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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 6,041
Reviews: 1,183
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 823
Gots: 1,151 | FT: 60
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cjgator3 on 12-05-2008

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
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look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cigar City Brewing - Jai Alai IPA

Look - Pours a slightly hazy copper amber with a fuller fizzy head that starts dissipating quickly. Sticky as hell lacing.

Smell - Sweet malts with spice on top. Hops are present in just the right amount and in a bitter biting citrus form.

Taste - What a smooth ride in. Hops keep you in line but the super smooth blend with malts makes it friendly on the palate. Almost like cinnamon and spice.

Mouthfeel - Rests an amazing spicy almost cinnamon and sweet malt heaven with hops in top. The blending here makes this brew super drinkable and smooth.

Overall - Wow. I have a new found respect for Cigar City Brewing. I had heard good things but had to taste it for myself. This is an utterly amazing brew. Recommend 100%. I will try more from this brewer for sure.

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

Canned on date of 04/15/13

Appearance - Pours a semi-hazy orange amber with a slightly off-white 2 finger head. Good retention, leaving a fair amount of microbubbles across the surface and builds up around the edges. Fair lacing around the glass with good stick.

Smell - A strong aroma of pineapple and orange upfront. Lesser notes of grapefruit. Malts are moderate, coming through with a bready quality.

Taste - No tricks here! Very much in line with what was detected in the scent. Strong, tropical character upfront and throughout. Pineapple, grapefruit and orange intermingle on the tongue, while a lightly toasty bread plays along in a supportive role. Faint grassiness. Touches of caramel. Clean, fresh, well balanced finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Smooth. Fair creaminess, before a semi-dry finish.

Overall - A strong, assertive IPA. I'd liken it to Sculpin with a more prominent malt body. Really clean. Very enjoyable. It's a shame this isn't available on shelves in California.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Thank You shan8454 for this one from a trade.

Appearance: Golden color, with a very slight haze. White head of about one finger and mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Citrus and hops, very pleasant smells.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Delightful taste of hops and citrus,maybe some pine as well.

Overall: Excellent IPA! I look foward to having this one again.

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

From the sunny gulf shores of Florida to the laid back coast of Southern California, Jai Alai has reached "mega" status on Raul's "woot" scale.

Now, Raul knew what he was in for: another "East Coast" style IPA. But like Frank Sinatra circa "A Hole in the Head," he had "High Hopes." And hot dog, like his last time in County Court, Raul was vindicated!

Right out of the can were beautiful, enormous citrus notes. From can to snifter though, they toned down substantially into the more malty side of things. The taste though - glorious. Raul is in glorious ecstasy. This bad boy has the perfect balance between über citrus/tropical and malt. Smooth, sleek and sexy. Makes Raul so happy he wants to donate another dollar to PETA.

Do it for the animals, my children.

Peace!

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4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can into a pint glass
Canned on : 4-18-13

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with 3.5 fingers width of dense slightly off white head. Retention is good, and it leaves a moderate amount of patchy lacing.

S: Tropical fruit sweetness with pineapple and mango. There is also a significant degree of sweet caramel malt aromas. Some floral aromas, and only a hint of piney bitterness.

T: Citrus with orange and lemons. Piney bitterness on the finish. Like the nose its quite sweet with lots of malty sweetness and some mango notes. Better balance of sweet and bitterness on the taste than the nose.

M/D: Medium body, appropriate carbonation, fairly smooth. Drinkability is good.

O: Overall, a very nice IPA. I had this beer many times when I lived in FL and was never too impressed, but revisiting it now for the first time in a year or two and I liked it more than I remembered. Maybe the canning has allowed it to hit distro fresher than before (or maybe I was just drinking unfresh bottles/drafts back them). Either way, not mind blowing, but well above average, and an enjoyable beer that I will certainly drink again.

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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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