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:
#598
Reviews:
1,516
Ratings:
7,926
pDev:
9.35%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
1,040
Gots:
2,335
Trade:
76
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Ratings: 7,926 |  Reviews: 1,516
Photo of BGW17
3.72/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I've heard and read about and of course wanted to try this beer. I flew down to ATL for work and bought a 6er at a local spot in little 5 points. I'm kinda disappointed. Nothing really special. I'm from the Chicagoland area and We have better. I just read a review comparing it to two hearted. That's not saying much. My craft beer taste buds started with fat tire when you couldn't get it past the Mississippi and then turned to two hearted ale. So far I'm way past the taste and didn't do anything special. Wasn't bad, but wasn't great

Ps. Picked up a 6er of Orpheus - life.death.life.truth ....and that was a much better beer

-cheers!

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Photo of ryanmextorf
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JKretz
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GregBarleycorn13
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love the orange color. How do they do that? Good thick head and retention. Aroma gets you right away with the citrus and slightly tropical hoppiness. Taste is the same and so flavorful. Will try to find some more as a go to IPA.

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Photo of Turbojet307
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just like a heady.

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Photo of matcris
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

LOOKS: Cool looking orange/amber. 2 fingers of foamy off white head that lingers. Moderate carbonation rising. Very clear beer. Leaves good looking lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Big blast of orange/citrus. Grapefruit & Pine. Reminds me a little of Bell's Two Hearted without that little licorice bite.
TASTE: Nice bready malt. Nice balance of sweet to bitter, very mild bitterness lingers on the finish. Nice. Mostly citrus flavors/orange, orange pith, and some nice pine notes.
FEEL: Smooth and soft, but the carbonation is medium full and moves the flavor around the palate, nicely.
OVERALL: This one is the closest to Bell's Two Hearted I've had, in terms of general flavor. Really nice, smooth, and very easy drinker.
Edit: Just got a six pack of this that's 7 days old. So good, tastes sooo fresh. Adjusted rating upwards a little bit.

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Photo of JF1917
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very rarely do I come across a much hyped beer and feel it lives up to expectations. In the case of Jai Alai, right off the bat, out of the can, I wasn't impressed - weak head, minimal lacing, but it did have a nice ochre color, very appealing. That's where all the disappointment happened. The odor was just enough citrus mixing well with the strong hoppy scent. I really liked the lightly carbonation - it's perfect for my tastes. Speaking of tastes, it was amazing - almost sweet, citrus (mostly oranges), all of it blending well with the bitter hops. Like I said, rarely does a brew much hyped live up to expectations when I get to it, but Jai Alai did just that.

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Photo of jdg204
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of swanfungus
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of digs5446
4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had at Lani Lai resort restaurant in Ft Myers Beach. Really nice IPA this one. The aluminum can was awesome too.

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Photo of BeerBeak81
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WickedBeer
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rootevan67
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of datalager
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of larryarms847
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
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 BlakeH215
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mparker1975
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of xcdarrel17
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Stellar ipa. Hoppy nose, tons of citrus, nice medium mouthfeel.

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

Photo of SheboyganLager1869
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great to find a beer like this on the east coast! Tastes like a west coast IPA.

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

Photo of Florida_Hop_Head
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheKlevin
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fresh Jai Alai is a thing to behold, I wish I was closer to Florida so I could have it more often. This could definitely be my go to six pack. A no frills hoppy, citrusy, sessionable IPA. What's not to love

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

Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 7,926 ratings
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