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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

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5,338 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,338
Reviews: 1,095
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 715
Gots: 807 | FT: 55
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Zaphog, Mar 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

marine1975, Mar 30, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Deshon2688, Mar 30, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

pixieskid, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of flyingpig
3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Light amber beer with tinges of red & a foamy, thumb sized white head with good retention.

Strong, pine like hop aroma that has a touches of tropical fruit and citrus throughout. This is followed by some floral notes and a little grapefruit too.

Hops with lots of pine and tropical fruits with a huge bitter kick from the middle until the very end. There is some grapefruit and bitter lemon but not a lot else.

Medium bodied and a tiny bit chewy with huge bitter pine notes that linger long after the drink. The beer is moderately carbonated and goes down well.

I enjoyed this beer but not as much as I was hoping for, I felt that it was just that little bitter too bitter for my liking but still a quality beer.

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flyingpig, Mar 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

AlCzerik, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of musicforairports
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle says 17 March 2012. Not sure if that's when it was bottled or when it's best by, and an internet search didn't help. It's 27 March today, so this is either really fresh or old.

Nice golden color, hazy. Decent head.

Smells of tropical fruit, melon and pine.

Flavor is a blend of citrus and pineapple notes coupled with some pine. Some caramel as well. Juicy hop flavor is somewhat prickly in the finish.

Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

In all, this is a decent IPA. A bit unique with its fruity notes, which differ from some other IPAs.

musicforairports, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jai Alai into a pint. Didn't think Cigar City had bottling info, but there is a date of 'JAN2012' stamped on the side of the bottle. Not sure if it's a bottle date or a best-by. Hoping it's the former.

Pours a very hazy orange-amber with thinning glow. Puffy, loose head holds just fine. A bit rocky. Didn't lace at all, but I DID just wash the glass. 3.5

Moldy tropical fruits, alfalfa, and lemon. Musty malt wrapping up the nose. Not terribly impressive. 3.5

Earthy bitterness and fruity zing. Nice juicy pineapple middle with some insinuations of papaya or mango. Implied hop fruits have a lot of rind. Reminds me a bit of Two Hearted, but not as floral. Tartness matches the bitterness in the finish. Malts are roasty-toasty for an IPA, not too shabby. 4.0

Feels great. Drinkable as all hell and with a nice flushing spritz. Smooth-bodied and even. 4.5

My first Cigar City brew, and a good one. My only concern is that the bottle was not fresh enough. Still glad to have had. 4.0

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Revisiting Jai Alai, this time out of the can. Canned on 11/13/12. Enjoyed on 12/27/12.

Pours a sudsy and sediment-laden orange/amber with a nice and creamy peach-white head. Gave a great starter lace ring with some more residuals stuck to the glass after each big sip. The floaties seem to suspend in the beer uniformly. I didn't realize this was can-conditioned. 3.0

Bright tangerine, melon, and grassy aromas. Pulling through other hop smells of orange and honeysuckle. Honey is an element in the pale malts, as well. Very biscuity and almost lightly caramelized, but still showcasing the citrusy hop nose. Nice. 4.0

Citrus bitter and zingy. Pithy with more grapefruit, tangerine, and honeysuckle coming out over anything else. Lightly floral in flavor with honey malts and biscuity grain. Dry and hempy. Firmly bitter, with some threshold astringency. Citric acidity is nearly balancing. Lots of leafiness from the hops. Clean, bitter finish with a spike in alcohol sustaining its note. 4.0

Fully gulpable. Medium body has some resinous character in feel, but otherwise very smooth. Short, bursty carbonation cuts into each bite, but dispels upon an easy swallow. A nice aspect. 4.0

Very good IPA. Happy to have enjoyed again, and this time, served to me differently. Month-and-a-half age is still something I'd like to cut back on in the future with a fresher bottle or can. Recommended. 4.5

thecheapies, Mar 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

VonZipper, Mar 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

FishPondManager, Mar 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

Scout11, Mar 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Zachb4au, Mar 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

augie, Mar 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

jisak74, Mar 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Metal4Breakfast, Mar 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Rogee64, Mar 21, 2012
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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
Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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