Jai Alai IPA | Cigar City Brewing

Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA
BA SCORE
94.5%
Liked This Beer
4.29 w/ 7,825 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:
#549
Reviews:
1,499
Ratings:
7,825
Liked:
7,393
Avg:
4.29/5
pDev:
9.32%
Alströms:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
1,037
Gots:
2,276
Trade:
77
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 7,825 |  Reviews: 1,499
Photo of beyah
4.87/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. can reviewed, citrus smell and strong citrus hops, caramel background.
Great with salty foods or BBQ.
Carbonated a tad more than most I.P.A.'s.
One of the top I.P.A.'s I've ever had.

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Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 fl oz can on July 24, 2017. Canned on 07/07/17. Look is copper. Smell is citrus and tropical fruit. Taste is bitter citrus, tropical fruit and caramel malt. Feel is smooth and creamy.

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Photo of Justinprintz
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beertrek
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rating: just drink it.
Price: $$

It's all about whether you'll drink the beer again. This one I'll grab anytime there's a steak on the table. Super drinkable, well balanced. This is not a hop explosion but who needs a hop explosion all the time? Clean, super drinkable. Who would've think Florida could put out such a good beer?

12 oz can

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Photo of scootny
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great ivory colored head that shows up, stays, and leaves tons of lace, and nice chunks. A relatively clear, coppery, dark oaken fluid. You know just by sight the hop content is serious and the supporting cast shows commitment.

Nose is big and juicy, with a surprising amount of caramel coming through. Lots of tropical fruit and mild pine, An overlay of citrus grove adds a nice edge.

Taste follows the nose. No surprise really as this has such a big flavor that the nose basically betrays all. Big chewy caramel malt steps up first and then Bam! Grapefruit and hop oil. A tingly mint. More oil. Some pineapple and hint of guava. More hops. Wow. So big, but not overwhelming. Finish is dry and not quite as long as one might think, given the ton of hops in each sip.

Feel is a smooth and well carbonated treat. Lightly creamy with a medium weight this one goes down quite easily for such a strong brew. Really. It drinks like something with much less abv. You almost want to session it.

A top tier IPA. One of the best Iv'e had. No surprise really as Cigar City has established itself as a top tier brewery imo.

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Photo of Jack77
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

FANTASTIC IPA. Looks nice. Smells not too strong on the hops. A well balanced mouthfeel. The taste is so very good. Up there with and maybe better than 90 Minute. This is an outstanding IPA. On draft at Miller's Ale House, Destin, FL. Need this one in Texas.

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

Pours an orange copper with medium head that leaves some lace. Nose is not nearly as big as I expected from other reviews. Citrus heavy, with some earthy undertones, but even a 4 is being generous here. Taste has an initial fresh orange zest that fades to serious bitterness. Not really much malt backbone here, but enough to prevent it from being astringent. Finish loses the fruit and retains just bitterness and a bit of an ashtray mouth from some odd tobacco notes. Overall, a good beer but not as good as expected. I do like that it is a bit different than every other IPA.

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

12 oz can

Pours a slightly hazy honey amber. Eggshell head is coarse and retains well.

Smells of hemp, bread malts, earthy and citrus hops.

Flavor follows, hemp and bread malts, orange blossom honey, grapefruit hops, and a mild earthy finish.

Medium to full body with tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Very good IPA, I understand the hype. Tasty, excellent balance. Definitely try if you find it.

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Photo of SlainteAlbanyNY
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mlefebvre7
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Khaack
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OktoberSound
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Branlott42
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Bigpig43
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mriley1984
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rockabillyjames
4.99/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of TigerTimmy
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DarthVorador
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Harrison8
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a foggy, nearly opaque, orange with two fingers of white head. Good head retention, with a good amount of lacing. Aroma is citrus, and herbal hops with caramel as well. Lovely aroma that provides loads of aroma, but without being overwhelming. Flavor profile is citrus, resin, and herbal hops. Caramel hits in the back. Nice deep flavor profile, and yet is plenty quaffible. It may be 7.5%, but it drinks much smoother. Mouth feel is fizzy, with a medium thickness. Overall, an absolute delight to consume.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz can.

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Photo of MJwheat
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 94.5% out of 100 with 7,825 ratings
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