Jai Alai IPA - White Oak - Cigar City Brewing
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3.95/5 rDev -6.2%
Thanks, Jared, for this one!
A. A dense, cloudy, deep gold color. Good two fingers of off-white head that settles down to a half finger but lingers there on. Very thick and consistent lacing that leaves sticky, sudsy gobs on the sides of the glass. Quite a few floaties but that could be chill haze from the back of the fridge.
S. Citrus-forward with some pungent dank notes on the back-end. Lots of tropical fruit, particularly pineapple and mango. Some spicy sweetness from the wood...very interesting, adds some nice earthy quality and a pretty neat undertone to the hops.
T. Nectarine, tangerine, pineapple juice. This quickly gives way to waves of oakiness, which presents with tannic and spicy qualities. The wood and bittering hops combine for an assertive and slightly drying finish. However, the tropical fruit balances this dry finish fairly well, leaving a finish that, while woody, is pretty close to standard Jai Alai.
M. Very nicely balanced and a good use of the wood.
O. I'm not the biggest wood-aged IPA fan, but this is better than most. The White Oak compliments Jai Alai well, and there is a very interesting interplay of tropical and earthy flavors. While not a personal style preference of mine, I must say CCB has a nice beer here.
10-03-2013 18:28:25 | More by siege06nd
4.33/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
01-15-2011 02:41:00 | More by Vonerichs
District of Columbia
4.33/5 rDev +2.9%
Purchased from Connecticut Ave. Wine & Liquor - big thanks to Al for getting this one in. I've had this several times, but finally getting around to reviewing it.
A: Pours a nice hazy golden-brown with a thin white head
S: Very interesting, unique smell. It a nice mix of vanilla and oak with some citrusy hops. I haven't smelled a beer quite like this before.
T: The vanilla/oak flavor really takes command here, but the hops provide a nice backbone to the oak and it really works together well. It's a little bit sweet and very smooth. Very unique and delicious.
M: Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Nothing particularly stands out or detracts from the beer here.
O: I'm a hop lover and aged IPAs are not typically my thing, but this is an especially tasty beer. I really love the way that the oak and hops blend together here to make something really different and impressive.
10-07-2011 02:16:21 | More by starrdogg
3.25/5 rDev -22.8%
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.
01-01-2012 15:58:54 | More by Treebs
S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.
3.68/5 rDev -12.6%
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
05-07-2011 20:51:50 | More by sliverX
Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
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