Jai Alai IPA | Cigar City Brewing

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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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4.8/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. can into a pint glass. CANNED 4/23/14. Exactly 1 month old!

Appearance: Pours a brilliant orange with a thick billowy white head. Near perfect!

Smell: Sweet pale and caramel malt. Not terribly hoppy in the aroma. Surprising.

Taste: Wow, much more malty than I remember. I was expecting a tropical fruit hop bomb. Caramel and molasses flavor. Hops are more straight forward bitter, rather than tropical, citrusy, or sweet.

Mouthfeel: Nice, full bodied and mouth coating. Tongue puckering bitterness.

Overall: I had this on vacation in Florida this past winter and loved this. Not sure why this is coming off so malty to me this time around. I'll keep drinking this week and see if my perception changes.

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of angrybabboon
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me a can of this

Consumed 5/23/14

Appearance: Lightly hazy but mostly clear, kind of a burnt honey color with some copper, orange, and gold tones - pours with an average-sized, off-white head, fades to a few sips of a cap but leaves a spotty wall of lacing

Smell: Definitely hoppy in a juicy, fruity way - ripe orange, tangerine, and ruby red grapefruit flesh, along with some hints of pineapple and maybe some mango - very wet and juicy - malts are on the sweet side, with bready malts, caramel, and biscuit dough - somewhat dank as well

Taste: Marmalade on toast? - very citrusy with a load of bread and caramel sweetness - sweet tangerine and orange flesh, ruby red grapefruit, tons of grapefruit pith, and some mango - pale malts, bread, lightly toasted biscuits, and then more bread - alcohol is oddly obvious (particularly weird since it's not high) - moderately bitter with some sweetness, finishes resiny and sticky

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, adequate carbonation, sticky and sweet finish with some lingering, pithy bitterness

Overall: The messy game

I had a couple bottles of this back in 2011 and never actually posted a review because I wasn't particularly impressed by the beer. I thought I might have had a couple of bad bottles or something. Now, hundreds of beers later, I can say with confidence that Jai Alai is not really what I'm looking for in an IPA. It smells great, but it's too sweet and too sticky. All of the wood-aged variants are a notable improvement.

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

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.41/5  rDev +3%
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 -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of David_CT
4.15/5  rDev -3%
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 +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
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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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 8,148 ratings