Cigar City Jai Alai IPA – White Oak

Tonight’s selection is a beer that I’ve been waiting years to try. Since Philadelphia gets Cigar City distribution, it made sense that they finally got this beer. When I saw it as a selection at the bar, I knew I had to review it.


ABV: 7.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A truly unique India Pale Ale, this iteration of our Jai Alai IPA boasts the addition of white oak spirals to impart sleek notes of vanilla, coconut and a touch of dill to Jai Alai’s bold citrus and caramel character. The oak also serves to temper the bitterness in the 70 IBU base beer while oak tannins elegantly dry the beer’s body to create a unique drinking experience that still remains true to Jai Alai’s unique qualities.”

Random: I got an entire collection of hot sauce for Christmas. I should be stocked up for at least another six months.

The brew poured with half a finger of pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was slight hazy and bright orange in color. It had a lot of carbonation visible. The nose started with warm vanilla, oak and piney hops. There was toasted wood as well. The taste started with a lot of cedar and oak up front with vanilla. It quickly transitioned into pine sap and hops. There was some malt at the end of the sip that provided some sweetness. The body was on the heavier side and oily with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with oak and vanilla. This beer was outstanding and perfectly integrated the wood with the IPA. I highly recommend this one.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

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