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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 1,301
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 236
Gots: 125 | FT: 4
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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4/5  rDev -5%

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

4.25/5  rDev +1%

01-24-2014 01:19:50 | More by FUwolfpacker
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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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zekeman17

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

07-06-2013 00:29:01 | More by jwat
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vinny21bal

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5%

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

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1%

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

California

5/5  rDev +18.8%

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

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

06-05-2013 12:50:20 | More by pisano
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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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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

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Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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California

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Marshal Zhukov RIS barrel-aged release party. I'm really intrigued by CCB's tradition of revisiting of their standard brews-this should be a treat.

Poured into a small sampler glass. Slightly murky golden-copper, with a thin but lingering head.

The nose is brilliant - a superb blend of citrus hops, oak, smokiness and a lovely tropical blend of mango and orange, possibly coconut, vanilla. Anything but your standard IPA bouquet. Love it!

Taste is also superb, probably my favorite IPA of the trip. I could really detect the standard Jai Alai foundation (citrus and earthy hops, malt, caramel), but the addition of the oak wood brought about an excellent woodsy, fruity character that brought out the best in the basic recipe.

Medium bodied for an IPA, easy drinking carbonation.

Were I able to stay longer, I would have had several of these on draft. Just a great blending of flavors. Definitely restores my faith in the evolution of the American IPA! (Shame I can't bring some home with me!)

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2010 03:47:16 | More by JohnnyBarman
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SFC21

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

02-15-2012 02:51:21 | More by SFC21
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Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1%

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TheSixthRing

California

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on date of 05/13/14

Appearance- Pours a clear golden amber with bits of yeast(?) sediment floating around and a big, off-white 2 finger head. great retention, resulting in a thin layer of surface suds and a thick film of lacing around the glass that holds quite nicely.

Smell - Sharp on the nose, hitting on tropical notes of pineapple, tangerine and mango offset by some oak and grape character. Vanilla creeps in as the brew warms.

Taste - Tropical notes as found in the aroma, mellowed by the woody oak character. Touches of coconut and red grape. Hints of vanilla. Finishes with more oak and coconut and a light citrus pith.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with fair, tingly carbonation. Super smooth, with a semi-dry finish.

Overall - Good, really good, but I prefer the original. If it ain't broke, don't fix it or, in this case, if it's one of the best IPAs in the World, don't touch it! Okay, maybe that's being too dramatic, but as good as this is, I'd never choose it over the OG Classic!

Serving type: can

06-06-2014 06:28:17 | More by TheSixthRing
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New York

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09-15-2012 19:53:04 | More by DoubleSimcoe
Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
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