Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 5,661
Reviews: 1,119
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 741
Gots: 921 | FT: 53
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 ironchefmiyagi13
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just got a shipment in from lets pour.com and they sent some freebees with my order. Canned on May 14th...doesn't get much fresher than that for someone way out in the boonies of Long Island.

This beer is definitely worth the hype. Great IPA nose with the classic hops resin, citrusy grapefruit and lime with a little pineapple coming through. What I like in my IPAs are a faint malt backbone. Not a huge fan of malty, sweet beers and this one is right in the middle. The sweetness comes in the form of fruit juice instead of malt. Very nice touch.

I still have 3 more cans to hoard and will definitely savor each and every one of them.

Photo of GPHarris
3.4/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a one finger thick tan head into a snifter that left light sheeting and decent lacing throughout. the body was bright amber.
s - strong citrus hop aroma.
t - grapefruits with an underlying breadiness.
m - very drying, seems to absorb moisture. slightly thin body.
d - drinkable but something seems a little off w/ this one, not one of my favorite AIPAs.

Photo of dbossman
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark golden hue with a steady tan head and very nice lacing that clings to the glass

S: Pleasant and balanced aroma: bready toffee malted grains and citrus/grapefruit hops--some lemon rind too

T: Bready burnt malts and grapefruity, oily hops make for a nicely balanced flavor; there is a subtle numbing alcohol presence; and this is a bit spicy

F: Good, medium body; bubbly and the beer nearly bites the back of the tongue

D: Nice, drinkable and balanced IPA; it doesn't quite knock your socks off but this is a very solid, well-balanced, extremely drinkable IPA

Photo of Archemedies
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of ksimons
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on Nov 13, 2013

A-hazy orangeish amber color with two fingers worth of frothy head

S-caramel malt, citrus hops, and tropical fruit sweetness

T-taste is similar to the smell with a caramel malt backbone and lots of citric hops

M-medium body, somewhat creamy, spicy carbonation

Overall I was super excited to find this, but I can't tell how different it would be really fresh as this can is 2 months old. Still a really well made tasty beer.

Photo of Nugganooch
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first CCB brew made possible by trade w/ Alieniloquium. Thanks Bro!

Bottle dated 04/13/11

A: Jai Alai pours a hazy caramel candy color that gets deeper in hue towards the center. Perfect 2 finger cap of egg white frothy foam with interval waves of lace along the glass.

S: Fruity bursts emerge right after popping the top. Mostly pineapple and mango like aromas with a slight spiciness to it. Some tarter yeast esters present.

T: This is good. Juicy fruit and floral flavors with a somewhat sweet caramel malt. Tropical fruits and botanicals with a slight but distinct earthy spice. Really nice hop flavors and aromas but rather light or void even on the overall bitterness to the palate. Finishes light, dry and crisp with a mild ABV detection. Very refreshing.

M: Slightly sticky and slick mf but overall a super creamy light bodied brew that is just so delicate on the palate. I imagine this brew is amazing off of a cask.

D: Damn good drinkin IPA! A really nice fruity IPA that is incredibly light and smooth in body with no offensive sharp hop bitterness at all.

As my first intro to this brewery I am excited to get through the rest of my box and hopefully many more in the future. Nicely done!

Photo of Moses_Malone
4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of ChugginOil
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jai Alai IPA

Thanks to GallowsTheif for the extra!

Poured from 12oz bottle into a SA Perfect Pint glass.

Pours golden and rests a dark, hazy, orangish amber. A fingers worth of off white head sits shortly before dissipating. Tiny spots of lacing.

The nose offers some malt and light citrus notes.

The taste is a bit malty and then presents a bitter apricots taste with a bit of honey. There is a good amount of malt sweetness balanced with the bitterness.

The mouthfeel starts smooth and ends very dry. Its a good presentation.

Overall, a different spin on an IPA, or maybe it is a bit old? The malt has much more presence over the hops but the hop bitterness remains to pack a punch.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this for free off a Florida Instagram follower of mine (my IG is StStrange). It was canned in January so it isn't fresh.

Pours a nice copper/orange with a solid inch of head. Moderate lace retention.

The smell is muted grapefruit and caramel. Orange rind around the middle, citrus to finish.

Taste is caramel and grapefruit up front. Nice blood orange in the middle. Cumquat aftertaste. All a little mellow and the caramel is too up front. Goes down smooth.

Like Pliny, this beer must be best fresh. The one I had, four months old, but still good. I would absolutly love to have this brew with less than a month on it.

Photo of Houser
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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