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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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95
world-class

5,030 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 5,030
Reviews: 1,075
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 679
Gots: 707 | 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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dubdrop

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -6.3%

04-28-2014 00:23:00 | More by dubdrop
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skaboom420

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -18%

04-27-2014 23:36:15 | More by skaboom420
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Nichols33

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

04-27-2014 22:36:54 | More by Nichols33
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C2H5

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

04-27-2014 21:32:16 | More by C2H5
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Schwegler

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

04-27-2014 20:05:16 | More by Schwegler
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zdauber

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

04-27-2014 18:14:11 | More by zdauber
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mynie

Indiana

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

On tap at the Dark Lord Day. Sampled before my pallet got eviscerated and my brain turned to jelly.

Notes:
Nice pour. Hazy yellow with a perfect, wispy white head like whipped cream. Smells of strong citrus hops--orange, grapefruit, and pineapple. Tastes very fresh, very high alpha, lots and lots of delicious fruit. Very hop-heavy, good yeast burst at the end to balance it out somewhat.

I must have liked it an awful lot to have bothered to review it. Nothing genre-defining, but a damn good example of its style.

04-27-2014 14:40:51 | More by mynie
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opwog

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

04-27-2014 14:33:15 | More by opwog
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Diggy

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

04-27-2014 14:27:46 | More by Diggy
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pendabev

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

04-27-2014 10:49:19 | More by pendabev
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Misanthropy_Sipping

Nebraska

4.74/5  rDev +11%

Passed along to me last week in Colorado during a beer swap. Was more than happy to take it up. Haven't had a whole lot from Cigar City at this point.

Appearance is quite nice. Has some little unfiltery clumps floating around which says 'good' to me in an IPA. Has a nice, rich orange to gold coloration. Has a slightly off white head that is very minimal. Poured according to can that says to pour gently. I can tell it is a thicker creamier beer just by the pour.

Smell is pretty mellow. Holds a lot of grass and grapefruit. Hints of other citrus fruits and pine resin.

Incredibly well balance beer. I'm not a big grapefruit IPA fan, but this harnesses that grapefruit character very well while allowing the other hop notes shine through. Very zesty citrus up front that eases very gently down toward the strong pine resin with herbal hints. Has a nice earthy undertone and a sweetness that brings in a reminiscence of flowers and a bit of dried tropical fruit. The sweetness is perfect. Has just a hint of vanilla to it as well.

The mouthfeel is great. Very creamy, carbonation is perfect, it is just a bit sticky and also has jus the right amount of dryness on the end. Couldn't have asked for more out of a straight up IPA.

Overall, very very good. I'm not a hop head, and I will proclaim once more, due to this fact I feel it takes more to impress me. This has impressed me. Cigar City has done one excellent job at making one very quality IPA.

04-27-2014 03:56:30 | More by Misanthropy_Sipping
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

Finally getting around to reviewing this. I think I have had it on about 5 different occasions over the past three years. Thanks to my cousin for sending up a fresh can.

A- 12oz can poured to a snifter with a yeast hazed light orange body. Frothy white head builds to a finger or so but falls to a small ring. Head retention is good. Lacing consists of a lot of spottiness with some small webs.

S- Tropical and stone fruit hop pungency emanates from the glass and the can as I open it. Lots of juicy fruits come to mind. A slight base of grains, caramel and yeast hints but the hops just seem to keep on growing.

T- Everything seems to round out here and some more hop flavors come out. Hops coat the palate with notes of tangerine, apricot, mango, passion fruit, orange and lemon zests, pine, flowers and some herbal feel. Malts bring light graininess and caramel. Clean American Ale yeast just here to round it out.

MF- Medium-light bodied overall consistency with a silky, creamy texture with some agitation. Carbonation level is fairly high with some carbonic bite pushing the hop flavors onto the taste buds. Moderate bitterness lingers for quite a while.

Classic Southeast US IPA. This is the first beer I ever had from CCB in NYC a few years back and I hope to keep having as many as possible. CCB has proven to me they are a true powerhouse in the US craft scene. They produce great one-offs (LiL, DB Huna, Brandy Huna) but can fall back on a classic like this, now in cans!

04-27-2014 03:27:40 | More by cbutova
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VAbdoyan

California

4/5  rDev -6.3%

04-27-2014 01:11:22 | More by VAbdoyan
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ThirstySavage

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

04-27-2014 00:58:28 | More by ThirstySavage
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humpty1602

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

04-26-2014 23:55:16 | More by humpty1602
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JJOVa

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

04-26-2014 23:40:34 | More by JJOVa
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athomasPSU

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

04-26-2014 22:01:29 | More by athomasPSU
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MDM

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

04-26-2014 21:54:07 | More by MDM
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Peter1977

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

04-26-2014 18:28:56 | More by Peter1977
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sdaly3

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

04-26-2014 17:10:18 | More by sdaly3
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SirWalkAbout

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

04-26-2014 11:17:11 | More by SirWalkAbout
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SoCalBeerIdiot

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

04-26-2014 07:45:17 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
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Justinmatt21

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%

04-26-2014 06:46:48 | More by Justinmatt21
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CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +17.1%

04-26-2014 06:44:56 | More by CEDAMA
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Gator_Nation

Florida

4.88/5  rDev +14.3%

04-26-2014 05:40:44 | More by Gator_Nation
Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 5,030 ratings.