Review: Cigar City Brewing Jai Alai IPA | Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine
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Cigar City Brewing Jai Alai IPA
86 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.
Cigar City Brewing Jai Alai IPA

Style: IPA

ABV: 7.5 IBU: 70

86
Aroma: 10
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 17
Mouthfeel: 5

Cigar City Brewing Jai Alai IPA

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What the brewers say

“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.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Sweet citrus and grassy notes. Complex hop profile that develops as it warms. Cattiness, fruitiness (almost grape-like). Subdued hop aroma with more dank, resiny, pine than citrus. Subtle caramel sweetness and slight apple/pear-like esters.”

Flavor: “Some great juicy hop flavors, almost gooseberry or white-wine like. There’s a prominent malty sweetness that’s balanced out by the bitterness, though bitterness lingers at the end. Grassy notes present. Malt sweetness comes through and finish is almost too sweet.”

Overall: “A little too sweet for a straightforward AIPA, but the hop profile is unique and complex and quite enjoyable. Balance should be more toward hops and bitterness and should not finish as sweet. Very high bitterness to hop flavor ratio.”

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