Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing
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4.21/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
While not my favorite style, I recognize the superb quality of this beer. Great hazy and foamy appearance, strong citrusy smells, and piney and medium-hopped flavors. For the abv, this is a very easy-drinking IPA, with much complexity. Very floral and the right orange and lemon smells. this is the kind of beer that could change my mind about IPAs. Excellent.
Serving type: can
08-14-2013 00:57:46 | More by Beer-A-Lot
4.14/5 rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Canned 28 June 2013. Thanks to cubanbeerguy for the can. Tasted 1 August 2013, reviewed from notes.
Pours a hazy medium amber-orange. 1.5 fingers off-white head, good retention and lovely terraces of lacing. Excellent.
Smell is undoubtedly the star of this beer, as it should be in most IPAs. Big citrus-piney blend, like a grapefruit orchard crossed with a pine forest (they have both of those in Florida, right?). Has a sweetness as well, adding orange and a touch of pineapple to the mix. Fanatastic.
Taste is good. A little chalky, and without those citrus and pine characters shining through like they do in the smell (which is, I know, much tougher to pull off in the taste). There is a touch of citrus, but mostly it's a mostly-clean, slightly chalky flavor. Kinda low on the bitterness for an IPA, but enough that it satisfies my desires, though folks who want their tongues sandpapered may be disappointed.
Feel is pleasant. Medium-bodied, a little fuzzy in the carbonation. Fades out but leaves a low long-lasting bitterness on the tongue.
A really nice IPA, heavily hop-forward in the smell, a little less so in the taste. Good stuff, and one that I'd drink frequently if it were available here. Happy I have another can!
Serving type: can
08-11-2013 02:58:49 | More by zeledonia
Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 4,566 ratings.