Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing
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4.22/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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Pours slightly hazy amber. 2 finger head that recedes pretty quickly. Leaves sticky lacing around the glass.
The aroma is mostly citrus and pine with sweet honey and malt. Slight spiciness to the hops. Quite sweet smelling. Big whiffs reveal a slight alcohol warmth. As it warms, the hop aroma fades slightly, and there's bit more sweetness and alcohol. Not overwhelming though.
The taste initially is a boat load of grapefruit peel, pine, and more citrus. This is balanced quite nicely with honey and caramel malts. Finishes with bitter hops and a sticky (but not cloying) sweetness.
Medium carbonation, maybe it could be a little more carbonated to bring out more hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is quite full though, and it coats the mouth nicely with hop resin and caramel malts with a slight alcohol spiciness.
Overall, I find this to be a unique example of an IPA being that it has a significant malt presence rather than just a punch in the face with hops. Not to say it isn't hoppy because it certainly is.
Serving type: bottle
04-07-2011 21:19:03 | More by sjccmd
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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 4,734 ratings.