Jai Alai IPA - White Oak
Cigar City Brewing

Jai Alai IPA - White OakJai Alai IPA - White Oak
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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #121
Ranked #2,910
4.2 | pDev: 10%
May 19, 2022
Jun 13, 2010
Jai Alai IPA - White OakJai Alai IPA - White Oak
Notes: A truly unique India Pale Ale, this iteration of our Jai Alai IPA boasts the addition of white oak spirals to impart sleek notes of vanilla, coconut and a touch of dill to Jai Alai's bold citrus and caramel character. The oak also serves to temper the bitterness in the 70 IBU base beer while oak tannins elegantly dry the beer’s body to create a unique drinking experience that still remains true to Jai Alai’s unique qualities.
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4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ovaltine from Indiana

Pours a slightly hazy burnt orange with an oatmeal colored head that is foamy and provides ample lacing. The nose is has some nice tropical citrus notes, but the oak and coconut are dominant.

Likewise on the taste, there’s a nice citrus flavor, especially as the beer warms a bit, but the oak and coconut are the lead to this dance, IMHO. Still, there’s a nice bitterness at the back of the palate, and there’s a pretty nice balance, again especially as the beer warms.

The mouthfeel is medium and drying, per the style. The OG is still my favorite, but this is more than a worthy variant.

May 19, 2022
4.09 by LXIXME from New Mexico on May 16, 2022
4.25 by Johncnh from New Hampshire on Apr 17, 2022
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4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by HalfFull from California

Pours a hazed copper into a snifter glass with a half inch of off white foam. Decent retention follows.

Nose the usual hop notes but is muddled with hints of oak and vanilla and a touch of peppery spice. Taste is muddled when compared to your standard Jai Alai as well, malty but more vanilla as well and a dry wood notes on the finish. Feel is smooth and not as sweet as Jai Alai. Overall a solid iteration of an already solid beverage. More of a sipper than the standard version thanks to an interesting palate.

Apr 06, 2022
3.85 by einman from Minnesota on Mar 30, 2022
4.24 by Timmmmaaayyy from Pennsylvania on Mar 27, 2022
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3.71/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Delwart55 from Florida

Love the original Cigar City Jai Alai, just came across a sampler 12 pack with 4 new version. Similar to the original, but the oak adds a new unique taste to this fine IPA.

Mar 22, 2022
4 by BeerDreadz from Florida on Mar 19, 2022
4.34 by jchanley from Illinois on Mar 12, 2022
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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jkblr from Indiana

12oz canned 12/06/21 (2 months ago) poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at 55° Fahrenheit 7.5% ABV 65 IBU. The beer pours mostly bright honey amber with very light khaki head. The head recedes to a medium ring and uneven cap. Plenty of lacing. The aroma is mild with muted oak, caramel and pine. The taste is semisweet caramel with more oak influence. Woody and drying with only a hint of the hoppy citrus of the base beer. Medium bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, delicious, although it's hard to rate against traditional American IPAs.

Feb 05, 2022
4.25 by hester7 from Texas on Jan 23, 2022
4.25 by NickThePyro from Washington on Aug 08, 2021
4.14 by ikidunot from Canada (ON) on Jun 07, 2021
4 by GoHabsGo from Canada (ON) on May 22, 2021
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4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Dfeinman1 from Florida

A great take on one of the best IPAs out there. Perfect carbonation and mouthfeel bring out the white oak and hops. Like the new can design as well.

Mar 03, 2021
3.96 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin on Feb 05, 2021
4 by grapeshops from California on Jan 28, 2021
4.21 by polloenfuego from Canada (NB) on Jan 26, 2021
4.19 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Jan 11, 2021
4.36 by Long813 from Canada (ON) on Dec 09, 2020
4 by Urk1127 from New Jersey on Dec 01, 2020
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4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

LCBO purchase for $13.95 CDN per 4 pack. 355 ml can served fairly cold into a pint glass. Canning date of 05/06/2020, so hoping this holds up ok.

Appearance - A gusher of a can is cracked and emptied halfway into the pint glass. Light hazy dark golden brew with copper highlights. Multiple fingers of loose white head with incredible staying power and curtains of lacing.

Smell - Spicy notes with hints of oak (made me think scotch for a sec) and lots of citrus. Hops faded somewhat. Vanilla and coconut are present as advertised.

Taste - Spicy again with some citrus, grapefruit most prominent and some orange in there. Woody notes certainly present and hints of caramel. An intense ride. A little more harsh and boozy on the palate; you definitely know this is a stronger than average brew.

Mouthfeel - Soft body with lower than average carbonation, but easy to drink despite the apparent booziness and spiciness. Finishes with astringent little bubbles on the tongue.

Overall - I know this is past it's prime, but even still a truly remarkable beer with gobs of flavor, tons of intensity and yet is easy to drink even with a 7.5% ABV. I enjoyed Jai Alai the first time I had it and wish I had a source that would deliver it fresh more often, but the White Oak variant is pretty awesome stuff. For Any BA's up in this neck of the woods, I highly suggest you give it a try. For those closer to it's origin, color me jealous that I don't have access to this awesome brew.

Oct 02, 2020
4.35 by Insomniac from Canada (ON) on Oct 01, 2020
4.02 by octortus from Canada (ON) on Sep 24, 2020
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3.45/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Not the biggest fan of the regulare version of jai alai, perhaps the white oak will be better received.

No difference in the appearance, its amber with a 3/5" barely off white head. I always thought there was a light woodiness to regulare Jai Alai, and it was here, but different. Previously it was cedar like, here I guess that is 'white' oak.

Taste still seems to impart the same caramel and woodiness of the regular. Where it is weird, is that the only one with actual wood, tastes less woody. I think I slightly prefer this version because of the more dry mouth feel, this one seems to meld with the caramel malt thickness and lessen those less desireable traits. I've never really thought the hops in here popped much in any non generic direction beyond just bitterness and its no different this time around.

Sep 23, 2020
4.28 by Rootscipio from Texas on Sep 19, 2020
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4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

355 mL can from a 4-pack purchased at the LCBO; dated May 18 2020 and served barely chilled.

Pours orange-amber and a little foggy, which may be related to the countless teeny-tiny bits of stuff hovering throughout the liquid. Situated atop is one finger of frothy, off-white coloured head that recedes within a few minutes; a few strands of lace are flung about in the process, which also leaves behind a foamy collar, as well as some filmy wisps. The aroma includes notes of orange, grapefruit and pineapple, with hints of mango, pine sap, cedar and oak. I'm also getting bready, caramelized malts and coconut, as well as a touch of ethanol - it's downright fragrant, like a pine forest after a light rain.

This is a robust IPA that mostly fits the "old school" template, though the white oak spiral treatment does spruce it up effectively enough. Grapefruit, orange and pine resin are prominent right off the bat, supported by bready malts and caramelized sugars; lesser notes of mango, pineapple, oak and coconut are also apparent by mid-sip. There's a hint of vanilla preceding an earthy, floral, slightly pithy bitterness that lasts only briefly, dissipating into a fading aftertaste of citrus and oak that finishes off-dry. Medium-full in body, with low carbonation and a slick, smooth texture on the tongue. Good drinkability - finishing one can is easy enough, and I wouldn't mind another, but I doubt I could stick with this all night.

Final Grade: 4.26, a very respectable A-. Cigar City's White Oak Jai Alai was a feast for the senses, and a brew that I must highly recommend to any and all IPA fans - particularly those who prefer 'vintage' American IPAs over the hazy, double dry-hopped, NEIPA-type stuff that is all the rage these days. Note that I have not actually tried the original article (Jai Alai), but I would absolutely be interested in doing so, and am holding out hope that it will pop up here eventually.

Sep 11, 2020
3.94 by McSeal from Connecticut on Aug 29, 2020
4.17 by entenduintransit from Tennessee on Aug 19, 2020
4.25 by Pchop18 from Kentucky on Jul 27, 2020
4.26 by JTuomi from Finland on Jul 16, 2020
4.18 by shelby415 from Oregon on Jun 23, 2020
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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by VolatileAgent7744 from Kentucky

Wonderful IPA. Complex in a way I can't put my finger on. Just bitter enough, and just enough ABV to satisfy. I still like the regular Jai Alai better, but this is a quality diversion. Dang Cigar City knows the craft.

Jun 23, 2020
4.25 by kuhndog from New York on Jun 22, 2020
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4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Act25 from New Jersey

I like White Oak a shard better than Jai Alai. Bravo!
a) An arrogant bastard like smokey body, darker, more bronze, with a creamy lasting and lacing head.
s) As noted wood, vanilla, coconut rise as the first layers, the wood continues and is supported by citrus, pine, malt.
t) Loses the shortbread cookie sweet of the original in favor of smokey, woody, oaky power.
f) Perfect, the wood and hop resins linger quite well. Well made.
o) Sum greater than the parts and so a higher yet score here.

Jun 21, 2020
4.28 by Lukass from Ohio on Jun 16, 2020
4.35 by gooddaydiablo from Texas on Jun 14, 2020
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4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by Peach63 from New York

Pours amber with a 1 1/2 inch white head. Moderate lacing. Slight haze.

Aroma is very light pine, light citrus, floral.

Taste is light pine, light citrus, light bitterness.

Medium bodied, light carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

Milder version of the regular Jai Alai. Quite good.

Jun 14, 2020
4.3 by mfigueroa713 from New York on Jun 13, 2020
Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
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