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Jai Alai IPA | Cigar City Brewing

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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:
#594
Reviews:
1,513
Ratings:
7,887
pDev:
9.35%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
1,037
Gots:
2,319
Trade:
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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Skrypt for the can(s).

Appearance: Nice and clear. Honey-gold with some darker burnt orange when held to light. Head is off-white, creamy, and dense. Decent head retention leaves a small clumpy cap with nice sheets of lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Mild tropical push buried under a decidedly bready malt base. Some solid caramelized malt sugars add a rounded sweetness. Some undercooked biscuit. Nice push of citrus, mainly fresh grapefruit, with some orange thrown in for good measure. A touch of backing bitterness. Sweet, juicy, and clean. Very faint touch of pine.

Taste: Follows the nose almost perfectly. Nice push of chewy biscuity malt. A touch of caramelization and caramel malt add a bit more depth. Hops are definitely loaded with citrus. Tangerine, ruby red grapefruit. Juicy. A touch of earthy bitterness with some pine edges. Slight powdery yeast thing going on as well. Starts off almost balanced and then crushes on the hops and leaves a ton of pithy bitterness and a lingering smack of grapefruit juice. Pushes a touch of mint and marmalade as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy medium body with a slight backing astringency. Moderate carbonation. A touch dry on the finish with a slick sip up front.

Overall: Not quite the game of life.

A solid but not earth-shaking IPA. It's a testament to the east coast style and that's appreciated. Perhaps super fresh it's something to envy, but 3-4 weeks makes it nicelt drinkable if a bit lackluster.

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Photo of dranthony2012
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jopezu
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a slightly hazy copper with a small, quickly thinning head. nose; big floral citrus hops (amarillo & cascade) and a light candied sweetness. taste; easy on the malts and mouthfeel, leaving the complex hop profile to fully run the show here. big citrus notes are immediate; grapefruit, orange rind, light pine, mango, then some caramel breadiness in the middle, and finishes a slightly sweet lime. strong carbonation. perfectly balanced, floral, hoppy and juicy. wayne wambles from cigar city has made the recipe public, so it's not really a guarded secret. it's a laundry list of grains and hops, and the beer it produces is magic. this has to be my favorite hop profile among all the ipa's i've tried so far and i have no choice but to give it a 5 score. simply incredible brew and it impresses me every time i have one.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of OnWisconsin
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of MystikCelt
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of jpro
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz can from a sixer picked up at Publix. Poured into a DFH IPA glass...

A: Bright copper; a three-finger, fluffy, cream head forms on a rough pour; a few rings of lace.

S: Sweet malt; citrus hops; resin; pine; dank. Great aroma.

T: Follows the nose... pretty substantial malt sweetness, followed by a range of hop bitterness from grapefruit / orange peel to Chinook resin and Simcoe tropical fruit.

M: A bit flat... Full feel, but carbonation is pretty low. Not a particularly dry IPA, which is nice, though.

O: An easy to drink and super enjoyable IPA. Glad I stocked up in FL, but now I’m almost out! Will definitely get it again.

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Photo of DubCo21
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of KevBot89
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 12oz. can into a Sam Adams pint glass.

A nice looking beer. A hazy golden-orange with about two fingers of head that compacts down rather quickly to some dense foam that then fades a way leaving a dusting on top and lacing on the edges of the glass.

Great aroma! Grapefruit/citrus, grass, a little pine and a hint of floral and a little sweet (maybe caramel) in the background.

First taste is a hit of bitter pine, then tropical fruit/citrus and a hint of sweet malt followed by a lingering resinous pine flavor on the tongue. As it warms, just a hint of warming alcohol as it passes over the tongue.

Mouthfeel is very nice, good carbonation. It's a little tingly and a little sticky.

Overall, a really excellent IPA that I wish was easier to obtain up here in the Northern Plains.

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 7,887 ratings
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