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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 1,316
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 237
Gots: 130 | FT: 5
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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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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
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 02:16:21 | More by starrdogg
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deonreds

New York

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

01-18-2013 09:53:22 | More by deonreds
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DustinSWB

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1%

09-29-2013 14:45:10 | More by DustinSWB
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pisano

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

06-05-2013 12:50:20 | More by pisano
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phishbone23

New York

4/5  rDev -5%

01-23-2013 13:17:14 | More by phishbone23
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Jamison85

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

05-27-2013 20:19:19 | More by Jamison85
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jwat

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

07-06-2013 00:29:01 | More by jwat
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FUwolfpacker

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1%

01-24-2014 01:19:50 | More by FUwolfpacker
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shehateme

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

03-14-2014 01:05:56 | More by shehateme
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mctizzz

California

5/5  rDev +18.8%

03-11-2012 01:52:34 | More by mctizzz
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

11-25-2011 00:10:41 | More by doucmehu
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zekeman17

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

07-09-2013 00:35:03 | More by zekeman17
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vinny21bal

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5%

01-21-2014 21:23:40 | More by vinny21bal
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siege06nd

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 18:28:25 | More by siege06nd
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random846

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

02-05-2014 04:12:15 | More by random846
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patre_tim

China

4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: can

07-17-2014 02:16:27 | More by patre_tim
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erialbill

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1%

06-09-2014 19:47:42 | More by erialbill
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russwbeck

Virginia

3.38/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thank you jcartamdg for this, along with the wonderful vessel I'm drinking it out of!

A: Small white head rests on a hazy orange pour, but lacks the retention Jai Alai IPA obtains. A nice ring forms along the rims of my brand new Cigar City snifter.

S: Big vanilla smell on this one, lots of oak mixed in. Missing a bit of the piney hops.

T: As with the smell, missing the hops here. Grapefruit, and some maltiness, mix with an oakiness and some vanilla towards the end. Really way more malt forward than I expected.

MF: Finish is dry, carbonation is low.

D: Not on the level of Jai Alai, good experiment, but I'd take the original any day.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 04:59:19 | More by russwbeck
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mportnoy

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

07-05-2013 05:10:31 | More by mportnoy
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Out of the bottle this pours a cloudy tangerine color with a great off-white head. The head retains nicely and leaves a variable web of lacing down the sides of the glass.

Smell: Perfect. The white oak really comes through nicely. White oak, pineapple, white grapefruit, tangerine, orange blossoms, and some sweet pale and caramel malt in the background.

Taste: Sweet honey and pale malt up front sets the table for the hops. Juicy pineapple, grapefruit, and tangerine flavors burst onto my palate. The white oak really helps to smooth all of the flavors out.

Mouthfeel: White Oak Jai Alai shares the mouthfeel characteristics with its base beer. Smooth and creamy, even buttery, it is very juicy up front and gradually dries out toward the end. A light stickiness is present throughout and lingers after the finish. The hoppy bitterness pulls on the taste buds a little bit.

Drinkability: I absolutely loved the effect the White Oak had on the original beer. It added new depth and a flavor profile I am not really familiar with. Maybe the novelty will wear off after trying it a few more times, but for right now, this is one of my favorite IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 18:18:11 | More by KickInTheChalice
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1%

12-02-2012 04:12:11 | More by Hugonaut13
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ricecracker420

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

03-24-2014 03:10:26 | More by ricecracker420
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is really interesting and not like any other IPA I've ever had. I really think that the white oak works great with the regular jai alai as a base, very nice beer.

A: Dark Amber to brownish body, very opaque with a nice stable pinky of foamy head and super lacing. A little too dark for an IPA, but nice.

S: Awesome bouquet of oak, pine, vanilla, hop resin, sugary citrus, and nutmeg. Very nice.

T: I am very pleased with this taste, it is very awesome to me, though I can see why others might not like it since it is really quite different. Pleasing hop bitterness overall mingles with vanilla oak, spicy herbs, citrus hops, a nice malt backbone as well. The nutmeg and pine also shine through as it warms. Wow this is excellent.

M: Nice medium feel overall, but I find it a little over carbonated. Nice bitter finish.

D: Awesome beer overall, very tasty. I highly recommend trying this, though I dont think you could do more than one 12oz of this before it would get old. Awesome showing from Cigar City.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 21:34:14 | More by Dreadnaught33
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SFC21

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

02-15-2012 02:51:21 | More by SFC21
Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
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