Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Cigar City Jai Alai IPA (2016 re-review)


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20ChadPolenz (1620) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2016

 
2015 BJCP Category: 21A American IPA

AROMA: Strong hoppy aroma; equal parts tropical fruit juice and dank resin. Some grass. No distinct malt aroma. 11/12

APPEARANCE: Burnt amber/flame orange. Quite hazy but visible CO2. Two-finger, off-white froth. Plenty of lace. 3/3

FLAVOR: Plenty of hops throughout. Tropical fruit to start with pine and resin on finish. Bitterness is dank throughout with a dryness on the end. Malt base imparts slight sweetness in the form of orange marmalade. Delectable all around and a textbook example of the style. 18/20

MOUTHFEEL: Though potent at 7.5% ABV, body is only medium with a consistent crispness. Hops linger with slight dryness but is not harsh. Alcohol is virtually undetectable. Smooth and quaffable (but not refreshing). 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Pretty much a perfect IPA in every way. That it’s so consistent after many years of production and on such a large scale is amazing. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 46/50

DISCLAIMER: The author is not a certified BJCP judge; therefore, this score sheet is not necessarily indicative of proper BJCP judging techniques and protocol. The author is grading to 2015 BJCP Guidelines in order to prepare for examination. 
 NOTE: Read and watch my original 2010 review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2010/05/cigar-city-jai-alai-ipa-chadz-beer.html