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Jai Alai IPA - White OakJai Alai IPA - White Oak

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

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

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Reviews: 406 | Ratings: 1,906
Photo of barsonthetrak
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampled a 2 oz. pour during CBC Boston 2016. Nice oak-centric IPA, nothing out of this world but with such a full bodied feel and hints of vanilla, berry, and floral notes, this is a beer I would easily return to.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"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." Brewed in the style of an American IPA aged on White Oak, available in 12 oz. canned 4 packs and on occasional draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. can to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp foamy head of a pale caramel white over a medium hazy copper-amber body with fine hazy sediment and light carbonation in tow. Retention is good and lacing is light and patchy. 4.25

(Smell) Hop nose of tropical fruit and juicy citrus forward with a moderate bitterness, and a pale and crystal malt body, very clean. Not much aromatic impact from the white oak in the aroma, but this beer smells incredibly inviting and enjoyable as an American IPA otherwise. Potency is moderate. 4

(Taste) Juicy tropical fruit notes of mango and pineapple with delicate grapefruit and tangerine citrus flesh undertones, less acidity or strong hop bitterness. Malt profile is clean with a touch of caramelized malt, a moderate sweetness, and delicate and clean oak tannins which provide some subtle complexity, aiding both the malt and hop profiles. Very solid, enjoyable flavor. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, moderately residual, lightly chewy, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is nearly even hoppy bitterness to sweet malt body. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters. 4.25

(Overall) A nice spin on Jai Alai, the white oak smooths out the texture in this beer, allowing the malt and hop profiles to be very expressive in this beer. Lots of enjoyable tropical hop flavor and moderate bitterness, very drinkable and enjoyable. This is certainly a variant worth picking up over standard Jai Alai if you happen to be lucky enough to find some. 4.25

Cigar City Brewing's
Jai Alai India Pale Ale aged on White Oak

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Photo of Buck89
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A nice clear amber/orange color with a thick white foamy head. Big aromas of grapefruit, orange, and pine, with a hint of vanilla oak. The taste followed and was accentuated with a pleasant ashy oaky finish. There was also an interesting hint of dill which did not detract at all from the flavor. A great beer.

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Photo of Mongrel
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid, seamless combination of Jai Alai's bright, orange juice base flavors and rich vanilla, nutmeg and toffee from the barrel. Reminds me a lot of BBA Arrogant Bastard and Double Bastard, but brighter and hoppier.

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Photo of TH28
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz can. 5/23/16 can date. Appearance: Deep golden, touch of orange, cloudy, with a thick off white foam head that lingers with nice lacing. Aroma: Strong tropical fruit notes of pineapple, mango, and some berry, intertwined with with a light toasted oak. Very nice. Taste: Moderate caramel malt sweetness, blended with strong hop flavors of grapefruit and orange citrus, with a touch of light toasted oak and vanilla throughout that peaks in the swallow. Bitterness is moderately strong and seems somewhat muted from the original jai alai Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Finish: Dry tannic finish with some tacky resin. Toasted oak comes thru retronasally. Overall: Really nice take on an already great beer, by introducing the oak for added flavor and complexity that does not overpower. Well balanced between the great hop aroma and flavor against a light but complementary toasted oak. While the bitterness seems a little muted from the original, the overall complexity of this increased

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Photo of stevoj
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can courtesy of Steve. Normal looking pour for the style. Aroma brings on the hoppiness of the original version, taste is where some of the wood notes come in and take some of the rough edges off. A bit smoother.

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Photo of leroybrown10
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a pale amber with moderate haze. 1+ finger cream colored head with decent retention. No too much lacing left behind.

Oak, caramel, and vanilla on the nose. Some floral and earthy hops. Sweet malt.

Caramel, both malty and barrel notes on first sip. Prominent oak. Grapefruit, pine and earthy hop flavors. Vanilla undertones.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Malt and barrel is prominent with lingering caramel and oak in particular.

Interesting twist on regular Jai Alai but the original is better.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy Orange with a thin, white head. Smells of wonderful, candied Citrus hops. Taste follows the nose, and the Oak gives off a smoothing, vanilla and carmel taste. The oakiness brings a slight smokiness. The malt brings this busy IPA together very well. Mouthfeel is full for an IPA. The drink gets more smooth as it warms.

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

wish i could have put more in my suitcase , it was all over in stores while in Tampa, Pours a mostly clear golden color with an small white head , smells of tropical fruit and citrus with cedar wood , taste follows nose with the addition of spice and herb soft wood lightens the pine bitterness of the regular version, a dry mouth feel with alot of hop taste makes this a superior brew very tasty.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't find this to be drastically different than regular. Dark orange with a much less active head this time around.

Aromas of strong pine sap and light bready malt at first, then it turns lightly dank. This is where the white oak plays a role as I do get some of that dill co-mingling with some pine needles. Not as extreme as a pickle--I've had two other aged IPAs that were just terrible in that regard so I recognize the risk.

Flavors of grapefruit, floral and herbal notes, and maybe orange blossom are rounded out with some oaky vanilla notes that tone down some of the bitterness found in regular.

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Photo of ZAP
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 3/18. The first can I had close to the canning date and it was loaded with oak impressions....this is now more subdued but perfect and blends extremely well with the IPA...interesting mix of vanilla,,caramel, nougat, and tropical fruitiness. Papaya is the first fruit that comes to mind...notes of pineapple, mango, and grapefruit as well.

Excellent beer. Lives up to the hype.

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Photo of Myotus
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured at 46°F from a 12oz can (canned on 17Nov15) into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Consumed on 24Apr16. Yeah, this is somewhat old, but I got this in a trade.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of off-white foam that dissipates into a quarter fingers worth within 2 minutes. Honey orange in color with a moderate amount of cloudiness. There is a large quantity of small, rising bubbles that leaves me wondering as to why the head isn't bigger. Lacing is moderate and thick.
SMELL: Strong aromas of grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, mangoes, papaya, and pineapple entangle with mild aromas of caramel and white bread along with subtle oak and vanilla aromas.
TASTE: Strong grapefruit, orange, tangerine, mango, papaya, and pineapple flavors immediately explode on to the palate resulting in a mouth-watering juiciness. Mild flavors of caramel instantaneously broaden the sweetness of the brew as subtle bitter hop flavors bring an undesired balance. A better balance is achieved as subtle flavors of white bread trail. Subtle vanilla and oak flavors make their late debut on to the palate as all previous flavors continue to press on, except for bitter hops, which grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Full-bodied with hints of carbonation. This goes down ridiculously smooth and creamy. Finishes with a strong and unpleasant dryness.
NOTE: What I loved most about this was that the malts had a word to say in the taste profile. From my experience, a beer that is loaded with this much hoppy goodness doesn't usually have a great malt backbone. I haven't had the non oak-aged version, so I can't say how this compares. But this was dang good!

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Photo of Slack
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Medium amber and clear with minor head and good lacing.

Malty, citrus, sweetness, piney and a bit tropical.

Malt, citrus, tropical, oak, and resinous finish.

Mouthful is medium and clean. Carbonation is medium to low. Finish is dry.

I like this beer over the regular jai alai as the oak adds a nice note. That being said, it is not juicy enough for me but I would still recommend it to others. It is balanced and easy to drink. The hop finish could be toned down a touch more but that is debatable.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, poured into snifter.

Pours very similar to regular jai alai. Nice copper, darker orange hue. Excellent 1-2 finger head with great lacing.

Smell is similar to a barleywine, definitely heavy sweet maltiness. Not too much hops in the nose, but that slight dill pickle smell is coming through, nothing over powering. Also getting some oak. As it warms up, getting some slight honey and nectar.

Definitely getting that oak in the taste. Wood and oak. subtle juicy hops comes through similar to the regular jai alai, but less dominate.

Mouthfeel appears to be pretty silky and slick. Reminiscent of a barleywine.

Not sure how this compares to regular jai alai, but don't think I care for it as much. Getting some hints of the regular jai alai as far as juicy hops is concerned. But with some wood and oak added. Definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can with a March 28, 2016 canning date.

Not sure what to make of this beer. Looks and smells more like a barleywine. Malt is heavy and the aroma does lend some hop notes, but they're definitely tamer than an IPA. More melon-like, honey-like and sweet. Some citrus mingles on the nose but seems interrupted by sweetness and malt.

Drinking this similarly confuses me. Feels burlier than most IPAs and shows some malt sweetness and bread, but also hits with zesty grapefruit, honeysuckle and white wine. Very interesting.

The sweet malty body and sweetness keep suggesting a barleywine to me, albeit a fruitier one. This seems a hybrid and actually what many an American barleywine would benefit from: more fruitiness and floral qualities and less bitterness and bite. Which reminds me, this isn't very bitter at all. More smooth and sweet.

I find myself enjoying this despite not having a clue what exactly the brewers were aiming for here. It's good.

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Photo of nhindian
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 3/28/16, so a little over a week old. Thanks, Beer4B!

Appearance - Pours a dark, golden amber color that is nearly crystal clear. A good amount of carbonation can be seen within the beer feeding a rocky, 2-fingered creamy head. The head retention is long-lasting and leaves behind a silky lattice of foam behind.

Aroma - The aroma is loaded with hops but is balanced with a very nice sweetness that is part malt, part oak. The wood adds a subtle vanilla note that plays nicely with the fruity hops. Large amounts of citrus and pine in here for sure.

Taste - Whoa. While the aroma imparted some notion of the oak-aging, the taste hits you with it full-bore. In fact, it is the very first thing I taste, even before all of the hops. It is a little abrasive at first, like sucking on a toothpick, but it mellows out near the finish to a sweet vanilla flavor. The hops are super juicy as well - like fresh squeeze citrus. The combination of the hops and oak is interesting, but a winner.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with good carbonation. The finish is long-lasting and there's a heft to this beer that helps support the big flavors going on.

Closing Arguments - I think this may only be my third oak-aged IPA after Dogfish Head's Burton Baton and Voodoo's Bourmuda Triangle (featuring bourbon, rum, and tequila barrels). While this isn't the most prevalent style, it is a nice detour from the wealth of IPAs out there. This is well worth a visit.

Rating: 8.5/10

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Photo of Billolick
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can ....canned 3-28-16 printed on the bottom of the can (less then a week ago, nice)

Pours hazed, glowing ruby hued amber. Fine and nice looking lite khaki head, leaving fine sheet down low and some spotty froth higher up.

Nose is dominated by sweet woody notes and some piney hops

Super tasty and enjoyable wood infused IPA. Some spiced up hop notes, smokey mangos, light wood, complex and well worth trying if you see it in your local shop or bar...happy to try a few of these wonderfully fresh samples.

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Photo of MJSFS
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz can dated 3/18/16 into a DFH snifter L: clear blood orange color with a half finger of head, spotty lacing, and moderate bubble streams S: sweet vanilla oak, citrus, and slight pine notes T: sweet smokey oak upfront followed by citrus flavors and then a slightly bitter finish F: very creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish O: this reminds me of an Innis & Gunn beer, but it isn't as sweet as their beers, and it's much more balanced. The sweet notes from the barrel go well with the bitter flavors of the hops. Not something I would drink regularly, but it's an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A delicious brew, very complex, blending flavors from a wide variety of sources. Big fruity hop and yeast ester notes, a rich biscuity malt backbone, drying tannic wood character as well as a nice round vanilla note. While to the average passer by this beer may not seem like anything revolutionary, to a fellow beer nerd and brewer, this beer is a game changer and is unique and delicious in a world of copycats and posers. I don't think I have had a beer that has impressed me more than this one.

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Photo of cambabeer
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap just the other day. First of all, living in Florida, a drink a LOT of Jai Alai, who wouldn't. So of course I needed to try this. I have never had a beer keep more flavor from the wood than this did. WOW, oaky like you wouldn't believe. Earthy, almost vanilla like, just superb.

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Photo of RubbleRubble
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a can poured into a DFH IPA glass.
L- Like a beer looks.left about a quarter inch of foam that dissipated but remained slightly present the whole drink
S- I'm getting a lot of oak in the nose with some fruit.
T- Hops and Biscuit and oak
F- Light on carbonation and leaves a nice dry finish.
O- The oak makes it more balanced than the regular Jai Alai. It's a solid beer. Obviously you should try it if you can.

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Photo of Satsuma
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look is virtually identical to regular Jai Alai but with a smaller head.
Smell is more subdued, but citrus & juicy hop aromas still dominate. Vanilla and oak lay more in the background.
Less carbonation than regular Jai Alai, but a smoother and drier mouthfeel.
Hop bitterness is mellowed and the oak and vanilla flavors do add some complexity.
Nice execution and enjoyable, however I prefer the regular version a bit more.

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Photo of Preston
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Regular Jai Alai is nearly a perfect beer and this version is even a bit better and more complex. It's just hard to find outside of the brewery (and even there it's not on tap very often).

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A cool take on an already good beer. Additional barrel character and sweeter notes on the palate make this a refreshing product.

The highlight of this beer is that it eliminates the necessity to have to have Jai Alai super fresh.

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Photo of kitch
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 12 fl oz can with a canned on date of 17th November 2015 and poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: It poured a clear golden orange colour with a two finger white head with lots of stringy lacing.

Aroma: Tropical mango, pineapple and peach with some citrus grapefruit followed by hints of vanilla and dill.

Taste: Strong vanilla and oak upfront with mango and peach supporting and hints of grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall: I have not tried the original base IPA yet as I haven’t been able to get my hands on any. However, although this is not the first barrel aged IPA that I’ve tried, I haven’t tasted any beer like this one before. The tropical fruit taste mixed with vanilla was interesting and a refreshing change.

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