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Jai Alai IPA | Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

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

Added by cjgator3 on 12-05-2008

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz can,into a Cigar City IPA Spiegelau glass.

Thick frothy,white,1 1/2 finger head that retains well,and leaves a beautiful lacing on the glass.The poor created a beautiful cascade,that went from the top,to the bottom of the glass.Dark gold / amber in color.Moderate carbonation,that rises fast.The light coming through the glass is plenty,but it is distorted light,and there are alot of small particles floating around.

The nose is very hop forward,you have alot of citrus,and pine aromas.This was the beer that got me started on craft beer,and it was because a friend told me it smelled like really good weed lol.And that fragrance still holds true today! Some earthy notes as well from the hops.

The palate follows the nose,very hop forward IPA.Pine resin,grapefruit,some sweet malts to balance it out.I also get some earthy hop notes.A very nice bitter back end to finish it out.This is a great tasting IPA.

The body is medium,with a good amount of punch from the hops,and the carbonation.Medium dry finish,very smooth going down.

This is a go to IPA for me ,living in the state of Florida.Looks great in the glass,smells amazing,has that great IPA taste without too much bitterness,and feels great going down.This is the beer that got me into craft beers,and I am truly going to miss drinking it when I move to Massachusetts.

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Photo of flgimp
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours smoky copper with a rich thick head in a pilsner glass. Laces the interior as you drink. Aromas of citrus and pine. Up front taste is hoppy but not overwhelming. After taste of citrus fruit comes through slightly bitter and warm. Mouth is full and creamy. Overall this is an awesome IPA, right up there with my all time favorites.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

-canned 08.16.16. Consumed 11.10.16 in spiegelau ipa ipa glass.

A: Bright glowing sunset orange with a dense nature. Thin, milky chalk white head of short attention lapses to a skim covering. Moderate paced micro-effervesce.

S: Tropical pineapple-orange is bright with wet citrus. Soft background of grassy hops. Average strength, finishes with a soft dried tropical mangoes-oranges.

T: Flavor was creamy dry oranges and pineapple-citrus. Flowery hops of high level of bitterness. Pine,dry tropical fruit, with a warming sense of citrus alcohol on the swalllow.

M: Medium full creamy with a nice feel.

O: High amount of flavor and bittering hops. Lush, creamy mouthful, good presentation. After 3 months still holds up strong with exception of nose. Definite must try.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Translucent, slightly hazy dark orange, almost copper, with a creamy, off white head. Excellent retention and lacing.

S: Quite sweet, both fruity and malty. Juicy blood orange, candied orange peel, mango and pineapple, very biscuity malt with brown sugar, and grape jelly, with woody and herbal undertones.

T: Upfront, you get the candied orange, orange marmalade, some mango, pineapple, and hints of apricot. In the middle, a big push of brown bread, bordering on brown sugar and caramel. On the finish, I get a very distinct grape jelly flavor, though whether this is from the yeast, hops, malt, or some bizarre combination, I do not know. Finishes with a very faint bitterness, some grapefruit and orange peel, just enough to balance it out, although this remains a mostly sweet IPA.

F: A nice, smooth, almost creamy body, with ample carbonation. Drinks very nicely.

O: A really interesting take on IPA. Not really my personal preference as far as IPAs go, but certainly enjoyable to try.

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Photo of DarkSideOfTheMoon
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Lots of sticky, off-white foam. Transparent copper orange color with a fair amount of carbonation. Soapy lacing as the glass is emptied. Smell is pungent citrus and pine. Taste is overloaded with hops up front but does not linger very long. Seems to take a backseat to the underlying malt by the end of the sip. Far more complex than your average IPA. Mouthfeel is full and the hops continues to bite the back of your mouth after the initial sip. Very good IPA albeit not the best. Would definitely have it again if offered to me!

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can with a canned on date of 10/5/16; into a pint glass.
Appearance- dark gold, orange with gorgeous floating sediment; thin to medium, white head. Lacing is solid!
Smell - very tropical with strong pineapple notes; teamed well with an orange citrus!
Taste - matches the nose beautifully with the heavy pineapple and orange flavors!
Feel - phenomenal mesh of tropical and citrus sweetness and bitterness; smooth easy drinker!
Overall - supremely made easy drinking IPA and in a can, no less!

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Photo of DaveinFF
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice IPA. Poured a nice copper-apricot color with fine white head that held for a while. Very nice body with fine carbonation. Not much of a nose, hint of pine. Pine resin upfront with some bitter citrus and some malt sweetness on the backend which is a nice finish.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fruity, piney and floral hops balanced with fine, almost peppery, malts make this beer a pleasure to drink. It's bold and could be consider as a dipa, it has the profil. It's west coast style even if it's brewed in Florida

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Photo of sorthcj
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz cans either poured into a glass or straight from the can.

Appearance is golden and slightly hazy.

Aroma is very citrusy followed by intense grapefruit and pineapple. Smells delicious

Taste follows the aroma perfectly. Citrus, pineapple, grapefruit and I believe the occasional banana .?.?
Mild hops and finishes earthy.

Mouthfeel is mild carbonation, light and crisp.

Overall Jai Alai is by far my favorite IPA.
Great living in Tampa area and having this brew in my backyard.

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Photo of jonwiseman
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The best beer in the state and one of my favorites nationally. Beautiful light copper unfiltered color. Superb head leaves a full glass of lacing. Smell is all orange peel. Mouthfeel is full and enough hops to retain a smooth oily feel. Taste is orange citrus initially with grapefruit retention in the finish. 100 percent better on tap than canned. A superb IPA that warrants it's world class rating. And one of my three favorite beers of all time.

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Photo of NAGamecock
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful IPA. It is less citrusy than your average American IPA, but there is a subtle grapefruit that comes through. I pick up a nice malt balancing out the hops with a hint of tobacco. Overall, this is an excellent ale that will be a part of my regular rotation.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Color is a deep thick honey with an orange hue. The smell indicates a heavy citrus/orange flavor, but the taste does not follow suit, and that is a great thing. I love this beer, full of hoppy flavor and just a hint of bitterness. Very well balanced beer.

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Photo of pezhead_79
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Well, this may be my new favorite everyday IPA. Smooth with a great finish, not too hoppy. I drank this so fast I need more. Just a solid year-round beer.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Single can purchased at United Ale House in Ft. Myers. Pours a golden, copper, amber hue, with moderate frothing. Strong aroma of citrus zest with notes of lemon, grapefruit, and pine. Very similar flavor, with strong pine presence. Extremely well balanced and very drinkable. Recommended.

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Photo of ABrigg42
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As a Tampa native, I am so damn proud of this beer. This was one of the best beers I've ever had so far (although my journey has only yet begun).

Look: Pours a beautiful dark gold with a thick foam head that retains for a while and then leaves a film. Just watching it made me giddy.

Smell: Mmmmm, hops! So piney and fruity! Makes your mouth water.

Taste: A bitterness that awakens your taste buds and then settles to notes of grapefruit rind (and I also tasted pineapple but I don't know if it was the general consensus).

Feel: Smooth, crisp, slightly thick on the palate but that's just my opinion.

Overall: Absolutely delicious, completely turned me around on IPA's and I'm not looking back anytime soon.

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Photo of BRLockwood
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just moving to Florida! Have had this before but am now drinking it more regularly. It has really grown on me and is now my go to beer? Love the fruit and piney tastes! Has a nice lacing head. Glad I came back to this and lucky enough to have it available fresh year round!

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Photo of PotatoHorse
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Never heard of CCB but it's the only IPA on tap tonight at Ugly Oyster, Reading,PA Having my second one. Agree with all the positive reviews here. Served in a pint glass, nice foamy head. Great flavor. Never noticed that it's a 7.5 abv brew.

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Mucky Duck, Captiva Island, FL.
Nice lacing, aroma dominated by the Citra hops.
This beer is perfectly balanced with a bitter, yet smooth finish, and a great malt backbone that just keeps this propped up. Great beer!

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Photo of Eeroomnhoj
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a growler from a local beer store and poured a glass the first night in a regular beer glass. Beer poured a golden color and you could taste a slight bitterness (not much though). I would drink this one again in the summer or the winter.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 06/30/16 into a Speigelau IPA glass. Pours a bronze orange with 2 fingers of variable density white head that left substantial lacing. Nose is great, nice balance of citrus with some tropical fruit, including mango and pineapple. The taste is good, mirrors the nose with some sweetness, but honestly the nose built up an expectation that I didn't feel the taste matched. Substantial astringency on the finish with some bitterness, bit of a citrus (perhaps grapefruit) that lingers. Mouthfeel is nice, just enough body but yet still easy drinking, carbonation is medium. It's a damn good IPA!

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Photo of The_Epopt
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Juicy juicy ya ya yeah yeah! Beer so good you sing disco. Gorgeous color, smells divine, and the flavor, piney/tropical up front with a rolling cascade down the tongue leaving a mellow yet increasing bitter at the back of your palate. Not as deadly as the sport but we'll played Cigar City

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Photo of MacMalt
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 7/5/2016. Poured into pint glass. It pours a cloudy orange-amber color with one finger of milk-white head and lacing. It features a nice strong, fruity aroma of lemon peel, orange, pineapple, and floral hops. The taste is very fruity: tangerine, lemon, and mango; with a malty backbone and a hint of caramel. It also has an interesting spicy finish that complements the hops. It's really a unique flavor that I can't compare to other IPA's I've had. The mouth feel is rather chewy with moderate carbonation, and its 7.5% ABV is barely noticeable. I could see drinking a few of these by the pool or at the shore. Overall, Jai Alai is a well-crafted, delicious, and unique IPA that merits its outstanding rating.

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Photo of Icraveipa1
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I have to admit there is no other beer like this one . I have sampled a 100 or so IPA styles and only a few have the overall drinkable satisfaction this has to offer. Blessed to have this remarkable beer made 20 miles from my refrigerator. Cheers. !!! Must try it to believe yourself.

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Photo of DuaneL
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very damn good IPA - all the things I look for -- citrusy and yes - rather bitter!! Good, lasting head and copper color. Had on tap at Tria at Rittenhouse, Phila where, btw it was reasonably priced at $6 a pint.

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Photo of beerbully
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter

L-Light copper, 3/4 inch head with some retention, thick lacing

S-Fruity hops.......Pineapple, orange, papaya, bubble gum,

T-Follows the nose..........Fruity hops, sweet malts with a mild bitter finish..........Starts with Orange citrus, pineapple......sweet bubble gum in the middle and finishes with lemon zest and piney bitterness

F-Less than medium body......mild carbonation

O-dangerously drinkable.........tasty brew that deserves to be in anyone hop lovers regular rotation

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