Jai Alai IPA
Cigar City Brewing

Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA
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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
American IPA
Ranked #49
Ranked #1,634
4.27 | pDev: 9.37%
Thursday at 10:01 PM
Dec 05, 2008
Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA
Notes: Jai Alai, a game native to the Basque region of Spain, is played on a court called a fronton. Jai Alai players attempt to catch a ball using a curved mitt whilst the ball travels at speeds up to 188 mph! Proving they have a sense of humor the Spanish dubbed this game, with its ball traveling at race car speeds, "the merry game." Tampa was once home to a bustling Jai Alai fronton but sadly all that remains of Jai Alai in the Tampa Bay area is this India Pale Ale that we brew in tribute to the merry game. The India Pale Ale style of beer has its roots in the ales sent from England to thirsty British troops in India during the 18th century. Pair Jai Alai India Pale Ale with beef empanadas, deviled crabs and other spicy dishes.

65 IBU
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Reviewed by papawag from Maryland

3.42/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a can. It's pretty good all around, but there a slight ashtray taste that interferes. Maybe too many cigars in the kitchen? No, it's probably just in the boil. I'd come back to it. Maybe in the keg is wonderful?
Thursday at 10:01 PM
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Reviewed by Hobbs87 from New York

3.18/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
A bit disappointing since it looks and smells much better than it taste. Decent IPA but nothing special. Has a little citrus flavor but also carbonation and after taste to it.
Nov 15, 2022
Rated: 4.6 by Beergod420 from Michigan

Oct 24, 2022
Rated: 4.52 by Dezfrom920 from Wisconsin

Oct 20, 2022
Rated: 4 by BeerWasp from Germany

Oct 15, 2022
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

3.24/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
not one of thir best beers not enough taste
Sep 29, 2022
Rated: 4.47 by bottmfeedr from Texas

Sep 24, 2022
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Reviewed by Jlederer from California

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
This is one of the best IPA's I ever had, ranks close to Pliny the Elder. Extremely crisp taste with hints of grapefruit and other citrus flavors. Great after a 10K run.
Sep 24, 2022
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Rated by FrankLou16

4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
My current favorite ipa. Full of flavor.
Sep 09, 2022
Rated: 4.34 by One90proof from Alabama

Sep 05, 2022
Rated: 4.15 by ScottyB515 from Ohio

Aug 31, 2022
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Reviewed by eduardolinhalis from Switzerland

4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
330ml can served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear orange color forming a big and bubbled and fluffy beige head. Great retention and tons of lingering lacings formed and left in the glass

S: Crispy and biscuity upfront. Strong notes of caramel malts. Delicious hops profile: Citric, grassy and piney. Fruity too, with strong notes of grapefruit and passion fruit. Bit boozy and earthy finish

T: Caramel upfront followed by a crispy, dry and biscuity sensation. Caramel malts. Fruity notes: grapefruit, melon and passion fruit, mainly. Lingering grassy bitterness. Great bittersweet balance. Good bitterness retention.

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Bitter afertaste: Biscuity and piney

O: Very drinkable. Masterpiece IPA
Aug 25, 2022
Rated: 4.23 by Vyvyan from Illinois

Aug 19, 2022
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Reviewed by TigerSoul from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
To my sophisticated palate, this IPA, out of all of them, plays the balance between "east coast" and "west coast" styles perfectly. It's got that citrus, tropical juiciness of the east yet all of the piney, resinous character of the left coast. I especially enjoy it in the 19.2 oz taller boy can.
Aug 17, 2022
Rated: 3.78 by Connor56

Aug 13, 2022
Rated: 4.31 by Jarrod_LC from Louisiana

Aug 04, 2022
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Reviewed by MadMadMike from Florida

4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Available almost everywhere in the US, this take on a classic American IPA is just Great. Pair it up with whatever you’re doing, whatever you’re eating. Dress it up or slosh it down.
Balanced, little bitta, hoppy, good head retention, it’s a happy IPA that’s priced right.
We have a Winner, Folks!
Jul 27, 2022
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Reviewed by jjweems

4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
As most have stated, this is the standard for juicy IPAs. They just hit the nail on the head with the balance of juice, pine, bite. Beautiful golden copper color. Strong but not overwhelming ABV. One of my top 4 IPAs (Space Dust, Scofflaw Basement, Wicked Weed Freak of Nature).
Jul 26, 2022
Rated: 4.19 by Rainintheface from Florida

Jul 25, 2022
Rated: 4.39 by FUNnGUN90

Jul 16, 2022
Rated: 3.73 by TheAllieRae from Florida

Jul 14, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by Aeroscorp from Tennessee

Jun 29, 2022
Rated: 4.15 by raust from Texas

Jun 26, 2022
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Reviewed by Stevosps from Pennsylvania

4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
When poured from tap. A 1/4 inch head.
Amber color Slight hop aroma.
Smooth over the taste buds with a slight hop after taste.
A very good summer beer !!
Jun 26, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by Trainradio2 from Ohio

Jun 23, 2022
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Rated by Rke1000 from New York

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Solid straight ahead refreshing IPA offering that's well available in NYC slightly sweet sometimes but go to when Firestone Union Jack not available.
Jun 16, 2022
Rated: 4.15 by MartyB8 from Indiana

Jun 15, 2022
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Reviewed by Utica_Club_1971 from Massachusetts

4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I have nothing to add to the hundreds of other glowing reviews already posted. This is a consistently excellent IPA, and furthermore it's always one of the least expensive in any beer store cooler. Well done on all counts. A solid "A".
Jun 11, 2022
Rated: 2.52 by Best_Username from Florida

Jun 09, 2022
Rated: 4.81 by Dougj113

May 27, 2022
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Reviewed by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours orange red with a fluffy slightly off white head. Smells of citrus and piney hops. Tastes of citrus and piney hops, nice and full. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.
May 23, 2022
Rated: 4.65 by MillyLite from Michigan

May 21, 2022
Rated: 3.92 by Mcc7793 from North Carolina

May 18, 2022
Rated: 4.24 by Ernald_Elbertson from Delaware

May 15, 2022
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Reviewed by whitro17 from Florida

4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Jai Alai is one of my go to beers. It's easy to find down here in Florida & I really appreciate that. Wonderful tropical smell.
Taste is citrus, orange, nice hop kick, pine spice and sweet caramel malt to balance it out. Great brew!
May 11, 2022
Rated: 4.4 by cold_beer

May 07, 2022
Rated: 4.14 by cabsandking from Ohio

May 03, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

May 03, 2022
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