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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

6,156 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 6,156
Reviews: 1,200
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 844
Gots: 1,212 | FT: 66
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cjgator3 on 12-05-2008

Pours copper in color with notes of citrus and tropical fruit in the aroma. Flavor has upfront citrus bitterness with a hint of caramel and citrus and tropical fruit hop notes in the finish.

70 IBU
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Ratings: 6,156 | Reviews: 1,200
Photo of damndirtyape
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can, canned on 03/31/15. Served in a milkshake pilsner glass.

Appearance: I must have poured too strongly because a lot of floaters came along with the pour. Otherwise, a slightly hazy amber copper, with a persistent 1/16" off white head. Lots and lots of lacing all over the glass. If not for the sediment this would have been a very good looking beer.

Smell: Lots of citrus aroma with orange and lemon dominating. Just a hint of fresh cut tropical fruit.

Taste: Fresh cut citrus, citrus peel, maybe a bit of mint/bergamot. Nice malt balance with a cracker/bready malt under the hops. The finish I think got damped a bit by the yeast/sediment floaters, but otherwise was a bit clean for a IPA. The hop bitterness didn't linger that much. As the beer approached room temp the bitterness and citrus lingered a bit more, but I was surprised about the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation and a bit sticky. As it warmed up, it took on more of a spiciness that lingered on the tongue.

Overall / Drinkability: I will need to try this beer again and pour much more slowly to see if I can keep the sediment in the can. Otherwise, a good AIPA that was very balanced and full of lots of citrus type hops. Very nice.

Photo of WineGuy3000
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Quick review. One of a kind IPA - deep citrus & tropical fruit aromas envelop you on the nose & carry over remarkably well to the palate. Carb & mouthfeel are perfect. Just enough malt to offset the fruity, slightly resinous hops.

Photo of smb
3.77/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My first Cigar City beer and it's a very malty east coast IPA. Light hop and citrus flavors make themselves present at the front of the tongue and finish with the creamier malty characteristics at the back. A nice change of pace from some of the west coast hop bombs, but overall I couldn't see myself drinking this on a regular basis.

Photo of DaverCS
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bought can at cigar city brewery. 3 days old!!!

Golden orange, honey colored brew. 1 1/2 finger head.

Bright citrusy hop aroma. Tons of grapefruit and tropical fruit notes.

Taste is a tropical fruit explosion. Definitely a generous amount of grapefruit. I get a honey like sweetness. The beer is not overly bitter, but has just enough bite to cut through it all. Beautiful lacing on the glass post consumption.

My only critique is that the beer was a bit thick. Not by far, but just slightly. Really fantastic beer overall. It would go great with a shrimp ceviche or something with nice bright flavors. This beer does remind me of sculpin for everyone who can't get it. I give it a 96/100.

Photo of hophugger
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful ultra clear gold color with a decent head and clingy, spotty lacing. Aroma is up front with citrus and pine, nice. Taste is bold with hop bitterness, ruby red grapefruit, tangerine and other faint assorted citrus. Also getting a touch of caramel or toffee, something sweet.....Mouthfeel is good and bitterness and citrus are well balanced. I like this beer, a nice IPA from Cigar City.

Photo of Jreed
3.28/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not impressed with this beer

Photo of jmhulet
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice citrus bitterness with fruity finish.

Photo of tedvr
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours honey/amber color with a rich white/caramel head. Smells are of fruit and honey. Tastes are citrus with honey in the background and a somewhat strong hops finish. Mild carbonation with a very balanced taste. Overall, a very good IPA!

Photo of UTPharm2012
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't like the extremely hoppy aftertaste but it is great going down and despite not being an IPA fan, very good beer

Photo of Furlinator
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tropical fruit sweetness, a hint of pine bitterness and enough of a malt presence to keep it balanced. This one has it all. World class.

Photo of BlarpBlarp
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The real deal. Fruity, hoppy, crispy deliciousness.

Photo of iwhoopedbatman
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was really good. Next time I hope to get it even fresher.

Photo of HoppyADK
3.46/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I spend a couple of months in Florida during the winter and the ABC folks down there do have a great selection. I usually just pick up a few brands I haven't tried but this time I asked about what was popular down in Florida. The guy told me this Jai Alai so I got a six pack. As you can tell by the ratings - many rate it high. Can't do it. I found it oddly sweet and lacking a good hoppy flavor. Rather flat in its carbonation as well. So, in all fairness, let me say I like a strong IPA with a real hoppy bite. I bought it in a can and usually don't do this. I hope the difference isn't that great. Didn't finish the six pack. But again, with a rating of 95+ I must be the oddball. Good Luck.

Photo of Vseufert4
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you are in or around the Florida area and you don't try this IPA you are missing out big time!

Photo of Bshaw22
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Happy to get 3 x 6packs while on vacation in Gulf Shores! Good beer, not Heady Topper amazing but good!

Photo of tlema1
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice, some mango and other tropical fruit notes, I could drink the hell out of this

Photo of craigh130
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A phenomnal ipa. Loads of tropical fruit in the nose and on the palate. A bit boozy for everyday sessioning but overall a great ipa. Nice full body and mouthfeel with a gorgeous Amber color and foamy head.

Photo of jooler
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Too much foam. Smell is pretty lacking but not the worst smelling beer. Taste is great and smooth. It's kind of like wolf among weeds but I like wolf among weeds better because wolf is refreshing and crisp

Photo of shelt11
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In a 12oz can. Much better than the oak-aged Jai Alai

Photo of SteveO1-01
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Super hop! Excellent End to any day

Photo of Blade1952
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a huge IPA fan. I live in Tampa about 20 minutes from the brewery. It is always a treat to visit the tasting room. I enjoy and home brew double IPA's and this is a nice full bodied brew. At 70 IBU's it is up there near the (undefined) double IPA level. Really enjoyable.

Photo of Beegee305
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer smells of grapefruit and hops, great on a hot day and finishes smooth. For 7.5 it feels like a 9%'r

Photo of Dnayew
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shocked at how underrated this IPA is on this site. Simple put, the best, most balanced, drinkable IPA on the planet. Quite possibly the perfect IPA.

Photo of Fernans
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Near perfect IPA. Not over the top with hoppy bitterness. Great citrus notes. Nice long finish. Very sessionable. Cheers!

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Copper with a slight haze under a persistent 3” off-white foam cap that produces thick clumps of lace. The beer turns brilliant as it warms. Smell: A light earthiness, pitted fruits, light biscuit, some tropical elements. Taste: The attack begins with creamy malt with a mild sweetness and then grapefruit rind bitterness followed by apricot and citrus. It dries out on the finish with a repeat of the citrus rind bitter accent. Mouthfeel: Creamy, clean, medium body and carbonation.

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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 6,156 ratings.