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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

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3,991 Ratings

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Ratings: 3991
Reviews: 1020
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.88%

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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3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can into tulip

A: Deep golden, light hazy hazel colored brew that donned a nice two-two and a half finger head that was paper white in color. Grippy spider web like lacing clings to the entirety of the glass, retention is good – no visible sediment, although doesn’t appear filtered

S: Somewhat sour white wine/grape aroma dominates the nose – rather interesting aroma, very different from other IPAs I’ve whiffed. Cider notes complex with a sharp sorta yeastiness. Has a bit of a subtle sweetness in the tail end, lightly hoppy.

T: Fruity, but in an indirect way that diverges from the nose a bit. White grape, banana - has a Belgian sort of spin on it. Very light spice presence, silky and a little bready - Obvious malt dries out the middle mouth while adding a nice balance. The middle mouth pulls the mixed flavor of orange and possibly lemon, but without their typical citrus zest. Notes of clove, ginger, and coriander loom somewhere in the background without substantial individuality – Bold

M: Kinda creamy, bigger body than most – mouth filler - frothy. After taste is sweet and dry leaving a noticeable coating on the tongue and mouth. Carbonation is present, but understated.

O: Very different than any of the IPAs I’ve had in the past. It honestly reminds me of a tripel and therefore lacks the robust tropical fruitiness that I find crisp and refreshing. While the flavors I encountered were not displeasing, they weren’t exactly what I’m looking for when I scoop an AIPA. Definitely a unique beer, an interesting spin on the style

Serving type: can

03-27-2014 03:03:01 | More by ZagZagg
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4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, copper color body with a decent stream of carbonation and quite a bit of sediment. Crowned by a finger-thick, white head that hangs around for awhile and leaves plenty of lacing behind.

Simply fantastic! A vibrant rush of pineapple, mandarin oranges, and kiwi. Very sweet with hints of pine and caramel.

Starts of bitter, fades to sweet, then wraps up with a faint bitterness. Pine on the first wave ushers in a potent, sweet malt and various tropical fruit. Wraps up with a hint of pine and ground pepper. Light booziness on the finish.

Smooth and easy to drink. Medium-bodied with incredibly light carbonation. Sediment is sometimes big enough that you can't help but notice it. Finishes sweet but clean with a slight stickiness.

Fantastic brew that I'm happy a friend of mine was willing to part with, seeing as there are plenty of miles between us and the nearest state that sells Cigar City brews. Well worth your coin, even if you're not a fan of most IPAs.

Serving type: can

03-27-2014 01:06:44 | More by alphagnome
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4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can into pint glass. Big thanks to Beerdunson for including this in a trade as an extra. Date of review is 3/26/14

Appearance- Caramel and copper with a 3/4 finger head. Well carbonated with great lacing.

Smell- Mango and hops burst into my face. I then get limes, strawberries and barnyard. One of the best smelling IPAs I have ever had.

Taste- Honey-drizzled mangoes and hops are right up front. Just a tiny bit of malt present. I also get just a splash of lime just like in the nose.

Mouthfeel- This beer is really unique in the sense that it is super smooth at first and then about 5 seconds later it blast you with hops. I love the resiny tropical fruit film it leaves in my mouth.

Overall- So damn good for a shelf beer! We get no CCB beers here in Ohio, so this is a real treat. One of the best IPAs I've had.

Serving type: can

03-26-2014 23:35:48 | More by frenchblood21
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3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can into tulip.

A: Rich copper orange, impressive head on an IPA rather fine and creamy for the style, very significant lacing.

S: Not much. Piney hops, with just a hint of citrus lemon. I get no other "tropical" fruit esters. Pretty bland as far as IPAs go.

T: A mild slow release citrus with relatively one dimensional hop bitterness consisting of mainly pine notes. This leads into a slightly forward caramel malt base that clashes with the early notes. Finishes with lasting bitterness and a bit dry.

M: Medium to thick bodied for the style. Almost a little chewy. The dry finish really encourages you to keep reaching for more.

O: Good but not great. I can think of many other IPAs that accomplish the true "tropical fruit" feel better, however this is unique in its relatively forward malt profile. Balanced? Maybe, sort of just malty with some lemon zest and an average IPA hop character.

Serving type: can

03-25-2014 17:09:39 | More by Copernicandream
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A prolific tan head leaves perfect, thin rings of lace in its wake. Color is bright orange w/ darker hues.

A modicum of citrus, pine and grain form a mediocre nose. A bit of lemon maybe?

Tastes of bready malt, piney hops, apricot and orange. Not too heavy, not too light.

Moments of brilliance attempt to poke through, but never find their way to the light.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 23:42:41 | More by stephens101
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4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 1/10/14

Thought I reviewed this before. Oh well. Pours golden orange with some small floaties. Nice head retention.

Prominent in the nose is apricot, oxidized fruit. not a whole lot of malt.

Taste is mostly pineapple and apricot. Nice combo. I don't remember it being this strong on the apricot. Admittedly I'm about 5 dirtwolfs deep and my sixtel just kicked so my palate might be off. This doesn't have the citrus "tang" i remember. Its less acidic but good.

Really good carbonation. Moderate body and slick. Not very dry.

I've always liked this brew. For whatever reason, this thing is all apricot right now. Not necessarily a bad thing though. I just recall ot being more tangy citrus. Always a nice go to for sure.

Serving type: can

03-23-2014 03:40:24 | More by hopflyer
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4.81/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Deep and clean amber-orange color with a nice creamy one finger head. It looks almost like an orange creamsicle. Very pure with no clouding. The head lingers long after.

S: Heavenly. How an IPA should smell. Full of Hoppy goodness with a smell of citrus. If this was offered as a car air freshner I'd take it.

T: Very flavorful. Hops are rich but not overbearing. Again, to me I taste citrus. The taste lingers long after you swallow. Flavor comes in a wave, starting of light and sweet, then slamming in to you full on before fading away. Very enjoyable.

M: Amazing. It was like a symphony of heavenly goodness hitting every part of my palate. It is refreshingly smooth. This IPA feels and tastes great everywhere it hits.

O: This is a phenomenal IPA. I picked this up as part of a pick six, but will be going back for a six pack while they still have them. Easily a top 5 IPA for myself. It just tastes right. Not too much in hops, just right. I look forward to drinking this late spring. If you see this, grab it.

Serving type: can

03-21-2014 23:52:52 | More by Seanem44
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4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm so glad I found this IPA. Jai Alai is my go to, year round IPA. Being on the East coast, we get super fresh Jai Alai weekly in Philly. Thanks Cigar City!!! I'm never surprised to go into my lbs and find Jai Alai that was canned within two weeks of my purchase. Jai Alai taught me to always look at those bottle on dates and with the exception of the local breweries, no brewery pumps out awesome, fresh beer like Cigar City. I can't get enough of this stuff!

Serving type: can

03-21-2014 02:08:37 | More by Jaxbrew


4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We have so many great option in the world of IPA's these days. Here is another one.

Nicely carbonated as it took no effort at all to achieve a three finger head. Tons of sticky lace is left behind as the off white head slowly fades. Body is a deep hazy honey amber color.

Nose is bright with deep resinous hops. I get citrus, honey and hoppy sap. This is noticeably all balanced with a solid malt feel.

The first sip brings Piney sharp hops that attack the tongue. Citrus rind and resin both play to carry the bitterness across the palate. Once again there is a consistent malt bill here that provides the balance to the brew.

This is an exceptionally drinkable IPA. Mouthfeel is heavy and thick but very enjoyable.

Serving type: can

03-21-2014 00:59:30 | More by SPLITGRIN
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4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Parents went to Florida for vacation and what do you know they actually went to Cigar City Brewing and picked me up this beer. Never thought I would try this one. It was caned 2-11-14.

A - Clear clean dark golden orange, with a frothy two finger white head that leaves great lacing.

S - Mmm sweat orange, piney, dank hops lead the way follow by a sweet malt back. No alcohol.

T - Hops hit you right away with pine, orange and a sweet malt to balance it out. The flavors die out fast leaving you wanting more. It has a bitter bite that lingers on your palate. Goes down really easy.

M - Chewy and medium to full bodied with a slickness that drys out real fast. Assertive bitterness you can feel on your tongue.

O - A tasty IPA that would taste and go down so well on a warm summer day. A must try if you like IPA's, and not to go unnoticed. I love the hops, Cheers!

Serving type: can

03-20-2014 22:39:14 | More by DrinkMoreBigBeers
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4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is my first experience with Cigar City, a friend gave me a can and I cant wait to try it. The pour is a somewhat hazy orange copper color with little head but very nice lacing. The aroma is pure hops. Lots of pine and citrus accented by some mango and tropical fruits. The nose makes it hard to believe that this is a single ipa and not a double. The body is medium and a little chewy with lots of hop resin beautifully coating the mouth. The flavor is an awesomely fresh hop bomb with all the notes that the nose promised augmented by just enough malt to balance the beer yet lend it virtually no sweetness. I still feel like the flavor is closer to a dipa than a single. This is a damn good beer and one that I would definitely try if it is in your area. Cigar City please come to Michigan.

Serving type: can

03-13-2014 04:19:49 | More by lochef81
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4.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is easily one of the best, if not the best, IPA I have ever had. I got a 6 pack as a present and I was surprised that I had never heard of Cigar City Brewing before (even though I work in a beer shop) When you pour the beer it has a very slightly opaque copper appearance with a fantastic foamy head. You can smell the hops, not overpowering but absolutely there. There are also some hints of a citrus and another smell I can't quite describe except to say it reminds me of fresh baked bread, but it is enticing. It is full bodied, but not to heavy. It found the right spot on the bell curve. The taste starts by hitting the salty and sweet taste buds then the hops hit the bitter receptors. However they made this combination it is amazing! Another great plus is a fantastic aftertaste and not overly carbonated. I would highly advise any IPA fans to try out Cigar City Jai Alai!

Serving type: can

03-12-2014 18:55:41 | More by Matt_Stuart
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New York

4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

appearance: pours a monstrous, white, sticky head with unbelievaboe retention, color is a slightly hazy copper, ith very little visible carbonation.

smell; mild but very pleasant. quite bread for an IPA, with melon and other vague tropical notes.

taste; very similar to smell, but the bread is slightly stronger.

mouthfeel; full bodied but not heavy, slighlty dry, very slight carbonation.

overall; unique and immensely satisfying IPA, very drinkable, would definitely buy again.

Serving type: can

03-10-2014 03:47:14 | More by SteveB24
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3.79/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good head with good retention and lacing. Nose is citrus and pear. Taste is smoothly bitter, with silky heat more than its purported 7.5%, not in a bad way. Medium bitter taste with fruity hop finish. Great beer, but perhaps not quite world class. This wasn't a super-fresh can, so I'll certainly taste it again if I ever have the chance.

Serving type: can

03-08-2014 15:48:44 | More by Maurizio
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4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear straw/orange color with a thin layer of foam clinging to the edge of the glass. The suds fall back into the drink, making lacing difficult and sparse, going more for the mosaic look than the ring look. Pine and resin accompany an overwhelming citrus aroma: grapefruit and orange are the heavyweights. There is some biscuit behind it, but you have to look for it especially when it is freshly poured and the carbonation is going well. The biscuit comes out a little more in the flavor, cooked well with some doughy presence, it comes first, then lots of citrus and resin, followed by a strong bitterness, but it isn't overwhelming. The citrus is almost tart and balances the bitterness well. The hop flavors are enough to knock me off my chair, they're so prevalent. The feel is quite dry, the body on the light side. This beer is focused on hops a lot, but there is some maltiness to it as well, balancing it out very nicely. The hop bite is a little harsh in this, so I'd switch to another drink sooner than, say, a Stone IPA or Racer 5, but the flavor is more of an experience so it's a trade off.

Serving type: can

03-08-2014 05:56:24 | More by Philousa
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4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drank from can in a moment of necessity. Still needed to review.

Obviously I can't see the appearance but it tastes like a 4. Can't get a good smell but likely moderate fragrance with a major hop profile of citrus and flowers to get to another 4. I see a trend. The taste is the first metric that's palpable. Very hop forward with a moderate hop profile but decent smoothness. A little tingle. A dusty grain finish. Drink it if you can but I will likely try from a tap next.

Serving type: can

03-08-2014 04:14:34 | More by macher0
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4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at my local Wal-Mart (yes, we're spoiled by Cigar City) in Tampa, FL. $9.49 for the sixer and they come in these nifty green & orange cans:


A- Cloudy, orangey-gold color. It's got some moderate carbonation and a little bit of white, silky head lacing the top.

A- Smells hoppy, piney, and orange zesty… almost like a Blue Moon on roids.

F- The taste packs a punch. It's like biting through the peel of an orange- bitter, but satisfying. Hops are definitely at the helm of this beer, but there's good balance of malt and fruit, leading to a very full-bodied taste. Altogether a complex, yet harmonious flavor profile.

M- Lots of coarse carbonation on the tongue, with heavy, silkiness throughout.

O- This is the beer that first got me into IPAs. It's got that brutal kick upfront that takes you aback, an orangey/fruity middle, and the bitter follow-through that reminds you what a hell of an IPA it is that you're consuming. Jai Alai is not only a terrific beer, but also a great representation of Florida beer scene.

Serving type: can

03-07-2014 23:03:36 | More by CraigS119
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4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a can that was canned 12/13/13. Poured into a Samual smith pin glass

A: orange deep color. Lots a foam head and lots of lacing. Good head retention too.

S: nice citrus overtones of the hops. Kind of lemonish more than grapefruit to me. Not overpowering

M: full feel, hop thickness.

T: Soild taste. Lots of hops but not overpowering. To me very much like a west Coast of the US as opposed to the west coast of Florida. Finish of the same citrus you smelled initially.

Overall a very Soild IPA. Very Soild as the flag bearer IPA of the brewery. Drinkable too, not exactly a session beer but ou can easily drink a few and on a warm day it would do nicely as opposed to some Heavier IPA. Like it a great deal and good for the price point.

Serving type: can

03-06-2014 02:06:11 | More by Jnashed
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West Virginia

4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Golden tan/light brown with a 3/4 inch foamy head. Unfiltered floaters with a nice sticky lacing.

Smell - Sweet hops, lemon, pineapple, orange, mango, some caramel malts. A little herbal note along with all the tropical fruits.

Taste - Much like the aroma, a load of tropical fruits mixed with a malt backbone. The tropical fruits are sweet and bold, with a herbal flavor. Floral and earthy, really drinks like you are having real, fresh fruits in the beer. Minor bitter , with minimal add sugars, makes this flavorful, yet not too sweet or bitter and very easy to enjoy.

Mouthfeel - Tropical fruits nail the tongue. Palate gets more fruits along with a nice malt backbone. Aftertaste is fruity sweet, a little malty and bitter.

Overall - Really nice flavorful beer. Has a real distinct fruity flavor that's smooth and easy to enjoy. Very balanced yet the hops stand out. Really glad to get to try this, my first cigar city beer. I cant get this too easy, but if I did, this would make my regular rotation, world class for sure.

Serving type: can

03-05-2014 20:05:22 | More by wvsabbath
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Filled up a growler in New York on Sunday after having it on draft at Prost in Garden City.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to singer layer. It is a hazy pale orange that has good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice frothy lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Super ripe tangerine, grapefruit, passion fruit, mango followed by pale caramel and toasted malts. Floral and herbal notes too.

Taste: Whoa, this is like eating real fruit. Herbal, tropical, and citrus with super mild bitterness, caramel, and toasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, slight tingly bitterness, a little chewy, medium bodied, and medium carbonation. Extremely enjoyable to drink.

Overall: This beer is truly amazing. Each sip gets better and better. Bummed that the growler is almost gone.

Serving type: growler

03-05-2014 02:55:47 | More by Flounder57
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3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Hate to not drive the Hype-Machine with my most notable local brewer.

It is a very good IPA and lots of distinct floral notes and good hops. However, I'm just not into this blend as others. Very well done and very drinkable especially by can, local and fresh.

I still grab this from time-to-time just to support them and have a change up in IPA taste that I like, but I will be eagerly trying many of their other beers.

Serving type: can

03-03-2014 16:48:31 | More by Beer4B
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District of Columbia

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 2/4/14. Pint glass.

A: Pours pale with a giant three fingers of imposing, fluffy snow-white head, which deflates at a glacial pace. Sticky, messy lacing all over, with superb retention.

S: Tropical and citrus fruit, mild bready/crackery malt. Not exactly big aromas, but not faint either.

T: Wow, big juicy citrus (orange juice cut with sweetish pink grapefruit), a firm sweet malt presence mid-palate, and finishing with malt and a light/light-moderate bitterness carrying through a long finish.

M: Creamy, medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This is really tasty; a pleasure to have access to this for those warm, muggy DC summers.

Serving type: can

03-02-2014 23:22:25 | More by pmarlowe
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4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy light orange with a strong head that leaves tremendous lacing.

S- Very spicy upfront, there are also tropical fruit aromas along with a hint of grass. There is some funk in there as well.

T- The bitterness is very sharp and spicy on the tongue. It's smooth upfront and at the finish. It's defiantly a mosaic of flavors. Topical fruit, spice, citrus, and grass are the most prominent flavors. Earthy, woody, and funky are lurking in the background.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. It's smooth at the start and finish, but is sharp and spicy on the tongue in the middle.

O- Overall, a great IPA. It's definitely in it's own category when it comes to flavor. It's original, I can't compare it to any other IPA I had. It has characteristics of 3-5 IPAs I've had in the past blended together.

Serving type: can

03-02-2014 22:51:10 | More by y2jrock60
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4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

wow. fantastic stuff. the reputation this brew has is well deserved.

I poured this into a snifter because my pint glass was dirty and I'm lazy. It was hazier than I expected but no floaties. I make note of this because the date on the bottom of the can was ilegible.

smells bready, piney mango all day. nice.

the malts play nicely with the piney east coast slightly citrusy taste. somewhat sweet. but still has a nice bitterness.

lively carbonation. feels nice.

good stuff. would love to try a can with a confirmed canned date. pretty sure this was fresh though.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 23:28:32 | More by ItsMe
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3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cane80 for the trade.
Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: semi-hazy orange with a 1 1/2 inch creamy eggshell colored head and beautiful lacing down the glass.

Smell: citrus, grapefruit, tangerines, and piney hoppiness.

Taste: some malt and spice up front followed by citrus and a piney acidic finish.

Mouthfeel: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: a nice refreshing IPA even on a 14º night.

Serving type: can

02-26-2014 02:24:46 | More by gtcastle
Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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