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Jai Alai IPA | Cigar City Brewing

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4.28/5
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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:
#554
Reviews:
1,509
Ratings:
7,870
pDev:
9.35%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
1,035
Gots:
2,310
Trade:
77
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 7,870 |  Reviews: 1,509
Photo of Vinman29
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is a party in a can. Amazingly flavorful citrus and spice without being overwhelming. It's kind of like an amped up Blue Moon with a lot more flavor and hops. It's not a party beer but it's like your own personal party, in that it is really enjoyable on its own. Fresh, original, and unique. If this beer was a woman she'd be an exotic princess and a keeper in all ways. Fun, satisfying, and worthy of lots of respect.

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Photo of Jonterman
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jmd88
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of huthuty
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours medium amber with a thin persistent head
Smells springy, citrusy, and fresh
Tastes citrusy and sweet with some hop bitterness
Overall an extremely solid ipa I couldn't imagine someone not liking

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Photo of HollandTunnels
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kkmiller76
3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of wmcgar01
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jimmah120
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ManWithNoName
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of krbrevard
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a sixer of cans while at the beach. Either my palate has changed a lot over the years or the brothers were working on their 10th or 11th beer at the time they reviewed this one. Perhaps it is a little of both. IMHO, with the quality of American IPAs we have access to today everywhere, it is nowhere close to a 100. I'd put it right in the middle of an 80 and 90. It is a good IPA and has all the stops, but the aroma is lacking and the malts are a little out of balance. Not getting any pine on the nose - all malts and it was canned only a month ago. The beer does, however, taste better as it heats up. The best sips are about half way through a can. I think Jai Alai is a little over hyped or the stuff they are brewing in NC now just isn't as good as it used to be. Or maybe my palate has changed...

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Photo of Mleblanc25
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jimpyle48
3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled from can

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Photo of SydneyManchester25
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of corbos
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beyah
4.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. can reviewed, citrus smell and strong citrus hops, caramel background.
Great with salty foods or BBQ.
Carbonated a tad more than most I.P.A.'s.
One of the top I.P.A.'s I've ever had.

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Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 fl oz can on July 24, 2017. Canned on 07/07/17. Look is copper. Smell is citrus and tropical fruit. Taste is bitter citrus, tropical fruit and caramel malt. Feel is smooth and creamy.

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Photo of Justinprintz
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Rating: just drink it.
Price: $$

It's all about whether you'll drink the beer again. This one I'll grab anytime there's a steak on the table. Super drinkable, well balanced. This is not a hop explosion but who needs a hop explosion all the time? Clean, super drinkable. Who would've think Florida could put out such a good beer?

12 oz can

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Photo of scootny
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great ivory colored head that shows up, stays, and leaves tons of lace, and nice chunks. A relatively clear, coppery, dark oaken fluid. You know just by sight the hop content is serious and the supporting cast shows commitment.

Nose is big and juicy, with a surprising amount of caramel coming through. Lots of tropical fruit and mild pine, An overlay of citrus grove adds a nice edge.

Taste follows the nose. No surprise really as this has such a big flavor that the nose basically betrays all. Big chewy caramel malt steps up first and then Bam! Grapefruit and hop oil. A tingly mint. More oil. Some pineapple and hint of guava. More hops. Wow. So big, but not overwhelming. Finish is dry and not quite as long as one might think, given the ton of hops in each sip.

Feel is a smooth and well carbonated treat. Lightly creamy with a medium weight this one goes down quite easily for such a strong brew. Really. It drinks like something with much less abv. You almost want to session it.

A top tier IPA. One of the best Iv'e had. No surprise really as Cigar City has established itself as a top tier brewery imo.

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Photo of Jack77
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

FANTASTIC IPA. Looks nice. Smells not too strong on the hops. A well balanced mouthfeel. The taste is so very good. Up there with and maybe better than 90 Minute. This is an outstanding IPA. On draft at Miller's Ale House, Destin, FL. Need this one in Texas.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange copper with medium head that leaves some lace. Nose is not nearly as big as I expected from other reviews. Citrus heavy, with some earthy undertones, but even a 4 is being generous here. Taste has an initial fresh orange zest that fades to serious bitterness. Not really much malt backbone here, but enough to prevent it from being astringent. Finish loses the fruit and retains just bitterness and a bit of an ashtray mouth from some odd tobacco notes. Overall, a good beer but not as good as expected. I do like that it is a bit different than every other IPA.

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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 7,870 ratings
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