Got two Cigar City reviews coming out here in the coming days, this being the first of those. Cigar City’s Jai Alai IPA, a beer that has built up quite a reputation for itself. I always grab some when I am in NY or Philly as Cigar City does not get distributed to NJ unfortunately. It gets its name from a Spanish game that was once very popular in Florida. Jai Alai comes in at 7.5% ABV and 70 IBUs.
Appearance: Pours a really nice deep copper color, cloudy and not able to see through the beer. Really good looking head on this one that turns into super sticky lacing all the way down the glass.
Nose: This beer smells phenomenal, gushing with tropical fruit and citrus. Specifically getting grapefruit and tangerine right up front. It also has a nice piney character in the nose. Very pleasant to take in.
Taste/Mouth: This beer is so juicy. Grapefruit and citrus flavors are just gushing right out front. The tropical and citrus fruit flavors really shine without coming off as too sweet or syrupy balanced out perfectly with nice bitter and pine notes. Perfect carbonation as well complements the flavors.
Availability/Price: Not incredibly readily available in the northeast part of the country. I have a place I go in NY state that almost always has it, always see it down in Philly as well and on draft in NYC occasionally. Price isn’t terrible and well worth it in my opinion, six pack of cans goes for 10-12$ depending.
Overall: Without a doubt one of the best IPAs you can get your hands on in the country I would say. Once you get your first whiff of the nose you know this one is gonna be good. Nose and Taste are both just so full of incredibly pleasant flavors and aromas. Seek this one out, its worth it.