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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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4/5  rDev -6.3%

ohtheguilt, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of FanofHefe
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle dated Dec 2011 - which I hope is the bottling date and not the "best by" date, although it wouldn't be too old. Pours a clear copper/amber body with a solid nearly two-finger white head. Good lacing and retention.

Strong tropical hop notes come out immediately. Pineapple is prominent and some grassy and pine resin notes follow. Some caramel malt blends in as well.

Excellent flavor blend that follows the aroma fairly closely. But, the more bitter notes come through more in the taste than the aroma. Also, the sweet malt backbone is solid and gives a nice balance.

Medium texture in the mouthfeel with a bit of oily hops noticeable and a very smooth feel for an IPA. I almost hate to say it, but if I could get this regularly, it would clearly rival Two Hearted for place in my beer fridge. Highly recommended.

FanofHefe, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of crossovert
3.4/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Batch 5 Oct 2011.

It pours a clear amber with a big off-white head that leaves quite a bit of lacing.

The smell here to me at least isn't world class. It is nice though. Definitely some pineapple, passion fruit, grassiness. It is very candy-like. I don't usually get these scents form Simcoe which it lists on the bottle. Odd.

The flavor is unique. It is very tropical. I am starting to get even this coconut scent and flavor. There is also banana runt and some grapefruit bitterness in the finish. The malt is very honeydewish with some sweetness.

It has candy notes all over it, not sure where it is coming from. I can see why people dig this one, it is definitely unique among IPAs and tasty to boot.

crossovert, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of BucBasil
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on top in a pint glass at the Cigar City tasting room in Tampa.

A: Orange with off white head.

S: Citrsuy, all around solid. Lightly hoppy and balanced. Really nice.

T: Resiny, bitter. some citrus, pine. Average. Very drinakable.

Overall, a good balanced IPA that is great for drinking with friends, but still has a good taste to it.

BucBasil, Jan 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

wdarcy77, Jan 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

Skylermandela, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of sloescher
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber, white head that drops gradually and leaves sparse lacing.

S: Flowery smell with some citrus. Not an overwhelming hoppy smell.

T: Citrus/fruit & floral hops first, followed by sweet caramel malt, then growing bitterness that lingers. Excellent taste and not overly bitter but balanced.

M: Medium/high carbonation and medium body; neutral or slightly dry finish; little alcohol warming.

O: This is an excellent IPA and very enjoyable. Very solid example of a good balanced IPA.

sloescher, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of Treebs
3.48/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle served in a FFF Anniversary pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden straw with amber highlights in the body. A thin white head forms on the pour and subsides to a thin film that leaves nice sticky lace down the glass.

S: Lots of fruits, mainly tropical, with a mango pulp sticking out in the forefront. Some light bitterness as well.

T: The mango heavy body from the nose is much more subdued in the taste. Good combination of citrus fruits and nice sweet malt body. Slight alcohol taste is present.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation and lingering bitter hop on the palate.

O: This was a nice beer, but nothing stood out. The mango pulp body in the nose was different than any other IPA I've tasted.

Treebs, Jan 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

davesway10, Jan 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

GuisseppeFranco, Dec 31, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

jtmcgraw, Dec 30, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

PaBeerLover, Dec 30, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

cosmonick, Dec 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Jamstone714, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of dasenebler
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32oz swing-top growler from Decicco's in Brewster, NY.

Pours a hazy dark amber with a two-finger head. Retention is average, lacing is solid.

Nose is full of dank, sticky hops, along with a grapefruit-citrus character. Nice.

The flavor is resinous and aggressively hoppy. More woody and dank than citrusy. Bitter, especially on the finish. Malt backbone is rich, providing a certain sweetness. Alcohol is somewhat detectable. Mouthfeel is a bit oily, with medium carbonation.

Really good IPA here, though I'm not sure how fresh the keg from which this growler came was.

dasenebler, Dec 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

jbear68, Dec 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

BrewtalAlement, Dec 29, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

htrae2014, Dec 29, 2011
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1/5  rDev -76.6%

MyTBeerDrinker, Dec 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Stiggy, Dec 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

JeffTaylor1130, Dec 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

thatdirtymick, Dec 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

RVALawyer, Dec 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

cbgbslev, Dec 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

GrindFatherBob, Dec 28, 2011
Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 5,338 ratings.