Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Cigar City Brewing Jai Alai Aged on White Oak IPA

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is Cigar City Brewing Jai Alai Aged on White Oak IPA.

From the Cigar City Brewing website: “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.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a copper orange color with a huge off-white head and sticky lacing.
Aroma: Tropical fruits, vanilla, oak, citrus, pale and caramel malt.
Taste: Caramel and pale malts balanced well with citrus and tropical hop bitterness. Vanilla, oak, pineapple and mango flavors swirl around my palate.  Same great Jai Alai flavor, but mellowed with the oak and accented with vanilla.
Overall: Delicious, incredible, fantastic… Cigar City Brewing Jai Alai Aged on White Oak IPA is like nothing I’ve ever tasted.  At 7.5% ABV this is yet another beer that I wish I could get my hands on all the time.  Cigar City Brewing wins again!

Mark Harvey
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