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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

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5,353 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,353
Reviews: 1,096
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 716
Gots: 817 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

TomD, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of BrownAleMale
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a Ommegang chalice glass

Appearance- A yellowish color with red highlights. 2 fingers of fluffy cloud like head that slowly dissipates and leaves some nice streaky lacing.

Smell- Tons of grapefruit and other citrus with some notes of bready malt and pine.

Taste- A strong bready backbone with punches of citrus to the tounge all the way through the finish. Also, some small amounts of pine and earthy hops towards the finish. Very nice balance.

Mouthfeel- A nice medium mouthfeel with great carbonation balance.

Overall- Not a big hop head but this is definitly top notch for an IPA. I loved the nice balance between the malt and hops which may turn off some hop heads, but makes it very tasty in my book.

BrownAleMale, Jan 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

lefty, Jan 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

langchops, Jan 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

HoppyHoward, Jan 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

jmshulk, Jan 05, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

ninaturner, Jan 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

JaysusJr, Jan 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

MCDub, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of babaracas
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper, with dense white head. Settles to a thin ring, leaving a sheet of delicate lace halfway down the glass. Smell: grapefruit rind, tangerine with passion fruit and a woodsy note. Taste: sugared grapefruit, apricot, light caramel and biscuit, a little toast. Medium bodied, juicy into oily, finishing sticky and drying with a mouthful of citrusy hop flavor. Canned Dec 10th. Hadn't had one of these for quite a while, which was a mistake, because this is excellent.

babaracas, Jan 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

KalH, Jan 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Weekiwachee, Jan 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

jherz, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of Immortale25
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Bottom of can says "Happy B-day Joey Canned On 3 DEC 12." I know that guy!

A- Pours a medium amber color with a full inch of head that retains slightly before making its way down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and thick tufts of surface foam. Slippery cobwebs of lacing.

S- Hops have a peppery/citrusy hybrid thing going on that's reinforced by a sturdy malt sweetness. Notes of lemon, mango and grapefruit.

T- Bitterness clamps down at first but lets up a bit once the grainy malts make their way in, then it's right back to the hops that linger in the finish. Grassy and vegetal while also providing some citrus characteristic. This IPA is certainly dynamic in flavor. Alcohol is excellently hidden. One would probably assume this was just a single without knowing its official classification, but it's incredibly close to DIPA territory.

M- Juicy but with a sharp afterbite from the hops. Medium carbonation and a mostly standard body.

O- This beer speaks for itself. Such an awesome go-to IPA.

Immortale25, Jan 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

RDW, Jan 01, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -35.6%

jacothom, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of smcolw
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lasting, rocky head. Leaves ring lace after every sip all the way down to the end. It's hazy with a darker amber color.

Beautiful, citrusy with a bit of pine hop aroma. Very fresh smelling.

Bitter throughout the tasting, even up front. The malt is in the background--it's a little sweet and very "round" (full bodied). The bitterness is prickly and peppery. The aftertaste lasts a very long time. Overall, this may be a hop heavy IPA, but it has superb fresh flavors that go together well.

smcolw, Dec 31, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

phunkydrummer, Dec 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

ahippityhoppA, Dec 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Ebb68, Dec 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Scott_at_Beer_Frog, Dec 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

teamwiggum, Dec 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

spoonhawk, Dec 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

HeyJim, Dec 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

themom, Dec 27, 2012
Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 5,353 ratings.