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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

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3,955 Ratings
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Ratings: 3955
Reviews: 1014
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.88%


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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LambicPentameter

Kansas

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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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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