Jai Alai IPA - White Oak | Cigar City Brewing

Jai Alai IPA - White OakJai Alai IPA - White Oak
BA SCORE
91%
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4.21 w/ 2,193 ratings
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:
#1,001
Reviews:
482
Ratings:
2,193
Liked:
1,995
Avg:
4.21/5
pDev:
10.21%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
344
Gots:
357
Trade:
15
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,193 |  Reviews: 482
Photo of khargro2
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BdM
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FriedSlug
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pretty good version of Jai Alai. All of the fruity and bitter tastes of the base beer come out in this one but there is the added aroma and taste from the oak. The oak seems to add some astringent qualities to the taste which makes the beer seem a little less sweet and a little more bitter than the original. There is also an added lingering bitterness.

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Photo of Ltdsaint
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of psychgawsple
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of VTR
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Canned less than one month ago. This beer is still lovely with hops but has a "creamy" taste/feel and slight sweetness to it that the base beer does not have. The oak is there but faint but I think adds a little complexity that adds a different dimension. This is worth seeking out to try at least once if you can find it.

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Photo of Boone757
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of jak
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eman17
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kkazemi
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bgold86
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Poured from the tap into a pint glass at the Crystal Beer Palace in Savannah. The appearance is a deep gold color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is full of fruit, hops and some oak. The taste is big on fruit with a noticeable touch of oak.

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Photo of dsshuck
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chrismilner20
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jsalz21
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MoMaMe
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This a beer to drink slowly as more flavors emerge as the beer warms up.

I found both Jai Alai and Jai Alai aged in White Oak recently at Trader Joe's and decided to try them and was not dissapointed. These two are now ranked on my top favorite IPAs list, but I will be reviewing only the White Oak aged here.

It pours a mildly cloudy honey color with a thick head that lingers.
Surprisingly, the first sip is not the best. This beer gets better with each sip as it warms up. More flavors come out with each sip that become increasingly complex and more pleasant.

The smell is wonderful and fruity reminiscent of peaches and vanilla.
To compare, it's smoother and slightly sweeter than the regular Jai Alai ( which is also very good) . The mild sweetness balances the prominant bitterness very well.

I highly recommend trying this if you can find it. I liked this one so much I went back to Trader Joe's to get some more and they were all sold out! So I'm not the only one who thinks this is a fantastic IPA. Definitely one to look for!

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

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

The finish taste is pickles....take that as good or bad. It wasn't good for me.

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Photo of MGoeltz
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bret717
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DerekCarruth
3.64/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 91% out of 100 with 2,193 ratings
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