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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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95
world-class

5,190 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 5,190
Reviews: 1,089
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 695
Gots: 755 | FT: 57
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%

JVoyager, May 26, 2014
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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%

portmand1ngo, May 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

little_star, May 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

let8it8grow, May 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

JamLand, May 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

markjarema11, May 24, 2014
Photo of siege06nd
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%

Canned on 4/24 and poured into my nonic pint...

A. Pours a clean honey gold, slightly coppery around the edges. A finger of eggshell white head with good retention and excellent lacing. Head settles to a half finger and sustains throughout the session.

S. Lots of citrus character, particularly mangoes, tangerine, pineapple, and other tropical fruit. A fairly prominent green hop note, and then lots of malt backbone, providing a doughy, biscuit-like essence. Thick and juicy nose for an IPA.

T. Big tropical and mango notes up front, cut quickly across the mid with piney and earthy bitterness. All resolves into a very biscuity, slightly sweet malt backbone.

M. Moderately carved and on the sweeter side for an IPA. It's big and luscious, not a crisp, dank, hopfest that the best in this style offer. But it's different enough to be interesting, and while malty, it doesn't taste stale.

O. One of the better IPAs available. It has a fairly sweet and robust body and is more malt-forward than most, but the tropical flavors and the very green, grassy bitterness provide a nice counterpunch. In the end, everything comes together very nicely, leaving you with a beer that is better than the sum of its parts. There are a lot of IPAs out there, but few as unique as Cigar City Brewing's Jai Alai. Recommended. Cheers!

siege06nd, May 24, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Sean32, May 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Valentno7, May 24, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

tkdchampxi, May 24, 2014
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4.11/5  rDev -3.7%

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. can into a pint glass. CANNED 4/23/14. Exactly 1 month old!

Appearance: Pours a brilliant orange with a thick billowy white head. Near perfect!

Smell: Sweet pale and caramel malt. Not terribly hoppy in the aroma. Surprising.

Taste: Wow, much more malty than I remember. I was expecting a tropical fruit hop bomb. Caramel and molasses flavor. Hops are more straight forward bitter, rather than tropical, citrusy, or sweet.

Mouthfeel: Nice, full bodied and mouth coating. Tongue puckering bitterness.

Overall: I had this on vacation in Florida this past winter and loved this. Not sure why this is coming off so malty to me this time around. I'll keep drinking this week and see if my perception changes.

JednoPivoProsim, May 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

dfhhead25, May 23, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Dragongoat13, May 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

jlg79fe, May 23, 2014
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3.56/5  rDev -16.6%

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me a can of this

Consumed 5/23/14

Appearance: Lightly hazy but mostly clear, kind of a burnt honey color with some copper, orange, and gold tones - pours with an average-sized, off-white head, fades to a few sips of a cap but leaves a spotty wall of lacing

Smell: Definitely hoppy in a juicy, fruity way - ripe orange, tangerine, and ruby red grapefruit flesh, along with some hints of pineapple and maybe some mango - very wet and juicy - malts are on the sweet side, with bready malts, caramel, and biscuit dough - somewhat dank as well

Taste: Marmalade on toast? - very citrusy with a load of bread and caramel sweetness - sweet tangerine and orange flesh, ruby red grapefruit, tons of grapefruit pith, and some mango - pale malts, bread, lightly toasted biscuits, and then more bread - alcohol is oddly obvious (particularly weird since it's not high) - moderately bitter with some sweetness, finishes resiny and sticky

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, adequate carbonation, sticky and sweet finish with some lingering, pithy bitterness

Overall: The messy game

I had a couple bottles of this back in 2011 and never actually posted a review because I wasn't particularly impressed by the beer. I thought I might have had a couple of bad bottles or something. Now, hundreds of beers later, I can say with confidence that Jai Alai is not really what I'm looking for in an IPA. It smells great, but it's too sweet and too sticky. All of the wood-aged variants are a notable improvement.

angrybabboon, May 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

timoteo833, May 21, 2014
Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 5,190 ratings.