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:
2,156
Reviews:
469
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.6%
 
 
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345
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Photo of Zazzi82
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alcohline_trip
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DudMan
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brocktune
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MikeWard
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a pint glass. canned 12/13/16, so 5 weeks old.

faintly hazy golden yellow body. good white head which persists leaving excellent lacing.

aromas are muted. non citrus fruit and an earthy woodiness.

Well the taste certainly isn't muted. strongly of dill, as mentioned on the can, i guess from the combination of oak and hops.

medium on the mouth, dill on the finish.

overall, a pretty unique tasting beer. hop malt flavors below the dill/oak flavors. i certainly prefer the original Jai Alai, and Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard for that matter, but this was an interesting brew to sup on.

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Photo of SHDoyle
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Description: Honey colored and cloudy with only a trace of white head and lacing. Big, effervescent aroma of mango, orange, peach and dank flavors but not much if any oak. Taste is similar as far as tropical notes up front but there's also a definite bitter influence. If I didn't know it beforehand I wouldn't recognize it as oak. It's not bad, just a little strange and I don't know that it all really flows together well. Feel is pretty standard for an IPA - medium body and carbonation.

Suggested food pairing: Garlic fries

If you like this beer then you should also try: Jai Alai...that's an easy one

Overall: 4 (This beer is good and I may or may not drink it again) I was a little curious/skeptical about adding oak to an IPA. Doesn't really seem like a natural fit but, hey, guess it's worth a try. The standard Jai Alai offering is great and adding oak doesn't necessarily improve upon it; if given the choice I'd probably pass on this in favor of a normal one.

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

Pouring a cellar temp 12 oz can into a snifter. Can is a gift from my friend Jeff.
The beer pours a clear copper hue with a few lazy streams of carbonation rising towards the surface. A fluffy eggshell white head of 2 cm rises up even with a gentle pour. The head fades to a sturdy edge layer and leaves some tight lattice in my glass.
The aroma is a mix of vanilla and oak notes with also a bit of dank hops with some pine sap and also a bit of vegetal spiciness. Overall the aroma is not overpowering and while it is
The first sip reveals an average body with fine tingly carbonation. The flavor is a bit of of toffee malt and some vanilla but then rolls to some dry oak notes and a bit of citrusy and tropical hop notes. Melon and orange notes dominate my palate and there is no hint of the booze on this one. I find this beer very easy to drink and enjoyable. Its not the typical IPA experience with in your face hop bitterness. Complexity is pretty high and experience is also solid.

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

Photo of Samlover55
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can into nonic pint
Canned on 11/10/16
semi aggressive pour
L- hazy copper, huge fluffy off-white head, lacing as well
S- caramel, peaches, tangerine, vanilla
T- stone fruit built on a base of caramel malt, with a smooth somewhat hoppy finish
F- medium-bodied, smooth drinking, slight carbonation
Overall a nice smoother drinking version of Jai Alai

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Photo of ctylinebeer
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz can poured into an IPA glass. Comes in a 4-pack, canned on 10/28/16

L - amber orange color; hazy/clear body; thick two finger bone white foam dome. Light lacing on the glass with a good layer of foam on top. Caution: floaties are there

S - not as aromatic as you think. Oak and vanilla blanket the citrus behind Jai Alai. None of that surge of aroma going on

T - pure magical Jai Alai, orange juice in a beer, with the smoothness of vanilla going right thru. Hint of the barrel on the finish, delicious!

F - full-bodied IPA feel, smooth to the touch with a nice finish of pine and oak.

O - somewhat hard to find but it is a seasonal so get it while you can. Best barrel aged beers ever! The vanilla smooths out the citrus hops and I love the charred oak on the finish. Must try for IPA fans, Cheers!

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Photo of token_23223
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I’ve had the regular Jai Alai more often than this one, but this one, which I bought on my last visit to Cigar City, is also great, perhaps the better one of the two.

Look: Semi-clear amber with a bubbly two-inch head.

Aroma: it’s piney and fruity

Taste: It’s sweet and juicy, there’s caramel, maybe some vanilla, pineapple, mango, orange, piney, and dank. It is quite similar compared to the regular Jai Alai but I pick up some woodiness

Feel: light to medium body

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Photo of TrilliumFan
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hit728
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GClarkage
3.35/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of JPadilla
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of antman27
3.37/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 BeerMe8
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of FBarber
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear bronze orange color. Thin off white sudsy head dissipates leaving big soapy white bubbles and some sticky lacing.

Smell has notes of oak, caramel, floral hops, citrus, honey, and, and caramel. Smell is complex but rather subtle.

Taste has notes of strong floral hops, smooth oak, a touch of sweet vanilla, honey, caramel, caramel malts and a nice cracker malt backbone. Grassy bitterness is noted on the back end lingering on the tongue.

Smooth full bodied feel on this yet very drinkable. Medium carbonation. Grassy bitterness is dry on the tongue and coats the mouth.

Overall a really well crafted IPA and the oak aging only makes it better.

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

Can poured into fluted snifter.

Copper, clear, foamy white head. Bit of lacing. Head settles slowly.

Caramel and toffee with a hint of musty wood. Light hop aroma that floral and citrus.

Crackery, dough, caramel sweetness, oak. Earthy/fruity tinge like old grapes.

Moderate carbonation and high side of medium body.

I prefer the regular, the oak seems to muddy the flavors IMO.

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Photo of Zuidman
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The_Epopt
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hayden34
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,156 ratings.
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