Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing
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4.91/5 rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
I had this for the first time 2 years ago at the suggestion from my local distributor and absolutely loved it, but when I went back to get some more it was gone and I haven't been able to find it around my way since up until recent. And now it was available in cans! Couldn't wait to dig into this and see if the wonderful flavor remained.
Appearance: Pores a nice cloudy, golden/orange color with a foamy white head about a finger thick.
Smell: hops, tropical fruit and citrus dominate the nose.
Taste: Hops hit the palate with a solid blend of citrus and tropical fruits. Tastes of grapefruit, some mango and a slight hint of vanilla with nicely blended malts help balance out this brew making it nice and refreshing.
Mouthfeel: Rich, frothy, oily (but not too much) feel. Very smooth yet it coats the palate nicely allowing that wonderful mix of flavor and hops to linger but it doesn't overpower. Very well balanced, smooth IPA.
Overall; Extremely happy to have this readily available once again. Digging the cans! Just incase it does pull another vanishing act I stocked up making this my go-to beer of the moment. Would love to try some of Cigar City's other offerings if they are ever available around my way.
Serving type: can
11-20-2013 14:34:44 | More by MattyBones
4.59/5 rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Just doing a comparison between Jai Alai and Dry-Hopped On The High Seas; both from the can, both in between fridge and room temp.
They look very similar- bright, clear golden amber with minimal head and very nice wash of lacing. Jai Alai is a little bit darker and has better retention.
Smells are distinct- dry hopped has lots of tropical fruit notes; pineapple, mango. Jai Alai is a lot earthier; fresh pine, just earthy but clean. Both are very clearly defined and lovely and enticing smells.
Taste follows the nose- jai alai is much earthier and has a good dose of pine hop bitterness and dry hopped on the high seas follows a more tropical citrus bent with minimal bitterness. Both have relatively little malt characteristics but are well backed up because it doesn't get too bitter.
Mouthfeel is markedly different between the two- dry hopped on the high seas is much smoother and less carbonated. Jai alai is a little fuller bodied but still only medium, more carbonated and a little stickier.
Overall both are exceptional IPAs and if you see either you should get it. However, I do think Jai Alai is better because it has a really distinct earthy flavor that I've never quite tastes before and is incredibly well balanced. Cheers!
Serving type: can
11-19-2013 01:27:17 | More by Hopdaemon39
4.54/5 rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Can into tulip
Appearance- hazy deep gold/orange, good head retention
Aroma- Big juicy hops, grapefruit, citrus, tropical notes of pineapple, mango, pine a touch of malt in the background.
Flavor- grapefruit, pine, firm bitterness, but with very juicy hop component, tropical notes not as powerful here but still there, very drinkable
Mouthfeel- medium, good carbonation, no alcohol heat
Overall- I haven't had this in a while and just started seeing it in cans, its probably in my top 5 American IPA, just juicy hop goodness.
Serving type: can
11-18-2013 03:12:14 | More by LI_PO12
Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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