Jai Alai IPA - White Oak
Cigar City Brewing

Jai Alai IPA - White OakJai Alai IPA - White Oak
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American IPA
Ranked #69
Ranked #1,403
4.22 | pDev: 9.95%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
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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Photo of Brew_42
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Darkish Amber with an off-white head and medium lacing.

Aroma is piney with hints of vanilla and coconut but only faintly.

Taste follows the nose, but the vanilla and coconut are more pronounced.

Medium carbonation and medium body

Overall a tasty IPA for the summer with a nice punch in terms of ABV

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Photo of LifesAnesthesia
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Amber with some hazy and a medium white head that sticks around and leaves behind a good amount of lacing.
S - Piney, bitter hops and some malt on the nose along with hints of coconut
T - Piney bitter hops up front and throughout followed by a nice malt backbone. Hints of coconut and oak as well. Some tropical notes.
F - Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth, somewhat thick
O - A solid, balanced IPA with a little more toned down hop bitterness compared to the original, but personally I prefer the original Jai Alai to this version.

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Photo of Ronl12
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into IPA glass. Dated 1/14/19.
Look is nice hazy golden orange. Smell is nice dank citrus. Taste is nice citrus front note with a little bitter hop at end, also notes of the oak sneak in especially as it warms. Fell is light. Overall, a nice twist on a very good IPA. Nice notes of oak and vanilla sneak in.

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Photo of avalon07
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Had this beer on-tap at Capital Ale House - Innsbrook, poured into a pint glass. Had a yellowish / amber color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A solid aroma of hops, vanilla, citrus fruit, oak, and malt.

T: Tasted of a bit of malt (mostly in the finish), a little citrus fruit (lemons, perhaps), a good shot of the advertised oak, some hops (not overdone), and a hint of vanilla. A straightforward, well-balanced flavor. The oak (and vanilla, too), adds an interesting dimension to your standard IPA taste. Sweet, light, and tasty.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: A solidly made, easy to drink IPA. Worth a try.

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Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is rather hazy amber yellow in color and has some particulates floating in suspension near the bottom along with a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that quickly settled down but left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides off the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with hints of oak.
T: The taste follows the smell and starts off with flavors of citrusy hops, but these are somewhat mellowed out in the middle with notes of oak and associated vanilla. No underlying malts are detectable. The hops contribute a moderate amount of bitterness as well as citrusy flavors that linger into the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: It thought that this beer was an interesting take on the Jai Ali IPA and the oak added a little complexity to the taste.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

$ 10.00 (Including tax)/4-pack of 12 oz cans ($ 0.208) from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. Reviewed 2/9/19.
Can stamped “Canned 12/14/18” on bottom. On shelf at distributor. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.25.
Body – Dark yellow, hazy, translucent.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.5 cm, aggressive center pour), off-white, medium density, good retention, slooowly diminishing to a three to five mm ring and a thick, rocky partial layer. Head retraction leaves massive torn curtain lacing.
Lacing – Excellent – Wide bands of tiny bubbles, connected by multiple narrow columns.
First pour – Yellow, clear.
Aroma – 3.5 - Initially citrus with a bit of malt and wood. Eventually only a hint of malt remains.
Flavor – 4 – Begins moderately bitter with malt and oak tannins prominent. No nose citrus detected. No alcohol (7.5% ABV) flavor. No diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, watery, lively carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3.75 – Although this was sitting on the distributor’s shelf, at this time of year that shelf is usually around 40-50 degrees, depending on the outside temperature, so I really can’t blame citrus loss on the distributor. That leaves the age of the can, but seven weeks isn’t an unreasonable age for an IPA here in the wilds of the oak/maple/beech climax forest. So whatever caused the loss of citrus, as well as the absence of the advertised coconut, is a blame shared by both the distributor and the manufacturer. Still, a decent IPA when it arrived at my taste buds.

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Photo of ludachris
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Its pithy amber orange hue is a refreshing break from the flour/yeast/wheat/oat laden hazy IPA of today. Creamy and stern is its off white head on top. It's a touch cloudy but still looks au natural.

Bright, snappy lime and citrus skins are married with a piney, resinous stick. The white oak is equally as lively, bringing fresh cut wood and lemongrass into the mix.

My mouth is immediately coated with limey, minerally, grassy goodness; coming in bright and punchy. Sweet suggestions of coconut and vanilla make up the underlay. A lemony, piney bitterness eases into the finish. A foray of leafy, grassiness is what's left to linger

Its snappy dry finish paired with its stern but clean level of bitterness defines its texture and makes it a real treat. Its weight sits comfortably at medium with a CO2 level that's a bit understated but works well with the bigger picture.

Punchy, sharp, dry, and snappy are all descriptors that are almost the antithesis to the fruit juice cream that the new fan favorite IPA has come to resemble. I myself am a big fan of the former and this iteration of Jai Alai does well at encapsulating just that.

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Photo of brureview
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden honey pour with a 3F head in a Spiegelau glass.

Well balanced interesting blend of flavors in the aroma: woody, fruit, vanilla , coconut.

Thick MF. I like this in an IPA.

The aroma transitions well to the taste: woody, oak, tropical fruit, vanilla coconut. The flavor balance is more pronounced. especially as the beer warms up.

Mild hoppy finish.

Great beer.

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Photo of soze47
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like the Woody notes to this American ipa classic. This beer usually has a nice malt balance against bitter notes of citrus and resin. Same still applies here, but there are indeed notes of coconut and sappy dryness to really give it a nice bite to finish. Nose has some almost spruce or juniper qualities. Dangerously drinkable for a 7.5 abv. Not sure this is what I’d always want as a go to in my fridge, but fun change of pace

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear amber color with some suspended sediment. Creamy white head. Great retention, with sheets of lacing.
Smells immediately of oak--coconut, vanilla, oak tannins, and rum. Then tart and juicy pink grapefruit, blood orange, pineapple, mango, and pine needle.
Tastes of sugar sprinkled ruby red grapefruit upfront--juicy and sour. Blood orange, citrus peels, lime zest, mango, papaya. Toasted biscuit malt with hints of caramel. Bitter and piney on the finish, along with massive vanilla and coconut oak notes. Intense oak tannins, and lingering grapefruit peel and pine.
Medium mouthfeel, well carbonated, smooth, oily, dry and crisp. Sticky with residual hop oils and sugars.
A real nice super oaky hoppy treat!

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pretty orange pour, clear and bright, big white head, lots of lacing.

S - Strong pine and resin, a hint of lemon and orange, some earthy woodiness.

T - Bright menthol hop notes, mildly sweet malt core, and a big hit of citrus. The middle also adds a oaky aspect, and the close brings stronger bitterness, lingering but not oppressive.

M - Lively acidity, moderate weight, dry close.

O - A mighty fine IPA, quite delicious and satisfying.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured to an Ora et Labora taster.

A: Body is coppery to orange. Head is white to beige, 3mm thick. No carbonation visible.
S: Aroma is more of blood orange than any citric component, which basically means that I should've drank this beer earlier. No oak whatsoever.
T: Taste starts off with blood orange again incoming from an aged IPA, but now you can see through it to find orange, lemon zest, grassy tones and then moves on to a very on point finish that's very sharp and controlled. This is a classic IPA, a classic American IPA with a coppery body, a damn hoppy finish and a minor floral to citric beginning. YES.
M: Body is medium. Carbonation is medium. Alcohol is medium. Bitterness is mild.
O: I actually prefer the regular version but I also wish I could've had this on a fresh version.

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Photo of BackMarker
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very different, but in a good way. I had the original Jai Alai IPA on tap in Tampa (it was wonderful), so I was excited to try this variation on the theme. Found it in cans at Total Discount Liquor in Eldersburg, MD. Beautiful light orange to amber in the glass, with a nice head of foam that laced nicely. Prominent hops in the nose, but a very soft, subtle hint of vanilla and aged wood in the flavor profile. Has an underlying whiskey-like taste behind the malt that provides a rich, rounded softness to it all. Then the hops kick in again with a bit of a bitter aftertaste that renders the entire beer very drinkable. I liked it a lot. I have to go back and find some more.

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Photo of BeerBourbonAndBooty
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I give both the regular Jai Alai and the White Oak Jai Alai 5’s all the way around. Jai Alai is my absolute favorite beer ever. The White Oak version is almost a smoother version with a little less “IPA bite” but the same amount of awesome flavor. This is a seasonal / occasional beer that’s not always available but when it is, it flies fast. Same ABV but a smoother, oaky taste takes over some of the bright citrus hoppy-ness and creates an extremely smoothly balanced IPA that even my dad would enjoy.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Released October 19, 2018 at Systembolaget in Sweden.

Finally I got hold of this beer! I've longing for it since it was released from Cigar City and I tried to get it when I was in Florida in March this year but I had no luck.

The beer bours hazy, orange with a huge, three finger high, beige, fluffy head that leraves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Nose: Hops, caramel, a hint of oak and vanilla, wood, pine, apricot and citrus.
Taste: Bitter hops, oak, orange, pine, hay, orange marmalade and spices.
Mouth: Full body. Light carbonated. Oila and bitter ending.

A great, full-bodied, beer with a great nose!
Saying that I still prefere a fresh Jai Alai instead of this. A great beer though!

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear Amber color. The head is white and 1 finger, retention is good.
The aroma is a tropical citrus aroma, mixed in with a pine aroma also.
Taste is pine hop flavor.
Body is decent, and the hops do stick in my throat.
It's a good beer, just don't know if it's better than the regular.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.15/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can served in a big snifter. Brought back from Virginia by my wife. Canned 06/22/18.

Pours a murky amber with a small, very fine head and medium carbonation. Smell is boozy and piny.

Taste is a little oaky, piney, old hay.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little still. Overall...not bad. Not very good, either.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear honey amber with a thick white head that slowly recedes leaving generous lacing. Aroma is citrus and pine. Flavor follows the nose, I get a touch of coconut and vanilla as well, sweet start with a slightly bitter finish. Feel is medium with just enough carbonation. Overall a nice enough beer.

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Photo of MrOH
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy deep gold, with a finger of white head. Nice lace and retention.
Digging the nose: citrus, tropical, a little dank, and a bit of coconut
Flavor is interesting- follows the nose, but with the coconut being more prominent, and with a fair amount of vanilla and fresh wood. Bitterness is spot on
The astringency from the wood is a touch too much, but otherwise almost perfect for an IPA
An interesting beer that I've enjoyed drinking, but not sure if it would be a repeat purchase

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the can, it pours a clear amber with a really nice head that lasts. Lots of hops, primarily citrus hops and pineapple. The taste is citrus on the tongue. Nice!

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Photo of ssimpson89
3.69/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I love regular Jai Alai, so I was excited to try this beer. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. I don’t think it’s a knock on the beer, but I’m learning that I just don’t like IPA aged on wood.

It’s OK and a bit unique, but I just don’t dig the flavor. It has a dry, coconut, woody taste, which is probably by design. I do like the dry finish. You can tell it’s well made, but it’s just not for me.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks apricot golden with a nice white creamy head. Beer glass has lacing. Smell is very much muted compared to their regular Jai Lai. Just some muted,faint hop smell, mild pinapple. Taste is delicious, well refined and smooth. Definite barrel notes. Feels creamy with ample carbonation. Overall this is not the IPA I would have put on wood. The non-wood Jai Lai is delicious as it is. This makes it more crushable I suppose, the downside is you get 2 less beers. as this is in a 4 pack. A gnarly 9% ABV IPA would have made more sense for the time and cost of barreling in Oak.

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Photo of beersampler6
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very nice IPA but a little disappointing because I expected more based on the ratings here. Nice golden color with some fluffy head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells of floral and citrus hops. Tastes of citrus zest hops, floral and herbal hops, some vanilla and caramel as well as a nice malt backbone. Faint coconut tastes as well. Very hard to sense any of the oak feel. Smooth mild mouthfeel, good amount of carbonation. A fine beer, just underwhelming based on its reputation.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich golden orange, billowy tan head that clings as it settles. Aroma is pretty interesting - there are lots of dry oak tannins, and that rustic quality really helps accentuate the sharp tropical hop note. Coconut flakes, pineapple, sweet / savory vibe. The taste is a little less robust, but along the same lines. Here I find the oak really bolsters the bitterness of the base beer - it is definitely heftier than normal Jai Alai - but adds some vanilla & coconut to smooth it out a bit, and the tannins help it finish with a crisp earthy note. A nice twist to break up the IPA monotony.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz, "CANNED 06/26/18 MADE IN TAMPA". Cloudy copper colored ale with yeasties suspended within; tall creamy beige head leaves thick lacing. Tropical and citric hop aroma with faint oak and vanilla; toasted coconut comes out as it warms. More familiar Jai Alai in flavor with notes of tropical fruit, mango, orange zest; oaky vanilla, toasted coconut add some depth; caramel, toffee, and toasted grain backbone. Medium body, very resinous, bitter & semi-dry finish. I wish I had bought more than a single can of this. It got better and better as I drank it. I'll need to find more while it's fresh.

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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
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