Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing
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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
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
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
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
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
3.73/5 rDev -12.6%
Served on top in a pint glass at the Cigar City tasting room in Tampa.
A: Orange with off white head.
S: Citrsuy, all around solid. Lightly hoppy and balanced. Really nice.
T: Resiny, bitter. some citrus, pine. Average. Very drinakable.
Overall, a good balanced IPA that is great for drinking with friends, but still has a good taste to it.
01-03-2012 00:20:54 | More by BucBasil
4.2/5 rDev -1.6%
A: Clear amber, white head that drops gradually and leaves sparse lacing.
S: Flowery smell with some citrus. Not an overwhelming hoppy smell.
T: Citrus/fruit & floral hops first, followed by sweet caramel malt, then growing bitterness that lingers. Excellent taste and not overly bitter but balanced.
M: Medium/high carbonation and medium body; neutral or slightly dry finish; little alcohol warming.
O: This is an excellent IPA and very enjoyable. Very solid example of a good balanced IPA.
01-02-2012 05:16:16 | More by sloescher
3.48/5 rDev -18.5%
12 oz. bottle served in a FFF Anniversary pint glass.
A: Pours a clear golden straw with amber highlights in the body. A thin white head forms on the pour and subsides to a thin film that leaves nice sticky lace down the glass.
S: Lots of fruits, mainly tropical, with a mango pulp sticking out in the forefront. Some light bitterness as well.
T: The mango heavy body from the nose is much more subdued in the taste. Good combination of citrus fruits and nice sweet malt body. Slight alcohol taste is present.
M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation and lingering bitter hop on the palate.
O: This was a nice beer, but nothing stood out. The mango pulp body in the nose was different than any other IPA I've tasted.
01-01-2012 15:43:29 | More by Treebs
Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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