ipa4me4u (31) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2017 ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Momar42 for the can! 12 oz can poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass.
A: Pours a hazy golden copper color with a lot of sediment floating around. The head is a two finger white color. I love its thick texture, and how it leaves impressive lacing down the glass as it recedes.
S: Right off the bat, the nose is slammed with tons of grapefruit, mango, lychee, papaya, and guava. It’s a bit catty as well, but the Simcoe hops used here give of an excellent tropical vibe. As it sits in the glass, the malt profile comes through more strongly, with notes of biscuit and caramel.
T: A moderate level of tropical fruit flavors appear on the palate initially. This is soon replaced by a midtaste and finish comprised of grapefruit peel, herbs, biscuit, and caramel maltiness. Simcoe comes across as a very ’sweet’ hop to me, but these guys have done a great job extracting all the nuances out of the hops without any bitterness. I really like the hop complexity here. My only complaint is that it’s a hair too sweet for me.
M: A bit on the heavy side for my tastes. Personally, I prefer a drier, lighter IPA (see: Troegs Perpetual IPA), but the wet finish manages to be lush rather than slimy. Some hop resins linger quite well without providing any bitterness. Personal preferences aside, this is how you execute the mouthfeel of a sweet IPA, plain and simple.
O: Damn this is really good. Despite all my nitpicks, I’m really loving this one. A fantastic choice for those who want an IPA without any unpleasant bitterness.
So good. Sweet caramel malt on the nose with beautiful citrus notes. Same for the taste. Great balance moldovan9807 (389) - Oradea, ROMANIA - SEP 12, 2017
Aroma of orange peel, juicy hops, citrus fruit and light tropical notes. Similar flavor, pretty fresh and hoppy, adding moderate bitterness and balanced by a mild malt sweetness. eRock_2013 (489) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 11, 2017
Finally getting a review posted for this phenomenal beer from Cigar City! Somehow I had not heard of this renowned brewery's flagship IPA before my fellow SC Beer Scout Michael introduced me to it, this is definitely a must-try brew for any beer drinker, whether or not you normally like IPAs! From the second I popped the tab on a fresh can of Jai Alai, I could steadily pick up the strong piney and citrusy hop aroma, impressive intensity on the nose! Poured a deep and mildly hazy pale amber-orange color, with plentiful white foam. The flavor featured a unique citrusy and juicy hop profile, with notes of sweet pineapple and guava, surprisingly not a lot of hop bitterness. Guava is distinctly the most prevalent fruit flavor. There is some hop bitterness forward that doesn't linger on the palate, more than balanced out by generous fruity sweetness. Strong flavor intensity without any booziness, juicy enough and not too bitter that I think this could appeal to those normally wary of IPAs. All around impressive! katerinaniss (11) - GREECE - SEP 5, 2017
the best ipa i have ever tasted so far,huge tropical fruit and pineapple aroma mr.kegbelly (3) - Ste-Brigitte-de-Laval, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 3, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2017 Pas certains qu'elle ait été fraîche lors de la dégustation (3 mois je crois) mais je n'ai pas vraiment apprécié l'absence du houblon et la présence du malt....dommage
pcoteqc (1) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 3, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2017 Sais pas trop si elle était un peu vieille mais j'ai trouvé le houblon très discret et le malt devenait par le fait meme trop présent.... Beerwithwings (167) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2017 Can at home . This is possibly the best IPA I've had, it's not a hazy or a hop bomb. However it's very citrusy and has goes great with a decent meal gregwilsonstl (2574) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 1, 2017
Can. Wow, really in your face and aggressive. Very hop forward. Malty. Citrus. Fisler (605) - Bamberg, GERMANY - AUG 30, 2017
Eine echte Schönheit im Glas, zügige Perlen, derb Schaum und dabei mal überhaupt kein Gushing. Im Trunk fantastisch cremig, süffig, fruchtig, toll. Erst spät leicht bitter-süß. Boa, sehr geiles Teil, die gefährlichen 7,5 Umin merkt man überhaupt nicht. Wenn Ihr das im Supermarkt in den Staaten seht, kauft die große Dosenbox ;-) brunopbraga (8) - Fortaleza, BRAZIL - AUG 29, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2017 APARÊNCIA • 3
espuma bege claro de média formação e boa persistência e líquido um pouco turvo de tom âmbar.
AROMA • 10
cítrico e floral, com notas de laranja e pinho.
SABOR • 15
leve adocicado inicial seguido por um amargor moderado e com final seco.
SENSAÇÃO • 4
corpo médio, carbonatação moderada e leve aquecimento alcoólico.
CONJUNTO • 8