Just finished my first Jai Alai...

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by tectactoe, Feb 8, 2013.

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  1. Hermthegerm

    Hermthegerm Aspirant (264) Oct 13, 2012 Pennsylvania

    I love me some Jai-alai. I had a cask humidor jai-alai last month and could barely stomach the taste of it..... anyone else??

    edit... it was humidor not white oak
  2. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2013 New York

    At 14 days it tastes like panda kuhnt. Thanks for showing me the light.
  3. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Aspirant (295) Aug 17, 2005 Oregon
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    You brought a minor into a bar and got pissed because they wouldn't serve you? Seriously? Unless you were her legal guardian or spouse they had every right to refuse you.
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  4. ressling

    ressling Initiate (0) Oct 26, 2011 Georgia

    Love me some Jai Alai IPA. Agree with others that it's an easy floral "go-to" after a long day or whatever. I haven't been able to get my hands on any other CCB beers though, besides Marshal Zukhov's, which I did not like at all.
  5. JohnQVD

    JohnQVD Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2011 New York

    Wait, what? That's great news. Can't wait. That's one of the three breweries I miss not living in Florida any more, and the only one not deep in the south. (The other two are CCB, of course, and Terrapin).
  6. JohnQVD

    JohnQVD Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2011 New York

    In my house, yes. Otherwise, no. The only CCB I've ever seen in this state was a random case of Guava Grove that turned up at Fingerlakes. My wife's bringing some back from Florida next week, but I don't think she's going to have room for extras this time. Maybe we need to set up a CNY bottle share after I visit my parents in March and I'll bring some CCB.
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  7. cityofFestivals

    cityofFestivals Initiate (0) Sep 13, 2012 Pennsylvania

    I just posted last night about Jai Alai in the 'What Are You Drinking' thread. I bought a case of it this week and it is outstanding. I know it's been hyped fairly well but in my opinion the beer deserves every bit of hype it gets. It is outstanding on every level imaginable. Simply phenomenal.

    And for a 7.5abv, I can't taste any of the alcohol.
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  8. dachshunddude86

    dachshunddude86 Initiate (0) Dec 21, 2012 Florida

    Damn, I gotta find a panda to go down on stat
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  9. ColdOne

    ColdOne Aspirant (220) Jan 19, 2013 New York
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    I like it. I'm headed to Chicago in early April... I could bring back something to trade for sure.

  10. st9647v3

    st9647v3 Crusader (799) Dec 28, 2011 New Jersey
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    Traded for some Jai Alai last month and put it head to head with HT...

    Jai Alai was supremely better IMO and currently ranks as my favorite IPA in the universe.

    Cheers to CCB - can't wait to try some variants - yeah, I'm looking at you Peeaatch!
  11. JohnQVD

    JohnQVD Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2011 New York

    I'm sure we can arrange something. Side note: what I really need to find is someone going to Wisconsin. I want more New Glarus...
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  12. Stevedore

    Stevedore Poo-Bah (3,832) Nov 16, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Which NG brews are you interested in..? I might be heading to Chicago in a few weeks.

    KVNBGRY Champion (876) Aug 1, 2012 Florida
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    Honestly, I stopped reading all the comments after about the 4th one. But, if anyone knows anything about the Jai-Lai, they know the White Oak version is incredible (I wish I had more). If anyone would like to trade for some 3 Floyds (Shark Pants, Zombie Dust, Dark Lord (?!?)) I, too, can grab just about anything from CCB! Message me for more beers I have to trade.
  14. Qwest_35

    Qwest_35 Aspirant (245) Feb 4, 2013 Florida
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    Drinking a white oak right now, good, but not as amazing as the original.
  15. Immortale25

    Immortale25 Poo-Bah (3,023) May 13, 2011 North Carolina
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    What he said.
  16. GameFreac

    GameFreac Disciple (373) Apr 8, 2011 Georgia
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    I love Jai Alai but White Oak is even better.
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  17. RobertColianni

    RobertColianni Zealot (524) Nov 4, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Thank you, Dr. Watson. Did you read my entire post?
  18. GrizzWranglin

    GrizzWranglin Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 South Carolina

    Oh, no, please do not discredit sculpin that way. I had apparently an old bottle and did the same, but when I did have a fresh Sculpin, I found it second to only the great "Sweetwater IPA". Please, Give it one more shot! They have a freshness date on the label.
  19. fmccormi

    fmccormi Meyvn (1,309) Oct 24, 2010 California
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    Oh, I'm definitely aware of the freshness of the bottle that I reviewed and all of that; since then I've heard there's some batch variation when it comes to Sculpin so I'm waiting for some fresh-fresh stuff to come into my area again before I consider re-reviewing it. To be honest, subsequent bottles I've had haven't been as fresh as the one I reviewed, but in some ways they've been a lot better (more fruit character, less astringency, a little more grainy malt). So, I'm optimistically assuming that the bottle I reviewed wasn't from a peak-condition batch, and there's better Sculpin out there to be had.

    tl;dr - don't worry :-) I'm definitely open to some more Sculpin
  20. jsurfs82

    jsurfs82 Disciple (329) May 13, 2008 Ohio

    The fact that it was cask makes it tough to really compare.
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  21. saxclar123

    saxclar123 Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Didn't do much for me, but then again I've enjoyed Pliny, Enjoy by, Sculpin, Sucks, Hopslam, and Nugget Nectar in the last few weeks. this has been a great month or so for hop forward beers. Jai-alai was good, my can was 3 weeks old but couldn't compare to the onslaught of hops I've put my palate through recently.
  22. jsurfs82

    jsurfs82 Disciple (329) May 13, 2008 Ohio

    I prefer some of the above mentioned beers over Jai Alai as well but Jai Alai is quite a bit different than the beers you mentioned. It has it's place, a bit grassier hops, and a little more malt characteristic than the others as well.
  23. saxclar123

    saxclar123 Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2012 Pennsylvania

    agreed, not the best comparison, I was just mentioning the fact that I think I'm "hopped out" as I could tell that Jai Alai was a good beer in its own right, but I wasn't blown away like many people were.
  24. JohnQVD

    JohnQVD Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2011 New York

    The fruit stuff. Raspberry Tart/Serendipity. The other stuff is good, too, but their fruit beers are phenomenal.
  25. nickapalooza86

    nickapalooza86 Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2010 Wisconsin

    I like it, but start a thread like..... no. I recently got some in a trade, while a nice beer it is not the tropical fruit bomb I was hoping for after reading the description and review after review, I do not want to take away from the beer, which was a good solid IPA but it is just not OMG beer to me.
  26. Stevedore

    Stevedore Poo-Bah (3,832) Nov 16, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Madison (where I live) is full of these fruit beers. If I do head down to Chicago this month, I'll be sure to BM you. These days I'm looking for BCBS and variants though so if these are available near you...
  27. Ohsaycanyoubeer

    Ohsaycanyoubeer Initiate (0) Feb 8, 2012 Colorado

    Let me know what you need and I'll send it up to you. We'll figure something out. I've been craving some MI goodness.
  28. Ernest_Hooper

    Ernest_Hooper Initiate (0) Apr 23, 2012 Michigan

    I just moved about a week ago. I'm still settling in to the new place. It might take me a week or two until I can get a trading operation up and running, but I'm definitely interested.
  29. Ohsaycanyoubeer

    Ohsaycanyoubeer Initiate (0) Feb 8, 2012 Colorado

    Sounds great. The current Jai Alai's a getting a bit old at 12/15... so new one's should be out in a few weeks. Take me off your privacy block and I'll get back to you as soon as I find new ones.
  30. JohnQVD

    JohnQVD Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2011 New York

    Oh... I'm in NY, not Chicago. Someone from here is heading up that way soon.

    Really, it's all my own fault for not going to school in Milwaukee.
  31. thebigbambino

    thebigbambino Initiate (44) Feb 20, 2012 Florida

    I have had several of the Humidor IPA Bombers and it is a spectacular brew. The regular Jai Alai was not one of my favs but since they switched to cans it seems more citrus forward? Love to trade some!
  32. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,292) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Part of the usefulness of this site is finding a way to know whose recommendations are good,i.e. most like ones own taste preferences, and whose to completely disregard. Thanks for making it easy to decide which to do with yours.
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  33. lordofthewiens

    lordofthewiens Poo-Bah (4,039) Sep 17, 2005 Maine
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    My daughter lives in Tampa. My first stop off the plane is CCB.
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  34. cityofFestivals

    cityofFestivals Initiate (0) Sep 13, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Is it possible for a beer to 'ruin' you for others in it's class that you've previously enjoyed? I ask genuinely. I am by no means trying to embellish or speak in hyperbole about Jai Alai, but I'm fairly certain it's ruined me for others in it's class that I previously loved.

    3 nights this week I drank only Jai Alai. Last night I took a break from that, instead deciding to revisit and enjoy old standby's that I considered some of my favorites: Two Hearted, Ranger, and Hop Ottin. What I quickly discovered was that all 3 of them seemed inferior to the Jai Alai. Of the 3, the Two Hearted came closest to exhibiting the characteristics that I enjoy most about the JA. Then, a buddy of mine visiting last night gave me a Flying Dog 'Doggie Style' to try, which honestly tasted like bland and uninspired garbage next to everything else mentioned in this post.

    Point being, I fear JA has set a new standard and everything else henceforth will be held against it. Again, not to speak in hyperbole, but IMO having a Jai Alai isn't just 'drinking a beer', it's a full on experience. It's such an amazing brew and so well crafted in every aspect.
  35. st9647v3

    st9647v3 Crusader (799) Dec 28, 2011 New Jersey
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    Sounds like you were bored this AM...no worries on the post, glad you found it useful.

    To each their own!

  36. Rogorama

    Rogorama Disciple (335) Sep 4, 2012 Indiana
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    If you can, get your hands on the white oak aged variation of the jai alai. It's very, very tasty. Blew me out of the water!
  37. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,292) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    No prob. you prob. will find the same about my opinions' usefulness to you.
  38. solo103

    solo103 Disciple (378) Apr 8, 2012 Florida
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    Def try the white oak jai alai its very good. They also recently did a black ipa aged on Spanish cedar wich was out standing
  39. victory4me

    victory4me Zealot (547) Oct 16, 2004 Pennsylvania

    I had all but completely given up on Cigar City due to infection issues, by decided to give a 6 pack of Jai Alai a try once I saw it in cans. Blown away. Back on the CC hype train, at least as far as Jai Alai goes.
  40. powpig2002

    powpig2002 Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2012 Florida

    jai alai is number 1. session beer. white oak, great but one is good. humidor? to me cedar is overpowering. just my opinion
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