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:
#646
Reviews:
1,602
Ratings:
8,272
pDev:
9.35%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
1,043
Gots:
2,493
Trade:
75
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Ratings: 8,272 |  Reviews: 1,602
Photo of Labo
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bCrafty
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WJL2112
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Almighty1
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Heidvastag
3.35/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Raime
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer of legend around the craft community. To be quite honest my hopes aren't all that high seeing as most highly regarded brews don't turn out to be all they're cracked up to be once they hit a larger distribution. BUT I will remain optimistic.

Look - Nice sunset orange with a golden hue. Finger of slightly off white head and a moderate carbonation on the bubble factor.

Smell - Smells kinda like a subdued born yesterday. Lotsa orange and some floral aspect. Touches of malt to round things out.

Taste - Definitely orange dominant with a pretty substantial dosage of malt. I'd say the orange dominates at about a 65/35 ratio over the malt. All orange and malt. No other fruits that I can discern.

Feel - Full and surprisingly slick bodied for the style with a low carbonation. Malts turn a touch towards odd in the mouth and the beer swallows easy.

Overall - Is this thing a legend? Maybe a decade ago. In my personal opinion I feel that it is better than the American average canned IPA on the market and that is without a doubt. I noticed some complaints about this tasting different in MI than in FL but I hold little cadence to that fact. As is typically, given the hype and years of drooling over reading reviews when this was a Florida exclusive, I am disappointed. Solid, but I'll live without buying it again.

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Photo of LarryV
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium amber color with a frothy head, lots of syrupy lacing. Aroma is mild and doesn't really give anything away. Tasting, an explosive blast of resinous hops with a strong, slightly sweet malt backbone - definitely gets your attention. Tingles a bit on the tongue and then slowly fades to a lingering hop bitterness. This is an outstanding beer and a pleasure to drink. A really nice alternative to all of the juicy, fruity NEIPA of the week.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Love the look of this Florida IPA...big frothy head and beautiful copper color...the taste does not disappoint as it is full bodied and yummy. Not sure on the after taste, but overall a big thumbs up!

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Photo of paulytasker
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a fairly clear, golden color. It has a 2 finger white, and insanely frothy head with some nice lacing on the glass. The retention is decent.
The nose is decent with pine and some citrus aromas.
Taste - The pine and the citrus mix together up front and on the backside it is a smooth pine flavor that lingers for a long time .
This beer is very sticky. The hops really linger for a long time in my throat, and the feel from that is amazing.
Solid IPA, and very well built. It is great fresh, and it's even good at 3 months, which was the age of the last one I had before today.

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

Dangerous at 7.5%. So delicious; could crush a 6pk like nothing! Not among the very best ipa's I've had, but clearly stands above the majority out there! Wish I had this on the regular here in Louisiana as it would be a repeat but often.

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Photo of Vert1go749
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HopliteMpls612
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DMarlinJ
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Taybeh
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of StephenBechler
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jackjaffar
3.55/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jambutter
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cb8282
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JayPettey
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Skabiski
3.69/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StrongBelwas
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TomWight
3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 8,272 ratings