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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak | Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPA - White OakJai Alai IPA - White Oak

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

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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Ratings: 2,212 |  Reviews: 485
Photo of Latarnik
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The_Mancannon_of_Slothrop
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a 12-oz can into a pint glass. Dark, almost burnt, orange. Hazy although not NEIPA-level cloudy. Two-finger head subsides into a smaller one and leaves significant lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Strong. Peppery, piney. Take a deep whiff and you'll catch the scent of fresh grapefruit.

T: Complex. Pine, tropical fruit, maybe even some cucumber? A very faint, subtle sweetness--some have said vanilla but I'm leaning more toward cane sugar. Whatever it is it's delicious.

F: Sinus-opening. Crunchy--I want to literally chew on this.

O: Jai Alai is a remarkable IPA, but it is just a standard interpretation of it. This is phenomenal AND unique. An unqualified triumph. God bless Cigar City for distributing here.

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Photo of krs0123
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned 5/5, drank 6/26.

I taste the oak! Builds a vanilla, buttery chardonnay note. Still the sharp carbonated jai alai mouth feel, but the piney bitterness is gone.

I like it. My mt Rushmore for oaked ipa begins w big hoppy oaked monster and while this is good, it is not that. But still a fun take on a staple ipa.

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Photo of crbnfbr
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light orange to copper color, large off white head, great lacing

S: Floral, citrus hops, as well as a subtle earthy oak fragrance

T: Floral and citrus, the earthiness of the oak comes in then I get the caramely sweet hops that I love so much about the noraml Jai Alai

M: Medium

O: Not as good as the original but a nice beer. You dont have to do anything to the original because it is that good.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a: clear golden amber color with some really nice dark orange notes. head pours 1 finger off-white, pretty solid

s: tons of mango and pineapple upfront. following that is a nice woody blast and some dry crackers. caramel malts and a bit of sugary sweetness behind that. more juicy pineapple and wood kind of round out the nose here

t: caramel, tons of oak up front. grapefruit, a strong herbal bitterness, ripe mango and strawberry. very big bready flavor in here as well with a hint of dry crackers. the finish is dry and oaky

m: solid medium mouthfeel here. carbonation is low-mid

o: not quite as juicy as the nose led me to believe, but that is because the wood really shines here. oak and earthy bitterness are the main players here. i think i prefer regular Jai Alai to this, but it is still a really nice use of oak, and i would recommend it for sure

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Photo of Celtics76
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tim725
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.72/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On the malty side. Oaky. Orange, pine resin and and citrus pith. Lots of malt on this guy. Very dry, pine bitterness on the finish. Smooth, medium bodied. A bit floral. This is ok. Prefer regular Jai Alai by a mile.

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Photo of kewharton
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zachary80
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of crow
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

A: Pours a slightly hazy medium to dark golden honey in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate amber colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy beige head that reduces to a handful of small patches of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet caramel malts and moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit, citrus/grapefruit zest, tropical/passionfruit, and tropical/mango hops. Hints of vanilla and a slight hint of woodiness.

T: Upfront there is a slightly stronger than moderate flavor of caramel malts with a moderate amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit, citrus/grapefruit zest, tropical/passionfruit, and tropical/mango hops. There is a light to moderate flavor of white oak with a light flavor of vanilla. Moderate amounts of hoppy bitterness which fades away relatively quickly leaving a lingering oakiness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Enjoyable with well hidden alcohol and easy to drink. The white oak aging adds a different and enjoyable twist to the flavor profile of Jai Alai.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to BA Extraordinaire SammyJaxxx for this one.
I ALWAYS appreciate scoring a Jai Alai, and have been hoping to score this one for a while now. Having said that, I find this one to be quite good, interesting, and worthwhile. But, I truly prefer straight up Jai Alai.
The drying effect of the oak aging is unique, but IMHO it diminished the beauty that is Jai Alai.

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Photo of EN27
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dharmelink
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Emersonio
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at World of Beer in Arlington, VA. POUR: On draft into a 10oz snifter. APPEARANCE: Golden to orange in color. Hazy. No head and very scant glass lacing. AROMA: Not much on the nose. Some real faint juicy citrus. TASTE: Initial hit of oak. Vanilla. Very mellow in comparison to the regular Jai Alai. Still a very juicy citrus flavor profile but is somewhat subdued by the oak aging. AFTERTASTE: Finishes more clean and crisp than the regular Jai Alai. Oak aging also reveals a very distinct grassy and earthy back end. NOTES: Interesting mash up. The big juicy citrus is still there but it is hiding behind the earthy oak. REVIEW/RATING: Very good/ 4.37 out of 5.

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Photo of Noelito76
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of rossracing
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SFNC
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.71/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clearish amber color with a finger's worth of off-white head. It has a sudsy texture with good retention and many webs of lacing left behind.

Despite only being one and a half months old, stale and muted hops pervade the aroma. I guess twinges of pine, grapefruit, and grass show up. On the other hand, oak and vanilla are prominent - it doesn't quite make up for the assertive caramel malt profile. All in all, it's not a very showy nose.

Taste follows suit. It starts with a moderate piny bitterness, giving way to a sweet caramel middle. The finish is the most interesting aspect: notes of oak, vanilla, and tobacco are offered. However, bitterness becomes uncontrolled on the lingering aftertaste. It has muted flavors, no balance, and too much of a bitter bite. Translation: it doesn't work.

This is a full bodied brew that's semi-creamy and off-dry. To me, it just reinforces the bitterness excessively. Carbonation is moderate and oak tannins are gentle.

To be frank, this isn't my thing. The oak is too weak to compensate for the effects of aging plain ol' Jai Alai. This is highly mediocre, and I will not buy it again.

2.71/5: Wood-aged IPAs are just a flawed style

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Photo of rangerred
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hman43
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours golden and clear with a large head head. Head retention is good. there is plenty of lacing as well.

Smell: Aromas of citrus and pine are the first aromas. There are background notes of vanilla and wood.

Taste: There is a bountiful, burst of flavors. There are strong notes of citrus and stone fruit. There are background notes of vanilla, pine, wood, and toast.

Feel: It has a moderate body with moderately high bitterness that is long lasting through the finish.

Overall, this IPA has a lot of aroma and flavor that is not so bitter as to not have a couple in a sitting.

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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 2,212 ratings
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