Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by schnauzeborne:
4.06/5 rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
As a Florida native and Jai Alai fan, I may be a bit biased on this beer- but hopefully my general feeling of ambivalence towards IPA's will even out my review. Let me start off by saying that it is not as well-balanced, in my opinion, as Bell's Two-Hearted or Longhammer IPA; however, it is amazing for a hyper-hop brew. As others have mentioned, it is distinctively fruity, tasting like grapefruits and passion fruits. The malt is very light without being unnoticeable, and the high alcohol-content is masked by some kind of . . . voodoo sacrifice? It is beautiful, truly. It is not the best . . . but perhaps among the best of the IPA's.
Serving type: can
07-09-2013 03:41:15 | More by schnauzeborne
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4.41/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Canned 3/20/14 - Reviewed 21 days later - 4/10/14. Poured into an IPA glass.
A - Light amber, one inch light beige rocky head, great lacing.
S - Moderate tropical fruit medley with a touch of grass in the background.
T - Juicy citrus hop profile. Very light bitterness. Little to no yeast/ malt profile.
M - Medium bodied, excellent carbonation. Refreshing and drinkable.
O - Incredibly flavorful and drinkable IPA. One of the more intensely tropical/citrusy single IPAs out there. An instant classic.
Serving type: can
04-16-2014 01:38:12 | More by Zach136
3.61/5 rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Mark passed me a can of Jai Alai last night. Thank again! A surprisingly dark pour for an IPA, burnt orange to be more precise with highlights bordering on red but never quite reaching that point. There's enough haze to keep me from seeing through the body at all. A dirty white head grows to a finger in height before falling to a thick ring that leaves patchy lace.
Buttered biscuits lay a fairly substantial foundation with a nice sweetness. The hop profile seems to be all citrus all the time. Orange and grapefruit, sweetened with brown sugar, are in the forefront with a slight lactic sweetness as well. There is some pine on the backend as well. This IPA is a month old but for some reason I don't get much from the nose. There's some sweetness and some hoppiness but they are hard to pick out and muddled.
The flavor profile is brighter than the nose would suggest but still muddled. Biscuit and caramel maltiness lay it down, both are clean, which is a plus. The hop profile is pretty nondescript, it's citrus, orange and grapefruit but that's it, generic orange and grapefruit, no jam, no pith, no rind. The finish shows a burst of pine with underlying earthiness.
The mouthfeel is the best part of this beer. There's a medium body with snappy carbonation and a growing bitterness I enjoy. The finish is bone dry, accentuating the dryness. The bitterness lingers long after each drink. Nicely done.
Jai Alai is disappointing. I've had this a handful of times in the past, it's been a few years, and remember liking it much more than I do tonight. It's drab, dull, and muddled. I don't think I'd buy this beer in the future. More for everybody else I suppose.
Serving type: can
04-13-2014 02:08:17 | More by joe1510
Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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