Jai Alai IPA | Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

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

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4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.71/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

(canned: 06/10/2014 - poured into a balloon)

A: slightly-hazy, orange-amber liquid... moderately tall foam stand on pour, slow fade, very rocky contour... scattered shots of sudsy lace

S: fresh, juicy pineapple... little bit of background pine and caramel... spicy hop notes gradually come through and a textbook west coast character takes over... little bit toasty after a bit, lightly floral-perfumy on the edges

T: bright and fruity up front - has an under-ripe/underdeveloped orange quality... mellow little punch of spicy hops and a light slap of clean alcohol... the hops start to open up and show more flavors after the third or fourth sip... nice roll of toasted, graham crackery malt in the finish that lasts and balances with the fruity, resiny flavors far into the aftertaste

M: medium-bodied, fairly round, with a flat, dry finish... touch of viscosity... really damn soft altogether, goes down super easy

O: quite a fine west coast style IPA... what stands out is the illusion of fresh pineapple aroma, understated bitterness, and overall superb drinkability... other than that, it's got some pretty textbook flavors - nothing unique - it's just a very well-made American IPA

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

Boom!!! world class IPA

appearance: red-amberish

smell: strong hop aroma and citrus notes

taste: heavy citrus/grapefruit flavor, very solid IPA along with all of their others. loved the strong citrus taste!

mouthfeel: medium bodied IPA, decently balanced

drinkability: overall one of the best. I would love to try this with some other top IPAs. Very very close to being double.

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

Acquired this from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a clear copper color with a three finger of off white/khaki color head. Head recedes at a moderate pace leaving chunks of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of big grapefruit, citrus hops, mild carmale malt notes and a bit of floral hops.

T: Taste starts off with a rather surprising caramel malt presence. The sweetness isn't too overpowering. Then comes the mild floral hop notes, with a touch of piney flavoring. Finish is all about the citrus hops. Big doses of grapefruit and orange zest that linger slightly on the tongue.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat creamy body with a slightly sticky finish.

D: Goes down easily, mild kick, nice representation of style. I would certainly have a few more of these!

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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

12oz bottle brought back from Florida.

A- Golden reddish, yellowish, hazy peach colored brown. Below average carbonation, almost no head.

S- Fruity- citrus, mango, etc.. A little bit sweet and hoppy (on the lighter side for an IPA) with caramel, honey, etc..

T- Fruity- citrus, mango, pineapple. Sweet- slight caramel, a little bit of honey. Hops- not as hoppy as a lot of IPAs but definitely present.

M- Medium bodied, easily drinkable, alcohol very well hidden.

O- The Jai Lai is a great IPA. A lot of times IPAs are too bitter, but this IPA had exactly the nice balance between hops and sweetness. Definitely a good IPA, probably one of my top 10s. I love the nice sweet fruity flavor that blends with the hops.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of TheBrewo
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We pour a somewhat hazy, tawny colored brew. It supports a fluffy beige head of two fingers which, as it slowly recedes, leaves thick lacing around the glass. Head retention is nice, as big bubbles sit amongst the rest of the cushion. There is no sediment noted, and carbonation appears to be standard. In the nose, sweet Simcoe hops, in all of their piney glory, sing off the top. They also give a foresty, woody vibe, but not as strong as something that is barrel aged, by any means. Other hop varieties are noted, with a souring citrus sitting strongly through the belly of the scent. Sweetness is enhanced by pings of tropical fruit, but for the most part earthiness is retained. As we sip, bittering hops hit up front. There is also a syrupy sweetness, and thickness that is palpable immediately. This is lent from a white sugar quality, fruity esters, and honey. Malts come to balance through the middle, but sweetness persists to the peak of the sip. We finish cleanly, with slight bittering from citric hops, and a cooling plastic phenolic character. The phenols breathe through in the aftertaste, along with deep malts, almost caramel, and of course with bold hops. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium. There is a thickness to the feel of each sip, which gives a nice froth and slurp the whole way through. The mouth is left fairly dried, but is otherwise happy. The abv is on the higher end for a “single” IPA, but drinkability remains high.

Overall, what we found most enjoyable about this brew was the sweet inclusions in both the aroma and the taste. While it was clear that the hops were the stars of the show, the supporting cast was beautifully sweet, without going overboard. To make things even better, the source of that flavor seemed to be multifaceted, with fruit and malts all playing their equal roles to give us a unique production.

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

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3.65/5  rDev -14.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass. Canned on what looks to be 12/1/12.

A - Pours a very appealing reddish copper with a solid finger and a half of off white head that recedes very quickly with nice lacing.

S - Big citrus. I'm getting lots of tangerine (something I really can't recall experiencing in an IPA before) and grapefruit, and man, they are playing nicely together. However, after my 2nd of the day, the HUGE tangerine is almost getting a bit tiresome.

T - Big tangerine again. I can't get over how enjoyable this is to drink. You get the solid malt backbone in the finish as it finishes clean and a little bready.

M - Mouthfeel is wonderful. So smooth and full bodied for an IPA. Seems to be relatively low carbonation.

O - This is wonderful. So easy to drink. I'm noticing the heavy tangerine could be a little off putting after a few, but nevertheless, this is really a great beer. From beginning to end. Easily one of the best single IPA's I've had.

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4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Juiciest IPA I've ever had. Tropical fruit explode out of the can and hit you right in the nose. Orange, Grapefruit, maybe even peach flavors come through in the taste.

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 8,044 ratings