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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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440
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2,047
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.6%
 
 
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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 popuarity, I sometimes have trouble finding Jailai outside of Floridaa, so I was pleasantly surprised find this at Bullseye in Smithtown while visiting my parents on Long Island for the holidays. Pours the partwith sticky lace and compex 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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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can dated 11/10/2016 poured into SA glass. Thanks Jake!

Light orange, mostly clear elixir with 2 finger head of tiny, white bubbles. Splotches of lacing.

That wonderful Jai Alai aroma of fresh mango, pineapple and kiwi with a wafting of pine and oak.

The citrus is a bit muted by the pine, oak, earth and wood. Still a nice combo of flavors that linger on the backend.

Medium to light body, dry finish, nicely carbonated.

I prefer the base brew but find it goes south quick. This version mellows the hops and can withstand a bit more time. A nice variety to CCBs flagship brew.

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Photo of Salt-n-Beer
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow. What an absolutely fantastic brew. And to think that I don't even like oaky flavors and aromas most of the time. Quite sweet for an IPA. The sweetness became more pronounced as the beer warmed up. Oak was definitely there but it was more complimentary than overpowering. Drinks a lot like a DIPA and it feels more full bodied than your average beer of this style.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a somewhat dull golden copper orange with a slight chill haze and a fluffy finger of slightly off-white foam.

Tropical and citrus fruit aromas of orange, grapefruit, pineapple, and mango are accompanied by sweet notes of vanilla and caramel malt.

Tropical and citrusy flavor comes through triumphantly in flavor with a bit of sweet caramel malt and vanilla notes to add.

Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, smooth, crisp, dry finish.

Overall, quite a delicious brew and a wonderful take on the base beer. Quite well done.

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Photo of gopens44
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks fine. Little hazy but a thick orange color is an obscuring factor in and of itself. Head wasn't massive, maybe about a finger of white foam.

Nose is pretty much like regular Jai Alai with all the grassy. Maybe there's a little more dandelion in there. Possibly something reminiscent of heat but I'm not certain.

Taste began in normal grassy fashion but took a momentary diversion down a slightly sour path but not so far that I was turned away. The bitter sticks around pretty well and serves as an accompanying layer to some back throat heat. Otherwise, this medium to light syrupy bodied beer isn't to different than the original but the heavier duty body and such reminds me of Pseudo Sue also.

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Photo of CHickman
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 11/10/16, pours very hazy gold color with a thick foamy 2 finger white head that was full of bubbles of all sizes, dissipating very slowly and leaving great looking foamy lacing and rings as it went down. The foamy dropped and settled into a layer on top that lasted for a few minutes.

The aroma is a mix of citrus and oaky/woody notes up front with lemon zest, orange peel, grapefruit, muscat grapes, fruit juice, coconut, vanilla, herbal earthy notes and wood from the white oak. It's got all the IPA citrus zest combined with some nice woody sweetness that somehow makes it seem balanced even though there's not much malt in play.

Tastes very similar to the nose with the citrus and oaky/woody notes up front, followed by the coconut and vanilla, then with the mix of lemon zest, orange peel, grapefruit, muscat grapes, pineapple juice, herbs, earthy notes, obviously some wood influence from the white oak and then some mild peppery spices. Almost has a Belgian IPA flavor about it until the vanilla and ashy wood come back and bring nice drying components.

Mouthfeel is creamy and velvety smooth with mild carbonation, a grapefruit-like bitterness but then vanilla a oaky notes as it finishes on the dry side. It trails off with some grainy notes and then seems like grapefruit juice evaporated in my mouth...pretty cool was to end each sip.

Overall a great off-shoot from the fantastic base Jai Alai IPA. This is different enough from the original with the white oak adding a lot more complexities and helping to completely mask the 7.5% ABV. A nice treat from Cigar City. I'm a huge fan of the regular Jai Alai so I will seek this out again,

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Photo of Griffin2
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass.
L - Poured a deep amber with a solid white head.
S - Smells of citrus.
T - Tastes of citrus and slight vanilla.
F - Medium carbonation.
O - Interesting IPA with a little vanilla and oak.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can dated 10/28/16, poured into Kane tulip glass.

L: Partly hazy (could be chill haze) light amber with deeper amber on the bottom. 2F head, leaves lots of lacing and a thin ring and cap.

S: Citrus from the Jai Alai base. Some oakiness, some vanilla. Little bit of dankness.

T: Oakiness and citrus. Hint of vanilla.

F: Light bodied, light to medium carbonation. Quite dry between the carbonation and the oak. Good balance, definitely little to no hoppy bitterness, but flavor remains without fade.

O: I like this variation on Jai Alai and now I understand why it flies off the shelves.

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

Canned 11/10/2016. Poured into IPA glass. It ours a cloudy orange-amber color with a thick, soapy milk-white head and lacing with excellent retention. It smells of oak, vanilla, tangerine, and spice. Regular Jai Alai is a favorite of mine and this variant adds an added dimension. The sweet tropical fruit hits the tip of the tongue followed by oak and a fairly bitter finish on the back of the tongue. The overall flavor is dryer and less fruity than regular jai Alai. This ale is medium-bodied, moderately carbonated, and the 7.5% ABV presents no impediment to drinking several. Overall, it's nicely-crafted although I'm partial to the regular version.

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Photo of biegaman
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aging in barrels can be a messy, muddying affair - and you wouldn't want to filter out any of those rich, wonderful flavours the process imparts, would you? Fortunately virgin white oak spirals don't wreak the same havoc on appearance: White Oak Jai Alai is as clear and colourful as the original, with the same beaming orange radiance and solid, if a little spotty head.

The power of suggestion is an amazing thing. Lots of people claim to actually smell and taste hints of dill, just like the label says. I get where they're coming from, though I doubt I'd make the connection without the brewery's help. But who's to say? Fermentation creates all sorts of complex flavour compounds - and adding wood to the mix only adds to the intricacy.

Besides, the beer really is as advertised: tropical, juicy flavours of tangerine and clementine dominate both the nose and palate and vanilla and coconut also factor noticeably, as do nuances of toasty wood spice and sawdust. The taste has a lovely interplay between cantaloupe and caramel, while the oak also dials back much of the earthy, sometimes onion-y dankness of the original. It reminds me a lot of Alpine's Exponential Hoppiness (which is high praise indeed!)

Wood-aged IPAs aren't as popular as wood- or barrel-aged stouts but they make just as good of a base. The wonderful result that stems from the synergy between citrus and tropical fruit notes and creamy, vanillin-rich oak is something Chardonnay producers have understood for many decades - it's about time brewers caught on.

The addition of American oak similarly adds complexity without making things any more complicated. White Oak Jai Alai is still that juicy, over-the-top tropical hop cocktail that everyone knows and loves, albeit with an added touch of distinction, elegance and increased composure. Like the original, this one definitely lives up to all the hype!

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

The beer pours a nice foamy white head that takes a but to dissipate. The beer itself is an interesting clear orange . . . orange color. It's a good look but it resembles a bit like orange soda.

The smell is interesting and pretty unique. It has an interesting mixture and synergy between the light dill note and the orange citrus note from the hop notes. The white oak is fairly subtle and it easily gets overwhelmed by the dill and orange hop notes. There is a light bready yeast note and a nice sweet malt note as well.

The taste is good. The dill note and the hop bitterness are upfront with a stronger vanilla flavor and light wood notes from the white oak. It adds a nice flavor to it and fairly decent. The oak comes out more strongly as the beer warms a little.

The feel is good. It's a smooth medium body with some very light carbonation.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer and certainly very interesting. The taste and smell are fairly unique but the notes can be a bit harsh and difficult to session.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a Cigar City Spiegelau glass.

Frothy white 2 finger head,dark hazy gold color.Distorted light coming through the glass.Nice amount of carbonation,especially following the pour.

The nose is citrusy,maybe a little bit of grapefruit.Also some lemon grass,with hints of the white oak aging coming through...I'm not getting a ton of it though.

The palate is a lot like the standard Jai Alai,grapefruit and hops,with a nice solid back end, and a smooth finish.The difference being the white oak aging,and again some hints of lemongrass.Not much tingling from the hops,but it is definitely there.Nice medium body.

Overall a very nice IPA, definitely worth a try.And definitely a beer I will be drinking again.

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Photo of Jay_P22
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip.

Look is a copper orange with a nice foamy head, nice lacing.

Nose is hops and earth, probably from the white oak. Definitely not the citrus hoppy regular version.

Taste follows the nose. White oak suppresses the citrus and gives it a creamy bitter hopped up version. I really dig it. Strong though as you get through it.

Mouth feel is medium bodied, with a long finish. I think it's the oak.

Overall a solid beer. Way different than regular jai alai. I love them both and appreciate the difference between the two. Solid IPA, strong as heck. Two of these and a buzz is coming.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

**
11/18/16

Can to Snifter; right after finishing a regular Jai Alai.

LOOK: murky peach color; gigantic white head, fades to lacing.
AROMA: grapefruit, citrus...not as juict as regular Jai Alai, but similar smells.
TASTE: more muted fruit flavors, oak takes away from the strong citrus and tropical notes, they are still there, but less intense. Dryness and Dankness has creeped in. Boo.
LOOK: The oak smoothes out the acidity in regular Jai Alai, but also takes away from the flavor.

Still pretty good, and a well crafted ale, but of course this is going to be compared to it's base beer which is superior in my opinion.

**

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Photo of Budinetz
4.84/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a can that was canned on 10/21/16.

Pours a light orange hue with a white, soapy head that dissipates at a medium pace.

Smells a lot less dank than original Jai Alai. Definitely has a more crisp odor than pungent. I suppose I can get a little of the oak on the nose but not much.

Definitely more dry than regular Jai Alai, but honestly a lot more sharp. The dank hops have been mellowed out by the oak and made this well rounded.

This is WAY more drinkable than regular Jai Alai! I could crush 10 of these like it's my job, except it's still 7.5% and I'd die.

Overall this is a solid version of the original and I would definitely get this again in the future. CC should produce more of this!

Cheers!

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Photo of weareallfalafel
4.87/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A rare find here, my guy hooked me up good with this one! Poured from a 12oz can into a large tulip. Pours a hazy orangish Amber/gold color with a finger and a half of head that fades slowly and leaves plenty of lacing. Beautiful color, - nice haze, and a really pretty head. Smells of pine resin, bright citrus, oak, a small touch of vanilla. Great slightly complex nose! Taste is equally complex, with layers of fruity, slightly piney, citrusy, dank hops, followed by a touch of malt sweetness, then finishing with vanilla notes, oaky tannins. Awesome balanced layers of flavor on this one. With the hops being slightly dimmed, the oak flavor comes through very nicely. Feel is smooth and medium bodied. A very, very fine variation on an already stellar IPA. Love it!!

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