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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: 1,348
Reviews: 328
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 245
Gots: 139 | FT: 5
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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Photo of KYGunner


4.05/5  rDev -3.8%

With the color of pink grapefruit, this IPA was already working it's way into unorthodox. The head was light and fizzy, sprite and alive.

The aroma held more surprises as an intense cocoa butter fills the nose. Shaved coconut can be found amongst the creamy sweetness along with a fragrant orange.

The sweetness is as unorthodox as the look as its like a grapefruit without the bitterness. Mid palate holds a stripe of orange flavor an then it ends with cocoa butter and apricot.

The feel is dry and smooth but never bitter.

White oak has really changed the personality of Jai Alai, and though it may not be better it definitely changes the norm and tastes good doing it.

04-08-2014 21:32:33 | More by KYGunner
Photo of DIPAFAN

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1%

05-07-2014 21:28:13 | More by DIPAFAN
Photo of TheBrewo


4.41/5  rDev +4.8%

We pop some cans, pouring into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It glows the color of a tropical sunset with a surprising amount of sediment throughout. The stark white head stands two fingers tall, and retains nicely. The nose is both sweet and spiced, with prominent and clean oak barreling, soured lemony, citric, and earthy hops, and a sweet, toasty pale malt base. Fresh honeys, tropical fruitiness of pineapple and papaya, and juicy peach flesh add a palpable sweetness to the nose. The flavor is quite souring to begin with, boasting strong oaked woodiness and fresh grassy and citric hops. Lemon zest comes through in the beginning, along with a sweeter, lightly toasted pale malt, and a slightly more robust caramel malt. Nectary white sugar sweetness hits the palate in the middle, striking nice balance between the more bittering oak. After the swallow, the taste hangs on with chalky and metallic yeastiness as well as some booze, and more of that sweet, warming, and musky white oak. The feel is creamy, entirely coating, and coaxes the mouth to warmth in a background of puckering dryness. The abv is easy, and the beer is gone before you know it.

Overall, this has been one of our most highly anticipated beers for a while. Jai Alai, as a base, is in contention for the juiciest IPA from this side of the country, so to take that powerhouse and engage it further, is something for myth and legend. The wood is musky, sweet, authentic, and unsoiled, adding a simple side to barreling that is not often seen. They do a great job of maintaining the basic beer here, and not using the added element to overpower the things that make this guy great. This is probably the best example of how to enhance an amazing beer that we’ve tried to date. They really put on a clinic. This is a game-changing, must-try if you can find it.

06-16-2014 01:52:18 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of DaveHack


4/5  rDev -5%

09-02-2012 22:05:14 | More by DaveHack
Photo of MbpBugeye


4.15/5  rDev -1.4%

This was the beer that got me most excited in a birthday box from Mikesgroove. Now I can call myself a real member of this site, having gotten beer from Mikesgroove.

A- Damn, they dont get too much better looking than this. Its a glowing burnt orange with an ever so light haze. The head is absolutely towering. One of the kinds of heads that will stick out above the rim of the glass and taunt you. It makes you wait to finish pouring and then wait some more to drink it. Lacing? There must be a better word for it than lacing.

S- This is a whole new beast. Very, very, very woody. If you thought Palo Santo was the most woodsy, check yo head. Fresh wood pulp, sap, pine bough, juniper berries. Its very intense and woodsy. Like the drippings from a wood chipper.

T- This tastes as much like a national park as it smells. The oak brings deciduous wood flavors and the hops bring the coniferous. There is pine sap, wood pulp, the moisture from green saplings. Hops also carry a citrus profile, mostly of sweet nectarine. This stuff is very, very sweet. There is no bitterness at the end and the finish feels almost empty.

M- The carbonation is quite high. Huh, who would have guessed a beer with meringue for a head had some carbonation? Its very dry with a full body.

D- I liked this stuff very much but Im left questioning some things. I certainly wouldnt be drinking this stuff in succession like other IPAs, but I would like having it on hand.

12-20-2010 03:33:50 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of zekeman17


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

07-09-2013 00:35:03 | More by zekeman17
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

10-18-2013 23:09:41 | More by LambicKing
Photo of Dave_Treat


3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

06-04-2013 02:11:34 | More by Dave_Treat
Photo of Danny1217


4.6/5  rDev +9.3%

Orange amber with a two finger white head. Nice sticky lacing. Good looking beer.
Smells of Grapefruit, vanilla, and coconut. Nice hop aroma balanced with sweetness from the oak. Incredible smell.
Tastes of citrus and vanilla. Orange, grapefruit, and coconut. Good balance. Bitter hop taste is melded together with the sweetness from the oak. Dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

I still may like regular Jai Alai slightly better, but this is definitely a nice twist to one of my favorite beers.

11-06-2012 23:39:09 | More by Danny1217
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

10-03-2013 15:58:31 | More by Paccamacca
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4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

12 oz bottle, bottled on 5 Aug 2012, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy orange color topped with a half-finger of bubbly white head, good retention and lacing.

S- Wow, the first thing I get is a ton of vanilla and some coconut. It's like smelling a dessert, definitely not what I was expecting from an IPA. Layered beneath the prominent vanilla is some tropical citrus aroma. It smells delicious, I also don't know if I've ever had a beer aged on oak that produced such a powerful vanilla aroma without also producing a whole lot of whiskey and oak, this is interesting.

T- Similar to the nose, albeit a bit toned down. After an initial rush of vanilla and coconut some tropical, juicy hops take over mid-palate and dominate the finish with piney bitterness and lingering juice flavors. Some caramel and toffee malt is beneath. I really wasn't sure how well vanilla was going to work with the hops on this beer but they actually play very nicely together.

M- Medium-bodied, moderate to high carbonation, has a smooth, slightly prickly feel.

O- A really cool IPA, the vanilla adds a really interesting new dimension to this beer.

09-13-2012 06:53:17 | More by WillCarrera
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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

03-01-2013 04:46:18 | More by JISurfer
Photo of patre_tim


4.59/5  rDev +9%

A: Copper with no visible carbonation, lots of off white floating particles, 3 fingers of yellowish head.

S: Orange, pine, a little oak, orange candy, sweet.

T: Orange candy, oak, vanilla, dill, sweet, well rounded with a little bitterness on the finish.

M: Thick substantial body with little carbonation. Smooth, well hidden alcohol.

O: Excellent brew. Really enjoying the IPA qualities with the oak aging. Reminiscent of oaked double bastard in orange sweet quality and oak aged quality. Really top of the list. Bought and drank at Deerfield Beach FL, July 16, 2014.

07-17-2014 02:16:27 | More by patre_tim
Photo of klipper


3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

01-07-2012 00:33:17 | More by klipper
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

06-07-2013 23:27:14 | More by savagepm
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New York

4/5  rDev -5%

02-08-2014 01:44:53 | More by campfirebrew
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4/5  rDev -5%

05-24-2014 18:28:55 | More by sd123
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4/5  rDev -5%

07-01-2014 18:45:01 | More by szmnnl99
Photo of Urbancaver


4.38/5  rDev +4%

Pours a nice crisp amber orange with a bit of nice white head. Smells very hoppy and oaky. A hint of vanilla on the nose as well. Tastes fairly sweet and hoppy. Lots of piney flavours on the tongue and a solid malt backbone. Thick and syrupy with a solid mouthfeel. Overall, just a touch nicer than regular jai alai as the oak adds some interesting complexity.

Note: let this beer warm up! S much more complex!

03-25-2011 22:40:14 | More by Urbancaver
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4/5  rDev -5%

05-28-2014 04:26:43 | More by iatethecloudsfor
Photo of GJ40

North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev -1.2%

Sampled from a 12oz bottle received in a trade with surge1311. No date on the bottle.

A - Golden with a haze and lot of sediment. A moderate beige head. Good lacing.

S - Oak and tropical fruit that grows as it warms. Very exotic and very unique.

T - A very interesting mix of flavors. I don't normally like wood influenced IPAs but this was very unique and well done. The mild bitterness really let the tropical fruit and oak notes play off each other. The wood was firm but not overdone.

M - A moderate consistency and carbonation that let the flavors take the lead.

O - Not one I'd drink often but one I'm very glad a tried.

06-03-2013 11:39:15 | More by GJ40
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

11-18-2011 18:25:50 | More by FreshmanPour77
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +1%

02-09-2014 19:15:40 | More by pmarlowe
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4/5  rDev -5%

06-06-2012 22:40:54 | More by bcsbeer
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1%

05-31-2014 21:54:16 | More by dvmin98
Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
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