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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 1,314
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 237
Gots: 129 | 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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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wow hard to imagine this is the same Jai Alai I just had a couple of months ago. The non oaked version is more of an IPA this oak version is just out of hand unlike any offering I've had from an IPA. I get a nice oak and spicey aroma but the flavor just oozes out with vanilla and a hot boozey bite of spiciness. There is a bit heavier diacetyl in the mouth. A decent beer but not really my type.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 13:57:53 | More by TheFightfan1
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2GOOFY

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

11-08-2012 05:09:29 | More by 2GOOFY
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark amber, almost with a reddish tint to it, good amount of cream colored head, fairly bubbly, some lacing

S-smells like bitter spicy hops. there's a strong stale grassy scent to it as well. its also a bit malty. there's a good strength to it, but this doesn't smell particularly tasty.

T-comes in with a really stale grass taste slightly (very slightly) outlined in hops. this taste lasts and then becomes the after-taste. There's only a slight bitterness toward the ends and there is no large hops presence which i find to be fairly disappointing. however there's a great sweetness here that i'm loving. its almost a taste of vanilla. its flows very nicely in this IPA.

M-good creamy carbonation with a good creamy finish

D-the tastes stay nice and pronounced. its actually a really good beer. Its definitely a different IPA, possibly not for all hop heads. however for me it hits the spot just right, i could have a whole case of these and it would disappear pretty quickly. i'd like to try this with some age on it.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 01:40:44 | More by AdamBear
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed the regular Jai Alai for the first time last week, time to try out one of its variations. Thanks once again to Kimdog.

Appearance - Dark orange color with some haze and a white head. Good retention, a little bit of lace.

Smell - Seems a little more on the herb+grassy side of the hop spectrum that the original, but a good amount of various fruits there still (grapefruit and mango come to mind). Oak/vanilla presence is definitely there but kinda light, sweet toffee malts as well.

Taste - Unlike the scent, oak hits you right away. Big woody vanilla tones here along with toffee and caramel malts take over the hops quite a bit, but a decent amount of citrus fruit, earthy and floral. Some oddly sharp alcohol bite pops up here and there.

Mouthfeel - Very similar to the original, a little bit on the hefty side but smooth, pretty low bitterness.

Overall - I preferred the original to this one but this a pretty interesting variation. The oak adds a very unique touch but is maybe a bit overpowering.

Serving type: can

02-25-2014 01:42:20 | More by Chico1985
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babaracas

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber with towering creamy just-off-white head and slowly fades to a meringue-like cap leaving thick styrofoam globs of lace. It doesn't get better than this. Smell: the oak is fantastically upfront and lends a coconut character. Second level we have sticky pineapple, soft tropical fruit, and citrus rind above a sweet melon + caramel base. Taste: acidic pineapple, toffee, pink grapefruit, vanilla + coconut + oak character, caramelized cantaloupe (can that be done?). Creamy with perfect slightly prickly carbonation. Freakin' fantastic. As much of a revelation as the humidor was, this is orders of magnitude better.

If the tasting room can stay open for a few weeks I'll be back begging for a growler fill of this.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 05:49:49 | More by babaracas
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beer2day

North Carolina

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

Honey gold pour, a little richer and earthier than the regular Jai Alai. Towering rich 3-finger head. Great lace.

Definite woody nose, lots and lots of oak. Just can't decide if that's a good thing. Getting a little juniper, too. Might be a mix of the hops and the wood. Very different.

Very interesting tastes here. Vanilla strikes me first, but that develops into a pepper-wood flavor. More carbonated than the regular Jai Alai, too. Faint hop bite in the finish.

Slightly malty for the style.

Definitely an acquired taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 01:13:19 | More by beer2day
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bcm75

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

06-07-2013 01:53:57 | More by bcm75
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peabody

Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out slightly cloudy with two fingers of white foamy suds.
Smell is very citrusy with mango and grapefruit at the front. Sugar and malt/yeast are in the back.
Taste is a watery mix of bitterness and barely sweet caramel. The grapefruit rind is here then you get a slight fruityness. The white oak must be the bitterness at the end because it makes the mouth really dry.
Mouthfeel is clean for the most part. Somewhat sticky at first but the bitterness takes all that away.
I could see sessioning this beer if I live in TAMPA.
Thanks Haver, you are a gem!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 00:05:52 | More by peabody
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jschott75

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1%

06-27-2013 18:14:50 | More by jschott75
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dunix

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

02-14-2013 20:23:17 | More by dunix
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nrs207

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1%

05-12-2013 19:55:10 | More by nrs207
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Lehighace06

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.8%

02-02-2014 21:45:16 | More by Lehighace06
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captainbearcat

Illinois

5/5  rDev +18.8%

05-25-2013 23:50:49 | More by captainbearcat
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sirsteve42

New York

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

02-12-2014 13:51:16 | More by sirsteve42
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Arsenal0328

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +1%

05-22-2013 22:34:20 | More by Arsenal0328
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Paccamacca

California

4.25/5  rDev +1%

10-03-2013 15:58:31 | More by Paccamacca
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Drucifer

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

10-17-2013 15:16:30 | More by Drucifer
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atlbravsrno1

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -28.7%

01-02-2014 17:02:27 | More by atlbravsrno1
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Jas45678

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5%

01-09-2014 21:10:46 | More by Jas45678
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CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +18.8%

03-24-2013 19:33:07 | More by CEDAMA
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Treebs

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a FFF Anniversary party pint glass.

A: Exact same the regular Jai Alai that was sampled before this. Golden straw body with amber hues mixed in, a white head that leaves some nice sticky lace.

S: This white oak did some crazy things to this beer. I'm getting something crazy, almost like banana liqueur with a peppery oak like taste and some subtle hoppiness.

T: Same as the nose. The white oak gave it a peppery zing with a very sweet fruitiness. It's almost spicy in nature. Quite interesting.

M: Medium bodied with a long lingering taste of white oak left on the palate.

O: This was way different from the original Jai Alai that was sampled right before, but it is still about the same type of beer. I'd be interested to try other beers that have been aged with white oak.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 15:58:54 | More by Treebs
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sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy copper pint with a nice thick cap good lacing
Smells big coconut with hops in the back
Taste follows the nose but with a pronounced wood flavor, reminds me of the smell from freshly split wood the longer this goes the more woody it gets which just gets a bit unpleasant.
Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied bright carbonation
Overall not a bad beer but a pint was a bit much by the end

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2011 20:51:50 | More by sliverX
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Vonerichs

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy orange body with two fingers of fluffy white head. Good retention and lacing.

Wow, this smells great. Oranges and a blast of wood. The wood reminds me of the great smell of opening a humidor. Hints of vanilla, too.

I'm impressed by this beer. It's very woody and has that vanilla presence, yet still allows the IPA in it to shine, if not compliment the rest. There's definitely citrus in there and a spicy tobacco finish that I believe comes from the wood.

Mouthfeel is fresh and crisp. Good carbonation.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. The white oak added another dimension without detracting too much from the original style.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 02:41:00 | More by Vonerichs
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kvgomps

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5%

01-23-2014 02:09:30 | More by kvgomps
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can > Pint Glass

A - Mostly clear orange amber with two finger of fluffy white head, a little medium lacing
S - Very unique floral hops, dank, grassy, and there's a really unique woody, obviously oaky aroma.
T - Floral hops, very smooth rich oak flavor, vanilla, grass, a little citrus peel.
M - Crisp and smooth, dry but not dehydrating.
O - Very unique and excellent IPA, love the oak complexity. Wouldnt get a case, but a few cans for sure.

Serving type: can

02-02-2014 22:07:09 | More by Omnium
Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
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