Jai Alai IPA | Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA
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
Ratings:
7,766
Reviews:
1,483
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
9.74%
 
 
Wants:
1,035
Gots:
2,235
For Trade:
78
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Photo of pubscout
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cigar City's Jai Alai enjoys a stellar reputation-- and with good reason. This is an exceptionally well balanced beer with a deft hand managing the balance between hoppiness, malt and citrusy notes. I can only imagine the pairing of this beer with equally well made empanadas or deviled crab cakes-- both of which Ybor City produces with deserved pride. If you can find this beer, get it for the true IPA lover in your life. Unless that's you. Then don't share it at all.

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Photo of OnTapz
4.86/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Johndpapa725
4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Timmy2747
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As a Disney nerd in addition to a beer nerd, this is the beer I seek out whenever I'm in Florida. Nice balanced beer with an excellent mix of hoppiness and citrus. On my short list of "buy it if ever you see it" beers.

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Photo of Turbo
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChrisChris23
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden to orange in color that only appears richer once sipped. The aromas don't do justice to the well combined tropical and hopped flavors. The feel is rich and also delivers great effervescence providing a wonderful balance of depth while maintaining it's delicateness. All in all a beautifully balanced IPA.

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Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of al2913
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Manfrombelmonty
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of guzzleacoldone
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nace4
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rjkasper88
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tampalocal5577
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good citrusy base with a good hop load! Better on draft than in the can.

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Photo of GLBClover85
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On vacation i picked up a 6er in Lakeland. Its delicious. Kinda burnt out on IPAs but this one is a winner. Citrusy floral aroma matches the taste. Easy drinking makes for an enjoyable IPA. Well done.

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Photo of CG30458
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfection!

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Photo of micropale
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kitch
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 fl oz can with a canned on date of 21st March 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A slightly hazy light copper orange colour with a two finger slightly off white head that had great retention and left lots of nice lacing.

Aroma: Lots of citrus grapefruit peel, orange rind and lemon with hints of tropical pineapple and pine.

Taste: A nice sweet-ish malty caramel and biscuit backbone, followed by some nice citrus grapefruit and orange with a touch of pineapple and a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: To be fair, perhaps this was hidden in my fridge a bit too long. It was however, still well balanced and enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of Greyvtrayn
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 6/1 so about 6 weeks old. Copper color that had a nice fluffy head when poured in a teku, must have a bit of chill-haze as a little amount of light comes through initially but it clears as it warms. Good lacing on the glass as the head settled. Had a very citrusy smell when the can popped but it faded so quickly, getting a little more bready smell now. Flavor is underwhelming for me. In all fairness I bought this from a Total Wines off the shelf, not out of a cooler. Not sure for how long it had been warm but I have to imagine it's impacting the flavor. Very malty, substantially bitter as it lingers in between sips, a little bit of pine, Drinks lighter than most IPAs, decent amount of carbonation. I am going to blame the conditions this was kept in prior to purchase

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Photo of Amp
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JM5671
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jtransel
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mkyer
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RunBeerFood
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mmellow12
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tugdriver7
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Hangar restaurant, St Pete Airport. Golden bubbles in the glass, and a nice subtle head. Instant hops presence in the nose, with a piney rich flavor on the tongue. Nice malt backbone, but this beer is all hops. Well balanced and enjoyable--and perfect with my spicy shrimp and grits. Loved it!

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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
4.21 out of 5 based on 7,766 ratings.
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