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:
7,656
Reviews:
1,459
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
9.74%
 
 
Wants:
1,031
Gots:
2,175
For Trade:
78
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 7,656 |  Reviews: 1,459
Photo of Jcarriglio
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FFreak
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Gifted this from BoldRulerVT...Thanks! A month-old can poured into glass, pours a clear light-copper color with a creamy light-tan head that leaves big lace. Aroma is a little juicy, a little piney, not super aromatic, but smells nice. Taste starts out really juicy. It reminds me of a kind of tangy orange juice. This is followed by a significant and lasting bitterness. Mouthfeel is just right....zesty, medium-bodied, crisp. Overall, this is really nice. I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of Vasilis
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KyBux
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Great IPA, and I'm a stouts guy. My go-to beer when I'm in FLorida. Too bad it's not distributed to Ohio.

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Photo of Cfred371
3.51/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Got these from some friends who traveled to Florida, canned mid October so relatively fresh
Look: pours a nice orange color with a khaki head and some carbonation. The beer is relatively non translucent
Smell: I get some bready malts mainly and some orange
Taste: bready malt, orange, some earthy tastes in the finish
Finish: dry and a medium mouthfeel. A hint of bitterness initially which goes away mid drink, but appears more intensely later.
Overall: I did not get the hype on this beer at all. Sure, if it was available on tap I may grab it, but I probably wouldn't buy another six pack.

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

Had this when I was in Miami circa 2014.

Had a friend bring a few 6'ers of cans back from Tampa over the Holiday's last year....drank a couple during the NFL Playoffs and Super Bowl. Nice!

Miss it so much now that I am back in California...

I will put this in my top 5 IPA's on the Eastern Seaboard period (yeah I am comparing to you- Trillium, Heady, Lawsons)! Best beer I had in Florida period...flat out super tasty. If you can, get a case, do it! The best of the South!

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Photo of John_Beeryman
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of liquorpig
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lynn
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shauun176
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tigg924
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear, copper in color, with 1/2 inch head. Grapefruit, pineapple, and pine hops mix with a rich caramel base. This makes for a very well balanced semi-bitter beer. Really tasty and juicy. I will get this again...One of the better IPAs I have had in a while.

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Photo of tbunting75
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kuges
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AGB
4.81/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of billhelm
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
2.89/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Treated as an American IPA, I poured this into a pint glass.
The appearance was a soft hazy burnt orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated extremely quickly. Lacing seemed to be messy and stringy.
The smell starts off with a big sweet caramel malt base wrapping around some sweet and bitter citrus and then bleeding into some bitter pine.
The taste was basically the same with a separated sort of flavor as the sweetness of the malts never seem to come together with the hops. There's a sweet caramel malty aftertaste as well.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium in body with a crisp malty sessionability about it. Carbonation runs right as an AIPA allowing some bitterness to take effect and scorch my tongue.
Overall, personally, I think this is an over rated AIPA as the flavors don't really come together. Its there, but CC just needs to get the recipe a bit tweaked to really compete with the great AIPA's on the market. Oh and for the record, I've had at least 12 of these in my life time and its been the same thing every time.

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Photo of chossboss
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of petewheeler
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mwckiltedsavage
3.64/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of onespartan
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RyanPoff
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Tampa brew pub.

a: a clear copper with about half finger of head and little retention. Good but not great.

S: this picks us a bit. Interesting floral hops, sweet caramel, a bit of lemons.

T: an interesting mix of sweet malts, forward Citrus hops, an astringency on the back end. This is much more floral than a traditional IPA, but still great.

M: it's one of the more peppy, fresh IPAs I've had in a considerable amount of time.

Really an excellent and unique IPA.

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Photo of Kevhodges
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beaversfan12
4.66/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cducap
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
4.21 out of 5 based on 7,656 ratings.
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