Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing
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4.2/5 rDev -1.6%
One of 18 beers from bostonryan on a stopover in Chicago. Cheers to you, good brother. No date on this 12 oz can, but Ryan picked it up a week ago so here's hoping it's fresh. Poured into a 12 oz Tulip glass.
A: Orange amber and fairly clear with 1 finger of cream/white head. Good retention and lacing.
S: Somewhat subdued, but I can make out citrus, mango, orange, guava, and floral notes, with a sweet malt smell lingering as well.
T: Surprisingly bitter, with aggressive bittering hops clearly added. Less flavoring hops, but I can make out some citrus hop flavor, and a considerable malt backbone lending sweetness to the beer that lingers.
M: Crisp, full-bodied, dry, moderate carbonation, drinks almost like a DIPA, close to perfect.
O: This is about as close to a DIPA as you can get without being one. Lots of malt and body, almost enough hops to make it excellent. Still enjoying this immensely, but this could be close to perfect with more hops to lend to the aroma and flavor. I compare this to Lagunitas Sucks - both have impressive malt backgrounds and similar ABVs and mouthfeels, but Sucks is just better hopped. Again, still really enjoyed this, just not in my top 5.
03-07-2013 03:50:28 | More by MCain04
4.31/5 rDev +0.9%
Poured from a can into a pint glass.
Appearance: A hazy gold, with a one finger head that diminishes but never leaves. Lacing throughout the drinking process.
Smell: Really powerful smells that stay. I'm picking up many citrus tones, the most prominent being grapefruit.
Taste: Just like the smell, the taste of citrus is very prominent, but not grapefruit. Thank god. Maybe guava? The hops are present, but not overbearing, the perfect balance. EDIT: Recently had again, and the caramel was a bit more pronounced, giving what I thought was perfect balance, an even better sweet backbone.
Feel: Light to medium carbonation, but also very well balanced. Easy to drink and joy. Glad I picked up the full six pack, and not a mix-six.
Overall: I'll admit, I'm just getting into the IPAs, but this was a good start. It makes me definitely want to seek out more. I've had a couple of others, and I'd rank this one above them. It's light feeling, fresh, and the smell and taste stay throughout the entire process. When I'm in the mood to revisit, this one will definitely be on my mind.
03-06-2013 22:08:38 | More by JackMcAwesome
4.1/5 rDev -4%
Poured from a can into a pint glass at Chez Henahan - my house.
A: Pours a beautiful copper color with about a one inch creamy looking head. An initial rush of carbonation that quickly subsided. Just a little lacing down the sides of the glass. Fairly hazy appearance.
S: Wonderful citrus notes up front with a caramel undertone. Hints of tangerine and orange. A pleasurable mix of tangy and sweet all at once. The smell is pulling me in.
T: Right off the bat, it tastes quite different than most of the IPAs I've had lately - but in a good way. This is a very easy to drink IPA. There is certainly some underlying bitterness to it, but it isn't in the forefront of the flavor. Very well balanced beer. The caramel really mellows out the acidity of the hops and lends itself to a sessionable experience. Your sure can't tell it's 7.5% alcohol. IMO, it is skirting the edge of being an IPA and a Pale Ale.
M: The beer comes across as light in the mouth, yet still has enough range to be noticable after it is gone. Again, an all-around easy to drink beer.
O: This is the kind of beer that can elicit alot of different reviews because nothing about it is very pronounced. It is a very well balanced beer that does a superb job of melding its parts harmoniously. Yet, nothing really stands out about it either. Overall, I really like this beer because it is a breath of fresh air in the craft beer scene where IPAs tend to try to "out-hop" each other. I can imagine sitting back and rolling through a sixer of these on a beautfiul spring afternoon. This is my kind of beer.
03-06-2013 01:45:19 | More by Jake_Ramrod
Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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