Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,194 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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Reviews: 1,194
Hads: 6,432
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 885
Gots: 1,390 | FT: 69
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cjgator3 on 12-05-2008

Pours copper in color with notes of citrus and tropical fruit in the aroma. Flavor has upfront citrus bitterness with a hint of caramel and citrus and tropical fruit hop notes in the finish.

70 IBU
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Reviews: 1,194 | Hads: 6,432
Photo of sashavasko
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet and funky. I can see a lot of southern character in it. Would not call it well balanced, it has several very strong characters in it. Might want to chill down that one to keep it less in-your-face. (203 characters)

Photo of The_Snow_Bird
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Has a nice amber color, is pretty murky. It has a very hoppy smell making it hard not to drink right away.It tastes just like it smells, hoppy but with some sweetness to it. (173 characters)

Photo of Mehinaman
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic IPA. Not too bitter or hoppy and very drinkable. Would be a very good IPA to introduce someone who has never had th style to. Either way, this is one of the very top IPA's I have had so far. Wish it was available locally as I would buy it all the time (261 characters)

Photo of rynegne
4.93/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. Up there with top IPAs I've tried to date and I've had a ton. Perfect balance of citrus, tropical fruit and slightly bitter pine. The malt is there, but really lends itself quite well to the beer by still allowing the hops to play a major roll in the taste of the beer by providing a subtle sweetness. (319 characters)

Photo of Stevem68
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is just a great IPA. Has a nice color and a hoppy citrus smell. The drink is smooth with a great hoppy, citrusy taste and pretty good balance. Overall an incredibly drinkable beer (184 characters)

Photo of SSS
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours yellow with a hint of orange, off white head that lingers
S-Aroma is nice citrus hops, Columbus, perhaps, Citra?
T-A dank hop flavor is balanced by citrus and a nice malt backbone, maybe Carapils
M-Medium body with a higher end carbonation
O-I really enjoyed this beer, perhaps it was the Florida sun and surf...I highly recommend. (340 characters)

Photo of MCCarrigan
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Hoppy, guava, mango, sunshine in a glass with a cool, breezy, grapefruit bite on the finish. Rich, delicious, sticky finish that lingers on. An amazing reflection of the tropical state where this brew is crafted. Great stuff that all those cruise ships heading out of Tampa don't deserve. (289 characters)

Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer has such wonderful floral, citrus, orange, grapefruit, apricot, and other notes. A very complex and eminently satisfying beer. Smooth and very little bitterness on finish. (180 characters)

Photo of Buck89
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amazing beer. Beautiful light orange color with white foamy head. Really nice aroma, with notes of citrus, orange, and a hint of malt. Taste is outstanding, with a bright citrusy bitterness followed by great balance with the malt. Nice dry finish and a great mouthfeel. Could drink this every day. (302 characters)

Photo of JArt
3.28/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Perhaps my taste is changing or I got a "bad" batch, but this one was much more malty than I remember in the past. There's still quite a lot of bitterness in the back; however, that's about it. Kind of disappointed. (215 characters)

Photo of Goldenknight4212
3.04/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Great beach beer, but there are better ones out there. Was seriously hammered after drinking seven of these in 1.265 hours. Decent taste and nose. Did not spill in sand. (169 characters)

Photo of Davidstan
3.54/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I may edit this later but have had 2 12 oz cans 3 months after pkg date.
A. Golden Amber
S. Tropical fruit bowl
T. Not,doing it for me, stale tasting and sweet not following nose sugary
O. Will try again with fresher batch (223 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange color with no haze. A white head with a good retention and laces the glass. The smell was really nice with a burst of pine and grass coming in immediately. The taste was similar with a lot of hop notes coming through with pine and herb flavors dominating. A very clean finish though made this one a very drinkable beer despite it's aggressive start. Very happy my cousin lives in Florida and sent this one up to me. (435 characters)

Photo of kgammell1
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Light, orange amber color with some carbonation bubbles. One to two finger white head that slowly diminished into light foam on the top. It left something to be desired in this area. Smell: Grapefruit came up and smacked me in the face. Passion fruit and mango followed up afterwards and then came the piney-hop notes. Refreshing, citrus forward and inviting. Taste: Wonderful, crisp, slightly dry and wonderfully grapefruity. Basically, what you smell is what you taste. There is a nice malt backbone that gives it some depth and very faint caramel notes. Feel: Medium body, medium carbonation. Smooth, alcohol is well hidden. Goes down dangerously easy. Overall: It lived up to the hype. Down in the Tampa area on vacation and had it on tap. I liked it so much that I bought a six pack of cans right after. It was awesome. (830 characters)

Photo of Barnoloid
4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Does this one live up to the hype? Well, it comes pretty close! Can was kindly provided by a colleague of mine from Tampa after a Stanley Cup wager. Freshly canned 2 weeks ago. This pours a vivid burnt orange/copper color with a significant off white head. As absolutely fantastic looking beer. Tropical fruit wafts from the pour. Nice full mouthfeel without being too heavy. A truly well balanced IPA which brings everything together extremely well. (450 characters)

Photo of 312HopBomb
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

appearance is hazed amber orange aroma citrus orange grape fruit and some pine.taste is grapefruit Boozy orange with more pine. nice malt backbone, an excellent IPA (164 characters)

Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.71/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Hazy, orange, large 2 inch off white head, great lacing

S: Pine, citrus hops

T: Pine, citrus hops up front, malty sweetness in middle of taste to balance, fruity tropical taste in there that melds with the malty sweetness that makes a great combo

M: Medium, carbonation is spot on

O: Wow, really good IPA. The tropical fruitiness is really what stands out to me. Makes for a world class beer experience. (419 characters)

Photo of Seejae
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was wrongly presented to me as a Pale Ale by a misinformed waitress, but it was unmistakably an IPA upon the first sip. This IPA was solid all around. The hops were the star as they should be with any IPA. Great beer. (227 characters)

Photo of Givemebeer
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very juicy with hits of grapefruit, mango, and orange. This pup is on the sweeter side and has a definite malt backbone to it. Smooth, not much bitterness. Medium bodied. Would actually like a little more bitterness, but good beer. (232 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tale of two beers. Had two from the same 6 pack, one was OMG excellent, one was dull and not nearly as good. It was an odd thing. Some, the great one had an almost orange juice like taste. Very citrus forward aroma. The dull one had a muted citrus aroma. Was more on the bitter side with way less citrus taste. Still good, just not as good as the other can. (357 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is all fruit and hops. There are layers of citrus, tropical fruits such as pineapple and mango, and a nice hop presence on the back end. Not a super hoppy IPA, but a great representation of the fruit forward side. My favorite type of IPA.

Would absolutely purchase again. (277 characters)

Photo of Liquorgal08
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Hazy orange appearance. Head that dissipates quickly but has lovely color.

Aroma: Like a citrus field up in here. Very "florida". Lots or orange and grapefruit coming through, it smells downright juicy. Best part of the beer as far as I am concerned.

Taste: Rather close to the nose actually. Lots of citrus flavors with a bit of bitterness to cute through the fruit. Malt is hiding in there somewhere.

Mouthfeel: Dry with just enough carbonation.

As a liquor store worker, when people want a Florida IPA, this is the one I recommend. It's a really excellent offering from them. (588 characters)

Photo of frozyn
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Updated review, after having had a couple six packs ranging from 5 days old to 2 weeks old.

L -- Thick bright white head on an copper body.

S -- Bright, citrus hops take it all for me. Can I pretend I smelled the malt in it? No? Ok, just hops then.

T -- Citrusy bitter hops, caramel malt on the back end that's tempered for me by some banana/mango/fruit flavors. The hops are very forward and are great.

F -- Crisp, fresh, smooth, nicely carbonated.

O -- Really great IPA. Some won't enjoy the malt presence, but I think it adds a balance to it. There's plenty of bitter hops in here and the malt tempers that. I can't go wrong with a pretty fresh 6-pack of this, especially on a hot summer beach. (709 characters)

Photo of Moose90
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Can dated "04/20/15 CHEERS 40657" thanks @floridadrift

A — This beer pours a very bright and hazy orange hue, the aggressive(ish) pour leads to a 1 finger width head that is off-white colored and leaves behind nice enough lacing. This just looks Juicy in the glass.

S — Smells fairly muted initially, though it does develop into a juicy and citrusy bouquet, lots of fresh squeezed orange juice here along with a truly bitter tone of citrus.

T — Tastes much like the nose, there is a nice bitter orange juice character, balanced with a little tropical sweetness, pineapple, key lime, slightly peachy and juicy. There is a mild sweet malt undertone as well.

M — Bitter and dry overall, as it sits on your palate it dries it out with time.

O — Nice overall, though I hate to say it, I am a bit underwhelmed, I think that it is surely deserving of its praise, but I think I may just need to stick with the plethora of local options available here in the Hop Capital! (983 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mango orange and slightly hazy brew topped by a sticky foam. Looks delicious. Smells peaches, floral, citrus. Taste is papaya, nectarines, floral, tropical. Moderate bitterness is refreshing. Medium body is creamy. Delicious. Perfect way to enjoy a day on Ft Myers Beach. (271 characters)

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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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