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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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Jai Alai IPAJai Alai IPA

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1,289 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,289
Hads: 6,927
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 22.86%
Wants: 960
Gots: 1,715 | FT: 85
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States | website

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: 1,289 | Hads: 6,927
Photo of larryarms847
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours identical to so many other IPAs out there, golden yellow with a subtle orangy/amber hue and a finger of slightly off-white foam.

Light toffee/caramel sweetness, big citrusy punch of orange and grapefruit, and a light tropical fruits dancing in the background.

Resinous, mango, orange, grapefruit, and a sturdy caramel malt backbone.

Light-medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, outstandingly crisp and balanced mouthfeel.

Overall, while in appearance it's not a looker, the real deal here is the wonderful aroma, flavor, and well-balanced mouthfeel.

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

Fresh Jai Alai is a thing to behold, I wish I was closer to Florida so I could have it more often. This could definitely be my go to six pack. A no frills hoppy, citrusy, sessionable IPA. What's not to love

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Photo of emount91
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

pours a clear dark orange almost brown color. white fluffy head that actually sticks around for a decent amount of time. smell is very tropical and fruity, mangoes, citrus fruits, stone fruits, with a caramel/bready malt smell that is very light. taste is everything I wanted from this beer: tropical, mangoes, peaches, slight orange, bright citrus, with a semi sweet caramel malt backbone that eventually turns into a toasty one. this beer is like a new england haze bomb, without the haze, so it has a level of "cleanness" that a lot of these new hazy beers dont have. But it sure has the hop flavor profile of a New England IPA. Mouthfeel was great and carried the tastes all the way through to the end, almost no coating or slick feeling from this beer. very happy that I live so close to stores that get this now, i will grab it anytime I see it on a shelf.

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Photo of runondirt
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

pours from a 12oz can golden orange with a good head. fragrant flowery aroma. resin, lemon and a hint of pomegranate balance out the sweet malt. finish smooth with more resin.

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Photo of NoZeFace
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn good stuff here. Kept seeing this on the trading forums and glad I got this as an extra. Very nice feel, beautiful feel and taste very unique from most IPAs I have had. Bit of citrus, tad bitter from the hops but nothing crazy and a solid finish. Worth the trouble.

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Photo of MonsterMutt
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I had it in Disney.

Appearance: orange with a slight haze
Smell: clean, mild. pine, citrus and tropical fruits
Taste: delicious! Everything i wanted in an ipa. It tastes like it smells but much stronger
Feel: perfectly carbonated. Mouthfeel is almost viscous (in a good way!)
Overall: this beer is fantastic. A leader in the category. Would drink again at any opportunity

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Photo of bmeehan
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jai Alai is a uniquely robust IPA in that it's got the typical piney scent and taste, but it feels so full bodied that I feel like I'm drinking a heavier beer than I am. It's smooth yet it's somewhat overpowering. It's a very good beer.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

canned on 1/13/16
super fresh! bought it in PA

pours amber with a thick head.

smell is very sweet, lots of fruit to it.

taste is delicious. full of sweetness at the front and finishes with the bitterness. i taste pineapple and mango in this. fantastic taste, this would be very refreshing. am definitely getting this over the summer!

wow this is good, glad i finally found it. such a great taste and so light for 7.5%. one of my new favorite IPAs.

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Photo of SHDoyle
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Description: Copper, light brown appearance with a white head that quickly dissipates. No significant lacing or legs on the glass. The smell is a fruit bouquet with strong notes of pineapple, mango, orange and a bit of pine/resin. There also seemed to be something else sweet (honey?) that I couldn't quite put my finger on. I love it when a beer tastes just like it smells and that's the case with this one: lots of tropical fruit up front with a bit of bitter hoppiness on the finish giving it a nice balance between the two. Alcohol was not really discernible. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied with medium carbonation so...medium?

Suggested food pairing: Grilled chicken or fish with a spicy, fruity salsa

If you like this beer then you should also try: Sip of Sunshine

Overall: 4.5 (This beer is very good and I would definitely have it again) Having already downed three of these, I looked at the six-pack sitting in my hotel room and thought, "Man, I could really go for a couple more Jai Alais." That probably would have been a bad idea as the alcohol is well hidden in this tasty brew, making it a totally crushable, easy to drink beer; I may not have stopped at a couple. Instead, I opted to stash them in my suitcase and call it a 'souvenir'. I thought this might be one of those regional champions that's really only so-so, but this was delicious. Fruity, flavorful and well-balanced, Jai Alai is a must try (that rhymes!) if you're able to get your hands on one.

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Photo of Local390
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz can into glass. 7.5% abv Appearance- Pours an orange amber. Semi clear with a nice medium head that remains throughout.
Smell- slight grapefruit , some tropical fruits, not overpowering.
Taste- Sweet with a real tropical fruit which lingers on the back end. More hoppy than the 79 IBU would suggest but well balanced.
Feel- Medium carbonation and refreshing on the front end, not exactly a palette killer but not quite a session beer either.
Overall- A good IPA with the tropical fruit element and a moderate hoppiness, a good solid IPA.

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Photo of Mrjquick
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: slight transparency, deep orange.

Aroma: light pineapple, peach aroma. Light cracker malt as well on the nose. Subtle sweetness

Taste: floral orange water and vibrant green resin on the front palate. Leads to light pineapple and papaya on the back palate. Vinous green character on the back end as well. Apparent heavy bittering charge.

Mouthfeel: medium body with no detectable alcohol burn. Average carbonation accentuating the bitterness. Wished it was a little more lively to help clear the palate.

Overall: a classic ipa and a great example of what Florida has to offer. Well done ipa all around. Grab a 6-pack (if you can) sip, and enjoy the heat

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Photo of Trevor11
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was underwhelmed at Three Floyds in the fall of 2015 when I tried this ipa during the Cigar City takeover. Perhaps, it was too hoppy for my taste and lacked balance that I often look for in a brew.

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Photo of weaselface89
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L- bright copper orange in color, and a white head that pours about a finger thick head, which settles into an attractive white layer on top. beer is very clear.
S- tropical pineapple and mango smell up front.
T- piney and resinous. tropical flavors. floral flavors. nice and bitter, but not extremely bitter. no alcohol presence.
F- medium body with low carbonation.
O- a great beer that I should have picked up a long time ago. very well balanced and I will be picking this up again asap.

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Photo of Gavage
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 1/4" head that falls to a thick surface covering.

Smell: tropical fruits and citrus are most detectable by the nose.

Taste: caramel, mango, orange, lemon zest, and a moderate bitterness are the main flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, a bit less crisp at the finish. Short lasting tropical and citrus aftertaste.

Overall: a well balanced and very refreshing IPA. Easy to drink.

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Photo of patriotsXLIX
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not much of an IPA drinker myself but CCB's Jai Alai introduced me a while back to what a truly masterful style this is. Citrus notes predominate and the mouthfeel is elegant and welcoming.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can brought back from NY by mr-jj. Canned 11/11/15.

Pours deep golden amber, not hazy looking, nice big long lasting head, lots of carbonation. Pretty beer. Smell is nice -- fresh cut grass, citrus and pineapple.

Taste is a little bready, a little citrusy, a little piney, a little more grapefruit rind. Second sip reveals a little stronger bitterness than the first.

Mouthfeel is very nice, rich texture without being sticky or heavy. Overall, a very nice IPA.

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Photo of stevoj
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice big rocky head and citrus aromas greet you on the pour. Flavor is more citrus, and pineapple, pine tree, sourdough bread. Hazy light amber with lingering bitter finish. Excellent!

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Photo of jmasher85
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Total hop-machine here. Pours with a generous head and nice lacing, with shiny-new-penny copper coloring. Smells as good as you would expect a hop-heavy IPA to smell, with some grapefruit, other citrus and peach/apricot/mango notes subtly in there, and a pervasive wet cardboard smell, which is what I suppose a lot of people call "biscuity."
I'm not really into the hop-bomb style of IPAs, and I wish this one had a hint more complexity to it. It is rather tasty, chewy resinous texture, and pretty smooth for a 7.5% abv ale, with a strongly bitter finish after the citrusy, fruity flavor.
However, besides hitting all the right notes fairly well, it gets on base but it doesn't knock any of them out of the park.

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Photo of TheWolf
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks great. Copper hazy. Brilliant fluffy white head.

Smells very fruit forward but not typical ipa fruit. This is passion fruit. Orange. And true grapefruit. Not the "natural" grapefruit that others try to pull off. Very strong.

Taste. Not typical bitter ipa sweet but not overly malty. Very fruit forward consistent with smell.

I think falls short on feel. Light carbonation. Very sweet.

Good unique. Glad I had a chance but not elite.

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Photo of rorykanderson
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not dank or piney but more passion fruit-forward than anything else. Reminiscent of Hawaiian Sun or Aloha Maid passion orange drink that I used to enjoy when I was a kid. Sugary, sweet, citrusy with a light malt body. Interesting beer.

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Photo of vabeerguy
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Relatively dark amber color. The smell is inviting. The taste even more so. My wife is not a beer drinker per se but she shared this with me and found it to be a very good beer. The after taste that lingers is a nice light hop bitterness. This beer lives up to all the hype.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a copper orange with a bright white head, small amounts of carbonation, decent amount of lacing, beer is clear.

A: Lots of tropical notes, mango, citrus, grapefruit, orange, hints of resin, smells really good, no alcohol on the nose.

T: Up front, get a nice hit of citrus notes, tropical notes, touch of grapefruit that leads into orange, citrus with some sweetness, hint of resin and pine in the middle, semi-dry finish, with more grapefruit notes lingering in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied mouthfeel, leaves a citrus like sticky and semi-dry feeling on the palate.

O: This is a really good IPA, nice balance of citrus and tropical notes, very smooth and easy drinking, lots of flavors, balanced, a very nice IPA and if it was available in CA I would definitely be this often.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Orange-amber. Frothy head with good lacing.

S: Hoppy florals. Citrus, grapefruit, lychee, pine and breadfruit.

M: Sticky, medium body. Clean finish.

T: Earthy tobacco, orange blossoms, grapefruit. Touch of caramel malt. Fresh cut mango, blood orange bitters.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz can into glass. 7.5% abv

Appearance- Pours an orange amber. Lofty 2+ finger white head that laces the glass. Semi clear.

Smell- Oranges, and tropical citrus fruit aromas abound.

Taste- A sweet, bready malt with a touch of caramel. The orange citrus picks up, a bit on the mango side. The sweetness lingers, adding only a mild bitterness with a touch of pepper.

MOuthfeel- Medium heavy in body with moderate carbonation.

Overall- A good IPA with the tropical fruit element to it. The back end of the flavor profile is lacking a bit but still not bad. Missing that final kick some IPA's have. All in all pretty smooth.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark orange pour with a sticky off white head. Retention is excellent. The nose is grapefruit, tropical fruit, earthy. Hops are powerful in taste, with the tropical fruits really coming through. Also a little pine and a nice bitter bit on the swallow. The mouthfeel is excellent, medium body, medium carbonation, and supremely smooth. An all around excellent IPA.

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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
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