Cigar City White Oak Jai Alai

24
Mar
2017

Cigar City White Oak Jai Alai IPA

Just Tapped Tasting – Episode 103

Cigar City White Oak Jai Alai

  • Brewery: Cigar City Brewing
  • Beer: White Oak Jai Alai
  • Style: Oak-Aged IPA
  • ABV: 7.5%
  • Location: Tampa, FL

Geographic Relation

In sunny, and really hot, Tampa, FL just outside of where the owners of The Wilky grew up.
Brewery History: Opened in 2007, been a hit in the world of craft beer ever since.

Historical / Style Relevance

Aged with white oak spirals. Jai alai (/ˈhaɪ.əlaɪ/; Basque: [ˈxai aˈlai]) is a sport involving a ball bounced off a walled space by accelerating it to high speeds with a hand-held device (cesta)

Tasting Notes

  • 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. (Cigar City)
  • Vanilla, coconut, tangerine and a hint of dill all vie for attention on the nose of this unique oak-aged IPA. Jai Alai’s familiar caramel malt character and clementine-like hop flavors are both complimented by drying, oaky tannins and a pronounced vanillin quality with each sip.

Brewers Notes

Cigar City White Oak Jai Alai IPA · 7.5% ABV 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.