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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

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5,338 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,338
Reviews: 1,095
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 715
Gots: 807 | 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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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Gobzilla, Apr 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

JimGlonke, Apr 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Ctruskey, Apr 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

s1ckboy, Apr 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

DrFunkenstein, Apr 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

blackcloud, Apr 06, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Cloudy bright orange, two finder white head that leaves behind some lacing.

S-Great hop profile, citrus orange, floral notes as well.

T-Not as good as the nose but still good. Very citrus and tropical mangoes even. Slight bitterness though.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, smooth not much in the way of hop resins.

O-A top notch IPA, could have used a tad more bitterness for my taste but still great.

rlee1390, Apr 06, 2013
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Pale amber body with just a hint of haze to it. Lots of floaters in this one, similar to a Heady Topper. Big, fluffy off-white head that leaves a lot of lacing.

S- Tons of citrus, dominated by grapefruit. Hints of pineapple and pine as well. Just a blast of fresh hoppy goodness in the nose.

T- Lots of citrus and tropical fruits in the taste as well. Smooth malt backbone balances this one out slightly. Tons of hops.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, somewhat of a carbonation bite, but overall pretty smooth.

O- A great IPA bursting with great flavors. The look and aroma make this seem like a Heady Topper Jr.

stephenjmoore, Apr 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

DrWily, Apr 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

1424IpA, Apr 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

DucTourer, Apr 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

DruRho, Apr 05, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Canned on 12/27/12.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. There are small bits of sediment seen floating around after the pour. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with a citrus zest flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

woolybully67, Apr 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

rondufresne, Apr 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

chinesebeatle, Apr 03, 2013
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4.99/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just picked up a six pack on Longboat Key. Canned two days ago. Smells like candied tropical fruit, tastes the same, creamy malty tropical citrus, very little bitterness, slight spice. My wife loved it too. Who knew they could brew such a great beer from Florida gator p@@s water. Not a tongue bruiser hut one ofthe best I've ever had.

gblaustein, Apr 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

csurowiec, Apr 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

hopoilcrazy, Apr 03, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12oz can dated 12.27.12 poured into a Snifter. This has got to be one of the most beautiful looking IPA's on the planet. It's got a hazy dark orange body with a one finger white head that stays afloat and leaves light lacing.

The nose brings very real tropical flavors of exotic fruit. Sugary Pineapple, grapefruit, peaches, orange, mango, and citrus.

It starts with hop flavors that are dominated by citrus fruit, oranges, and sweet peaches. There is a slight bitter aftertaste that makes it very balanced. There aren't many 'tropical' IPA's that live up to Jai Alai. I could drink this on a beach for the rest of my life. Underrated on BA.

I wish I wasn't spoiled with the White Oak version first. This is still fantastic. Peachy O's in a can!

mnphish, Apr 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

andthevolcano, Apr 03, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a ruddy copper orange color with a nice rocky head of smaller bubbles. The head leaves behind a lovely sticky sheet of lacing that forms a ring with some nice stalactites running from it. In the body, the beer is very clean and light, and completely clear of particles. On the nose, the beer smells of tropical pine trees with a touch of mango citrus. The beer smells even better from the can, where the citrus is amped up into pineapple range while the pine amplifies as well into dank resinous hops. The hops are big but not overpowering, and really quite inviting. The malt base behind it is warm and bready with a terrific yet subtle rye spice. On the tongue, the beer tastes bittersweet with a nice warming heat from the spice flavor. The flavors begin as bready spice, which builds into bitter pine and grapefruit flavors with a touch of pineapple. The finish is strong with bitters which move towards medicinal in flavor with a nice little hiccup of spice to close out the finish. The aftertaste also tingles with spice and bitter pine. This is not an in-your-face IPA flavor, and certainly not a big double IPA, but it is delicious and still fills my bitter-thirst. The nuances between the hops and the generic spice flavor continue to unfold different flavors on the tongue, and really make this beer fun to drink. In the can, this beer’s fruit flavors are intensified and made crisper while the spice is diminished. I get a lot of juicy pine and orange citrus hops with a touch of cool mint at the back of the throat. On the mouth, the beer feels medium creamy in carbonation with just a touch of tingle. The beer’s body feels medium light on the tongue, and the mouth is left properly dry and a touch sticky. Alcohol is present only as a soft tingle in the sides of the mouth. Overall, this is a damn fine IPA that stands out by being different. I love the spice and I love the mixture of the hops with the spice. This is a terrific in-the-can beer, and this is a terrific out of the can beer. It is my first taste of Cigar City, and I have to say that I’ve enjoyed it, they pack a hell of a lot of flavor into it, and they hide the alcohol brilliantly. Try this beer.

Maxwell, Apr 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

bpk59, Apr 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

JulianB, Apr 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Hallertau, Apr 02, 2013
Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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