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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:
#554
Reviews:
1,509
Ratings:
7,867
pDev:
9.32%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
1,035
Gots:
2,309
Trade:
77
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Photo of Andrewmcmurray
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bnewt21
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured to an Ora et Labora taster.

A: Body is yellow-ish to orange and is very crystalline. No carbonation visible. Head is midway from white to beige. Awesome retention. Good looking lacing. Very good appearance.
S: The aroma is incredibly earthy and grass. It almost smells like dirt. In the back, just a minor resinous profile.
T: The taste is very green, herby and grassy. The transition to the end of the beer is very very smooth and ends with an almost bone-dry finish with a medium to high bitter finish.
M: Body is medium. Carbonation is high. Bitterness is high. Alcohol is unnoticeable.
O: Very nice West Coast style IPA.

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Photo of Yeldarb92
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CobraDC23
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrunoPettipas
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of darth_punchbowl
4.95/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Absolutely delicious. Packs some nice, toasty vanilla and citrus flavors. Very well balanced flavor and texture. Nice head that sticks around for a while
Beautiful aroma. Well done.

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Photo of cmsfish
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheSSG
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a huge, soapy head. Fruity, amazing aroma; touch of candied tropical fruit. Hazy, straw-orange color. Starts with a wonderful, fruity front. Medium bitterness. Lots of fruit and citrus rind behind that.

I like this one. A really nice range of fruit flavors, with a touch of citrus rind. I'm not crazy on the latter, but this is still nice.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Packageguy
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is really nice.
I have to admit that, being a snob from New England (Massachusetts, to be specific...the heart of the east coast IPA boom), in the past, I've snubbed Cigar City.
Shame on me.
I come down to Bradenton periodically and, yet, today is my first experience with the green can. It wasn't until I learned that Shawn Hill had collaborated with Cigar City, that I realized I was missing out.
Oh, jeez. I didn't realize that this was brewed in N.C. by Oskar Blues. Very tricky. But that's ok...I like Oskar Blues.
Hey, I've been drinking all kinds of NEIPAs for quite some time...hazy, juicy, and canned....but, the Jai Alai is good. It comes across as kind of old school, based on its clarity and subdued citrusiness, but it's balanced, smooth, and you'd never guess it comes in at 7.5% abv. Oh, and it's easy to get...no driving for an hour to stand in line for an hour.
I checked out the website, and thought it was funny that there was an explanation on why it's in a can. All I can say is that, in New England, all the good modern beer is canned; if it's not in a can, then I don't buy it.
I wish I could sneak a case of this onto the plane, to bring home. In the mean time...cheers!

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Photo of mytu420
3.89/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of robrio89
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of khull26
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jbavi360
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of akk14
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hyptochrons
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this on tap and from can (not fresh)

getting grapefruit and other pithy citric notes, some moderate piney bitterness, herbaceous and green, sweeter malty notes providing balance. light-medium bodied, very easy drinking. overall tasty stuff!

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Photo of RollDamnTide
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JDoHo
3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sbuck
3.41/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Frankyshuteye
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Must try

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Photo of Kevinjamesward
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of KenC
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into glass. Stamped canning date is 07/06/17, by Oscar Blues NC for Cigar City. Not as fresh as liked.
White head settles to thin ring, scattered lacing. Orange colored body, a little hazy.
Muddled aroma of tropical and bready.
Taste is also muddled, tropical hops come forward, a little grapefruit at the end.
Medium mouth feel.
A well regarded IPA, would like to try a fresher example.

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Photo of safaricook
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 7,867 ratings
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