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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

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5,774 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,774
Reviews: 1,137
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 778
Gots: 996 | 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:
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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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz Can

Canned: 3/12/14

Mark passed me a can of Jai Alai last night. Thank again! A surprisingly dark pour for an IPA, burnt orange to be more precise with highlights bordering on red but never quite reaching that point. There's enough haze to keep me from seeing through the body at all. A dirty white head grows to a finger in height before falling to a thick ring that leaves patchy lace.

Buttered biscuits lay a fairly substantial foundation with a nice sweetness. The hop profile seems to be all citrus all the time. Orange and grapefruit, sweetened with brown sugar, are in the forefront with a slight lactic sweetness as well. There is some pine on the backend as well. This IPA is a month old but for some reason I don't get much from the nose. There's some sweetness and some hoppiness but they are hard to pick out and muddled.

The flavor profile is brighter than the nose would suggest but still muddled. Biscuit and caramel maltiness lay it down, both are clean, which is a plus. The hop profile is pretty nondescript, it's citrus, orange and grapefruit but that's it, generic orange and grapefruit, no jam, no pith, no rind. The finish shows a burst of pine with underlying earthiness.

The mouthfeel is the best part of this beer. There's a medium body with snappy carbonation and a growing bitterness I enjoy. The finish is bone dry, accentuating the dryness. The bitterness lingers long after each drink. Nicely done.

Jai Alai is disappointing. I've had this a handful of times in the past, it's been a few years, and remember liking it much more than I do tonight. It's drab, dull, and muddled. I don't think I'd buy this beer in the future. More for everybody else I suppose.

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Jai Alai – IPA (7.5%) - Cigar City Brewing (Florida)

App: Pours a bright copper with a one finger off white head that retains well and leaves plenty of lacing up the glass. Brew is slightly hazy with visible hops sediment and steady carbonation.

Smell: Earthy and piney notes hit first, backed up with a slight chile like bitterness. Malt aroma present as well, pretty significant caramel aroma. Smell is very clean and inviting. Hoppy no doubt, but not overwhelming. Slightly green, fresh hop aroma as well as beer warms.

Taste: Foretaste is sweet, but not overwhelming. Quickly coupled with waves of hops bitterness that never over do themselves, allowing the sweet and slightly caramely malt backbone to stay present throughout drinking. The hops and malt in this one are incredibly well balanced, with each hop flavor both pulling away from, and complementing the persistent sweetness of the malt. Hops are floral, earthy, with just a touch of resinous quality that makes them bright and engaging, and never too bitter.

Mouth: Solid medium body. Fits style very well. Carbonation is moderate. Very drinkable.

Home tasting, 12oz can into Snifter. 4/11/14.

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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 5,774 ratings.