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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,623 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 5,623
Reviews: 1,119
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 738
Gots: 905 | 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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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can into tulip.

A - Hazy sunset orange with a creamy white head.

S - Tropical fruit, orange citrus, sweet caramel, a touch of pine hops.

T - Orange and grapefruit bitterness hits first, followed by earthy pine and sweet biscuit malt. Good balance throughout. The finish brings in more piney hops, spice, and toasted grains.

M - Creamy and smooth, medium bodied. Average carbonation, slightly dry finish.

O - This is a very solid, flavorful IPA (bordering on a DIPA). Love the big hop presence and balance provided by the bready malt.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is cloudy with sediment of some sort. The color is amber with a smallish head.
Not picking up much aroma wise. Some light hops and malts with no destinct smell.
Taste is vaque. Light hops and malts.
Taste is good, but somewhat harsh, but with a clean finish.
Drinks easy and really isn't that bad but nothing stands out to me, at least according to the many reviews.
Stands up well to all you basic chain restaraunt IPA's - bland

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look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Finally, some Jai Alai - canned, of course. Pours a nearly copper, light-amber color with mild clarity - just a slight sheet of haze muddles the middle of the brew. Little, tiny, tiny bits of sediment circle around the beer; a cloudy, pillowing white head retains like a beast and leaves chunky-ass lacing along all edges of the glass, like a true champ.

The aroma is... Wow. Brilliant. Big-time fruit on the nose; huge bouts of tropical fruits - mango, papaya, tangerines, peaches, grapefruit, apricot... Smell this shit and tell me I'm wrong, I dare you. Not only do you get this wonderful cornucopia of fruit, you've got a nice bouquet of hops to fill in the edges. Pungent, wet, leafy, with a light, dank, weediness. This is the stuff dreams are made of. And Jai Alai, apparently.

The taste picks up right where the aroma leaves off - a fruit-fileld bitch slap to the tongue, complete with more mangos, pineapples, papayas, and oranges. And I'm talking some juicy-ass fruit, here. The kind that makes your mouth absolutely water. Authentic, ripe, and unadulterated in every sense of the word. Hops come to life even more so on the palate. Wet, pungent, oily, leafy, and I'm picking up some pine, too.

Bitterness is powerfully noticeable but not too sharp or harsh, not even close. It's perfectly balanced by the fruit and by the smaller helping hand of the malt; light bread and faint toasted caramel malts provide an extra "oomph" of sweetness, strictly for balance. It makes for such a soothing, drinkable bitterness. Finish is wet, grassy, juicy, fruity, etc... I could go on all day. Medium mouth feel and a medium-high level of carbonation.

Jai Alai. Blown away. There. I said it. This beer was fantastic, and it was much better than I was anticipating. I mean, I've heard good things about it, but I never thought it would be this good. Alcohol is seemingly absent, and 7.5% ABV isn't anything to scoff at. So goddamn drinkable and so goddamn tasty. Why don't they sell this in Michigan?

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look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks kpanter for hooking me up with this FL treat. Canned 7 Nov 12

A- Poured from a can into my DFH snifter. A nice deep orangish/amber with a 1 finger head that fades fast. Very hazy with bits of sediment floating around.

S-Has a very distinct fruity aroma of mangos and pineapples that is quite pleasing. There is also a bready/yeast scent that blend well with the fruits. The only reason that I scored it so low was the aromas where muted, they didn't jump out at me like I prefer with an IPA.

T-Upfront I get a spicy bitterness then SWEET caramel malts with small hints of the tropical fruit that was in the nose. Then a piney bitterness as the beer goes down.

M-Heavy and syrupy with moderate levels of carbonation.

O-Not a bad IPA, I can see the allure. I just prefer my IPA's lighter with crisper flavors. This was canned 3 months ago, but this was the last out of the 6er and the first one I had a month ago, I felt the same way about.

Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 5,623 ratings.