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
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4.44/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours a clear straw/orange color with a thin layer of foam clinging to the edge of the glass. The suds fall back into the drink, making lacing difficult and sparse, going more for the mosaic look than the ring look. Pine and resin accompany an overwhelming citrus aroma: grapefruit and orange are the heavyweights. There is some biscuit behind it, but you have to look for it especially when it is freshly poured and the carbonation is going well. The biscuit comes out a little more in the flavor, cooked well with some doughy presence, it comes first, then lots of citrus and resin, followed by a strong bitterness, but it isn't overwhelming. The citrus is almost tart and balances the bitterness well. The hop flavors are enough to knock me off my chair, they're so prevalent. The feel is quite dry, the body on the light side. This beer is focused on hops a lot, but there is some maltiness to it as well, balancing it out very nicely. The hop bite is a little harsh in this, so I'd switch to another drink sooner than, say, a Stone IPA or Racer 5, but the flavor is more of an experience so it's a trade off.
Serving type: can
03-08-2014 05:56:24 | More by Philousa
4.03/5 rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Drank from can in a moment of necessity. Still needed to review.
Obviously I can't see the appearance but it tastes like a 4. Can't get a good smell but likely moderate fragrance with a major hop profile of citrus and flowers to get to another 4. I see a trend. The taste is the first metric that's palpable. Very hop forward with a moderate hop profile but decent smoothness. A little tingle. A dusty grain finish. Drink it if you can but I will likely try from a tap next.
Serving type: can
03-08-2014 04:14:34 | More by macher0
4.2/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Purchased at my local Wal-Mart (yes, we're spoiled by Cigar City) in Tampa, FL. $9.49 for the sixer and they come in these nifty green & orange cans:
A- Cloudy, orangey-gold color. It's got some moderate carbonation and a little bit of white, silky head lacing the top.
A- Smells hoppy, piney, and orange zesty… almost like a Blue Moon on roids.
F- The taste packs a punch. It's like biting through the peel of an orange- bitter, but satisfying. Hops are definitely at the helm of this beer, but there's good balance of malt and fruit, leading to a very full-bodied taste. Altogether a complex, yet harmonious flavor profile.
M- Lots of coarse carbonation on the tongue, with heavy, silkiness throughout.
O- This is the beer that first got me into IPAs. It's got that brutal kick upfront that takes you aback, an orangey/fruity middle, and the bitter follow-through that reminds you what a hell of an IPA it is that you're consuming. Jai Alai is not only a terrific beer, but also a great representation of Florida beer scene.
Serving type: can
03-07-2014 23:03:36 | More by CraigS119
Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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