Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by RustyDiamond:
3.9/5 rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Clear copper color with a near-white frothy head. Froth was wavy with some periodic bubbling. Very nice looking glass of ale.
Faint tobacco, sweet citrus, and leather on the aroma. I did not have tobacco on my mind, as this is a CC beer, but it was became apparent to me as it warmed up. The aroma on this one took me a while to figure out. Some whiffs I liked, some I did not as much.
A nice pleasant peach/citrus note hit me first, followed by a dense rye/sourdough maltiness. I usually like my IPAs to be more hop forward, but I enjoyed the maltiness in this one. The hops really shined toward the middle-back. The only part that I found off-putting was the faint tobacco flavor...not really my thing. Long lasting pink grapefruit along with the rye (?) made for a very interesting finish. Quite resiny or chalky mouthfeel and felt on my teeth. I drank my pint with no problem, and could have had another.
All in all, a very solid effort from these Tampa guys. Lots of hype for the new kids on the block, with a darn good IPA. I give them credit for crafting an IPA different than most you would find brewed in the Southeast.
Serving type: growler
09-23-2009 23:29:33 | More by RustyDiamond
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