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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

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5,343 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,343
Reviews: 1,095
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 717
Gots: 811 | 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:
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Soloveitchik, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of Bubbalito
4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Awesome West Coast Style IPA.

Aroma:My 11 year old daughter described the smell as "Fruity" with pineapple, tangerine, and grapefruit that you can smell from 3 feet away.

Taste: The taste is surprisingly refreshing, with all the hops in the aroma I was expecting a bitterness slap right up front, however it is super smooth, fruity with just the right amount of sweetness when it hits your mouth. The bitterness is smooth on the back end with a nice dry finish.

Overall: This has been on my wish list for awhile. I am so glad we can get it in Northern Virginia and hope this means we will get more Cigar City beers up here in the future!!!!

Bubbalito, Dec 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

dmk91, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of WheelsPSU
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 10/22/13. Extremely excited to try this as Cigar City now distributes into NYC. Thankfully my local bodega had a not too overpriced (at least by NYC standards) six pack or individual cans for $2.99.

Pours a deep honey color with a two finger head that dissipates fairly quickly. Lacing lingers throughout.

As soon as I opened the can, I was hit with a strong, fragrant pine needle and fresh cut grass aroma. Extremely green. I also got some sweeter citrus notes typical of an IPA.

The first thing I tasted was straight hops. Almost too much but that quickly lead to sweeter tones like pineapple and mango. A delicious sweet tone is complimented by the bitter profile of the hops.

Loved this beer. So happy I finally got to try the hype that is known as Jai Alai. The beer definitely lived up to my admittedly high expectations. Drinking this beer fresh certainly helped but it may very well be the best east coast IPA out there.

WheelsPSU, Dec 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

MenardMa, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of drpimento
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Excellent IPA, wish we could get it around here. Poured at a good temperature with a nice size, cream-color, foamy head that soon settles to a light cover and some lace. Color is a nice clear amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is equal parts hop& malt, some toffee, caramel, fruit, spice. Flavor's like nose, great balance, clean, and just plain flat out yummy. Body/carbonation spot on. Finish is like taste, average length, no off flavs, and I want to drink this till the cows come home. Pity we can't get it around here.

drpimento, Dec 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

emmgee, Dec 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

mattvandyk, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of dcmchew
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From a can from 3 months ago, poured hazy orange, close to one finger head, really sticky.
Smells of sweet tropical fruit, citrus, grass, pine and slight caramel malts.
Fruitiness isn't as obvious in the taste as it is in the smell. There's pineapple, tangerine, sweet oranges, lime, slight mango and pink grapefruit. The citrus is balanced by a nice mildly sweet maltiness, that also supports the following bitterness perfectly. Lots of green notes, especially pine. Hints of honey and vanilla. The hops are huge in the finish, with a strong leafy bitterness, rich and flavourful, that lingers for a very long while in the aftertaste.
Body is just great, somewhat oily, allowing for the beer to really work it's magic on the palate. A bit too flat, but it was expected. It leaves you wanting more, so a six pack would be nice. :)
Beautiful beer in its style, amongst the best i've ever had, although i didn't really try a lot of american ipas.

dcmchew, Dec 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

dhbiker0889, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of JayQue
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had two of these at the Bahama Breeze in Tampa. Served in a chilled pint glass, probably affected the head a bit. Nice bright, hazy orange color with an average size white head and average retention. Good solid bands of lacing.

Aroma is mostly citrus hops....not just a blast of grapefruit...there is some sweet tangerine and mango here as well. Some balancing maltiness...bready but with a hint of caramel.

Flavor is more of the same. The hops rule but this is not a one dimensional beer. The bitterness level builds up on you...not just a bitter head shrinker. The maltiness is just right.

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp. Bitterness is just right. A very well made brew.

I would be up for one of these just about any time. Wish I could get this beer at home.

JayQue, Dec 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Lionhawk, Dec 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

BRClemons, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of TheosTheories
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- nice bright deep orange (if that makes sense) I got a half finger head that goes away pretty quick, I'm also getting a lot of floating hop debris, looks very nice though

S- nice tropical fruits. Fresh pineapple, grapefruit, mango, also a nice malt component in the back. Smells great!

T- follows the nose, I'm getting more grapefruit in the taste though, thought I would get more pineapple, but the pineapple is still there. Big tropical hops in this one, bitter on the tongue, but has a nice malt backbone to balance it all out. Finishes with the mango. It drinks almost like an imperial, and with the abv that high it almost is in my opinion.

M- medium body, dry at first but goes away and leaves your palate fresh for the next sip.

O- overall one of my favorite IPAs, nice west coast style, great brew.

TheosTheories, Dec 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

jlivings757, Dec 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Benvarine, Dec 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

berlinabb, Dec 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

T_Hass, Dec 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Hopinista, Dec 11, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

searsclone, Dec 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

dataylor21, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of LambicPentameter
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed on 12/7/13 and reviewed from notes. Enjoyed out of a 12 oz can with a canning date of 10/28/13 stamped on the bottom, so this is about 40 days old. Poured into the IPA-specific glass from Speigelau for maximum IPA-ness.

Appearance - A light copper colored beer with darker brownish-orange notes and even some bright yellow where the light refracts through the beer. Body also seems to have a subtle chill haze, but it's not really cloudy by any means. Atop the body sits a cream-colored head about a finger and a half thick and frothy. It dissipates fairly quick, but leaves an everpresent froth across the top, with extra buildup of foam around the edges of the glass. It never completely goes away, thanks to the lazy drift of bubbles up from the laser etching on the bottom of the glass.

Smell - Sufficiently tropical, with notes of pineapple and mango, along with some more generic citrus characteristics. I also get a nice backbone from the malt--some notes of caramel, whole grain and fresh biscuit.

Taste - While the smell was very similar to what I expect from a West Coast IPA--big hops and not much in the way of the grain bill--the taste is incredibly balanced. There are still the elements of fresh grapefruit, pineapple, and even some lighter floral overtones, there is a nice, meaty malt backbone, with sufficient contributions from the caramel malts. I personally tend to prefer the "hop tea" style IPAs, but this is a wonderfully well-rounded beer. Would love to taste it a little fresher than a month after the canning date, but I'm pretty impressed.

Mouthfeel - Slightly chewy, with a medium body and light-to-moderate carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

Overall, a fantastic take on the style. A must-try for anyone who loves balanced IPAs and it hides it's near-imperial alcohol level quite well. If this were easier to get, I could certainly see myself having it on a somewhat regular basis. Now I'm excited to try other offerings from CCB.

LambicPentameter, Dec 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

wildcatboy, Dec 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

SingularWalker, Dec 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

gueuzegossage, Dec 09, 2013
Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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