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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,618 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 5,618
Reviews: 1,118
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 737
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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Photo of draheim
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can (Happy Bday Joey canned 12/3/2012) into a tulip. Pours a hazy copper color w/ a few particles of sediment or some other crap, a nice sudsy bright white head that leaves behind some sticky clumps of lace.

Aroma is citrusy, piney, tropical. Some floral, almost perfumy notes too.

Taste is heavier, sweeter, more tropical than the nose. There's the grapefruit, but also some pineapple and mango. Earthy and fecund, fruity.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, soft. Coats the palate with a bitter finish.

Overall a solid, well-crafted IPA. Maybe a little malt-forward and sweet for my taste, but undeniably well made.

Photo of Jsmitty1967
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of beertunes
3.56/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Dopplebockulus for this one. Poured into 9oz Pilsener glass. Poured a lightly hazy yellow-gold color with an inch of just off-white head that had good retention and very good lacing.

The aroma was mostly piney hops, with some weed notes and a bit of citrus in the background. There was no real malt scent in the olfactory profile. On the tongue, a bit of malt did show the through the wall of hops. The pine notes dominated, the weed faded and citrus was a bit bolder.

The body was good, smooth over the tongue, with a dry and bitter finish. Drinkability was good, but as a penalty for not reading the can first, my last pour came with a huge amount of floaty yeast chunks. Ooopsie. Overall, a very nice take on the style, if this were local to me, it would be in my regular rotation for sure. A must try if you see it, and probably worth trading for to try.

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours golden-amber color with thick head that lingers well.

Smell is heavy grapefruit, lemon and pine.

Taste is bitter from the beginning. Lots of pine and grapefruit. Sweet malts in the background. Bitterness linger long on the palate

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation.

Overall this is excellent.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a pint glass, the ale was a copper color and producing a 1 inch head. Sediment was evident throughout the glass after the initial pour. The foam left lacing on the glass, demonstrating some retention. The nose was a big citrus hop aroma, an array of citrus fruit were present. In the initial taste one detects notes of ginger, grapefruit, papaya, guava, and a certain degree of earthiness. After the initial pour, the carbonation mellowed pretty quickly. This allowed the fruit to linger nicely on the tongue, giving the impression of citrus fruit skin. In the aftertaste, one detects grapefruit and pineapple continuing. A mild warming sensation lingers on the back of the throat. A very well produced American IPA with a diverse palate.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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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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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of purdueflyguy
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on 16JAN13 into tulip glass
Canned 3DEC12

Pours hazy golden with about a finger of fluffy white head dissipating at average pace.

Strong citrus especially grapefruit. Lots of pine very west coast hop profile smell.

Taste very dry throughout the drink. Very bitter upfront then more grapefruit and orange. Fades to a dry pine finish.

Perfect carbonation and very full feeling IPA. Really enjoy this one.

Thanks to the bartender who gave this to me from her personal cigar city stash when I was in florida recently because she didn't like IPA's!!!

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Smr7626
2.15/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Pale in color, poured fine with a good, very light colored head.

Smell was OK...seems thin, like orange or grapefruit peel ....you know how its a "thin" smell with no "body" behind it. Hops but not a robust hop smell....not very enticing. Average at best.

I was soooo disappointed in the taste and mouthfeel. Most overrated beer I have had. Tinny, no body, extremely hoppy but lacked the fullness. I don't understand the raves. Bitter hops w/ grapefruit and orange peel. Seems unbalanced and almost metallic to me. I was disappointed. I would not order this again.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 5,618 ratings.