Saturday, August 11, 2012

Game Day Beer Review: Cigar City Brewing Jai Alai India Pale Ale

Cigar City - Jai Alai IPA
Photo by edwin.bautista on Flickr

James checks in from Florida's West Coast:

Beer: Jai Alai India Pale Ale

Brewer: Cigar City Brewing Co., Tampa, FL

ABV:  7.50%

Appearance:  Copper, dark, cloudy, menacing, almost psychedelic lacing

Smell: Sweet and sour citrusy with some breadiness

Taste:  Initial taste of dry, bitter hops flows into something like mango/grapefruit combo with a hint of pine and back to a hop punch at the end.  Wonderfully complex!

Mouthfeel:  Crisp, not heavy like an imperial, but still substantive - a sipper for sure, but could sip many, 7.5% not withstanding...

Overall:  This beer has everything: not heavy, but complex with nice hop/malt/citrus balance and nice high ABV.  One for the desert island....  A+

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