Jai Alai IPA | Cigar City Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#633
Reviews:
1,574
Ratings:
8,159
pDev:
9.35%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
1,045
Gots:
2,444
Trade:
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Photo of The_Beer_Guru
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BenTN
3.79/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of antimasone
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of edward_boumil
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Solid IPA, has a nice citrus quality and likely mosaic? Has that blueberry like fruitiness to it. Really what I like about the flavor though is a nice malt backbone, toasty and slightly caramelized sugar note, provides a nice backbone without being overwhelming. Mouthfeel is a tad heavy but still for the most part easy drinking, a bit dry however.
Bitterness level is medium, carbonation on the higher end.
Really this is a great beer that's likely quite sessionable

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Photo of dsm45
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chilmer
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JonBoy23
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SuomenAmerikkalainen
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of elopezh
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cmoore32
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucular
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My first time trying the fabled Jai Alai. Cigar City is new to MD and the can is 18 days old. From what I hear, this may be the only time I see this beer fresh. Haha. Anyhow, it looks great with a nice white head. Smell is of citrus and tropical fruit with a touch of pine and alcohol. Solid but not anything special. Oh well.

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Photo of Ahypercube
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just wow. The moment I saw this in Whole Foods' fridge, I was struck with desire. I recognized it immediately because it was in a can, and the image on here is of a can.

L: And what a beautiful can it is; tastefully decorated with bright bold colors and sporting an equally developed and vivid theme.
Poured fridge temp into a nonic pint, it produces three fingers of thick and whippy cream head that leaves wide bands of lacing when it finally settles down. Orange amber body has a notable chill haze. Once it warmed to about 50° I could read this page through it. Retention is incredible. About 1/8th inch of film lingers over 30 minutes.

S: Immediately a rich maple syrup note pops out, followed by juicy tropical hop notes of papaya, mango, pineapple and tangerine which is balanced by a dry underripe banana ending in lemon rind and a hint of herbal sage. Malt presence is resinous and roasty, with a hint of agave nectar and honey, and acts as an excellent canvas for the fresh hops.

T: Follows that nose profile perfectly, as banana and mango tumble over a field of wheat drizzled with sticky maple syrup, into a pile of tangerines, then getting tangled in a sage bush while running away from the seller.

F: Wow. Just so juicy, so smooth, this is a joy to drink. Thick, creamy texture in the mouth, light and crisp feel on the finish, perfect.

O: Holy crap. I’ve had great beer. But I’ve never rated anything a five across the board. This is the first one. And it absolutely deserves it. 100 out of 100. A+

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3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark orange with large frothy head.

Citrus, subtle hops. Maybe some other fruits I can't quite place.

Interesting unique flavor, the dry and piney aspects of the hops come through - but the earthy, herbal notes aren't as apparent as they are in IPA's. This sort of essence of the hops combined with a sweetness. Halfway between a juicy IPA and a regular IPA.

Medium bodied, light to medium carbonation.

Nice, a very nice beer.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveCash
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerbran12
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Exceptional IPA

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Photo of pkjorgy
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rypkr
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - 2 week old can into a tulip. Deep and vibrant amber-orange with a towering soapy 3 finger head. Not quite translucent but certainly not a "milkshake". I'm more than okay with that.

Smell - of pine and citrusy pineapple. Even with such volatile head I'm grasping to get a good handle on any aromas in depth.

Taste - Dank, bitter, citrusy, pungent. Very sticky ipa that finishes leaving a piney gooey malty slick behind on your tongue. I'm truly amazed that this is only said to be 65 ibu's.

Feel - is sticky and caramely. Like your tongue got trapped in a glue trap baited for a rodent with hops. Fairly high carbed.

O - I'm an old school ipa guy and this hits the spot. Only thing I dock it for is the aroma being a bit muted. Reminds me quite a bit of fathead's head hunter which is an all time favorite.

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Photo of briandaube
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AzIpaGuy
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of cougho
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of eldoctorador
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djfrenchy
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Foyle
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz can into pint glass. A 2" sudsy off white head drops slowly with moderate lacing. Color is cloudy orange with plenty of streaming carbonation. Aroma of citrus, pineapple, and bread dough. Mouthfeel is medium, sticky, and puckering with a damp finish. Flavor of very strong citrus, grapefruit, and pineapple. Malt is definitely kept in the background on this one. The alcohol is also well concealed and I would never guess the ABV is 7.5%. Overall an excellent IPA.

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Photo of JonB25
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 8,159 ratings