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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

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5,771 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,771
Reviews: 1,136
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 774
Gots: 992 | 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:
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


A - Dark gold/bronze, half inch of froth

S - Piny, grassy, barley, hops

T - Fresh, moderately hoppy, malty but clean

M - Medium bodied, right amount of carbonation

O - Given its availability, it's an easy choice, especially in the spring and summer. Good for the lake or beach.

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, i stumbled upon while doing some beer shopping this weekend. Cigar City in the 'burgh!

A - pours with a fingers-worth of tight and creamy, tan colored foam. the beer is a bit hazy, dark gold in color. some light and spotty, wet lacing left around the glass.

S - big and bright, piney hops...turns slightly citrusy in the second half with some pineapple, and grapefruit. malts are present, adding a sweet layer of caramel.

T - assertive bitterness right out of the gate, taking hold on the back of the tongue. tastes very piney with some wet grass thrown in as well. again, citrus waits a little bit to make itself known with some grapefruit and apricot. (an attempt at being) well balanced, rich caramel malt sits underneath, before being burned away by a hint of booze.

M - exceptionally dry from the first sip and lingering through the swallow. light bodied yet with nice playful, tight and prickly carbonation - works extremely well with these flavors. finishes with lingering grassy bitterness, and a light alcohol burn.

D - not usually a huge fan of these types of IPA's but this works quite well, I actually enjoy it a bit more than the Cedar-aged version. big bold and hoppy, yet interesting with a wel perceived malt backbone. well done.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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4.64/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 01-01-2014
Freshness: Canned on 12-04-2013
Packaging: 12 oz. can
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: 6-pack from Publix

First beer of the new year!

Appearance is clear, with a bright copper color. The cream-colored head starts out tall and shows great retention. Lacing is very good as well. The aromas feature wonderful grapefruit and citrus hop smells, plus a hint of malt.

The taste is fruity and hoppy. The bitterness is prominent, but there is enough malt flavor to make for some balance. Mouthfeel has a medium body with average amounts of carbonation. The beer finishes pretty much as noted in the taste, with tropical fruit bitterness.

Overall a great IPA

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark amber color with a slight off-white fluffy head with decent lacing.

Scent of caramel malt, fruit, light hops.

The taste was immediately of citrus and other very sweet fruit, roasted caramel malt, moderate hops.

Medium bodied, crisp and creamy, moderate carbonation.

This was a very good IPA, complex flavor, well balanced and very easy to drink. This is something I will definitely buy again.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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3.54/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very dark orange. Hazy with very little head

S: Lots of tropical fruit. Pineapple, mango even some peach and caramel toffee.

T: Very similar to the nose as far as the fruits go. There's a good amount of bitterness at the begining but it clears out and finishes on the sweeter side.

M: A little more then medium bodied. Reminds me more of a DIPA. Borderlining on not enough carbonation but not quite there.

Overall: An average IPA. Maybe a bit heavy on the mouthfeel for an IPA. Would definitely try again.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I avoided this beer for a while since I'm from Florida and figured no Florida Brewing company could actually brew great beer. I was wrong? This American IPA is one of the best I've ever had. From popping the cap to the last drop, it is one excellent IPA. It will become a regular in my beer refrigerator.

Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 5,771 ratings.