Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by zeledonia:
4.14/5 rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Canned 28 June 2013. Thanks to cubanbeerguy for the can. Tasted 1 August 2013, reviewed from notes.
Pours a hazy medium amber-orange. 1.5 fingers off-white head, good retention and lovely terraces of lacing. Excellent.
Smell is undoubtedly the star of this beer, as it should be in most IPAs. Big citrus-piney blend, like a grapefruit orchard crossed with a pine forest (they have both of those in Florida, right?). Has a sweetness as well, adding orange and a touch of pineapple to the mix. Fanatastic.
Taste is good. A little chalky, and without those citrus and pine characters shining through like they do in the smell (which is, I know, much tougher to pull off in the taste). There is a touch of citrus, but mostly it's a mostly-clean, slightly chalky flavor. Kinda low on the bitterness for an IPA, but enough that it satisfies my desires, though folks who want their tongues sandpapered may be disappointed.
Feel is pleasant. Medium-bodied, a little fuzzy in the carbonation. Fades out but leaves a low long-lasting bitterness on the tongue.
A really nice IPA, heavily hop-forward in the smell, a little less so in the taste. Good stuff, and one that I'd drink frequently if it were available here. Happy I have another can!
Serving type: can
08-11-2013 02:58:49 | More by zeledonia
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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
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