Jai Alai IPA | Cigar City Brewing

Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA
BA SCORE
94.5%
Liked This Beer
4.29 w/ 7,826 ratings
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
Ranking:
#548
Reviews:
1,499
Ratings:
7,826
Liked:
7,394
Avg:
4.29/5
pDev:
9.32%
Alströms:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
1,038
Gots:
2,279
Trade:
77
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 7,826 |  Reviews: 1,499
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber colored hue with gold shining through on the sides. Finger of frothy head with lots of lacing. Nice!

S: A little faint, but the aromas are interesting...overall not the hoppiest smell but still alluring: Sugary malt mixed with citrus, hop resin, and flowery perfume hops all covered with a definite grainy malt character.

T: Caramel, sugary citrus tropical fruit, hop bitters, toffee and some flowery hops. Lots of malty grain character for an IPA, not a bad flavor by any means, but maybe not exactly what one would expect in terms of hops, more of an exact balance of hop to malt than an edge to hops.

M: Good level of carbonation and smooth overall with a lingering bitter finish.

D: This is a different beer, but its definitely good. Easy drinker and solid beer overall.

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Photo of BMoldy
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful amber with gold hues and a decent head. Solid lacing down the sides, though the head disappeared a little too quick for me. Full, hoppy bouquet with nice fruity notes (I'm thinking peach or apricot, a little grapefruit). Very full, smooth body, which, together with the ABV, really helps simultaneously balance and enhance the hops. Clean, strong bitterness throughout.

Overall, this beer is really a joy to sip, and a perfect addition to a summer meal. The bitterness is pronounced but not overwhelming, and the extra fruity notes really help Jai Alai stand out from the rest.

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Photo of FattMatt24
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Marcos_Graziano001
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of ffejherb
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 11/2/09.

A - Slightly hazy, effervescent orange/copper-tinged body with a finger's worth of thick, beige foam that laced up wonderfully.

S - Initial aroma displays a quick surge of citrus hops and piney accents followed by plenty of sweet caramel, toffee and burnt sugars.

T - Grapefruit and spicy, sticky pine both come to mind during my initial taste, which quickly segues into a complex malt profile featuring grainy breads, sweet caramel and toffee, burnt sugars and toasted notes. Finishes with a fairly potent piney hop bite.

M - Jai Alai straddles the line between medium and full-bodied and boasts a creamy, yet quite sticky mouthfeel with plenty of residual hop oiliness. Finishes with moderate lingering bitterness on the palate.

D - The West Coast comes to Florida... kind of. Cigar City has crafted a very tasty, drinkable IPA with a balanced malt profile, though it perhaps can get just a tad sweet and malty overall. All in all, this is very good stuff, and I'm happy to see Cigar City is now available in PA.

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Photo of csab535
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerZombies1
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jai Alai - Cigar city brewing
American IPA
7.5% ABV
70 IBU

APPEARANCE: Pours an attractive deep golden orange, with a nice creamy eggshell colored head that really stuck around. Finally settled into a nice thin halo that left some really great lacing.

AROMA: The smell reminds me of my bar ha! Lots of fresh cut citrus fruit and fresh squeezed juices. Even has that piney/woody aroma that my bar has with the huge wood bar top and shelves. Nice amount of malty sweetness that rounds out the bouquet.

TASTE: Really follows the nose, like biting into a pieces of toasted bread smothered with a tropical fruit marmalade. Nice amount of piney hop bitterness that I really enjoy. Slight earthy, floral undertone that brings it all together on the backend.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and Medium carbonation. Nice creaminess that still delivers a slightly sticky feel. Great long tingly bitter finish.

OVERALL: I've had Jai Alai once before and didn't like it at all. Had a odd fish oil, omega 6 pill thing going on. Really glad I ended up giving this another try. I am guessing I had a bad can first time around. I thought this was an outstanding ipa really enjoyed the Caribbean fruit influence they have going on.

RATING: 4.2/5 Zombie Heads!

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Photo of Mmcdonald79
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of FetchHops
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaybes
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jake_Ramrod
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass at Chez Henahan - my house.

A: Pours a beautiful copper color with about a one inch creamy looking head. An initial rush of carbonation that quickly subsided. Just a little lacing down the sides of the glass. Fairly hazy appearance.

S: Wonderful citrus notes up front with a caramel undertone. Hints of tangerine and orange. A pleasurable mix of tangy and sweet all at once. The smell is pulling me in.

T: Right off the bat, it tastes quite different than most of the IPAs I've had lately - but in a good way. This is a very easy to drink IPA. There is certainly some underlying bitterness to it, but it isn't in the forefront of the flavor. Very well balanced beer. The caramel really mellows out the acidity of the hops and lends itself to a sessionable experience. Your sure can't tell it's 7.5% alcohol. IMO, it is skirting the edge of being an IPA and a Pale Ale.

M: The beer comes across as light in the mouth, yet still has enough range to be noticable after it is gone. Again, an all-around easy to drink beer.

O: This is the kind of beer that can elicit alot of different reviews because nothing about it is very pronounced. It is a very well balanced beer that does a superb job of melding its parts harmoniously. Yet, nothing really stands out about it either. Overall, I really like this beer because it is a breath of fresh air in the craft beer scene where IPAs tend to try to "out-hop" each other. I can imagine sitting back and rolling through a sixer of these on a beautfiul spring afternoon. This is my kind of beer.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap in standard pint glasses.

A- Amber color, 1-plus finger white head. Modest lacing.

S- "Sweet" citrus hop aroma ? Yes, that's what I get. Some citrus, grapefruit, pine; all coated in malty sweetness.

T- Tangy citrus grapefruit hops drive the flavor with a sturdy malt backbone.

M-Big full- bodied beer . Chewy. Lingering hop finish.

O- I drank quite a few of these when given the chance. Quite good every time. Very flavorful.

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Photo of Philcassella
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LaGuarns
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Matty123
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JKretz
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Ironstutz
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WrathsU
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very clear golden bronze color. Pours great finger head and really good head retention.

S - The aroma literally filled the room upon pour. Smells very citrusy and sweet. Oranges, grapefruit, and a floral bouqet.

T - Very bitter up front. Spicy hop tastes, not as much citrus as you'd expect from the nose. Floraly towards the end. Wish there was a bit more malt backbone to help balance the very bitter taste.

M - Smooth, well carbonated. Goes down very easily.

D - A great beer, could drink a ton of this any given night.

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Photo of jwalters
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Masonz223
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell: orange mango honey some fruit sweetness.
Taste: upfront oranges tangerine mango middle of the mouth honey a syrupy malt sweetness it Finishes with a pine needle bitterness and a peppery heat in the throat.
Feel: thick syrupy body.
Overall: this beer is a little to syrupy for me also you get a little bit of a
burn in the throat which is a little off putting for me. Still though it's a pretty nice beer.

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Photo of yancot
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CaptainIPA
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a 12 oz. brown bottle at Doc Ford's Sanibel Rum Bar & Grille and poured into a chilled (groan) pint glass.

Pours a tobacco amber color with a thin head that quickly dissipates. Good lacing throughout. Pleasant nose: aromas of pineapple, grapefruit, brown sugar and pine.

Big malt opening with suggestions of brown sugar and caramel followed by instant push back from the biting hop bitterness. Light effervescence. Moves into tropical fruit territory with a fine melange of ruby red grapefruit, juicy pineapple and tangerine. Earthy pine enters the fray with a side of citrus rind. Finishes dry with a blast of marmalade bitters.

Pairs well with raw oysters on the half shell, cerviche cocktail and stone crab.

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Photo of KSOZE
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of timothycl13
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A little to boozy on the after taste but the hops are piney citrusy and delicious.

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Photo of RENDERUSELESS
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 94.5% out of 100 with 7,826 ratings
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