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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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4.15
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10.6%
 
 
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Photo of Gosox8787
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. No freshness date listed. Big thanks to Cheesemoose for this extra.

Appearance: Cloudy orange in color with a fluffy, three finger white head and good retention. Definitely a lively pour.

Aroma: Orange zest, citrus, tropical fruit, and mango notes are all in there. A nice rounded backing of caramel and more than a little toasted oak.

Taste: Bitter pine notes are dominant upfront. Oak and herbal notes round out the hop flavors in front. The tropical fruit and mango notes are far less noticable here. A slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp. Ample carbonation keeps the feel light and a little dryness sets in on the finish.

Overall, a welcome twist on Jai Alai. I enjoyed this variation but I almost feel there was not enough to distinguish it from the original. The most noticable improvement (from what I remember) was in the balanced and complex hop aroma.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off beer to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip; bottling date of October 16, 2012 printed in white ink, sideways near the back of the label (“16 OCT 2012”), so exactly two weeks old on the date of consumption.

Appearance (4.0): Pours a good two fingers of moderately tight head, custard-colored, above a very slightly hazy, deep amber colored-body that has deep orange hues against the light. The head leaves some widely-spaced but thick legs of lace, and the head falls to a thick collar towards the end. Good-looking beer, not perfect but very good overall.

Smell (3.5): Dill? Yeah, that’s a very noticeable dill scent, which I hadn’t picked up on before. Little bit of vanilla that blends with that at-first-odd dill note to come off somewhat coconutty. There’s some understated, pale, grainy malt character underneath, but it gets lost in the oak and hops, for the most part. Turns more toasted coconut as it warms.

Taste (4.0): This can go one of two ways: at first it can come off as a pale ale brewed with some dill that accounts for both body flavor and bitterness, or it can come off as a moderately citrusy IPA with some toasted coconut and coconut milk tones, adding a mellow, buttery but still fruity dimension to the base beer. Personally I’m not enjoying the dill end of the spectrum, so I’m trying to focus on the coconut dynamic. Fortunately, it goes more toward the coconut tones as it warms. Moving on . . .

So, the Jai Alai base is evident here: some plain, lightly sugary bread character (think of, maybe, an elephant’s ear pastry) acts as a base for some good, citrusy fruit character. The juicy, orange-pineapple kind of citrus tones that are so prominent in the base beer are muted here underneath the coconut tones (hi there, white oak), but the citrus zest bitterness comes out at the end, though somewhat tame compared to the base, too. This really mellows as it warms, the coconut (née dill) blends in better; meanwhile, no alcohol or yeast notes at all. Improves quite a bit as it warms, actually.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Even carbonation, not prickly at any point but sharpens a bit before it foams on the way down; the body is just under medium-weight, not syrupy at all and only a bit of oily character. Finishes pretty dry.

Overall (3.5): I haven’t had many wood- or barrel-aged hoppy pales before, and I appreciate this one but I admit I’m not convinced on the idea behind it*. I’m sure it has potential and I can see why a lot of people like this beer a lot, but it’s not 100% for me. My advice is this: if you think you’d be averse to dill, let it warm up first, and then it turns into a smoother, woody, coconutty dimension. Definitely not a bad beer overall, but not for everyone.

*Edit: I take that back, Burton Baton is a phenomenal beer.

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Photo of korguy123
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Special thanks to TheSevenDuffs for this one.
Bottle date SEPT2011

A- Fairly clear caramel colored pour with a three finger off white head that deflates quickly leaving a finger width cap with super sticky lacing.

S- The oak stands out above the citrus and malts. It adds a nice smoothness with out being overpowering like the cedar version. For a three month old batch the citrus and floral hop notes are still obvious even in their somewhat muted state. Carmel and toffee with a bit of vanilla round things up in the back end.

T- The oak really stands out again with this one. Again not overpowering, just right. Juicy citrus and slight pine compliment the sweetness of the malts and oak barrels.

M- Medium bodied, slightly chewy with a dry lingering finish.

O- Very impressed, I think so far the oak is the way to go. Much more balanced with no overpowering wood presence.

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Photo of kkipple
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Todes and Bobby8402 for hauling some of this up fer me!

12oz bottle, no bottled on date, says: "India Pale Ale aged on American White Oak". Okay!

A. A very pretty head on this baby, dense and fluffy, long lasting and solid. Tiny amounts of lace and active carbonation beautify my Sam Adams pint glass. The dull mandarin orange brew seriously needs drinking.

S. Smells just like Jai Alai but with a bunch of dry, spicy oak! Woodsy and reminds me of an oaky white wine. The IPA here is no slouch either: a sweet-sticky grapefruit hop presence with a significant floral orange note. A delightful take on an already good nose.

T. Flavor is solid, a tasty, sticky well-balanced (and high abv...) IPA with added characterful wood. The oak works well here, and Cigar City made the right call by not going with a heavy toasted oak, as I feel it would have been too much. The oak here also dries this out a little in the finish and wraps the hop bitterness up and tames it a little -- I think this is honestly an improvement on the base beer! In fact, as I drink more of it, I'm quite confident in saying so.

M / D. Adequate carbonation here, medium bodied mouthfeel, honey-hop bitterness with that dash of smug oak again in the finish. There really is no escaping it.

White Oak Jai Alai is really great, and a fun take on an already above-average East Coast IPA. Highly recommended, and I hope Cigar City makes this a seasonal offering. Delicious!

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just landed tonight:)

Pour is a little darker amber than the traditional Jai Alai. Its more of an amber.

The smell is just amazing and perfect. Sweet sticky hops dominate the hose . Oranges and lemons really just explode, and the oak is slightly peppery.

Ok so the taste. The first, and most important thing is the wood. It adds a peppery bitterness which just sets this thing apart. The hops are fruity and citric upfront with a serious oranges and lemons taking over. I never knew that peppery fruit was a good thing, but yes it is.

The body is super light, with only a hint of powdery malt really showing through the blast of hops and wood. The hops extracts feel slick, which just helps the drinkability.

This is definitely the best wood-aged IPA ive had yet. Burton Baton is out of the question, but Oaked Unearthly from Southern Tier was close. This one has more of a balance and a better hop bill. The fruits still shine through everything, while the oak aging is a fantastic accent.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass at CCB on the Double Barrel MZ release.

A: Hazy, copper, orange color, pretty much just like the other Jai Alai's. A big quarter of off white head shows up and then leaves great lace.

A: Man, where do I start? Coconut, macadamin nuts, grapefruit, orange, vanilla, and yes the oak. This has got to be, hands down, the most complex nose on an Ipa I have had to date.

T: Taste is just as good as the nose. The sweet coconut, vanilla, and islandy nutty flavor is balanced so well with the base Jai Alai. The caramel malt and big citrus hops play perfectly together. And the white oak gives is a dry, woodsy finish that is just sublime.

M: Great carbonation, medium body. Just fantastic.

D and overall impression: Drinkability for an IPA that is so complex is really quite nice. Overall, this is the best IPA CCB has done to date, and maybe the best IPA I have ever had. Skal.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A real pretty looking beer. Hazy copper/bronze with tons of sticky lace. The whole glass is laced with each sip.
Smells slightly woody with a backbone of sweet malt. The hops are a nice mix of grass and pine with a slight citrus note.
Taste is much like the smell on steroids. The wood dominates but not in an unpleasant or overpowering way. The whole thing plays well together. The sweetness of the malts lingers on the tongue and there is just enough wood there to make it interesting.
Feels dense and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation.

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Photo of maxcoinage
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to @velcrogrip for this (extra!)

Poured 12oz bottle ( no date ) into tulip - there was a huge head on this, but it could be due to the fact that it arrived on my doorstep several hours ago. Fluffy white head that took it's time to settle down. Some noticeable bubbles rising from the bottom. Color of the beer is a darker orangish brown.

Aroma has some good citrus notes, oak, vanilla, bready

Taste is amazing! The hoppines and malt flavor are balanced perfectly. Big citrus, some floral notes, toasted coconut and that finish definitely has an oak flavor where I'd normally expect it to be a bitter finish

Mouthfeel is smooth for sure, nice medium body and carb, and somewhat creamy.

Overall this is a really nice variation of an IPA. It's definitely worth seeking out, will have to try to score some again soon. It recommended spicy food on the bottle, so I broke out some spicy hummus and veggies/crackers and must say it's definitely a good pairing

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

12oz can from Noble Grains NYC on the UES
Pours light amber orange with a pinch of haze and bubbly white head with boozy lacing, smells like dried apricots, grassy pine, eucalyptus, hint of malts and sweet citrus zest, candied pinecone, taste is soft sweet malts that transitions into deep numbingly dank bitter pine/ citrus peel, feel is medium bodied with good carbonation and szechuan spice level numbingness. Like eating fresh orange peels, citrus zest to the max.

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Photo of Zraly
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, orange-gold with a two-finger head in a DFH goblet. Rich smells of wood and vanilla predominate. Really pretty.

Taste-wise, this is a special IPA. Wonderful tropical notes of pineapple and a hint of coconut; I get the sense that this is an IPA with a crush on a pina colada. An orange peel note ties the fruits to the hoppy finish. For a brief second, it also has a saison feel to it. The finish is dry and bitter, with the oak coming through and smoothing the body and mouthfeel out. The citrusy hop bitterness lingers just long enough until your next sip.

Extremely original and very tasty. Excellent and a must-try if you have the chance. I'd love to pair this up with sweet and sour rabbit...yum!

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Photo of MJSFS
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | 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, heavy 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 davey101
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bit faded but the date appears to be Aug 15, 2012. 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a hazy dark orange body. Loads of yeast and sediment line the bottom of the glass. A frothy and soapy two finger off white head forms and sticks around for a while. Immense lacing and retention. Looks like the topping of a cappuccino. It certainly doesn't bother me, but I've yet to see a beer have this much sediment.

S - Where to start? This beer is just so unique. Aroma starts off with intense ripe mango and peach juice. Candied peach rings, some floral hops and a touch of the dankness that I found in the standard Jai Alai. Finally on the end there is some wood and warm vanilla.

T - Less tropical than the nose. Grassy and floral hops start off. Some peaches and cream. Then a strong wood presence with some vanilla. Mouth feel is silky, creamy and well carbonated. Really great feel to it.

O - Really unique beer here. I guess the closest thing to compare this to would be Burton Baton. Huge gobs of tropical notes with a fresh white oak finish. Perma-ISO!

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Photo of brew3crew
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-hazy orange with white head that sticks around for awhile.
S-almost smells like white cheddar cheese its. Must be the white oak
T-get a lot of the wood compared to the hops. Wood really over powers it.
M-medium body and very dry
O-OK at best. Oo much wood

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

On tap at BX Beer Depot's CCB Tap Takeover - looking forward to this one

Really different than Jai Alai and Cedar Jai Alai. Citrus (orange, orange marmalade) and jam flavors. Unique. Mellow and lacking bitterness. Slight herbal spice to it. Dry dry dry with an oak finish.

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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 orcrist_cleaver
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Not a fruit forward hop experience. Herbal, grassy and floral. The white oak treatment accentuates these nicely. Perfume and dill noticeable. Hint of peach and grape tannin. An interesting flavor experience.

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Photo of afksports
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to a Florida trading partner for hooking up this IPA from Cigar City Brewing in Tampa called Jai Alai White Oak. It's their regular IPA - Jai Alai - aged in White Oak. In case you didn't put that together from the name.

The beer is citrus, sweet, and round. Lacing all over the glass, and a hazy orange to copper in color. It smells of a lovely citrus grapefruit, orange, and oakey sugar. You can almost taste the wood when you inhale. That's not a dick joke, either.

The taste follows through. Leading with a hops bite of grapefruit and pine, following with caramel malts and some toast, and finishing with a smooth thickness that is no doubt provided by the oak, this IPA is smooth drinking without question. Not as clean and crisp a finish as Cigar City's standard Jai Alai IPA, the white oak is for when you want to drink a little less, and enjoy the sweetness a little more. The mouthfeel fits right in with that, as it's a thick medium body.

Incidentally, that's all about like today's drinking expectations. I've eaten one egg and drank three beers. This one... this one counts as lunch. And what a good lunch it is.

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Photo of thebeers
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 10/21/16. Pours a pretty hazed orange syrup color with two-and-a-half fingers of off-white head. Wood and pineapple in the aroma, with some slight white pepper behind. Even bigger oak up front in the taste, making a really interesting mix with the pineapple, tropical, spicy hops, that, yes, leaves a vanilla and dill impression and a touch of smokiness, too. Very light bitterness on the backend, but not enough to compete with the vanilla sweetness. Medium bodied, with a somewhat sticky, prickly mouthfeel. Not an every day drinker, but a fun beer to try.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass. Like the base beer, a hazy amber gold with an ample off-white head that leaves lots of sticky lacing.

Smells of light caramel malt, green, citrus and earthy hops, vanilla, and caramel sugar--like the base beer.

This doesn't taste as smooth as the base beer. The oak aging has made this a bit less balanced and the hops are more harsh. There is a very distinct flavor of vanilla that is immediately noticeable and permeates the taste of the beer throughout the palate and the beer is sweeter than the base beer. There are notes of citrus and grassy hops, but they also seem somewhat harsher--especially the bitterness--and the result is the beer is not as nicely balanced as the base beer, being sweeter and harsher.

The body is medium and the carbonation is a bit fizzy, giving this a more crisp than creamy mouthfeel compared to the base beer, whose creaminess I liked better.

Overall, the wood and vanilla notes dominate what is a delicious and nicely balanced base beer. This version teaches me that I don't find vanilla to be a pleasant addition to an IPA.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes, 3-25-11

A - low white head settles to a white ring over a clear amber body.

S - tomatoes and carrots, earthy citrus hops, and a touch of oak.

T - Not much oak, sweet vegetal flavors, earthy hops.

M - dry woodiness, medium body, and quite smooth.

O (D) - decent, pretty interesting

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Photo of d5001986
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into tulip.

A: Pours cloudy amber-red with large off-white head.

S: Resinous pine, lots of honey, berries, and some alcohol.

T: I pick up the oak right away. A mostly piney hop profile, though there is some tropical fruit. Some malt sweetness to balance. Slight post bitterness. Different, but I definitely like.

M: Medium body, crisp and quite smooth.

O: A bit different than anything I've tried before, but I find it very drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: a darker golden/Amber color with a finger of white head. Big lacing
S: nice tripical citrus, pineapple, mango
T: starts with big citrus, then the oakiness dries it out and finishes very slight bitterness.
F: very smooth and drinkable.

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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 VaTechHopHead
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Instead of reviewing the beer by itself I'm just going to comment on the differences between this version and the regular Jai Alai.

A - Pretty much the same, might be a little hazier and the head might be a little more foamy in density.

S - First whiff reveals a nice aged oak aroma, very fragrant. The caramel background aroma is more hidden than the original and the hop smell is slightly masked as well, but remain the same scent. Just a tick lower in score because of the less aromatic hop aroma.

T - Again, big on the oak flavor and I would say it's the major player in this beer. The hop flavor is drowned down just a skosh but there is still plenty of resin and woody/earthy flavors coming through. The caramel background is also still a solid flavor holding the beer together. Just a tick higher in score because the original flavor is still there but the oak did nothing but help it.

M - Pretty much unchanged, maybe just a little less carbonation, maybe. Same score.

CCB took an already stellar beer and tweaked it just slightly to take it to the next level. The base beer remains unchanged but the oak aging doesn't take away or change the make-up of it at all. Bravo.

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Photo of dtivp
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange bronze with a two finger frothy white head, good retention and moderate lacing.

Aroma of oak, malt and citrus hops.

Taste followed the nose with a nice balance between the bitter oak, hops and sweet malts along with hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel was Medium body and carbonation. Smooth, crisp and refreshing.

Enjoyed poolside in Naples, Florida, a very nice refreshing beer on a warm day by the water.

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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,106 ratings.
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