Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing
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4.38/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
We pour a somewhat hazy, tawny colored brew. It supports a fluffy beige head of two fingers which, as it slowly recedes, leaves thick lacing around the glass. Head retention is nice, as big bubbles sit amongst the rest of the cushion. There is no sediment noted, and carbonation appears to be standard. In the nose, sweet Simcoe hops, in all of their piney glory, sing off the top. They also give a foresty, woody vibe, but not as strong as something that is barrel aged, by any means. Other hop varieties are noted, with a souring citrus sitting strongly through the belly of the scent. Sweetness is enhanced by pings of tropical fruit, but for the most part earthiness is retained. As we sip, bittering hops hit up front. There is also a syrupy sweetness, and thickness that is palpable immediately. This is lent from a white sugar quality, fruity esters, and honey. Malts come to balance through the middle, but sweetness persists to the peak of the sip. We finish cleanly, with slight bittering from citric hops, and a cooling plastic phenolic character. The phenols breathe through in the aftertaste, along with deep malts, almost caramel, and of course with bold hops. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium. There is a thickness to the feel of each sip, which gives a nice froth and slurp the whole way through. The mouth is left fairly dried, but is otherwise happy. The abv is on the higher end for a “single” IPA, but drinkability remains high.
Overall, what we found most enjoyable about this brew was the sweet inclusions in both the aroma and the taste. While it was clear that the hops were the stars of the show, the supporting cast was beautifully sweet, without going overboard. To make things even better, the source of that flavor seemed to be multifaceted, with fruit and malts all playing their equal roles to give us a unique production.
Serving type: bottle
04-28-2011 20:44:49 | More by TheBrewo
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