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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

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5,200 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,200
Reviews: 1,089
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 695
Gots: 761 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

rJulianz, Jan 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

apetre070, Jan 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Skye1024, Jan 23, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

funnynoises, Jan 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

bchlr4lfe, Jan 22, 2012
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1/5  rDev -76.6%

dtbook, Jan 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Shilt, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of tlazaroff
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is nice, I immediately pick up citrus and pine on this one. Nice sweet tropical fruit on this one too.

Beautiful looking beer, it's a nice moderate amber topped with a fluffy white head made of big bubbles. Lacing is good on this one too.

Love the taste on Jai Alai! It has all those wonderful fruit notes from the nose with a nice sweet, malty background. It's bitter enough to be considered an IPA, but the malt plays a huge role in the taste of this one.

Mouthfeel is okay, loads of carbonation but not overt. Nice medium body.

Overall, this is probably one of the best East Coast IPAs that I've had. Easy drinking, but it's defiantly a sipper. Great job Cigar City!

tlazaroff, Jan 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

wrwhite174, Jan 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

zekeman17, Jan 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

SkinnyPigeon, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of Bobheed
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper, sort of rust color, with a finger size eggshell color head. Lots of lingering carbonation

S: Nice, citrusy type of bitterness, with some earthy elements, and something like cantaloupe.

T: Lots of fruity hops right upfront. A bit of some kind of earthy funkiness to it also. Near the end of the mouth I also get a little bit of strawberry.

M: Quite good, very carbonated and very thick, which goes well with the flavors in this one

Overall I thought it was pretty dang good. I acquired a few bottles in a trade, but I can see if I lived in a market that sold Cigar City, this could easily be a "go-to" IPA

Bobheed, Jan 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

LuCkYxCh4rMz, Jan 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

mhaugo, Jan 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

ricksrealm, Jan 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

HodLover, Jan 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

docrates, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of olfolxholme
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip (thanks, hdelavega!)

A - Very cloudy copper color. Pours with about 1 finger of white head. Not much retention or lacing, but some. Bottle artwork shows a Jai Alai player throwing a hop cone. There's a brief explanation of why they chose the name, food pairing suggestions, and a bottling date of Dec 2011.

S - First impression is great - smells fantastic even in the bottle. "Classic American hop aroma" that reminds me of Lagunitas. Something metallic/"dusty" in the background occasionally.

T - Classic, resiny, American hops. Super smooth. Perfect balance with the malts. Crazy delicious at first, but did acquire a little of that metallic/"dusty" flavor after it warmed up, and also some pine needle flavor. Still, great tasting overall.

M - Nice medium weight mouthfeel, refreshing for sure.

O - I really enjoyed this. It's really easy to drink fast, and as long as you are being careful, I think that's the way to drink it. There were a few little metallic notes that crept in here and there - I think that this would be more pronounced if you were sipping slowly, writing a review for some website. Bottle was shipped from Florida, so that may have affected it. All in all, quite glad I got to try this. Definitely recommended!

olfolxholme, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of Jeffo
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a big, medium looking, off-white head with very good retention. Hazy tenne orange in color with higher levels of carbonation evident. Head is very persistent, but eventually fades to a large foam cap that sticks around forever. Head finally recedes to a good cap and coats the glass with lacing all the way down.

SMELL: Big, wonderful nose on this one. Pale malts, honeydew melon, grapefruit and citrus notes. Floral hops as well, but this one is a big, citrus bomb. Grapefruit, lemon and orange peel everywhere. Very bold and fruity.

TASTE: Pale malts and caramel up front with a citrus forward and bitter hop finish. Grapefruit and lemon with some bitter flower hop notes as well. Bold and persistent aftertaste is plenty bitter with citrus and flowery hops and a touch of melon sweetness to balance it out. Very nice and flavorful, though oddly enough, not quite as impressive as the nose. A little more up front would help, but this is so close to a 4.5.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Very creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Very nice here as well.

OVERALL: This is really, really good. One of the better IPAs out there, and it throws a lot of flavor at you while keeping the ABV to a modest 7.5%. Could have the flavor profile of a double IPA in that regard. Another quality brew for Cigar City, this is definitely one I could drink regularly. Recommended.

Jeffo, Jan 17, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

SteinTilter, Jan 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

hilgart1, Jan 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

ElGallo, Jan 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

kaelingirl, Jan 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

thrsty1, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of sidetracked
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber with a good cream head. Good head retention, but no lacing.

Smell is bitter piney hops, tropical fruit, and slightly sweet caramel malt.

Taste upfront is lots of piney hops. Light bready and toasted malts barely cut through the hop bitterness in the middle. Hoppy finish of citrus, pine, grass, and some tropical fruit sweetness. Little oaky and dank. Lingering bitterness of tropical fruit and pine.

Medium body with low to moderate carbonation. Slightly oily.

Nice piney hoppiness. Surprisingly different from a lot of other IPAs. Reminds me of the Valley IPAs a bit.


sidetracked, Jan 16, 2012
Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 5,200 ratings.