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:
7,758
Reviews:
1,480
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
9.74%
 
 
Wants:
1,035
Gots:
2,226
For Trade:
78
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Ratings: 7,758 |  Reviews: 1,480
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So, this beer has been showing up roughly once a month in my area of Long Island. Each time it is about 2-3 weeks old. Fresh enough for me. The first time I bought it, I was so pleased that I went out the next morning to buy the rest of the case. Gone. Now every time I go to the store that has this, I buy up all of their stock (usually 2-4 six-packs).

A: Deep orange, almost reddish-brick looking. Tons of carbonation in this batch fades to still a rather heavy lacing. Not much carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass.

S: Bready malts, citrus, slight mango and caramel. Malt really dominates the beginning but fades to a very nice hop aroma.

T: Boom! Citrus, grapefruit, mango explosion. Tons of bready, biscuity and caramel malts to follow. Tastes like damn hoppy orange juice. Awesome.

M: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated. Minimal bitterness (compared to the recent DIPA bombs I've been drinking).

O: One fantastic IPA. I remember, recently, when I started hearing about this beer. I wanted to try this beer for awhile and I walk in one of my local stores and they had it on the shelf. I almost planned a trip down to visit my uncle near Tampa to go to the brewery before it arrived here. I will still be planning that trip. CCB rules.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of ChipChaight
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kevanb
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, dated 5.22.14, poured into a Cigar City snifter glass.

The beer pours a clear copper color, hues of light amber and orange with a slight haziness to it. A clean, bubbly, cloudy, white head, about 2 fingers high rests gently on the top of the glass that has nice retention but yields little in the way of lace. The aroma is nice, plenty of bitter, resinous hops, piney and earthy with a fair amount of grapefruit peel and tropical fruits, mango and pineapple predominantly, with a nice amount of caramel malt backbone. The flavors start well, loads of piney hops, grapefruit, juicy mango and pineapple with some bitter earthiness. The caramel malt flavors help balance the beer well, not too sweet, not too thick or sticky, just a nice layer of support for the hops, although the beer does finish with a touch of oniony hop flavor that I don't care for at all. The mouthfeel is nice, fairly juicy and sappy, coats the mouth well, carbonation is very nice, and it finishes with a nice dry kick.

Verdict: A very nice IPA that is very easy to drink and very flavorful. I wish the vegetal flavors didn't appear but as the beer warmed up, they became less of a factor. It's easy to see why this is the gold standard of the southeast, fine beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can purchased at a Winn & Dixie in Hollywood, FL, unknown canning date (may be on the older side because it looks like CC is currently dated their cans on the bottom), poured into a hotel-style glass and drank over 30 minutes

A: 3/3 - golden-orange coloration, initially frothy khaki head settles into a glass lacing with carb islands, moderate alcohol legs

S: 9/12 - big Simcoe aroma right off the bat - pine, resin and a gentle cattiness; some other citrus hop aromas but more muted; biscuity malts and alcohol

T: 16/20 - a moderate bitterness up front develops into a citrus and piney bite that persists throughout the majority if not all of the sip; some biscuity malts provide some flavor but mostly balance; alcohol is detectable but not omnipresent; finishes dry and inviting with a pleasant aftertaste

M: 4/5 - thick hop oils coat the tongue and provide fullness with the alcohol; sticky but not cloying

O: 8/10 - above-average-to-excellent IPA that really features Simcoe in the nose; while the flavors are more muted than some world class IPAs, the mouthfeel is one of the best of recent memory; for a shelf beer in FL, I would crush this

TOTAL - 41/50

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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1.75/5  rDev -58.4%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cigar City's Jai Alai is the definition of an East Coast IPA. It's definitely malty, so much so that you can smell the caramel coming through along with the tropical fruits of cascade and simcoe hops. There is also is a certain amount of bread-y or toastyness to the malt backbone. Overall good IPA. It used to be my favorite until I drank Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA. I've realized that I'm more of a west coast drinker than east coast over the past couple of months. Follow me on Twitter: miamibrewer305

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4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Tried this over nachos and World Cup soccer at On the Rox in Richmond's Shockoe Bottom neighborhood. This beer is definitely a new addition to my favorites list. Pours a hazy golden color with a huge floral, citrus and honeysuckle nose. The taste had citric hops, sweet malt, and a bitter finish. This is a sensory experience in the best of ways.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
4.21 out of 5 based on 7,758 ratings.
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