Cigar City Jai Alai was at my local beer shop…
I’ve been a fan of Cigar City Brewing for awhile. And, I’ve been back on an IPA kick for the past few weeks, so the Jai Alai was definitely coming home. Cigar City was founded in 2007 by Joey Redner in Tampa, FL. He hired Wayne Wambles as brewmaster in 2008 and they distributed their first beer in early 2009. Since then the brewery has grown rapidly in Florida and produces more than 60,000 bbls per year. In addition to Florida their beer is sold to several other states as well. The brewery is one of the most successful and well known in Florida. I believe this has to do with their high quality of beer. Everything they release is consistent and delicious. Check out their brewery here.
Time to taste the Jai Alai
I purchased the Jai Alai in 12oz cans and enjoyed them from a chalice glass. The beer poured a deep red copper color into the glass, with substantial head. Aroma consisted of tropical fruits, sweet malts, and piney. The taste was fantastic with tangerines, pineapple, grapefruit, and some grassy notes. Very well balanced and smooth. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and fair amount of carbonation. This is a wonderful beer that really performs. If you like juicy clean IPAs then this beer should be on your list to find.
– Drink Up, SlyePup