Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing
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3.08/5 rDev -27.9%
Canned 12/30/12. Pours a tanned leather with a frothy 3 fingers of rocky foam - nice head and legs. While i am writing this i already know how i want to score this but the "bros" 100 for this beer is amazing to me. As far as i know they havent given us sixes to rate with. This beer is nowhere near heady, pliny, anything by alpine, sucks, columbus ipa and the list goes on. Really, if 100 is perfection its unfair to rate this beer that high but it is a good beer; but i digress. The nose brings caramel malts, lime rind and honestly not much else this is very malt forward and struggle to find any tropical qualities to this beer (i love cigar city and have many of their beers i am just struggling to see why this is rated so high). Mouth brings a slightly herbal twinge, cat piss and some light shades of citrus - beginning to think my less than a month old can is past its prime (this is the second one i opened and both are consistent). Easy to drink much in the same way moretti doppio malto is, overall this is barely above average in my book.
01-31-2013 05:03:17 | More by Trilogy31
United Kingdom (England)
3.75/5 rDev -12.2%
pours a golden brown with a nice head that retained nicely. Smelled of a good amount of citrus, cedar wood and a light malt backbone. Tastes a bitter hop pine flavor little citrus and slight malt presence. Not as complex as I would like but a solid beer indeed. Medium bodied and decent carbonation, very refreshing and good mouthfeel. Overall, a very good IPA but nothing crazy. I would have liked more tropical fruit and floral presence. But that is just me.
04-15-2011 02:06:28 | More by thepeter
District of Columbia
4.1/5 rDev -4%
I had this on tap, out of the bottle, and brought a growler home from the brewery ($4.50 pint, $11 sixer, and $6 quart respectively) - the draft version is significantly better than out of the bottle. This review is of the growler which was split into two imperial pint glasses.
Appearance: Clear, dark orange, amber color with 3/4 of an inch of off-white head which almost reduces entirely to a small patch of bubbles. Lacing where the original head was, but practically none otherwise.
Aroma: Sweet grapefruit, oranges, and lemon. Obviously very citric. A hint of caramel maltiness, but mostly just floral hops. As it warms, a bit more resinous pine and booziness.
Taste: A nice dose of lemon, citric bitterness up front which beats back the sweetness until the finish. An intense juicy citric and fruit flavor in the middle - here's where the caramel malt backbone comes through a bit as well - and a lingering pine flavor with some sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-low carbonation. Dominated by the high, but not overwhelming bitterness. Although the flavors are a bit sweet in the middle and finish, the feel is dry in the finish.
Drinkability: Amazingly flavorful, almost too much so to drink a lot of it. The drying mouthfeel sensation makes you want more immediately and the non-existent booze flavor present in the nose does not slow you down. I could drink two or three of these maybe, but not a six pack.
12-26-2010 03:58:58 | More by grover37
Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 5,095 ratings.