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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,210 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 1,210
Hads: 6,500
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 4.07%
Wants: 894
Gots: 1,433 | FT: 74
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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Reviews: 1,210 | Hads: 6,500
Photo of W_Des
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color and had an aroma of citrus and tropical fruits. The body has a soft citrus taste with a little bit of malt sweetness and light bitterness. Really drinkable. (182 characters)

Photo of calitrie1486
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a great tasting beer outside of the "big boys" from treehouse, all of Vermont and other big players in the IPA game right now. Insanely crushable and would love to have regular access to this brew. The only drawback is 12oz cans. (238 characters)

Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color with a slight white head, smells of pine, hops and malts. Smell is the weakest point in my opinion. This is one of the better balanced IPA's I have tried in a while with a nice amount of citrus hops, and earthy malt. Mouthfeel is medium body with slight carbonation. Overall a very good IPA. (322 characters)

Photo of VikingBeer
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This stuff looks like carbonated fruit juice when it's poured. Nice head, as well; fluffy and persistent, with lacing that hangs around awhile.

First sip brings a blast of oranges, tangerines, the tropical mango/passionfruit flavors that suggest a healthy dose of Citra or something from the southern hemisphere. Malts are fairly subdued in flavor, but yield a delightful, slightly sweet flavor that counters the bitter assault of the hops. Excellent mouthfeel ties it all together: medium-bodied, slightly creamy, carbonation just right. This might be the best IPA I've had, save perhaps for "Pseudo Sue," and I've not had that fresh enough to judge properly between them (I got the "Jai Alai" at a week or so old). (717 characters)

Photo of Srs5768
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The perfect harmony of fruit/floral-forward IPA and earthy/piney, the hops dance on the tongue in this beer like few others when fresh. The malt base isn't invisible either, propping this flavor bomb up and making its full 7.5% well known. (239 characters)

Photo of MarkQ617
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at district tap. Color was a soft copper, little light for my taste. The flavor was good, definitely some citrus notes, but also a bit mild. Effervescent nose, very crisp. Mouthfeel was a bit harsh, lost of carbonation. Think this is a bit overrated. (266 characters)

Photo of jimdalton
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy, golden copper.
Smell: Citrus and pine notes. Sublte malt oder as well.
Taste: Smooth start with citrus flavor and a light carbonation throughout. There is also a really nice snap to the carbonation towards the end. Aftertaste is citrus and floral and remenecent of grapefruit, melon, and orange.
Feel: Very smooth. Carbonation provides a nice bite.
Overall: Cigar City Brewing strikes again with their year round IPA Jai Alai. This floral and citrus monster packs a ton of flavor and doesn't dissapoint. Highly recommend. (550 characters)

Photo of obriendes46
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have read about this beer but never had until I vacationed in Florida - from NJ - really tasty - great beer - perfect for really hot Florida summers - can't really understand why the NJ craft beer club (Snobs) do not like. (225 characters)

Photo of turbotype
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jai Alai is the best "east coast styled" AIPA I have had to date. If this was in a "The Alchemist" can, it would probably be one of the highest rated AIPAs on this site. (169 characters)

Photo of laketang
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer has a cloudy orange look with 3/4 head

prototypical citrus notes for a beer of this kind, smell overtakes your nostral hairs with fruity delight

could be my new favorite, downfall is unavailability in Chicago area, I love the citrus tang unleashed onto your tongue,the perfect fruity citrus balance.

great mouthfeel, full of orange and some grapefruit notes as well.a definite linger in a good way

if you like mikkeller citra, revlolution antihero, bells two hearted, or even daisy cutter, then this will top them all! (533 characters)

Photo of madelfonatree
4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Canned 7/17/2015 enjoyed 8/3/2015 in a Mad Elf tulip/snifter.

Look - Carbonation exploded on me (beer before this required much heavier pour). Well over two fingers with slightly aggressive pour. Ivory head with a lot of lacing. See through orange/yellow body. Medium to thick bubbles.

Smell - Grapefruit. Other fruits I cannot distinguish between. Vanilla. Pine.

Taste - Grapefruit. Pine. Vanilla. Lime. Caramel.

Feel - Creamy. No carbonation bomb but throughout. Slight tingle on tongue.

Overall - Where is the alcohol taste? Very complex and very tasteful. On the citrus side of things. It is one thing to have two flavors with two sips but another to have multiple. (677 characters)

Photo of South2NW
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: light amber in color, with about a fingers width of white head. Leaves nice lacing.

S: welcome to the tropics! amazing tropical nose on this beer

T: absolutely wonderful! tropical juicy goodness with moderate bitterness.

M: medium body. crisp. easy drinking

O: wish this was distributed in the PNW. one of my favorite IPAs of all time. (342 characters)

Photo of sashavasko
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet and funky. I can see a lot of southern character in it. Would not call it well balanced, it has several very strong characters in it. Might want to chill down that one to keep it less in-your-face. (203 characters)

Photo of The_Snow_Bird
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Has a nice amber color, is pretty murky. It has a very hoppy smell making it hard not to drink right away.It tastes just like it smells, hoppy but with some sweetness to it. (173 characters)

Photo of Mehinaman
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic IPA. Not too bitter or hoppy and very drinkable. Would be a very good IPA to introduce someone who has never had th style to. Either way, this is one of the very top IPA's I have had so far. Wish it was available locally as I would buy it all the time (261 characters)

Photo of rynegne
4.93/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. Up there with top IPAs I've tried to date and I've had a ton. Perfect balance of citrus, tropical fruit and slightly bitter pine. The malt is there, but really lends itself quite well to the beer by still allowing the hops to play a major roll in the taste of the beer by providing a subtle sweetness. (319 characters)

Photo of Stevem68
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is just a great IPA. Has a nice color and a hoppy citrus smell. The drink is smooth with a great hoppy, citrusy taste and pretty good balance. Overall an incredibly drinkable beer (184 characters)

Photo of SSS
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours yellow with a hint of orange, off white head that lingers
S-Aroma is nice citrus hops, Columbus, perhaps, Citra?
T-A dank hop flavor is balanced by citrus and a nice malt backbone, maybe Carapils
M-Medium body with a higher end carbonation
O-I really enjoyed this beer, perhaps it was the Florida sun and surf...I highly recommend. (340 characters)

Photo of MCCarrigan
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Hoppy, guava, mango, sunshine in a glass with a cool, breezy, grapefruit bite on the finish. Rich, delicious, sticky finish that lingers on. An amazing reflection of the tropical state where this brew is crafted. Great stuff that all those cruise ships heading out of Tampa don't deserve. (289 characters)

Photo of jkinzey
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Everything you could want in an IPA. Beautiful balance between hops and malt. Slightly hazy and drinks very easy for 7.5%. Very tropical taste and smell. This beer is heavily dry hopped and is best enjoyed fresh. (212 characters)

Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer has such wonderful floral, citrus, orange, grapefruit, apricot, and other notes. A very complex and eminently satisfying beer. Smooth and very little bitterness on finish. (180 characters)

Photo of Buck89
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amazing beer. Beautiful light orange color with white foamy head. Really nice aroma, with notes of citrus, orange, and a hint of malt. Taste is outstanding, with a bright citrusy bitterness followed by great balance with the malt. Nice dry finish and a great mouthfeel. Could drink this every day. (302 characters)

Photo of JArt
3.28/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Perhaps my taste is changing or I got a "bad" batch, but this one was much more malty than I remember in the past. There's still quite a lot of bitterness in the back; however, that's about it. Kind of disappointed. (215 characters)

Photo of Goldenknight4212
3.04/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Great beach beer, but there are better ones out there. Was seriously hammered after drinking seven of these in 1.265 hours. Decent taste and nose. Did not spill in sand. (169 characters)

Photo of Davidstan
3.54/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I may edit this later but have had 2 12 oz cans 3 months after pkg date.
A. Golden Amber
S. Tropical fruit bowl
T. Not,doing it for me, stale tasting and sweet not following nose sugary
O. Will try again with fresher batch (223 characters)

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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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