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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

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1,295 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,295
Hads: 6,940
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 956
Gots: 1,715 | FT: 85
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cjgator3 on 12-05-2008

Pours copper in color with notes of citrus and tropical fruit in the aroma. Flavor has upfront citrus bitterness with a hint of caramel and citrus and tropical fruit hop notes in the finish.

70 IBU
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Photo of thecheapies
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jai Alai into a pint. Didn't think Cigar City had bottling info, but there is a date of 'JAN2012' stamped on the side of the bottle. Not sure if it's a bottle date or a best-by. Hoping it's the former.

Pours a very hazy orange-amber with thinning glow. Puffy, loose head holds just fine. A bit rocky. Didn't lace at all, but I DID just wash the glass. 3.5

Moldy tropical fruits, alfalfa, and lemon. Musty malt wrapping up the nose. Not terribly impressive. 3.5

Earthy bitterness and fruity zing. Nice juicy pineapple middle with some insinuations of papaya or mango. Implied hop fruits have a lot of rind. Reminds me a bit of Two Hearted, but not as floral. Tartness matches the bitterness in the finish. Malts are roasty-toasty for an IPA, not too shabby. 4.0

Feels great. Drinkable as all hell and with a nice flushing spritz. Smooth-bodied and even. 4.5

My first Cigar City brew, and a good one. My only concern is that the bottle was not fresh enough. Still glad to have had. 4.0

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Revisiting Jai Alai, this time out of the can. Canned on 11/13/12. Enjoyed on 12/27/12.

Pours a sudsy and sediment-laden orange/amber with a nice and creamy peach-white head. Gave a great starter lace ring with some more residuals stuck to the glass after each big sip. The floaties seem to suspend in the beer uniformly. I didn't realize this was can-conditioned. 3.0

Bright tangerine, melon, and grassy aromas. Pulling through other hop smells of orange and honeysuckle. Honey is an element in the pale malts, as well. Very biscuity and almost lightly caramelized, but still showcasing the citrusy hop nose. Nice. 4.0

Citrus bitter and zingy. Pithy with more grapefruit, tangerine, and honeysuckle coming out over anything else. Lightly floral in flavor with honey malts and biscuity grain. Dry and hempy. Firmly bitter, with some threshold astringency. Citric acidity is nearly balancing. Lots of leafiness from the hops. Clean, bitter finish with a spike in alcohol sustaining its note. 4.0

Fully gulpable. Medium body has some resinous character in feel, but otherwise very smooth. Short, bursty carbonation cuts into each bite, but dispels upon an easy swallow. A nice aspect. 4.0

Very good IPA. Happy to have enjoyed again, and this time, served to me differently. Month-and-a-half age is still something I'd like to cut back on in the future with a fresher bottle or can. Recommended. 4.5

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can, canned on 03/31/15. Served in a milkshake pilsner glass.

Appearance: I must have poured too strongly because a lot of floaters came along with the pour. Otherwise, a slightly hazy amber copper, with a persistent 1/16" off white head. Lots and lots of lacing all over the glass. If not for the sediment this would have been a very good looking beer.

Smell: Lots of citrus aroma with orange and lemon dominating. Just a hint of fresh cut tropical fruit.

Taste: Fresh cut citrus, citrus peel, maybe a bit of mint/bergamot. Nice malt balance with a cracker/bready malt under the hops. The finish I think got damped a bit by the yeast/sediment floaters, but otherwise was a bit clean for a IPA. The hop bitterness didn't linger that much. As the beer approached room temp the bitterness and citrus lingered a bit more, but I was surprised about the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation and a bit sticky. As it warmed up, it took on more of a spiciness that lingered on the tongue.

Overall / Drinkability: I will need to try this beer again and pour much more slowly to see if I can keep the sediment in the can. Otherwise, a good AIPA that was very balanced and full of lots of citrus type hops. Very nice.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Jwiss22 for the great extra. Cheers!

Appearance -- Pours a hazed autumnal orange hue with one finger of sudsy white head. Lacing abounds in thick bands.

Smell -- Big citrus and tropical fruits, pineapple, pine resin, dark honey malt. Diacetyl is in the mix at Alpine levels: present, but not distracting.

Taste -- Citrusy hops for days, pine resin, faint pineapple and tropical fruits, buttered biscuit, caramelized malt. Finish is grapefruit and honey.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with somewhat gentler carbonation, nearly still. Slightly oily finish. Disappointing.

Drinkability -- Just goes to show it's always worth going back. Cracked another bottle of this and found the second to be much better than the first in regards to carbonation. While I'd still like to see more carbonation in this one, It's pretty damn solid. If your aim is to try all of the best American IPA's this has to be on your list. Period.

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Photo of ms11781
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to sburrough. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy, deep orange color with a 1 and half finger, fluffy, off-white head. Great head retention with decent foamy lacing left on the glass.

The nose is pretty balanced. A few different hop aromas are present. Some citrus and grapefruit, and a good amount of pine. The pine is probably more prominent than the others. It's all balanced by an underlying malt sweetness that is probably stronger than it seems if it keeps the hops in check.

Strong hop flavor in the taste as well. Still fruity, but not so much citrusy as in the nose. The sweet malt character is very strong here, balancing the hops nicely. Finishes strong with some bitterness from a piny, resinous bite.

Medium mouthfeel with a lower carbonation give the beer a smooth and creamy mouthfeel all the way through. That being said, it could probably use a bit more carbonation. Sometimes a beer with a good bitter kick at the end doesn't finish all that smooth but that's not the case here.

Good drinkability. Overall a pretty balanced IPA with strong malt and hop flavors. Definitely surprised to see that the ABV is 7.5% because it feels like a beer that you could have a more than a few of. But with an ABV that high it would catch up sooner rather than later.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at district tap. Color was a soft copper, little light for my taste. The flavor was good, definitely some citrus notes, but also a bit mild. Effervescent nose, very crisp. Mouthfeel was a bit harsh, lost of carbonation. Think this is a bit overrated.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Jai Alai holds a bright orange color with a lighter bronze built in from certain angles. A nice tight bubbled off white head with a creamy look. Window covering lace. The usual tropical blast of grapefruit and some mango with pine. A sweet malt base giving caramel/toffee. In taste the hops beat out the malts but not by much, but good enough for me to get a lot of fruit and pine with malt backing sweetness. Grapefruit, mango and some pine. A nice clean crisp medium body with some bitterness in the end. The alcohol peeks through just a bit and the finish has some mango slices. Pretty drinkable but not a standout, I do think it's better than some other east coast IPA's though. This is enjoyable with just the right amount of bitterness and a nice flavor

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Photo of SkeeterBoganski
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crisp looking and deep gold/amber with some sediment present; exceptional foam, nearly a full inch; heavy lacing as well; smell-wise, this beer is really floral; smells like tangerines and oranges; Jai Alai has a pretty subdued taste given the heavy hints of hop and citrus on the nose; I'm getting notes of hops, bitter orange and tropical fruit, and some kind of cream; there is depth here, but I can't pinpoint what the layers are; it's crisp, creamy, and makes my glands salivate when I drink it; there's a solid malt-hop balance in the mouth; the bitter hops linger long on the tongue; overall, this is a solid IPA...plenty of punch packed without tasting too boozy. Great can of beer that I liken to Ska's Modus Hoperandi...with a little less bitter-hop up front and a lot more creaminess.

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Photo of RickS95
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, light brown. A thin but fluffy offtan head with decent retention and good lacing.

Nice citric hoppy smell. Grapefruit and pine, smells like a forest of cut down pine trees.

Taste follows the smell, a lot of citrus with some backnotes of pine.

Bitter, but in a good, controlled way. Not a hop bomb, just the right amount. Earthy, piney bitter from beginning to end.

Good stuff, a top notch IPA that's easy to drink.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a tulip pint.
Fresh as hell.

Slightly hazy golden/amber with 1 fingers of off-white head. Good retention and very low carbonation.

Pineapple, candied orange, lemon, mango and candy sugar.

Grapefruit juice with a plethora of more mellow tropical/citrus fruits comprised of pineapple, mango, papaya, Valencia orange and lemon meringue. Big doses of candy sugar along with mildly toasted bread. Resinous pine, grapefruit pith and grassy florals kick at the back of the palate. Grapefruit zest lingers.

Medium bodied, smooth, bitter and dry.

Moderate bitterness with mellow tropical and citrus aromas. Smooth, dry and fairly easy drinking. Just a tad too sugary.

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Photo of chilly460
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy, dull amber color. A finger of white head sticks around nicely, soapy looking lacing.

S - A light, citrusy hop smell balanced nicely with basic caramel malt. Not as pungent as others, but very "juicy" aroma.

T - Follows the nose, sweet sort of citrusy taste with a little bit of pine thrown in. Tastes like tangerine, bitter and sweet at the same time. Didn't really pick up much of the oak flavor, maybe some of the sweetness is contributed.

M - Good carbonation, nice medium body.

O - Nice balanced IPA, nothing out of place. Hops are a bit muted to make it higher rated IMO.

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Photo of JMWEB2
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very unique colored body for this beer its like a cloudy orange red. Head fades leaving a thin white foam rim.

S: I smelled the tropical/ citrus sweetness, and hops of course, very pleasing.

T: The tropical fruitiness is present, and the citric hops as well, very mild for an IPA.

M: Medium body, and medium carbonation, pretty easy drinking IPA.

O: A very nice IPA, certainly will enjoy another.

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Photo of Deuane
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to FooFaa for picking me up a mini-growler of this.

A-Bright copper with a thin off-white head that reduced to a thin ring and left spotty lace.

S-Citrus pop with a lighter dose of pine. Nice caramel sweetness lies underneath. Interesting notion of cedar un the background.

T-Nice melding of citrus and pine hop flavours with a nicely supporting caramel malt backbone. Drying finish with the same suggestion of cedar as in the aroma.

M-Medium bodied, smooth with good lingering hop flavours and a dry finish.

D-Good stuff. Tasty and enjoyable if it is just a touch to malty....but barely. Good hop presence and I like the woody dry finish.

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Photo of Sideswipe
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my Bruery tulip.

Down the middle pour yields a two finger head of dense white foam. The head recedes leaving wispy remnants floating atop a hazy amber body. The nose is sweet biscuity malt and citrus. Taste is orange and mango hoppiness backed up by a very nice pale malt backbone. There is a pleasant bitterness that is well balanced by the malt making this an easy drinking and refreshing IPA. Not over the top bitter like many IPAs that I enjoy immensely, but a very solid take on the style and one I'd have again if it was local. Recommended.

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Photo of Moose90
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Can dated "04/20/15 CHEERS 40657" thanks @floridadrift

A — This beer pours a very bright and hazy orange hue, the aggressive(ish) pour leads to a 1 finger width head that is off-white colored and leaves behind nice enough lacing. This just looks Juicy in the glass.

S — Smells fairly muted initially, though it does develop into a juicy and citrusy bouquet, lots of fresh squeezed orange juice here along with a truly bitter tone of citrus.

T — Tastes much like the nose, there is a nice bitter orange juice character, balanced with a little tropical sweetness, pineapple, key lime, slightly peachy and juicy. There is a mild sweet malt undertone as well.

M — Bitter and dry overall, as it sits on your palate it dries it out with time.

O — Nice overall, though I hate to say it, I am a bit underwhelmed, I think that it is surely deserving of its praise, but I think I may just need to stick with the plethora of local options available here in the Hop Capital!

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Photo of drabmuh
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Undated bottle, extra from a recent trade. I love me some IPA thanks!

Poured from a bottle into a DFH snifter. Beer is slightly hazy and dark amber. Forms a moderate head of off-white bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. A little darker than expected but looks good.

Whoa! At least now I know this beer is fresh. Strong hop aroma of the cascade variety followed by some malt sweetness. It smells pretty sweet unfortunately.

Bitterness is surprisingly tame, but so is the sweetness I expected from the aroma. Beer is medium bodied and has a nice finish to it, slightly dry. Second taste, I got more malt than bitterness this time. I think I like the body of this beer but the hops should be moved to the front of the flavors. Its a decent IPA.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tall snifter. Pours a hazy golden color, with a creaminess to it. Small frothy white head forms, but dissipates pretty quickly. Appearance is really hazy...surprising for an IPA. No lacing...maybe a sud spot here and there.

Aroma is outstanding! I haven't looked into it, but resembles a dry-hop. Great fruit and flower notes. Small distant hoppiness...but compliments this IPA well.

Flavor is slightly opposite...more hops up front, followed by a slight light fruit, and then finishes with hops again...and slightly dry finish. Creamy and light mouthfeel, carbonation is right on, and the hops versus sweetness really compliment each other. Not my favorite IPA, but a very nice beer!

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Photo of CaptCleveland
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Light orange-copper liquid, thin off-white head clears quickly, minimal Belgian lace as the brew is consumed.

Aroma of fruit, oranges, pineapple, sweet hops.

Front loaded hoppy bitterness, smoothed by mellow malts, nice full body, lingering piney aftertaste.

Nice IPA overall. If I lived in FLA full time this may be my go to IPA. As it is, coming from the NEO region, my options are limitless, and I would much rather have a GLBC Commodore Perry or Fathead's Headhunter.

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Photo of Omnium
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can > Mason Pint

A - Pours a clear orange color with almost two fingers of white fizzy head, medium lacing.
S - Lots of pine and citrus, dank resinous hop aroma caramel malt.
T - Some tropical sweetness, citrus zest, orange marmalade, caramel malt, hop resin.
M - Incredibly smooth and well balanced, not overly bitter.
O - Good IPA, I've had it a while back, definitely easy to drink just the right amount of everything.

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Photo of abrand
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. No bottled date on bottle

Pours a copper/orange color with a huge off white head. Nice pour. Smells like the usual IPA with plenty of hops and floral notes. Some citrus and malts are also present. Taste is quite bitter. Not much citrus sweetness on the tongue. A very bitter dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and good carbonation. Overall a tasty IPA. I would love to get to sample some of the other Jai Alai that are available.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, yellowish orange with splotches of red thrown in there. Light beige head that leaves sh*t-tons of webby lacing down the side. It looks great, and it looks like I'm going to smell some citrus in a second!

And I do smell some citrus and grapefruit. Some grassy, earthy hops are in there too and a fair amount of accompanying sweet/caramel malts. There's plenty going on, but it's a bit too much on the subtle side to be anything out of the ordinary.

The taste does some nice make up. Initial stark, grassy bitterness, with some citrus/grapefruit. Ends with a nice subtle malt backbone with a hint of bitter linger. Very nice.

The feel is good, creamy, but also a bit crisp. Carbonation is good, and feel is upper-light in body.

Drinkability is good and solid.

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Photo of JTSbeerislife
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, purchased 7/2011 from a reliable bottle shop and well stored since, there is a 042311 printed on label in white ink. Is this the bottling date? Drink by date?

Poured into a Corsendonk Tulip, a tall narrow Tulip glass.

Pours a nice one finger head, nice rich amber color, the head settles down in to a persistent ¼ inch cap, easily increased with a light swirl, a very lively ale. This is an ale that looks real.

The piney hops are the leader in the smell when first pored, then the malt takes its turn, both could be a little more distinctive IMO.

Delicious rich malt hits your flavor buds first but are quickly dominated by the crisp acidity and the nice piney hops, delicious!, lots more going on here then the smell would seem to indicate, the hop oils stick to your mouth.

Great full bodied mouth feel, which with the wonderfully balanced carbonation really helps the overall pleasure of drinking this ale.

Very long finish of more or less malt dominated flavors, though the hop oils definitely present.

Over all a very good IPA, the 7.5% ABV seems close to an imperial. I have tried a couple different glasses for this one, the British Imp Nonic being first of course, but finally settled on the one stated above. Also the temperature, seems best at 55 degrees or so. I know that seems warm, but well my opinion.

This is a really good ale, and yet it seems to be missing something? I know I was hoping for more of a hop “kick”, still the hops are here. Is this an old bottle or a six pack that was mishandled?, or am I just missing it on this one?

I tried to decode the “label date” as noted above. My online resources state that CCB does not use a bottling code but this sure looks like 04/23/2011 to me. Who knows.

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Photo of sukwonee
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden orangish light brown color, cloudy, 1.5 finger head. Good amount of lacing.

S: Not much going on in the nose, but I smell lemon and onion?? a bit put off by it.

T: It tastes better than it smells. Starts off bitter with lemon, slight grapefruit, some other fruits I cannot identify. Although I do get some malt in the middle, this beer is very much hop dominent from the start to finish.

M: Good amount of carbonation, light to medium body, finishes dry.

O: I enjoyed it, but it wasn't the best IPA or anything like that (in fact, I wouldn't consider this top 20 or 30 IPAs I have had so far).

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Photo of sprucetip
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enormous, dense, creamy, off-white foam last for quite a while, and never completely goes away, and leaves some thick patches of lacing as it recedes. The liquid is copper/amber in color and mostly clear.

Fairly balanced but not especially strong, with a little too much booze. Composed mostly of floral and fruity hop notes, the aforementioned booze, and some soft grainy and malty hints coming through underneath.

The taste is where the hops shine brightest, with piny, floral and fruity influences. Bitterness is modest, and the booze cuts sharply across the malty (sans sweet) backdrop. Nicely balanced, flavorful single IPA.

Carbonation level is good, and the rich, medium-full body is luxurious through the middle before fading into a mildly dry and bitter finish.

Really smooth, moderately complex, and quite well balanced. Good looking, flavorful beer with pleasant texture. But the aroma could be stronger and hoppier. I'd get more of it if I could. Thanks to Iowahawk for gifting it upon me and sharing a bunch of other really impressive stuff (including cedar aged Cigar City) in a tasting!

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Photo of cradke
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice crimson/ amber. Pours a beautiful fine head over an inch thick.

Smell: Not going to lie, i'm really unimpressed here. Maybe it's my recent sampling (within the week) of some massive DIPA's like hopslam and abrasive, but there is almost no hop and just a little pine here. Maybe a little wet cardboard almost. There is a little sweetness, but really flat. I smell more malts and caramel than I do hops. I have another bottle and I hope this is just an anomaly.

Taste: Well, with what I was let down with the smell, it was made up for by the taste. Fantastic hops, not abrasive or bitter but nice and well rounded. A good hop profile that comes out but does not overwhelm like a DIPA. Good sweetness and with a noticeable amount of alcohol. A well really well done IPA.

Mouthfeel: Nice and foamy with a good amount of thickness for an IPA.

Overall: A really great taste and a really average and underwhelming nose. I hope the nose was just an anomaly as the taste was fantastic. I have another bottle and I can't wait to try it out and compare.

Serving: Bottle poured into Bells tulip glass.

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Photo of boomer31
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to SneezyAchew for the extra.

A - Murky gold with an off white lacing, sticky on the glass

S - Mostly malt but a touch of fruity hop presence. I'm surprsed at the lack of hops in the nose.

T - A sweet malt blends well with the dry grassy finish. I get some mango along with a grassy hop but the dryness really sticks.

M - Rich and full. Nice low carb. You realy notice how well balanced this beer is with the rich malt backbone and full mouthfeel.

D - Very dry but welcoming for a hophead. A solid AIPA

Overall this is an enjoyable beer. I'm not sure it's one of my favorite AIPAs but solid nonetheless. Perhaps with more of a hop nose I'd enjoy ths more.

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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 1,295 ratings.