Jai Alai IPA - White Oak | Cigar City Brewing

Jai Alai IPA - White OakJai Alai IPA - White Oak
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91%
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4.21 w/ 2,194 ratings
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:
#1,001
Reviews:
482
Ratings:
2,194
Liked:
1,996
Avg:
4.21/5
pDev:
10.21%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
344
Gots:
357
Trade:
15
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4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of rankandfile
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beertrek
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rating: Just drink it
Price: $$$

This is what I wrote about Jai Alai original and it stands for the white oak version, too. What's the difference? Different taste. Still drinkable and well balanced? You bet.

It's all about whether you'll drink the beer again. This one I'll grab anytime there's a steak on the table. Super drinkable, well balanced. This is not a hop explosion but who needs a hop explosion all the time? Clean, super drinkable. Who would've think Florida could put out such a good beer?

12 oz can

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Photo of Yancey82
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jimmys
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can into glass. canned on 05.08.17.

pours an opaque light amber hue. head is frothy and bright white. good looking top for sure. hoppy but balanced. there is a firm malt presence on this one that works well. aroma is hoppy but varied. cant quite put my finger on a singular note. drankable for sure, but not the most delicious IPA on the planet. This thing is a little tired, but not totally against the ropes. Not bad, would like to try super fresh for sure.

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Photo of Imperialjake
3.69/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tillmac62
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

COD 5/5/17. Clear amber pour with a touch of garnet. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of tangerine, pineapple, hint of zest, mango, orange and a subtle spruce provide the hop influence. Of these, pineapple is the strongest. The base is bready pale malt with a dose of caramel. The oak influence is present, but rather subtle.

The body is heavy medium and approaches creamy in the effervescent finish. The carbonation / body balance is world class. Some ales require a high level of effervescence to aid flavor separation, but not this one. Effervescence is mild and barely reaches prickly in the finish. This results in a slick oily finish.

The flavor profile is quite outstanding. The hop flavors of the nose all appear over a sweet middle that lingers, allowing the tropical hops to shine. It begins with the citrus notes then flows into pineapple and crescendos with mango. Caramel subtly appears as the sweetness fades. Caramel transitions into vanilla. Oak makes its presence known from three quarters of the way through and lingers as tannin in the finish. Bitterness is mild, yet ample.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phineasco
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of von_kaiser
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light amber, clear with white head
S: Vanilla, oak, pine, some caramel malt
T: Medium bitterness, oak, dry, pine, light vanilla, caramel malt, grapefruit


"Beer molecules" - Lineller

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

Photo of wander4
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent amber with 2 finger of cream colored head. Pretty good head retention & great lacing

S: Mango, pear & vanila

T: Follows the nose, much dryness & some pomelo too up front. Woody bitterness comes through as this warms, nice bready/fruity sweetness to balance it. Finishes with some mango & pomelo & on point white oakyness/dryness

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation, nice balance

Drinks very easy, like as much as the flagship, if not more

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3.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JCarey
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

There is a strange woodiness at the end that keeps this from achieving greatness. I wouldn't choose this, or pay the premium, over regular Jai Alai.

I picked up a single can to try and recommend others do the same before getting the 4-pack.

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4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz can (Canned on 05 May 2017) into a unbranded Spiegelau IPA glass

A - Pours a very clear medium amber / dark golden color with a finger+ of a creamy, white head. (5.0)
S - Coconut, Vanilla and (like the tasting notes on the can suggest) Dill are the most prominent followed by a healthy dose of mango, papaya and grapefruit. The color of the beer would suggest a dose of caramel malt, yet it never translates in the nose. The oak is prominent (which I prefer) but never overpowers the contribution from the hops. (4.75)

T - A complex medley of Caramel, Oak, Citrus and Tropical Fruits flow over the palate with ease. Although never perceived as a cloying sweetness, the contribution from the caramel malt helps to balance the tannins from the oak and the residual, white grapefruit bitterness contributed from the hops. (4.75)

M - Medium-Light mouthfeel with an extremely dry finish makes for a supremely quaffable IPA of 7.5% ABV. Carbonation is strong enough to produce a great head and deliver on the palate for the entirety of consumption. The (4.75)

O - Despite time since packaging (8+ weeks), White Oak Jai Alai is a gorgeous blend of wood and hops. That said, a 4-Pack would make an easy session that many could consume with ease. Like other favorites like Burton Baton, Hop Crisis, and the lamented Rumble, White Oak Jai Alai is a great representation of the style with supreme drinkability. Considering the style, the difficulty stands with achieving cost (~$11/4-Pack) and balance with flavor and Cigar City achieves it with beautiful execution. (5.0)

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4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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2.32/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of aszatk01
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 91% out of 100 with 2,194 ratings
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