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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
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:
#1,026
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 larryarms847
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a somewhat dull golden copper orange with a slight chill haze and a fluffy finger of slightly off-white foam.

Tropical and citrus fruit aromas of orange, grapefruit, pineapple, and mango are accompanied by sweet notes of vanilla and caramel malt.

Tropical and citrusy flavor comes through triumphantly in flavor with a bit of sweet caramel malt and vanilla notes to add.

Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, smooth, crisp, dry finish.

Overall, quite a delicious brew and a wonderful take on the base beer. Quite well done.

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

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bieniek30
3.39/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tfsimpkins
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hints of vanilla, oak. Not overly bitter. Aroma hops give this beer an interesting perspective.

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Photo of aleckpa
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gopens44
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks fine. Little hazy but a thick orange color is an obscuring factor in and of itself. Head wasn't massive, maybe about a finger of white foam.

Nose is pretty much like regular Jai Alai with all the grassy. Maybe there's a little more dandelion in there. Possibly something reminiscent of heat but I'm not certain.

Taste began in normal grassy fashion but took a momentary diversion down a slightly sour path but not so far that I was turned away. The bitter sticks around pretty well and serves as an accompanying layer to some back throat heat. Otherwise, this medium to light syrupy bodied beer isn't to different than the original but the heavier duty body and such reminds me of Pseudo Sue also.

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Photo of CHickman
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 11/10/16, pours very hazy gold color with a thick foamy 2 finger white head that was full of bubbles of all sizes, dissipating very slowly and leaving great looking foamy lacing and rings as it went down. The foamy dropped and settled into a layer on top that lasted for a few minutes.

The aroma is a mix of citrus and oaky/woody notes up front with lemon zest, orange peel, grapefruit, muscat grapes, fruit juice, coconut, vanilla, herbal earthy notes and wood from the white oak. It's got all the IPA citrus zest combined with some nice woody sweetness that somehow makes it seem balanced even though there's not much malt in play.

Tastes very similar to the nose with the citrus and oaky/woody notes up front, followed by the coconut and vanilla, then with the mix of lemon zest, orange peel, grapefruit, muscat grapes, pineapple juice, herbs, earthy notes, obviously some wood influence from the white oak and then some mild peppery spices. Almost has a Belgian IPA flavor about it until the vanilla and ashy wood come back and bring nice drying components.

Mouthfeel is creamy and velvety smooth with mild carbonation, a grapefruit-like bitterness but then vanilla a oaky notes as it finishes on the dry side. It trails off with some grainy notes and then seems like grapefruit juice evaporated in my mouth...pretty cool was to end each sip.

Overall a great off-shoot from the fantastic base Jai Alai IPA. This is different enough from the original with the white oak adding a lot more complexities and helping to completely mask the 7.5% ABV. A nice treat from Cigar City. I'm a huge fan of the regular Jai Alai so I will seek this out again,

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Photo of let8it8grow
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JC333
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Griffin2
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass.
L - Poured a deep amber with a solid white head.
S - Smells of citrus.
T - Tastes of citrus and slight vanilla.
F - Medium carbonation.
O - Interesting IPA with a little vanilla and oak.

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

12 oz can dated 10/28/16, poured into Kane tulip glass.

L: Partly hazy (could be chill haze) light amber with deeper amber on the bottom. 2F head, leaves lots of lacing and a thin ring and cap.

S: Citrus from the Jai Alai base. Some oakiness, some vanilla. Little bit of dankness.

T: Oakiness and citrus. Hint of vanilla.

F: Light bodied, light to medium carbonation. Quite dry between the carbonation and the oak. Good balance, definitely little to no hoppy bitterness, but flavor remains without fade.

O: I like this variation on Jai Alai and now I understand why it flies off the shelves.

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Photo of JamesLeung
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Canned 11/10/2016. Poured into IPA glass. It ours a cloudy orange-amber color with a thick, soapy milk-white head and lacing with excellent retention. It smells of oak, vanilla, tangerine, and spice. Regular Jai Alai is a favorite of mine and this variant adds an added dimension. The sweet tropical fruit hits the tip of the tongue followed by oak and a fairly bitter finish on the back of the tongue. The overall flavor is dryer and less fruity than regular jai Alai. This ale is medium-bodied, moderately carbonated, and the 7.5% ABV presents no impediment to drinking several. Overall, it's nicely-crafted although I'm partial to the regular version.

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

Photo of rjd722
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rdoggg
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Wheels2532
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rjp217
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RobPedicano
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of biegaman
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aging in barrels can be a messy, muddying affair - and you wouldn't want to filter out any of those rich, wonderful flavours the process imparts, would you? Fortunately virgin white oak spirals don't wreak the same havoc on appearance: White Oak Jai Alai is as clear and colourful as the original, with the same beaming orange radiance and solid, if a little spotty head.

The power of suggestion is an amazing thing. Lots of people claim to actually smell and taste hints of dill, just like the label says. I get where they're coming from, though I doubt I'd make the connection without the brewery's help. But who's to say? Fermentation creates all sorts of complex flavour compounds - and adding wood to the mix only adds to the intricacy.

Besides, the beer really is as advertised: tropical, juicy flavours of tangerine and clementine dominate both the nose and palate and vanilla and coconut also factor noticeably, as do nuances of toasty wood spice and sawdust. The taste has a lovely interplay between cantaloupe and caramel, while the oak also dials back much of the earthy, sometimes onion-y dankness of the original. It reminds me a lot of Alpine's Exponential Hoppiness (which is high praise indeed!)

Wood-aged IPAs aren't as popular as wood- or barrel-aged stouts but they make just as good of a base. The wonderful result that stems from the synergy between citrus and tropical fruit notes and creamy, vanillin-rich oak is something Chardonnay producers have understood for many decades - it's about time brewers caught on.

The addition of American oak similarly adds complexity without making things any more complicated. White Oak Jai Alai is still that juicy, over-the-top tropical hop cocktail that everyone knows and loves, albeit with an added touch of distinction, elegance and increased composure. Like the original, this one definitely lives up to all the hype!

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Photo of mkmarth
3.76/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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