Jai Alai is brewed by Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, Florida. Cigar City Brewing showed up on my radar when I first read an article online about a small brewery out of Florida, weeks later I began to notice beers from this brewery when my CervezaPlease Instagram contacts were posting pictures of their beers and I noticed their labels. Cigar City is taking a “local” approach if you will, when it comes to brewing as I understand, but in a broader way as they try to brew and present to you regional flavors typical of Florida. They have become very popular among my online beer circles and have garnered lots of accolades in a short period, but judging from the liquid that can came in the can, it’s rightfully so.
The aroma in this beer was what I expect from an IPA, pungent hops, citrus, mixed with a bit of fruit and lots of earthy malt; a very nice balance of citrus and hop fill the nose. A nice bright copper color filled the glass when poured. Medium to high carbonation will tickle the tongue. The flavor was delicious, citrus in the sip, grapefruit, with a malt backbone, finished by a lemon peel bitterness; stupendous!
This is not a West Coast IPA, let me categorize it as we tend do with everything else in this country, it’s more of a Midwest/Michigan style IPA where the malt crashes the party and marries the hops. In my opinion, any style of beer can be enjoyed any time of year, but if you can pick this one up this Spring and upcoming Summer it will be a delicious resfreshment that will quench your thirst. I have another can on deck to pop open soon, can’t wait. A solid IPA by Cigar City, Four Beer Caps.
Throw one back for me ~ cheers!