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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

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5,217 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,217
Reviews: 1,090
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 698
Gots: 772 | FT: 56
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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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

raukerman, May 12, 2012
Photo of RickS95
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, light brown. A thin but fluffy offtan head with decent retention and good lacing.

Nice citric hoppy smell. Grapefruit and pine, smells like a forest of cut down pine trees.

Taste follows the smell, a lot of citrus with some backnotes of pine.

Bitter, but in a good, controlled way. Not a hop bomb, just the right amount. Earthy, piney bitter from beginning to end.

Good stuff, a top notch IPA that's easy to drink.

RickS95, May 12, 2012
Photo of gothedistance
3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- 1/2" tall head that fades to about 1/4" rather quickly. Color is a little more caramel than I am used to for an IPA. Excellent perlage.

S- combination of floral and citrus notes, I think the floral wins out slightly. Not as aromatic as I am used to for an IPA, but it is nice.

T- delicious. Really getting layers of flavor, and almost a hint of candied fruit or even a small bit of a bourbon note. Hops are present, and well in balance. Caramel/malt notes as well.

M- mouth-coating, hits all the senses at once and has a long, lingering finish.

O- I am enjoying this IPA, I am writing it as I am sipping on it. It is not blowing me away but I am really glad that I got to try it. I am wondering if I have a slightly older bottle (I can't see any dating on it) due to the maltier-than usual character and lack of smell/aroma/bouquet. I'll revisit this again at some point!

gothedistance, May 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

sandflier, May 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

ZombiesAteMyDog, May 06, 2012
Photo of rudzud
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a trade with HeatSeeker. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a slightly hazy golden copper hue with a nice one finger head that faded to leave a very thin blanket leaving minimal side lacing.

S - Very nice aromas of citrus here, slightly dank, with lots of bright orange, sharp tangerine, and light grapefruit.

T - Alright, this is more like it. Good bitter hops with nice citrus peel. Stuff is delicious really. Slightly malty but only as a sweetness. Really solid IPA notes.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty nice, good sharpness for an IPA to offset the bitterness.

O - Overall this was a surprisingly good IPA. This must be a fresh bottle because the citrus really pops. Quite delicious really.

rudzud, May 03, 2012
Photo of JCaweinstein
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark orange to light amber, one finger creamy white head with lots and lots of bubbles. This is also crystal clear.
The aroma is somewhat grassy, it's not as strong as I was anticipating. Im picking up some floral notes as the beer warms.
The flavor is mostly citrus like grapefruit. I also taste peppery spice and also a bit of cereal/grain which is subtle and more noticeable as the beer warms.
Medium bodied, smooth and crisp. Bitter hop flavors stay with me all the way through with hints of pepper and grain on the finish, leaves a citrusy aftertaste.
Overall this is a very solid year round IPA. It's a beer I've had before on vacation and will continue to purchase when I can.

JCaweinstein, May 03, 2012
Photo of BrownNut
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic. So Tasty. The smell is great - candied grapefruit and peachy/tropical fruit and floral something. Wonderfully pungent. Taste follows suit and isn't particularly bitter. Enough to not be round but not so much as to be distracting. This goes on my long term winners list.

BrownNut, May 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

trippinbillyrmc, May 01, 2012
Photo of nknauz
4/5  rDev -6.3%

nknauz, May 01, 2012
Photo of dmorgan310
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

dmorgan310, Apr 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

mrsimm, Apr 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Fufsackbandit, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of Arborescence
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden, slightly hazy; somewhat darker than a generic IPA. Pours a small white head that recedes quickly.

Aroma: Fruity, with floral aromas and some honey-like sweetness. Quite delicate and delicious.

Taste: Hops attack right way, with a refreshing citrus character. Very bitter, but in a good way. Lingering bitterness and hops in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Relatively easy to drink for an extremely bitter IPA.

Overall: Not for everyone, but I can see how a fan of (imperial IPAs with strong hops would like this. I like it too, but it can't compete with something like Dogfish Head 90min.

Arborescence, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of Swim424
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass

A-pours a pale copper color with a small head that falls to a thin layer on top.

S-smells of some sweet possible citrus malt with a hint of hops. Seems to be lacking a bit on the hop scent for the style. But still nice

T-Nice malt up front hangin around through the finish, with a pleasant hop presence builds from the middle to the finish. Hops are nicely balanced by the strong malt presence.

MF- Nice smooth feeling to this one. A bit creamy feel hangs around after it goes down, But with a pleasant subtle bitterness, making you look forward to the next sip.

O-this is a great go to IPA. Not to bitter but nice enjoyable beer at a reasonable price. Nothing exceptional but very good all the time.

Swim424, Apr 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Rempo, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear dark golden with a decent off-white head. Aroma is strongly hoppy with an undertone of grapefruit and a hint of orange. Hoppy flavor has grapefruit and fresh-cut pine wood tones, not overly bitter, and a hint of Mandarin orange. Lively texture has firm body and good fizz. A good, if not outstanding, IPA, worth a try if you like this style.

Cyberkedi, Apr 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Chugs13, Apr 23, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Niklas, Apr 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

iL0VEbeer, Apr 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Jetree, Apr 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

IrishColonial, Apr 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Cluker, Apr 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

KevieJames, Apr 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

waffles, Apr 18, 2012
Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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