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Jai Alai IPA - White OakJai Alai IPA - White Oak
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

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

Added by tpd975 on 06-13-2010

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430
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2,003
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
23.13%
 
 
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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. pour at the brewery:

One of the more unique flavors I've gotten from a beer, and it was really delicious. I loved the standard Jai Alai, and this one was almost as good, with a slightly different flavor. Less juicy, with much more pine and resin, and the oak flavor was so distinctive. Very surprising flavor, and an incredible beer. All oak and lessened citrus, with all the excellent color, head, aroma, and crispness of standard Jai Alai.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled July 11, 2011. Served at around 45F.

Pours hazy orange/amber with a two finger off-white head that leaves a lot of nice looking lacing and holds a good creamy cap. Quite attractive.

Aroma is very floral with a bit of tropical fruit and citrus, notes of pine, grass, oak and vanilla, decent caramel malt as well. Very good strength and a rather complex nose.

Flavor is floral hops, tropical fruits, some grapefruit and orange citrus, only a hint of oak, some resinous hops, fair caramel malt backbone offering some sweetness, finishes with good bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little oily and creamy with good carbonation.

Good stuff. Enjoying this more than the regular Jai Alai but that could also be a factor of freshness/batch variations. While it is somewhat caramel heavy for an IPA there are more fresh hops here for balance. The oak is subtle but welcome.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 11/10/2016. Poured into IPA glass. It ours a cloudy orange-amber color with a thick, soapy milk-white head and lacing with excellent retention. It smells of oak, vanilla, tangerine, and spice. Regular Jai Alai is a favorite of mine and this variant adds an added dimension. The sweet tropical fruit hits the tip of the tongue followed by oak and a fairly bitter finish on the back of the tongue. The overall flavor is dryer and less fruity than regular jai Alai. This ale is medium-bodied, moderately carbonated, and the 7.5% ABV presents no impediment to drinking several. Overall, it's nicely-crafted although I'm partial to the regular version.

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Photo of Brez07
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Looks like your standard IPA. Dark orange, slightly cloudy. Leaves 1 finger of head with the pour that recedes to a thin layer.

S: Nice light citrus smell at first. There is some spice here as well, like cardamom or something similar. Definitely an earthy, tree scent (assuming oak). The combination is very unique

T: Just like the nose. Starts with a nice citrus hop profile, then comes the earthy, spicy flavors. I get almost like a vanilla orange combo. Very interesting

M: Medium bodied. Good active carbonation. Leaves a bitterness on the tongue. Dry finish

D: Very different but tasty IPA. The white oak adds some interesting flavors. Definitely want to drink this one again

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a murky orange with 2 fingers of bright white head (leaving behind tons of lacing). smells of citrusy grapefruit, vanilla, a smell of tangerine/mango.. very tropical.. definitely loving the way this smells. the flavor is a malty, citrusy (again tangerine/mango with slight grapefruit) oak bomb. working at a wood shop for many years can make you either love or hate the smell of certain woods. this is a very nice flavor, which surprises me because this was one of the worst smelling woods we worked with (due to it burning so quickly when cutting it since it's such a hard wood). a lovely flavor profile, and honestly nothing like jai alai. a medium body with low carbonation, very nice and sticky on the lips.

a complete different beast than jai alai. it's nice to JUST have an oak flavor in a beer, instead of bourbon barrel oak. i've worked with wood for many years, as a carpenter, in a shop, and in construction.. a nasty splintery wood to work with and smells terrible once it starts burning on the blade.. but here, here it works nicely.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, a great extra from djmichaelk. It was poured into my petite Duvel tulip.

White Oak Jai Alai pours a fairly hazy orange, lightening plenty towards tangerine when held up to light. Three fingers or so of fluffy white foam comes together to top the beer. Head retention is very good, and some solid chunks of lacing are left attached around the inside of the glass. The nose is very fragrant, and features a nice blend of grapefruit and lemon zests, and a distinct dill aroma. Just a little bit of oakiness is appreciable as well. The flavor takes things up a notch, and everything really comes together nicely. A soft caramel sweetness opens, bolstered by some vanilla from the oak. A fairly noticeable bitterness greets my palate next, along with some earthy, spicy oak flavors. That same dill presence from the aroma acts as a bridge to the traditional citrus finish. Ideally I'd like the grapefruit and pineapple flavors to pop just a little bit more, but the balance really is almost perfect. I don't know if it's the tannins from the oak, but the body just feels a little full to me. It's partnered with a plenty active level of carbonation though. I've had regular Jai Alai before and enjoyed it without thinking it particularly stood out from the pack as far as IPAs go, but this oaked version is a fantastic twist on one of the more popular craft beer styles.

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Photo of readbaron
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy golden orange with a nice foamy head with excellent retention.

You can definitely smell the oak - plenty of piny hops as well as a hint of fruit, and a generous sweet honey aroma.

Taste is very good - the oak blends nicely with the hops - but somewhat overpowers them, and mellows out the IPA bitterness a bit. As with the smell - there is a hint of tropical fruitiness in the taste, and a typical bitter finish.

M - medium body, nicely carbonated

D - I wish I had more to drink

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Photo of Amalak
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had at Torst in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

A. A dark caramel color with a haziness, but light where you can see through it. It has a thick white foamy head with lots of lacing.

S. Very lovely honey and hop and grassy scent.

T/M. It has a dry taste, but there's also a nice grape and sugar smoothness to it. It has a nice grassy taste underneath. A bit more malty than hoppy. Full bodied. Noticed some butterscotch after drinking for a bit.

O. Very flavorful and smooth for a dry IPA.

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Photo of Benish
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

When I opened bottle cap I took a deep sniff from the bottle. I smelled subtle oak and orange juice.

Poured into snifter glass. No head present, moderate lacings. It had that dark orange or copper color. Specks of hops were dispersed throughout the beer (I'm told they do not filter the beer). I think it's cool to see the hops.

Tasted interesting, kind of funky in a way. I get some peaches and orange juice (kind of the Sunny D type). It has that detectable sweetness that doesn't follow in a traditional IPA, possibly from the type of malt. The beer is not so aggressive on the hops. It has a light-medium bodied mouthfeel.

I never had a beer with White Oak and the sweetness is kind of perplexing. While its good, I'll probably stick with plain Jai Alai IPA. It still is worth it to try.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours medium to dark gold with a generously thick white lacing, very light carbonation.

S - Citrus, oak, and the citrus side has some pungency.

T - Citrus and lots of oak presence that tends to dominate at times.

M - Full medium body.

O - Enjoyable.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark amber, almost with a reddish tint to it, good amount of cream colored head, fairly bubbly, some lacing

S-smells like bitter spicy hops. there's a strong stale grassy scent to it as well. its also a bit malty. there's a good strength to it, but this doesn't smell particularly tasty.

T-comes in with a really stale grass taste slightly (very slightly) outlined in hops. this taste lasts and then becomes the after-taste. There's only a slight bitterness toward the ends and there is no large hops presence which i find to be fairly disappointing. however there's a great sweetness here that i'm loving. its almost a taste of vanilla. its flows very nicely in this IPA.

M-good creamy carbonation with a good creamy finish

D-the tastes stay nice and pronounced. its actually a really good beer. Its definitely a different IPA, possibly not for all hop heads. however for me it hits the spot just right, i could have a whole case of these and it would disappear pretty quickly. i'd like to try this with some age on it.

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Photo of Bobheed
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice copper color with a two and a half finger soapy white head. Head dissipates fairly quickly

S: Tons of earthy hops. Maybe the earthiness is from the oak though because it's a whole different beast than normal jai alai. Still get a lot of that pineapple citrus kind of hops too though

T: Bit of citrus, some pine, then goes into a sweet bready kind of flavor.

M: Very well carbonated. Pretty thick for an IPA and pretty dry

Overall this was quite nice. I liked it much more than the normal Jai Alai IPA

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 10/12/13 tasting notes.

Jai Alai India Pale Ale aged on white Oak

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Served chilled. Split this one. Thanks Jeff...

A ) Cloudy pale amber with some sediment floating about as well. About a half finger of head. Decent retention.

S) I found quite a bit of grapefruit in the aroma, but not overly bitter. There is a nice balance created by the oak in use here. A whiff of vanilla sweetness too.

T) My initial thought was, this is like enjoying a halved grapefruit with a little dusting of sugar. Light tropical fruit as well, but this is mainly about the citrus. I also really appreciated the white oak, creating a slightly woody flavor, with a touch of vanilla.

M) Medium bodied, and quite smooth. The carbonation was not to lively, but had enough. Nice finish + aftertaste.

O) If forced to choose, I'd stick with regular Jai Alai, but this is really a unique and tasty brew. Guess it's a good thing I won't be forced to choose. Glad to recommend...,

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Photo of brewmastercat
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I was initially impressed with Jai Alai IPA - White Oak by Cigar City Brewing.

The white oak adds a depth of complexity, and helps finish the beer drier than the normal version. Is it worth hunting down and trading some of your coveted beers for it? No.

I would happily drink this beer on a fairly regular basis, if it was available.
2 cans is all I need to make a valid decision, though!

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Photo of ehammond1
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle

Acquired via trade
Thanks sendsilk!

A coppery orange and a relatively large off-white head that sticks around. Spotted and consistent lacing down the glass. There are hazy ribbons of sediment running through the body of the beer.

The white oak is dominant in the nose and it adds a peppery, spicy, earthy element. It's tough for me to actually find the IPA aromas behind the white oak, which is just a touch unfortunate, but the wood smells nice enough.

The white oak is again dominant in flavor. The wood has imparted a nice, warm vanilla undercurrent, along with the white pepper spice and earthy elements. If i was to try this blindfolded, I'd never guess it was an IPA; I'd probably guess that it was a strong ale or a mild barleywine aged in oak.

Medium to full mouthfeel.

A really incredible oak-aged IPA, which is typically not one of my favorite styles. It's interesting to see how much the wood has really imparted on the flavor of the beer and turned it in to something quite complex and delicious. I prefer this significantly over the standard Jai Alai.

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Photo of Cheesemoose
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served to me in a standard Pint Glass from my local gastropub of choice, Kickbacks.

Lighting is poor. But to say that this one is on the amber side would imply that in better lighting it would better to be called a few shades lighter. Found a better light source. A deep yellow, near red. Nice clarity. A solid finger of head on the pour. Lacing is rather nice, with distinguishable lines from sip to sip.

This is not my first attempt at this beer, so each time I am greeted by the same aroma. Apricots. There is a dominant sweetness off played by the hopped up oak body that creates a pleasant and quite fruity IPA. Very nicely done. Perhaps a bit on the sweet side.

Clean and crisp is how I would describe the regular Jai Alai. This one has a bit more sticky sweetness, followed by a residual lingering after-bite that distracts from the hoppy base of the beer. The foreflavor is rather weak, though the finish is pure white oak apricot essence. Very fruity, light and semi refreshing. Suprising, yet defined. Quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel is a bit sticky from the oak resins, though it has a clean "presence" to it. I find the mouthfeel to be remiscent of a sipping belgian triple. A bit on the sweet side, but a solid hop base that provides a nice balance. This one comes off a bit on the sweet side though.

Overall, I find it to be an excellent example of taking a rather straightforward style (American IPA) and having a bit of fun. Well executed.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled dated July 14, 2011 courtesy of Dave. A big thank you for sending me some fresh bottles!

Dumped intermittently into a GABF tasting glass. White Oak Jai Alai pours a nice peach color with a healthy bubble laden egg white topping and oodles of stick.

Smells of sweet sugared mango and fresh cut oak.

Like the other incantations of this beer, she bends towards the sweeter side. Steady yet moderate dose of bitterness from from to back. Sugared mango presents midway through and the "green" woodiness of the fresh oak lays down a drying smack at the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and sticky. Carbonation is low-medium providing a full and rounded feel.

Without consulting my past reviews, I'd place this as slightly better than the regular version, but not quite as good as the cedar version, which I adore.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cigar City Brewing Jai Alai – White Oak
Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A – Pours a gorgeous strong perfect orange color with some nice haze and a slight golden outline. There is a nice .25 inch head that is nice and white and quite dense. It has some medium retention. (4.5)

S – Flowery aromas with some slight woody and grassy notes tomorrow. Nice tropical fruit notes that are a bit balanced with the wood spice. Some mango and some peach notes are present. (4.0)

T & M – Nice woody notes to start with some slight coconut flavors present. Mango notes and some peach as well as some nice grassy and citrus notes. The wood notes add an interesting balance to the traditional hop juicy character. There is a nice dry hoppy and bitter finish but that is also infused with a dry and fresh wood notes. The coconut flavor is really nice on this beer and not to overpowering. There are some nice bready notes in the background to this beer but obviously this is a hop heavy beer. (4.0) (4.0)

O – This beer is quite delicious and interesting. I’m interested to try the base beer. (4.5)

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Photo of awalk1227
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Consumed 11/15/10

Poured into a Bruery tulip

A: Pours a huge, creamy white head with a murky orange body. Quite intimidating!

S: Whoo, the oak is in full force it seems. There's a slight malt present, and what seems to be a liiitle pine and bitterness from the hops, but big oaky notes are present.

T: My nose was correct. It's clean, fresh, bitter and drying on the finish, but with a huge oak profile. It's actually great for showing off what oak does to a beer, because this very flavor I have tasted before in many of the sours aged in oak barrels.

F: Oak lends itself to a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Pretty good carbonation too!

D: If you're looking for a citrus-pine punch in the face, look elsewhere. If you want a well done interpretation on the style with a very interesting flavor profile, this one is for you. I think the oak makes it a little less drinkable, but only because it's such a bold flavor.

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Photo of SolarMikey
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although I'm visiting Cigar City for a tasting later this week, I couldn't wait to try this brew. The bottle (purchased from ABC Liquors near Orlando) was dated September 2011, and so I look forward to trying it fresh soon.

The beer is golden amber with a good deal of carbonation, and the head is nice and fluffy. A sweet woodsy quality dominates the aroma, though there are tinges of scotch or bourbon.

The white oak does wonders to this IPA. It imparts a unique oaky sweetness to the beer, though there is a nice hop finish. The medium body makes for a smooth drinking experience.

This version is by far more interesting than the regular Jai Alai IPA, and you should definitely check it out if you're within reach of Cigar City's offerings!

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Photo of buffs9
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: . Dark orange and a bit cloudy. Small head that reduced rather quickly to a thin layer on top.

S: Smells very sweet, almost like a combo between a sweeter quad and a fruity ipa on the nose. Picking up brown sugar, light citrus smell at first. A bit of spice as well - love the nose on this.

T: Much like the nose. Starts with a nice citrus hop profile, then comes some sweetness, sugar/vanilla combo and then finishes w/ some wood.

M: Medium bodied. Decent carbonation.

D: Definitely want to drink this one again, too bad I don't have any more and would need to trade for it. Will have to get more Wooden Elephant from Odell instead.

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Photo of jsanford
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a CC snifter.

A - Pours a hazy copper with a luscious white head that recedes to a chunky haze while leaving streaky lacing clinging to the glass.
S - Spicy grapefruit hops, sweet coconut, and fresh-cut oak exist in a very nice balance. Usually I find Cigar City's IPAs to be too sweet, but I feel the oak-aging may tone it down a bit. Here's hoping...
T - Yeah, really nice and balanced, despite the big flavors. Notes of pungent grapefruit, pine resin, coconut, and pineapple mix well with the sweet caramel malt backbone and the subtle vanilla from the oak. Very well done, surprisingly complex.
M - Slightly oily, with a medium-full body and lowish carbonation. This is definitely meant to be a slow sipper, and as it warms more of the coconut and vanilla start to come out.
O - A great take on Jai Alai, one that stands head and shoulders over the base beer. This is a beer that requires a bit of time to understand, really make sure you let it open up a bit.

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Photo of peabody
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out slightly cloudy with two fingers of white foamy suds.
Smell is very citrusy with mango and grapefruit at the front. Sugar and malt/yeast are in the back.
Taste is a watery mix of bitterness and barely sweet caramel. The grapefruit rind is here then you get a slight fruityness. The white oak must be the bitterness at the end because it makes the mouth really dry.
Mouthfeel is clean for the most part. Somewhat sticky at first but the bitterness takes all that away.
I could see sessioning this beer if I live in TAMPA.
Thanks Haver, you are a gem!

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Photo of bheilman
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice light golden color. The smell is great with strong oak; rich bourbon scents. The citrus scent I was expecting is fairly well muted by the oak. I usually like the hops scent, but I don't miss it too much here becuase it comes through strong in the taste. Tastes like an orange given a couple pin pricks, soaked in whiskey and then squeezed into a pale ale. It's definitely good. The tastes lingers with a bit of the hops and still some oak notes. It is fairly drinkable, but a bit strong to drink too many of these in a sitting.

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Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AndrewNations and kkipple for this one.

A pasty white fluffy head of 1 finger, fades slowly iwith a bit of lacing, over orangeish golden color with a bit of haze.

Nose has lots of oak, a fresh white oak like aroma, the oak brings some vanilla as well, some earthy hops, light pine and citrus, has a bit of a gumball aroma, tangerine and peach as well.

Taste brings citrus hops, light pine and grapefruit, plenty of oak again with the white fresh oak and light vanilla, some bitterness, spicy earthy hops start to dominate as it goes, light fruits again with tangerine and peach, long bitter citrus hop finish, light spice and oak, also a very light buttery oak, and light astringency.

Mouth is medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

Drink is good, the oak smooths out the astringency and heavy bitterness, but it still gets fairly bitter, nice balance.

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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,003 ratings.
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