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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Photo of Radome
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A -Beer is a medium copper color, slightly cloudy. Head is very fluffy and off-white colored. When I poured it the head foamed up drastically and I had to stop pouring to keep it from overflowing the glass. Possible contamination?

S - Crisp Northwestern hops dominate. Then there is a strong nutty or coconut note and lots of wood. No malt aroma breaks through.

T - The initial hit is strong hops flavor and bitterness. As that fades the coconut and nut flavors roll in. There is also an astringent quality in the end, like iced tea.

M - Body is light. Fizzy carbonation. Massive hops bitterness. No alcohol burn.

D - Overall a good IPA with very strong hop level. The coconut flavor and aroma are very pronounced and I guess they are from the white oak.

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Photo of Zythophile
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can Date: 2/28/18
Palate Contaminants: none

Look is a clear, medium amber with a fair amount of off-white head. Decent lacing.

Not a whole lot of anything on the nose. I get grain, pleasant barley, but not much else. Maybe I can pick out a slight amount of sweet peach.

I guess it needs some warmth. I definitely catch fresh wood barrel. Oak, even. Of course, shocker. Plenty of malt, but the sweetness is mild, and it meets the bitterness on equal footing. Coconut husk. The intensity picks up with time, although complexity doesn't. Simple, but good.

Feel has a bit of prickly carbonation. Medium-light weight. Aftertaste is more bitter than anything. Alcohol well hidden.

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Photo of farrago
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Eggshell white head, crests around two fingers, very uneven surface with a mix of bubble sizes, very nice retention and a large amount of heavy lacing streaks with inordinate stickiness. Hazy amber hued liquid, only a few bubbles visible, fat and lazy. The nose punctuated by green leafy matter, tobacco wrapper, tar, pulped oranges and tropical pineapple, mango to peach fruit scents, does not present a softening element such as caramel or honey, stays lean and stiff, and overall dissolves too quickly. Medium-bodied, while it has a good deal of foaminess to it the texture is dry and tacky if not gluey. Here too the oak seems to dry it out rather than add creaminess. Much more orange to pink grapefruit citrus and greater length in the papaya, nectarine, mango, pineapple fruit. There is tar, tea leaf and earth, less herbaceous with notes of oregano and basil. There’s something about it which seems lacking in harmony, no glue to hold the pieces together. You don’t want the last flavor to be like sucking on a chopstick. More interesting than enjoyable. (Canned 12/27/17)

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Photo of rye726
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always good to see beers aged on wood. They are the best!

Beautiful pour, orangish tan with a perfect beige head. Lace down the glass!

Nose has candy malts, bitter hops and oak.

Taste has nice piney hops up front and through the finish. Well balanced by malts and wood.

Medium body well carbonated. Nice IPA.

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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 2,293 ratings