Jai Alai IPA - White Oak | Cigar City Brewing

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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

Added by tpd975 on 06-13-2010

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Ratings: 2,274 |  Reviews: 508
Photo of JCarey
3.71/5  rDev -11.7%
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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Photo of threeviews
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
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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Photo of Nace4
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bad_Attitude_Brews
2.32/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of aszatk01
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of micropale
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy dark orange gold pour with a white head. Tropical aroma with some oak tones. Taste has a lot of oak upfront backed by tropical fruit, herbal, and caramel flavors.

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Photo of Walleybeer
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sonofliberty2
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Greyvtrayn
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 5/5. Deep orange, not opaque. Nice build up of head but it faded after a minute or so and left little lacing and no residual head on the surface. The oak flavor is very prevalent. Really enjoyed the aroma, it's very tropical with hints of vanilla and coconut. I was a little put off by the strong oak flavor, even though it is the white-oak aged variant, Looking forward to trying the original for comparison.

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Photo of Jlang2012
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Alhedg
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Latarnik
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of krs0123
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned 5/5, drank 6/26.

I taste the oak! Builds a vanilla, buttery chardonnay note. Still the sharp carbonated jai alai mouth feel, but the piney bitterness is gone.

I like it. My mt Rushmore for oaked ipa begins w big hoppy oaked monster and while this is good, it is not that. But still a fun take on a staple ipa.

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Photo of crbnfbr
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light orange to copper color, large off white head, great lacing

S: Floral, citrus hops, as well as a subtle earthy oak fragrance

T: Floral and citrus, the earthiness of the oak comes in then I get the caramely sweet hops that I love so much about the noraml Jai Alai

M: Medium

O: Not as good as the original but a nice beer. You dont have to do anything to the original because it is that good.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a: clear golden amber color with some really nice dark orange notes. head pours 1 finger off-white, pretty solid

s: tons of mango and pineapple upfront. following that is a nice woody blast and some dry crackers. caramel malts and a bit of sugary sweetness behind that. more juicy pineapple and wood kind of round out the nose here

t: caramel, tons of oak up front. grapefruit, a strong herbal bitterness, ripe mango and strawberry. very big bready flavor in here as well with a hint of dry crackers. the finish is dry and oaky

m: solid medium mouthfeel here. carbonation is low-mid

o: not quite as juicy as the nose led me to believe, but that is because the wood really shines here. oak and earthy bitterness are the main players here. i think i prefer regular Jai Alai to this, but it is still a really nice use of oak, and i would recommend it for sure

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Photo of Celtics76
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tim725
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.72/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On the malty side. Oaky. Orange, pine resin and and citrus pith. Lots of malt on this guy. Very dry, pine bitterness on the finish. Smooth, medium bodied. A bit floral. This is ok. Prefer regular Jai Alai by a mile.

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Photo of kewharton
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zachary80
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of crow
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbrauneis
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a slightly hazy medium to dark golden honey in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate amber colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy beige head that reduces to a handful of small patches of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet caramel malts and moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit, citrus/grapefruit zest, tropical/passionfruit, and tropical/mango hops. Hints of vanilla and a slight hint of woodiness.

T: Upfront there is a slightly stronger than moderate flavor of caramel malts with a moderate amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit, citrus/grapefruit zest, tropical/passionfruit, and tropical/mango hops. There is a light to moderate flavor of white oak with a light flavor of vanilla. Moderate amounts of hoppy bitterness which fades away relatively quickly leaving a lingering oakiness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Enjoyable with well hidden alcohol and easy to drink. The white oak aging adds a different and enjoyable twist to the flavor profile of Jai Alai.

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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 2,274 ratings