Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
4.21/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Consumed on 12/7/13 and reviewed from notes. Enjoyed out of a 12 oz can with a canning date of 10/28/13 stamped on the bottom, so this is about 40 days old. Poured into the IPA-specific glass from Speigelau for maximum IPA-ness.
Appearance - A light copper colored beer with darker brownish-orange notes and even some bright yellow where the light refracts through the beer. Body also seems to have a subtle chill haze, but it's not really cloudy by any means. Atop the body sits a cream-colored head about a finger and a half thick and frothy. It dissipates fairly quick, but leaves an everpresent froth across the top, with extra buildup of foam around the edges of the glass. It never completely goes away, thanks to the lazy drift of bubbles up from the laser etching on the bottom of the glass.
Smell - Sufficiently tropical, with notes of pineapple and mango, along with some more generic citrus characteristics. I also get a nice backbone from the malt--some notes of caramel, whole grain and fresh biscuit.
Taste - While the smell was very similar to what I expect from a West Coast IPA--big hops and not much in the way of the grain bill--the taste is incredibly balanced. There are still the elements of fresh grapefruit, pineapple, and even some lighter floral overtones, there is a nice, meaty malt backbone, with sufficient contributions from the caramel malts. I personally tend to prefer the "hop tea" style IPAs, but this is a wonderfully well-rounded beer. Would love to taste it a little fresher than a month after the canning date, but I'm pretty impressed.
Mouthfeel - Slightly chewy, with a medium body and light-to-moderate carbonation. Semi-dry finish.
Overall, a fantastic take on the style. A must-try for anyone who loves balanced IPAs and it hides it's near-imperial alcohol level quite well. If this were easier to get, I could certainly see myself having it on a somewhat regular basis. Now I'm excited to try other offerings from CCB.
Serving type: can
12-10-2013 19:50:56 | More by LambicPentameter
More User Reviews:
4.41/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
This is a very good tasting beer with high marks for drinkability, smell, and taste.
A - This beer looks charming. It pours a dark orange with a lot of lacing as the glass empties. There is goodness (particles) floating in the beer.
S - Lovely rich smell of sweet citrus, and pine.
T - Juicy grapefruit/cirtus with hop and a touch of piney flavor.
M - Outstanding. Subdued, dense carbonation that expands in your mouth.
O - Very yummy and session drinkable.
This reminds me of Deschutes Fresh Squeezed, but with more flavor and complexity.
This beer reminds me of the beach and the sun. This is a very nice beer with a great future.
Serving type: bottle
04-23-2014 02:52:43 | More by mabermud
4.43/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 12 oz can into a standard pint glass. Moderately aggressive hand. A completely indecipherable blob is stamped on the base of the can.
A: Golden yellow body with a orange tint. Faint haze. 2 fingers of off-white head with good retention. Big and rocky as it goes. Moderate lacing. Great.
S: Fruit-forward hop with a nice citrus character. Grapefruit. Apricot. Light grass. I'm not picking up many distinct elements, but damn, the whole is very nice.
T: A welcoming, fruity bitterness opens. Development of a nicely integrated malt backbone that sits in perfect balance. Finishes semi-dry with a tasty hop bitterness lingering in the aftertaste. Minimal alcohol presence. Excellent citrus and tropical fruit notes. Vanilla.
M: Moderate carbonation with moderate body. Slightly oily. Very smooth.
O: I don't know if it's all the mulch I shoveled today, or the sweet can , or what, but this one just hit the spot. Really a fine drinker. Highly session-able for the ABV. Refreshing but with good depth. Get some to enjoy on the patio.
Serving type: can
04-22-2014 03:17:19 | More by fourstringer
4.26/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Canned 3/20/14, poured into a pint glass
Takes perfect shape on the pour, two and a half fingers fill out the glass perfectly. Moderately cloudy with moderate carbonation on the sides, a medium/dark golden orange on the color
Smells of sharp tropical fruits- guava, pineapple, and dragon fruit, mixing with a good amount of pine and citrus. Spicy submissive caramel backed up with a touch of alcohol
Taste is close with the smell, many of the same strong tropical fruits- pine apple, guava, grapefruit, and some pine. Malts also follow well, subtle and sweet finishing with a tiny bit of alcohol
Feel is a moderate body with a wet finish. Alcohol concealed pretty well,moderate bitterness, drinks super easy
Overall I couldn't imagine a better beach beer. Would give anything to have this in Nevada, big thanks to passepar2 on reddit for the trade
Serving type: can
04-22-2014 01:59:34 | More by lordofstarside
4.66/5 rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Upon opening this beer I first smelled mango & honey notes. Later some sweet biscuit malt. Very well balanced.
The color is a beautiful amber, with a nice 1-2 finger head, which laces nicely.
The flavor of this IPA is lightly sweet, with a perfectly hoppy middle & ending. One of the best balanced IPAs I have tried.
The carbonation is also in the Goldilocks 'just right' zone.
This is an amazing brew. Very drinkable. I only wish my friend would have given me a few more to drink.
Serving type: can
04-21-2014 22:05:07 | More by GoodBeerTire
Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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