Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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5,669 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,669
Reviews: 1,119
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 743
Gots: 930 | FT: 53
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%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: Appearance is nice. A rich dark yellow beer with little or no foaming. Lacing was similar to cat spit (but in a good way) and didn't hang around long.

S: Not much at all on the nose. Some wet biscuit and malty goodness but little else. I was expecting a lot more aromatics out of an IPA.

T: What it lacks in scent, it makes up for in taste. Very pleasing frontal earthy floral hops drip all over the tongue; lasting approximately five minutes on one pull of the glass. After which, the middle flavors of plum and apricot emerge and do a little dance with biscuity yeast undertones while the alcohol warms the sides of your mouth. The finish is dry, warm and fruity.

M: Ultra smooth due to little carbonation. A nice creamy wetness blankets the mouth, then fades to a fruited, sunny dryness.

O: Love it. On the first smell, I wasn't sure i'd like this beer at all because it has literally no hops smell. It's not an aroma hopped beer, but I think they dumped a ton of fresh hops in the boil.

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -29.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

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4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Filled growler at Whole Foods - DFH Snifter

Pours amazing, heavy looking brew with a nice fat head. Very healthy on the carbonation.

Smells nice and fruity, not too much on the nose but it's nice.

Taste is very bitter and dries out well on the back end.

Feels good, great dry bite.

Overall this is a solid IPA. I would definitely order it again.

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of DaveHS
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours clear amber with a thin, brilliant white head.

S-Floral and piny hop aromas. Fairly dry.

T/M-really well balanced. Starts off floral and slightly sweet. Resinous puny notes hit mid-palate, accompanied by a drying bitterness and warmth that extends all the way to the finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O-Worth seeking out.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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

A cellar temperature bottle is poured into a pint glass. Has a bottled on date of 6/23/11, so the beer is a little old, but other bottles in the six pack tasted fine, so I am going ahead and reviewing (and it's not like I'll have the chance to buy any Cigar City any time soon).

This is a beautiful IPA. Orange copper liquid is crystal clear, with plenty of rising carbonation visible inside. The head is pure white foam that leaves great lacing. Head retention is impressive.

Big hop aroma has plenty of grapefruit. Some sweetness is hiding in the mix, but it is minor. Smelling Jai Alai let's you know this beer is all about the hops.

The beer tastes hoppy, but isn't too bitter (perhaps that is because it is nearly 5 months old). Fruity bitter hops sit atop a layer of caramel sweetness. Grassy hops linger. That tastes good now, but I'd love to try it fresh.

Medium body and carbonation at a level higher than average. There is a little bit of a coat, and it has a good amount of hoppy bitterness in it. I am not feeling much of a hop oil presence. My lips are slightly sticky, but this doesn't feel like a 7.5% beer.

This particular bottle is a very good IPA, so I can only imagine that a fresher sample would be even better. If you see this beer for sale, buy some. Even if it isn't fresh, it will probably still be enjoyable.

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange with two fingers of off-white head that recedes into a thin cap with decent lacing.

S: Orange citrus up front along with surprising notes of sweet candy sugar and bubblegum. Grassy and earthy pine hop aromas follow with a dry finish.

T: Lots of grassy, piny, and earthy hop characters dominate the palate. There is a fairly strong bitterness on the finish and the candy sugar notes show up slightly in the aftertaste.

M: Medium body with frothy carbonation, this beer is slightly watery but the carbonation accentuates the hops well.

O: A pretty decent IPA, overall. I like the mix of sweet and hoppy on the nose, but it doesn't really translate to the flavor. It's a bit too bitter for my tastes and I'd like some more of the malt backbone to show up with the hop characters.

Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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