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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 1,524
Reviews: 350
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 290
Gots: 175 | FT: 8
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tpd975 on 06-13-2010

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
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4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to sendsilk for this.

I'm not into re-reviewing beers on here anymore, but I hated to drop a full review for an updated "had" so here we are...

As Cigar City expands, all of their product is looking much better, tasting cleaner, etc. I feel like this beer is either dialed in moreso than my 3.7 review of years back, or else it's simply much better extremely fresh (these cans are under 20 days old as of my drinking).

Lovely clarity and bone white head on a light copper colored brew. Leaves nice lacing.

Smells wonderful yet cheeky at the same time. The oak is prevalent off the bat, very heavy notes of fresh cut wood (one person I shared this with said it reminded them of wood shop in High School). There are notes of vanilla and a lot of floral character from the oak. The hops are fruity and bold, but the interaction with the oak is where the beer gets quite unique. At times the aroma is of fresh juicy tropical hops, and at others you can smell bubblegum and smarties.

The flavor follows in line with immense hop flavor and heavy but welcome oak. The bitterness is somewhat mellowed by the oak yet the perceived alcohol seems higher than regular Jai Alai.

Creamy mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Overall a great take on their flagship IPA. Recommended.

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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 1,524 ratings.