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Jai Alai India Pale Ale - Cigar City Brewing - Tampa, FL

Jai Alai India Pale Ale brewed by Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, Florida 

Jai Alai India Pale Ale is a monster interpretation of an American IPA. In fact, it is so big that it equals the alcohol of some double IPAs on the market. Jai Alai IPA uses 6 different hop varietals, with Simcoe hopes being used only for dry hopping. The rest of the hop additions are blended at different IBU's in groups of three hops per addition in order to create more hop complexity. Cigar City loves hops but also feels that balance is important for IPAs. So Jai Alai features a sturday caramel malt component which helps to create the desired balance and stave off undesirable hop astringency. Ultimately, Jai Alai is a very strong interpretation of a single American IPA. Cigar City hopes that it makes Tampa Bay area natives happy because this is head brewer Wayne Wamble's favorite Cigar City beer and he'd love to brew more so he can share one with you. ABV: 7.5%.  


Jai Alai India Pale Ale brewed by Cigar City Brewing

Review from Beer Advocate

This ale puts its foot on the border of IPA and Impy IPA, a blurring of the lines. Clear copper hue, impressive lacing but coming from a highly hopped beer ... not a surprise. Big hop stink, heavy citric of ruby red grapefruit and tangerines ... faintly catty with some taffy undertones. Hops smack down hard, though some caramel and biscuity flavors from the malt appear; aside from that, it is a full-on palate bashing of citric, earthy pine, tobacco and wild herbs with a tropical fruitiness to compliment. Seriously epic beer, we can only hope a pint of it is waiting for us at the gates of hop heaven.
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About Cigar City Brewing:
Cigar City Brewing(CCB) was founded with two goals in mind. The first to make the world's best beer and the second to share with people near and far the fascinating culture and heritage of the Cigar City of Tampa.

From its past as the world's largest cigar producer to its Latin roots and the many other diverse peoples that call it home, Tampa draws on many sources to develop its unique culture.

Cigar City Brewing is comprised of a 15 barrel (one barrel is 31 gallons) brewhouse occupying 6,600 sq. ft. of warehouse space in the Carver City-Lincoln Gardens neighborhood of Tampa. The brewery has nineteen fermentors. Six 15 barrel, ten 30 barrel and three 60 barrels. There is rarely a day when each tank isn't filled with beer.

We use the highest quality ingredients we can lay our hands on and that is not just marketing jargon. If it makes better beer, we use it. We also strive to use local ingredients when and where we can. Not only do fresh local ingredients help us to make better beer, it helps us to make beer that reflects the culture and heritage of Tampa Bay.



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