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:
7,762
Reviews:
1,481
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
9.74%
 
 
Wants:
1,035
Gots:
2,229
For Trade:
78
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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What sets this beer apart from other IPAs is its great balance. A lot of IPAs are aggressively hoppy, which is fine, but what keeps me coming back to a beer is nuance. The biggest defining factor was how the orange-citrus touch to it gave the hops a nice uplifting buzz. It balanced out the piney hops and left a warm lingering aftertaste. This makes Jai Alai the perfect summer drink for an IPA fan. I could imagine making multiple return trips to a cooler to crack one of these open! Great beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of David_CT
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance -

Beautiful warm copper color, cloudy, thin white head, good lacing.

Smell -

Sweet, Tropical, Resinous, pineapple, slightly piney hops, mango, honeydew.

Taste -

Bitter bite at the start into tropical fruit, resin, pine, sweet in the middle moves in to crisp, slightly bitter dry finish.

Mouth -

Medium - heavy mouth feel, creamy start turns to light dry finish.

Over All - One of the more balanced IPAs, Unique complex taste kept me wanting more. Well crafted brew. It will definitely be in my regular rotation. Top notch.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of rawfish
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours stunning copper with a mild haze out of the can. A rising two finger tannish head caps this beer. Retention is excellent as is the copious amounts of lacing.

Crystal malt with biscuits and somewhat grainy. Hops are floral, grassy with a backing of strong pine not really picking out much citrus or tropical tones. Gets dank and herbaceous in the finish.

Malts are tightened up here with crystal and a touch of caramel and cookie dough. Plenty enough malt to balance out the piney and herbaceous hops. Some other nuances here, a zip of lemon and chewy leather. Sneaky bitterness, rather mild and earthy that lasts through the finish.

Above average body and feel across the palate, wholesome stuff. Smooth carbonation and low observed bitterness and alcohol make this one a crowd pleaser.

Smooth, balanced IPA, rugged and resiny, I was taken aback at first since I translated Florida IPAs to mean that they are all tropical. Complexity is to be admired as well. Thanks for the opportunity Brandon.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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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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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a yellowish orange to burnt orange color. Lots of haze and opaque. Two fingers of an off white head that leave a strong lacing behind

Smell: spicy and slightly floral hops. Bready and slightly toasty malts come through behind.

Taste: opens with floral hops that are quickly overtaken by spicy hops. Bready malts hide in the background. Ends on a toasty malt.

Mouthfeel: good bitterness. Nice medium body

Overall: a good ipa. Good hop character and some nice malt back bone.

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4/5  rDev -5%

Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
4.21 out of 5 based on 7,762 ratings.
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