REDEMPTION!: Cigar City White Oak Aged Jai Alai India Pale Ale

October 13, 2011

After burying Cigar City for their Cedar Aged Jai ALai India Pale Ale, I come to praise them for their Jai Alai India Pale Ale aged on White Oak.  This beer is fantastic.  It pours a nice cloudy orange, with some vanilla, mild hops and oak in the aroma, all balanced by some malty sweetness in the taste. This is not a ‘hop bomb’ IPA.  The hops are too subtle for that, but for all of their subtlety, they are quite complex, with some pineapple, mango and even coconut notes.  The mouthfeel is initially quite creamy but finishes on the dry side, similar to a saison.  This tasty and interesting IPA restores my faith not only in Cigar City, but in all of humanity.  As lousy as the Cedar Aged Jai Alai was, and it was damn lousy, the White Oak Aged Jai Alai is damn fine, 8/10.

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