Jai Alai IPA - White Oak | Cigar City Brewing

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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,057
Reviews:
492
Ratings:
2,239
pDev:
10.21%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 2,239 |  Reviews: 492
Photo of Wiffler27
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pours a nice amber with a thick head, looks pretty damn tasty

smell has some oak sweetness but mostly mango to be honest

flavor is nice yet subdued. mango and other citrus fruits come through yet it's refined. notes of oak and some slight funkiness to it. not a bad beer but a unique IPA

wasn't sure what to expect with this beer being an oak aged IPA. it's a good beer but certainly unique. i'd rather have plain Jai Alai but this was worth trying

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Photo of Jrosso
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Curt3
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Ocalafox
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of steverx8
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roguer
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Big, strong flat white head (3 fingers) with great retention and leaving behind tons of webby lacing. Brew is crystal clear amber-orange.

Nose is barely distinguishable from classic Jai Alai. Big waves of citrus and pine, balanced against both pale and caramel malt grains. Floral, juicy, resinous. However, there is a slightly sour and vanilla oak note that provides additional depth.

Flavor follows: the oak aging is immediately noticeable, as the already smooth Jai Alai profile is even smoother. Up front, everything is present: oak, grapefruit, tangerine, mango, caramel, pale grains, vanilla, lemon. It's an excellent blend. On the finish, the dull and woody oak edge becomes slightly more prominent.

Bitter and dry. Very bitter, in fact. Crisp and lively.

Not many IPAs are aged on virgin oak. Those that pull it off well (Burton Baton, Jai Alai) give you a classic IPA taste with additional depth and warmth. This is very much worth the asking price.

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Photo of SiepJones
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AyatollahGold
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pinginn
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Marluc
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of AMarkle6524
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Khaack
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattyTibbs
3.03/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into glass. Stamped canning date is 05/09/17 (not fresh)
Orange, slightly hazy body, fluffy white cap, good lacing.
Aroma and taste of sweet hops, with vanilla from the oak.
Medium mouth feel.
A little old, would like to taste a more current canning date.

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Photo of swenny916
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from 12 ounce can dated 8/6/17.

Pours a dark orange with only a slight white head that dissipated quickly.

I notice oak and pine and just a bit of tangerine.

It's a bit dry, but still easy to drink for a tad-higher ABV beer.

Pretty good beer. I didn't notice the base beer as much as I thought I might, which shows that it really can live on it's own. Definitely something different, and glad to have tried it.

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Photo of themayorkoch
3.49/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cheefdaddy1
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SawDog505
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz Free Will Teku glass. Pours a vibrant orange with a 2 finger sticky white head that leaves tons of lace behind.

Smell is woody, apricot, tangerine, pine, and grapefruit rind.

Taste follows oaky, apricot, tangerine, pine, vanilla, and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is a good size medium, plenty of life, a tad dry, and drinks easy, but bigger than its ABV.

Overall this is a special beer and thanks to @Ocalafox for sharing, lived up to the hype.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of msp88
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Jps715
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 2,239 ratings