Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing
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3.8/5 rDev -11%
Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass
Thanks to dogbones for this extra!
I think perhaps I should have let this one sit a bit longer as I just received it today and it must still have been shaken even after 7 hours of sitting. This beer was a tad foamy out of the bottle, but once i let the gas escape it settled down and poured a nice finger of ecru foam on an amber body. It's much darker than most IPAs that are out there. The smell of this beer is pretty good mostly there is some pale and caramel malts backed up by a strong lemon scent. The flavor of this beer has much of the bittering hops in it, but the flavoring hops seem to not be as present, if they were ever there. There is a deal of barley husk/toasted malt and toffee to go with the minor citrus flavor and there is a distinct bitterness to this beer that might even be off putting to some not acclimated to the style. This is still a good beer to drink though perhaps a tad aggressive on the carbonation.
02-10-2011 01:55:21 | More by Vdubb86
3.48/5 rDev -18.5%
Beer review number 500!
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a golden-amber color with a medium off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind a thick ring of lace and a bit of foal floating on the top.
Smell: Sweet and citrusy with a bit of a whiskey-like aroma.
Taste: Begins with a citric sweetness which rounds out to some buttered toast flavors and with a finish that at first seems overly alcoholic but becomes pleasantly bitter after a bit more drinking.
Mouthfeel: Medium, oily body with balanced carbonation and a dry finish.
Drinkability: A good, not great IPA. It seemed very off-putting at first, but becomes better as you drink it. I'd have it again, but this is not the first thing I would go for.
03-10-2011 03:51:58 | More by Mosstrooper
4.38/5 rDev +2.6%
12 oz. bottle dated Dec 2011 - which I hope is the bottling date and not the "best by" date, although it wouldn't be too old. Pours a clear copper/amber body with a solid nearly two-finger white head. Good lacing and retention.
Strong tropical hop notes come out immediately. Pineapple is prominent and some grassy and pine resin notes follow. Some caramel malt blends in as well.
Excellent flavor blend that follows the aroma fairly closely. But, the more bitter notes come through more in the taste than the aroma. Also, the sweet malt backbone is solid and gives a nice balance.
Medium texture in the mouthfeel with a bit of oily hops noticeable and a very smooth feel for an IPA. I almost hate to say it, but if I could get this regularly, it would clearly rival Two Hearted for place in my beer fridge. Highly recommended.
01-04-2012 00:24:49 | More by FanofHefe
4.26/5 rDev -0.2%
"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
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Jai Alai India Pale Ale
10-18-2013 02:40:52 | More by Jadjunk
4.46/5 rDev +4.4%
Thanks to Paul for picking this up for me in Tampa! Slightly hazy amber-orange pour with a two finger foamy off-white head with good retention and great lacing. Big fruity, tropical nose with lots of resiny hops along with hints of pine, caramel, tangerine and mango. The taste follows suit with mango, pine, and resiny hops up front along with hints of sweet caramel, peach marmalade, and subtle grapefruit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with perfect carbonation and balance and a nice slightly syrupy, subtly bitter finish. Overall, this is one bold and flavorful IPA with huge drinkability.
08-13-2014 16:45:58 | More by beerdrifter
Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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