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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

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5,907 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,907
Reviews: 1,154
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 806
Gots: 1,093 | FT: 61
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cjgator3 on 12-05-2008

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
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
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

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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1.75/5  rDev -59.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of miamibrewer
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cigar City's Jai Alai is the definition of an East Coast IPA. It's definitely malty, so much so that you can smell the caramel coming through along with the tropical fruits of cascade and simcoe hops. There is also is a certain amount of bread-y or toastyness to the malt backbone. Overall good IPA. It used to be my favorite until I drank Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA. I've realized that I'm more of a west coast drinker than east coast over the past couple of months. Follow me on Twitter: miamibrewer305

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4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Tried this over nachos and World Cup soccer at On the Rox in Richmond's Shockoe Bottom neighborhood. This beer is definitely a new addition to my favorites list. Pours a hazy golden color with a huge floral, citrus and honeysuckle nose. The taste had citric hops, sweet malt, and a bitter finish. This is a sensory experience in the best of ways.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


A - Dark gold/bronze, half inch of froth

S - Piny, grassy, barley, hops

T - Fresh, moderately hoppy, malty but clean

M - Medium bodied, right amount of carbonation

O - Given its availability, it's an easy choice, especially in the spring and summer. Good for the lake or beach.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 5,907 ratings.