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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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5,908 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,908
Reviews: 1,154
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 806
Gots: 1,092 | FT: 59
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

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 thumperskibum
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drpimento
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Excellent IPA, wish we could get it around here. Poured at a good temperature with a nice size, cream-color, foamy head that soon settles to a light cover and some lace. Color is a nice clear amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is equal parts hop& malt, some toffee, caramel, fruit, spice. Flavor's like nose, great balance, clean, and just plain flat out yummy. Body/carbonation spot on. Finish is like taste, average length, no off flavs, and I want to drink this till the cows come home. Pity we can't get it around here.

Photo of nodder
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can

A- Amber/orange and clear. A one finger white head that fades fast leaving some sticky lacing.

S- Sweet fruits like orange and mango. A big sweet maltiness present also.

T- Boom. What a great balance of sweet and bitter. Juicy citrus, mango, apricot.

M- Medium body and carbonation. A dry, clean finish. Very smooth for the bitterness present.

O- Phenomenal. Picked up a six while traveling in The South. Wish I had picked up a case.

Photo of KSHunt
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gatheredwaters
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mybeercanbeatupyourbeer
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Amazing beer, I would recommend this to anyone who wants to try a "softer IPA".

It's got amazing taste, and an amazing mouthfeel. It doesn't have a stong feel, and goes down amazing. It's like drinking water from a greek goddess.

Just simply amazing.

Photo of Iparedman
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of secondtooth
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the can a murky amber, with a prodigious head of off-white suds. Heavy-duty, thick, and ornate lacing. Wow.

Nose is delicious and seemingly fresh floral and citrus hops. Yum.

Taste is a rich and heavy onslaught of hoppy goodness, yet with a nicely-balanced malt profile to set it all off. Drinks very smoothly, too.

This is a superb, top-tier IPA that I hope to encounter again if it becomes available in my area someday (crossed fingers)!

Photo of Lemmon714
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Mairano
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ryhouse
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Andonato
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FogDishHead
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JasonHorne
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of schreurb
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ericcmay
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BA_Berto
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of tmm313
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Gorgeous 1 finger, super creamy head. Excellent lacing. Coats the side of the glass and hangs on.

Smell: Big tropical citrus and creamy caramel. Orange, tangerine, sweet grapefruit and a good balance of pine.

Taste: A few things all at once carry from front to middle. Sweet tangerine, caramel, a touch of booze and slight charred wood. Finish is a nice pine resin flavor that floats on top of the sweetness left behind. Awesome oily, dry, bitter sweetness left behind.

Mouthfeel: Super creamy with crisp carbonation. Oily, dry finish with a nice lingering bitterness and sweetness.

Overall: Yep, this one is a winner. I love how it leans toward the sweet hops with the bitter ones hanging in the background. The malt backbone is pronounced and strong, but is nicely balanced with the hops. The alcohol is also hidden exceptionally well (except for realizing you may be a tad tipsy while writing your review). My fridge will definitely see this one from time to time.

Photo of keags_beer
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RyanCrawford
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of pwoods
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to RoyMunson for sharing this brew.

A: Pours a coppery amber, hazy as he'll. Medium sized head with a bit of retention and some lacing.

S: Plenty of oranges, grapefruit, pineapple with some pine and resin to support. Real juicy. A bit of sweet malt but not much there.

T/M: Nice crisp bitterness, nice hard water. More of the grapefruit thane orange and pineapple and some more resin than pine. Pleasantly balancingats that don't get big or sticky. Body is around medium with nice carbonation.

D: drinks easy and is nice and tasty.

Photo of mtvolkens
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into tapered pint glass with a 3in head. Beautiful Amber orange color, with lots of carbonation, and the head held well. Smells citrusy sweet and light. Malty caramel flavors up front with a nice citrusy hoppy note on the back end. Very drinkable, very pleasant IPA. Would love to drink these regulars, great go-to beer but probably not the hoppiest IPA if you're looking for that over the top bitter bite.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Tulip.

A: Clear burnt orange pour with a 1.5 fingers of dirty white head.

S: Wonderfully fruity hoppiness: citrus and tropical fruits; and an equal amount of caramel.

T: Very fresh and superbly balanced.

M: Medium to medium thick body and a little sticky.

O: Thank you, Cigar City for gracing my state with your beautiful presence.

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can. Dated 1/28/14 so it's a bit older. Pours a golden amber with a white head. A bit darker than most IPAs. The nose isn't too strong but there's a lot of citrus and just a bit of tropical fruit. Taste follows the nose mostly. Citrus up front with tropical fruit in the finish. Bitterness isn't too overpowering. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky. Hopefully this is just an age issue. It feels a bit heavy to me. Overall this is pretty great. I wish I could get my hands on a fresher can though.

Re-review

Canned 9/22/14 so this is super fresh. Thanks to One1Asterisk for the trade! Smell is just a huge amount of orange juice. Maybe some tropical fruit and a touch of pine. Taste follows the smell. Just loads of orange juice. A really great malt backbone too. I gotta say this is one of those beers you gotta drink fresh or else there's no point. Last time I got a lot of malt sweetness, but this is almost perfect in taste. Not a hint of alcohol either.

Photo of gunnerman
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Vine and Barley in Port St. Lucie. Pours a nice orange tan color with a bit of head, leaves a ton of lac eon the glass. Smell is of citrus and outdoor freshness. Taste is where this is at, leaves pine, orange, tangerine the flavor is all there with a nice overall bitter aftertaste. This is an amazing IPA and it grealy exceeded what I was thinking it was going to taste like. Finally we get an amazing Florida IPA.

Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 5,908 ratings.