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
Ranking:
#636
Reviews:
1,588
Ratings:
8,214
pDev:
9.35%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
1,040
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2,473
Trade:
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Photo of JohnnyLarue
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mjw2808
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Slarson7
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of csnyder83
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MikeFischer04
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Came across this beer while golfing with some hosers (duffers) in FL. It was my gateway into the world of IPAs. Out of the 30+ IPAs I've tried since then in VA, only a few beers compete. The taste is light malt and heavy hops with a citrusy balance. The aftertaste is what makes this hoppy beer gold. The fact that jai alai made it's way to VA (wegmans) justifies my rating. Golden amber ipa with a flavor that can't be beat.

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Photo of DanJ1979
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nehal
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good beer.

A clean bronze color with 1.5 finger head. Taste of fresh bread, It is a maltier and mild to medium hops. it is not that hoppy like other IPA. Notes of citrus and tropical fruit. Certainly you can have it in summer. medium sweetness and bitterness coming from the bite. Lingering malt feel after the bitterness is gone.

If you find it it will not disappoint you.

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Photo of Nucleosynthesis
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kwilmarth
3.51/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cycle69
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stevotex
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Blackrobe
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dated 5/18/18 on the bottom of the can, 3.5 weeks since brewing.

Pours a clear bronze in the glass with two fingers of rocky white head. Nose is a mix of big citrus and a sweet malt. Notes of tangerine peel, orange juice, dark caramel malt, yellow grapefruit, candied peach, candied papaya and a hint of pine resin. Definitely focusing on the sweeter side for the nose. Taste is more mellow than I expected with a yellow grapefruit kick at end, quite a bit of the darker caramel malt too. Smooth medium mouthfeel, goes down easily. Medium-high sweetness coming from both the malt and citrus. Short bitter grapefruit bite. I could totally see myself picking up a pack of these for the end of a hot summer day. Sweet lingering caramel malt, candied citrus and an underlying bitter hop bite define this brew.

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Photo of sudsy77
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mojopin88
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of meisterbrau
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure how it pours or what the color looks like since it comes in a can and goes directly in me. The flavor is great. It's a citrusy tropical fruity one with notes of caramel and a subtle hoppiness. Now available in the Chicago area, so it’s one of my regular go-to beers.

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Photo of petrusek23
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SwellSwill1
3.87/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JNPIII127
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of G-R-Fracassa
3.15/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bubbler
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jasonc22
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Can purchased from local market.
First time I've tried it and bought based on positive reviews I had read.
It did not disappoint.

This is my first ever review, but a worthy beer for my first.

Poured into a frozen pint glass.
Pours an almost orange color, almost a two finger head, with a good amount of carbonation, yet a very smooth mouthfeel.

Smell up front is citrus and a lil fresh bread.

Drank the first one quickly before I could finish the review, so I poured another.

Taste is lightly fruity up front, but quickly into a mild hops and malt finish.

The 7.5 abv is hidden well
Tastewise, except that as I finished my first, I noticed I had a nice buzz.
A fabulous beer, and one that may just have become my goto..

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4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Tim5085
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Amber
Smell: Slightly hoppy, not as aromatic as I would have expected.
Taste: Much like aroma. I expected more, but its good.
Feel: Good mouthfeel, crisp with good carbonation.
Overall: Good. Would order again.

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Photo of Sarah
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 8,214 ratings