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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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world-class

4,988 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,988
Reviews: 1,074
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 672
Gots: 694 | FT: 52
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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gratefulbeerhead

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-11-2012 23:38:22 | More by gratefulbeerhead
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FlyingYeti

Alabama

5/5  rDev +17.1%

01-11-2012 21:21:31 | More by FlyingYeti
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umopuew

Florida

4/5  rDev -6.3%

01-11-2012 14:58:38 | More by umopuew
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afdempse

Maryland

4.53/5  rDev +6.1%

Super excited to be in Tampa trying these beers!

Pours a very nice copper color with off-white head. Head gradually winds down to cover the liquid in patches of froth.

Very strong fruity aromas of tangerine, grapefruit, herbal evergreen, citrus peel.

Bitingly bitter with multiple layers of citrus and spice. Piney, floral, and fruity. Cracker-like malt flavors come through in the finish. Alcohol comes through as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Medium-low carbonation helps bring out the hop flavor without being harsh. Drinkability is high despite the strength of flavor and alcohol percentage. Clean hoppy finish that invites you to have more.

One of the best east coast IPAs I've had, hands-down. Would love to see this start making its way up to D.C.

01-10-2012 22:31:46 | More by afdempse
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mattyrubes

New York

3.5/5  rDev -18%

01-10-2012 04:23:48 | More by mattyrubes
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JustinMatthew

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-10-2012 00:30:58 | More by JustinMatthew
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WestSideAmish

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%

01-09-2012 16:58:26 | More by WestSideAmish
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N8DAGR8

Maine

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

01-09-2012 05:09:01 | More by N8DAGR8
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zapahoppa

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.3%

01-08-2012 19:43:26 | More by zapahoppa
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-08-2012 06:05:15 | More by ShemRahBoo
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qchic

Maryland

4/5  rDev -6.3%

01-08-2012 02:54:44 | More by qchic
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smutty33

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -18%

01-08-2012 02:35:01 | More by smutty33
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cwj14

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-07-2012 22:04:05 | More by cwj14
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karatebartender

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +17.1%

01-07-2012 03:50:13 | More by karatebartender
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

4.6/5  rDev +7.7%

A: Pours warm copper with a medium large off-white head, kind of soapy but still nice-looking. Dissipates quickly into nice lacings.

S: The hops knock me out, lots of both floral and citric - pineapple, grapefruit and orange sezt, even some lemon juice. Sweet caramell malt in the back. Bitter citric marmelade.

T: At first bitter hops followed by sweet, slightly roasted caramell malt. Then the floral hops kick in; pineapple, grapefruit (red) and lemon (juice). Bitter orange marmelade. Some peaches. Well balanced.

M: Lovely long bitter aftertaste. Body is more full than usually for this style. Carbonation is handled with utter discression.

O: This is one of the most complex and best balanced American IPA, I've had.

01-06-2012 17:59:17 | More by Evil_Pidde
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-06-2012 15:21:43 | More by kjkinsey
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

3.58/5  rDev -16.2%

Thanks to dulwich for sending this.

This beer pours a hazy apricot color and has fairly low carbonation. Nice punchy nose offers grapefruit, lemon peel, and breakfast cereal flakes.

Nice flavor here. Good malt and hop balance that tends to lean more towards the sweet side (I'm not sure I like that). The end result is flavors of sweet marmalade and pineapple along with a slight graininess that is not too unpleasant. At over 7%, there is a slight booziness at mid-palate, but it doesn't detract at all from the beer. Nice firm mouthfeel, perhaps a tad syrupy.

This is a good IPA, but I'd have to put it one or two levels below my favorite go-to IPAs (Founders Centennial and Bells Two-Hearted Ale). Still, I'm glad I had a chance to try this.

01-06-2012 10:12:02 | More by deadonhisfeet
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tugg407

Florida

5/5  rDev +17.1%

01-06-2012 07:28:34 | More by tugg407
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mrebeka

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-05-2012 23:58:30 | More by mrebeka
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

01-04-2012 23:41:10 | More by IdrinkGas
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Chriscrundwell12

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -4%

12 oz bottle poured into a 3 floyds pint glass. Bottle Date Dec 2011.

A- Pours a one finger head, cloudy, brownish yellow straw color, splotchy lacing nice bubbly layer on top.
S- Really nice aroma, tropical fruit, peach, mango, citrus, slight pine, nice malt to balance it out.
T- Interesting, not as sweet as the aroma, a lot more bitterness in the taste, grapefruit, citrus, nice malt backbone, bready notes, really balanced.
M- Medium mouth feel, well carbonated, crisp finish, really easy drinking, smooth.
O- Really impressive IPA from Cigar City, the aroma was fantastic, really easy drinkability could drink this one all day.

01-04-2012 07:34:19 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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RandyBoBandy

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-04-2012 05:51:16 | More by RandyBoBandy
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ohtheguilt

Georgia

4/5  rDev -6.3%

01-04-2012 03:33:41 | More by ohtheguilt
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FanofHefe

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

12 oz. bottle dated Dec 2011 - which I hope is the bottling date and not the "best by" date, although it wouldn't be too old. Pours a clear copper/amber body with a solid nearly two-finger white head. Good lacing and retention.

Strong tropical hop notes come out immediately. Pineapple is prominent and some grassy and pine resin notes follow. Some caramel malt blends in as well.

Excellent flavor blend that follows the aroma fairly closely. But, the more bitter notes come through more in the taste than the aroma. Also, the sweet malt backbone is solid and gives a nice balance.

Medium texture in the mouthfeel with a bit of oily hops noticeable and a very smooth feel for an IPA. I almost hate to say it, but if I could get this regularly, it would clearly rival Two Hearted for place in my beer fridge. Highly recommended.

01-04-2012 00:24:49 | More by FanofHefe
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crossovert

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -20.4%

12 oz bottle. Batch 5 Oct 2011.

It pours a clear amber with a big off-white head that leaves quite a bit of lacing.

The smell here to me at least isn't world class. It is nice though. Definitely some pineapple, passion fruit, grassiness. It is very candy-like. I don't usually get these scents form Simcoe which it lists on the bottle. Odd.

The flavor is unique. It is very tropical. I am starting to get even this coconut scent and flavor. There is also banana runt and some grapefruit bitterness in the finish. The malt is very honeydewish with some sweetness.

It has candy notes all over it, not sure where it is coming from. I can see why people dig this one, it is definitely unique among IPAs and tasty to boot.

01-03-2012 22:32:57 | More by crossovert
Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 4,988 ratings.