Jai Alai IPA | Cigar City Brewing

Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA
BA SCORE
4.29/5
7,839 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:
1,502
Ratings:
7,839
pDev:
9.32%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
1,036
Gots:
2,292
Trade:
77
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 7,839 |  Reviews: 1,502
Photo of Theogre83
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of scottsoileau
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BryanLogaru
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sprink
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of michaelsmith11
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jonbonfondle
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of treyaxx
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joe1013
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of eddiestep
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stevoj
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice big rocky head and citrus aromas greet you on the pour. Flavor is more citrus, and pineapple, pine tree, sourdough bread. Hazy light amber with lingering bitter finish. Excellent!

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Photo of jmasher85
3.84/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Total hop-machine here. Pours with a generous head and nice lacing, with shiny-new-penny copper coloring. Smells as good as you would expect a hop-heavy IPA to smell, with some grapefruit, other citrus and peach/apricot/mango notes subtly in there, and a pervasive wet cardboard smell, which is what I suppose a lot of people call "biscuity."
I'm not really into the hop-bomb style of IPAs, and I wish this one had a hint more complexity to it. It is rather tasty, chewy resinous texture, and pretty smooth for a 7.5% abv ale, with a strongly bitter finish after the citrusy, fruity flavor.
However, besides hitting all the right notes fairly well, it gets on base but it doesn't knock any of them out of the park.
This

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Photo of Hockey_Fan
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EdrickCS
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Redgoatman
3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheWolf
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks great. Copper hazy. Brilliant fluffy white head.

Smells very fruit forward but not typical ipa fruit. This is passion fruit. Orange. And true grapefruit. Not the "natural" grapefruit that others try to pull off. Very strong.

Taste. Not typical bitter ipa sweet but not overly malty. Very fruit forward consistent with smell.

I think falls short on feel. Light carbonation. Very sweet.

Good unique. Glad I had a chance but not elite.

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Photo of Killage
4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ManapuaMan
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not dank or piney but more passion fruit-forward than anything else. Reminiscent of Hawaiian Sun or Aloha Maid passion orange drink that I used to enjoy when I was a kid. Sugary, sweet, citrusy with a light malt body. Interesting beer.

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Photo of shigg85
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattyD13
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of yespreacher
4.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Berg-the-Boiler
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of vabeerguy
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Relatively dark amber color. The smell is inviting. The taste even more so. My wife is not a beer drinker per se but she shared this with me and found it to be a very good beer. The after taste that lingers is a nice light hop bitterness. This beer lives up to all the hype.

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Photo of Shanty76
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of eifster82
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 7,839 ratings
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