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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

4,586 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 4,586
Reviews: 1,065
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 632
Gots: 556 | 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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Dirte1096

California

3.76/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can canned on 01/15/2013 poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Extremely hazy, amber in color. 2-finger slightly-off white head of tight little bubbles. Not much carbonation. I don't know if this is bottle conditioned, but there's a ton of hop/yeast particles floating around in this one.

S - Smells good. You get a strong dose of those melon hops, some tropical fruits, and a touch of grapefruit.

T - Extremely true to the nose. Very melony (if that's a word)...like honeydew. Some tropical fruits follow like mango, but the honeydew qualities are what shine. A slight sweet malt profile, but hardly noticeable.

M - This is probably the beer's strength. Medium bodied and creamy. It has a thick, oily feeling to it that I love in bigger beers with more flavor than this. Honestly, for this particular beer more carbonation would benefit it alot.

O - It is a pretty good IPA. Maybe it's the fact that people down in Florida don't have many good craft breweries to choose from, but I think this beer is a bit overrated. After having this for the first time it wasn't one of those beers that I had to tell my friends about or something that I would seek out to share with a fellow beer geek. When I think of the single IPA's that made me want to share them with everybody I know (Alpine Nelson, Fat Head, Kern River Just Outstanding) it just doesn't fall into that same category...it's somewhere in the second tier. It's a good IPA, but there are tons of good IPA's out there...so don't go out of your way to find this, but definitely try it if it's readily available to you.

Serving type: can

02-22-2013 21:24:38 | More by Dirte1096
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Zachtheporter

Wisconsin

4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass.

A- Pours a rich copper leaning slightly towards a light amber with a fat fluffy two finger white head. A bit hazy with some sediment and plenty of white lacing left along the sides of the glass. Nice head retention:!

S- Hoppy with Very strong notes of tropical fruit the most prominent of which is mango. There are also some notes of papaya and pineapple as well.

T- unlike most IPA's with a pronounced character, this is less of a hop bomb or a malt bomb, and more of a fruit bomb (granted the fruit flavors come from the hops of course, so I guess It could be argued that this is a "hop bomb", although it shares next to zero characteristics of what most would consider to BE a hop bomb) Strong taste of hops giving off the flavors of tropical fruits. Strong Mango notes just like in the smell and strong papaya notes as well. The malts are well masked by the sweetness of the tropical fruit flavor and only come out just slightly. The finish has some nice grapefruit notes in it.

M- Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Very smooth, this IPA goes down just like water!

O- Some of the strongest mango notes I've ever tasted from hops are in this beer. Absolutely Delicious. I am going to annihilate this sixer.

Serving type: can

02-22-2013 04:49:20 | More by Zachtheporter
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can, canned on Jan 15 2013.

A: a lot of sediment pours with this brilliant orange hued brew. head is frothy and bright white. retention is limited. as is the spotted lacing.

S: floral. rich pine aroma. bowl of grapefruit and a lot of melon. in conclusion, it smells hoppy.

T: flavor starts rich in American hop flavor. guava and melon focused. finish is certainly bitter. and chalky.

M: moderate amount of carb on a medium body.

D: I was hoping to be a little more blown away here. certainly a good AIPA, but cant say that I am blown. maybe I had too high of expectations....anyway, like I said nothing bad, just nothing mind blowing.

Serving type: can

02-22-2013 02:38:18 | More by Jimmys
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Snowrs

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

02-22-2013 01:47:32 | More by Snowrs
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DrIPA

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

02-21-2013 20:48:23 | More by DrIPA
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GFD400

New York

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

02-21-2013 20:27:34 | More by GFD400
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whatsgoody

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

02-21-2013 01:50:38 | More by whatsgoody
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dragoondingus

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

02-21-2013 01:31:00 | More by dragoondingus
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acsprouse

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

02-20-2013 09:00:08 | More by acsprouse
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Florida_SC_Trojan

Florida

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A great year round IPA by Cigar City, you can only get this beer in can or on tap. Cigar City has halted bottling this beer. A fruit bomb IPA that has a beautiful golden hazy color with a nice two finger head. Hoppy and sweet with a nice dry finish. This is truly one of Florida's great beers that the rest of the United States needs to discover. They are starting to brew some great beers in Florida.

Serving type: can

02-19-2013 21:39:54 | More by Florida_SC_Trojan
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -6.1%

02-19-2013 03:21:33 | More by hoppymcgee
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RichardMNixon

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.1%

02-19-2013 02:18:50 | More by RichardMNixon
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MattBreight

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

02-19-2013 01:15:33 | More by MattBreight
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ILiveOffHops

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

02-18-2013 23:58:44 | More by ILiveOffHops
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OleDixie

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

02-18-2013 23:41:50 | More by OleDixie
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Danielr26

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

02-18-2013 16:00:44 | More by Danielr26
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MarkSCCOT

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

02-18-2013 01:01:34 | More by MarkSCCOT
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smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.1%

02-17-2013 19:06:20 | More by smartassboiler
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DerrickW

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

02-17-2013 15:55:36 | More by DerrickW
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herman77

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

02-16-2013 17:09:58 | More by herman77
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Amerikon

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

02-16-2013 05:21:33 | More by Amerikon
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obrike

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Well looky here...

On my way to Puerto Rico for a business trip...took Jet Blue into Ft Lauderdale and had about a 3 hour layover. Stopped into The Food Network Cafe...not expecting much. Had a pretty decent sandwhich and was about to order a Sam Adams on tap when i looked up above the bar and saw Jai Alai on display...my lucky day.

Server brought me a pint glass for the can. (well...cans...I had three)

Poured a cloudy golden dark orange with a decent, fizzy, white head. Some pronounced lacing along the glass. A good looking IPA for sure.

Getting some fresh citrus and tropical fruit with light fresh hops. The piney hops take a backseat to the fruit.

Sweet citrus and malts hit upfront, with bitterness from the piney hops in the back. The finish is mostly grapefruit. Damn refreshing. Absolutely no alcohol bite here, just a smack in the palate of a damn good IPA. So very easy to drink...but not light. This is just a good, hearty, flavorful "west-coast style" IPA made in Florida. So happy to finally get a chance to try it. Very much wish I could get it in Texas.

Serving type: can

02-16-2013 03:34:10 | More by obrike
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kbrown

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

02-16-2013 01:30:26 | More by kbrown
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05Harley

New Hampshire

4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 12/11/12
Estimated calories - 225/12oz

Purchased through LetsPour.

Price - $5.00/can

Oh yeah, exactly what you would expect from a quality IPA. Big, thick white head (two fingers high) with lacing to die for. Copper in color with lots of sediment both in suspension and on the bottom of the glass. Mounds of soapy suds sit atop this gem.

Smell is tropical with tangerine, pineapple and orange. Big hops here without holding back. Fairly strong in the nose and leaves very little for the imagination. No surprise here.

Flavor is spot on for the style and a surprise with 2 months of age on it. Holds up well here with fruity characteristics one would expect straight out of the settling tanks. Grapefruit peel, pine apple, pear and caramel malt for some sweetness balance rounds this one out.

Body is medium and feels sticky with low carbonation. Refreshing for a 7.5% beer with a fair amount of bitterness and mild dryness, impressive.

Overall this beer is full of flavor and highly drinkable. From start to finish the beer is a cookie cutter example of the style the way it was meant to be. More please. My biggest hang up here is price but I understand the cost of doing business.

Serving type: can

02-16-2013 00:05:01 | More by 05Harley
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Brodie91

New York

5/5  rDev +17.4%

02-15-2013 22:02:33 | More by Brodie91
Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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