Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by ncfranklin:
3.8/5 rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle into a tulip.
A: A rich golden orange that shine well in the light. Only slightly translucent. Quite inviting presentation with a finger tall off-white cap.
S: Grapefruit is big and blusterous up front, followed by some sweet caramel and notes of earthy pine. Not overly potent nor feint to detect.
T: Large bitter bite as it begins, before meeting a wall of tangy grapefruit citrus and spicy levels of pine and grass. Caramel malts come and go throughout providing some light sweetness for balance. As it warms, this sweetness grows even more.
M: Medium body and carbonation. A nice light tingle to the mouth, with some tackiness but no syrupy quality.
D: CCB has a balanced base of an IPA here. Not getting too complicated in hops taste, and providing a solid backbone. No wonder they do so many different versions of this beer, as it seems to be a great foundation IPA. Bitterness and flavor is all kept in check.
Serving type: bottle
05-23-2011 15:41:27 | More by ncfranklin
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 4,562 ratings.