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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

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5,395 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,395
Reviews: 1,098
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 716
Gots: 830 | FT: 55
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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Photo of PennFBarts
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I stumbled across this beer in an Atlanta, Georgia Greens, as I was deciding between Westbrook's One Claw and Unita's Hop Nosh, a seemingly monumental decision at the time made irrelevant by the florescent reflection off Cigar Cities' green and orange can. I could hardly wait to taste.

While the hops are a mouthful, and lacy in both look and feel, the malts are where Jai Alai shines. This is a balanced IPA: piny and citrus in hop character and caramel and light malt to finish. If I were stranded on an island (with a refrigerator), and had to choose between Hop Nosh, One Claw, and Jai Alai, I would pick this one. Not only does the name invoke a sense of lazy (or survival-induced intense) afternoons, but the beer backs it up. Jai Alai!

PennFBarts, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of randeezy74
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%

randeezy74, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of JackOGreen
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

JackOGreen, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of Fulmonte21
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Fulmonte21, Jun 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

bsm80x, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of markwhitehead
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

markwhitehead, Jun 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

MikesnoHSL, Jun 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

PattyLighttt, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of ChrisAlbertine
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

ChrisAlbertine, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of jrkcubs
5/5  rDev +17.1%

jrkcubs, Jun 15, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

prisdefer, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of atlandy
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

atlandy, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of BoardwalkBock
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So, this beer has been showing up roughly once a month in my area of Long Island. Each time it is about 2-3 weeks old. Fresh enough for me. The first time I bought it, I was so pleased that I went out the next morning to buy the rest of the case. Gone. Now every time I go to the store that has this, I buy up all of their stock (usually 2-4 six-packs).

A: Deep orange, almost reddish-brick looking. Tons of carbonation in this batch fades to still a rather heavy lacing. Not much carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass.

S: Bready malts, citrus, slight mango and caramel. Malt really dominates the beginning but fades to a very nice hop aroma.

T: Boom! Citrus, grapefruit, mango explosion. Tons of bready, biscuity and caramel malts to follow. Tastes like damn hoppy orange juice. Awesome.

M: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated. Minimal bitterness (compared to the recent DIPA bombs I've been drinking).

O: One fantastic IPA. I remember, recently, when I started hearing about this beer. I wanted to try this beer for awhile and I walk in one of my local stores and they had it on the shelf. I almost planned a trip down to visit my uncle near Tampa to go to the brewery before it arrived here. I will still be planning that trip. CCB rules.

BoardwalkBock, Jun 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

szujus, Jun 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

arlingtonjoe, Jun 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

TheSamKuehn, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of TheMonkery
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

TheMonkery, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of ChipChaight
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

ChipChaight, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of kevanb
3.86/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, dated 5.22.14, poured into a Cigar City snifter glass.

The beer pours a clear copper color, hues of light amber and orange with a slight haziness to it. A clean, bubbly, cloudy, white head, about 2 fingers high rests gently on the top of the glass that has nice retention but yields little in the way of lace. The aroma is nice, plenty of bitter, resinous hops, piney and earthy with a fair amount of grapefruit peel and tropical fruits, mango and pineapple predominantly, with a nice amount of caramel malt backbone. The flavors start well, loads of piney hops, grapefruit, juicy mango and pineapple with some bitter earthiness. The caramel malt flavors help balance the beer well, not too sweet, not too thick or sticky, just a nice layer of support for the hops, although the beer does finish with a touch of oniony hop flavor that I don't care for at all. The mouthfeel is nice, fairly juicy and sappy, coats the mouth well, carbonation is very nice, and it finishes with a nice dry kick.

Verdict: A very nice IPA that is very easy to drink and very flavorful. I wish the vegetal flavors didn't appear but as the beer warmed up, they became less of a factor. It's easy to see why this is the gold standard of the southeast, fine beer.

kevanb, Jun 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

CRV334, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of MNishCT77
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can purchased at a Winn & Dixie in Hollywood, FL, unknown canning date (may be on the older side because it looks like CC is currently dated their cans on the bottom), poured into a hotel-style glass and drank over 30 minutes

A: 3/3 - golden-orange coloration, initially frothy khaki head settles into a glass lacing with carb islands, moderate alcohol legs

S: 9/12 - big Simcoe aroma right off the bat - pine, resin and a gentle cattiness; some other citrus hop aromas but more muted; biscuity malts and alcohol

T: 16/20 - a moderate bitterness up front develops into a citrus and piney bite that persists throughout the majority if not all of the sip; some biscuity malts provide some flavor but mostly balance; alcohol is detectable but not omnipresent; finishes dry and inviting with a pleasant aftertaste

M: 4/5 - thick hop oils coat the tongue and provide fullness with the alcohol; sticky but not cloying

O: 8/10 - above-average-to-excellent IPA that really features Simcoe in the nose; while the flavors are more muted than some world class IPAs, the mouthfeel is one of the best of recent memory; for a shelf beer in FL, I would crush this

TOTAL - 41/50

MNishCT77, Jun 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

kenzilka007, Jun 14, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Spaten454, Jun 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Carb-Overlord, Jun 14, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -59%

jrichstar, Jun 14, 2014
Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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