Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by Roguer:
4.65/5 rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
A - This was a gorgeous beer from the first pour. Three finger, off-white head; bright but thick copper color, filled with carbonation; long-lasting head with tons of lacing. No floaties. Active and alive.
S - I could smell the pine and citrus from feet away! Slightly dank, and slight floral. Mango, bare hint of grapefruit. Very clean and smart. Huge floral notes as it warms; smells like a walk in a garden.
T - Unbelievably smooth. Floral honey and citrus surrounds the tongue; tons of flavoring hops, but no significant astringency. Slight tobacco and citrus peel aftertaste. Absolutely alive all over my mouth. Take that however you want; this is fantastic. Flavorful like a DIPA...
M - ...but lighter drinking, like a single IPA. Supremely balanced. No sting, barest alcohol warmth. Perfect drinking beer. Medium to medium-full.
O - I was really worried this beer wouldn't live up to the hype; instead, it blew away my expectations. I cannot say enough about this beer; I haven't been as impressed with an IPA since I first sipped Enjoy By.
Serving type: can
06-28-2013 00:36:12 | More by Roguer
More User Reviews:
4.54/5 rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
Jai Alai is my favorite Florida IPA. I've had Jai Alai on tap at the CCB brewery, as well as on tap at restaurants in the Tampa Area, and from cans in Florida and Atlanta. It's slightly better on tap, but holds up really well in cans.
Appearance: Wonderful orange and copper color. Pours with 2 fingers of foam. Very attractive IPA in the glass.
Smell: Pink Grapefruit and Citrus, with balanced malt. One of my favorite smelling beers.
Taste: Like it smells. Jai Alai is delicious. It's a very well balanced beer that starts with grapefruit and citrus which gives way to smooth malt and finishes bitter and clean . The high ABV (7.5%) is perfectly disguised. It's easy to drink too much!
Mouthfeel: The only knock on Jai Alai in my opinion. It's a little too syrupy This doesn't take away from my enjoyment, and it's minor, but it sticks in my mouth a bit more than I prefer.
Overall, this is my go-to IPA when I can find it. It's not as bitter as a west coast IPA, and not as fruity or juicy as the North East IPAs, but it fits perfectly right in the middle. Jai Alai is an excellent IPA.
Serving type: on-tap
07-11-2014 16:43:38 | More by RichKent
Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 4,566 ratings.