA, the White Oak barrel-aging seems to complement the citrus and tropical hop bitterness in this offering perfectly. Definitely worth seeking out.

01-06-2011 16:59:20 | More by SpeedwayJim
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

02-12-2014 20:50:58 | More by bigbeers84
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

05-27-2013 23:13:59 | More by mpayne5
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev -5%

05-19-2013 03:05:19 | More by Damian74Shensky
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4/5  rDev -5%

12-07-2011 02:56:48 | More by DoctorB2B
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

01-26-2014 03:26:55 | More by JeffTheJuice
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

03-12-2014 21:12:42 | More by GABrew
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South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

05-23-2013 01:36:39 | More by mikeincharleston
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New York

5/5  rDev +18.8%

11-20-2011 15:06:09 | More by nh2032
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4/5  rDev -5%

11-22-2012 04:35:46 | More by Rollzroyce21
Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
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