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Jai Alai IPA - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,298 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 1,298
Hads: 6,947
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 22.86%
Wants: 957
Gots: 1,714 | 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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Photo of pinyin
3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned 1-11-16.

Poured from the 12 ounce can at 39F into a 16 ounce snifter.

Color is a dark copper orange, slightly cloudy and yeasty.

Scent is bitter melons, pine, citrus.

Flavor on the palette is malty, piney with some slight citrus and melon notes. A little bit too sugary. Seems as though this is a fast fermenting ale, and as such the finish is too sweet for the malt and hop blend. I would tend to prefer a much dryer finish with a longer fermentation.

Mouthfeel is somewhat abrasive. Lacing is clean and head retention is abundant. I think CC might benefit from using less carbonation sugar to decrease the head on this 7.5% ABV ale, and this would inherently keep the finish more dry.

This is the fourth time that I have tried/purchased regular Jai Alai since 2013. to me this ale really feels like a direct competitor to Bell's Two Hearted, although I think Two Hearted is a much better product.

I also really liked the dry hopped versions of Jai Alai, and I think those had more fruit, resin aromas and flavor profiles with less abrasiveness.

Jai Alai is most likely much better served on draft in Florida, no doubt, and I think it suffers some yeast stress coming from the tropical climate of florida all the way to the arctic tundra temperatures of NYC in the middle of January.

Might be a better purchase during the summer months where the temperatures are somewhat equal.

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Photo of CCsog1
4.98/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I love this IPA, I have tried IPAs in 47 of the 51 states and prefer one from my home town over anything I have ever tried,\. I am on my fifth one this evening. The Jai Alai is smooth and I like.

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Photo of teromous
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the can: Canned 01/15/16 Made in Tampa 12918

Appearance: Dark copper body with good transparency. The head is a short white cap that maintains itself without fading too much. Good lacing on the glass.

Aroma: The aroma has a good reach out of the glass sending out a strong sweet tangerine scent. It has a sugary sweet smell. It's very nice.

Taste: It has a light orange pith flavor with a some very nice grapefruit flavor and after this fades out a bit a bit of the malt flavor comes in as a hint of bread crust. No alcohol comes through.

Mouthfeel: Off-dry with a light body and an aftertaste that lingers shortly on the palate. Very good middle of the road bitterness. A very drinkable beer.

Overall: Beers like this make it so easy to review. It is obviously an outstanding beer. It's like a well made machine that just works. Everything is just where it should be and it's enjoyable to drink. I would highly recommend it and I would drink it again.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a beautiful, slightly hazy golden orange color with a two finger off white head. Retention is decent and there are many rings of lacing. Smell is orange, tangerine, mango and pine with a little bit of sweet and bready malt to balance it out. Taste is the same, but very complex. The flavors really blend together in quite a magical way. There is a good deal of bitterness on the front, but the finish is sweet and so smooth. Feel is light side of medium with excellent carbonation. Overall a great IPA. This to me is a perfectly balanced beer. The malt compliments the bitterness perfectly without getting in the way of the hop flavors.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

COD 1/2/16. Pours a clear orange/amber. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Quite outstanding nose of orange, mango, pear, passion fruit and light biscuit. As it warms, subtle notes of tangerine and pine emerge.

Heavy light body with a smooth texture. Superb carbonation with an effervescent middle and a prickly finish.

The flavor profile is quite outstanding and had it been a bit more intense, it would be world class. The flavor is quite complex, perfectly balanced and mildly bitter. It begins with the flavors of the nose in blended fashion, citric at first (tangerine, orange) then flowing to the sweeter tropical aspects. The middle is very mildly bittered for the style and the resultant sweetness shines at this juncture through the finish. Here is where mango, pear and passion fruit take center stage over a soft bready biscuit with rich caramel notes. The finish just hints at dryness and leaves you with a slightly sweet fade of tropical hop flavor. Take your time with this one. The closer it gets to room temperature, the more intense the flavor becomes. Consequently, I'm scoring this world class in flavor.

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Photo of BGW17
3.72/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I've heard and read about and of course wanted to try this beer. I flew down to ATL for work and bought a 6er at a local spot in little 5 points. I'm kinda disappointed. Nothing really special. I'm from the Chicagoland area and We have better. I just read a review comparing it to two hearted. That's not saying much. My craft beer taste buds started with fat tire when you couldn't get it past the Mississippi and then turned to two hearted ale. So far I'm way past the taste and didn't do anything special. Wasn't bad, but wasn't great

Ps. Picked up a 6er of Orpheus - life.death.life.truth ....and that was a much better beer

-cheers!

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Photo of GregBarleycorn13
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love the orange color. How do they do that? Good thick head and retention. Aroma gets you right away with the citrus and slightly tropical hoppiness. Taste is the same and so flavorful. Will try to find some more as a go to IPA.

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Photo of MACrist
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

LOOKS: Cool looking orange/amber. 2 fingers of foamy off white head that lingers. Moderate carbonation rising. Very clear beer. Leaves good looking lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Big blast of orange/citrus. Grapefruit & Pine. Reminds me a little of Bell's Two Hearted without that little licorice bite.
TASTE: Nice bready malt. Nice balance of sweet to bitter, very mild bitterness lingers on the finish. Nice. Mostly citrus flavors/orange, orange pith, and some nice pine notes.
FEEL: Smooth and soft, but the carbonation is medium full and moves the flavor around the palate, nicely.
OVERALL: This one is the closest to Bell's Two Hearted I've had, in terms of general flavor. Really nice, smooth, and very easy drinker.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very rarely do I come across a much hyped beer and feel it lives up to expectations. In the case of Jai Alai, right off the bat, out of the can, I wasn't impressed - weak head, minimal lacing, but it did have a nice ochre color, very appealing. That's where all the disappointment happened. The odor was just enough citrus mixing well with the strong hoppy scent. I really liked the lightly carbonation - it's perfect for my tastes. Speaking of tastes, it was amazing - almost sweet, citrus (mostly oranges), all of it blending well with the bitter hops. Like I said, rarely does a brew much hyped live up to expectations when I get to it, but Jai Alai did just that.

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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

2015-12-23
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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Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 1,298 ratings.