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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

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5,503 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,503
Reviews: 1,108
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 733
Gots: 862 | 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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4/5  rDev -6.3%

SalMineo, Nov 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Keith_R, Nov 09, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

tbone1384, Nov 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Dank26, Nov 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

CJS, Nov 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

EigenBeer, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of Beerenauslese
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a clean tulip glass.

Body is amber gold, chill hazed. Easily poured to an inch of off-white foam. Has moderate retention and lots of sticky lacing. There is some white stuff floating around in this beer and a little piece of dark matter; I hope to discover what this is.

Smells of light caramel malt, green, citrus and earthy hops, melon, caramel sugar.

Tastes much more interesting than it smells. I taste biscuit malt bill up front along with a light hop bitterness that lasts throughout the entire palate. After swallowing, there is a wave of pink grapefruit and orange citrus and some other tropical fruit/melon notes that are followed by green grassy hops and a light but lingering red grapefruit bitterness. There is a good amount of hops in this, but nicely balanced by the malt sugars. Tastes delicious and very smooth.

Body is medium and has a creamy mouthfeel. Coats the tongue with a medium viscosity and it feels nice to drink this beer.

Overall, a nicely hopped and very smooth IPA that is delicious. I want another glass of this. As for the floating particles, I found a couple pieces that seemed like paper. Maybe some airborne particles that fell into the can before it was filled and hopefully just a random thing.

Update: fresh new can, consumed 1/29/2013. Definitely some floating yeast sediment or other particulates in this beer. Still tastes delicious though.

Beerenauslese, Nov 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

crissy456, Nov 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

kevgod, Nov 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

randylangford, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of jucifer1818
2.6/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had this beer at Tallahassee brew-fest

If feel like my memory of this brew betrayed me when I had it
I recalled it being quite good, but I found myself feeling it as a very forgettable experience, and even less than that, I found it hard to drink

Its quite a dissipointment to me, especialy coming from what I see to be the best brewery in Florida

Id call it slightly below average, and you can easily pick somethign better

jucifer1818, Nov 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

gmcsierra91, Nov 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

JWing, Nov 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

jonas, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of SassieCassie
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is beer is pretty much what I have in mind when I think of an IPA.

Served in a pint glass, it has a nice golden/hazy color. The smell is pine-ish with some fruit mixed in, but not overbearing. There wasn't much of a head though....

The taste was citrus, with hints of grapefruit followed by just the right amount of hops. It is dry and balanced, but not too thick.

I would definitely recommend this one!

SassieCassie, Nov 03, 2012
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4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours cloudy bronze. Maybe two fingers of head that recedes to very light lacing.

Smells a little caramel with tropical fruits. Some mango in there.

Taste is ripe mango and a caramel biscuit flavor. Fruit flavors abound, I want to say guava as well. Some nice bitterness but it plays a supporting role. I had to think about the bitterness since it's so well integrated.

The beer really reflects the warm climate from which it comes.

The mouthfeel is really full for the style but works nicely.

Overall a great IPA. Just wish I could get it more.

Powderhornphil, Nov 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

jhartley, Oct 31, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

JonBeer, Oct 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

seplo, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of fmccormi
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip; bottling date of October 15, 2012 printed almost illegibly in red ink near the top, towards the back of the label on the yellow ring (“15 OCT 12” ??). Glad Cigar City uses bottling dates (especially with day, month, and year), but they could use something a little sturdier and clearer.

Appearance (3.5): Jai Alai pours a solid two fingers of off-white foam composed of some fine, and some rather coarse bubbles that slowly dies off. The body is a really, really nice, glowing orange-amber color that’s evenly hazy all the way through, perfect-looking body, really. Too bad the head is lacking: just a couple fat splotches of lace, not exceptional retention, and just a thin collar at the surface of the beer.

Smell (4.5): Just oodles and oodles of juicy citrus, bright and light but sweet and very fragrant, specifically sweet red grapefruit juice and some ripe pineapple. There’s a bit of resin on the back end, just enough to come off modestly dank. There’s a bready character underneath that’s easy to miss at first; it smells like toasted white bread (à la Elwood Blues). That sweet grapefruit character is so, so nice, though—great smelling stuff.

Taste (4.5): Starts with a modest bitterness, slightly pithy in nature, and moves into a great, great combination of sweet citrus (more grapefruit, some pineapple) that transitions into a moderately strong citrus-zest bitterness, like they brewed it with lime peels. It comes off a bit vegetal, too, but cleanly—not dirty, like raw onion and bad brussels sprouts, but clean like Centennial hops done right. There’s a little malt character underneath, just lightly bready and VERY lightly sugary, and it’s plain but does what it does well. No sense of alcohol or any yeast notes to speak of, just very dry and clean, respectively.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Modest carbonation, just a light foaming on the way down and little prickling to speak of; the body is a solid medium weight, however, and rather oily, which is great. Finishes pretty dry, and doesn’t feel like 7.5% ABV at all.

Overall (4.0): This is a great beer, and I love it, but it’s not quite a 4.5 overall. The smell is the best part for me, but the taste isn’t far behind. Cigar City used a great blend of hops and a pulled this one off very well—just very well-balanced without sacrificing in any way. My only real complaint is with the head, which could be thicker, chewier, and lacier, but that’s just me. This is a top-tier American IPA in my opinion, and certainly for the price it’s hard to beat. Now I just need to find it in cans!

fmccormi, Oct 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

jonathanogden, Oct 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

sendbeer, Oct 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Stinger80OH, Oct 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Cooper925, Oct 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

imperialking, Oct 24, 2012
Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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