Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by MCain04:
4.2/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
One of 18 beers from bostonryan on a stopover in Chicago. Cheers to you, good brother. No date on this 12 oz can, but Ryan picked it up a week ago so here's hoping it's fresh. Poured into a 12 oz Tulip glass.
A: Orange amber and fairly clear with 1 finger of cream/white head. Good retention and lacing.
S: Somewhat subdued, but I can make out citrus, mango, orange, guava, and floral notes, with a sweet malt smell lingering as well.
T: Surprisingly bitter, with aggressive bittering hops clearly added. Less flavoring hops, but I can make out some citrus hop flavor, and a considerable malt backbone lending sweetness to the beer that lingers.
M: Crisp, full-bodied, dry, moderate carbonation, drinks almost like a DIPA, close to perfect.
O: This is about as close to a DIPA as you can get without being one. Lots of malt and body, almost enough hops to make it excellent. Still enjoying this immensely, but this could be close to perfect with more hops to lend to the aroma and flavor. I compare this to Lagunitas Sucks - both have impressive malt backgrounds and similar ABVs and mouthfeels, but Sucks is just better hopped. Again, still really enjoyed this, just not in my top 5.
Serving type: can
03-07-2013 03:50:28 | More by MCain04
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4.93/5 rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Hoping that this review is more than just the pangs of nostalgia, I find that Cigar City is a brewery founded upon an eclectic assortment of beer. Jai Alai is a hop head's paradise.
Straight from the can, a delicious beach beer. When poured into a glass and paired with blackened grouper, it's devine. The head is frothy and has staying power. Not to be ignored, the scent is reminiscent of a floral, bright IPA, but with subtle notes of something sweet and alluring... I've read "caramel", but prefer to think it is the aroma of something brewed especially for fairies at play in the land of dreams and sweets and candy.
Serving type: can
08-01-2014 21:15:11 | More by Jennymonster
Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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