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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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world-class

4,552 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,552
Reviews: 1,064
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 628
Gots: 542 | 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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delta490

Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- a nice deep cloudy gold with a thick creamy white head. Head leaves big lacing and lingers.
S-big floral and pine hops
T-same as the aroma but blended nicely with the malt in the background
M- so smooth. No noticeable carbonation and very nice
O- great well-balanced IPA

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2013 18:14:00 | More by delta490
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Dasein11

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

07-14-2013 15:59:57 | More by Dasein11
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SFACRKnight

Colorado

4/5  rDev -6.1%

07-14-2013 12:07:36 | More by SFACRKnight
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Bernerdawg

Georgia

4.94/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy copper with an inch white head and solid lacing.

Smell is fruit, fruit and more fruit.

Taste: at the very front is creamy malt followed by pine and grapefruit. Tongue presses roof of mouth and the sweets arrive. Lemon, orange, more grapefruit, assorted citruses with rinds. Bitter on the finish but not puckering.

Medium carbonation, very easy to drink.

One of my favorite IPAs. Nicely balanced, refreshing, maybe a little cloying for some but this is a fantastically juicy, hoppy beer that is perfect for consumption in hot, humid climes.

Serving type: can

07-13-2013 20:42:32 | More by Bernerdawg
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CajunMary13

Florida

4/5  rDev -6.1%

07-13-2013 17:13:04 | More by CajunMary13
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Teddy-Pickles

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

07-13-2013 01:32:35 | More by Teddy-Pickles
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Mbpike

Arkansas

3.75/5  rDev -12%

07-12-2013 23:38:58 | More by Mbpike
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Artjsantos

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

07-12-2013 02:55:42 | More by Artjsantos
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notchucknorris

California

3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a slightly hazed copper color with a one finger cream colored head and some solid lace down the glass.

S: On the first pour, I get a lot of grapefruit, caramel, bready malt, overripe mango and candied citrus. The hops smell a little faded, even though this can's only two weeks old.

T: Unfortunately, it seems this can is past its best days (2 weeks! WTF!) Still, what's left of this is a solid beer. Lots of bready malt coat the palate upfront, with some grapefruit pith, lemon seed and tangerine rind in the mix as well. There's a bit of a peppery, earthy hop note on the finish, and I get some herbal hop resin, mint and white pepper as the finish fades. Still very good and drinkable, but far from the hop bomb that I've been expecting. I'm gonna have to go to Tampa.

Serving type: can

07-12-2013 01:17:56 | More by notchucknorris
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JakeEsterly

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

07-12-2013 01:17:47 | More by JakeEsterly
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msinger1002

Ohio

5/5  rDev +17.4%

07-11-2013 21:04:00 | More by msinger1002
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geekrot

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

07-11-2013 17:46:41 | More by geekrot
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mogburn1317

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

07-11-2013 10:21:49 | More by mogburn1317
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bmwats

Louisiana

4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can, into a footed tulip.

A: Dark golden hue. Pours a slight, foamy, white head. Settles fairly slowly leaving a little foam blanket. Persistent beer ring lacing.

S: Sourdough, pine, oregano, grapefruit, and a little honey.

T: Honey and wood accentuated pine nuts with some strong grapefruit and lemon citrus tones.

M: Mouth puckering hop bite with a hint of sweetness. Hops crush the palate for the duration of the experience.

D: Sip and savor. The character will dictate it.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice hue, decent head, and some persistent sticky lacing. Nose is bready with pine, spice, citrus, and honey. Very well-balanced. Super-hoppy flavor with strong citrus notes and some slight sweet and wood character. Overall, this is a great quaff.

Serving type: can

07-11-2013 02:02:07 | More by bmwats
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Benish

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from can dated 6/12/13 into snifter glass.

It's beautiful. It gives off the color of orange just like the orange banner on the can. Floaties dispersed all over. After the glass sits for a couple minutes, the beer almost resembles a jello mold with the hops dispersed in place. Maybe a 1/2 inch foam present which dissipated quickly. Very moderate lacings.

I smelled primarily floral, pineapple and other tropical fruits. However I remember other times when I drank this and I smelled pine but not today. Maybe it's my mood or the weather...who knows. But I love it the way it is right now.

This beer is juicy! When I taste it, its like a fruit explosion in my mouth finished with a bitter orange rind. This is most likely the juiciest IPA I've ever had. It taste so fresh...possibly even healthy (not really). It has a light to medium bodied mouthfeel. Maybe some subtle heat at the finish.

Overall this is one of the best IPA's I've had if not THE best IPA.

Serving type: can

07-11-2013 01:51:52 | More by Benish
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durlta

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

07-11-2013 00:44:31 | More by durlta
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dannyhead

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

07-10-2013 23:29:13 | More by dannyhead
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Culture

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

07-10-2013 22:16:23 | More by Culture
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Acforster2

Florida

5/5  rDev +17.4%

07-10-2013 19:55:56 | More by Acforster2
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ChrisKayler

Virginia

4.79/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Glass: Port City Belgian style Snifter.

Appearance: Orange-copper, slightly hazy, white head. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Peaces! Wow, surprising. Not the usual pineapple, grapefruit, or other tropical fruit. Peaches! Underneath the peaces is some piney hop bitterness, tangerine, and slight malty sweetness.

Taste: Peaches! Yup, that's the initial taste ... followed by a bit of nectarine, hop biterness, and slightly present alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Very refreshing.

Overall: An incredible IPA. We were able to compare this two day old growler to some 2 week old cans, and I hate to say it but the growler was indeed better. The canned was, of course, awesome as well. Interesting regardless.

Serving type: growler

07-10-2013 03:22:15 | More by ChrisKayler
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Adamostella

Washington

4/5  rDev -6.1%

07-10-2013 00:05:36 | More by Adamostella
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gillagorilla

Maryland

4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a Burley Oak snifter (canned on 6/5/13)

A: A very solid aged copper color with a tinge of amber Nice solid head on the pour that disappears quickly. Ok lacing.

S: Nice straight lemony citrus scent that comes right through on that first sniff. Then, you get a bit of the pine in there and it is a nice blend.

T: There is a very curious flavor that I can't quite place, but seems to come in and out depending on the sip. It has an interesting profile for an IPA, that is tied into that flavor. The main flavor is piney-ish, but there is this sharp, almost sweet citrus/lemon flavor that peeks through, and may be that odd flavor I initially remarked about. It isn't like a regular citrus flavor that is the dominant flavor of the beer, it tastes like the lemon that you squeeze into your water at a restaurant. It isn't bad but you can tell that it is "separate" from the beer and almost like a second liquid. It is delicious but weird and interesting.

M: Quite smooth with a very subtle crisp carbonation that you have to strain to feel as it is only momentary and at the back of the tongue. A new one here.

O:

Serving type: can

07-09-2013 23:57:27 | More by gillagorilla
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dctriman

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

07-09-2013 20:05:13 | More by dctriman
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schnauzeborne

Florida

4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As a Florida native and Jai Alai fan, I may be a bit biased on this beer- but hopefully my general feeling of ambivalence towards IPA's will even out my review. Let me start off by saying that it is not as well-balanced, in my opinion, as Bell's Two-Hearted or Longhammer IPA; however, it is amazing for a hyper-hop brew. As others have mentioned, it is distinctively fruity, tasting like grapefruits and passion fruits. The malt is very light without being unnoticeable, and the high alcohol-content is masked by some kind of . . . voodoo sacrifice? It is beautiful, truly. It is not the best . . . but perhaps among the best of the IPA's.

Serving type: can

07-09-2013 03:41:15 | More by schnauzeborne
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours an amber copper color with a nice 2 finger tan head, ok retention, great lacing. Tons of yeasty sediment remains still throughout the brew. Big chunks, reminiscent of pulp.

S - Juicy citrus hops and sweet caramel malts. Pineapple, mango, grainy, slightly piney. A little fainter than would be ideal.

T - Resinous citrusy hop smack up front. Sweet thick malts mix in nicely in between hoppy bitter goodness. Orange zest, grapefruit zest , pineapple, and a hint of tropical fruit (mango?). Slightly spiced, very resinous aftertaste - hints of tropical fruits linger as well.

M - Fairly thick for the style, medium bodied+, ok carbonation,

O - Fantastic combination of heavy heavy resin, piney and also citrusy hops, sweet caramel malts and tropical fruits. Unique but very welcome mouth feel, definitely one of the better every day IPAs I've had to this point.

Serving type: can

07-09-2013 02:56:39 | More by MacQ32
Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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