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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

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5,617 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,617
Reviews: 1,118
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 738
Gots: 904 | FT: 54
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was surprisingly impressed by this IPA. Living in Florida I've had total access to CCB's line up of beers. I have to say that I don't love them all but Jai Alai Is my kind of IPA. The color is very golden and pure. The aroma is a terrific citrus smell with the familiar pine presence as well. The taste follows the nose with a up front citrus presence followed by the hops to back it up. Just the right amount of hops without getting out of control but enough to keep the hop heads happy. Excellent balance with the 7% abv completely hidden and all you can think about is popping another beer. Overall this is an excellent IPA and is now part of my regular rotation. I only wish it were a little less expensive.

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Dirte1096
3.76/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can canned on 01/15/2013 poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Extremely hazy, amber in color. 2-finger slightly-off white head of tight little bubbles. Not much carbonation. I don't know if this is bottle conditioned, but there's a ton of hop/yeast particles floating around in this one.

S - Smells good. You get a strong dose of those melon hops, some tropical fruits, and a touch of grapefruit.

T - Extremely true to the nose. Very melony (if that's a word)...like honeydew. Some tropical fruits follow like mango, but the honeydew qualities are what shine. A slight sweet malt profile, but hardly noticeable.

M - This is probably the beer's strength. Medium bodied and creamy. It has a thick, oily feeling to it that I love in bigger beers with more flavor than this. Honestly, for this particular beer more carbonation would benefit it alot.

O - It is a pretty good IPA. Maybe it's the fact that people down in Florida don't have many good craft breweries to choose from, but I think this beer is a bit overrated. After having this for the first time it wasn't one of those beers that I had to tell my friends about or something that I would seek out to share with a fellow beer geek. When I think of the single IPA's that made me want to share them with everybody I know (Alpine Nelson, Fat Head, Kern River Just Outstanding) it just doesn't fall into that same category...it's somewhere in the second tier. It's a good IPA, but there are tons of good IPA's out there...so don't go out of your way to find this, but definitely try it if it's readily available to you.

Photo of Zachtheporter
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass.

A- Pours a rich copper leaning slightly towards a light amber with a fat fluffy two finger white head. A bit hazy with some sediment and plenty of white lacing left along the sides of the glass. Nice head retention:!

S- Hoppy with Very strong notes of tropical fruit the most prominent of which is mango. There are also some notes of papaya and pineapple as well.

T- unlike most IPA's with a pronounced character, this is less of a hop bomb or a malt bomb, and more of a fruit bomb (granted the fruit flavors come from the hops of course, so I guess It could be argued that this is a "hop bomb", although it shares next to zero characteristics of what most would consider to BE a hop bomb) Strong taste of hops giving off the flavors of tropical fruits. Strong Mango notes just like in the smell and strong papaya notes as well. The malts are well masked by the sweetness of the tropical fruit flavor and only come out just slightly. The finish has some nice grapefruit notes in it.

M- Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Very smooth, this IPA goes down just like water!

O- Some of the strongest mango notes I've ever tasted from hops are in this beer. Absolutely Delicious. I am going to annihilate this sixer.

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4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can, canned on Jan 15 2013.

A: a lot of sediment pours with this brilliant orange hued brew. head is frothy and bright white. retention is limited. as is the spotted lacing.

S: floral. rich pine aroma. bowl of grapefruit and a lot of melon. in conclusion, it smells hoppy.

T: flavor starts rich in American hop flavor. guava and melon focused. finish is certainly bitter. and chalky.

M: moderate amount of carb on a medium body.

D: I was hoping to be a little more blown away here. certainly a good AIPA, but cant say that I am blown. maybe I had too high of expectations....anyway, like I said nothing bad, just nothing mind blowing.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A great year round IPA by Cigar City, you can only get this beer in can or on tap. Cigar City has halted bottling this beer. A fruit bomb IPA that has a beautiful golden hazy color with a nice two finger head. Hoppy and sweet with a nice dry finish. This is truly one of Florida's great beers that the rest of the United States needs to discover. They are starting to brew some great beers in Florida.

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 5,617 ratings.