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:
#633
Reviews:
1,574
Ratings:
8,157
pDev:
9.35%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
1,046
Gots:
2,442
Trade:
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Ratings: 8,157 |  Reviews: 1,574
Photo of dbauer
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chrismilner20
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of billbeers
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours light copper in color with a soapy white head. Aroma is huge tropical and citrus fruits, and it almost smells exactly like pog juice. Taste follows with citrus rind bitterness up front, followed by citrus and tropical fruit flavors which are rounded out by some caramel malt sweetness and hop bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium and easy drinking, with just enough carbonation to scrub the palate and make you want more. Overall, this is a wonderful ipa that hits a great balance between fruity and bitter.

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Photo of Dudon
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MJ64
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerdsley419
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of MouldyCrow
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of RyanK252
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours slightly hazy golden orange amber with a frothy light tan head that settles to a firm layer and leaves some very nice lacing.

S: Orangey citrus, grapefruit and lemon, tropical fruit, mango and pineapple, caramel sweetness, and a hint of bready malt.

T: Citrus, lots of orange, lemon, grapefruit zest, tropical fruit, mango, backed with some bready malt, caramel sweetness, and a touch of pine on the finish.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: For a 2 month old can the malt seems to jump out more than I would expect. The hops are there but seem a bit restrained. I had heard that this beer has a tendency to fall off somewhat quickly. What's in my glass is still a good beer, but I would love to try this one again super fresh and see what's up.

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Photo of rob99er
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sulty
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Patlee3324
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VICMANROQ
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of glevy194
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ManBearPat
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PhilsPils
4.89/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From a can into a pilsner glass at Trump's place in Doral, Florida. I would say this is one of the three best IPAs I have had the pleasure of drinking. Wonderful juicy hops with tons of tropical fruit but also a dankness that reminds me of our storm/canning/pickling cellar when I was a kid in Oklahoma. That part seems more like a DIPA and is always welcome in any IPA I drink. If you haven't had one, put it on your bucket list. You'll be glad you did. CIGAR CITY...send it to Houston!!

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Photo of Zanico
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Paulj22
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a nearly perfect American IPA with a signature citrusy, hop filled taste upfront, solid mouthfeel, and lingering finish. Try it and you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of portwood
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smell: loads of tropical fruit & citrus, floral hops.
Taste: silky mouth feel, juicy sweet citrus, caramel.
Finish: Grapefruit, lemon oil, orange zest, resiny dryness.
(canned 02/24/16)

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

Photo of sulldaddy
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a cold 12 oz can poured into a tumbler. The beer pours a bright and mostly clear copper to orange hue.
A bleached white tightly packed head of about 1.5 cm foams up on the pour and fades to a wispy island and clingy lattice after the pour.
Aroma is some citrusy hops and a bit of tropical fruit with just a little grainy malt buried in the nose.
First sip reveals an average body with crisp texture and very fine carbonation.
the flavor is a bit of sweet malt and then some mango and grapefruity citrus hops that dont linger too much but do have a bit of flavor on each swallow.
the beer is very drinkable and sneaky for a beer with >7% ABV.
Glad to have tried this one while visiting Tampa

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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 8,157 ratings