Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by Sorcerer:
United Kingdom (England)
4.19/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a small heavy crystal mug developing 3/4" of foam which lingered for more than 50 seconds. Lacing developed, and clung to the sides, graphically denoting enthusiastic draughts. The head has different creamy shades of white and varied bubble sizes.
Olfactorily intriguing bowl of tropical fruit inhaled through a filter of juniper and pine. A way of saying imaginary fruit, or exotic fruit, like ripe lychee, or something of mango, even guava. As well, there's this weird watermelon Jolly Rancher thing going on in there. Sweet. Freshly mown hay fields as well. Crackers? No, but perhaps biscuit. Really nice nose. Copper smell upon cracking the can.
Taste is of one adorable IPA goodness with a solid glowing finish, with an enduring bitterness. Dry at the end. Good balance. Good bitterness. I don't lie, jai Alai is very very good. It reminds me of something I drink regularly here in Northern California from the keg. Good with hot spicy food. Holds it's own. Sweet maltiness presence throughout amazed me with the fine balance. Well done.
Mouthfeel is fine. Not overly carbonated. Perhaps more gas would be better? No, this is how I like it. The hop/malt balance is almost perfect, I am blown away, and each gulp is satisfying and filling.
In conclusion, I found this one so damn good that I had to have a second can. It's so good that I am going to look for it.
Serving type: can
12-17-2013 04:40:36 | More by Sorcerer
More User Reviews:
4.74/5 rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Jai Alai has become my favorite beer after trying over 30 different IPAs. The can has a nice design to it and I always appreciate companies that list their alcohol percentage on the label. Haven't been able to find it in bottles, but it doesn't really make too much of a difference to me since I pour it into a glass. Has a great orange color to it, and unbeatable aroma of tangerines and other citrus.
Very drinkable, not too heavy, I find it to be the perfect balance between sweetness and bitterness. The only reason I didn't give it a perfect score is because I've noticed every so often I seem to get a batch where the flavor seems to be off. Regardless, I haven't found a better IPA or beer in general as satisfying as this, especially considering how easy it is to find here now.
Serving type: can
07-28-2014 03:02:48 | More by BenSturk
Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 4,737 ratings.