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
Ratings:
2,125
Reviews:
460
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.6%
 
 
Wants:
350
Gots:
341
For Trade:
15
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Photo of IronLover
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lightly weathered copper orange in color with a heavy haze. Poured with a short, soapy, white foam with moderate retention. Medium, mellow over-ripe citrus orange and earthy, resinous hop aromas with notes of vanilla. Medium light malt aromas. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation and a light creamy feel. Pleasant, light warmth from the middle to the end. Flavors are similar to aromas. Over-ripe citrus orange and earthy, resinous hop flavors up front with smooth, mellow vanilla notes. Medium high, biting hop bitterness in the middle. Citrus orange and vanilla flavors from the middle to the end. Finished dryly with mellow vanilla flavor followed by light lingering bitterness. Well balanced, hop centric and easy drinking. Oak aging gives this already great beer a mellow smoothness that's amazing.

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Photo of MooseBoose
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FrancisSmooth
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Biggtriksta
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured a vibrant golden-amber color with a steady finger's worth of off-white head. There are some bubbles streaming up the glass and the beers is not very translucent.

S: Fresh fruit, piney resin, pineapple, mango, and maybe a little bit of orange as well. The oak comes through subtly but enough for me to pick it up.

T: Definitely getting a lot of piney flavors in this one. Starts off a little bitter and finishes smoothly with good fruity sweetness. Mildly boozy considering the style, but refreshing nonetheless.

F: Excellent body on this one. Starts sticky, continues with good medium body, and finishes with a bit of alcohol burn. Leaves me mouth with that sticky, piney feeling afterwards.

O: I have had regular Jai Alai several times before and found it slightly more enjoyable, but this is great either way.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-aged on white oak. can to spiegelau ipa glass. canned 11.10.16. consumed 01.30.16.

A: Dark orange, glassy reflection, with a fevish pitch of macro-effervesce within. Dull off white head had a frumpy head and a foamy texture one finger standing with a good rate of resilience.

S: Fresh wet tangerine and pineapple first on nose. White grapes, fresh citrus, wet, with fruit juices. Good level of intention finishing off with some fresh wet grass and soft apple-pear hints. Nicely complex, soft subtitles.

T: Fresh burst of citrusy-pine and tropical hops right from the start flavor wise. Toasted sweet backing of caramelized grains, lightly dry, with highlights of tropical fruit hops and piney-grass drying. Lightly smoked oak finish with some lighlty dry tangerine peel.

M: Edgy carbonation factor, toasted malt feel, medium body, with a lightly creamy texture.

O: A great ipa with white oak influences. Bright hops and burst of tropical flavors with a dryn finish. Hard to go wrong here.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mscudder
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bill69
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Franziskaner
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
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 +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of npala86
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mecmd
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
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 -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaunders1
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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 -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Budlum
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biggoon16
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ffshore545
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Zazzi82
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alcohline_trip
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DudMan
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brocktune
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MikeWard
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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 -0.2%
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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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,125 ratings.
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