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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:
#593
Reviews:
1,512
Ratings:
7,886
pDev:
9.35%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
1,036
Gots:
2,318
Trade:
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Ratings: 7,886 |  Reviews: 1,512
Photo of SpectrePLUS
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BoredRocks275
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Heady_Eddy
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of damndirtyape
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can, canned on 03/31/15. Served in a milkshake pilsner glass.

Appearance: I must have poured too strongly because a lot of floaters came along with the pour. Otherwise, a slightly hazy amber copper, with a persistent 1/16" off white head. Lots and lots of lacing all over the glass. If not for the sediment this would have been a very good looking beer.

Smell: Lots of citrus aroma with orange and lemon dominating. Just a hint of fresh cut tropical fruit.

Taste: Fresh cut citrus, citrus peel, maybe a bit of mint/bergamot. Nice malt balance with a cracker/bready malt under the hops. The finish I think got damped a bit by the yeast/sediment floaters, but otherwise was a bit clean for a IPA. The hop bitterness didn't linger that much. As the beer approached room temp the bitterness and citrus lingered a bit more, but I was surprised about the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation and a bit sticky. As it warmed up, it took on more of a spiciness that lingered on the tongue.

Overall / Drinkability: I will need to try this beer again and pour much more slowly to see if I can keep the sediment in the can. Otherwise, a good AIPA that was very balanced and full of lots of citrus type hops. Very nice.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Jwiss22 for the great extra. Cheers!

Appearance -- Pours a hazed autumnal orange hue with one finger of sudsy white head. Lacing abounds in thick bands.

Smell -- Big citrus and tropical fruits, pineapple, pine resin, dark honey malt. Diacetyl is in the mix at Alpine levels: present, but not distracting.

Taste -- Citrusy hops for days, pine resin, faint pineapple and tropical fruits, buttered biscuit, caramelized malt. Finish is grapefruit and honey.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with somewhat gentler carbonation, nearly still. Slightly oily finish. Disappointing.

Drinkability -- Just goes to show it's always worth going back. Cracked another bottle of this and found the second to be much better than the first in regards to carbonation. While I'd still like to see more carbonation in this one, It's pretty damn solid. If your aim is to try all of the best American IPA's this has to be on your list. Period.

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Photo of ms11781
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to sburrough. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy, deep orange color with a 1 and half finger, fluffy, off-white head. Great head retention with decent foamy lacing left on the glass.

The nose is pretty balanced. A few different hop aromas are present. Some citrus and grapefruit, and a good amount of pine. The pine is probably more prominent than the others. It's all balanced by an underlying malt sweetness that is probably stronger than it seems if it keeps the hops in check.

Strong hop flavor in the taste as well. Still fruity, but not so much citrusy as in the nose. The sweet malt character is very strong here, balancing the hops nicely. Finishes strong with some bitterness from a piny, resinous bite.

Medium mouthfeel with a lower carbonation give the beer a smooth and creamy mouthfeel all the way through. That being said, it could probably use a bit more carbonation. Sometimes a beer with a good bitter kick at the end doesn't finish all that smooth but that's not the case here.

Good drinkability. Overall a pretty balanced IPA with strong malt and hop flavors. Definitely surprised to see that the ABV is 7.5% because it feels like a beer that you could have a more than a few of. But with an ABV that high it would catch up sooner rather than later.

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Photo of iconoklaztor
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very tasty IPA that I picked up at Walmart. I'm new to Florida and was excited to try this brew. It's very good and great that you can get easily.

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Photo of ER527
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MarkQ617
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at district tap. Color was a soft copper, little light for my taste. The flavor was good, definitely some citrus notes, but also a bit mild. Effervescent nose, very crisp. Mouthfeel was a bit harsh, lost of carbonation. Think this is a bit overrated.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-Tap

Jai Alai holds a bright orange color with a lighter bronze built in from certain angles. A nice tight bubbled off white head with a creamy look. Window covering lace. The usual tropical blast of grapefruit and some mango with pine. A sweet malt base giving caramel/toffee. In taste the hops beat out the malts but not by much, but good enough for me to get a lot of fruit and pine with malt backing sweetness. Grapefruit, mango and some pine. A nice clean crisp medium body with some bitterness in the end. The alcohol peeks through just a bit and the finish has some mango slices. Pretty drinkable but not a standout, I do think it's better than some other east coast IPA's though. This is enjoyable with just the right amount of bitterness and a nice flavor

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Photo of SkeeterBoganski
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crisp looking and deep gold/amber with some sediment present; exceptional foam, nearly a full inch; heavy lacing as well; smell-wise, this beer is really floral; smells like tangerines and oranges; Jai Alai has a pretty subdued taste given the heavy hints of hop and citrus on the nose; I'm getting notes of hops, bitter orange and tropical fruit, and some kind of cream; there is depth here, but I can't pinpoint what the layers are; it's crisp, creamy, and makes my glands salivate when I drink it; there's a solid malt-hop balance in the mouth; the bitter hops linger long on the tongue; overall, this is a solid IPA...plenty of punch packed without tasting too boozy. Great can of beer that I liken to Ska's Modus Hoperandi...with a little less bitter-hop up front and a lot more creaminess.

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Photo of Gemini6
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JratBones
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AlexManiacDrunkard
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kitch
3.98/5  rDev -7%
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 jams1220
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of k47k
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamFuel
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fitzy84
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought a six pack while on vacation. The beer pours with a large head and a very clear, dark golden copper color with eventual thick lacing on the sides. Aromas are rich in pine wrapped in medium citrus. Taste generally follows the nose with a tasty, light but flavorful orange citrus. Mouthfeel is decent with the carbonation, allowing for a very refreshing IPA. Overall, a great look and taste makes this enjoyable and refreshing.

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Photo of parintele
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Toynk
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of caseytindell
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of owenlift
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I like. Can't pinpoint why it is so smooth.

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Photo of myteam24
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CitiFieldSheas
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 7,886 ratings
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