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:
7,796
Reviews:
1,488
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
9.74%
 
 
Wants:
1,037
Gots:
2,258
For Trade:
78
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Ratings: 7,796 |  Reviews: 1,488
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Norseman
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of bwbetts
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of larryarms847
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours identical to so many other IPAs out there, golden yellow with a subtle orangy/amber hue and a finger of slightly off-white foam.

Light toffee/caramel sweetness, big citrusy punch of orange and grapefruit, and a light tropical fruits dancing in the background.

Resinous, mango, orange, grapefruit, and a sturdy caramel malt backbone.

Light-medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, outstandingly crisp and balanced mouthfeel.

Overall, while in appearance it's not a looker, the real deal here is the wonderful aroma, flavor, and well-balanced mouthfeel.

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Photo of Docrock
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of jmg480
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tedho21
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Maillard
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Jadjunk
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

"Jai Alai, the "merry game," is a game native to the Basque region of Spain. Tampa was once home to this high speed game, but sadly all that remains here is this India Pale Ale that we brewed in tribute to the merry game. Pair Jai Alai India Pale Ale with Empanadas, Deviled Crabs and other spicy dishes." Brewed in the style of an American IPA. Available as a year round release, finally trickling back into Georgia after a far too long absence from Atlanta markets. Best savor it as fresh as possible!

Poured from a 12 oz. can to a snifter. Served north of 56º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a silky foam of an ivory complexion over a deep copper orange body with moderate carbonation. Retention is above average, lacing is light and spotty. 4

(Smell) Heavy tropical fruit hop aromas with a lesser citrus and resinous influence, very potent and bold, inviting with a moderate bitterness to balance. Malts are a clean but equally bold pale and caramel syrup. Overall the hop profile in this beer is profound and I haven't found something that hits quite the same hop notes and comes off as appealing as this beer does aromatically. Potency is high. 4.5

(Taste) The first taste experience reveals a seemingly dampened hop experience with a focus on the light yet flavorful caramel malt profile. The hop flavor comes in wonderfully on the finish, a sweet and flavorful tropical fruit encore of pineapple, melons and mangoes, barring the sharper citrus and lemon hop notes, it comes off bright and clean. Hop bitterness is mellow but perseveres in the flavor without overshadowing the hop flavor. This could have easily been made an abrasive and bitter mess of an IPA, but I appreciate that Cigar City made a highly drinkable, clean beer with a more unique showcasing of hop flavor. It really stands out amongst the IPA crowd. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick and sweet with a touch of thin caramel syrup. Carbonation adds a touch of thin crispness and froth without going overly sharp on the tongue. Body is medium for an American IPA, just shy of medium amongst all beer. Alcohol is well tucked away for this beer. Balance is neither too sweet nor too bitter, one can enjoy the lightness and balance of this beer's flavor as a standout in what makes it so memorable. 4

(Overall) When I heard this hit markets again locally (cans only and just yesterday- likely gone by now) I made sure to grab a six pack of this fantastic IPA. It avoids many of the cliches of pretentious standard IPAs- the beer is not overly bitter, not heavily pronounced on acidic, citrusy hop notes, and isn't overly sweet and cloying. This beer is certainly a solid all-around drinkable India Pale Ale. I hope to see it return to Georgia markets again full time in the near future: It would be a welcome regular for a great many craft beer fanatics, myself included. 4.25

Cigar City Brewing's
Jai Alai India Pale Ale
4.26/5.00

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of DinoBlueShoes
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of mikeg67
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. Pours hazy orange with huge, long lasting, fluffy, white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, orange marmalade and bready malt. Body is full and crisp. Citrusy hops, orange marmalade, biscuit malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long, fruity and bitter. Tasty, complex IPA.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 32oz growler. Thanks to Andrew (betsona) for bringing this one over.

A- Pours a light amber color with orange hues. One and a half finger white head shows really good retention staying most of the beer. Nice sheety/streaky lacing left on the glass itself.

S- Citrus hops dominate the aroma at first with grapefruits coming on first followed by a light orangey citrus scent. Some light caramel malts and hints of grassy earthy hops. The citrus hops come back into the forefront and crush most other aromas. Hint of alcohol in the tailend.

T- Citrus hops steamroll the palate with a nice layer of orange and grapefruit combo. This kind of stays with you until about the middle which shows a nice underbody that has a good caramel balance to it. Bitter earthy piney hop bite in the backend with a light alcohol flavor. This beer is simple yet very well made for the style.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Citrus hops and light caramel malts are left on the palate. Aftertaste is light alcohol, piney hops, and a ever so light caramel malt base. Flavors were very well balanced for the style with the sweetness and bitterness being a even half and half. No off flavors at all when drinking this beer. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was a very nice drinker. A good beer that shows a nice balance between sweetness and bitterness. The ABV really doesn't show itself which could be a dangerous thing if you drink this too fast. I would love to get my hands on more of this stuff!

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4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the growler, it pours a lightly hazy amber with a modest head, lacing as you enjoy it. Some pine in the nose. The mouth revels in the well balanced flavor of hops and malt. Yumm!

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3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of ambruns1979
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Corson
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It pours copper with a huge orange-hued head that sticks around for a long time. The aroma is equally hoppy and malty. Some pine and floral notes. This is indeed a bridge between an IPA and a DIPA... Such a tasty beer! Amazing.

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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
4.21 out of 5 based on 7,796 ratings.
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