Mora2000 (5299) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to ktrillionaire for sending this beer to me.
The beer pours a hazy orange-amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is awesome. I get some grapefruit and also some pine. There is also the slightest amount of orange citrus in the aroma. The flavor is a even mix of pine and grapefruit with neither standing out or dominating. There is some caramel malt in there as well. The bitterness is about medium. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very refreshing and easy drinking. I had this after a 12 hour day at work and it was the perfect beer. So glad I got to try this and happy I have a few more.
Pastor (790) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - JUN 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
enjoyed being able to compare the cedar aging to the regular product.
I drank this one in a strait pint glass the pour produced a generous white head that settled to a nice lace. The body of the brew was a darker copper almost amber in color.
It had a nice hoppy nose citrus and floral herbs were right in you face. The flavor was nicely balanced but the hops were in the front. It had a medium feel to it with good carbonation.
I think this was a good drinking IPA easily sesionable. I would be proud to call it my local IPA
Chalsk (1005) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JUN 11, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2010 At 7.5 abv I would call this a DIPA. Regardless it is tremendous. Pours a golden orange color with a soapy white head. Has an aroma of grapefruit and pine with a hint of caramel. Sweet citrus up front. And then the harsh hit of hops. Resiny. Subtle caramel backing. Excellent. Canít wait to have again.
AttitudeBrew (6) - Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2010 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Got this in a trade with changeup45. Pours a nice burnt orange color with a nice off white foamy head. Nice piney citrusy aroma ,Then finishes with some nice medium sweet malt tones.
50belair (1786) - Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The bottle unleashed a cloudy burnt orange brew which was topped with a nice 2" white head. With an aroma of pine and citrus, this nectar has a bite. The tongue is overrun with hops and citrus. It punches you right in the mouth with a sharp piney combo. The finish is nice. Itís a pungent IPA that quenches the thirst. If you get a chance, you should try one. It will change your life. O.K., maybe not. It is a great IPA though with a unique taste.
bhensonb (10153) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 7, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from ericandersnavy - the man of many hard to find beers. Pours hazy dark coppy with a transient off-white head. Aroma is sort of nutty hoppy. Medium plus body with mild, but tingly, carbonation. Flavor is wood, hoppy and submerged caramel. Thereís so much hop it burns a bit. Finish is a standoff between sweet and bitt - but sweet leaves and hop stays. Malt? Almost rye. Strong hop that builds and builds.
marcus (5848) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared by bhensonb. Pours copper with a decent off-white head and a toffee aroma. Excellent caramel malt base with lots of hop bitterness. Smooth but bitter.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Lucky 7.
Pours a cloudy dark golden orange amber cor with burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a frothy, soapy white head with excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Rings and spots of chunky lacing left behind.
Sweet citrus hop aroma with subtle spices, caramel malt and sunlte sweet alcohol. Lts of tropical and citrus fruit notes in the blnse including mango, pineapple, grapefruit and orang peel. Slight dry pine needles as well as sme toasty biscuit malt character.
Chewy medium body that is very hop forward with lots of dry earthy pine and sweet tropical/citrus fruit flavor. Hi ts of mango, pineapple, grapefruit and citrus peel along with a slightly toasty caramel malt backbone and sweet alcohol heat. The alcohol is noticeable in the finish but overall the ABV is very well masked makig his beer extremely quaffable.
Chad9976 (1063) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I recently got into an argument with a friend who said every beer he drinks absolutely must be balanced. I said thatís a silly criteria, especially with styles like India Pale Ale since theyíre all about the hops (I never pay much attention to their malts anyway). Itís quite ironic that Tampaís Cigar City Jai Alai IPA would be the next beer Iíd try after the conversation since itís one of those rare IPAs that is not only well-balanced but overtly so. Itís got everything I look for in a beer of this style, and a few added goodies that make me appreciate it even more.
APPEARANCE AND AROMA
I poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. This beer pours to a surprisingly dark shade of orange/light brown and is mostly clear but a little hazy. Itís light on the bubbles, both above and below the surface as it only formed a pinky-sized, off-white, frothy head that left some lacing on the glass.
The aroma was typical of an East Coast IPA with a pine scent and some floral notes. It was pleasing, but not extremely potent.
Sometimes you can tell how a beer will play out on the first swig alone. As Jai Alai IPA crossed my tongue for the first time I got all the flavor notes I would get throughout the life of this drink. It starts off with a malty rich sweetness, almost bordering on syrup-like. Itís noticeably thick and heavy in the mouth, but remarkably soft. As it finishes thereís a fairly strong hop bitterness that leaves an arid dryness on my palate, but it fades away very quickly. Some IPAs dance on your tongue long after the beer itself is gone, but Jai Alai IPA, much like the fast-paced sport itís named after, is quite erratic.
Itís rare IPAs have such noticeable malt character to them as this beer does. Itís best described as caramel and perhaps a touch of toffee, but it also has a sugary sweetness like some kind of syrup or fruit extract. The pine-like flavors from the hops only enhance this taste making this a beer extremely well-balanced. I prefer my IPAs on the citrusy side since that is more satisfying and refreshing, but I enjoyed the originality to this beerís palette.
While I wouldnít consider Jai Alai IPA refreshing per se, I would say itís a highly drinkable beer. Many beers of the style are such hop bombs their bitterness can be appreciated by hop heads, but thatís not the case here. The malty components offer a rich sweetness, combined with the low carbonation, short bitter aftertaste, and a texture thatís somewhat thick but very soft in the mouth. Itís not chuggable, but it isnít difficult to get down, either.
At 7.5% ABV this is indeed a full-bodied beer all around, although I found it to be a little lighter in body than the numbers might indicate. I could definitely recommend pairing a bottle with a spicy dish or snack. Iím not sure this is quite a session beer, but I think anyone could handle two servings.
While this beer didnít exactly blow my mind the way some others of the style have, I canít find anything truly "wrong" with Cigar City Jai Alai IPA. Itís got pretty much everything as far as good taste and drinkability go. If I had access to it Iíd probably drink it regularly. (note: this beer was sent to me from a friend in Florida as Cigar City is not yet distributed up here in New York so I cannot comment on the price).
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deyholla (5841) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared bottle thanks to Kan! Pours a clear amber orange (sap like) with an off-white head that dissipates slowly. Aroma has a nice combination of resin and pine notes with just a slight bite of caramel underlying. Flavor begins with strong pine as resin grows slowly and the finish has just a bit of sweet grains or caramel.