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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

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Ratings: 3925
Reviews: 1009
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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New Jersey

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

Cigar City Jai Alai IPA on Cask!

A- Ruby brown/amber golden colors. Off white/tan head with lacing that coated at last half of my glass.

S- Faint, but picked up some notes of tropical fruit, grapefruit, cedar, and piney resin. Fruity smelling IPA.

T- Really an excellent flavored brew. Perfect infusion and blend of caramel malt and chewy fruits with the bitter grapefruit hops. Biscuity at times, but the hops always seemed to shine through and be the star of this one.

M- Chewy almost block-like. Smooth and rich. Easy going down.

D- Easy drinking IPA. So tasty and so well done. I could tell I was drinking a quality brew. Look forward to more CC stuff! Excellent!

Serving type: cask

02-24-2010 16:20:14 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned 3/20/14 - Reviewed 21 days later - 4/10/14. Poured into an IPA glass.

A - Light amber, one inch light beige rocky head, great lacing.

S - Moderate tropical fruit medley with a touch of grass in the background.

T - Juicy citrus hop profile. Very light bitterness. Little to no yeast/ malt profile.

M - Medium bodied, excellent carbonation. Refreshing and drinkable.

O - Incredibly flavorful and drinkable IPA. One of the more intensely tropical/citrusy single IPAs out there. An instant classic.

Serving type: can

04-16-2014 01:38:12 | More by Zach136
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3.61/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz Can

Canned: 3/12/14

Mark passed me a can of Jai Alai last night. Thank again! A surprisingly dark pour for an IPA, burnt orange to be more precise with highlights bordering on red but never quite reaching that point. There's enough haze to keep me from seeing through the body at all. A dirty white head grows to a finger in height before falling to a thick ring that leaves patchy lace.

Buttered biscuits lay a fairly substantial foundation with a nice sweetness. The hop profile seems to be all citrus all the time. Orange and grapefruit, sweetened with brown sugar, are in the forefront with a slight lactic sweetness as well. There is some pine on the backend as well. This IPA is a month old but for some reason I don't get much from the nose. There's some sweetness and some hoppiness but they are hard to pick out and muddled.

The flavor profile is brighter than the nose would suggest but still muddled. Biscuit and caramel maltiness lay it down, both are clean, which is a plus. The hop profile is pretty nondescript, it's citrus, orange and grapefruit but that's it, generic orange and grapefruit, no jam, no pith, no rind. The finish shows a burst of pine with underlying earthiness.

The mouthfeel is the best part of this beer. There's a medium body with snappy carbonation and a growing bitterness I enjoy. The finish is bone dry, accentuating the dryness. The bitterness lingers long after each drink. Nicely done.

Jai Alai is disappointing. I've had this a handful of times in the past, it's been a few years, and remember liking it much more than I do tonight. It's drab, dull, and muddled. I don't think I'd buy this beer in the future. More for everybody else I suppose.

Serving type: can

04-13-2014 02:08:17 | More by joe1510
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4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jai Alai – IPA (7.5%) - Cigar City Brewing (Florida)

App: Pours a bright copper with a one finger off white head that retains well and leaves plenty of lacing up the glass. Brew is slightly hazy with visible hops sediment and steady carbonation.

Smell: Earthy and piney notes hit first, backed up with a slight chile like bitterness. Malt aroma present as well, pretty significant caramel aroma. Smell is very clean and inviting. Hoppy no doubt, but not overwhelming. Slightly green, fresh hop aroma as well as beer warms.

Taste: Foretaste is sweet, but not overwhelming. Quickly coupled with waves of hops bitterness that never over do themselves, allowing the sweet and slightly caramely malt backbone to stay present throughout drinking. The hops and malt in this one are incredibly well balanced, with each hop flavor both pulling away from, and complementing the persistent sweetness of the malt. Hops are floral, earthy, with just a touch of resinous quality that makes them bright and engaging, and never too bitter.

Mouth: Solid medium body. Fits style very well. Carbonation is moderate. Very drinkable.

Home tasting, 12oz can into Snifter. 4/11/14.

Serving type: can

04-11-2014 19:53:30 | More by ZoomanCru


4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hands down one of my favorite ipa's that I've been able to try. I put down a 5 for the appearance because I have never poured it into a glass! This is great straight from the can. My family went through about 6-6packs while we were vacationing on Sanibel. This just tastes tropical. Doesn't smack you in the face like a dirtwolf but is dangerously sessionable. My wife absolutely loves this beer, and she is not an ipa fan. If you can get your hands on some fresh Jai Alai, do it!

Serving type: can

04-09-2014 15:36:37 | More by REDSOXIPAGUY
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4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a Monday Night Brewing pint glass. The body has a somewhat cloudy brassy color, and the head started off at about two fingers then swiftly sank down but never gave up.
The aroma is alive and teeming with juicy tangy fruit and citrus notes, like a mid-morning Floridian farm stand.
The flavor is fruity and sweet, much like the nose but balanced off well in the end with a fairly decent hop bite and sizzle.
The mouthfeel is as smooth as the glassware I poured this into.
Overall an incredible IPA. I love that Cigar City is putting this stuff into cans that are actually dated. I'll be back for more.

Serving type: can

04-09-2014 01:22:08 | More by godlessape
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4.61/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Second time trying, first time in a while. Found at bottle shop in Denver. Can date 3/12/2014. Random and wonderful find. Would love to have this all the time. There's a spot in the beer fridge right next to Modus and O'Dell IPA that this would fit perfectly into. Kick ass beer.

Serving type: can

04-08-2014 20:54:42 | More by ktenneydenver
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4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is great! It's got a nice sweet taste on the front end but the aftertaste has a floral-bitterness to it. I'm not sure what hops they used but they made the right choice! It's an awesome IPA! I recommend this beer to anyone who runs across it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2014 05:23:09 | More by Tyler_Sly
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New York

4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - pours a deep bronze color with off white head

Smell - vibrant tropical fruits of mango, pineapple, nectarine, grapefruit

Taste - much like the smell, mango, pineapple, nectarine, grapefruit

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, sticky, bitterness in the back, flavors linger for a proper amount

Overall - recommended IPA

Price point - $2.50/12 oz can

Serving type: can

04-07-2014 12:59:41 | More by keithmurray
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3.21/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nice to get a fresh can of this (canned in March), the only other bottle i had was clearly infected, this was not. Dark orange color, good foamy head, looks fine. Aroma is sort of hoppy, tropical fruit mostly but its not as robust as I would like. Flavor is very hop heavy,tropical fruits buta strong alcohol component that is quite unpleasant. Very strong astringency. Not sure why Cigar City is so popular I wouldn't drink this again and I plan on giving away my remaining can. I also think their aesthetics and branding are sort of tacky.

Serving type: can

04-04-2014 19:50:36 | More by ArrogantB
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5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a clear copper color with the perfect layer of frothy white bubbles sitting atop the body. This layer settles slowly but retains a good layering.
S: Layers of tropical fruit, mango, and grapefruit primarily, with fresh pine sap, cut grass and more orange peel citric notes fill the nose. The hops reign supreme but a doughy a fresh grain undertone shine through the hops enough to let you know there is good body and sweetness there.
T: Beautiful partnering between the soft, sweet doughy malts and the intense tropical especially mango, citric and pine resin hop flavors. This beer is one of the freshest tasting ipa's I have had out of a can! Abundant hop resins continue to dance side by side with the clean, smooth malted barley.
M: Almost creamy, light carbonation smooths over the tongue and down the throat of this medium- bodied beer. No alcohol warming here everything is in check and in balance.
O: Hitting all the characteristics of an amazingly drinkable IPA that commands interest and is refreshing enough to satisfy the taste buds at a very high level. So dreamy this beer is I am glad to have finally experienced this one! Hop lovers must try this!

Serving type: can

03-30-2014 22:16:05 | More by scottbrew4u
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District of Columbia

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

Poured from a can into a dogfish spiegelau glass. Bottle exactly one month ago.

Pours a great deep amber/copper color with plenty of translucent quality. Smell is super citrus, sweet citrus - clementine and tangelo. Even a hit of mango in there. Taste is just as good, it is a unique IPA citrus to jai alai and really sets this beer apart. Great IPA.

Serving type: can

03-30-2014 19:25:50 | More by hops202
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4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy copper with a frothy, dense cream head that lingers.

Pineapple, grapefruit, resin, and a touch of skunk form the aroma. The tropical fruit character really dominates.

Resin...and this sounds weird, but...hard boiled eggs come to mind in the flavor...in a good way. Pineapple and mango underlie a slightly roasted malt backbone. The resin and fruity hops are very well balanced. And bitterness is subtle.

Body is a bit light, with moderate carbonation, a touch of alcohol warmth, and light astringency.

Great beer. Fits my palate nicely, as the bitterness is restrained. That eggy character is odd, but it works. Love the soft tropical fruits.

Serving type: can

03-30-2014 17:33:53 | More by barczar
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4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Cigar City Jai Alai India Pale Ale. 7.5% Alc. by Vol.

Second of two cans brought back from Florida by Dave Anderson. Thanks again, Dave!

Hazy, amber/apricottish hue, long-lasting white head, settles into a tight ring.

Aroma: vibrant citrus and pine. ripe and resin-y. Right on the money.

Taste: BAM! A powerhouse on the palate. Bright, citric hops pounce right out of the gate. Juicy, plump, bitter, joyous. A multitude of malt keeps it grounded and balanced. Good drinking, with a flavor and high hopping that never quits.

There's no information on the back about the beer, beyond why they called it Jai Alai or what food pairings you should try. Fine. Who needs gobbledygook? This is a class act IPA, all the way. Belongs up there with the best of the them. Sure wish I had another.

Serving type: can

03-30-2014 01:33:09 | More by feloniousmonk
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4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Citrus bomb! Love it

A - slightly hazy burnt orange body beneath a sticky 2-finger off white head. Great retention and lacing

S - Grapefruit and orange smack in the face followed by hard candy sweetness and ending with alcohol

T&M - Not as sweet as I expected with a slightly puckering bitterness which is nice along with the strong grapefruit and orange flavors. As it warms I get more of a bitter kumquat flavor. Good body with moderate carbonation. Alcohol is a little warming and adds a slickness to the feel. The hops really hide the alcohol well but you can definitely tell it is there

O - really enjoy this beer. Wish it wasn't so expensive up here

Serving type: can

03-27-2014 15:24:42 | More by MrIncognito
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3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can into tulip

A: Deep golden, light hazy hazel colored brew that donned a nice two-two and a half finger head that was paper white in color. Grippy spider web like lacing clings to the entirety of the glass, retention is good – no visible sediment, although doesn’t appear filtered

S: Somewhat sour white wine/grape aroma dominates the nose – rather interesting aroma, very different from other IPAs I’ve whiffed. Cider notes complex with a sharp sorta yeastiness. Has a bit of a subtle sweetness in the tail end, lightly hoppy.

T: Fruity, but in an indirect way that diverges from the nose a bit. White grape, banana - has a Belgian sort of spin on it. Very light spice presence, silky and a little bready - Obvious malt dries out the middle mouth while adding a nice balance. The middle mouth pulls the mixed flavor of orange and possibly lemon, but without their typical citrus zest. Notes of clove, ginger, and coriander loom somewhere in the background without substantial individuality – Bold

M: Kinda creamy, bigger body than most – mouth filler - frothy. After taste is sweet and dry leaving a noticeable coating on the tongue and mouth. Carbonation is present, but understated.

O: Very different than any of the IPAs I’ve had in the past. It honestly reminds me of a tripel and therefore lacks the robust tropical fruitiness that I find crisp and refreshing. While the flavors I encountered were not displeasing, they weren’t exactly what I’m looking for when I scoop an AIPA. Definitely a unique beer, an interesting spin on the style

Serving type: can

03-27-2014 03:03:01 | More by ZagZagg
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4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, copper color body with a decent stream of carbonation and quite a bit of sediment. Crowned by a finger-thick, white head that hangs around for awhile and leaves plenty of lacing behind.

Simply fantastic! A vibrant rush of pineapple, mandarin oranges, and kiwi. Very sweet with hints of pine and caramel.

Starts of bitter, fades to sweet, then wraps up with a faint bitterness. Pine on the first wave ushers in a potent, sweet malt and various tropical fruit. Wraps up with a hint of pine and ground pepper. Light booziness on the finish.

Smooth and easy to drink. Medium-bodied with incredibly light carbonation. Sediment is sometimes big enough that you can't help but notice it. Finishes sweet but clean with a slight stickiness.

Fantastic brew that I'm happy a friend of mine was willing to part with, seeing as there are plenty of miles between us and the nearest state that sells Cigar City brews. Well worth your coin, even if you're not a fan of most IPAs.

Serving type: can

03-27-2014 01:06:44 | More by alphagnome
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4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can into pint glass. Big thanks to Beerdunson for including this in a trade as an extra. Date of review is 3/26/14

Appearance- Caramel and copper with a 3/4 finger head. Well carbonated with great lacing.

Smell- Mango and hops burst into my face. I then get limes, strawberries and barnyard. One of the best smelling IPAs I have ever had.

Taste- Honey-drizzled mangoes and hops are right up front. Just a tiny bit of malt present. I also get just a splash of lime just like in the nose.

Mouthfeel- This beer is really unique in the sense that it is super smooth at first and then about 5 seconds later it blast you with hops. I love the resiny tropical fruit film it leaves in my mouth.

Overall- So damn good for a shelf beer! We get no CCB beers here in Ohio, so this is a real treat. One of the best IPAs I've had.

Serving type: can

03-26-2014 23:35:48 | More by frenchblood21
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3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can into tulip.

A: Rich copper orange, impressive head on an IPA rather fine and creamy for the style, very significant lacing.

S: Not much. Piney hops, with just a hint of citrus lemon. I get no other "tropical" fruit esters. Pretty bland as far as IPAs go.

T: A mild slow release citrus with relatively one dimensional hop bitterness consisting of mainly pine notes. This leads into a slightly forward caramel malt base that clashes with the early notes. Finishes with lasting bitterness and a bit dry.

M: Medium to thick bodied for the style. Almost a little chewy. The dry finish really encourages you to keep reaching for more.

O: Good but not great. I can think of many other IPAs that accomplish the true "tropical fruit" feel better, however this is unique in its relatively forward malt profile. Balanced? Maybe, sort of just malty with some lemon zest and an average IPA hop character.

Serving type: can

03-25-2014 17:09:39 | More by Copernicandream
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A prolific tan head leaves perfect, thin rings of lace in its wake. Color is bright orange w/ darker hues.

A modicum of citrus, pine and grain form a mediocre nose. A bit of lemon maybe?

Tastes of bready malt, piney hops, apricot and orange. Not too heavy, not too light.

Moments of brilliance attempt to poke through, but never find their way to the light.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 23:42:41 | More by stephens101
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4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 1/10/14

Thought I reviewed this before. Oh well. Pours golden orange with some small floaties. Nice head retention.

Prominent in the nose is apricot, oxidized fruit. not a whole lot of malt.

Taste is mostly pineapple and apricot. Nice combo. I don't remember it being this strong on the apricot. Admittedly I'm about 5 dirtwolfs deep and my sixtel just kicked so my palate might be off. This doesn't have the citrus "tang" i remember. Its less acidic but good.

Really good carbonation. Moderate body and slick. Not very dry.

I've always liked this brew. For whatever reason, this thing is all apricot right now. Not necessarily a bad thing though. I just recall ot being more tangy citrus. Always a nice go to for sure.

Serving type: can

03-23-2014 03:40:24 | More by hopflyer
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4.81/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Deep and clean amber-orange color with a nice creamy one finger head. It looks almost like an orange creamsicle. Very pure with no clouding. The head lingers long after.

S: Heavenly. How an IPA should smell. Full of Hoppy goodness with a smell of citrus. If this was offered as a car air freshner I'd take it.

T: Very flavorful. Hops are rich but not overbearing. Again, to me I taste citrus. The taste lingers long after you swallow. Flavor comes in a wave, starting of light and sweet, then slamming in to you full on before fading away. Very enjoyable.

M: Amazing. It was like a symphony of heavenly goodness hitting every part of my palate. It is refreshingly smooth. This IPA feels and tastes great everywhere it hits.

O: This is a phenomenal IPA. I picked this up as part of a pick six, but will be going back for a six pack while they still have them. Easily a top 5 IPA for myself. It just tastes right. Not too much in hops, just right. I look forward to drinking this late spring. If you see this, grab it.

Serving type: can

03-21-2014 23:52:52 | More by Seanem44
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4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm so glad I found this IPA. Jai Alai is my go to, year round IPA. Being on the East coast, we get super fresh Jai Alai weekly in Philly. Thanks Cigar City!!! I'm never surprised to go into my lbs and find Jai Alai that was canned within two weeks of my purchase. Jai Alai taught me to always look at those bottle on dates and with the exception of the local breweries, no brewery pumps out awesome, fresh beer like Cigar City. I can't get enough of this stuff!

Serving type: can

03-21-2014 02:08:37 | More by Jaxbrew


4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We have so many great option in the world of IPA's these days. Here is another one.

Nicely carbonated as it took no effort at all to achieve a three finger head. Tons of sticky lace is left behind as the off white head slowly fades. Body is a deep hazy honey amber color.

Nose is bright with deep resinous hops. I get citrus, honey and hoppy sap. This is noticeably all balanced with a solid malt feel.

The first sip brings Piney sharp hops that attack the tongue. Citrus rind and resin both play to carry the bitterness across the palate. Once again there is a consistent malt bill here that provides the balance to the brew.

This is an exceptionally drinkable IPA. Mouthfeel is heavy and thick but very enjoyable.

Serving type: can

03-21-2014 00:59:30 | More by SPLITGRIN
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4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Parents went to Florida for vacation and what do you know they actually went to Cigar City Brewing and picked me up this beer. Never thought I would try this one. It was caned 2-11-14.

A - Clear clean dark golden orange, with a frothy two finger white head that leaves great lacing.

S - Mmm sweat orange, piney, dank hops lead the way follow by a sweet malt back. No alcohol.

T - Hops hit you right away with pine, orange and a sweet malt to balance it out. The flavors die out fast leaving you wanting more. It has a bitter bite that lingers on your palate. Goes down really easy.

M - Chewy and medium to full bodied with a slickness that drys out real fast. Assertive bitterness you can feel on your tongue.

O - A tasty IPA that would taste and go down so well on a warm summer day. A must try if you like IPA's, and not to go unnoticed. I love the hops, Cheers!

Serving type: can

03-20-2014 22:39:14 | More by DrinkMoreBigBeers
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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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