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:
7,792
Reviews:
1,487
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
9.74%
 
 
Wants:
1,036
Gots:
2,254
For Trade:
78
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 7,792 |  Reviews: 1,487
Photo of Nhmp105
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Taste the hops from the get go and the finish activates the bitter taste buds towards the back of the tongue. Prefer the taste of A Victory Dirtwolf.

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Photo of kynap55
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of efrankmcguire
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Citrus aroma and flavor. The more it ages, the more citrus comes through. My go to IPA in Florida.

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

Photo of ZAP
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L-Muddy oak colored...nice lacing

S-Big tropical fruits and pine....fragrant...Pine slightly more prevalent. Tropical fruits seems ripe and sweet. Thinking mangoes and pineapples.

T-On the taste a ruby red grapefruit citrus flavor jumps out right away...that is the strongest flavor. Milder notes of tangerines, tropical fruits (pineapples) and peaches. Malt does its job and balances but doesn't strike much of an impression.....caramel bready but light..

F-Medium bodied....spot on carbonation....

O-Top notch IPA that would be in or near my top tier.

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Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JRFresh
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jamisonspitzer
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of q33jeff
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

**
11/19/16

Original Ratings are from previous tasting with no notes. Slightly higher numbers this time. 3.83 to 4.01.

AROMA: Lots of fruitty notes, citrus and tropical.
LOOK: golden orange, big white head.
TASTE: lemon, orange, mango, pineapple. This is my kind of IPA taste. The despised "dankness" is only a hint at the end.
FEEL: medium to full body, but drinks light. decent carbonation, some creaminess. The texture has many heads here.

My kind of IPA.
**
06/28/17

The more I drink this, the more I think it is my favorite obtainable IPA.

4.01 Up to 4.16.


**

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Photo of xt0n1cx
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of D_Croaks
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Reddish Amber hues, regardless of how "gently" you pour it, you will have the yeast suspended in it. orange citrus aroma. Citrus, slightly bitter taste with clean minutely bitter finish, no strong alcohol flavor. Lightly carbonated. No overwhelming malty notes when you finish the experience, you just need to get another one.

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Photo of Nomis
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a snifter.
Pours a medium to light amber with nice clarity and two fingers of thick head.
Aromas are nice. Sticky sweet orange and tangerine come to mind.
Taste is very nice good citrus flavor with mild bitterness on the finish.
Mouthfeel is nice as well.
This beer is very tasty and more orange in flavor than grapefruit. My thanks to Shaun Hill for getting this beer up to Vermont for us a second time.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FFreak
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Gifted this from BoldRulerVT...Thanks! A month-old can poured into glass, pours a clear light-copper color with a creamy light-tan head that leaves big lace. Aroma is a little juicy, a little piney, not super aromatic, but smells nice. Taste starts out really juicy. It reminds me of a kind of tangy orange juice. This is followed by a significant and lasting bitterness. Mouthfeel is just right....zesty, medium-bodied, crisp. Overall, this is really nice. I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of Vasilis
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KyBux
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Great IPA, and I'm a stouts guy. My go-to beer when I'm in FLorida. Too bad it's not distributed to Ohio.

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Photo of Cfred371
3.51/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Got these from some friends who traveled to Florida, canned mid October so relatively fresh
Look: pours a nice orange color with a khaki head and some carbonation. The beer is relatively non translucent
Smell: I get some bready malts mainly and some orange
Taste: bready malt, orange, some earthy tastes in the finish
Finish: dry and a medium mouthfeel. A hint of bitterness initially which goes away mid drink, but appears more intensely later.
Overall: I did not get the hype on this beer at all. Sure, if it was available on tap I may grab it, but I probably wouldn't buy another six pack.

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Photo of TriggerFingers
4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this when I was in Miami circa 2014.

Had a friend bring a few 6'ers of cans back from Tampa over the Holiday's last year....drank a couple during the NFL Playoffs and Super Bowl. Nice!

Miss it so much now that I am back in California...

I will put this in my top 5 IPA's on the Eastern Seaboard period (yeah I am comparing to you- Trillium, Heady, Lawsons)! Best beer I had in Florida period...flat out super tasty. If you can, get a case, do it! The best of the South!

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Photo of John_Beeryman
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of liquorpig
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lynn
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shauun176
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tigg924
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear, copper in color, with 1/2 inch head. Grapefruit, pineapple, and pine hops mix with a rich caramel base. This makes for a very well balanced semi-bitter beer. Really tasty and juicy. I will get this again...One of the better IPAs I have had in a while.

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Photo of tbunting75
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
4.21 out of 5 based on 7,792 ratings.
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