After years of waiting, the Tampa cult brewery will be available year-round starting with their Jai Alai IPA. Founded in 2009, Cigar City has won numerous awards and has grown from producing around 1,000 barrels a year, to over 65,000 last year. They also formed a partnership with Oskar Blues, which means even more markets should be seeing this IPA in the coming months.
Jai Alai IPA has won numerous awards, including the 2010 Best Florida Beer – Championship Gold Medal.
ABV: 7.5% IBU’s: 70
Pour: A nice golden color, hazy without much carbonation.
Head: A small one finger head, frothy and off-white in color. Fades quickly leaving moderate lacing.
Nose: Crisp pine notes with papaya and other tropical fruits.
Palate: Sticky at first. Medium-bodied with light fruits and hints of wheat. Finishes clean with subtle hops.
Overall: This was a great IPA and the perfect beer to get people excited for Cigar City. We’re looking forward to more releases in the coming months. Pairs well with empanadas, BBQ Ribs or spicy dishes.
Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4 Out Of 5 Pints