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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

4,765 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 4,765
Reviews: 1,069
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 645
Gots: 621 | FT: 51
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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FanofHefe

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle dated Dec 2011 - which I hope is the bottling date and not the "best by" date, although it wouldn't be too old. Pours a clear copper/amber body with a solid nearly two-finger white head. Good lacing and retention.

Strong tropical hop notes come out immediately. Pineapple is prominent and some grassy and pine resin notes follow. Some caramel malt blends in as well.

Excellent flavor blend that follows the aroma fairly closely. But, the more bitter notes come through more in the taste than the aroma. Also, the sweet malt backbone is solid and gives a nice balance.

Medium texture in the mouthfeel with a bit of oily hops noticeable and a very smooth feel for an IPA. I almost hate to say it, but if I could get this regularly, it would clearly rival Two Hearted for place in my beer fridge. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 00:24:49 | More by FanofHefe
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crossovert

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Batch 5 Oct 2011.

It pours a clear amber with a big off-white head that leaves quite a bit of lacing.

The smell here to me at least isn't world class. It is nice though. Definitely some pineapple, passion fruit, grassiness. It is very candy-like. I don't usually get these scents form Simcoe which it lists on the bottle. Odd.

The flavor is unique. It is very tropical. I am starting to get even this coconut scent and flavor. There is also banana runt and some grapefruit bitterness in the finish. The malt is very honeydewish with some sweetness.

It has candy notes all over it, not sure where it is coming from. I can see why people dig this one, it is definitely unique among IPAs and tasty to boot.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 22:32:57 | More by crossovert
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BucBasil

South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on top in a pint glass at the Cigar City tasting room in Tampa.

A: Orange with off white head.

S: Citrsuy, all around solid. Lightly hoppy and balanced. Really nice.

T: Resiny, bitter. some citrus, pine. Average. Very drinakable.

Overall, a good balanced IPA that is great for drinking with friends, but still has a good taste to it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2012 00:20:54 | More by BucBasil
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wdarcy77

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -6.1%

01-02-2012 21:23:37 | More by wdarcy77
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Skylermandela

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

01-02-2012 17:17:45 | More by Skylermandela
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sloescher

Florida

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber, white head that drops gradually and leaves sparse lacing.

S: Flowery smell with some citrus. Not an overwhelming hoppy smell.

T: Citrus/fruit & floral hops first, followed by sweet caramel malt, then growing bitterness that lingers. Excellent taste and not overly bitter but balanced.

M: Medium/high carbonation and medium body; neutral or slightly dry finish; little alcohol warming.

O: This is an excellent IPA and very enjoyable. Very solid example of a good balanced IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2012 05:16:16 | More by sloescher
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Treebs

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle served in a FFF Anniversary pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden straw with amber highlights in the body. A thin white head forms on the pour and subsides to a thin film that leaves nice sticky lace down the glass.

S: Lots of fruits, mainly tropical, with a mango pulp sticking out in the forefront. Some light bitterness as well.

T: The mango heavy body from the nose is much more subdued in the taste. Good combination of citrus fruits and nice sweet malt body. Slight alcohol taste is present.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation and lingering bitter hop on the palate.

O: This was a nice beer, but nothing stood out. The mango pulp body in the nose was different than any other IPA I've tasted.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 15:43:29 | More by Treebs
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davesway10

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

01-01-2012 14:38:03 | More by davesway10
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GuisseppeFranco

New York

5/5  rDev +17.4%

12-31-2011 06:48:11 | More by GuisseppeFranco
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jtmcgraw

Georgia

5/5  rDev +17.4%

12-30-2011 22:07:30 | More by jtmcgraw
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PaBeerLover

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

12-30-2011 17:14:03 | More by PaBeerLover
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cosmonick

Indiana

4/5  rDev -6.1%

12-30-2011 04:40:42 | More by cosmonick
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Jamstone714

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12-30-2011 03:03:20 | More by Jamstone714
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dasenebler

Maine

4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32oz swing-top growler from Decicco's in Brewster, NY.

Pours a hazy dark amber with a two-finger head. Retention is average, lacing is solid.

Nose is full of dank, sticky hops, along with a grapefruit-citrus character. Nice.

The flavor is resinous and aggressively hoppy. More woody and dank than citrusy. Bitter, especially on the finish. Malt backbone is rich, providing a certain sweetness. Alcohol is somewhat detectable. Mouthfeel is a bit oily, with medium carbonation.

Really good IPA here, though I'm not sure how fresh the keg from which this growler came was.

Serving type: growler

12-29-2011 22:19:26 | More by dasenebler
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jbear68

Florida

4/5  rDev -6.1%

12-29-2011 19:12:57 | More by jbear68
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BrewtalAlement

Florida

4/5  rDev -6.1%

12-29-2011 17:50:08 | More by BrewtalAlement
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htrae2014

New York

3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

12-29-2011 16:10:25 | More by htrae2014
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MyTBeerDrinker

Illinois

1/5  rDev -76.5%

12-29-2011 03:27:56 | More by MyTBeerDrinker
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Stiggy

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12-29-2011 02:01:11 | More by Stiggy
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JeffTaylor1130

Mississippi

4/5  rDev -6.1%

12-28-2011 20:01:08 | More by JeffTaylor1130
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thatdirtymick

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.4%

12-28-2011 19:46:32 | More by thatdirtymick
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RVALawyer

Virginia

5/5  rDev +17.4%

12-28-2011 14:24:32 | More by RVALawyer
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cbgbslev

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12-28-2011 04:47:51 | More by cbgbslev
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GrindFatherBob

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12-28-2011 03:17:35 | More by GrindFatherBob
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justinm4bama

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12-28-2011 00:54:06 | More by justinm4bama
Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 4,765 ratings.