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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

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5,197 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,197
Reviews: 1,089
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 695
Gots: 758 | FT: 57
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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5/5  rDev +17.1%

sevenmoist, Mar 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

twbeecher, Mar 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

binx, Mar 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

GirlLovesBeer, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of EMPotter
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Without a doubt one of the best IPA'S in the world. Lots of character to the senses and one of the only IPA's I consistently find myself enjoying and recommending to friends.

A- Hazy, dark amber/orange color with a nice level of carbonation and froth at pouring.
S- Very hoppie with tropical/citrus, grass, and sweet honey undertones.
T- Very complex with a great balance of hops, citrus, grass and pine
M- Crisp bold flavors that stay on the tongue with a nice balance of bitterness and carbonation.
D- Excellent IPA. Jai Alai compliments spicy foods and barbeques.

Update: 7/5/12, thank God I live in Tampa and can spend time in the CCB tasteing room. I have sampled over 25 IPA's since this review and still can't find one that compares. Great IPA!

EMPotter, Mar 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

SHCC, Mar 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Ted, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of buschbeer
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
Served in a conical pint glass

A - It pours an orangish amber with golden highlights. It has a slight haze to it. It is topped with a couple inches of off white head.

S - I got a noseful of tropical fruit as I poured it. It is a nice blend of citrus and tropical fruit.

T - There is definitely more bite in the taste. The tropical and citrus flavors are muted by the biting pine.

M - Moderate with ample carbonation.

O - This beer definitely attacks the senses. The tropical aroma was wonderful, while the bitter pine kind of caught me off guard on the taste. I expected the tropical and citrus to continue in the flavor.

buschbeer, Mar 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

BlakeL, Mar 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Crimsontider22, Mar 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

bentonquest, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of chocosushi
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Botte December 20, 2011->Cigar City Tulip
A ~ Pours a very pure Amber with slight clarity. Medium carb.

S ~ Tropical notes of tough mango & lychee fruit. Hints of lime zest & peaches in syrup with a pine undercurrent.

T ~ Mango follows through with a strong toasted bread note carrying through. Guava jelly. Notes of Strawberry candy as well. Hints of mulch.

M ~ There are esters in this beer that throw me off quite a bit at first, but upon warming up, the balance is there. Very smooth carbonation on the palette.

D ~ A very good IPA that is better closer to room temp. Thanks Pops!

chocosushi, Mar 17, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1142nd Review on BA
Bottle to Pint

Purchased at Total Wine Tampa for $1.79

App- A darker golden glowing orange with some yellow highlights. A 1/2 finger of head with some decent cling.

Smell- A nice hoppy bitter note on the nose with lighter citrus notes. A bit small and one sided with some pine as well.

Taste- A medium bitter IPA with a good backing malt note. Citrus, spicy and a bit of pepper with lots of pine.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Bitter and citrus remain.

Drink- It's a good IPA. Nice flavors develop and envelop and it's a quick drinking beer. Has a very refreshing combo of the pine/citrus.

FosterJM, Mar 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

splendidsplinter, Mar 15, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (JULY05) into a pint glass.

A moderate pour yields a 2-finger cream-colored head that never disappears. The body is a hazy copper orange with a fantastic amount of small, fast-rising carbonation bubbles. Thick lacing clings to the sides of the glass in one even, never-ending sheet.

Juicy tropical fruit aromas are really crammed into this one with notes of ripe grapefruit, cantaloupe, and nectarines. Just a touch of pine and grainy malts add depth and structure.

Sweet and bitter from the start, this beer brings plenty of hops flavors to the party. An overlying piney bitterness accompanies flavors of grapefruit, tangerine, and caramel malts. Upon swallowing, floral hops flavors emerge and combine nicely with the still lingering juicy citrus flavors. More pine bitterness soon sneaks in and persists near the back of the throat as an aftertaste.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is both smooth and creamy. The body never becomes sticky or coating and rolls over the tongue easily. The carbonation is a bit fizzy but must be doing wonders to support the body so well. The swallow is crisp and satisfying while the finish is juicy.

output01x, Mar 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

roadhouse, Mar 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

laymansbeerfan, Mar 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

canadianghetto, Mar 13, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -41.5%

RonnieRotten, Mar 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

DSlim71, Mar 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Tyrawlings, Mar 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

wchasse222, Mar 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

UltimateLivewire, Mar 11, 2012
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Bilco, Mar 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

TheSamsquanch, Mar 09, 2012
Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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