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:
#628
Reviews:
1,565
Ratings:
8,110
pDev:
9.35%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
1,046
Gots:
2,420
Trade:
76
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Ratings: 8,110 |  Reviews: 1,565
Photo of Paul_Apsley
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of km02600
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LQBlindPig1
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tombstone05
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AndyWiltshire
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A great session IPA, one of my go to beers if nothing more substantial is available and I think that really counts for something. Even though I don’t put this is the same league as sculpin or dogfish 90, it’s cheaper (in my location) and I’d drink it all day.

L: Amber, nothing fancy but a nice shade nonetheless

S: The citrus notes hit hard, there’s some earth in there though if you dig for it

T: citrusy and hoppy with solid bites of pine. I feel as though the bitterness is marginal although I’ve heard otherwise. Well masked by the orangey tang and lush hops IMO

M: Clean, feels initially like it should end on a dry note but again, contrary to what many seem to say, it’s a bit of a wet finish if you ask me. I think that’s good in this case too, it’s still very standard IPA, just a tad less leathery than average and that is a great session quality.

Overall: I pretty much said it all above, it’s a great beer to take down all day. I’d imagine a wonderful beach ipa as it is readily available canned. Very easy to drink, with just enough balance and sophistication to make it interesting.

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Photo of Jimmyy
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

This is a nice ipa. Crisp clear and packed with citrus. Smell is dank and has citrus notes. Has some heat for being 7.5%, but it actually is kinda nice. Flavor is citrus, pine, some caramel malt. On the bitter side, but not too dry for me. I'm enjoying this. I don't know that I'll buy it a lot (due to having so many options) , but I'm glad I bought it.

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Photo of miwestcoaster
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nitty703
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phoodcritic
3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JMC3290
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2 finger head.
Nice color.
Guava and tangerine nose.
Hop forward with a bitter citrus finish.
A great straight forward IPA.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.56/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Tunaofthemall
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The verdict is in, Favorite IPA. Look, Great; Smell; Fruity, citrus; Taste, Best; and Feel, Fantastic.

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Photo of tarik-the-magnificent
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 98green
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tscanlon51
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mcrawford
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of xPrestigious
3.12/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Having ridiculously high expectations for jai alai I thought maybe this batch would be different. Zero aroma, minimal hop presence. Total letdown again

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Photo of Avatar113
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Beer Nerd 12-oz. tulip
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $2.24 (because of 10 percent off for a variety 6-pack)
Purchased: March 17, 2018
Consumed: March 20, 2018
Reviewed as: American IPA
Misc.: Canned on Feb. 22, 2018 at 9:43 a.m. ET; Brewed in Austin, Texas

First time seeing Cigar City in stores out here. Looked like it was just the core beers for now, but was excited to get to try this one. Can description read, “The merry game of jai alai provides inspiration for this citrus-forward India Pale Ale with notes of clementine, orange peel and caramel malt creating an IPA that’s both bold and approachable.” After some searching, found the six (6!) hops as Amarillo, Simcoe, Cascade, Motueka, Centennial and CTZ. Usually not a fan of that many hops. Should be interesting.

Poured an amber semi-clear color with three fingers of rocky off-white head. Lots of slow moving bubbles creeping up the sides of the glass, reminding me of a shaken snow globe. Excellent sporadic uneven foamy lacing. Almost perfect retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled pine, resin, Cascade, spicy Simcoe, papaya, mango, guava, tangerine, caramel and red grapefruit. From the can even more tropical notes with mango, guava and papaya leading the way. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste was a bit better than the nose. Lots of stuff going on here with the hops, but lots of tropical notes on the back end. In order got spicy Simcoe, papaya, mango, guava, red grapefruit, dank pine, Cascade, floral, passion fruit, caramel, pineapple, herbal and lingering peppery spices. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Spicy finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This beer was a bit of a letdown overall. Could have been the Austin canned on location, but not sure. Still very good overall. (Overall - 3.75)

3.90 | 88 | B+

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Photo of GlennFreeman
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of jonnydas
3.55/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

it's okay. It's medium-bodied but dry like a true IPA. I would say it's kin is Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA which I would buy over this. Probably won't buy again.

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Photo of Qbdoo
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Jai Alai has made its way to Chicago and it turns out it's as good as they say. Nice copper color, pleasant citrusy aroma, but taste and feel are just phenomenal. Great balance of citrusy hops and caramel malt. Fantastic texture. Feels and tastes almost like a DIPA.

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Photo of grapeshops
3.62/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 8,110 ratings