Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing
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4.6/5 rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Pours a brilliant orange color. There are hints of copper and gold. I got a nice 1.5-2 finger off-white head . I was surprised at how well the beer retained its carbonation in the growler. It sat around for a little over week after being purchased at the brewery. I have had this beer in the can and bottle, but the growler is what I happened to be drinking as I write this review.
The smell is dominated by the late addition and dry hopping hops. Bold tangerine, orange, and lemon aromas. There are light bitter grapefruit notes and the malt lends a biscuit/light bread character.
At the front of the mouth there's a burst of fruit bitterness and a surprising amount of malt sweetness. There are some very mild acidic vegetal flavors, like a very sweet onion, but this is pleasant - definitely not overpowering. The juicy orange fruit aroma is less prominent in the mouth and the bitterness peaks in the middle of the mouth while the malt leaves a nice lingering sweetness - like taking a drink of fresh orange juice.
It has a light - medium bodied mouthfeel. It isn't overly effervescent and has a nice juicy character.
Overall, a delicious beer - one of my favorites. A great example of a Florida IPA. With an east-coast malt backbone and a burst of west coast hops, Jai Alai IPA is a balanced delicious brew.
Serving type: growler
05-27-2013 19:34:31 | More by AndrewScottPentland
4.21/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A- Pours a deep copper with near white head of 1.5 fingers. Hazy look of a heavily dry hopped beer. Sticky lacing and retention. Good looking IPA
S- Big citrus aroma. More evidence of intense dry hopping. Tangerine, grapefruit, apricot, fresh cut grass, and super juicy. Faint dough comes through as well.
T- Immediate waves up hops come at you hard, followed by the alcohol warmth and just enough of a malt backbone to stand up to the alpha hops before it finishes smooth.
M- Covers the palate well. Mid body, smooth, and not overly bitter or dry. Wet actually. Slight alcohol present.
O- Just a well done IPA. The sweetness of the malt shows a nice level of balance without compromising on the hop complexity. Another well done beer by CCB
Spiegelau IPA glass
Canned on 4/24/13
Consumed on 5/23/13
$7.99 for a 6 pk
Serving type: can
05-27-2013 16:30:34 | More by Bosoxfan20
4.5/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured with a clear copper body and a 1 finger, rocky head. Great appearance.
Aroma was excellent. Very bright and crisp. Light maltiness that seemed to balance out the floral, citrusy and tropical aromas of the beer. Mild caramel and biscuit aromas.
Taste was what you hope for out of an IPA. Resinous, citrus and floral hop flavors up front followed by a light maltyness and slight caramel and biscuit. Hop flavors continued throughout and the finish had a mellow bitterness that didn't destroy your tongue. Slightly piney in the finish.
Mouthfeel was medium/light body, medium carb and a crisp finish.
Outstanding beer. Anytime I'm near the east coast I make sure to get as much as this as I'm able to bring home with me. Excellent IPA.
Serving type: can
05-26-2013 02:49:00 | More by riored4v
4.4/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Love the 6 pack holder that covers the entire top of each can. Take that liquor store can lickers! Im on to you! I digress.
Pours bright orange with a bit of haziness and a swirl of sediment at the bottom of the can. The head recedes to a ring quickly, but positively coats the glass in lace. The aroma is sweet and fruity with a strong citrusy and floral hop character. Luscious, juicy orange, tangerine and grapefruit hop flavors burst forth on the first sip. The vast hop profile is met almost immediately with an equally hefty crystal malt flavor, grape bran and cookie dough with a nice crystal malt coarseness. The mouthfeel is quite full bodied with an active, smooth carbonation. The finish is moderately high in bitterness with a nice tropical, orangey flavor that lingers a while. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden throughout.
This is a very interesting IPA. Very fruity hop profile with lots of fresh, pungent hop presence, and a massive malt profile to balance without putting off hopheads. Very good stuff, I highly recommend and will seek out again.
Serving type: can
05-23-2013 01:32:42 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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