Beerygeek (36) - NEW ZEALAND - OCT 23, 2011
This beer is probably the closest to perfection that can be found. The malts balance perfectly with the hops, and has a great gentle slide of bitterness and sweetness. Wonderful beer! jaross (28) - - DEC 23, 2012
Smell tropical sweet hopps smell with oak
Grapefruit hopps fades to light fruity oak fades to bitter hop finish. Medium-thick mouth feel.
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UPDATED: MAR 13, 2013 Cloudy orange pour, sticky lacing. So much orange on the nose! Grapefruit, tangerine as well... but that orange smell, wow! BEST AROMA I’VE EXPERIENCED. Unique and delicious tasting brew. But what the hell is going on with that label? It looks like an accident. SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Pours cloudy pale orange with a small yellowish white head. Smells of citrus, pine, hints of spice, and subtle sweetness. Taste is bitter, hints of citrus and pine, with a solid oak dryness and a slight ting of sweetness. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and mildly active mouth-carbonation, Cigar City White Oak Jai Alai finishes with a smooth bitterness that paves the way for the next drink. Simplycdog (18) - - JUL 19, 2013
This beer is so good. I would drink this everyday if I could. I drink it at the taproom and from the bottle. I would growler this if I could. Citrusy smell unbelievable taste.
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AndyW68 (1542) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Insanely good. Copper golden pour with thick off white head. Aroma is perfect. Sweet okay and hippy nose. Taste follows nose with nice bitter finish. MikeMoriendi (72) - Boynton Beach, USA - MAR 3, 2011
I poured the brew into my Funky Buddha pint glass (I don’t have a Cigar City one so I’ll rep another Florida brewery) and it came out a cloudy orangish color. The head was a nice fluffy white head that left some lacing on the glass.
The nose is incredible. Scents all over the place with oak, white pepper, pine and other citrus. An extremely complex smell on this one.
And the taste is no different. It attacks your taste buds with so much different stuff. Lots of tropical fruit like pineapple and a little passion fruit. Citrus and pine like hops come in to play as well. Then it has a bold oak flavor that is unlike any other wood aged beer I have tried. Then you have a nice malt backing to it that evens things out. KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 1/31/2011. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Out of the bottle this pours a cloudy tangerine color with a great off-white head. The head retains nicely and leaves a variable web of lacing down the sides of the glass.
The aroma is just perfect. The white oak really comes through nicely. White oak, pineapple, white grapefruit, tangerine, orange blossoms, and some sweet pale and caramel malt in the background.
Sweet honey and pale malt up front sets the table for the hops. Juicy pineapple, grapefruit, and tangerine flavors burst onto my palate. The white oak really helps to smooth all of the flavors out.
White Oak Jai Alai shares the mouthfeel characteristics with its base beer. Smooth and creamy, even buttery, it is very juicy up front and gradually dries out toward the end. A light stickiness is present throughout and lingers after the finish. The hoppy bitterness pulls on the taste buds a little bit.
I absolutely loved the effect the White Oak had on the original beer. It added new depth and a flavor profile I am not really familiar with. Maybe the novelty will wear off after trying it a few more times, but for right now, this is one of my favorite IPA’s. davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 25, 2012
A bit faded but the date appears to be Aug 15, 2012. 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.
A - Pours a hazy dark orange body. Loads of yeast and sediment line the bottom of the glass. A frothy and soapy two finger off white head forms and sticks around for a while. Immense lacing and retention. Looks like the topping of a cappuccino. It certainly doesn’t bother me, but I’ve yet to see a beer have this much sediment.
S - Where to start? This beer is just so unique. Aroma starts off with intense ripe mango and peach juice. Candied peach rings, some floral hops and a touch of the dankness that I found in the standard Jai Alai. Finally on the end there is some wood and warm vanilla.
T - Less tropical than the nose. Grassy and floral hops start off. Some peaches and cream. Then a strong wood presence with some vanilla. Mouth feel is silky, creamy and well carbonated. Really great feel to it.
O - Really unique beer here. I guess the closest thing to compare this to would be Burton Baton. Huge gobs of tropical notes with a fresh white oak finish. Perma-ISO! S_Side_Smitty (775) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2014
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.