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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

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5,344 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,344
Reviews: 1,095
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 717
Gots: 813 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

nas4atu, Oct 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

bonez05404, Oct 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

CoryJHarber, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz extra sent by Willcarrera. Thanks! As far as I can tell this was bottled 12 days ago.

A: Pours a darkish orange wit a decent white head.

S: Apricot, pineapple, some caramel malt notes.

T: Plenty of orange and mango, a bit raisiny even. Hefty malt character gives a little dough and butter.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: A very juicy IPA, could benefit from a bit more dryness but I like the fruity notes coming out of this one.

Etan, Oct 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

mryoshi33, Oct 16, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

crownrl28, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of jegross2
3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing out of Tampa, Florida.
Score: 84

Bottle is from the 238th day of 2012 (08/26/12), won in a fantasy baseball BIF. Served in a Founders tulip glass and enjoyed on 10/15/12.

Appearance: Pours a dark copper color with a light flurry of finely ground floaties at the bottom. Three full fingers of foamy tan head at pour settles to a thick ring around the glass and big clumpy island of head in the middle surrounded by a moat of beer. Good lacing, retention and legs. 3.5/5

Smell: Tons of grapefruit and orange upfront. On the "back end" of the aroma is a slightly syrupy pineapple juice aroma -- you know, the cheap kind you make those store-bought frozen "just add juice" Jamba Juice smoothies with? That smell. Sweet caramel and pine too. The nose is surprisingly "syrupy sweet" for an IPA. 3.5/5

Taste: Tons of bitter caramel and pineapple flavor present here. The pineapple flavor tastes just like it smells and lingers after the swallow. There's a touch of orange too, but it's mostly caramel and pineapple flavor here -- though it's not what I would call a "malty" beer. There is a nice and smooth bittersweet balance that lends this beer a lot of drinkability. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, low carbonation. Very oily and juicy. Bittersweet. 3.5/5

Overall: Solid, but nothing spectacular. I imagine this one is better fresher. Oh well.

Recommendation: I'd order it on tap, but I would not seek it out again. Would make a good starter IPA for more casual beer drinkers given it's balanced flavors, not in-your-face hoppiness and smooth drinkability.

Pairings: Pretzels and cheese dip.

Cost: $12 for a six pack.

jegross2, Oct 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Sabrewolff, Oct 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

ncaudle, Oct 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

skunk242, Oct 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

crobinso, Oct 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

robinsmv, Oct 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

dooglas, Oct 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

tranquilocigars, Oct 13, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a hazy deep orange with a small white cao which fades leaving a small dose of white bubbles and light lacing

S: Tropical fruits, mainly pineapple and some citrus.

T: Initial pineapple/tropical fruit, light grapefruit and ornage peel transitions into a subtle hop bite on a light caramel backbone. The finish lends a slightly dry finish with a bit of grass.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated, tropical fruits, citrus and lingering light biterness

O: Well done.

barleywinefiend, Oct 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

AlexM, Oct 12, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a shaped pint glass. First Run, October 04, 2012 making it one week old. Thanks to robinsmv for the cans!!!

A - Clear dark amber body. Super dense off white head with sticky lacing and lasting retention. Right up there appearance wise with the best of them.

S - Dank and resinous hops with some pine and light tropical notes. Just a touch of onions. Caramel heavy malts balance the beer out.

T - Dank hops initially with a creamy resinous pine flavor. The finish is fresh grapefruit and caramel malts. The citrus on the end really works well off of the huge dank hops. Bitterness is lasting but moderate. Balance, balance, balance! Mouth feel is slick and syrupy.

O - Very well made IPA. Great balance between the caramel malts and dank and grapefruit hops.

davey101, Oct 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can thanks to robinsmv. Canned on 8/04/12 (first can date!!). Poured into a teku.

Pour: Clear deep orange with three fingers of super sticky, foamy off white head. Leaves insane lacing, and head sticks around for a while.

Smell: Dank hops with quite a bloom of pine, floral notes, and grapefruit. A nice caramel sweetness in the back lets you know this will be a balanced IPA

Taste: Up front with a nice caramel sweetness that get completely washed over by dank, resinous hops and citrus. Finishes sticky sweet caramel and pine bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Nice bitterness, and very sticky.

Overall: A delicious IPA. Huge thanks to Matt for getting me some more of this beer.!

cfrances33, Oct 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Tinker60657, Oct 11, 2012
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Hanzo, Oct 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

chrisbokmuller, Oct 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

boonejag75, Oct 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

chase2634, Oct 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

FutureJack, Oct 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

cynical1027, Oct 08, 2012
Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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