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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak | Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPA - White OakJai Alai IPA - White Oak
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4.21/5
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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:
#1,025
Reviews:
485
Ratings:
2,212
pDev:
10.21%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
345
Gots:
361
Trade:
15
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Ratings: 2,212 |  Reviews: 485
Photo of ZAP
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
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 BarrelAgedG
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Taken from notes on 3.30.11

12oz bottle poured in a pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy dark orange with a thick creamy head. Good lacing left on the glass.

S - The wood is very strong here, boozy, citrus, and slightly floral.

T - A burnt-like citrus, wood flavor.

D - Very smooth and silky.

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Photo of drummermattie02
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Resuin
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Zazzi82
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrallen34
2.74/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle drank from my Darkness glass, given to me by Mike...Pours a medium copper with an orange tint. An off white head rises about a finger, settles quickly to a decent soapy head with good retention...The aroma is sweet caramel on the front with tons of fresh oak that is also pretty sweet, its lots of wood but I'm liking it, shockingly...The taste sadly doesn't translate as well. Its all wood and in a bad way, might as well be licking a fresh piece of wood, way to similar to cigar series ipa which was all cedar closet...The feel is good, sticky pine and tannic, a very interesting sensation.

Another failed Cigar City wood beer. Skip this.

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

Can dated 3/20:
Fairly clear dark golden, leaning brown on the hue more than orange. Head has a nice rim that provides some lacing, but head overall loses Point for being sparse in a nucleated glass.

Nose is what you'd expect, though heavier onthe oak at this point. Had this before where I don't recall the date and similarly don't recall the oak this much. There's a little citrusy spritz in there with a supporting pine note, too.

I am really enjoying the flavor on this can, but last six pack I left the last two fir the GF. So I'm gonna sit at 4, and adjust up if the next one stays as good as this one. A oak mixes with grassy to grapefruit rind bitterness, right up front and producing a flavor similar to the coconut-grass I get from certain hops (similar to Sorachi without the lemon). Citrus takes the middle, grapefruit heavier than tangerine or lemon. Vanilla rides under the radar until the end where it joins a green pine lingering bitterness.

Light, encouraging carbonation lets the beer easily roll over the tongue without getting in the way of the flavors.

I am awaiting on more can like this to knock my overall up a notch. This might be a beer that is awesome fresh but doesn't hold up well, givenmy last experience. Since I'm not sure which is more representative, I'll wait to be more definitive before adjusting.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to BA Extraordinaire SammyJaxxx for this one.
I ALWAYS appreciate scoring a Jai Alai, and have been hoping to score this one for a while now. Having said that, I find this one to be quite good, interesting, and worthwhile. But, I truly prefer straight up Jai Alai.
The drying effect of the oak aging is unique, but IMHO it diminished the beauty that is Jai Alai.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: Hazy-clear with some carbonation, short-lived head, and sticky lace.

S: Fruit. Pear? White grapes? Very interesting. Hints of what smells suspiciously like wild yeast. Very soft. No hops (maybe a musky earthiness?).

T: Initially quite sweet. The (white) grape juice still is most evident. Too sweet, with very little hops. Almost certainly not an IPA, unless it's very old (no date stamp). Especially on the aftertaste, the oak aging becomes apparent. Obvious vanilla, subtle tannins, and funky yeast.

M: Very smooth and understated.

O: Weird but good. Really good. Recommended, but probably would not have again over the normal Jai Alai.

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Photo of claspada
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas begin with a nice balance of pine, citrus and grapefruit. Then you get the nice subtle woodiness from the oak, but it much lighter than you would expect from an oaked IPA, maybe white oak is lighter in char and adds a more subtle aroma, either way, it's nice. Subtle sweet maltiness throughout.
The tastes begin nice and balanced but quite complex with sweet maltiness immediately joined by a nice grapefruit and pine and citrus bitterness/flavor profile. The nice sublte woody earthy flavors join the party as well only adding to the enjoyment here. Oaked IPAs are a rare and hard style to make but Cigar City has it on lock-down.
Mouthfeel is medium to full with ample carbonation. The finish is mildly sticky from the ample dry-hopping, really way too drinkable of a beer for how complex the flavor profile is. Overall this is stupendous, just as good as I remember when I was first wowed with this beer on draft last year. Glad it made it to bottles and to luekensliquors.com so I was able to order a boat ton of this gem. Highly recommended.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.71/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clearish amber color with a finger's worth of off-white head. It has a sudsy texture with good retention and many webs of lacing left behind.

Despite only being one and a half months old, stale and muted hops pervade the aroma. I guess twinges of pine, grapefruit, and grass show up. On the other hand, oak and vanilla are prominent - it doesn't quite make up for the assertive caramel malt profile. All in all, it's not a very showy nose.

Taste follows suit. It starts with a moderate piny bitterness, giving way to a sweet caramel middle. The finish is the most interesting aspect: notes of oak, vanilla, and tobacco are offered. However, bitterness becomes uncontrolled on the lingering aftertaste. It has muted flavors, no balance, and too much of a bitter bite. Translation: it doesn't work.

This is a full bodied brew that's semi-creamy and off-dry. To me, it just reinforces the bitterness excessively. Carbonation is moderate and oak tannins are gentle.

To be frank, this isn't my thing. The oak is too weak to compensate for the effects of aging plain ol' Jai Alai. This is highly mediocre, and I will not buy it again.

2.71/5: Wood-aged IPAs are just a flawed style

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Photo of rlee1390
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Semi cloudy orange, some carbonation, one finger head that tries to leave some lacing.

S-Oak, pine, grass, slight vanilla, not as tropical as the regular.

T-Nice grassy and oak notes, slight vanilla and some citrus notes, mild bitterness.

M-Medium boded, nice carbonation, some hop resins.

O-A good beer, but both aged Jai Alai were not as good as the regular.

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Photo of threedaggers
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of zekeman17
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of akang
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Mikexw
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bubseymour
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice blend of the oak flavoring that mellows out the citrus punch of Jai Alai and also smoothing it out in the finish. A whole different take on IPAs which I'll always support creativity.

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Photo of glid02
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Lee - much obliged!

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth pale malts with good amounts of pine and citrus hops. Also present are mild amounts of vanilla aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Pale malts with hints of darker caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by bright citrus hop flavors. Midway through the sip the hop flavors fill out a bit with the addition of pine flavors and shortly thereafter vanilla flavors make an appearance. The vanilla flavors carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this was a very nice example of an oak-aged beer - the influences were subtle but undoubtedly there. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of atone315
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I got zero dill or pickle taste, but I did get a ton of fresh oak. Love this beer, definitely looking for more.

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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 2,212 ratings
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