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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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95
world-class

5,508 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 5,508
Reviews: 1,108
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 733
Gots: 862 | FT: 54
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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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Anonymous1, Jun 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Wayne17, Apr 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

blabaer, Nov 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

nzerbe, Mar 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

DrFunkenstein, Apr 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

chcfan, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of dcloeren
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JayAre46 for this bottle. Review from notes

Poured a cloudy bright orange with 1 finger of bubbly bright white head. Decent lacing.

Sweet tropical fruit hops but not as pungent as I would have liked it to be...

Taste follows the nose but with more of a distinct hop presence. Good tropical citrus taste with a very light hint of caramel

Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. I thought that the mouthfeel was the definite highlight of the beer

Overall it was a nice tropical tasting IPA. Very refreshing. Tough to not hold the hype train against it but I was very pleased with this beer and wish I had more

dcloeren, Aug 04, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

StArnoldFan, Jul 07, 2013
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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.

ironchefmiyagi13, May 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Light brown to dark orange in color. Two and a half finger beige, pillowy head. Pretty good retention.

Aroma: Mango and citrus notes are dominant. Pretty strong malt background in the form of caramel notes. A touch of pine in the hops too.

Taste: Smooth mango and citrus notes. Nice, strong malt background of caramel notes. Bitter pine notes after each sip. Bitter hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisply carbonated. Very smooth.

Drinkability: The ABV is really well hidden and this goes down really easy. Definitely an easy drinking IPA.

Overall, a really nice and balanced IPA. Very easy to drink with a pronounced malt backbone. Also highlights some of the sweeter notes of hops. Recommended.

Gosox8787, Sep 22, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

cyrushire, Jan 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Agentveba, Feb 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Phigg1102, Apr 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Budinetz, Mar 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

jarrgal, Jun 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Stum-pub, Mar 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Horbar, Sep 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

salthemonster, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of Jadjunk
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

"Jai Alai, the "merry game," is a game native to the Basque region of Spain. Tampa was once home to this high speed game, but sadly all that remains here is this India Pale Ale that we brewed in tribute to the merry game. Pair Jai Alai India Pale Ale with Empanadas, Deviled Crabs and other spicy dishes." Brewed in the style of an American IPA. Available as a year round release, finally trickling back into Georgia after a far too long absence from Atlanta markets. Best savor it as fresh as possible!

Poured from a 12 oz. can to a snifter. Served north of 56º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a silky foam of an ivory complexion over a deep copper orange body with moderate carbonation. Retention is above average, lacing is light and spotty. 4

(Smell) Heavy tropical fruit hop aromas with a lesser citrus and resinous influence, very potent and bold, inviting with a moderate bitterness to balance. Malts are a clean but equally bold pale and caramel syrup. Overall the hop profile in this beer is profound and I haven't found something that hits quite the same hop notes and comes off as appealing as this beer does aromatically. Potency is high. 4.5

(Taste) The first taste experience reveals a seemingly dampened hop experience with a focus on the light yet flavorful caramel malt profile. The hop flavor comes in wonderfully on the finish, a sweet and flavorful tropical fruit encore of pineapple, melons and mangoes, barring the sharper citrus and lemon hop notes, it comes off bright and clean. Hop bitterness is mellow but perseveres in the flavor without overshadowing the hop flavor. This could have easily been made an abrasive and bitter mess of an IPA, but I appreciate that Cigar City made a highly drinkable, clean beer with a more unique showcasing of hop flavor. It really stands out amongst the IPA crowd. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick and sweet with a touch of thin caramel syrup. Carbonation adds a touch of thin crispness and froth without going overly sharp on the tongue. Body is medium for an American IPA, just shy of medium amongst all beer. Alcohol is well tucked away for this beer. Balance is neither too sweet nor too bitter, one can enjoy the lightness and balance of this beer's flavor as a standout in what makes it so memorable. 4

(Overall) When I heard this hit markets again locally (cans only and just yesterday- likely gone by now) I made sure to grab a six pack of this fantastic IPA. It avoids many of the cliches of pretentious standard IPAs- the beer is not overly bitter, not heavily pronounced on acidic, citrusy hop notes, and isn't overly sweet and cloying. This beer is certainly a solid all-around drinkable India Pale Ale. I hope to see it return to Georgia markets again full time in the near future: It would be a welcome regular for a great many craft beer fanatics, myself included. 4.25

Cigar City Brewing's
Jai Alai India Pale Ale
4.26/5.00

Jadjunk, Oct 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Ncpogs, Jul 28, 2014
Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 5,508 ratings.