Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing
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4/5 rDev -6.3%
I'd seen this awhile back at TW and had read good things about it in the interim. I'm really glad I grabbed a 6'er of cans on my way home from work today.
This canned beer was poured into a 1 pint Ball (wide mouth) jar.
Appearance - A darker shade of amber with a nice, white head; nice lacing throughout.
Smell - Yum! Sweet grapefruit. Lots of sweet grapefruit!
Taste - The medley of hops in this ale screams refreshment. 7.5% ABV? Are you sure; this tastes too light and restoring.
Mouthfeel - Silky smooth even with the oiliness of all those hops.
Drinkability - High! Considering this is available year-round, it may put up a fight with my SNPA. Yes, that's saying a lot!
12-19-2013 21:54:02 | More by smanders
4.26/5 rDev -0.2%
A-dark gold in color with a large white head that leave a good lace on the glass
S-citrus hop smell upfront with a grassy hint
T-strong hop bite with a good malt taste in there that goes to a bitter hop aftertaste that balances out with a nice malt finish
M-medium body and medium carbonation
o-This beer is another great American IPA I have grown to love. It has it all.
12-19-2013 02:35:34 | More by a0lbudman
United Kingdom (England)
4.19/5 rDev -1.9%
Poured into a small heavy crystal mug developing 3/4" of foam which lingered for more than 50 seconds. Lacing developed, and clung to the sides, graphically denoting enthusiastic draughts. The head has different creamy shades of white and varied bubble sizes.
Olfactorily intriguing bowl of tropical fruit inhaled through a filter of juniper and pine. A way of saying imaginary fruit, or exotic fruit, like ripe lychee, or something of mango, even guava. As well, there's this weird watermelon Jolly Rancher thing going on in there. Sweet. Freshly mown hay fields as well. Crackers? No, but perhaps biscuit. Really nice nose. Copper smell upon cracking the can.
Taste is of one adorable IPA goodness with a solid glowing finish, with an enduring bitterness. Dry at the end. Good balance. Good bitterness. I don't lie, jai Alai is very very good. It reminds me of something I drink regularly here in Northern California from the keg. Good with hot spicy food. Holds it's own. Sweet maltiness presence throughout amazed me with the fine balance. Well done.
Mouthfeel is fine. Not overly carbonated. Perhaps more gas would be better? No, this is how I like it. The hop/malt balance is almost perfect, I am blown away, and each gulp is satisfying and filling.
In conclusion, I found this one so damn good that I had to have a second can. It's so good that I am going to look for it.
12-17-2013 04:40:36 | More by Sorcerer
4.24/5 rDev -0.7%
Poured from a can (dated 11/6/13) into a SA Perfect Pint. Appears a nice copper color, with a thick, fluffy, off-white head that has great retention, and leaves great lacing.
The nose is full of citrus, most notably oranges, along with some grapefruit. There’s some good tropical notes as well, including mango and pineapple. The taste follows right along those lines, with loads of citrus. There’s some sweetness in the background, but the taste is definitely dominated by bitter hops. The finish is very bitter, and lingers for quite a while.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with good active carbonation. There’s a slightly sticky finish, but not overly so. Has a good feel too it, but would like a little less stickiness. Overall, this is a great IPA. Tastes wonderful, even being canned over a month ago. The citrus is just what I expected out of this, and was much more impressive than the pour I had on draft while in Florida.
12-16-2013 18:56:32 | More by zimm421
Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 5,055 ratings.