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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 1,287
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 232
Gots: 124 | FT: 4
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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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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 16:46:06 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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richkrull

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 00:59:44 | More by richkrull
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5%

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

New York

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 16:59:20 | More by SpeedwayJim
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baybum

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

01-12-2013 21:15:42 | More by baybum
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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5%

12-07-2011 02:56:48 | More by DoctorB2B
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vermilcj

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

06-03-2014 23:34:03 | More by vermilcj
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PorterLambic

Florida

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: growler

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

New York

3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 17:38:56 | More by WeisGuy
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ajzy

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

05-24-2013 23:36:56 | More by ajzy
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -5%

05-19-2013 03:05:19 | More by Damian74Shensky
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

02-12-2014 20:50:58 | More by bigbeers84
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mpayne5

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

05-27-2013 23:13:59 | More by mpayne5
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Rollzroyce21

California

4/5  rDev -5%

11-22-2012 04:35:46 | More by Rollzroyce21
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BeerHunter76

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1%

03-08-2014 18:17:25 | More by BeerHunter76
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nh2032

New York

5/5  rDev +18.8%

11-20-2011 15:06:09 | More by nh2032
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shand

Florida

3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.

This brew pours with a puny one-finger of head (especially compared to the head explosion of the base Jai Alai), and it's more hazy and slightly lighter in color than the base Jai Alai. Lacing is still exceptional. The smell is very nice, sharp oakiness and a touch of vanilla is over the great tropical fruit and hop base of Jai Alai. The oakiness is much stronger on the taste, which is both a good thing and a bad thing. It's good because the oak tastes great. But it's bad because it mutes some of the better parts of the base Jai Alai - the citrus and hops in particular. I wouldn't mind the oak to be a bit more subtle. Otherwise, it's pretty good, just unbalanced.

The mouthfeel is good, it's slightly more substantial and less carbonated than the normal Jai Alai. Drinkability suffers just a bit with the oak treatment. Overall, it's a solid spin on the original, but it's not quite an improvement. Worth trying, but not a necessity.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 04:27:08 | More by shand
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JeffTheJuice

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

01-26-2014 03:26:55 | More by JeffTheJuice
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GABrew

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

03-12-2014 21:12:42 | More by GABrew
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a murky orange with 2 fingers of bright white head (leaving behind tons of lacing). smells of citrusy grapefruit, vanilla, a smell of tangerine/mango.. very tropical.. definitely loving the way this smells. the flavor is a malty, citrusy (again tangerine/mango with slight grapefruit) oak bomb. working at a wood shop for many years can make you either love or hate the smell of certain woods. this is a very nice flavor, which surprises me because this was one of the worst smelling woods we worked with (due to it burning so quickly when cutting it since it's such a hard wood). a lovely flavor profile, and honestly nothing like jai alai. a medium body with low carbonation, very nice and sticky on the lips.

a complete different beast than jai alai. it's nice to JUST have an oak flavor in a beer, instead of bourbon barrel oak. i've worked with wood for many years, as a carpenter, in a shop, and in construction.. a nasty splintery wood to work with and smells terrible once it starts burning on the blade.. but here, here it works nicely.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 02:43:58 | More by facundoCNB
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augustgarage

California

3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to BPRESTON for sending this my way. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Gamboge and tenné gradient, somewhat cloudy and topped by a fist of rocky beige merengue. Huge soapy lacing.

Oak pervades the nose - coconut and vanilla overwhelm the caramel malt and citrus of the base beer. Lightly spicy perhaps as well.

Toasted coconut, grapefruit rind, and a touch of apricot and earth from hops on the palate. Palm sugar notes offset the moderate bitterness - citrus is strong but comes across as muted compared to the regular Jai Alai - leading into the finish which has a distinctive coconut/vanilla/very-lightly-tannic white oak flavor (which I only recall being this forward in White Oak from The Bruery).

Creamy, medium-light bodied, well carbonated, and faintly slick.

While this is an interesting idea, the execution leaves me missing the potent citrus and gentle balance of the base beer; particularly in terms of drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 05:58:44 | More by augustgarage
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

05-15-2013 13:08:42 | More by SaCkErZ9
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brystmar

Texas

4/5  rDev -5%

12-30-2011 23:53:09 | More by brystmar
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markgugs

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1%

05-24-2013 01:29:58 | More by markgugs
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kbutler1

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours a slightly hazed copper amber orange color with a very small bubbled tight antique white head. The aroma is very different than most IPA's I have ever smelled with notes of pineapple, coconut, mango, and some citrus. The oak must really have an effect on the aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a nice amojnt of carbonation. The taste is sweet tropical fruit flavor followed by a nice hop bitterness in the end that lingers on for a while. Nice lace left on the glass as I drink this. The oak shows through in the beginning as well. It still amazes me all the things CCB does with a great base beer as the White Oak version is great!

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 21:54:23 | More by kbutler1
Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
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