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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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5,505 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,505
Reviews: 1,108
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 733
Gots: 862 | FT: 54
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: cjgator3 on 12-05-2008)
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Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

And the new wave of IPA begins- fruit forward with both hops and esters; fused together with a seamless web of maltiness, citrus, tropical and orchard fruit but without compromising dryness, crispness or drinkability. I like where this is going!

Pouring a mid-amber honey-like color, the ale seems a touch darker because of its unadulturated haze. A very formidable ivory head forms on the beer and retains very well with sticky lace all around.

Aromas are hop-balanced between caramel malts, citrus and spicy hops, and alcohol. Lightly fruity and yeasty notes weave within the alcohols. Its a soft and appealing scent that seems slightly English-like.

Graham cracker breadiness, caramel flavor, and spicy alcohols set the stage while the orange zest, ruby red grapefruit, and pineapple hop character bounce off the glass is vibrant and assertive fashion. Bitterness does much more than just balance out the malts but never really demand attention away from them. Again light fruity notes make me think of English Ales- non descript but fruity nonetheless.

Medium creamy and medium sweet, the beer starts out with a hearty malty tone that waits until the last second to crispen up and dry out. Still, the finish hold onto a lot of sweetness and weight despite the adequate carbonation. The aftertaste brings an alcoholic and hoppy-dry memory of the beer; I just wish this had happened at mid-palate and then carried through.

Its quite remarkable the effect that these deeply citrus and tropical flavored hops have with the embedded starch and yeast all have on this new wave IPA taste. Its a smoother and more balanced approach will appeal to a wide range of beer drinkers- even those who have traditionally steered away from hoppy beers.

BEERchitect, May 14, 2010
Photo of EveningCordial
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Poured from can into snifter.

A- Pours a nice light amber. Medium amounts of carbonation and lacing. Small half finger white head.

S- Tropical and citrus fruits. Super fresh and fruity. Lots of pear, mango, even some orange. Not much pine or grass, but some resins very lightly detectable.

T- Just like the smell, this ale is very fruity. Lots of tropical layerings giving it a very fresh and drinkable taste with just the right amount of lightly detected malts and resins. This IPA is super juicy but the light bitterness reminds you its def an IPA.

M- Light bodied, some detectable carbonation, otherwise Id be slamming these like juice boxes. Crisp and clean finish.

O- Lives up to the hype. I hope I run into more of these, as they put a smile on my face. Great warm weather ale, as its very refreshing. A home run by Cigar City.

EveningCordial, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of IvanJ126
5/5  rDev +17.1%

This gives IPA a new perspective it has a perfect balance of taste and isn't dry at all the citrus hits in many many levels great brew only bad side I cant find here in tx

IvanJ126, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coppery tangerine with several slow bubble streams leading up to a quality crown of pale khaki colored foam. Head descent is slow and lace deposition is extensive; even more so as more of the glass becomes available. Solid all around.

The nose is tropical fruity with a (slight) background contribution from caramel malt. The hop bill isn't made available, but Simcoe and/or Amarillo might be present. If power and pungency ramp up with foam meltage and beer warming, then the 4.5 will be granted.

Jai Alai IPA is a lupulin lovers India Pale Ale. This is clearly a fresh bottle, as the hops are bright and bold, giving the malts a breezy 'see ya sucka' as they blow past, dig into the tongue, and hold on with tenacity. And yet...

... there is some semblance of balance as the bitterness begins to ease up with warming. Mostly pale with a small contribution of caramel is my preferred malt profile for the style, which is exactly what JA IPA delivers. The hops are still tropical fruity with loads of white grapefruit peel. Centennial is probable and Simcoe is now doubtful.

The mouthfeel does pretty much everything right, from the soothing effect of the malt sugars... to the buzzsaw-like rasp of the hops... to the enlivening carbonation. Not special, but damn good.

Cigar City Jai Alai IPA is a hop-soaked treat that doesn't overwhelm its malt support. In other words, it's right up my alley. Thanks to ktrillionaire for not 1, not 2, not 3... but 4 bottles of this wonderfully delicious Sunshine State elixir.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of brentk56
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy amber color with a thick head atop; nice retention and interesting pattern of lace

Smell: Ruby red grapefruit and mango with caramel malt underneath

Taste: Caramel base with grapefruit and mango fruit adding bitter complexity as well as a growing piney resinous flavor by mid palate; after the swallow, the sweetness builds and though there is plenty of floral bitterness, the beer finishes toward the sweet side

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A Florida IPA to match the best of the west coast - who would have thunk it; a tad too sweet for more than one but still a fine brew

brentk56, Nov 18, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

NCBrewmaster, Today at 04:49 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

pauldave1976, Today at 11:39 AM
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

GriswoldR3, Today at 03:22 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

aflies, Yesterday at 06:44 PM
Photo of Retroman40
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%

Got this in a can only 14 days old. Pours a hazy yellow orange color with a very persistent foamy white head. The smell is dominated by very fruity hops as is the taste. Initially the citrus (particularly grapefruit) flavors dominate but there is a quick transition to a rich malt flavor. The mouthfeel is smooth and rich and the finish begs for the next sip. This is my new go to IPA.

Retroman40, Yesterday at 11:57 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

brians52, Yesterday at 02:57 AM
Photo of Kono52
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Kono52, Yesterday at 01:14 AM
Photo of gordonj
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

gordonj, Yesterday at 01:09 AM
Photo of bendearth
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

A very good IPA, worth the trip to the closest place who sells it

bendearth, Monday at 11:19 PM
Photo of Argee
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%

Argee, Monday at 10:09 PM
Photo of Chubbs616
3.76/5  rDev -11.9%

Chubbs616, Monday at 04:59 PM
Photo of Stebow1289
4.44/5  rDev +4%

Stebow1289, Monday at 12:13 AM
Photo of Beaz18
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%

Beaz18, Sunday at 01:55 PM
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4.16/5  rDev -2.6%

Joshuabarnardj, Sunday at 10:15 AM
Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 11/4/2014. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy bright orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, peach, mango, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, peach, mango, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/citrus peel bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of big juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome IPA. All around great complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark malt sweetness; and very smooth and fairly crisp to drink for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

superspak, Sunday at 06:19 AM
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4.4/5  rDev +3%

Mtpschawk, Sunday at 02:19 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

IckyT2012, Sunday at 02:06 AM
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4.28/5  rDev +0.2%

Jmurgas, Saturday at 08:13 PM
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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 5,505 ratings.