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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

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5,787 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,787
Reviews: 1,138
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 784
Gots: 1,002 | FT: 56
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cjgator3 on 12-05-2008

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
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Photo of SolarMikey
3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tried this beer side-by-side with its white oak-aged cousin, though I'm not letting that impact my review. The bottle was dated August 2011, and so I look forward to trying it fresher at the brewery later this week.

The beer is golden amber with a good amount of carbonation, and the fluffy head ends up as a thin continual layer. It has a classical IPA aroma of hops and bready malts.

The hops and bready malts also dominate the flavor, though the beer has a nice fizz to it, almost more so than the oak-aged version. The mouthfeel is medium and smooth.

I'd recommend this simple and straightforward IPA -- it completely hits the spot -- though it pales in comparison to the more experimental varieties out there.

Photo of whitekiboko
2/5  rDev -53.2%

Photo of CSQ1111
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of DrewShal9
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of Brown120
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of wafers
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A mahogany color with a decent amount of whitish foam head which clings to side of glass
S: Very light aroma-wise, some grassy hops
T: Balanced well, definite tangy hops up front, followed by a distinct sweetness with a hint of bready malts
M: Good texture, not too thick or resiny
O: This is an awesome IPA...not overly bitter...a good amount of sweetness to go along with the grassy hops...I have not seen this often where I live but would definitely drink it again

Photo of jamiekimble
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of phishinNYC
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of hopmeister
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of oneturbucfan
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of GehenHerzog
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of HopHead32361
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of mdagnew
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle bought from MyBreweryTap.com

Poured a golden yellow colour... White head poured fairly thick and foamy then faded to decent light covering... light carbonation... good sticky lacing lines cling to the glass...

Aroma - Light maltiness and tropical fruit mixed with a good dose of citrusy and peppery hops, pine, tart fruits (grapefruit, lemons, apples), very floral, faint honey sweetness, light breadiness, some sea salt...

Taste - Good grassy and citrus hop bitterness, light pine, tart fruits (grapefruits, apples), light sweet biscuit malts, peppery, some salty notes, floral and perfumed...

Feel - Quite smooth with a little bite underneath... light / medium body. Very, very quaffable and refreshing...

Overall - A excellent, straightforward, hoppy IPA... recommended...

Photo of denimdemon
3.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of JMWEB2
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very unique colored body for this beer its like a cloudy orange red. Head fades leaving a thin white foam rim.

S: I smelled the tropical/ citrus sweetness, and hops of course, very pleasing.

T: The tropical fruitiness is present, and the citric hops as well, very mild for an IPA.

M: Medium body, and medium carbonation, pretty easy drinking IPA.

O: A very nice IPA, certainly will enjoy another.

Photo of Soneast
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange color, with a 2-finge thick, white creamy head that hangs around for a good amount of time, dropping rings of lace on the glass with each sip.

Aroma is definitely hop forward, a nice combination of tropical and citrus fruits, tangerine and mango with a hint of orange.

The flavor packs a hoppy punch but is balanced very well, with a clean, relatively dry finish. I get a nice grapefruit flavor up front with hints of tangerine and a decent caramel sweetness for balance, that doesn't hang on the palate.

This is a top notch IPA. Very delicious hop flavors that aren't overpowered by any maltiness, with a nice clean finish that isn't overly bitter. My first CCB beer...consider me a fan!

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of CelticAleMan
3.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of eaphikap
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of vicsju1991
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from 12 oz bottle into duvel snifter
A - 1 finger white head, beautiful amber body, good lacing and head retention
S - citrusy hops, little pine
T - a little weak, granted i am in pennsylvania, and this is from fla, but still good citrusy hops
M - very creamy and smooth
O - a very very good IPA

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Nachojon
3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


A- Copper haze. Nice 1 finger head. No lacing. Really good looking beer.

S- Sweet, some warm hops and citrus. Not the hop-bomb aromatically that I expected, but a nice smelling beer, a little too sweet orangy for my taste.

T- A lot of clementine, vanilla, and even ginger here. It's not unpleasant, just not what I expected, or hoped for. Not a lot of hops, a little too sweet overall.

M- Stickier than I like my IPAs, none of the crisp hoppy tongue burn I crave.

O- A little disappointing overall. It is an above average beer but not quite as good as I expected.

Photo of dejrrma
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of BrokenStones
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy copper into a pint glass. 1 inch head that stays up for a while.
Delicious bouquet, citrus hops, some tropical fruits, sweet and devious scent.
Sweet on the tongue, 7.5% ABV kicking in along with the hops.
A hint of buttery nice caramel in the background.
Hoppy, but not overwhelming.
A great everyday IPA.
Happy that Jai Alai is now on NYC shelves!
Highly recommended!

Photo of pocwolf
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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