Jai Alai IPA | Cigar City Brewing

Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA
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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

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

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Ratings: 7,824 |  Reviews: 1,498
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Beautifully copper-orange, like so many of the jingle shells found on the beach here on Marco Island, Florida. Nice white head looks like sea foam clinging to the sides of the glass.

On first nose, it's a hugely hop-bombed orange creamsicle. Varying levels of citrus give a really nice introduction.

Somewhat vegetative and spicy to begin evolves into the orange creamsicle suggested on the nose. It's punchy, delicate, bright and highly consuming.

There's a pretty significant spice to begin, but it does mellow quickly to reveal a long-lingering hoppiness.

Really great example of an IPA - hoppy, multi-dimensional, just sings.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Beautiful amber color pour. Awesome citrus smell. Fruity, hoppy and freaking delicious. I love this beer. So well balanced. Not too bitter. Super easy to drink. Smooth from start to finish. The only problem with this beer is that I don't drink often enough.

Wife's Review: "Tastes like you accidentally ate something you weren't supposed to. You know like nature."

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Poured into a Riedel tulip from a can dated 8/11/14. The liquid is a dark-ish golden orange with plenty of bubbles and a nice off-white foamy cap that leaves a good amount of lace.

Aroma is mega candied citrus. Weird kind of boozy aroma, even though it doesn't seem like much alcohol is present. Lots of oranges and resin with a noticeable caramel malt presence.

Taste follows the nose, but I think the piney resin ends up overtaking candied citrus on the palate. Some hints of tropical fruit lying underneath it all, along with a light bready/sugar cookie/caramel maltiness. Finish is fairly bitter, and lots of resin and caramel come up on the aftertaste that ends up being somewhat cloying.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick with lots of prickly carbonation.

Overall, nice hop focus and flavor, although I would have preferred less pine.

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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 94.5% out of 100 with 7,824 ratings
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