Jai Alai IPA - White Oak | Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPA - White OakJai Alai IPA - White Oak
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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

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2,265
pDev:
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Photo of Gajo74
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

As a long time fan of Jai Alai, I somehow never got around to this one. Excited to finally try it.
Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange color. A large frothy head retains well, and yields thick foamy lacing.
As with the regular Jai Alai, there are strong citrusy aromas and peach. However, the added twist is that the oak aging adds a delicious aroma of vanilla, even a hint of cherry, that takes over. The malt profile hints at caramel and toffee; a bit unlike the regular version.
The taste is very similar to Jai Alai in that the hops impart juicy and citrusy flavors of grapefruit pith and bitter oranges, as well as peach, that play off of the sweetness of the toasted grains and caramel malt. There is also the prickly feel and taste of pine needles and grass. The finish is bitter, dry and redolent of pine resin; very dank.
The big difference is the mouthfeel. It is as medium bodied as Jai Alai, however, the carbonation seems gentler and the mouthfeel is smoother. The hops bitterness seems more restrained.
I was quite pleased with this version in that it provides a smoother contrast, as well as highlighting the malts a bit more. Jai Alai 6 packs are a staple of my fridge, however, I could see myself throwing this one in there every now and then.

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Photo of Tunaofthemall
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chriswjr
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chuckgietzen
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TylerJ
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chossboss
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woemad
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can courtesy of beerloserLI and his strike of (mostly) aluminum warriors. Canned on February 22, 2018 per the stamp on the bottom of the can. My first Jai Alai, first Cigar City beer, and my first beer from the state of Florida.

Poured into a shaker pint, this is a thoroughly chill hazed coppery amber color, with a good sized, sudsy white head that left plenty of lace.

Nose is more restrained than I was expecting. Tropical fruit like hop aromas, coconut and vanilla notes from the white oak, just as promised in the description on the can, but more muted than I was expecting.

As it warmed up, this made me think of some sort of dessert that features peaches, vanilla and coconut. Totally unique flavor. Quite malty. At it's hoppiest at the swallow, which was sharp and dry.

Medium bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel-a first for me when drinking an IPA.

Totally unique beer. Way more malty than I am used to for an IPA, but the white oak aging gave it such a unique flavor that I didn't mind. Now I'll have to somehow get another of this AND the standard version and do a side-by-side. Don't know if I could session this, but as a one-and-done, it's delicious. Thanks, Brian!

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

Pours a clear orange, with fine head that leaves oodles of pretty lacing on the glass.

Smell is piney and citrusy with hints of cedar wood and a little bit of perfume.

Taste is floral, with a bit of cedar again, and finishes with a load of pine and citrus, and a perfectly balanced bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a very good, and interesting, IPA. The wood notes make it stand out.

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Photo of BeerandLoathing
4.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bright citrus notes combine with the amazingly smooth body of Jai Alai IPA. The White oak treatment in this really turns an already drinkable IPA into the perfect beach companion. Probably one of my favorite IPAs I've ever had.

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Photo of Danmullens1
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of josanguapo
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Can. From Labirratorium. In Teku glass. Playing Life os Strange Before the Storm. Absolute balance between soft oak notes and the ipa ones, being really crushable in spite of its abv, which is really concealed. Masterpiece

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Photo of YvesB
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of safaricook
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ctmiami
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Seems to me that the "oak" masked the tropical flavors that I like in the regular Jai Alai. I can taste the malt, but no tropical. I can't taste the oak either. This was in an aluminum can. Not bad but not for me.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

On tap at Cigar City

Poured into a glass, one finger off white foam AP, settles to a solid layer, good lacings

Aroma of tropical fruit, citrus

I get peach in the taste, malts

Nice hop bite that lingers firmly in the middle of the tongue , good sudsing

God beer

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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy, deep amber coloration with a medium, fizzy head. Smells of bready malt, citrus hops, vanilla and pine, with a certain herbaceous note as well. Taste follows the nose, with a strong presence of bready malts and hoppy notes of orange rind, grapefruit, pineapple and pine. There's also a very definite vanilla presence, along with a slightly odd earthy, herbaceous note that is vaguely reminiscent of dill indeed. Finishes with a medium bitterness and some more pine coming through. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation. Compared to regular Jai Alai, the vanilla and herbaceousness is the main difference. It's also a bit more mellow, slightly maltier and a little less resinous. I feel like the pineapple also comes through a bit more. All in all, I really prefer regular Jai Alai, but I'm generally not a big fan of barrel aged IPAs.

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Photo of Brianito
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zythophile
3.74/5  rDev -11.2%
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 Elronino
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. canned 12/14/17

Pours hazy amber orange with a creamy white foam head. Smells like white oak, vanilla, coconut, fresh citrus, orange, grapefruit, lemon, marmalade, caramelized malt, dill weed, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like toasty oak, vanilla, coconut, citrus fruit, orange, grapefruit, lemon, dried fruit marmalade, some caramelized malt, dill, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and slick with moderate smooth carbonation. Overall a really nice white oak aged IPA.

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Photo of farrago
3.74/5  rDev -11.2%
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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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 2,265 ratings