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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

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Ratings: 3999
Reviews: 1020
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.88%

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: cjgator3 on 12-05-2008)
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Photo of Flounder57


4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Filled up a growler in New York on Sunday after having it on draft at Prost in Garden City.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to singer layer. It is a hazy pale orange that has good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice frothy lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Super ripe tangerine, grapefruit, passion fruit, mango followed by pale caramel and toasted malts. Floral and herbal notes too.

Taste: Whoa, this is like eating real fruit. Herbal, tropical, and citrus with super mild bitterness, caramel, and toasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, slight tingly bitterness, a little chewy, medium bodied, and medium carbonation. Extremely enjoyable to drink.

Overall: This beer is truly amazing. Each sip gets better and better. Bummed that the growler is almost gone.

Serving type: growler

03-05-2014 02:55:47 | More by Flounder57
Photo of 1sophrosyne1


4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Savored from a growler (Thank you Federal TapHouse in Harrisburg, PA!) in an IPA glass over 35 minutes.

The pour is an orange-dusted copper with a muted shine to match. It's full of rising carbonation that supports the persistence of a fluffy-creamy off white head that paints the glass with sheets of oil. Overlying lacing is pretty and nicely layered, leaving a few patches behind, as well.

The nose is where this glass of sunshine truly glows. It's like walking into the hop storage room of your favorite brewhouse. It's full of grapefruit and lime, papaya and mango, and also a large dose of earth, evergreen, and even oily petrol slopped over biscuits and softened cherries. There's a nice dank background that comes up as it warms, but doesn't overpower the complexity of all the other bright bouquet elements.

There's an early spicy buzz in the flavor that carries the tartness of lemons along. Then it goes to honied biscuits with a firm malt springboard for all the hops. And those blossoms bring grapefruit, mango and spruce and a nice earthy chew that allows a little bubble gum to pop up, and it comes without clash or complaint. Some spice shines through in the back half of each gulp, including a hint of clove that's nice. It's only the ending that leaves me wanting; comes up just a touch short, though the bitterness is right, I think the blame is to be laid with the mouthfeel.

In the mouth, it's downright sticky, particularly after it warms. Unfortunately, that doesn't lengthen out the flavor profile as I'd have hoped. The carbonation is marvelous up front--moderate to high with those bubbles. It's just a little angular when cold and a little too resin-heavy with warmth. The higher temp does allow spiciness to come into the aftertaste more. It certainly holds on so the earthy complexity of all those hops can work on your tongue and gutters. But something's just not matched up right. Perhaps its the ethanol flaming through, even though its (only) 7.5% might have hidden under all the hop sweets...

I'm thrilled for the recommendation to pick up this beer. It's lively and assertive, and simply fills your nose with joy even before the first gulp. The blend needs some smoothing over. But I love the trampoline shot up into my senses, and I'm going to seek out this high speed game again if given the chance!

Serving type: growler

02-17-2014 02:00:22 | More by 1sophrosyne1
Photo of ChrisKayler


4.79/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Glass: Port City Belgian style Snifter.

Appearance: Orange-copper, slightly hazy, white head. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Peaces! Wow, surprising. Not the usual pineapple, grapefruit, or other tropical fruit. Peaches! Underneath the peaces is some piney hop bitterness, tangerine, and slight malty sweetness.

Taste: Peaches! Yup, that's the initial taste ... followed by a bit of nectarine, hop biterness, and slightly present alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Very refreshing.

Overall: An incredible IPA. We were able to compare this two day old growler to some 2 week old cans, and I hate to say it but the growler was indeed better. The canned was, of course, awesome as well. Interesting regardless.

Serving type: growler

07-10-2013 03:22:15 | More by ChrisKayler
Photo of AndrewScottPentland


4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a brilliant orange color. There are hints of copper and gold. I got a nice 1.5-2 finger off-white head . I was surprised at how well the beer retained its carbonation in the growler. It sat around for a little over week after being purchased at the brewery. I have had this beer in the can and bottle, but the growler is what I happened to be drinking as I write this review.

The smell is dominated by the late addition and dry hopping hops. Bold tangerine, orange, and lemon aromas. There are light bitter grapefruit notes and the malt lends a biscuit/light bread character.

At the front of the mouth there's a burst of fruit bitterness and a surprising amount of malt sweetness. There are some very mild acidic vegetal flavors, like a very sweet onion, but this is pleasant - definitely not overpowering. The juicy orange fruit aroma is less prominent in the mouth and the bitterness peaks in the middle of the mouth while the malt leaves a nice lingering sweetness - like taking a drink of fresh orange juice.

It has a light - medium bodied mouthfeel. It isn't overly effervescent and has a nice juicy character.

Overall, a delicious beer - one of my favorites. A great example of a Florida IPA. With an east-coast malt backbone and a burst of west coast hops, Jai Alai IPA is a balanced delicious brew.

Serving type: growler

05-27-2013 19:34:31 | More by AndrewScottPentland
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

got this in a beer trade through reddit. gave up 2 bottles of pliny the elder and received 4 grolsch bottles full of jai alai poured from a tap in Alabama.

A - clear amber in color, good amount of head which is making some extreme amounts of lacing occur. this beer looks beautiful.

S - toasty, pine, floral and bitter hops

T - a very sweet ipa - the smell totally threw me off, i'm getting hints of caramel, sweet hops, SLIGHT earth tastes - this beer definitely deserves the highest ranking, hands down.

M - crisp, refreshing, perfectly balanced makes this easy to drink.

O - this is overall quite possibly the most perfect beer i've ever had. i wanted to see if it was mostly just hype (was a little disappointed with pliny the elder), but now i know this beer deserves the recognition.

Serving type: growler

02-09-2012 18:17:32 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of dasenebler


4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32oz swing-top growler from Decicco's in Brewster, NY.

Pours a hazy dark amber with a two-finger head. Retention is average, lacing is solid.

Nose is full of dank, sticky hops, along with a grapefruit-citrus character. Nice.

The flavor is resinous and aggressively hoppy. More woody and dank than citrusy. Bitter, especially on the finish. Malt backbone is rich, providing a certain sweetness. Alcohol is somewhat detectable. Mouthfeel is a bit oily, with medium carbonation.

Really good IPA here, though I'm not sure how fresh the keg from which this growler came was.

Serving type: growler

12-29-2011 22:19:26 | More by dasenebler
Photo of engagechad


4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Filled growler at Whole Foods - DFH Snifter

Pours amazing, heavy looking brew with a nice fat head. Very healthy on the carbonation.

Smells nice and fruity, not too much on the nose but it's nice.

Taste is very bitter and dries out well on the back end.

Feels good, great dry bite.

Overall this is a solid IPA. I would definitely order it again.

Serving type: growler

11-21-2011 16:43:35 | More by engagechad
Photo of One2Remeber


4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Filled my growler today, just poured a pint. Not my first or last time having this beer, but have not enjoyed a pint of Jai Alai in a couple months so I thought it was time to refresh my pallet.

A: A light, clear body, tannish-orange color. White thin head, thick in texture. Foam lingers around for a couple minutes signaling carbonation is strong.

S: Citrusy hop aroma off the bat with a strong backbone of caramel malts with light undertones of cedar-like notes. A sugar sweet aroma that reminds me of a lil sumpin sumpin from Lagunitas.

T: A lot of the flavor comes near the end of the swallow, after the bitterness subdues, a sugar sweet molasses-like taste dominates before light cedar notes take over and linger until the next sip. My bench mark IPA is 90 minute and this comes real close to the taste, just focuses a little more on the citrusy hop profile compared to a rich caramel malt backbone.

M: Extremely bitter up front, feels like hop pellets are sitting on the center of my tongue. Typical IPA feel, 100% to style. Finish is warm and full of flavor. The hops are a key part to the beer but they do not dominate allowing other characteristics to shine.

O: Can't say anything bad about this beer. I think I have a problem, I am way to spoiled when it comes to tasting the best beers in the world. Right now this beer tastes average because I am thinking of the white oak version (OMG!) or tocobaga which is as hoppy as most IPAs. For what it is, Jai Alai is spot on for a typical IPA, should be the up and coming benchmark for what a balanced hoppy pale ale taste like.

Serving type: growler

09-22-2011 06:13:45 | More by One2Remeber
Photo of saison19


5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a murky copper with fluffy white head, nice lacing and the head sticks around for the duration. Smell is hoppy with hints of tropical fruit. Taste is perfectly bitter sweet with hops, guava, papaya, grapefruit, pineapple, and molasses...complex. Medium mouthfeel, balanced carbonation, semi-dry finish that begs for the next sip.

I prefer drinking this one as it warms up so the strong malt presence shines through. This is pretty damn close to being a DIPA, and better than many DIPAs.


Serving type: growler

05-08-2011 04:38:52 | More by saison19
Photo of oline73


4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with two fingers of fluffy off white head that leaves some very nice lacing.

Smell: Pine and citrus hops with some malt sweetness. The hops smell very fresh.

Taste: Bitter citrus peel and pine hops hit the tongue pretty hard. There is a strong sweet malt flavor in the background. As the sweetness fades the bitterness clings to your tongue through the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation. The finish is quite dry.

Overall: I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. This is the second time I've had it, and the first must have been from a not so fresh bottle, much more impressed from the tap. I'd definitely have it again. I enjoy the malt sweetness along with the bitter hops.

Serving type: growler

05-07-2011 01:38:03 | More by oline73
Photo of alleykatking


4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 32oz growler. Thanks to Andrew (betsona) for bringing this one over.

A- Pours a light amber color with orange hues. One and a half finger white head shows really good retention staying most of the beer. Nice sheety/streaky lacing left on the glass itself.

S- Citrus hops dominate the aroma at first with grapefruits coming on first followed by a light orangey citrus scent. Some light caramel malts and hints of grassy earthy hops. The citrus hops come back into the forefront and crush most other aromas. Hint of alcohol in the tailend.

T- Citrus hops steamroll the palate with a nice layer of orange and grapefruit combo. This kind of stays with you until about the middle which shows a nice underbody that has a good caramel balance to it. Bitter earthy piney hop bite in the backend with a light alcohol flavor. This beer is simple yet very well made for the style.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Citrus hops and light caramel malts are left on the palate. Aftertaste is light alcohol, piney hops, and a ever so light caramel malt base. Flavors were very well balanced for the style with the sweetness and bitterness being a even half and half. No off flavors at all when drinking this beer. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was a very nice drinker. A good beer that shows a nice balance between sweetness and bitterness. The ABV really doesn't show itself which could be a dangerous thing if you drink this too fast. I would love to get my hands on more of this stuff!

Serving type: growler

05-06-2011 04:00:32 | More by alleykatking
Photo of betsona


4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to gtreid for this 32oz growler poured into a shaker pint glass and split with another BA.

A- Clear lightish amber color that had a two finger fluffy white head with good retention throughout the entire drink. Plenty of visible carbonation. Modest lacing on the glass.

S- A lot of citrus hops (grapefruit and hint of lemon) come through when the beer is cold. As it warmed up I picked up a tiny amount of dried hay. Primarily the citrus hops which added a slight sweetness combined with a whiff of caramel.

T- Mixture of sweet ripe orange with not so ripe grapefruit. Some sweet bitter caramel comes through with a lot piney resin bitterness. Long lasting bitterness on the tongue. Not a hop bomb, but as close as good be.

M- Medium body with correct amount of carbonation. Made my cheeks pucker ever so slightly. Easy to drink.

O- This was a good beer. Easy to drink with a nice taste. I could easily put a few of these back without much thought. Nothing all that overpowering about it, yet the lingering bitterness made me want a palate cleanser after a while, be it food or water. Will gladly have another of these when I see it.

Serving type: growler

04-10-2011 20:27:42 | More by betsona
Photo of Gueuzedude


4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

32oz growler filled 2 hours ago at Cigar City
A solid pour into my Cigar City Snifter produces a frothy, palely tanned head that starts out two fingers in thickness. The beer is a pretty, amber-cranberry color that shows a brilliantly clear cranberry tinged, gold color when held up to the light. From a distance the nose smells of lychee and tangelo zest, while my first focused attention to the nose has me noticing a piney, spruce tip citrus kind of note. As the beer warms, essential citrus oil aromatics mix with a hemp oil like dankness that lightly spices the nose of this brew. Brightly hoppy, though at times not quite as expressive as I would like it to be, it makes me wonder if that Mikkeller collaboration called Gypsy that I had 6 hours ago ruined my nose.

A nice biting bitterness starts out from the get go and only grows as the beer rolls across the tongue; the bitterness never gets harsh, though does really grip on with a clean, bright, loud bitterness in the palate lingering finish. There is a certain spiciness to the finish as well that is sort of peppery and seems to be from a mix of alcohol and hop contributions. A solid herbal note leans towards pine, perhaps a touch of menthol and just plain, green, herbal, yet clean hop flavors. There is a lot of hop fruit character to this beer as well, much of it becomes more prominent as the beer warms up a bit and as my palate adjusts to the hops. Flavors of super ripe tangelo zest, big lychee, candies citrus zest, super ripe-floral peach notes, kumquat and dirty grapefruit zest. This last gets dirty because this does have a certain dank, herbaceous, or should I say "hemp" like green quality to it that nicely helps to add complexity and balance to the other hop notes. There is actually a fair amount of malt character to this brew, not so much that this isn't nicely drinkable with only a medium'ish body and heft, but it does have a soft caramel backend and a slightly more noticeable biscuit like maltiness that subtly influence and balance this hop dominated brew.

I can't believe how brilliantly clear this beer is, I don't know whether to marvel at how pretty and shiny it is, or to cry over all that lost hop character that is stuck in a bed of DME somewhere; but this last is not really much of a complaint, as the hop character that made it into the beer is aggressive enough to satisfy any hop head. This is a thoroughly enjoyable IPA and the perfect night cap after driving a total of 3 hours on the road and spending 12 hours helping brew a double batch of beer on the CCB pilot system; I am so happily satisfied right now.

Serving type: growler

01-31-2011 14:33:26 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of grover37

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap, out of the bottle, and brought a growler home from the brewery ($4.50 pint, $11 sixer, and $6 quart respectively) - the draft version is significantly better than out of the bottle. This review is of the growler which was split into two imperial pint glasses.

Appearance: Clear, dark orange, amber color with 3/4 of an inch of off-white head which almost reduces entirely to a small patch of bubbles. Lacing where the original head was, but practically none otherwise.

Aroma: Sweet grapefruit, oranges, and lemon. Obviously very citric. A hint of caramel maltiness, but mostly just floral hops. As it warms, a bit more resinous pine and booziness.

Taste: A nice dose of lemon, citric bitterness up front which beats back the sweetness until the finish. An intense juicy citric and fruit flavor in the middle - here's where the caramel malt backbone comes through a bit as well - and a lingering pine flavor with some sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-low carbonation. Dominated by the high, but not overwhelming bitterness. Although the flavors are a bit sweet in the middle and finish, the feel is dry in the finish.

Drinkability: Amazingly flavorful, almost too much so to drink a lot of it. The drying mouthfeel sensation makes you want more immediately and the non-existent booze flavor present in the nose does not slow you down. I could drink two or three of these maybe, but not a six pack.

Serving type: growler

12-26-2010 03:58:58 | More by grover37
Photo of PorterLambic


4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber/light orange color. Huge head when poured down the middle of a pint glass. Off white, maybe light tan in color and 2" tall, retention is great. Still 1" 5 minutes later. Really nice lace too.
Smell is of course hippy with citrus, resin, grass and a grapefruit note.
Taste is hops, grapefruit, an evergreen/resin note, with a faint maltiness in back.
A nicely balanced brew especially in the taste. Aftertaste has the hops toned down with a decent malt presence along with a slight touch of warming in the throat.
While IPA's aren't my favorite, this is a really good one. Carbonation is sharp up front, mellowing quickly. A fuller-leaning medium body. All told, a fine brew.

Serving type: growler

12-22-2010 01:17:03 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of Shaw


4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a growler I got yesterday at the brewery.

A beautiful deep amber in color with a short, but solid off-white head.

The aroma is unique: It smells of tropical fruits and hops. Fantastic.

The taste is excellent. It's hoppy and fruity and bitter with notes of malt sweetness. I've noticed that the hop flavors fade rather quickly, so make sure you have this beer when it's fresh; otherwise it's a more muted beer.

Glassy and smooth body that just glides around in my mouth.

It almost feels like Cigar City brewed this beer just for me. Stop reading this review and go drink some Jai Alai.

Serving type: growler

11-18-2010 04:12:33 | More by Shaw
Photo of firkinhophead


4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

32-oz growler pour from wine world in pcb.

pours a slightly hazy orange-brown. decent head settles out to thin film with some spotty lace. sheets cling to the side and fall back with each sip.

aroma of herbal, woody funk. this shit is dank. some light brown sugar and tropical fruit as well.

mascerated pineapple, papaya, and woody sap are like a tropical brandy. big hit of orange oil. grapefruit bitterness rises late. dirty sock funkiness is unique and pleasing. bitterness lingers but doesnt bite too hard. lots of complex, resiny hop flavors, with a solid cotton candy sweetness and caramel underneath. bit of alcohol warmth in the back of the throat.

medium bodied and sticky, with just the right carbonation. mouth coating and a bit heavy after a while.

definitely a sipper, but does not overwhelm the palate. well done. seems like another step forward for big ipas.

Serving type: growler

09-26-2010 01:22:24 | More by firkinhophead
Photo of WeisGuy

New York

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled and consumed on the same day...also tried straight from tap and from the bottle

a - deep burnt orange color, two-finger ivory head with great retention and lacing, fairly hazy

s - huge grapefruit and pineapple aroma, strong pine and hop resin notes as well, slight alcohol heat

t - bitter grapefruit and pine up front, lots of citrus on the midpalate along with some pineapple, finish is quite bitter and dry, hints of booze and lemon zest

m - medium bodied with moderate carbonation, very dry finish, slight alcohol warming

d - clean and fresh tasting IPA that has enough nuance mixed in with the hop assault to keep it interesting, the intense bitterness does wear on the palate a bit

Serving type: growler

06-17-2010 21:35:29 | More by WeisGuy
Photo of akorsak


4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 1L swingtop growler filled at Al's on 19-May-10.

A: The IPA is brilliantly clear, damn that is bright. The copper tea colored ale just looks, well, beautiful in my glass. A thick head, 3+ fingers on pour, threatened to run over my glass. As the monstrous head receded, a veritable Philippines of lace followed.

S: Flowers. Lots of sweet, fragrant flowers. The bitterness is full, all-encompassing. It dominates seemingly every aspect of the nose. Resiny with orange peel and pine, there is a mild fusel strength. The warmer it gets, the more caramel wrangles through.

T: I allowed the ale to warm up to room temperature, sipping slowly with dinner. The result is 5 oz of romm temp ale left over to savor. Surprisingly, the floral hops don't rush to the forefront. Instead the caramel bready side rushes in. The chewy flavor quickly yields to the hops and the come across in a restrained manner. Their floral orange peel flavor finally manages to come through, a pleasant dose of bitterness that has fruit sweetness all around the edges.

M: I gotta tell you, I prefer the ale cold. The hops are dominant fresh out of the growler. The sharp bitterness, floral and citrusy, is very pleasant.

D: Maybe it is sessionable after all (see my on-tap review for that). A good to very good IPA.

Serving type: growler

05-22-2010 00:43:28 | More by akorsak
Photo of mcann2pu


4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to madtrixter787 for the trade!
Growler date is 04/30/2010
Appearance: pours into pint glass a copper/amber color, not translucent somewhat hazy, with a thin white head, thinck creamy lacing.

Smell: first on the nose is the combination of hops, then of rich fruit,

Taste: Wow, very very good, one the better IPAs I have had in some time,

Mouthfeel: Good mouthfeel, was a little thicker then I expected, but it really worked with this beer.

Drinkability: Very high, I really enjoyed this one,

Serving type: growler

05-13-2010 23:55:01 | More by mcann2pu
Photo of aepb1


4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice amber with 2 fingers of a white head with little/no lacing

S- hoppy, sweet malts, pine, grapefruit -- great complex smell

T- Piney hops with a bitter bite, sweet malt but no citrus that you smell, and the tell-tale IPA aftertaste

M- Nice and smooth with that nice kick of an aftertaste

D- Great! If this weren't 7.5 abv I'd drink quite a few most nights!

Serving type: growler

05-09-2010 03:28:54 | More by aepb1
Photo of vapodge


4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this much more than I expected I would. Kept its carbonation fairly well and gave a nice head with some lacing, even after two days of storage in the fridge.

I agree with other reviews that mention both the piney hops and malty sweetness. They are both there, but what is interesting is that they are very separate. The malt is not sickenlingly sweet, but definitely hits you at a different time from the hops, which are not citrusy at all. A friend who also likes IPAs was not big on this -- he tends to be a fan of the citrusy ones.

I don't feel that this brew tastes like it is 7.5%, so drinker beware. Having only had the lame 32 oz. FL version of a growler, I can't say it could sneak up on me, but in larger quantities it might.

My favorite FL IPA I've had in the two years of living here.

Serving type: growler

04-27-2010 00:31:54 | More by vapodge
Photo of MikeGill

New York

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tasted on 2/18/10.

Poured from a growler into a round wine glass. The growler was purchased at Big Z Beverage in Huntington NY during an in-store event featuring the guys from Cigar City, who are very nice I might add.

Pale clear amber honey colored with a soft sudsy head. Looks very nice. A very interesting IPA on the nose. I picked up a lot of Sauvignon Blanc like aromas which included grapefruit and melon. It was also grassy and slightly herbaceous. Soft and easy drinking with juicy melon and pineapple. There are citrus and pine flavors along with biscuity malt. Carbonation is silky and gives a custard-like mouthfeel. I would have liked a touch more hops but overall an extremely pleasing brew.

Serving type: growler

03-05-2010 18:38:11 | More by MikeGill
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Light copper hue, decent head, spotty lacing

S: The expected citrus and floral, though not a very strong presence of either.

T: Again, the usual citrus, floral, hop bouquet, but too subdued for my liking. There is a noticeable bitter kick in the finish. I would prefer a gentler finish, even in a bold IPA or DIPA.

M: Very fresh and great carbonation. This growler was only a few days old.

D: This is certainly drinkable and enjoyable, and I'd have it again. Jai Alai would be a good choice for a football game, playing darts, or whatever you prefer. I wouldn't seek it out or trade for it, now that I've had the opportunity to try it. It lacked any special or unique qualities, and didn't make up for it by being incredibly smooth.

Serving type: growler

02-22-2010 19:10:43 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of Deuane


3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: growler

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