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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

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5,390 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,390
Reviews: 1,098
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 716
Gots: 829 | 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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Photo of sleuthdog
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned May 1 2013 poured into Shorts pint

Pour: Pour produced a huge 4 finger rocky, pillowy bright white head that refused to say goodbye. Lacing is all over the glass from top to surface of the beer. Color is a hazy, cloudy burn orange with some floaties.

Smell: Wonderful splash of all the big citrus fruits: pineapple, mango, melon, peach, tangerine, pineapple and grapefruit thrown in at the end for good measure.

Taste: Citrus rules the taste too with all the above noted aspects. It is a juicy citrus forward hopped beer. A very smooth not too bitter IPA that is a perfect addition to a visit to the beach or other hot summer day activity.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy medium bodied with medium carbonation. This is a sticky feeling beer with a bitter-sweet finish.

Overall: I had a Zombie Dust just before this and ZD is fantastic but I find this just so much easier to drink because it is so damn smooth and citrus bitter-sweet perfection.

sleuthdog, May 31, 2013
Photo of tanarm
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

tanarm, May 31, 2013
Photo of JohnnyMc
3.59/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

The famous Jai Alai!!

Pours out a bright and clear golden/orange with 2 fingers of white head.

The aroma has a good amount of orange peel, peach, mango and pineapple. There are some caramel and bready notes in there as well.

The taste is definitely hop forward with nice big notes of orange, peach, pineapple and mango. These are followed up by a big malt backbone of caramel and sweet bread.

The body is light-medium with a crisp mouthfeel. The ABV is hidden completely.

This was canned 5 weeks ago so the malt may be more forward at this point. It's a decently hoppy IPA with nice tropical fruit notes, but the malt notes are a bit too much in the mix for my personal taste. Would definitely like to try this more fresh. Good beer nonetheless.

JohnnyMc, May 31, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

msondel, May 31, 2013
Photo of BobSacamano12
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

BobSacamano12, May 30, 2013
Photo of craftbeerasian
5/5  rDev +17.1%

craftbeerasian, May 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

DrewShalvoy, May 29, 2013
Photo of Antonius08
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Antonius08, May 29, 2013
Photo of SDean82
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

SDean82, May 28, 2013
Photo of Justinlikesbeer
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Justinlikesbeer, May 28, 2013
Photo of alltakn
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

alltakn, May 28, 2013
Photo of BillHem
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

BillHem, May 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

spark3148857, May 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

andy1701, May 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

mpayne5, May 27, 2013
Photo of wcl113
5/5  rDev +17.1%

wcl113, May 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

mattboyer182, May 27, 2013
Photo of AndrewScottPentland
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

AndrewScottPentland, May 27, 2013
Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
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

Bosoxfan20, May 27, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

andysc83, May 26, 2013
Photo of riored4v
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

riored4v, May 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

drebrew, May 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

GuttaMane138, May 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Myst, May 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

DarthGator, May 24, 2013
Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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