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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

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5,645 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,645
Reviews: 1,119
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 739
Gots: 913 | 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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3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crisp looking and deep gold/amber with some sediment present; exceptional foam, nearly a full inch; heavy lacing as well; smell-wise, this beer is really floral; smells like tangerines and oranges; Jai Alai has a pretty subdued taste given the heavy hints of hop and citrus on the nose; I'm getting notes of hops, bitter orange and tropical fruit, and some kind of cream; there is depth here, but I can't pinpoint what the layers are; it's crisp, creamy, and makes my glands salivate when I drink it; there's a solid malt-hop balance in the mouth; the bitter hops linger long on the tongue; overall, this is a solid IPA...plenty of punch packed without tasting too boozy. Great can of beer that I liken to Ska's Modus Hoperandi...with a little less bitter-hop up front and a lot more creaminess.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy orange-copper with plenty of small floaters; small off-white head.

S: Citrus and tropical fruits, mostly grapefruit and pineapple. More malt in the nose than the taste.

T: Hoppy bitterness up front with light malts on the back. Dominate flavors are hoppy citrus with some pine.

M: Not a ton of carbonation but a very nice mouthfeel. Some dryness on the back.

O: One of my favorite beers. Not as much balance as some other IPA's, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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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.

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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

Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 5,645 ratings.