Jai Alai IPA | Cigar City Brewing

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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:
#657
Reviews:
1,607
Ratings:
8,316
pDev:
9.35%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
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Photo of Ryan4120
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L - Hazy, opaque, burnt orange/copper with a medium to thick, frothy/creamy light tan head that sticks around and leaves a nice amount of lacing behind.
S - Bitter hops with notes of citrus and caramel - somewhat faint.
T - Follows the nose with bitter hops up front followed by notes of sweet citrus - mostly orange or tangerine?, held nicely together with a caramel malt backbone.
F - medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth and somewhat creamy.
O - Everything is perfectly balanced in this IPA - the hops, citrus, malt - is it my favorite IPA? Probably not, but this truly is one of the best all around IPAs I've ever had. Well done Cigar City.

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Photo of Heftklammer
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Beerbear7
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cgwami
3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Benrob22
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of terpsnskins
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mjc3151
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JoeyJellico
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brew_ski
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dafixa
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nater919
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BklynBryan
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BenMaalouf
3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jt_thomas18
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of desint
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Paoloboston
3.79/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dcondon87
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Delicious. This is a staple for me whenever I venture down south on vacation. Fantastic taste, the mouthfeel is a bit on the lighter side which really highlights the hops. Try to get your hands on the cedar aged version if you can!

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Photo of BethanyB
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mesmerizing clarity, with a medium amber body. The frothy, off-white head melts slowly...yet surely...leaving evenly spaced rings of lace in its wake.

The scent is light yet lovely, with honeydew, citrus, and resinous hops melding perfectly against a soft caramel backbone.

The taste is equally smooth and round, matching the scent for the most part, while adding a surprisingly impeccable secret ingredient in the form of a dash of black pepper. Meanwhile, the honeydew steps it up a notch, evolving into a sweet limeade flavor. Medium bitterness is notable and lasting, yet well balanced by more more detail-oriented surprises: Juicy peach and buttery peanut brittle add to the delicate and detail-oriented balance.

The finish is less dry than similar IPAs and the carbonation is less prominent, but the bright, hop-focused recipe maintains this inconspicuously packaged beer’s rightful place in the IPA canon.

Overall, this is a deceptively complex beer with a little something for everyone. Both classic and surprising, both palatable and daring, it’s tame, but goes through the mark.

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

Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wgkutz
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This IPA pours a dark coppery color with a medium frothy white head that leaves some nice lacing. The smell is nice and crisp with some nice citrus hop presence, but with mild malt scents as well. The flavor is quite nice with some citrus flavors from the hops; orange, papaya, and a touch of grapefruit. There is a significant malt presence as well with some bread flavor and a mild caramel sweetness. The body is medium, but on the high end for a standard IPA. There is a nice smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel to it also. I would call this a malt forward IPA, which would undoubtedly be considered a slight by some people, However, I think that while many malt forward IPAs feel forced and fall into a trap of diminishing the hop character that is so essential to an IPA, this comes off as balanced and makes it clear that this is in fact an IPA and the hops are the star of the show. In that respect this is an impressive IPA. That being said the flavors are in no way exotic. This is just a classic, well balanced IPA done really well.

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

i saw someone else call this the IPA by which they judge all others, and I agree.

perfect amount of hops and citrus for a fabulous crisp and refreshing beer.

it gets easier to find it on tap the closer you get to tampa, but almost everywhere that sells canned/bottled beer in florida will carry it.

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Photo of skalten
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | 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 8,316 ratings