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
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#1,178
Reviews:
508
Ratings:
2,275
pDev:
10.24%
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Photo of rolltide8425
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mscudder
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bill69
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Franziskaner
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'm doing a side-by-side of Jai Alai & Jai Alai White Oak. The White Oak is much fresher (2 months versus 4 months). Copper colored and slightly darker than the original Jai Alai. There's an inch of frothy off white head on top. Moderate lacing. The aroma is of more woodsy oak than citrus. I'm tasting a very balanced amount of citrus hops and woodsy, earthy oak. The mouth is very dry, crisp, and smooth for the ABV.

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Photo of Truck67
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of npala86
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mecmd
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 1/19/17. Poured into a Cigar City snifter.

Dull golden to copper in color and mostly opaque and somewhat cloudy. 1-1.5 finger white head that dissipates rather quickly to nice ring and thin cap. Very nice lacing.

Aromas are complex with notes of tropical and citrus fruits, dill, vanilla, and hints of bourbon.

Taste is similar to nose but much more dill and especially vanilla.

Medium body, smooth, dry finish. Bitterness is discreet due to the white oak aging.

Overall a complex good beer but I prefer the original Jai Alai.

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Photo of Scott_McCool
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaunders1
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Tasted side by side with the original version. The nose is much more subdued. Somewhat cloudy. Taste and mouthfeel are more calm and muted. If you are craving an in your face hop loaded ipa then stick with the original. If you want an easy sipping smooth ipa then this is the one for you.

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Photo of Marklaker
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Budlum
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biggoon16
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ffshore545
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Zazzi82
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alcohline_trip
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DudMan
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brocktune
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MikeWard
4.03/5  rDev -4%
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 -1.4%
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 -0.2%
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 +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Samlover55
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
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 +5.2%
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 -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 2,275 ratings