Jai Alai IPA - White Oak | Cigar City Brewing

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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
Ratings:
2,125
Reviews:
460
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.6%
 
 
Wants:
350
Gots:
341
For Trade:
15
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5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

This years batches were amazing! Def a top 5 beer of mine :)

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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 JebediahScooter
4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First beer review, here it goes.

Poured out of a bottle into a DFH Signature glass on 12/3/10. 3 White Oak Jai Alai's were part of a lovely birthday mixed six pack--which also included my first PtE, a Founders' Devil Dancer, and a Burton Baton--from my good friend and brahim Moses Mendoza.

Hazy orange/copper hue with a fluffy, pillowy tan two-finger head that subsides to a nice crown with decent lacing. This beer is murky and colorful.

The smell really stands out as absolutely unique. Tropical fruits dominated by mango and coconut are the predominant. Vanilla, wood, and citrusy hops are in there, though more subtle. I've really never smelled a beer like this before, and I didn't expect it to smell like this. It's almost like a hoppy Pina Colada.

The strong bitter hop presence kicks off the first sip, fairly aggressive and similar to the regular Jai Alai. The beer departs from the original version as the bitterness mellows out through the sip into more of the tropical fruit, again dominated by mango and coconut. It's quite different than other IPAs dominated by the citrusy/grapefruit hops like Sculpin, Racer 5, Maharaja, etc, and it's a nice change of pace for an IPA. The vanilla is there, and the wood comes through subtly. It's not overpowering like some other wood aged stuff I've had recently.

Mouthfeel is the perfect balance between a good amount of carbonation up front and a smooth velvety finish. This is how beer should feel when it's all up in your face.

I could drink a 6-pack of these...the fruity flavors just mellow out that heavy hop bitterness of the regular Jai Alai so nicely. This is an extremely unique offering, one that should not be missed if you have an opportunity to lay your hands on some. This is a flat out fantastic beer that's true strength lies in the fact that you've never tasted anything quite like it. It surprises you, pleasantly.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer has been tweaked since my initial review. The oak has been dialed back a bit, and the result is nothing short of phenomenal. I already expect a lot from CCB, but they have exceeded all that with this offering.

The change is in the aroma, taste, and feel, and thereby drinkability. The appearance remains the same.

The nose is so complex; notes of coconut, anise, boozy barrel, vanilla and absolute fabulousness emanate prodigiously. To be clear, this is not barrel-aged, nor touched by any spirit liquor, but many of its characteristics mimic fine BA traits.

The feel is velvety-rich and ultra-luxurious. So nice.

The taste is fantastic; the base IPA has been beautifully transformed resulting in strong vanilla, coconut and anise flavors. I am thinking of Sambuca, buttery Coconut Rum, vanilla Cognac- and Bourbon-like impressions; I am also strangely reminded of Nemesis 2009 and Backwoods Bastard, like this is their flavor-cousin. And yet there is still a very aggressive bitterness that should be expected from an IPA; the total balance of the brew is outstanding.

CCB! You've done it again!!!

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On draft at CCB, served in a Spiegelau snifter. Pours a dark golden color, almost amber. Nose is coconut with an oak finish. Taste is tropical fruit, vanilla, hops, with a slightly dry and bitter finish. Super smooth. One of my all-time favorites from CCB.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A rare find here, my guy hooked me up good with this one! Poured from a 12oz can into a large tulip. Pours a hazy orangish Amber/gold color with a finger and a half of head that fades slowly and leaves plenty of lacing. Beautiful color, - nice haze, and a really pretty head. Smells of pine resin, bright citrus, oak, a small touch of vanilla. Great slightly complex nose! Taste is equally complex, with layers of fruity, slightly piney, citrusy, dank hops, followed by a touch of malt sweetness, then finishing with vanilla notes, oaky tannins. Awesome balanced layers of flavor on this one. With the hops being slightly dimmed, the oak flavor comes through very nicely. Feel is smooth and medium bodied. A very, very fine variation on an already stellar IPA. Love it!!

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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,125 ratings.
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