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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

4,743 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 4,743
Reviews: 1,068
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 641
Gots: 605 | FT: 50
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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billshmeinke

California

3.28/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an nonic.

Dark golden semi hazy body with about 2 inches of fluffy rocky head. Nice lacing left behind.

Smells of sweet honey malts. Hints of lemon and grapefruits citrus hops, but that's pretty mellow compared to the honey fragrance from the malts.

The taste is bitter dank, pine, tobacco, and resin up front. Then a touch of bread and tons of sweet honey malts.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. High end of medium dryness, and a decent balance between bitter and sweet.

And the Floridian IPA is born! It's both bitter and sweet. Slightly leaning towards an east coast IPA, but a bunch of bitterness and a touch of hop flavor keeps it from being completely east coast in IPA style. Personally, I enjoy an all out well attenuated bitter hop assault. A little too sweet for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 02:59:54 | More by billshmeinke
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sixerofelixir

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-27-2013 19:47:36 | More by sixerofelixir
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woodchip

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -6.3%

07-27-2013 01:11:49 | More by woodchip
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RDW

Nebraska

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

01-01-2013 06:45:54 | More by RDW
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1424IpA

California

4/5  rDev -6.3%

04-06-2013 04:32:55 | More by 1424IpA
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Jadjunk

Georgia

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

Serving type: can

10-18-2013 02:40:52 | More by Jadjunk
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cp45

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.3%

07-19-2013 02:28:25 | More by cp45
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memphischas

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -6.3%

05-27-2014 14:21:34 | More by memphischas
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lunarbrew

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

04-16-2013 15:03:00 | More by lunarbrew
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cyrushire

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-12-2013 07:34:43 | More by cyrushire
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Beeradelphia

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

09-28-2012 08:45:45 | More by Beeradelphia
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JimmytheSaintPSU

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

08-19-2012 00:09:20 | More by JimmytheSaintPSU
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sukwonee

Washington

3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden orangish light brown color, cloudy, 1.5 finger head. Good amount of lacing.

S: Not much going on in the nose, but I smell lemon and onion?? a bit put off by it.

T: It tastes better than it smells. Starts off bitter with lemon, slight grapefruit, some other fruits I cannot identify. Although I do get some malt in the middle, this beer is very much hop dominent from the start to finish.

M: Good amount of carbonation, light to medium body, finishes dry.

O: I enjoyed it, but it wasn't the best IPA or anything like that (in fact, I wouldn't consider this top 20 or 30 IPAs I have had so far).

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 02:22:06 | More by sukwonee
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Burkbom23

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

02-03-2014 13:16:34 | More by Burkbom23
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prisdefer

New York

5/5  rDev +17.1%

06-15-2014 22:09:47 | More by prisdefer
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dsauter

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

11-20-2011 21:48:01 | More by dsauter
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rapidsequence

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle Erin brought from Jacksonville. Bottled 1/20/2012.

Appearance: Dark orange with some hop haze. Thin white head, fair retention. Pretty good lacing.

Smell: Big tropical fruit and citrus hops. A bit of caramel malt and a touch of graininess.

Taste: Excellent integration of great hops flavors with sweet orange, peach, and mango and bitter, pithy grapefruit. There is well balanced malt sweetness with a little caramel flavor and very light toast.

Mouthfeel: Medium feel. Resiny finish.

Overall: This is a delicious, drinkable IPA that is very hard to just sip. Please come to VA Cigar City.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 02:06:51 | More by rapidsequence
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jsurfs82

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

12-20-2011 19:41:08 | More by jsurfs82
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JohnQVD

New York

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a thin head that dissipates after a couple of minutes. Medium carbonation, clear with a color not unlike aged bourbon, kind of a dark gold. Smell is malty and herbal, with a touch of brightness.

The taste is a bit maltier than I tend to think of IPAs but the beer is well-balanced, hoppy without being overwhelmingly so. If it was a little more hoppy and a little less malty, it would taste more like a double IPA than a regular one.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, bubbly and a little rough around the edges. Overall this is a great everyday drinker that improves even more in the brewery's aged versions.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 22:28:14 | More by JohnQVD
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Bockerdoppel91

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.3%

02-11-2014 02:53:38 | More by Bockerdoppel91
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A friends Uncle Bob shipped it from Tampa. Pours a copper orange with a white 3 inch sticky head. Very cloudy in my 13 oz tulip glass,with awesome lacing that sticks around the whole time. Smell is nice, but fairly mellow for a IPA with 7.5ABV. Some citrus and piney hops. The taste is wonderful oranges, pineapple, and pine. Not overwhelming but bitter. Plenty off carbonationand great mouthfeel for a IPA, one of the best I have had. I think this a wonderful IPA. So glad to have a beer from Florida. Wish I had more.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 14:30:43 | More by SawDog505
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baklo

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

11-18-2012 14:42:48 | More by baklo
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It was canned on Nov 10,2013
I poured it into a ipa glass, it has a burnt orange color body with a small lace. The aroma has a citrus, bitter aroma to it. The taste has the cititus and slight bitterness to it upfront and then a little malt comes throughn on the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is smooth and overall a darn good ipa.

Serving type: can

01-06-2014 01:50:19 | More by chefhatt
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Beer21

Florida

4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 21:49:21 | More by Beer21
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RMoeNay

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

09-27-2013 23:49:17 | More by RMoeNay
Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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