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
Ranking:
#1,057
Reviews:
492
Ratings:
2,239
pDev:
10.21%
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Photo of Joshuacarper18
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of addiwilliams
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Seems like an her a tea version on Jai alai. It has a little bit if the strong tea-like bite in the finish too.

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Photo of sanitarium16
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ebwang
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Canned 12/14. Dark amber colored with hues of iced tea and light brown. The head is frothy like toothpaste and 1/2 finger tall.

Aroma is very woodsy. Lots of aromatic wood, tree bark, pine, orange blossom, vanilla, with hints of dill pickles, and campfire.

Delicious. Tastes like a damn humidor. It's similar to regular Jai, but it has this awesome campfire thing going on. Like, it encapsulates joyful conversations around the firepit while having a beer, in a can. Pine and citrus start first, followed by ashy vanilla wood, dill, lemon rind, and pine resin. Lots of resin and oils remain on the finish.

Feel is crisp, creamy, smooth, very carbonated, very resiny at the same time.

Overall, not quite as good as regular Jai - the juiciness of fruits is replaced with more pine, slight dill, lemon, and wood, but it's still delicious. A more pine-y, woodsy, camp fire version of Jai Alai. Gotta try it at least once in your life.

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Photo of Bluescooter
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RollDamnTide
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MikePacheco12
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlvinLin
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BellsFan
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LarryMyers
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mkh012
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 1 month ago.

Pours translucent copper with 2+ fingers of off-white head.

The nose is orange blossom, orange candy, tea leaf, and tobacco. Hints of potpourri and peach. Wood and caramel in the background.

Big resinous notes on the palate. Potpourri and orange rind. Medium bitterness, amplified by the oak. An herbal note that the commercial description aptly calls dill. Predominantly old school hop profile, offset by a fairly present barrel character. Drying and vaguely tannic. Light to medium booziness on the backend.

Overall, solid but maybe not one I'd return to. Not sure I'm a fan of what the barrel character does here, offering wood and booze that steer the hop profile toward floral/herbal territory, sacrificing some of the fruitiness of regular Jai Alai. I get what they're going for here, but it's good-not-great to my palate. 7.5/10

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

Photo of Rdagley823
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbl_delta
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at a Total Wine in Fort Myers. Can dated 12/14/17. I appreciate most of the stuff Cigar City puts out, and I always try to support the locals. This is sometimes disappointing, sometimes pleasantly surprising.
Cigar City didn't let me down. Initial impression is citrus (mango, orange) and pine, with definite oak overtones. I've tried Jai Alai, and it's good - but this is better. The oak seems to integrate and smooth the rough edges of "stock" Jai Alai. Medium mouthfeel, nice and sticky. Carbonation is perfect. Finish is dry and a little bitter. Very good - better'n Jai Alai.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of scream
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look-Pours a nice light copper color

Smell-This is where this fell short for me, almost nothing there

Taste- Nice w a little vanilla in the background from the oak

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied

Overall- I thought this was pretty nice, was pleasantly surprised. The regular Jai Alai I have had in the past left me unimpressed, will be revisiting it shortly. This was much better

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Photo of spectru
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I ordered this in a restaurant in Tarpon Springs. It was served in a conical glass. Hazy amber with a creamy head. I didn't notice much of a bouquet. The flavor is very good; it has a little something extra, a special taste I couldn't identify. My local grocery store sells Cigar City beers. If I can find the White Oak Jai Alai, I'll definitely pick up a six.

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Photo of TBCE
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of florisj135
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wiffler27
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pours a nice amber with a thick head, looks pretty damn tasty

smell has some oak sweetness but mostly mango to be honest

flavor is nice yet subdued. mango and other citrus fruits come through yet it's refined. notes of oak and some slight funkiness to it. not a bad beer but a unique IPA

wasn't sure what to expect with this beer being an oak aged IPA. it's a good beer but certainly unique. i'd rather have plain Jai Alai but this was worth trying

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

Photo of Curt3
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Ocalafox
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 2,239 ratings