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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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95
world-class

4,581 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,581
Reviews: 1,065
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 629
Gots: 555 | FT: 48
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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Ratings: 4,581 | Reviews: 1,065 | Display Reviews Only:
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Canti4341

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

11-05-2013 21:28:41 | More by Canti4341
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jscheuf

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

11-05-2013 20:14:32 | More by jscheuf
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FleetwoodMatt

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -12%

11-05-2013 07:18:43 | More by FleetwoodMatt
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DarthGuitarHero

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

11-05-2013 04:00:39 | More by DarthGuitarHero
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LarryAppleton

Quebec (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

11-05-2013 01:36:22 | More by LarryAppleton
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SiegeSpitfire

New York

4/5  rDev -6.1%

11-04-2013 22:31:29 | More by SiegeSpitfire
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RobertMarquez

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

11-04-2013 21:11:14 | More by RobertMarquez
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funkel81

California

4/5  rDev -6.1%

11-04-2013 20:43:50 | More by funkel81
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DruC4

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

11-04-2013 16:25:29 | More by DruC4
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Garrett092112

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

11-04-2013 15:59:35 | More by Garrett092112
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Hopportunistic

Alabama

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

11-04-2013 13:37:56 | More by Hopportunistic
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dotes_on_dipas

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

11-04-2013 06:35:42 | More by dotes_on_dipas
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tikk

New York

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

11-04-2013 04:05:45 | More by tikk
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buzzy

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

11-04-2013 02:24:44 | More by buzzy
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sphyrn

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -6.1%

11-04-2013 00:22:36 | More by sphyrn
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BA_Berto

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

11-04-2013 00:19:56 | More by BA_Berto
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brbrocc

New York

3.75/5  rDev -12%

11-03-2013 18:52:01 | More by brbrocc
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Wrex68

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

11-03-2013 17:34:07 | More by Wrex68
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BigJim5021

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

11-03-2013 06:36:23 | More by BigJim5021
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artoolemomo

Oregon

4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours up a whole bunch of head which looks to have pretty good retention. The head is almost pure cotton white but has few hints of yellow. The body is a medium amber which looks pale amber when held up to the light. Good lacing is left behind.

Nose- Good presence but not excellent. Citrus notes that are mostly orange and lemon. Some melon with a good dose of peach. Light, playful notes of tropical fruit. A bit of pine and resin but these notes are minor in comparison to the fruity, sometimes floral, aspects of the aroma. Swirling shows crisp pineapple and a little bit of grapefruit.

Taste- Starts off really juicy with notes reflective of the nose. The obligatory orange and lemon but also lots of peach, tangerine, and melon. Some tropical fruits. Caramel which starts in the middle and extends to the finish which helps to round out the grapefruit and mustiness that appears. The balance and integration approach amazing. Over a month old but it's hard to imagine that this is a very bitter, hoppy beer when its fresher. And if it is, I like this better. Has somewhat of a mimosa quality, especially on the finish. Doesn't really have much of a linger but it works well. Nice bit of honey and flowers which interact with the caramel really well. Really good beer that's almost great. I'm very happy that I have 3 more cans of this. I do appreciate the IPAs and DIPAs which tend toward more fruit than pine and resin. Light notes of pine, resin, and spice but the malt and fruit esters make it really easy to ignore them.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with a little bit of a dry finish. Juicy texture. Appropriate amount of carbonation. I paid too much for this online but that doesn't really bother me. I'm sure the Florida prices are more than reasonable. Very smooth.

Drinkability- A very easy going IPA and definitely a gateway for the novice. No indication that this is 7.5%.

Overall- Really good to almost great beer. Cigar City has a great reputation and this beer lives up to that. Now, if only I can get a hold of some of their stouts. Anybody? Definitely worth a try and even the inflated prices online.

Serving type: can

11-03-2013 04:38:54 | More by artoolemomo
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Jaycase

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12%

11-03-2013 02:15:30 | More by Jaycase
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NODAK

Tennessee

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The aroma here is citrusy and resinous. Perhaps a note of pine. It's clean and hoppy. Definitely flower forward.

The taste is quite nice. This is a stout IPA that doesn't go overboard. The taste is strongly of citrus happiness along with a tropical quality as well. Between the two, it creates a great, clean IPA. Underneath, the sweet caramel malt base is there as well but certainly In the background. It's balanced quite well, and is delicious.

Certainly a top tier IPA here. No question. Solidly and pleasantly hoppy with a nice balance.

Serving type: can

11-03-2013 01:19:45 | More by NODAK
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tmm313

Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Gorgeous 1 finger, super creamy head. Excellent lacing. Coats the side of the glass and hangs on.

Smell: Big tropical citrus and creamy caramel. Orange, tangerine, sweet grapefruit and a good balance of pine.

Taste: A few things all at once carry from front to middle. Sweet tangerine, caramel, a touch of booze and slight charred wood. Finish is a nice pine resin flavor that floats on top of the sweetness left behind. Awesome oily, dry, bitter sweetness left behind.

Mouthfeel: Super creamy with crisp carbonation. Oily, dry finish with a nice lingering bitterness and sweetness.

Overall: Yep, this one is a winner. I love how it leans toward the sweet hops with the bitter ones hanging in the background. The malt backbone is pronounced and strong, but is nicely balanced with the hops. The alcohol is also hidden exceptionally well (except for realizing you may be a tad tipsy while writing your review). My fridge will definitely see this one from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 00:48:37 | More by tmm313
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YieldToNothing

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

11-03-2013 00:20:36 | More by YieldToNothing
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TheNightwatchman

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

11-03-2013 00:13:36 | More by TheNightwatchman
Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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