Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by RustyDiamond:
3.9/5 rDev -8.2%
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
More User Reviews:
3.79/5 rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Good head with good retention and lacing. Nose is citrus and pear. Taste is smoothly bitter, with silky heat more than its purported 7.5%, not in a bad way. Medium bitter taste with fruity hop finish. Great beer, but perhaps not quite world class. This wasn't a super-fresh can, so I'll certainly taste it again if I ever have the chance.
Serving type: can
03-08-2014 15:48:44 | More by Maurizio
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
Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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