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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

6,143 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 6,143
Reviews: 1,197
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 842
Gots: 1,205 | 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: 6,143 | Reviews: 1,197
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.

Photo of pdad329
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice. Discovered by chance, on vacation.

Photo of mickyge
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

nice citrus finish. hoppy and very easy to drink a few

Photo of CIBoy10
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a can into a tulip glass. Beer was canned 8 days ago.

Look - Pours a beautiful copper orange with lots of bubbles and nice white fluffy head. Beers don't get much better looking than this.
Smell - An intense attack on the senses, spicy floral, citrus, caramel, malt.
Taste - The consensus is right. This is a very balanced IPA. The hops are certainly prevalent but the malt is big enough to hang in there with them. Very drinkable and approachable. Citrus and other tropical fruits give way to caramel and a surprisingly sweet finish that doesn't linger.
Feel - Feels really thick, but smooth. Not exactly a beer I would reach for to quench my first. Definitely full bodied, especially for the style. I think the balance and maltiness have a lot to do with it.
Overall - Certainly a great beer, but there are others I like better and better suit my palate.

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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 6,143 ratings.