mar (4856) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice amber pour with a cream head. Oak, vanilla, fresh hops, chewy and light caramel. Great palate, heavy vanilla, florals, chewy, easy finish.
MadRobin (1963) - Silver Spring, USA - JAN 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap 4 oz. sampler at the Cigar City Brewing tasting room in Tampa, FL.
Clear, bright amber with an off-white head and very good lacing.
Aroma of citrus, tropical fruit, cocoanut, vanilla, oak and fresh bread.
Taste of citrus, toast, cocoanut, toffee, vanilla, brown sugar and oak.
Medium/full body and medium/low carbonization.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Chad9976 (1187) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I poured a 12oz can into a goblet. It was canned on 1/10/14.
Appearance: Beautiful, clear copper/orange hue with plenty of effervescence streaming up. Pours to a two-finger, white, frothy head which retains and laces really well.
Smell: An interesting aroma of vanilla, dill, and orange juice concentrate. Odd, but not off-putting.
Taste: I originally reviewed this back in February of 2013, but it wasnít exactly a fair review since the bottle was most likely quite old at the time (however, there was no bottling date on it). It was so bad it actually made my Top 10 Worst Beers of 2013 list, which came to the attention of the brewery. They reached out to me and offered to send me a fresh four-pack of cans straight off the bottling line. I thought it would be nice to give the beer a second chance. Iím glad I did because the palette is completely different from how I remember it.
Cigar City is known for making some unusual beers and experimental brewing techniques. So, aging an IPA on white oak seems right up their alley. And this white oak aged Jai Alai IPA is definitely unusual for the style. I truly believe that experimental does not equate to quality, but in this case it seems to have worked. Thereís a lot of flavors present here Iíve never encountered in an IPA before. Vanilla and dill are noticeable flavors, but they seem to play more of a supporting role. Thereís more hop flavor than there is bitterness here. Initially itís orange juice concentrate - a luscious sweetness, but it changes quickly to pine and resin dankness. The white oak accounts for an herbal quality, plus some vanilla and woody flavors often found in barrel-aged beers.
This is a palette that takes some getting used to. I could understand why this wouldnít appeal to everyone, but now that Iíve drank it the way itís supposed to taste I can see what they were going for and I appreciate the originality.
Drinkability: Though the taste is a little weird, I had no trouble getting through a serving of White Oak Jai Alai IPA quite quickly. The mouthfeel is soft and creamy - making it smooth rather than crisp. There is a residual aftertaste of hops and white oak, but itís tolerable. Though rather hefty at 7.5% ABV, thereís no alcohol distraction. However, I probably couldnít drink more than one at a time. Iím sure this would pair well with some kind of exotic fare.
S_Side_Smitty (463) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours golden amber and clear with a medium white head. Aroma is spicy sweet pineapple and citrus. Taste is well rounded vanilla and oak with sweet pineapple and generalized tropical fruits. The bitterness from the hops comes across as a spiciness from beginning to finish. Awesome IPA with amazing complexity.
boisebeerguy (81) - boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz thanks to FLATSDOMINO. Nice hop profile. Very smooth ipa and oak flavor mixes well with this one.
wisdomsolo (456) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is by far my favorite IPA. So citrusy. So hoppy. SO GOOD! I held on to this bottle for a bit but it still tastes great!
Homer321 (1892) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fresh can, hell yeah! Nose of subdued citrus and a vanilla, oaky character (smelling and drinking from a can in a koozie). Canít see it. Taste is extremely smooth, well balanced between a touch of malt and moderate hop bitterness, flavor, and wood character. Just a welcome touch of tannins help to dry out the beer. A very enjoyable beer I would drink repeatedly.
RRistow12 (256) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted from bottle. Strong aroma of citrus fruits mostly grapefruit and some mango. Not quite as robust as the regular jai alai IPA. You do get a woody oak aroma but not as pronounced as the citrus. Taste is a supremely well balanced IPA. Mostly citrus hops mixed with a very faint oak taste but not too much. Huge grapefruit, passion fruit, mango citrus taste. Not overly bitter. Just incredibly well balanced. Exceptional IPA but I think I like the regular jai alai IPA a little better. Oak doesnít add too much and seems to take away a little of the citrus hops taste. Overall still an excellent beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: pours an apricot ale with a full finger of maple foam which falls slowly to a quilt of the same. Sheets of lace. Slightly hazy.
S: So, Iíve heard there are coconut/pina colada notes in this beer. Never believed it....Turns out, they were right. Nice woody character with pineapple and a slight follow through of dry coconut shavings. Pretty cool.
T: Sweet and dry. Some citrus and more sharp pineapple with a resiny midsection and a dry biscuity malt profile lends itself well to the dominant bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with hi carbonation and a dry finish. Would like a bit of a slick on the palate to work with here.
O: A good beer, but the more I drink this, the more I think I prefer the O.G. in this unit. I like how the oak has added the unusual suspect of coconut and dry woodiness (which I found less so in the original). The mouthfeel is off on this for me: needs lower carb and something to resonate the finish off.
Serving type: bottle
brystmar (1261) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy golden hue, white foam, beady lace. Aroma shows plenty of oak amidst the hops. Citric fruits in the back. Oranges jump out through the hops, sticking to the back of my throat after each sip. Right amount of oak. Tasty.