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:
7,709
Reviews:
1,471
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
9.74%
 
 
Wants:
1,033
Gots:
2,207
For Trade:
77
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 7,709 |  Reviews: 1,471
Photo of Skillet
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Buggyhare
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my go to beer. I've tried to find another I like better.. but so far this is the one I keep going back to. It looks good, smells good, taste great and very refreshing with just enough buzz juice to keep you toasty.

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

Great copper orange gold with a slight haze. Rocky head that dissipates to a small lacing after a few minutes. Nice hop nose. Great clean malt taste and intense pine and citrus hop flavor with an intense but pleasant hop bitterness. A classic American IPA done right.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.62/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is a somewhat hazy though clear light golden amber/somewhat light yellow and clear colored body. There is a super small carbonation is seen rising at an adequate pace; the head - well holy moley dude this thing absolutely defines "rockiness" in the head and how it sustains itself at least to me is quite a show (practically never seen anything like this). The smell has well, this takes a somewhat kinda downfall here, and I realize this is an AIPA that I had after almost 2 months, ok, all I have to say is gee weez - where the heck did the caramel come from and why is it displacing so much of the bitter hops that I typically enjoy in an AIPA (this is why I did this now and not after I got through the entire 6 pack). The taste is super sweet through the caramel malts, and some light hop presence. The aftertaste is somewhat "swarmy" through the caramel malts trying desperately to combine with a bitter "hoppiness." For the most part, it really didn’t. Hmmm... did I have this too old? However, I will say there is a nice dry finish. The palate is sits about a sort of a medium body of sorts, and it leaves a super dry feel coating the mouth and tongue all around. Overall, in my opinion, I think I need to try this fresher.

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Photo of TheGardener
4.98/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is my "go-to, impress my visitor (from CA) friends and family" IPA. Readily available in supermarkets here, which is a good thing. The juicy tropical hops aroma and flavor are both just....delicious. It has just the right amount of sweetness to counter the wonderful bitterness. Color is a bright copper/orange with some nice haze. This is a 9.9 as far as IPA's go...I rounded up to a 5/5. My favorite Florida beer, hands down.

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

Photo of JintheHam
4.81/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dcotom
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mwade5
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohnBradSC
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GulDukat88
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of walkinginplace
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of iRun2Beer
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beaver13
3.22/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can, canned on 5/9/17. Pours slightly hazy golden orange with a big fluffy white head that retains well and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is subdued - sweet soapy biscuit malts and slightly metallic hops.

The flavor is sweet fruity grainy malt with a fairly big piney resiny slightly ashy hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, a decent IPA that I liked a lot better on tap.

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Photo of meezsu
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of nwhittin
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ALHOPLOVER
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Canned on 3/8/17, enjoyed on Memorial Day 5/29/17.

L: Can said pour gently so I did. Poured a beautiful bright, almost glowing, golden yellow orange. Clean, thick and dense white amber head, lots of sticky lacing. Even the graphics on the can look hoppy and dank!

S: Mellow, rich, fruity hops. Apricot, mango, white grape peach. It's got some dank in there too.

T: Fruity hops on the front, pleasant. The bitterness on the finish really smoothed out once the temperature of the beer warmed up; flavor increased also. Very good!

F: The most resinous and hoppy oiled IPA I've ever had. Just enough carbonation. Medium to full bodied. This must be the threshold of an IPA/DIPA.

O: It's IMPERATIVE that you let this one warm up. I had a couple that were straight out of the fridge and they weren't nearly as good. When you hit the right temperature, Jai Alai is a bold IPA that pushes the limits in every category while remaining very friendly and welcoming. The end result is a very flavorful and drinkable IPA that should be experienced by everyone. Definitely one of my favorites. Found a six pack on the shelf at Publix for $10, amazing! Amarillo, Simcoe, Cascade, Motueka, Centinnial and CTZ hops.

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Photo of AlexManiacDrunkard
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of mrosenfeld32
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Southernbeergeek
4.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

Unique can info: CANNED ON [email protected]:53 THE GOODIES

Slightly hazy, golden-orange body; thick, sudsy, sticky head. Loads of citrus fruit smells. Well-balanced flavors of toasted grains; some fruity esters, kind of like orange rind; robust hop bitterness that lingers long into the finish. Heavy body; coarse yet warm on the palate; mostly dry finish.

An all-around, very fine IPA. Balance, depth, complexity, all very tasty and enjoyable with every sip.

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Photo of Rilesmiles
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gr0g
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mancavebeercouch
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
4.21 out of 5 based on 7,709 ratings.
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