Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Jai Alai White Oak India Pale Ale

Today I'm drinking Jai Alai White Oak India Pale Ale brewed by Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, Florida. This is yet another variation of their very nice Jai Alai IPA. The label is very cool, making the bottle appear to be an American White Oak. Blurred into the front is a jai alai player throwing a hop bud. The back label has a little story and talks about the "merry game".

Hoppy aroma but with plenty of peaches and tropical fruit. I don't really smell the wood, but maybe I can believe there was some coconut in there. Fruity flavors with an enormous dose of oak is how you start this beer. Orange and peach, pretty nice. Very dry, start to finish, like very, very, very dry. Cottonmouth dry!

Some spice and 7.5% alcohol hit the palate around the same time and become extremely noticeable after a few sips. Hoppy and bitter toward the end. Carbonation is good. Not a bad beer though woody is totally out of control and borderline obnoxious.  A little alcoholic as well, which was off-putting. I much prefer the original-- no white oak, no cedar, no papaya, nothing except the IPA. Quite frankly, I don't see what all the hubbub is about for this beer!

Oak Chips- Medium Toast - 1 lb

Native Forest Organic Papaya Chunks, 14-Ounce Cans (Pack of 6)


Stevie J said...

I enjoy oak aged barleywines, stouts, strong ales, & sours but for some reason oak aged IPA's don't site well with my pallett. Don't get me wrong I love a good IPA just unoaked.

dale said...

I generally don't care much for oak aged brews, but this one I like a lot. Perhaps it tasted so good because I drank it at Cigar City's Tap Room. Beervana!

On the other hand, I wasn't impressed with the Humidor series at all. Cheers!

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hmmm. Well I've been known to hate on the oak aging many times before, but for sure there are exceptions. Bourbon barrel aging, not that it has anything to do with this beer, I really dislike though.

Sam said...

I got a Humidor series in my fridge waiting to be drank and reviewed for the site. I enjoyed their Papaya IPA, so we shall see about the Humidor. I was recently at their brewpub and loved the White Oak, I thought it was amazing. Different tastes for different folks I guess.


Beer Drinker Rob said...

Yeah, Sam. I know I'm a minority for all of these Jai Alai versions. Oh well, won't be the last time.

Sam said...

Rob, I respect people that stick to their guns, so I'm glad you don't sugarcoat your opinion about a Cigar City product, i've seen a lot of people that just ride the bangwagon. Hey that's the beauty about craft beers, so many choices and so many flavors out there. Great blog btw.


Beer Drinker Rob said...

Thanks for the compliment. I totally admire Cigar City and think they make many excellent beers. I am more fond of their Stouts than the rest of the line. But yeah, I am not in the worshiping and "they can do no wrong" camp.

They are still such a young brewery and I hope they keep growing and making spectacular beers.