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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
455
Ratings:
2,106
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.6%
 
 
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Photo of MoMaMe
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
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 EMV
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz an into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Cloudy medium copper pour. 1.5 fingers of off-white head. Spotty lacing.

S: Vanilla and hops... oak and citrus.

T/F: Caramel malts and bitter hops. Citrus and pine. Nice grapefruit... strong oak character with definite vanilla and faint spice. Smooth and creamy in mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Finish is mildly sweet and citrusy.

O: Very nice barrel aged IPA. Kept the hop bitterness with some great barrel character. Really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can dated 3/20:
Fairly clear dark golden, leaning brown on the hue more than orange. Head has a nice rim that provides some lacing, but head overall loses Point for being sparse in a nucleated glass.

Nose is what you'd expect, though heavier onthe oak at this point. Had this before where I don't recall the date and similarly don't recall the oak this much. There's a little citrusy spritz in there with a supporting pine note, too.

I am really enjoying the flavor on this can, but last six pack I left the last two fir the GF. So I'm gonna sit at 4, and adjust up if the next one stays as good as this one. A oak mixes with grassy to grapefruit rind bitterness, right up front and producing a flavor similar to the coconut-grass I get from certain hops (similar to Sorachi without the lemon). Citrus takes the middle, grapefruit heavier than tangerine or lemon. Vanilla rides under the radar until the end where it joins a green pine lingering bitterness.

Light, encouraging carbonation lets the beer easily roll over the tongue without getting in the way of the flavors.

I am awaiting on more can like this to knock my overall up a notch. This might be a beer that is awesome fresh but doesn't hold up well, givenmy last experience. Since I'm not sure which is more representative, I'll wait to be more definitive before adjusting.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The body of this beer sported a typical IPA color of peachy amber with the ample carbonation feeding a two finger thick head. The aroma was citric, herbal, and floral, with a touch of vanilla. The taste was a classic IPA with grapefruit, caramel, and apricots. The oak aging was very subtle, adding toasty and vanilla accents that were in more of a supportive role rather than the stars of the show. The body was light, crisp, and very drinkable.

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Photo of CollinaTiger
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Citrus and hoppy goodness...the oak barrel aging really smoothes it out and seems to add some smoky vanilla overtones. Excellent and not easy to find.

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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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of sulldaddy
4.19/5  rDev +1%
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 Samlover55
4.11/5  rDev -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 +6.5%
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 Thomas_Wikman
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I’ve had the regular Jai Alai more often than this one, but this one, which I bought on my last visit to Cigar City, is also great, perhaps the better one of the two.

Look: Semi-clear amber with a bubbly two-inch head.

Aroma: it’s piney and fruity

Taste: It’s sweet and juicy, there’s caramel, maybe some vanilla, pineapple, mango, orange, piney, and dank. It is quite similar compared to the regular Jai Alai but I pick up some woodiness

Feel: light to medium body

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Not a fruit forward hop experience. Herbal, grassy and floral. The white oak treatment accentuates these nicely. Perfume and dill noticeable. Hint of peach and grape tannin. An interesting flavor experience.

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Photo of FBarber
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear bronze orange color. Thin off white sudsy head dissipates leaving big soapy white bubbles and some sticky lacing.

Smell has notes of oak, caramel, floral hops, citrus, honey, and, and caramel. Smell is complex but rather subtle.

Taste has notes of strong floral hops, smooth oak, a touch of sweet vanilla, honey, caramel, caramel malts and a nice cracker malt backbone. Grassy bitterness is noted on the back end lingering on the tongue.

Smooth full bodied feel on this yet very drinkable. Medium carbonation. Grassy bitterness is dry on the tongue and coats the mouth.

Overall a really well crafted IPA and the oak aging only makes it better.

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Photo of jhavs
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into fluted snifter.

Copper, clear, foamy white head. Bit of lacing. Head settles slowly.

Caramel and toffee with a hint of musty wood. Light hop aroma that floral and citrus.

Crackery, dough, caramel sweetness, oak. Earthy/fruity tinge like old grapes.

Moderate carbonation and high side of medium body.

I prefer the regular, the oak seems to muddy the flavors IMO.

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Photo of ATShock
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A great take on the oh-so-delicious Jai Alai. The oak notes really help mellow out the beer and add some vanilla and earthy notes to the usual floral and citrusy notes of the traditional Jai Alai. A must try.

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Photo of tmalt
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful copper color with half inch white foamy head. Overwhelming smells of grapefruit, pineapple and citrus. Tastes as great as it smells with oak (vanilla), pine (dill) and dry citrus too. Nice moderate carbonation( smoothed out by oak aging). This IPA is delicious and goes down very fast. Even better and slightly more complex than the regular Jai alai due to oak aging. Well balanced heavy malt presence. The citrus really pops in the aromas and flavors. Fantastic flavor, I could drink the whole pack at once if not for the ABV.

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Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear, tan in color, with one inch head. Taste is peach, muscato grapes, mango, and light oak and cracker. Medium bodied, slightly bitter, smooth, and medium carbonation. Nice change up on regular Jai Alai. Would get this again.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Despite its popularity, I sometimes have trouble finding Jai Alai outside of Florida, so I was pleasantly surprised find this at Bullseye in Smithtown while visiting my parents on Long Island for the holidays. Pours the part with sticky lace and complex citrus, pine, and oak notes in the nose.

Definitely can detect the oak aging throughout the sip. Lemon, grapefruit, mango, and vanilla join the oak in the flavor. This is solid and complex without being too esoteric or exotic. Goes down pretty easy.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz pour on tap into a snifter.

A: Body is a bright orange with a slightly hazy body sitting on top is a small film of a head.

S: Oranges, tangerines, slight toffee, caramel, and breadiness.

T: Lots of the citrus fruit up front mellowed out by the oak which presents itself to me as toffee and breadiness and you can actually grt a little of the wood taste. It finishes very smooth and not bitter at all.

M: Medium leaning toward heavier with a creamy soft finish.

O: This is a solid beer, but I feel it is more of a novelty than a continous drinker. I feel like I couldn't drink two of these in a row. Worth checking out though.

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